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Achieve Releases Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks for the Next Generation Science Standards! Sample Tasks Demonstrate Ways Middle and High School Teachers Can Combine Content from NGSS and the Common Core State Standard


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Free STEM Kits for eCYBERMISSION Students

The eCYBERMISSION STEM competition offers project-based learning for students in grades 6–9. Students learn real-world applications of STEM. Registration is open, and free STEM kits are available to any students registered to a team by November 8. Learn more and register students today.


UMF's annual Nature-Based Education Institute will take place Friday evening, May 18 thru 

Sunday, May 20. 


We will have a public lecture Friday evening, a day of workshops with a keynote speaker on Saturday, and conclude on Sunday with full- and half-day opportunities for you to engage with nature.


Also included in this message is a link to our Call for Workshop Proposals. This Call is open now and will close on December 1, so if you're interested in presenting a workshop, dplease complete the form. The NBEI planning committee will review proposals beginning December 4, and presenters will be notified no later than December 18.


Workshop schedules and descriptions will be sent shortly after the first of the year, and registration will open on January 16, 2018.


Call for Proposals: https://goo.gl/forms/H4iOiQWSiQ1Ddmb02


If you have questions or would like more information, please contact me, and we look forward to seeing you in May! 


UMF's annual Nature-Based Education Institute will take place Friday evening, May 18 thru 

Sunday, May 20. 


We will have a public lecture Friday evening, a day of workshops with a keynote speaker on Saturday, and conclude on Sunday with full- and half-day opportunities for you to engage with nature.


Also included in this message is a link to our Call for Workshop Proposals. This Call is open now and will close on December 1, so if you're interested in presenting a workshop, dplease complete the form. The NBEI planning committee will review proposals beginning December 4, and presenters will be notified no later than December 18.


Workshop schedules and descriptions will be sent shortly after the first of the year, and registration will open on January 16, 2018.


Call for Proposals: https://goo.gl/forms/H4iOiQWSiQ1Ddmb02


If you have questions or would like more information, please contact me, and we look forward to seeing you in May! 

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Selected Fellows spend eleven months in Federal agencies or U.S. Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education programs and/or education policy efforts.

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program is managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists in collaboration with the sponsoring agencies and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

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Accepting applications for 2018-2019 Deadline- November 16, 2017 

We would like to introduce you to the SMART Competition.  SMART is a global STEM and CTE program for high school students.  The SMART Competition (www.smartcompetition.org) is an outstanding educational program that promotes the understanding of sustainability, green building design, energy efficiency, renewable power generation and provides the students with the ability to create innovative solutions to a real-world challenge. 

 

The SMART program gives the students reality building design tools, donated for the competition by Bentley Systems (www.bentley.com), that supports classroom learning objectives and provides students with marketable skills.  Students are engaged with a team-based practical investigation of the sustainable building design, localized power generation while exposing the students to several different types of engineering and architectural professionals.

 

The SMART Competition is an excellent semester project that provides students the opportunity to explore, learn and become engaged in a real design challenge.  As a result of the program, students learn:

  • A multidisciplinary engineering learning experience
  • Sustainability, energy and practical power conservation techniques
  • Approaches to renewable power generation
  • Infrastructure (energy, transportation, sustainability) design
  • Architecture and design techniques
  • Technology, computer simulation and reality modeling

 and much, much more!

 

The competition is open to all high school students who attend public, private, parochial, charter and home-based schools.  In addition, students from other non-school based or informal education programs are welcomed to participate.  All students are welcomed to participate without regard or bias of gender, race, socio-economic or academic performance level.

 

For additional information, please visit www.smartcompetition.org or contact m.andrews@smartcompetition.org.  

$1000 Technology Teacher Grant


The 2017 Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium, The Science of Science Communication III, has only a few more spaces left to attend in person, but they're filling up fast! A free webinar will also be available. Sign up to receive a link to view the live webcast.



The Reach Center, a project of MMSA, will lead the first ever Family Code Night effort in Maine. Family Code Night (FCN) is a 1-hour event where families work together to learn to code using an online Scratch-based interface. For many K-8 students and their parents, it will be their first exposure to the coding aspect of computer science.

 

Family Code Night is not your ordinary Hour of Code event. It’s special because it brings parents and their children together around computer science (CS)! Parents can be instrumental in fostering an interest in coding and other aspects of CS. There are many ways for students to learn CS in Maine and online, and a supportive parent can increase access to these exciting learning experiences.

 

Computer Science Education Week is December 4-8, and we want to help our youth and their families join this worldwide effort in 2017. FCN is a ready-to-use gift package that includes scripts, handouts, and a slideshow. Facilitators need no prior coding experience. It is helpful to have volunteers who are somewhat familiar with Scratch, but it’s easy to learn the basics. Volunteers can be youth or adults.

 

Our goal is to have at least one Family Code Night in each county, with a statewide total of 1,000 participants.

THAT’S 1,000 HOURS OF CODE!

 

If you’d like to learn more about FCN or even host an event at your library, visit mmsa.org/familycodenight.Contact Stefany Burrell, sburrell@mmsa.org, with questions.






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