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Learn, Earn, & Win 

Office Depot Foundation  (up to $1000) 
    Office Depot grants support projects focused on any of their strategic priorities:  giving children tools to succeed in school and in life, building the capacity of non-profit organizations, and helping communities prepare for disasters.  Accepting applications NOW!


CVS Grants (up to $5000) 
   CVS grants support academic enrichment programs focused on wellness at public schools.  CVS
 also offers a Gift Card for a Fundraiser - $100  See this link.  

Toshiba Grants for K-5 Teachers 
   Toshiba grants support projects that tap into the natural curiosity of their students, enable students to frame their own scientific questions, and incorporate the expertise of community partners.  The grants are due October 1st of each year.   

Toshiba Grants for 6-12 Teachers 
   Toshiba grants for 6-12 teachers support science and math education.  Grants for projects that are less than $5000 are accepted anytime.

American Honda Foundation 
   Honda grants support education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.  
 

Professional Learning Opportunities:
 
Great Resources are Available on the Teaching Channel Website
 https://www.teachingchannel.org/

Final Version of NGSS Released
The final set of Next Generation Science Standards has now been publically released. Massachusetts will determine what level of adoption to take. View the standards. 
 
Miami University Offerings 
Applications are now being accepted for 2015 field courses and the Global Field Master's Program, which offers groundbreaking courses in 13 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Earth Expeditions graduate courses and the Global Field Program (GFP) master's degree bring together graduate students, scientists, educators and community leaders at critical conservation sites worldwide.  Earth Expeditions and the GFP can be completed part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. They are open to educators and other professionals who hold a bachelor's degree from any discipline. For more information and to apply, please visit:  Earth Expeditions: http://www.earthexpeditions.miamioh.edu/superintendents
Global Field Program: http://gfp.miamioh.edu/superintendents or CONTACT: Mary Jo Lahrmann,Project Dragonfly, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056   513.529.8573, lahrmamj@miamioh.edu

Central MA Readiness Center Offerings 

For more information, see this link

2014-2015 PD Offerings from the STEM Education Center at WPI
Register Now for Upcoming PD

How Robotics Can Change the World - From Kindergarten to College to Solving Real-world Problems
On Thursday, November 20, 2014, from 4-6 PM, the STEM Education Center at WPI and Mass Academy are excited to offer the first, free program in the 2014-2015 Teacher Lecture Series at WPI. In this unique presentation, join elementary educator John O'Neill from the Quaboag Public Schools and WPI Ph.D. student and lifelong robotics learner Michael Delph on a fascinating journey about robotics. Learn everything from how one school is bringing robotics into the classroom for all of their students K-5 to the cutting edge ways robotics are being used in medicine and as assistive devises. Learn more and register...

Call for Applications for AweSTEM! 2015 AweSTEM! Educator Presentations
The organizers of AweSTEM!, WPI's annual celebration of STEM educators, are pleased to announce the first ever Call for Sharing STEM. By responding to this Call, interested educators may submit PK-12 STEM topics that will be considered for showcasing at the fourth annual event that will take pace on Monday, March 16, 2015 from 4-6 PM. Accepted applicants will display entries and involve AweSTEM! participants in learning more about their Sharing STEM item on March 16, 2015. All submissions must be related to this year's event theme - "What Best Engages Students in STEM Subjects." Applications are due Friday, November 28, 2014. Apply now...
 
December's Project-based Workshop
Earth's Place in the Universe
Join us on December 3, 2014 from 3:30-6:30 PM for the next project-based workshop where a group of middle and high school teachers gather to discuss and solve STEM challenges. The December session will focus on projects related to Earth's place in the Universe. Learn more and register...

Super Saturdays - User Groups at Mass Academy
On Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 8 am - 1 pm, Mass Academy will host a variety of users groups in which teachers will come together and share ideas and best practices around a common topic.  Some of the topics include:  iPads in the classroom, project-based learning in science, TI 84 and TI-Nspire, demonstrations in the physics classroom, and engineering projects.  The cost will be $10. Learn more, see the sessions, and register...

Planning Your In-School STEM PD? Call Us!
The STEM Education Center develops and conducts in-school PDs for PK-12 educators. These can be stand-alone days, half-days, or a series of days. We offer a consultation meeting to learn about your needs prior to developing your PD opportunity. Read more about suggested topics and contact Mia Dubosarsky to learn more. 

Free Virtual Resource for Middle School Science
Are you interested in bringing a virtual lab simulation to your classroom that's aligned with NGSS standards? Well now middle school teachers in physical, life, and earth science can do just that. Inq-ITS, an online educational environment designed by the SLINQ group, lets students interact with material in an engaging way while also providing teachers with real time, actionable data. For physical science, there's even built-in tutoring available with Rex the dinosaur. Contact Professor Janice Gobert (508-831-5619) to bring Inq-ITS to your class or school. 
 
Master's for Educators Programs
Math and Physics
Classes in the master's for educators programs in both math and physics get started in the beginning of September. Educators are welcome to join a class without formally enrolling in a program to try it out as well as to use the class for professional development instead of a complete master's degree. Find out more on their website or contact Katie Elmes with questions

Curiosity Hacked - For Your Students
Wednesdays, 4-6PM at Worcester ThinkTank
Curiosity Hacked Worcester is a chapter of a national, non-profit, inclusive organization dedicated to addressing the needs of the global maker community through STEAM (STEM + Arts) education and skill building. At weekly meetings for kids 5-8 and 9-18, they teach and award Badges in skills such Soldering, Circuit Design, C++ Programming, Robotics, Woodworking and Music to name just a few. Meeting activities and Badge curricula are heavily project focused with a strong emphasis on the completion of hand-on activities over lectures and slides. They are looking for volunteer mentors who can teach skills or topics of interest/expertise at Wednesday afternoon meetings of 9 to 16 year old girls and boys. Learn more...

ASSISTments
A free classroom tool that allows teachers to write individual lessons that are composed of questions and associated hints, solutions, and videos that engage students and teachers in active learning. 

WPI Programs for Your Student Group
Engineering Ambassadorsundergraduate students who present at local middle schools and high schools to educate students on the importance of engineering to the health, happiness, and safety of our world. 
High School Programming Contes- open to high school students. It takes place in March at WPI. 
Invitational Math MeetTeams of students can apply for the October meet to compete in the individual and team challenges. 
Middle School ToursOpportunities are available for middle school students to visit WPI's campus to discover STEM with some of our top undergraduate students. 
Robotics Competitions - WPI Robotics hosts numerous competitions for middle and high school teams. 
Water Rocket CompetitionFrom kindergarten to high school, teachers can bring a team of students to compete in the annual competition. 
 
 
 
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