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Updated April 13, 2023

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April 15 Registration Deadline to Submit an Event for Bike for Bees and Butterflies on May 20th.

Who: 15 Minute Field Trips. What: Activities, workshops, and grab-and-go events focused on bees, butterflies, and/or bikes! Examples: Make a bee or butterfly craft to take home Count the painted (and real) monarchs along the Woonasquatucket Greenway Tour an apiary Honey tasting Plant flowers and native host plants Give away seeds Make seed paper Bike maintenance Family bike scavenger hunt When: May, all month long. Pick and date and time that works for YOU and be added to the event flier and Eventbrite link. Where: Across RI near bike paths. Tell us where you'll be! Why: May is National Bike Month and No Mow May. Word Bee Day is May 20th. It's also Mental Health Awareness Month. Support our pollinators and biodiversity and get everyone outside! How: Fill out this form to get started. DEADLINE APRIL 15th.


April 20 from 4-5:30 pm. FREE Hybrid Event. Critical Conversations: Environmental Justice Event from Brown University

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race adn Ethnicity in America. Located at Brown University, Pembroke 301, 172 Meeting St., Providence, RI. Register here to attend in person or virtually. This event gathers scholars of environmental justice to discuss the uneven burdens presented by climate change, linkages between race and urban policy, and how communities are resisting the effects of extractive capitalism. Presented by Myles Lennon, an environmental anthropologist, Dean’s Assistant Professor of Environment & Society and Anthropology at Brown University, and a former sustainable energy policy practitioner. 


April 26 at 5 pm. DataScience4Everyone Webinar

Are you an educator looking to leverage research for your classroom? Join us for a practitioner-focused webinar that unpacks a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine generated from the two-day workshop on K-12 data science education held in September 2022.

During this panel, practitioners and educators will learn more about the findings of the workshop and what teachers, district leaders, and policymakers need to know. Experts from various levels of the education system will discuss how to make data science education a reality, successes and challenges currently in the field, and how we can collaborate to create students ready for the data revolution. You can look forward to connecting research, practice, and policy all in one place so educators have the full picture of the emerging field.  Register for Webinar here.

April 28 12-1:15 pm at Mystic Aquarium. Panelists Discuss their Perspectives and Lived Experiences 

Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge - Indigenous Culture - Community Engagement

HOW INCORPORATING DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES CAN HELP GUIDE CONSERVATION EFFORTS FORWARD, DEVELOPING A FRAMEWORK TOGETHER


Amplifying Diverse Perspectives Session 2

Register Here:Zoom Webinar


FREE! Diving into the Ocean Twilight Zone (OTZ) Office of Naval Research Grant for Middle School and High School Teachers

Take this interest survey to learn more about an opportunity using gamified robotics and mats to teach your students about the amazing creatures and research within the OTZ, one of Earth's last unknown frontiers. Culminating event and field trip to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute included. Complete the interest survey to receive an application for the 2023-2024 and/or 2024-2025 school years. Application deadline for 2023-2024 is April 30, 2023 and for 2024-2025, June 1, 2023.


Call for $10,000 Curriculum Development Award Applications from the NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium 

All K-12 projects related to the development of NASA-relevant curricula or other educational programs are invited to apply for funding. Projects may include, but are not limited to, the development of K-12 STEM lessons and educational materials, professional development programs/workshops for K-12 educators, new undergraduate and graduate courses that integrate content relevant to NASA goals, courses or educational programs that integrate NASA data or teach students how to work with NASA data products, and courses that employ new pedagogical approaches or methodologies to bring NASA-relevant content to a broad audience, to name a few. Projects and courses that focus on increasing access to high quality STEM education in underserved communities/groups, offer hands-on learning experiences for students, and/or seek to develop novel digital/online learning experiences for diverse audiences are highly encouraged. Activities at the K-12 level should demonstrate how they are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. The maximum amount requested for each lead investigator or educator is $10,000 per project (e.g., a single project with two lead investigators contributing equally can request up to $20,000). Applicants should also provide a plan or description for one-to-one cost match for all requested funds. We understand that cost-match guidelines can be confusing, and do not want these requirements to limit applications. Our team will work with applicants to find a strategy that works for each institution. If you have a good idea, we want to hear about it and will work to find solutions! Full applications should be no more than 5 pages in length, and must include a description of the project, the target audience, the expected number of students engaged by the activity, a brief description of how learning outcomes will be assessed, the format and timing of the activity (e.g., One day professional development workshop in spring 2024), a budget that details all requested funds, and a description of cost-match strategy. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and should be e-mailed to Ralph_Milliken@brown.edu and Nancy_Ciminelli@brown.edu.


