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The following STEM-focused educator professional development/support programs are now available:  

NGSS Practices in Action: A Virual Conference on November 15
In March this year, NSTA conducted their first ever virtual conference and it was a hit! They're bringing back the topic of NGSS Practices in Action so you can get a chance to attend on November 15.
Leading educators, professors, and curriculum specialists will lead you in immersive sessions to help you to better understand and to apply key principles from the Next Generation Science Standards with your K-12 students. Learn more about the presenters here.
• Interactive sessions on modeling, explanation and argumentation, and engineering
• Breakouts by grade level and discipline
• The opportunity to engage and learn with leading experts and discuss ideas with colleagues

Wellesley STEM Expo 2015: Call for Exhibitors & Workshops
Planning is underway for the 2nd Wellesley STEM Expo on March 28, 2015 at Wellesley High School.  We hope that you will consider sharing your expertise with the community to make science, technology, engineering and mathematics come to life.

The first Wellesley Science and Technology Expo was a smashing success.  Over 3,500 students, families, teachers and others from Wellesley and surrounding communities attended the Expo.  The community was overwhelmed with the breadth and depth of offerings available to learn from, interact with and marvel at.   We encourage you to please sign up to host an exhibit, workshop or become a sponsor.  Help us make this year even more amazing.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact or see

Science & Engineering Saturday Seminars @ UMass Amherst, Spring 2015
A UMass STEM Ed program

Five Saturdays each term; 8:30-1 at UMass Amherst, Lederle Grad Towers 1033 (except as noted)
Designed for science teachers; new teachers are especially welcome
Cost $30 per session, $120 for all five sessions
Educational materials, refreshments, parking, PDP's included
4 PDP's per half day session; option for 3 grad credits at reduced cost with extra work 

Click for a complete course listing and registration information. 

Advance registration is required; capacity is limited. Questions: Mort Sternheim,, 413-545-1908.

Info Sessions: MassCAN Statewide CS Curriculum Initiatives!
MassCAN and FSU invite you to participate in a two-hour session to learn about MassCAN's statewide and collaborative efforts to:
• establish Computer Science and Digital Literacy standards • provide invaluable, innovative professional development to teachers in K-12 at no cost to the district. The program is funded by NSF, and MassCAN • inspire and educate Massachusetts students in computing and prepare them to lead and innovate in a future economy that will be dependent on and driven by computer technology • develop K-12 district partnerships • facilitate professional learning communities during and following teacher workshops • update districts with news from 30 schools teaching their first Exploring Computer Science Course in their high school • select course offerings, vary format of professional development and define commitment required to partake in workshops • guide district plans to build capacity to teach CS through the formation of public and private partnerships
MassCAN will share its vision and plan for Computer Science in the state of Massachusetts.

In an effort to accommodate busy schedules, this session will be offered on two dates:   November 20 1 - 3 PM
RSVP Now! 
December 5 10 AM - 12 PM
Jonathan Maynard Bldg., Rm. 214, Framingham State University

If you're unable to attend either session, please share your feedback with or direct questions to Kevin Thurston, MSEN Executive Director, at

Computer Science Workshops, Grades K-5
1-Day computer science workshops for teachers from your districts in grades K-5!   Four Massachusetts teachers are working in partnership with to introduce this amazing curriculum to all of your K-5 teachers at no cost!  

Registration is open to all districts. To schedule a private training for up to 25 teachers in a district, please contact Kelly Powers at 

11/15 - EDC Waltham
To Register:
Number Planned: 25 

11/22 - Worcester Academy
To Register:
Number Planned: 25 

12/6- Natick High School
To Register:
Number Planned: 50 

mits logoThe Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS)
 has announced their Fall 2014 Sea Perch Workshops, underwater robotics workshops for educators.  For more information and to register, visit their web site at

Don't miss out on other upcoming NASA education opportunitiesFor a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA's website:

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STEM Certificate Program
The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University has partnered with PTC to provide professional development through the STEM Certificate Program for K-12 educators throughout New England. The main objective of the McAuliffe-PTC STEM Certificate Program is to improve educator effectiveness in STEM education. The program includes:

  • Synchronous, online lectures instructed by industry and education experts,
  • Hands-on sessions focused on how to author STEM curriculum for the K-12 classroom,
  • Teacher-authored STEM curriculum available for use by Massachusetts educators,
  • Industry and higher education mentoring,
  • Presentation opportunities for teachers to exhibit best practice STEM education, and
  • Donations from industry including curriculum packages, instructor contact hours, software donations (worth $50K), and professional consulting.

The STEM Certificate Program focuses primarily on Product Development Education, an interdisciplinary, project-based curriculum model rooted in engineering/design education as well as industry practices. What distinguishes Product Development Education from current engineering/design models is integration of industry practices as well as a framework for integrating multiple disciplines across the school curriculum.

For more information, visit

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:

WGBH Education Have You Heard About the Innovation Math Challenge?
wgbh ed logoThe 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:

Traveling Science Workshops from The Discovery Museums
discovery travel logoBring science to life in the classroom with a choice of 18 highly interactive workshop topics that support Massachusetts curriculum standards and STEM initiatives. Topics include Sound, Magnets, Physical Changes of Matter, Rocks and Mineral, Light & Color, Simple Machines and Bubbles. Dynamic science educators provide fun, hands-on discovery activities that demystify science concepts, strengthen problem solving skills, and reinforce the scientific method. Classroom teachers and parents receive follow-up activities to reinforce learned concepts.

Visit to see a short video of the Traveling Science Workshops in action. Learn why teachers, PTO parents and principals see it as such an important complement to their school's curriculum. And, why students think it makes science fun! 

To schedule your Traveling Science Workshop, call Jill Foster at 978-264-4200 ext.18 or email   

"There's A Scientist in My Classroom!" - Offered through the MIT Edgerton Center
This program aims to form collaborations resulting in classroom visits where STEM professionals will "tell the story" of how they became inspired to pursue a STEM career, and what their research/work and life is like now. Teachers and STEM researchers and engineers [graduate students, post-docs, staff and faculty] will network and craft a visit that will be age-appropriate, fun, and include visuals and hands-on activities. This is a great opportunity to learn more about cutting-edge STEM research, K-12 education, best practices for speaking with young audiences, and for classroom teachers and those with STEM careers to make meaningful connections.

To learn more, visit their web site:

Math at the Core: Middle School
PBS LearningMedia™ has announced their new collection, "Math at the Core: Middle School".  The collection contains media-rich lessons designed to help middle school students visualize math concepts. The lessons align to Common Core standards for grades 5-8 and address critical concepts such as ratios and proportions, adding negative integers, and probability and statistics.

The resources are designed for middle school students of diverse learning styles and backgrounds, and reflect a wide range of culturally responsive perspectives.

The collection contains 420 lessons, currently available on the website at

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