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Student schedules will be available for viewing on iParent after 3 p.m. on Monday, August 18th.  Please note that schedules are subject to change and that homerooms and lockers have not been updated.  Finalized schedules with lockers and homerooms will be distributed to students on the first day of school.
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:
 
 
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. 
 
Central MA Readiness Center Offerings 

For more information, see this link.  

Annual MA STEM Summit Comes to Worcester
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
This year, the annual Massachusetts STEM Summit will be held at the DCU Center in Worcester. An excellent opportunity for those interested in the state of STEM in MA and what it will take to ensure continued growth in these fields, WPI and the STEM Education Center are excited to be involved in a range of ways. Learn more about the event... 

Save the Date: Massachusetts Project Lead The Way Conference at WPI
Friday, October 17, 2014
Project Lead The Way's world-class, activity-, project-, problem-based STEM curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development, combined with an engaged network of partners, help students develop the skills to succeed in our global economy. Join us for this professional development conference for school counselors, curriculum specialists, principals, teachers, district administrators, and interested business, industry, and workforce development professionals. Learn more...

STEM Super Saturday at Mass Academy
September 20, 2014; 8 am - 1 pm
The Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI is hosting a STEM Super Saturday. This professional development event, run by teachers for teachers, will feature a variety of presentations from the STEM disciplines with a focus on grades 7 through 12. Workshop offerings and descriptions will be available on the Mass Academy website by September 5th. The cost will be $25. Contact Jackie Bonneau or Shari Weaver with questions or to register.
 
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

Free PD Day from our PLTW Team - Open to All STEM Educators
November 15, 2014; 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
WPI will hold a free PD day supporting concepts covered in the PLTW curriculum. Participants can choose to attend one of several course options. These classes are for current PLTW teachers - and any other educator who could benefit from the topics. Courses will provide a refresher on the topic and practice time related to concepts. The day is free to attend with lunch included along with up to $100 for travel reimbursement. If you are interested in attending, please complete this 2-minute survey by August 31 so we can offer the classes with the largest demand. Feel free to forward this on to other interested educators. 

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. 

Mass Academy PD
An accelerated high school for 11th and 12th graders interested in STEM, they offer multiple professional development opportunities both at Mass Academy and in schools. 

Project Lead The Way
A nationally acclaimed STEM curriculum for students from elementary school to grade 12 that is standards-based and project-based, and uses real-world problem solving as a framework. 

Science Learning by Inquiry (Inq-ITS)
Inq-ITS, a new system, provides real-time scaffolding to students as they engage in inquiry with science microworlds. Educators get real-time feedback and can pinpoint which students need help on which skills. 

STEM Education Center PD
Professional development opportunities for educators of all kinds and all grade levels. Programs are offered in a range of STEM topics both at WPI as well as in schools. 

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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