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PASCO and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have teamed up to celebrate STEM educators who have created and are using effective STEM curriculum in the classroom.

A total of five 2013 PASCO STEM Educator Awards will be given to teachers exhibiting excellent in STEM education.  One elementary school educator and two teachers from middle and high schools will receive a prize worth approximately $4,500.

Consisting of experts selected by NSTA, the judging panel will be looking for entries that implement innovative inquiry-based, technology-infused STEM programs.  The best entries will be those that address a real-world application or problem, challenging students to use STEM skills to solve it.

To apply, fill out this application and submit it  by November 30th, 2012.

Good luck!
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The Art of Science Learning, a new initiative made possible by funding from the National Science Foundation, promises to enhance STEM education in Worcester through the arts.  Led by the Ecotarium in partnership with individuals from numerous Worcester organizations, the project is one of three in the country benefiting from the $2.7 million NSF Art of Science Learning grant. The other two projects are in San Francicso and Chicago.

MSSEF board member Sandra Mayrand, director and founder of UMass Medical School's Regional Science Resource Center and director of the Central Massachusetts STEM Network serves on the advisory board.  “The collaboration of the Worcester art and science organizations,... Read More

John McIntyre, Sustainability and Brand Manager for Samsung, notified us of the following opportunity for Massachusetts schools:

From now until October 31st, Samsung Electronics is accepting applications for a program called Samsung Solve for Tomorrow. By entering, schools have a chance to win up to $110,000 in technology grants.  The competition is open to public middle and high school classes... and there is not a limit on how many classes can enter from a particular school.  Also, applicants don't have to be Science or Math teachers.  Any teacher and their group of students...specials, AT, etc., can submit an application.

The way it works is teachers are asked to complete a short application.

From all entrants nationwide, 75 are selected to participate. Each of these 75 are then equipped with a camcorder, laptop, and video editing software to create videos addressing the challenge, “Show how STEM can help the environment in your community.”

The top 15 finalists will... Read More

It's the "E" in STEM, but what is engineering education, really, at the K-12 level?  A series of discussions on The Opportunity Equation blog tackles that subject thoughtfully through conversations with engineering experts and educators.

Recently, Christine M. Cunningham, the Founder and Director of Engineering is Elementary (EiE) -- a program of Boston's Museum of Science -- weighed in on the work that her organization does to engage students of diverse backgrounds and interests in the wonderful world of engineering. After seven years of research and testing, EiE has evolved into a 20-unit engineering curriculum for elementary schools.

The program also focuses on professional development through a "train the... Read More

Michael Maloney, Assistant Director of the Massachusetts Region IV Science Fair, received "Educator of the Week" honors at the Sunday, September 30 Patriots football game through Cubist Pharmaceuticals’ Science Education Leadership Award program.

According to Somerville High School Assistant Principal Sebastian LaGambina, who nominated Mike for the honor, "Michael is an absolutely fabulous physics teacher... probably the best educator I've seen in almost 30 years of education."

Mike's recent accomplishments include:

  • Developing an ePortfolio template that will be implemented school-wide, in which all 1,300 students will have an electronic portfolio for displaying their best work.
  • Spending many hours of his... Read More

Science scored a touchdown at the Patriots game last night, when Kelly Graveson, an 8th-grade teacher at Douglas High School in Douglas, MA, earned "Teacher of the Week" honors through Cubist Pharmaceuticals’ Science Education Leadership Award program.  Throughout football season, the program will honor science teachers in middle and high schools throughout New England who are incorporating innovative techniques in the classroom that inspire and engage students in the world of science.

Kelly was nominated by Sandra Mayrand, director of the Regional Science Resource Center at UMass Medical School and a member of the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) board of directors.  “Kelly is a phenomenal teacher,” Sandra said.  “I have seen her classes come alive for all of her students with them working in... Read More

How does environmental education factor into STEM?  According to a blog post on Edudemic, environmental science jobs are growing fast -- faster than any other science jobs at the moment, in fact. Furthermore, 78% of companies highly value a candidate's environmental knowledge in the hiring process.  Clearly, environmental science education is a niche with a big future.  An infographic from the National Environmental Education Foundation puts it all into perspective:

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Marlborough High School will welcome a VIP tomorrow, when Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville will pay a visit. The focus of his visit will be the high school's STEM Early College High School, which integrates project-based learning experiences and personalized portfolio assessment with community involvement and internships in STEM-related careers. Funded in part with Race to the Top money, the program supports closing achievement gaps, and has received praise from Gov. Deval Patrick.
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Scientific American and (which refers to itself as "an independent citizens' initiative asking candidates for office to discuss the top science questions facing America) posed 14 questions about science and education to President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  Their responses will be analyzed and graded in the November issue of Scientific American, available next month.

In the meantime, you can read what the candidates had to say on such subjects as education, climate change, biosecurity, and innovation on Scientific American online.

Are the candidates qualified to respond to such questions? "Obama and Romney spend a lot of time talking... Read More

Broadcom Foundation Executive Director Paula Golden received a "high-five" voicemail from astronaut and STEM champion Sally Ride just weeks before Ride's untimely death from pancreatic cancer: "Paula, this is Sally Ride. I clipped an article you wrote about the importance of motivating kids to study math and science in middle school and called to let you know that the Broadcom Foundation is on target with support for training teachers in STEM project-based learning."

As Golden points out in a blog post on Huff Post Impact, Ride's most significant legacy may well be the results of her effort to empower middle school teachers to inspire kid to pursue STEM studies -- and eventually, careers -- through Ride's "Train the Trainer" program.  "Sharing... Read More


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