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Equipping Teachers to Engage Students in Science
 April 6th and 7th
 UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. 
Maine's science standards are up for review, what does this mean?

Please Click here to learn more about the standards and how to share your voice!

Click here for a primer on a brief history of the Maine's science standards.

Upcoming Events!

19 Mar 2018 6:00 PM • Virtual
07 Apr 2018 8:30 AM (EDT) • Hutchinson Center, Belfast, Me
03 May 2018 4:30 PM • Virtual

In Memory of....

It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Robin Kennedy Kiel, a long time board member of the Maine Science Teachers Association. We remember Robin as a spirited educator, one who was fully committed to engaging her students in exciting science learning. Robin’s passion for science, particularly earth and space sciences, was abundantly clear within a few minutes of being around her. An accomplished middle school teacher, Robin was a 2013 state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and spent a six-year period as Director of Education for the Challenger Learning Center in Bangor. She devoted much of her time supporting Maine teachers, helping them achieve excellence and bring innovation into their classrooms. Robin’s dedication to igniting science passions and commitment to lifelong learning continued even after she retired from teaching. In addition to remaining on the MSTA board, Robin continued to attend national science conferences and helped run STEM summer camps and after school programs even though she was in treatment. We will miss her dearly and extend our deepest condolences to Robin’s family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Robin K Fund at: or send checks, noting the Robin K Fund, to Maine Robotics, 30 Main Street, #1, Orono, ME 04473. Robin's love of science had been an inspiration to countless young people who will go on to have a positive impact on our world.

Science News!

Dear elementary science teachers,


We are looking to hire a teacher well versed in elementary education to work with our team at Penn State Center for Science and the Schools at Penn State University Park Campus.  Our programs collaborate with STEM researchers to bring professional development to K-12 education.  If you are interested, please check out our job announcement recently released:

Interested in testing out a new computer science curriculum unit with your students? Are you a grade 6 teacher?? We need your help, and your students will thank you!

We are field testing a new unplugged grades 4-6 computer science curriculum unit (developed for SAE International). The goal of this unit is to introduce young students to the concept of computational thinking. See a preview of our activities.

The field test is set to begin February 26 and end March 30, 2018. (subject to change)

The unit will be part of the A World in Motion family of curriculum materials. The unit should take about twelve (12) 45-minute class sessions to implement. In addition, there are optional tasks available that could extend your students' learning experience.

Field-test teachers will be required to

teach the unit to their class.

  • complete the unit by March 30, 2018 (units will be sent out to teachers the week of February 26).
  • administer posttests to student, then collect and send them to EDC.
  • allow access to the classroom for observation of the unit (possibly virtual).
  • fill out a detailed questionnaire about each activity.
  • collect and send samples of (or photos and videos of) student work to EDC.
  • be available for an interview.
  • be available to researchers for further questions.

We are offering a $450 incentive to the chosen field-test teachers to cover the time you spend outside of regular class time to fulfill the above requirements. Teachers will be required to fill out a W-9 to receive this compensation. Your comments will help us make this curriculum unit the best that it can be.

Don't have time to field test but want to be involved?
If you are unable to field test at this time, or if we've filled our spots for teachers, we have an opportunity for up to 12 teachers to review the unit (minimally, this means read through it and fill out a survey with your feedback). For your time, we can offer you a $25-$50 Amazon gift card (depending on the level of feedback we receive). Let us know your interest by filling in the Sign Up sheet.


If you have any questions that the website doesn't offer, please contact Kerry Ouellet at kouellet@edc.org

The Nature-Based Education Institute is open to formal and informal educators at all levels, and registration is open now. The public lecture, full-day conference, and Sunday post-conference activities will all take place on the UMF campus.

New this year is an exciting opportunity to spend Saturday night off-campus while engaging directly with nature. The Saturday Poplar Hut Hike/Overnight Experience includes the hike to Maine Huts & Trails’ Poplar Hut, a local-food dinner and evening activities, overnight accommodations, and a local-food breakfast and morning activities all at the hut, and the hike back to the parking area at noon on Sunday. This Experience is limited to 15 participants, so be sure to register and pay early to secure your spot!

Saturday’s keynote speaker is Anne Stires, Founder and Director of Juniper Hill School for Place-Based Education in Alna, Maine. For details on Juniper Hill School, please visit their website at

Our Friday night public lecture features Miyako Kinoshita, Farm Education Program Manager, who will share with us the story of Green Chimneys, a non-profit organization located in Brewster, New York serving children with special needs. For details on Green Chimneys, please visit their website at

Space is limited on both days, so please submit your registration and payment early to ensure your space. For cost, registration forms and more information on all sessions, please visit

For more information, contact Sue Farris, Coordinator of Special Programs, at

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