May 5 Applications Due for the Aug. 9 from 8:30 am-4:00 pm Wild and Scenic Rivers Stewardship Professional Learning

PL Opportunity for up to ten Middle and/or High School educators to use free technology and get PAID for it!  Session will take place at Westerly High School (conference room) on August 9 from 8:30 to 4:00.  Middle and high school teachers from schools in Chariho, Coventry, East Greenwich, Exeter, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, West Greenwich, and Westerly are invited to apply.

Learn about free Geospatial Technology which can be used to enhance your curriculum.

Objectives of the session are:

  • Use the “Science of Where” to investigate the watershed

  • Enhancing curriculum with ArcGIS Online (free online resource)

  • Use of 21st Century technology to better prepare students for future careers

  • Prepare and implement watershed lesson that utilizes Geospatial Technology

Participants will receive a stipend after submitting their lesson and PLUs will be provided.  Contact petestetson8@gmail.com for more information or an application. Applications are due by May 5, 2023, Successful applicants will be notified by May 26, 2023.  Funded through the Wild & Scenic Rivers Stewardship Council and the National Park Service


May 13-21. Professional Learning and Field Trips at the Ocean Race Stopover via Sail Newport

Sail Newport is hosting the third Ocean Race Stopover [previously Volvo Ocean Race], May 13-21, 2023This unique opportunity includes professional development days for all teachers to learn and utilize the Ocean Race Learning Program Curriculum. Learn more and complete interest form hereEmail cortney.kingsley@sailnewport.org with any questions.

  • FREE Ocean Race Field Trips and Curriculum for Schools. Check out our Ocean Live Park Field Trips May 13th-21st 2023. All-day engagement for school groups to explore ocean health issues and solutions through the eyes of a sailor in The Exploration Zone. Students can explore the team bases, sustainability exhibits, view the race boats close up at the docks, Try Sailing Experience, and the One Blue Voice. We invite you to plan your trip for the new 2023 Ocean Live Park race village experience.  Learn more and complete the interest form here. 
  • FREE Ocean Race Learning Program Curriculum. Lessons focused on developing ocean literacy, awareness of ocean health issues, and place-based sustainable practices. Champions for the Sea for students in K-8 and Generation Ocean for use with middle/high school students. Visit https://theoceanracenewport.com/learning for FREE curriculum and school trips!


May 24 from 4-6 pm. FREE Hands-On Workshop Introducing the New NGSS Designed Lab-Aids Biology Curriculum Based on Real-World Phenomena and Issues

Calling all High School Administrators and Biology Teachers! Join Lab-Aids and the East Bay Educational Collaborative (EBEC) to learn about Science and Global Issues: Biology. Make your biology class come alive as your students explore real-world issues and take an active role in analyzing and designing possible solutions. Enjoy several sustainable-focused Ecology activities and receive lesson samples for your classroom, free access to a digital trial of the curriculum, a classroom poster featuring the CCCs, a chance to win biology kits, and a pizza dinner! Click this link: https://ebecri.libcal.com/event/10497471 to register by May 17, and learn more by watching this video https://vimeo.com/713079822 or contacting Linda.Audette@ebecri.org


May 27 from 2-4 pm. Tiffany Kersten's Birdie Big Year: Elevating Women Birders

The Ocean State Bird Club has invited a nationally known birder and women's safety activist to speak on May 27th at Gaige Hall on the RIC campus.  Tiffany Kirsten set the lower 48 Big Year record several years ago.  She'll be conducting a presentation entitled, "Birdie Big Year, Elevating Women Birders".  The event is open to Club Members and non-members. Tiffany comes highly recommended, and Lauren Parmelle (Senior Director of Education, Audtoubon Society of RI) encourages all to check it out. Free for OSBC Members and $20 for Non OSBC Members. Register here.


