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Science in the Mountains: Celebrating 90 Years
Our free monthly virtual lecture series continues this month on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m. when Observatory Curator Dr. Peter Crane joins the program to help celebrate our 90th anniversary. This is a great opportunity to learn about Observatory history, ask questions, and share memories about your experiences with weather in the White Mountains. Register for the program on Zoom, watch live on Facebook, or watch the recorded program on YouTube!
Submit a question about Observatory history or share a memory in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arctic Wednesdays for Teachers Return
After a pandemic pause, this professional development program for teachers returns for its fifth winter, inviting K-12 teachers to apply for a chance to shadow our summit staff on a Wednesday shift change, with an aim to creatively integrate the experience into their classrooms. Teachers accepted into the program will have the chance to tour our weather station, conduct classroom experiments, and connect their students with the Observatory. Learn more and apply!
Mount Washington Observatory’s educational offering-
For the third year running, we’re proud to offer our Virtual Classroom series developed primarily for students grades 6-8 (though grades above and below will benefit, too!). This year we’ve put more focus on live Q & A opportunities while adding program viewing flexibility. Each recorded session will be available one week before the live Zoom connection on Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m., when students can bring their questions and engage with our weather observer/education specialists working in the summit weather station. Learn more and register for our live program on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 11:15 a.m. Eastern time!
Serve as a CURATE Panelist!
High quality instructional materials are essential to student learning. When combined with effective instruction, they can also promote racial equity. CURATE (Curriculum Ratings by Teachers) convenes panels of Massachusetts teachers to evaluate and rate instructional materials to support district and school decision-making. Panelists consider the extent to which curricula are usable for teachers, are aligned to Massachusetts standards, and support culturally responsive instruction. If you have an interest in high-quality curriculum and a passion for racial equity, then we are eager to partner with you!
For Fall 2022, CURATE panels will focus on the following subjects and grade levels:
Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for roles unless they meet every qualification listed. We encourage anyone interested to apply. This year, preference will be given to Massachusetts teachers who consistently:
Panelists will receive a baseline stipend of $700 + $250 per curriculum that the panel reviews. Teachers of color are highly encouraged to apply. The application deadline is June 30, 2022. Learn more about CURATE>
Teachers Invited to Apply for 1st Annual STEM Education Scholarship Program
Lt. Governors encourage K-12 public, private and tribal schools to apply for up to $1,000 to support STEM-related activities for students by the May 31, 2022, deadline
[Covington, KY] (May 3, 2022) – The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) has opened the application period for the first annual Lt. Governors’ STEM Scholarship Program, sponsored by ACT, to award up to $1,000 to 12 schools nationally to support STEM-related activities for youth. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2022, with award recipients announced and funded in Summer 2022.
“The lieutenant governors and seconds-in-command in state and territorial government are uniquely poised to lead on STEM Education,” said NLGA Director Julia Brossart. “By supporting STEM-related activities in schools across the country, lieutenant governors can encourage a long-term interest and passion in STEM education in America’s youth, while building the workforce of the future.” NLGA will award three scholarships to states and territories in each of the four NLGA regions in 2022, for a total of 12 scholarships worth $10,000 total. The Scholarship Program is administered by NLGA, the nonpartisan, nonprofit association for the nation’s seconds-in-command, and sponsored by ACT, the education and career readiness nonprofit.
“As the only major college admissions test provider to include a science assessment, ACT believes that a high-quality STEM education is important to enable all learners, including and especially young people from underserved populations, to graduate high school ready to succeed in a STEM career,” ACT Chief Executive Officer Janet Godwin said. “We are proud to sponsor this program and equip all students for the economy of today and tomorrow.” Teachers in all public, private, and tribal schools in the 50 states and five U.S. territories are invited to apply at nlga.awardsplatform.com. Funding will be awarded to schools to support STEM-related activities, programming, curriculum, equipment, and other expenses.
“The need for increased educational opportunities in STEM is bipartisan and an area of consensus for the nation’s lieutenant governors,” said NLGA Associate Director Kellie Rittershausen. “NLGA has adopted STEM Education as a pillar of work for the association on behalf of Members, who see the importance of educating students in STEM to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.”
Applications will be reviewed in June 2022, with award winners announced at the NLGA Annual Meeting, July 20-22, 2022. Additional information on the STEM Scholarship Program, including instructions for applying, can be found at https://nlga.us/strategies/nlga-state-strategies-in-stem/.
Ipswich Public Schools is hosting the 5th Annual STEAM Showcase, which will be held on Wednesday, May 4th , 2022 from 5:00-7:00pm in the gym at Ipswich High/Middle School, 34 High Street, Ipswich.
STEAM is Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math education that engages students with a sense of wonder about our ever-changing world through questioning, collaboration, and innovative problem-solving. The STEAM Showcase will celebrate the great STEAM work from students and their teachers in grades preK-12 as well as exhibits, products, research, and services of STEAM businesses and community groups. The goal of this event is to bring together community members of different backgrounds under a common curiosity and passion for STEAM, and to educate preK-12 students on the possibilities of STEAM.
Our showcase will exhibit presentations from our schools as well as:
The Green Team
Ipswich Robotics Club
New England Biolabs
The Crane Estate
And many more!
We encourage the public to join us at this free, family-friendly, STEAM celebration.
You’ll be amazed at the possibilities! STEAM problem solves the world!
