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The Next Steps Institute Sept 26-28 2016

The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science (SCCMS), and the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance (SCAA) are facilitating a new opportunity for networking, dialog and information to learners and leaders from across the nation.  See the event announcement here.

During the three-day program participants attend pathways of concurrent sessions, each addressing a critical STEM education issue in-depth. This pathway approach reflects the idea that change affects the individual first, and that the individuals engaged in reform need to understand reform concepts from their level of expertise before they can effectively translate theory into practice. Participants choose one pathway to follow throughout their Next Steps experience.  In addition to the pathway selected, participants will have three opportunities to leave their pathway learning and attend salon sessions.

For more information and registration click here.

TEN80 STEM Innovators-in-Training Experience Indiana – October 19

Join TEN80 Education’s team of STEM professionals and regional leaders in a one day version of the Innovators-in-Training Challenge. Students will attend workshops and working sessions that focus on one or more of the four critical aspects of innovation: the engineering process, enterprise process, content & skills and leadership.

  • Audience: High schools and organizations that serve high school students
  • Minimum Participation: 5 students due to the team-oriented challenge
  • Snack & Lunch: Provided to participants registered 2 weeks prior to the event
  • T-shirts: Provided to all students
  • Bussing stipends: Available to schools that bring 40 or more students

See the Indiana brochure here.

Connect to the registration website here.

Amazon Launches A Dedicated STEM Toy Shop

Amazon announced this morning the launch of a new store on its site that’s dedicated to selling STEM toys and games. The shop will feature a variety of items for children of all ages, the retailer says, which are focused on encouraging kids to develop science, technology, engineering and/or math-related skills.

Some of the toys include those from Snap Circuits and LEGO. And some are aimed at the preschool set, like the Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Abacus, for example, while others are for older kids, like the littleBits Electronics cloudBit Starter Kit, which teaches coding.

To read the complete article click here.

To visit the store click here.

Young Innovators Quest Open for Summer Applications

The Young Innovators Quest (YiQ) program provides opportunities for high school students
interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and medicine to conduct research and explore ways to enhance their creativity in a motivating, hands-on environment.

When: June 9, 2016 – July 1, 2016
Where: IUPUI Campus (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis)
Who: High school students interested in innovation and STEM

Click here for more information.

Now Accepting Applications at:
Application Deadlines: Early Bird: March 20, 2016 | Regular: April 29, 2016

Research in Sustainable Electronics For High School Science Teachers at Purdue

Program Dates: June 6 – July 15, 2016 

Program Overview

The RET Site is a unique professional development opportunity that leverages the expertise of engineering scholars at Purdue University and Tuskegee University. This program will be offered each summer over a three-year period, starting with summer 2016, and host 11 high school STEM teachers from the United States each summer for six weeks. Complementing the research will be a series of other professional development activities, such as field trips, and presentations from members of the Industrial Advisory Board. The teachers will be provided funding and support to implement new, standards-based curricula into their science courses at their respective high schools.

For complete information click here.


Magnify Learning is offering three PBL professional development opportunities this June

PBL Academy: June 8-11, Columbus Signature Academy HS, Columbus

PBL Northern Workshop: June 15-18 Riverside Intermediate, Plymouth

PBL Institute: June 22-15 Chapel Hill 7th & 8th Grade Center, Indianapolis

Why should you bring a group of at least 5 educators (including at least one administrator) from your school or district to one of these workshops?

*    Collaboration with your group will enrich the workshop learning experience and provide you and your teammates with on-going support in your classrooms when you are implementing what you learned.

*    Developing projects that integrate multiple subject areas will better enable your students to develop real-world problem solving skills.

*    School administrators who understand and support project based learning are essential for the growth and sustainability of PBL in your school.

*    Your registration fees will be reduced 10%!

Education experts point to inadequacies in STEM teaching

Less that half of STEM majors graduate with their intended degree, having some education experts pointing fingers at professors. A national push for increased focus on STEM education outlined in a 2012 report called for an increase of 1,000,000 STEM professionals over the next decade to remain competitive nationally. But University of Wisconsin education researcher Mark Connolly said this is a tall order given only 19 percent of students will graduate with a STEM degree. With only 40 percent of intended STEM majors actually graduating with those degrees, Connolly said a big part of the problem lies in the quality of STEM teaching.

Read the complete article here.