The following trainings/events are offered through the GBRC and its partners:
Massachusetts Project Lead the Way Conference: Save the Date
Friday, October 17, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Salisbury Laboratories, Worcester, MA
Conference Details and Registration available by late September: http://www.wpi.edu/academics/stem/guidance.html
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. PLTW's programs include Launch, for grades K-5; Gateway, for grades 6-8; Engineering, Biomedical Science, and Computer Science, for grades 9-12. Over 5,000 schools in all 50 states offer PLTW programs, including over 50 schools across Massachusetts. WPI is one of PLTW's 50 affiliate universities and offers Core Training each summer to prepare educators to teach PLTW courses.
Join us for this professional development conference for school counselors, curriculum specialists, principals, teachers, district administrators, and interested business, industry and workforce development professionals. Come learn about the PLTW Curriculum Programs that integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, providing an opportunity for districts to develop a STEM pathway from kindergarten through grade 12. PLTW programs are aligned with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Hear from teachers, administrators and students at schools with successful programs. The conference is open to all K-12 schools and other interested parties.
PLTW programs are endorsed by the Massachusetts Governor's STEM Advisory Council, Change the Equation, the American Aerospace Industry Association, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and others. For more information about the Project Lead the Way programs, please visit the PLTW website at www.pltw.org.
MSSEF & EDC announce their STEM Certificate in Science & Engineering Practices. Click to see the informational flier.
The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) is pleased to announce their fall SeaPerch program, an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Visit their web site, mits.org, for details and registration information.
Program Overview: The STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program enables the purchase of equipment and supplies for High Schools and Middle Schools in the Commonwealth in order to train students in life sciences technology and research, as well as addresses a funding gap in capital dollars for public and not-for-profit workforce training and educational institutions. The program also seeks to increase student achievement and student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), as well as support the implementation of state STEM standards.
An eligible applicant must request funding to purchase equipment and/or supplies to support an education and training program that prepares participants for future employment in the life sciences. Requested equipment and/or supplies must be used to support science (e.g. biology, chemistry, and physics), technology (e.g. robotics, computer science, etc.), engineering, and/or math education and training. Earth and Space Science curricula and Allied Health programs will not qualify for funding.
Award Period: Funding for the current (fourth) round of this program is anticipated to be announced in December 2014, and is in only intended for spending in Fiscal Year 2016. Equipment and supplies purchased under the grant must be shipped to grant recipients between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.
Award Amounts: Eligible high schools, and organizations serving such high schools, can apply for up to $250,000 in grant funding. Applicants seeking funding of greater than $100,000 (but no more than $250,000) are required to secure matching funds for any amount over $100,000 from an industry partner. Middle Schools are eligible for up to $50,000 (no match required).
Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be located in Massachusetts and be one of the following: Vocational technical high school or a comprehensive public high school with approved vocational technical program; Public high school or middle school located in a "Gateway City"; Public high school or middle school with a student population of at least 30% that qualify for free and reduced lunch (a list of schools that meet this criterion is available upon request); or Community-based non-profit organization serving schools that meet the above-stated criteria.
How to Apply: Applications must be submitted via the MLSC website. Please note that there are two separate application forms, one for high schools and one for middle schools.
For more information, and to apply, please visit: www.masslifesciences.com/programs/equip For all inquiries regarding this grant, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exploration Design Challenge
In March 2013, NASA launched an exciting new partnership with Lockheed Martin to engage students in America's next phase of human space exploration. The Exploration Design Challenge (EDC) invites students from kindergarten through 12th grade to learn more about one of the biggest challenges NASA faces before sending humans beyond low-Earth orbit: space radiation. Through a series of age-appropriate activities, participants will learn about radiation and its effects on humans and hardware destined for asteroids, Mars or other deep space locations. Orion is the vehicle for these space destinations and will make its maiden test flight in 2014.
The youngest explorers (K-4) will complete NASA education activities related to radiation. Upon completion, a teacher or other adult may submit the students' names to be flown on the 2014 Orion flight as honorary virtual crewmembers.
Those same opportunities are open to students in grades 5-8, but they also will design and develop a radiation shield prototype. Instructions, guidebooks and related content are provided on the EDC website.
High school participants have an even greater challenge - and opportunity! In addition to the activities listed above, teams of students will design a radiation shield prototype that meets established criteria and constraints. Teams will submit their designs, and the top five designs selected will be tested in a virtual radiation simulator. The winning team will travel to Florida for Orion's launch and have its design flown aboard the spacecraft!
This is an exciting, hands-on way to get students inspired and interested in what NASA does now and the grand plans ahead! All the details for the EDC are here: http://www.nasa.gov/education/edc.
WGBH Education Have You Heard About the Innovation Math Challenge?
The Innovation Math Challenge is for anyone who has an idea for creating fun and engaging math educational media for middle school. This challenge, run by WGBH, is in support of a math resource collection funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The resources will be available on PBS LearningMedia in 2014. Winning entries will become part of the collection and receive $1,000.
Get details here: http://www.wgbh.org/innovationfund/