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View our NGSS Webinar Series!

Webinar Series Recordings:

Making Sense of NGSS for Maine Science Educators

May 2015 – Background, Relevance, Support Recording:

Aug. 2015 – Understanding the Architecture of a Standard Recording: Recording:

Jan. 2016 - NGSS Implementation for Grades K-2 Recording:

March 2016 - NGSS Implementation for Grades 3-5 Recording:

April 2016 - NGSS Implementation for Grades 6-8 Recording:

NGSS Implementation for Grades 9-12

May 2016 - 

Resources 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

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MSTA's Partner STEM Associations:

Upcoming Events!

18 Nov 2016 7:30 AM (UTC-03:00) • Colby College
18 Nov 2016 4:30 PM (UTC-03:00) • Colby College
14 Jan 2017 9:00 AM (UTC-03:00) • State House, Augusta, ME 04330
Science News!

Samsung is excited to announce the 7th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow education contest, open to public schools grades 6 – 12. To date, we have seen amazing creative approaches to solving community issues and that is why this year, we have decided to bring that creativity to the forefront and shift the contest focus to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) subjects. By shifting to STEAM we are celebrating the important connection between creative and critical thinking in combination with the collaborative approach that has always been at the core of Solve for Tomorrow. All while allowing schools the chance to win a share of $2 million in technology and prizes from Samsung and its partners.


In addition to the above mentioned, we will be awarding five teachers in every state including Washington D.C. a Galaxy Tab. There will also be one winner from each state that will receive a $25,000 technology package for their school.

Fifteen National Finalists will receive a trip to attend our pitch event where they will present their project to a panel of judges. Finally the selected three National Winners will be invited to attend a final awards celebration in addition to receiving a $150,000 technology package for their school. Solve for Tomorrow schools have been nationally recognized and featured in publications and broadcasts like CBS News and have been able to present their project at national conferences and events like the White House Science Fair.

I hope you’ll consider applying and sharing this information with colleagues.  I’d be happy to speak with you if you have any further questions on the program, my contact information can be found below. Visit to learn more or apply! Applications close November 15th.

Over the last three years the Hour of Code has reached more than 100 million students in over 180 countries. Last year, you helped make this the largest learning event in history, with record participation from girls and underrepresented minorities.

This year, help us reach every student with the opportunity to learn.

Sign up your classroom today and get ready to do an Hour of Code with your class!

Teachers who join the movement early will also get a free kit with inspirational posters featuring young tech entrepreneurs for their classrooms!

Click here for a flyer or to register!


2016 STEM Education Innovation Challenge Grant Competition

The Maine STEM Collaborative, with financial support from the Maine Space Grant Consortium, is pleased to announce the inaugural STEM Education Innovation Challenge Grant Competition. Our intention is to schedule a competition every other year in order to coincide with the Collaborative’s signature event, the biannual Maine STEM Summit. The goal of this competition is to provide K-12 educators the opportunity to try out highly innovative ideas in STEM teaching and learning. Although we hope all funded ideas will be successful, we are more interested in stimulating an innovation culture within Maine’s K-12 community that “does not think out of the box, but thinks there is no box”, and empowers educators to “try fast, learn quickly, fail small, and evolve rapidly.” In keeping with these principles, we also encourage ideas that combine the arts, humanities, and/or social sciences with STEM, as long as the outcomes focus on enhancing STEM teaching and learning.

The 2016 STEM Education Innovation Challenge Grant Competition culminates in a “Fast Pitch” presentation – a high energy, rapid-fire presentation event during which finalists share their vision and impact of their ideas with the audience and judges – in just eight minutes! – at the 2016 STEM Summit on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Colby College. After the presentations, we will announce grant awards ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 to the finalists to support implementation of their ideas.

The complete announcement including guidelines and the application package can be viewed and download from the Competition’s webpage, so visit to learn more about the STEM Innovation Challenge.

Download a PDF about the competition here.

Download a PDF flyer for the STEM Summit here.

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