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We are pleased to share with you our annual conference will be April 6th and 7th at the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. 

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Readings for STEM educators:
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

Upcoming Events!

01 Mar 2018 4:30 PM • Virtual
06 Apr 2018 5:30 PM (EDT) • Hutchinson Center, Belfast, Me
03 May 2018 4:30 PM • Virtual
Science News!

National Park Trust's annual Kids to Parks Day National School Contest empowers students to plan their own educational park experience. Open to all Title 1 schools in grades preK through 12, this contest provides grants up to $1,000 to cover transportation, park-related fees, stewardship supplies, or anything else students believe would enhance their experience. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2018. Details can be found at

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Education Week Commentary:

ESSA is a Big Piece of the STEM Equity Puzzle

Authored by

James Brown, STEM Education Coalition

Anand Vaishnav, Education First

Jacob Waters, Education First

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The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) partners with The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Science and Mathematics at Western Kentucky University (WKU) to fund ten scholarships each year for middle school science teachers working to transfer a passion for science to students in this age group. Research shows that students who get excited about STEM subjects in middle school are the ones who will take those courses in high school and major in them at the college level. 


National STEM Scholars receive advanced education in the development of STEM projects for classroom implementation, spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education (the 2017 speaker was Dr. Eric Mazur of Harvard University) and build a national network of colleagues for information sharing. STEM Scholar classrooms also have an opportunity to speak with astronauts on the International Space Station during the school year and work directly with providers of space technology education nationwide.


Scholars are selected based solely on the merit of questions answered in the application. The selection committee is not provided with names or locations of teacher applicants.


In 2018, we will graduate our third class of National STEM Scholars. Each scholarship recipient receives the following:


  • Advanced education and leadership training on the campus of WKU June 3-9, 2018. All expenses – travel, lodging, meals – are included
  • A notebook/tablet (Chromebook or similar) to facilitate ongoing collaboration
  • A credit of up to $2,500 for technology and supplies to implement a classroom Challenge Project
  • Sponsored attendance at the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Conference in St. Louis in April 2019. All expenses – registration, travel, lodging, meals – are included
  • Year-long mentorship and support provided by Western Kentucky University faculty


Applications are open now by visiting


Click here to learn more about the National Stem Cell Foundation. Please contact me if you have questions or would like more information.

Maine Environmental Education Association is seeking nominations to recognize Maine's environmental leaders in 2017. If you know an outstanding individual, student, program, business or school deserving of recognition, please nominate them! Download the nomination form for full details on the various MEEA awards and specifics on how to nominate. Nominations are due December 15th and can be submitted to Alex Grindle (

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:

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

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 ( 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 (, 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 or contact  

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