FREE Course and PD for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare for Computer Science and Biotech Courses and CTE Pathways

High School Teachers. Teach your students’ skills in data science, Python and machine learning as they learn how bias in these fields impact healthcare within a unique biomedical or computer science course. Includes a 2-day MIT workforce datathon experience with experts from across the globe. Interested? Click here. 


June 9-10. RI BioBlitz 2023. 2 pm Friday, June 9 through 2 pm Saturday, June 10.

More info at https://rinhs.org/ on Feb. 6. Click here to become a survey member or renew. Registration is required.


Big Train Farm, John Kenny

12th annual course on Soil, Plant, and Organic Methods. An in-depth presentation of soil science and how to improve one's soil and therefore plant health, using organic methods. Please spread the word and share with relevant parties.


Free VR and AR Courses for Teachers and Students

XR Terra has partnered with Verizon and Unity to provide free, high level training and instruction to both Teachers and Students in VR and AR design and development. We provide both the program and the online instructor! Here are some of the details of those courses:

  • Partnered with both Verizon and Unity to create quality educational programs to students and provide them to schools for free.

  • For teachers, we provide a free, 4 day XR (VR/AR/MR) bootcamp, allowing teachers to develop a foundation in Post Reality, Unity, and Engage.

  • For students, we provide free 8 - 10 week programs, giving them deep knowledge for XR design and development, primarily using Unity, The Unreal Engine, and other software. The student course also comes with a free online instructor for the course.

  • XR Terra is partnering with broader industries such as Verizon to ensure we are preparing students for the workforce.

  • The XR industry is on track to grow over 1000% in the next 4 years, and we want as many people as possible to have access to jobs within the industry.

  • Allow teachers to begin using 3D models, interactive displays, and educational games in their curriculum.

Everything is free, so if any teacher is interested, it would be great to have them sign up here: https://www.xrterra.com/programs/educators/


If any administrator is interested in the student program, they can contact me at max@xrterra.io or call me at 207 838 4505 and we'll get something going ASAP.


Free July opportunity for science teachers from the National WII Museum

This summer the National WWII Museum will host two weeks of seminars for teachers of science and STEM on-site at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. The first week (July 2 to 8) will be open to teachers of K–8th grade science. Participants will learn how to use the Little Engineers and Real World Science curriculum guides and best practices in science education. We will discuss activities in Physical, Earth, and Life Sciences and Engineering and learn how to integrate literacy practices and social studies into science investigations with studentsThe second week (July 16 to 22) will be open to teachers of 6th–12th grade science. Participants will learn how to use the STEM Corps and Real World Science curriculum guides and best practices in science education. We will discuss activities in Physics, Chemistry, Earth, and Life Sciences and Engineering and learn how to integrate literacy practices and social studies into science investigations with students.

For more information, visit www.nationalww2museum.org/realworldscience


From the Fragments: Places and People in Colonized New England Summer Institute

Brought to you by The National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks Program and the University of New Hampshire

July 10th –14th or July 17th –21st

We welcome educators from all levels, disciplines, and learning communities!

Immersive Experiences + $1300 Stipend + 30 Contact Hours

Our Institutes center three essential components:

  • Place-based Interdisciplinary Excursions: Engage in experiential, cultural, and archaeological site visits sites along the Great Bay Estuary/P8bagok as well as across New England on the Indigenous land of N’Dakinna.

  • Archival, Archaeological, and Scientific Research: Explore the work of the Great Bay Archaeological Survey (GBAS) surrounding early colonial histories (through the 1600-1700s) to gain new perspectives on this pivotal time.

  • Time and Space to Contemplate and Create: Reflect on your site visits and draw on your expertise to design educational experiences that center new insights about our shared pasts for learners in your communities.

Apply now! Space is limited!


