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Brookline Adult & Community Education (BA&CE), established in 1832, is proud to share the news that in addition to its regularly scheduled spring term of classes for the general public, it is launching a brand new program, called a "Festival of Learning." The festival will take place over the week of March 22 - 27, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. We are pleased to deliver a variety of engaging and thought-provoking classes and lectures each day of the festival.
We thought as science educators, you and your students would be interested in hearing one of our keynote speakers - - former Astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenberger! Dottie will be streaming live over Zoom on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. for about 45 - 50 minutes.
If you are interested in purchasing a link to this virtual event with Astronaut Metcalf-Lindenberger for your science classes, please contact us at 617-730-2700 Ext 0. We are offering a school access pass (for up to 5 classrooms) for $150 per school. Registration would be under each classroom teacher's name and email address. Suggestion: Contact your local PTO's to have them sponsor this access pass.
NASEF Farmcraft™ 2021 is a student challenge to successfully create farms and grow foods in Minecraft! Apply and adapt agricultural production techniques in different unique environmental biomes. Participation is free and open to individuals of all ages, especially grades 3-12 (ages 8-18). Learn more here.
Build a digital Rube Goldberg Machine in Minecraft Education that completes a simple task in the most fun and overly complicated way possible. Watch tutorials to learn how to create working simple machines, then string them together to create a wacky chain-reaction contraption. Learn more here.
Catalyst Information Sessions
Date: March 3 & March 10
Time: 4pm EST
Title: Catalyst Information Session
Description: Are you and your students in need of an end of year academic boost? Are you seeking an innovative way to ‘rev up’ your classroom next Fall? Join our Catalyst Information session! Catalyst is Citizen Schools’ experiential learning program that makes learning fun with high-quality engaging projects! Catalyst is teacher centered and volunteer supported; offering extensive professional development, coaching, and volunteer career mentors to help strengthen teacher capacity and encourage social emotional learning. Students will be immersed in challenging projects that are designed for a virtual or blended learning environment.
Register here and we will send you the Zoom link
Elevating Voices for Equity
Date: March 11, 2021
Time: 9:00 - 10:00am PT/12:00 - 1:00pm ET
Title: Pathways to Post-Secondary Education Discussion
Description: The second in a virtual three-part speaker series, Elevating Voices for Equity, where we bring together members of our community to uplift voices of those who have been working in and alongside our communities. Pathways to Postsecondary Education will be moderated by Tarlin Ray, Vice President, College Connections at The College Board. This discussion will highlight the role of nontraditional pathways and how to support students in post-secondary education as well as the role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Community Colleges, STEM education.
To register, please visit CitizenSchools.org/elevatingvoices.
Meaningful Student Engagement through Hands-on Learning and Mentorship
Date: March 18, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00am PT/1:00 - 2:00pm ET
Title: Developing Meaningful Student Work During Remote Learning Webinar
Description: The third in a four-part series titled Meaningful Student Engagement through Hands-on Learning and Mentorship, we’ll discuss examples of meaningful student products created from hands-on experiential and maker-centered learning. Led by Sebastian Byers, a Citizen Schools Program Experience Manager with Makers + Mentors Network, several Maker Fellow’s from various sites will also share suggestions for incorporating design thinking and video production as techniques to support student learning. While the series will have practical applications for multiple grade levels, our primary focus will be on 5th - 8th grade educators.
To register, please visit Pathfinders Online Institute
Virtual Coffee Hour
Date: March 24, 2021
Time: 4:00pm EST/1:00pm PST
Title: Maker-Centered Remote Learning: What, How, & Why
Description: As tech inequalities continue to amplify the impacts of COVID-19 on our educational system, students struggle with motivation and skill development. Join us for a solution-oriented Virtual Coffee Hour discussion on how to harness Making to strengthen deep learning experiences for youth as this digital divide grows. We will explore the benefits of Maker-Centered Learning as an interdisciplinary and accessible tool for addressing educational gaps. These benefits include increasing student engagement, fostering entrepreneurship, and creating environments that truly support creativity and skill development.
To register, please visit https://citizenschools.tfaforms.net/326556
I am reaching out to provide the flyer and website link for the upcoming 3D Thursday Webinar for K-12 Rural Educators. Many thanks to those who distributed last month’s flyer, as it was both well-attended, and well-received. Using feedback from that discussion, we designed January’s webinar (Thursday, Jan. 7th at 7pm Central Time) to highlight NASA data resources, and we are excited to bring NASA experts from My NASA Data. You will gain access to free NASA resources while also learning how to use NASA data to incorporate student-driven/research design into your classrooms. Subsequent webinars will be held the first Thursday of each month. Please see the attached flyer for the registration link and forward to your members. You may also access the flyer by using this link to NASA’s webpage. We hope to see you all on Jan. 7th!
Albert Einstein Fellow at NASA Headquarters
AFA/Rolls Royce 2020 National Teacher of the Year
UNL Doctoral Candidate in STEM Education
We are seeking faculty at local community colleges, middle and high schools in the Northeast, Metro West, Metro North, Boston, Southeast, and Cape Cod STEM NEXUS areas to spend 6 weeks of summer conducting research alongside undergraduate students in an NSF funded Research Experiences for Teachers program focused in engineering. The program starts on Monday, July 6 through Friday, August 13, 2021.
Teachers 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 in your curriculum. Teachers will gain experience working in a cleanroom as well as in faculty labs and through our program, we will work with the teachers and the schools to assist in integration into STEM curriculum. Something unique about our RET site is that we intend to continue to work with your school and teachers even after the summer program is over. We intend to help initiate a community of STEM engineering within the STEM networks where teachers and administrators can continuously support each other with new lessons and integration plans.