For questions or more information, please contact Tracy Wagner, IPS Director of Teaching and Learning, at email@example.com
We are seeking faculty members at local community colleges and middle and high school teachers in the Northeast, Metro North, Metro West, Boston, and Southeast STEM Networks to spend six weeks this summer conducting research alongside undergraduate and graduate students in an NSF funded Research Experiences for Teachers program focused on engineering.
Participants are not expected to be proficient in engineering disciplines as the program is interdisciplinary with a focus on training and providing resources for incorporating engineering concepts into your curriculum. Participants will gain experience working in a cleanroom and in faculty labs. Throughout the program, we work with the middle/high school teachers and schools to assist with their integration of engineering concepts into STEM curriculum. This RET program is unique in that we continue working with participants even after the summer program is over. We seek to build a STEM engineering community within the Massachusetts Regional STEM Networks where teachers, community college faculty members, and administrators can continuously support each other with new lessons and integration plans.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 6, 2022, so that we can let teachers know prior to April vacation week if they have a position with our RET Site for Summer 2022.
Our website has a lot of information: http://www.bu.edu/photonics-ret and links to our application: https://www.bu.edu/photonics-ret/2022-nsf-ret-application/.
APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR PROGRAMS OFFERED DURING WINTER/SPRING 2022
More information and application at https://cm-center.org/sponsored
We are excited to announce that thanks to a sponsorship by Challenger Center, with funding provided through a grant from Blue Origin’s Club for the Future foundation, the McAuliffe Center is able to offer immersive space mission simulation programs for students in grades 3-8 at no cost to qualifying Massachusetts schools and organizations.
You may qualify for this sponsorship if you are:
A Title I school serving students in grades 3-8
An out-of-school time organization serving students in grades 3-8 who attend Title I schools
Note: The school/organization is responsible for the cost of transportation to and from the McAuliffe Center in Framingham.
Your choice of one of the following:
Appropriate for Grades 5-7
Humans have established a permanent settlement on the Martian moon Phobos. The discovery of frozen surface water has allowed scientists to assist in the creation of liquid fuel. Student teams will need to remain on high alert and handle any repercussions that could come along with an asteroid impact.
Lunar QuestAppropriate for Grade 8
Two student teams set out for the Moon to help with the expansion of Moonbase Alpha. Together, they must navigate through space, to the Moon, and choose a suitable location for mining resources needed for the expansion of lunar research.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR IN-PERSON MISSIONS
Note: Your school/organization needs to have access to the internet through an internet browser (Google Chrome preferred), access to Zoom (special accommodations for using Google Meets may be made), and computers, laptops, or Chromebooks with cameras and microphones.
Appropriate for Grades 3-5
Student teams will analyze data to select which of Mars' moons, Deimos or Phobos, is best to build a base that will allow us to efficiently send a spacecraft to the surface of the planet and back.
Appropriate for Grades 5-8
Student teams in Mission Control have critical jobs: launch and fly Blue Origin’s reusable launch vehicle, New Glenn, and land the lunar lander, Blue Moon, safely on the Moon’s surface.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR VIRTUAL MISSIONS
Dear Fellow Educator,
We are pleased to announce the second annual Sleep Research Society (SRS) Infographic Contest and request that you share this opportunity with your students and encourage them to submit an entry. The intent of this Contest is to promote sleep and circadian research through the creation of an Infographic (information graphic).
The topic for this year is:
Sleep Stealers and How to Take Back Your Sleep
What are some things that disrupt, “steal” or rob you of a good night's sleep?
Any individual or group of individuals enrolled in high school or in an undergraduate program, or who has evidence of being enrolled in a homeschooling program, at the time of entry is eligible. Current Sleep Research Society members of any category are also eligible, but this is not required.
An expert panel of judges will review each entry for originality, quality, as well as the appropriateness, relevance, and scientific accuracy of its message. Winners will be awarded the following prizes:
Note: For high school or undergraduate college student entrants that submit their Infographic as a group of individuals, the prize will be evenly split among the group members.
The contest is open to submissions now until February 25, 2022. The Sleep Research Society will announce the winner in each category by April 29, 2022. The winning submissions will be asked to submit a 1-minute video which will be presented during Club Hypnos at the 2022 Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) meeting in Charlotte, NC on June 5, 2022.
Details on how to enter and contest rules can be found at https://www.sleepresearchsociety.org/awards/srs-infographic-contest/
Any questions about the SRS Infographic Contest can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teach Earth 2022:
As Earthwatch’s flagship teacher fellowship program, Teach Earth provides selected teachers with an opportunity to field on an all-teacher Earthwatch expedition team. Fellows engage directly in scientific field research alongside leading scientists and participate in facilitated workshops to help translate their field experience into a lesson plan or community action plan for use in their own school or community. We welcome applications from U.S.-based K-12 classroom teachers of any subject.
Project Kindle 2022:
Project Kindle gives teachers the resources they need to successfully lead their students on an Earthwatch field experience within two years. Fellows first get to experience an Earthwatch expedition alongside a team of teacher fellows and team leaders (much like Teach Earth). Then through workshops led by Project Kindle alumni and Earthwatch staff, fellows learn how to bring their students out on a school group expedition. We welcome applications from U.S.-based high school teachers of any subject.
Expeditions for both educator fellowships will take place in the summer of 2022. Teachers will spend 7 to 14 days in the field. Teachers can apply for full or partially funded expeditions, plus a travel stipend. Applications are due January 10, 2022. Applicants will be notified by April 30th.
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