Visit our website to learn more: fromthefragments.com Contact: Landmarks.NEH@unh.edu


Island Ecology In the Bahamas

Terra Science and Education, in partnership with the Gerace Research Center (GRC) is offering a week long in-service workshop for teachers. The workshop is designed to equip teachers with the knowledge and resources they need to lead field studies for thier students in the bahamas. WHO CAN APPLY? Applicants may include teachers or administrators at a K-12 school. For more information visit: TerraEd.org.

TRAINING INCLUDES:

  1. Guide to booking and setting up future trips with Terra

  2. Training and materials to recruit students

  3. Guidance and materials to teach an academic program

  4. Twice daily snorkeling trips to select sites on island

  5. Cultural experiences

COST $1,350 per teacher which includes:

  1. Round Trip Airfare from your home airport to San Salvador

  2. Room and Board while on the island

  3. Insurance

  4. Suggested materials to use in recruitment, pre-trip orientation for families and students

  5. Academic materials to use while on the island

  6. Certificate of Completion for in-service credit


Monarch Watch (https://monarchwatch.org)

Monarch Watch Tag Recoveries

Many of you have been asking about when tag recoveries for the 2022 tagging season will be posted online. The tag recoveries within the U.S., Canada and northern Mexico were recently posted online via https://monarchwatch.org/tagrecoveries; recoveries from the overwintering sites in central Mexico are typically reported to us in March and posted online in April once everything is received and verified. We will make an announcement via our email updates so stay tuned!

As a reminder, if you have not submitted your tagging data to us yet, it is not too late! Complete information (including links to the tag data submission form and recovery lists) is available on our Monarch Tagging Program page at https://monarchwatch.org/tagging 

Monarch Population Development: A stage-specific model (slides and notes)

Free milkweeds for schools and educational non-profits

Schools and educational nonprofits may apply for a free flat of native milkweeds for a public garden or habitat space. Single flats of 32 plants (58 for Texas) will be distributed to recipients in the spring, while milkweed supplies last. The application can be found here: https://monarchwatch.org/free-milkweed-schools-nonprofits


Roger Williams Park Zoo. Does your family want to save wild animals and wild places?

Become an Earth Agent and help Roger Williams Park Zoo inspire your neighbors to make the world a better place for animals and their habitats. Earth Agents are families who will organize and host an event in their community to share simple ways to help our planet. Roger Williams Park Zoo will provide everything needed to get started!

This program is limited to 20 families. There is no fee to join the Earth Agents, but families are expected to attend an in-person kick-off event tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 15th. Families agree to organize and host an event in their community between April and June 2023. That community can be friends, neighbors, a church group – however you define it! Roger Williams Park Zoo will provide everything needed to get started.

Apply to be an Earth Agent at https://www.rwpzoo.org/earth-agent-application/


Wild and Scenic Rivers Stewardship Professional Learning

PL Opportunity for up to ten Middle and/or High School educators to use free technology and get PAID for it!  Session will take place at Westerly High School (conference room) on August 9 from 8:30 to 4:00.  Middle and high school teachers from schools in Chariho, Coventry, East Greenwich, Exeter, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, West Greenwich, and Westerly are invited to apply.

Learn about free Geospatial Technology which can be used to enhance your curriculum.

Objectives of the session are:

  • Use the “Science of Where” to investigate the watershed

  • Enhancing curriculum with ArcGIS Online (free online resource)

  • Use of 21st Century technology to better prepare students for future careers

  • Prepare and implement watershed lesson that utilizes Geospatial Technology

Participants will receive a stipend after submitting their lesson and PLUs will be provided.  Contact petestetson8@gmail.com for more information or an application.

Applications are due by May 5, 2023, Successful applicants will be notified by May 26, 2023.  Funded through the Wild & Scenic Rivers Stewardship Council and the National Park Service


Become an NSTA/SSI Eclipse Partner

On April 8, 2024, Rhode Island will experience a partial Solar Eclipse (91%)!  NSTA is looking to partner with teachers to help share information and resources.