The deadline for applications is April 6, 2021 so that we can let teachers know prior to spring break if they have a position in our site. Our website has a lot of information: http://www.bu.edu/photonics-ret including the application process: https://www.bu.edu/photonics-ret/apply-today/
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email.
Prof. Helen Fawcett, Co-Director
Prof. Xin Zhang, Director
National Science Foundation Research Experiences
for Teachers (RET) in Integrated Nanomanufacturing
Boston University Photonics Center
8 Saint Mary’s St., PHO936
Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 857-753-1719 (Helen)
Free webinar on hurricanes: connect with National Hurricane Center experts on Thursday, November 19th!
A FREE webinar on hurricanes will be offered to grades 4 through 6 on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 9am EST (8am CST). This webinar is presented by the Hurricanes: Science and Society (HSS) Team at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI/GSO) in partnership with NOAA's National Hurricane Center (NHC), and will feature NHC experts who will share their knowledge and experiences about hurricane science, hazards, preparation, and forecasting. The webinar will be hosted using the WebEx virtual meeting platform, last approximately 1 hour, and will allow classes to ask questions in real time.
Schools/classes wanting to participate MUST REGISTER in advance. To register please visit the HSS website: http://www.hurricanescience.org/resources/nhcwebinar/.
Questions? Please contact Chris Knowlton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This webinar is sponsored by the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography.
I hope this finds you well as we prepare for a safe return to school. For the resilient educator, tired parent, homeschool warrior, and everyone facing these new challenges we are rooting for you!
We are pleased to announce the Red Sox first FREE Virtual STEM DAY, presented by CITGO September 28th (video will remain up for an additional period of time for people to utilize at their convenience as we understand scheduling challenges during these times)!
Since we can’t all be together at Fenway this fall, alongside with our friends at NASA, we are bringing STEM DAY to you in hopes we can provide a resource to our amazing and overworked teachers and parents with some fun educational programming and at home experiments for all ages.
REGISTER NOW HERE to reserve your spot for this completely free event and we’ll send you a link prior to the big day!
Watch together as a class or as a family and hear from NASA Scientists and Red Sox special guests as we learn together during the online socially distanced event.
We look forward to learning alongside you during this out of the park, out of this world day of STEM education.
Please give me a call if you have any questions and I can be reached directly at 617-939-3770, and best of luck with the return to school.
Fenway Park | 4 Jersey Street | Boston, MA. 02215
Direct: (617) 226-6834 | Mobile: (617) 939-3770
RED SOX STEM DAY!
RED SOX 2021 SCHEDULE!
Your participation includes:
Individual student kits
Remote real time and asynchronous support
Curriculum guide for one week of instruction
Flexible professional learning and support
Voucher for the loan of a Power Grid Kit, an interactive, working physical model of the power grid
Sign up early to reserve your classroom’s chance to participate in this unique program.
Register on your own or put together a team with a colleague.
For more information:
Join us for a free webinar
Monday, August 24 at 1:00 PM
Or contact email@example.com with questions.
Dear High School Educator:
STEM Education Insights, a Massachusetts-based STEM education research and development organization, is proud to participate in MA STEM Week 2020. We’ve got a great design challenge lined up for you and your students thanks to our partnership with long-time renewable energy education expert, Michael Arquin from KidWind (and now Gale Force Education). Our program is not yet announced on the state web site, but we hope you’ll decide to learn more! For questions about MA STEM Week 2020, contact Alexis Lian, firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about our program, please contact Mike Arquin at the email address above.
We know this school year holds challenges, some of them daunting. This design challenge won’t be one of them! We hope this program will provide you with support as you bring dynamic learning to your students.
STEM Education Insights
Are you or someone you know looking for ways to combine art and science to engage youth? Now’s your chance to become a Cool Science Mentor!
Our online workshop is for adults who work with at least ten K-12 youth in Massachusetts, Kansas, or Missouri. We provide the art materials and supplies. You get to learn from home. Win-win!
Each workshop series consists of three online sessions. You can choose to attend one of the two options below:
· Weekday Series: Part I - August 3rd, Part II – August 5th, and Part III – August 7th
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Eastern) / 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Central)
· Weekend Series: Part I - August 8th, Part II – August 15th, and Part III – August 22nd
9:30 a.m. -11 a.m. (Eastern) / 10:30 a.m. - Noon (Central)
During this workshop series, you will learn how to educate youth about the science of extreme weather through artistic expression. You will enhance your understanding of both science and art, which will help you become a better youth mentor. And, you will learn about an exciting art contest for youth.
BONUS! Online workshop participants will receive:
· Art and science resources
· Art supplies and lesson materials
· A pro-rated stipend of up to $200 based on the number of submissions to the Cool Science Art Contest*
*Mentors who attend all three sessions of a workshop series will receive $50. Trained mentors will also receive $15 for each mentee that submits a piece of artwork, an artist statement, and an accordion book to the Cool Science Art Contest, up to a maximum of $150. All stipends will be paid after the contest submission deadline has passed.
You will also get a chance to provide feedback in surveys and focus groups for the project’s evaluation, if you are interested.
Space is limited. Apply Now!
Use the link below to apply by July 3, 2020. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by July 8, 2020.
If the link above doesn’t work, you can cut and past the following url you’re your browser: https://umasslowell.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9FJa0OugQ1ng3j
You may contact us at email@example.com if you have further questions.
Cool Science is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Governor Baker issued an executive order on Wednesday, March 18 extending Massachusetts-issued licenses for certain professionals, including licensed educators. The order states that a license that is "in good standing" as of March 18, 2020 and which expires during the state of emergency will remain valid until 90 days after the end of the state of emergency. Guidance and FAQs related to the executive order are available online.
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