The February 2017 Issue of STEM-IN’ News Is Now Available

The February issue of the STEM-IN’ News is available here.

In This Issue:
• The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
• Science Textbook Adoption
• Indiana Summit on Out of School Learning
• STEM in the Indiana General Assembly
• Indiana ESSA Call to Action

Summer Research on Sustainable Electronics with Purdue University and Tuskegee University

Exciting Summer Research on Sustainable Electronics for High School Science Teachers Through
the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site Program.

Purdue University and Tuskegee University seek high school teachers (chemistry, physics, biology, engineering) to participate in summer research on sustainable electronics. Teachers will work on projects to make cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices greener.

Click here for more information or go to: https://engineering.purdue.edu/EEE/Research/RET/Years/2017​

 

January STEM-IN’ Newsletter Available

The January 2017 issue of the STEM-IN’ Newsletter is now available.  Topics include:

  • Coming Events
  • Grant Opportunities
  • Resources for STEM Educators

See the complete newsletter here.

High school students, teachers can register for 2017 Duke Energy Academy at Purdue

Registration for the sixth annual Duke Energy Academy at Purdue is now open to high school juniors and seniors and secondary teachers. The 2017 program runs June 18-24 on the Purdue University campus.

Each year, 42 students and 42 teachers are selected to participate in the week-long academy focused on the energy sciences and engineering. Participation is free of charge, and teachers will receive a $400 stipend upon program completion.  For more details click here.

The registration deadline is Jan. 16 for the Duke Energy Academy at Purdue. Those interested in applying can visit http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/energy/energyacademy for more information.

December Issue of STEM-IN’ News Now Available

The December 2016 issue of Indiana STEM-IN’ News is available here.

In This Issue:

  • Link Observatory Space Science Institute
  • TECHFIT: Merging STEM and Fitness
  • Indiana ESSA Call to Action
  • Statewide STEM Coalition Meeting Presentations

NYT: What America Can Learn About Smart Schools in Other Countries

Every three years, half a million 15-year-olds in 69 countries take a two-hour test designed to gauge their ability to think. Unlike other exams, the PISA, as it is known, does not assess what teenagers have memorized. Instead, it asks them to solve problems they haven’t seen before, to identify patterns that are not obvious and to make compelling written arguments. It tests the skills, in other words, that machines have not yet mastered.

The latest results, released Tuesday morning, reveal the United States to be treading water in the middle of the pool. In math, American teenagers performed slightly worse than they usually do on the PISA — below average for the developed world, which means they scored worse than nearly three dozen countries. They did about the same as always in science and reading, which is to say average for the developed world.

See the complete article here.

Project Based Learning Professional Development for K-16 Educators, Instructional Coaches, and Administrators Coming in June 2017

This June Magnify Learning will offer three 4-day open enrollment sessions on Project Based Learning professional development for K-16 educators, instructional coaches, and administrators. Sessions will be held June 19-22 in three Indiana locations:  Columbus, Indianapolis, and Plymouth.  At each of the workshops, the daily hours will be from 8 am to 3 pm. School groups (including administrators) are encouraged to attend in order to work together toward the establishment of collaborative PBL systems designed to meet their particular school culture and needs. Upon the successful completion of each 4-day workshop, participants receive a certificate for earning 28 Professional Growth Points.

You can register at: http://tinyurl.com/MagnifyLearning2017

Workshop Locations

PBL Academy

Columbus Signature Academy HS  
2205 25th Street
Columbus, IN 4720

PBL Institute

Indianapolis, IN (TBD)

PBL Northern Workshop

Riverside Intermediate
905 E. Baker Street,
Plymouth, IN 46563

Workshop Costs

The cost to participate in the 4 day session is —
$350-Individuals
$315- Groups of 5 or more
All members of a school team of 5 or more, including at least one administer, attending the workshops will receive a 10% reduction in their fees.

Workshop Pathways

Participants have the opportunity to choose between various workshop pathways:

PBL 101

  • Experience a Project Based Learning environment while you learn the nuts and bolts of PBL.  You will leave the four day workshop with a fully vetted PBL unit you are ready to implement with confidence!

PBL 201/301

  • If you have already been through our PBL 101 workshop, you will enjoy this next step as you drive your own process through Need to Knows to help create deeper learning experiences for students, a year long curriculum map, and the basics of earning PBL Certification.

PBL for Administrators/Instructional Coaches

  • For our classroom environments to change, we have to support our teachers in different ways.  Come learn how to help your teachers create classrooms that are student-centered by creating professional development that is teacher-centered.

PBL Certification

  • Educators with at least two years of PBL experience will work with a PBL Certified facilitator who will guide and support their work during the four day process.  This four day process will provide applicants with immediate support and clarification of all materials needed to validate authentic PBL classroom work and required to complete the PBL certification process.  There will also be an opportunity for applicants to interact with other participants during the four day PBL event.  For more information your can click on PBL Certification located on our website:  www.magnifylearningin.org