This free program seeks to engage 100 educators of science to be ambassadors to local schools, libraries and organizations to share information on the eclipses and how to view them safely. As a Partner, you will receive:

  • Professional learning web seminars and resources that cover what you need to know about eclipses and information you can share with others;

  • Dedicated discussion forum for you to engage with eclipse experts and other Eclipse Partners to connect, learn from one another, and share ideas;

  • Electronic copies of several eclipse-related NSTA Press publications and Interactive E-books+;

  • One-year digital membership to NSTA.

Check out their website today and learn more about this exclusive opportunity!


New England Association of Chemistry Teachers (NEACT) Annual Summer Conference

August 1 & 2, 2023 at Fitchburg State University. 

NEACT is currently accepting proposals for the annual summer conference. 

Chemistry educators at all levels--middle school, high school, and university--are encouraged to present.   Proposals can be submitted here.  Contact Kristen Vanderveen at kvanderveen@psharvard.org  with any questions.

Plan to attend this event!Featured will be 2 days of presentations and workshops.  Scholarships are available.   A registration form and scholarship application will be available online later in the spring.  Check out our website www.neact.org or contact Kathy Siok at ksiok1@ric.edu  for additional details.

 

 

July Offerings from the STEM Education Center at WPI

Seeds of STEM, Problem-Based STEM Curriculum for PK-K Classrooms

July 6 & 7 OR Oct. 13 & 14 AND two follow-up sessions on Dec. 8 AND March 8

Young children deserve high-quality STEM curriculum too! Seeds of STEM is a research-based, science and engineering, PK-K curriculum that guides children in solving problems. Join the hundreds of teachers from MA, GA, AZ, and NY who completed the training and are implementing Seeds of STEM units in their classrooms. Want to use Seeds of STEM with your PK-K students too? Join our PD this summer or fall and get a real experience with the curriculum. While conducted virtually, the PD is fun and very interactive! More information and registration are available on our webpage. Contact Mia mdubosarsky@wpi.edu with questions.



Free July STEM Professional Development for K-12 Teachers - Wentworth Institute of Technology & MIT

ASM Materials CampĀ®-Teachers is a free, week-long, idea-generating workshop introducing teachers to methods that make math and core science principles more enticing and relevant to their middle and high school students. Materials topics are great motivators in any engineering, technology or science course as students learn concepts that are reflected in their everyday lives.

  • Teachers leave our camps able to engage students using simple, low-cost experiments that integrate into existing lesson plans.

  • Participants are eligible to receive four (4) Continuing Education Units

  • (CEUs) and can opt for two (2) graduate level credits.

Camps are offered across the United States, Canada and virtually.  The July 17-21, 2023 session will be at Wentworth Institute of Tech in Massachusetts.  More information can be found here.


STEM Boot Camp for Middle & High School Educators

STEM Innovations is offering a FREE, virtual, year-long STEM professional development focused on learning more about integrating STEM, problem-based learning, and our free STEM Road Map curriculum published by NSTA!

Introducing the STEM Boot Camp Academy - designed and delivered by the authors of the STEM Road Map curriculum series published by NSTA. Participants in this PD will receive FREE PD, one FREE STEM Road Map curriculum book, and a year-long opportunity to work with teachers across the U.S. to learn how to implement integrated STEM in their middle and high school classrooms.

Includes 45 hours of live, professional development.  Schedule includes a full week, June 19-23 from 11 am-4 pm daily.  Get more information and register here.

 

FREE Summer PD in Maine: Watershed Science, Outdoor Learning, and Community Partnerships

Join The Ecology School in Maine this July for an engaging and inspiring professional development opportunity. Teachers will be challenged to explore water’s connection to human systems and its impacts on the environment. Immersed in field-based ecology lessons, attendees will have opportunities to network and collaborate with colleagues from schools around the country to reimagine their teaching to include outdoor learning, place-based experiences, and community partners.

Offered in two cohorts: July 17 - 20 and July 27 - 30, 2023.

The Institute is free for teachers, and attendees will receive a $250 stipend and be reimbursed for most travel.  Click here to learn more & apply to attend this special weekend for educators.


