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  • 1 May 2024 8:14 PM | Anonymous
    Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2024 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences at global field sites in 15 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. http://EarthExpeditions.MiamiOH.edu

    Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. Applications are now being accepted until January 28. Courses begin in May 2024. http://GFP.MiamiOH.edu

    Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with face-to-face experiential learning and field study through several AIP sites in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2024 cohorts are being now being accepted until February 28, with place-based experiences provided at zoos and botanical gardens in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Jacksonville, New York, San Diego, and St. Louis. http://AIP.MiamiOH.edu

    Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University. NEW for 2024 Applicants: To help make a Miami education more accessible and affordable, the Miami University Graduate School will waive the $50 application fee for those who attend an Information Session preceding the fee payment step of the application process. https://miamioh.edu/cas/graduate-studies/project-dragonfly/highlights-and-digital-media/informational-webinars.html

    Project Dragonfly reaches millions of people each year through inquiry-driven learning media, public exhibits, and graduate programs worldwide. Project Dragonfly is based in the biology department at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Established as a state university in 1809, Miami is one of the eight original Public Ivies and has a distinguished record of excellence in research and teaching in science and science education.
  • 14 Mar 2024 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    Wade Institute for Science Education

    2023 - 2024 Approved Courses for the MA DESE OAPL Program


    Engaging Students in the Engineering Design Process Using Sensors

    A Two-Day Professional Learning Opportunity for Grades 6-12 Educators


    Are you a middle or high school teacher who is interested in incorporating digital technology and computational thinking into engineering design portions of their curriculum, but feel that you lack the skills or confidence to get started on your ownExplore coding and electronics through fun, engaging, hands-on projects using the Arduino Open Source Electronics Platform! 


    Engage in a variety of investigations that explore using Arduino Sensors for student-led, project-based learning. Build various models using sensors, create a device of your own choosing with guidance from our instructors, and then collaborate with peers to design a challenge you would like to incorporate into your curriculum. Connect your learning to the real world applications of the technology in our daily lives and in scientific studies. Receive an Arduino kit to start using these materials and investigations in your classroom!


    Registration Information

    Dates: Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th, 2024 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)

    Location: Springfield Museum, Springfield, MA

    Cost: FREE for eligible MA educators that qualify through MA DESE’s OAPL program and includes $300 substitute pay. Registration cost is $300 per educator from non-qualifying schools.

    PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit: 14 PDPs available without graduate credit. 22.5 PDPs and 1 graduate credit available from Cambridge College for $75. Graduate credit requires additional work.


    Engaging Students in the Engineering Design Process Using Sensors: Part 2

    A Two-Day Professional Learning Opportunity for Grades 6-12 Educators


    Join us for a more advanced workshop focused on using Arduino technology to create and program robotic devices. Build and program a robot capable of carrying a variety of data collecting sensors to bring back to your classroom. Explore engineering designs that can be used to identify and solve problems in the community.


    Registration Information

    Dates: Thursday, April 4th and Friday, April 5th, 2024 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)

    Location: Massasoit Community College Canton Campus, Canton, MA

    Cost: FREE for eligible MA educators that qualify through MA DESE’s OAPL program and includes $300 substitute pay. Registration cost is $350 per educator from non-qualifying schools.

    PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit: 14 PDPs available without graduate credit. 22.5 PDPs and 1 graduate credit available from Cambridge College for $75. Graduate credit requires additional work.


    Exploring Instructional Strategies That Promote Student Sensemaking and Student Discourse

    A Two-Day Professional Learning Opportunity for Grades 9-12 Educators  


    Explore instructional strategies that promote student sensemaking, including phenomena-based instruction, using a Driving Question Board, and student discourse. The learning experiences will use science and/or engineering content relevant to the OpenSciEd high school units under development and being released in 2024Gain insight into phenomena-based instruction and consider its power for promoting students’ deep understanding of Disciplinary Core Ideas, further develop your skills in using the Science and Engineering Practices, and strengthen your use of the Crosscutting Concepts of science and engineering. Get an introduction to the use of storylines to build instructional units that foster students’ sensemaking by starting with students’ questions and having students develop and engage in inquiry-based investigations, develop explanations, and use evidence to support their claims.


    Registration Information

    Collaborating Partner: TBD

    Dates: Thursday, April 25th and Friday, April 26th, 2024 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)

    Location: Pioneer Valley/Springfield, MA

    Cost: FREE for eligible MA educators that qualify through MA DESE’s OAPL program and includes $300 substitute pay. Registration cost is $250 per educator from non-qualifying schools.

    PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit: 14 PDPs available without graduate credit. 22.5 PDPs and 1 graduate credit available from Cambridge College for $75. Graduate credit requires additional work.


    Visit www.wadeinstitutema.org for more information and to register!


  • 9 Feb 2024 9:37 AM | Anonymous

    Wade Institute for Science Education

    2023 - 2024 Rise to the Challenge Focus Workshop Series

    Based on Massachusetts STEM Week Design Challenges


    Do you need a good challenge to engage all your students in fun science learning? Join the Wade Institute for Science Education and our collaborating partners, the Lloyd Center for the Environment and Buttonwood Park Zoo, for our 2023 - 2024 “Rise to the Challenge” Focus Workshop Series based on our Massachusetts STEM Week Design Challenges. Challenges: Survivor Island Challenge (February 2024), Extreme Zoo Makeover (March 2024). The challenges are designed for middle school students but are easily adaptable to upper elementary or high school settings. Cost is $250 per workshop or $450 for 2 workshops. PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit are available for each workshop. Participate in one or both workshop(s)! Register online today at www.wadeinstitutema.org!


    Survivor Island Challenge

    Dates: Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 10th, 2024 (8:30AM – 3:30 PM ET)

    Location: Massasoit Community College, Canton, MA

    Collaborating Partners: Lloyd Center for the Environment; Buttonwood Park Zoo


    Extreme Zoo Makeover

    Dates: Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th 2024 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)

    Location: Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford, MA

    Collaborating Partners: Lloyd Center for the Environment; Buttonwood Park Zoo

  • 1 Feb 2024 9:21 AM | Anonymous

    Join hosts Dr. Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NAU PLANETS and Luke Henke, Education Advisor for NASA HEAT, on Thursday, Feb. 1st at 7pm CT/ 8pm ET as they welcome Dr. Sharon Bowers and Joan Harper-Neely from NASA eClips to explore new resources and learn about the importance of Luna, Earth’s moon. This webinar is targeted for formal and nonformal educators of learners in grades 3-12.  All introduced resources will be organized in a LiveBinder for easy access. 


    Access registration here!



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