Offerings from the Wade Institute for Science Education

Whales’ Tales, Turtle Hurdles, and Migration Phenomena

A Summer Professional Development Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

Spend a week this summer with the Wade Institute for Science Education and our collaborating partners Manomet, Inc., the Lloyd Center for the Environment and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy! Investigate the phenomena of migration of whales, sharks, turtles and birds as you explore the tools used to track migrating species. Work with real time data collected by researchers and citizen scientists, gain an understanding of the importance of both technologically collected data as well as historical data collected by whalers and fisherman and learn how your students can become involved in citizen monitoring programs. Engage in hands-on field and inquiry-based classroom investigations, explore how phenomena can provide a foundation for inquiry-based science instruction, identify culturally appropriate phenomena for classroom-based investigations, and learn how your students can become involved in place-based citizen science activities.


Registration Information

  • Dates: July 17th – 21st, 2023

  • Location: Manomet, Inc, Plymouth, MA

  • Cost: $450 per educator, discounted prices for teams of teachers from same school

  • Credit: 3 graduate credits available for an additional fee

  • Registration opens soon! Visit www.wadeinsitutema.org for more information.

 

Wade Institute for Science Education 2023 Science and Literacy Institute

Connecting Science and Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

A 3-day professional learning opportunity for grades 3-5 educators

Join the Wade Institute and Hitchcock Center for the Environment for an exciting 3-day professional learning institute! Engage in minds-on, hands-on learning which will provide you with science knowledge, classroom investigations aligned to the standards, books for your classroom and other resources. Let us help you make time for science by showing you how to integrate science with talking, reading, and writing and integrate literacy time with science. We will read, write, talk and most importantly “do science.”

Discover the amazing world of squirrels as we engage in phenomena-based science instruction exploring animal behavior, like the physical and behavioral adaptations that make squirrels part gymnast, part economist, part bandit, and completely irresistible.

In this workshop we will focus on squirrels as we study animal behaviors, and adaptations because squirrels are an easily observed animal, but the tools and strategies offered are applicable to all animals.

  • Participate in hands-on, minds-on inquiry science investigations inspired and enhanced by literature

  • Explore using books, productive talk, and science writing

  • Read picture books, science trade books, informational text and other media to spark deep learning in science.

  • Learn strategies for integrating science, literacy, and discussion in ways that foster critical thinking, academic language, and meaning making.

  • Shift your practice to teach your grade-specific science content by using literature to spark minds-on, hands-on investigations as you implement the Science and Engineering Practices

  • Discover the amazing world of squirrels

  • Receive a tool kit with 4 books for your classroom


    Registration Information

    • Collaborating Partner and location: Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Amherst, MA

    • Dates: July 17th - 19th, 2023

    • Cost: $350 per participant, team discounts available for teachers from the same school

    • Credit: 2 graduate credits available for an additional fee

    Registration opens soon! Visit www.wadeinsitutema.org for more information.


    Ongoing

    • NASA’s STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative PD currently scheduled here.
    • Monthly ESRI Teacher Video Challenge
    • Building on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders, Franklin Covey Education is designed to increase attendance, develop student leadership skills and STEM identity. To find out more, contact kathryn.eller@ebecri.org.
    • FREE! Broad Discovery Center -- the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard's newly opened public engagement and science education space. We invite teens and adults to come immerse themselves in interactive and informative exhibits about cutting-edge biomedical research and learn about human disease. Museum Hours: Staffed hours: Monday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Guided tours: Monday - Wednesday, 11:00 am. Visitors are also encouraged to visit anytime between 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays (unless we are closed for a holiday) for a self-guided experience. We are currently booking group tours (group size = 10-30) and have announced dates and time slots for January 31 - March 8. We will release additional dates for March and April in the upcoming weeks. Group tours can be booked using this Calendly link: broad.io/grouptourPublic events: This past Fall, we launched a public talk series called Broad Discovery Series (formerly known as Science for All Seasons). You can subscribe to the Broad Institute newsletter to stay current with our public events catered towards educators, students, and community members. If you have any questions, email the museum team at discoverycenter@broadinstitute.org


    Coming Soon!

    I am STEM – STEM I am, FREE PD from the STEM Education Center at WPI

    Variety of Dates / Times available, TBD v. Bring STEM to your classroom during STEM Week 202e! The I am STEM – STEM I am lesson library engages students, grades PK-6, in solving problems in books and is designed to empower students to become problem solvers. With continued support from the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, the library has been expanded to include more lessons and incorporate culturally and linguistically responsive teaching strategies. The lesson library is housed on a new website. All the lessons are aligned with grade-level ELA and math or STE standards, can be done in the classroom or remotely, and use everyday and recyclable materials. Whether you're new to the library or if you've used it with students in the past, join us for this PD to see what's new and get inspired to solve problems with your students!

    The I am STEM PD is FREE and open to any PK-6 educator (in and out of school) interested in implementing a challenge with their students. This interactive and engaging 90-minute session will introduce you to the problem-solving process, show you how to navigate the library, allow you to briefly explore grade-level lessons, as well as try out an activity with colleagues. All participants will receive a certificate for 1.5 hours of PD.

    Registration is NOW OPEN at wpi.edu. https://www.wpi.edu/academics/stem-education-center/professional-development/at-wpi. Contact Donna at dtaylor@wpi.edu with questions.


    Be a Rhode Island Teacher at Sea!

    The University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) is announcing an opportunity for Rhode Island formal and informal educators to experience ocean science research at sea aboard the research vessel Endeavor. For three days beginning (dates TBD), chosen educators will work alongside GSO scientists using oceanographic research instruments and conducting experiments in the vessel’s wet and dry labs, learning various research techniques for studying the biology, physics, chemistry, and geology of the sea. The Rhode Island Teacher At Sea (RITAS) program, funded by the State of Rhode Island, is open to all Rhode Island educators formal and informal of all disciplines; participants do not need to be science teachers. General information about the RITAS program and an application form can be found at https://web.uri.edu/gso/outreach/ocean-classroom/rhode-island-teachers-at-sea-program/.

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    National Science Teachers Association Meeting in Kansas City!

    October 25-28, 2023



    Get ready for an exhilarating four days of innovation, inspiration, and connection at NSTA KC23!

    Come together with other educators of all experience levels and backgrounds to gain new insights, discover new trends, and bring back innovative ideas that promote imaginative learning and student engagement. Expand your knowledge, share experiences with peers, and rejuvenate your mind this October at the premier science and STEM teaching and learning event of the fall!

    Go to the NSTA Home Page to Register


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    NSTA Awards and Grants

    The National Science Teachers Association has many awards with a variety of categories. Many include incentives to support educators attending the National Conference or the NationalCongress in the summer. For more information go to: http://www.nsta.org/about/ awards.aspx

    Several classroom grants are also available at: http://www.nsta.org/ publications/calendar/

    AIAA Foundation Classroom Grants

    The AIAA Foundation believes that educating and inspiring the next generation of aerospace professionals is one of the most important investments it can make. The classroom grant program aims to bridge the gap in STEM funding by awarding more than 80 educators with up to $500 for 

    STEM programs. A clear connection to science, technology, engineering, art, or mathematics (STEAM) with an emphasis on aerospace must be included in the grant proposal. Applicants must be K–12 classroom teachers with funds that will be paid to the school. (Deadline September 30). For details go to: https://www.aiaa.org/get-involved/students-educators/aiaa-foundation-classroom-grant-program

    Enter the Monthly Esri K–12 Teacher Video Challenge

    We're looking for the September winner of the Esri Teacher Video Challenge. Create a video—up to 60 seconds long—of how you use ArcGIS Online in your classroom instruction (e.g., Geo Inquiries, ArcGIS Survey123, ArcGIS Community Analyst). Entrants in the September video challenge must submit their video by September 30, 2022. Contest will repeat each month through June!

    Monthly Esri Teacher Video Challenge winners receive the following:

    • A cash prize of $500
    • Acknowledgment on the Esri website
    • An opportunity to produce a three-minute video of your story with an Esri staff member

    Submission guidelines are simple. Just visit the Esri K–12 Teacher Video Challenge page for detailed instructions. Questions? Email k12schools@esri.com. We look forward to your submissions!



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