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Dimensions of Success Planning Tool

The DoS Program Planning Tool or DoS PPT is a new tool being developed by PEAR for practitioners in the field to use as they prepare staff to lead STEM activities. The DoS PPT aligns with the DoS observation tool, and focuses on how facilitators can prepare activities and prepare a teaching strategy that will allow them to reach high quality on all twelve dimensions. The DoS PPT is available in its first beta version before another round of revisions.

Click2Science Professional Development Program

Check out the Click2Science Professional Development Resource which teaches after school staff how to integrate STEM into out-of-school time curriculum. This great resource outlines 20 “Skills to Make STEM Click” which target professional development to improve STEM learning experiences for youth. Additionally, the resource includes training and coaching videos for frontline staff. The resource program is completely free, but registration is required.

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BioEd Online

Welcome to BioEd Online, the online educational resource for educators, students, and parents. BioEd Online utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give you instant access to reliable, cutting-edge information and educational tools for biology and related subjects. Our goal is to provide useful, accurate, and current information and materials that build upon and enhance the skills and knowledge of science educators.

Pilot Engineering Adventures Middle School (and Upper Elementary) Modules

Engineering Adventures and Engineering Everywhere Curriculum has been developed specifically for expanded learning environments by the Boston Museum of Science. As  many of you heard during our December Committee meeting, they are seeking expanded learning programs and sites to pilot test their three new out-of-school time engineering units outlined below. Sites chosen to pilot the units receive educator guides, all materials necessary for children to complete the activities, and an educator stipend.

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Makerspace Playbook : How to Guide

Makerspace is a hackerspace is a community-operated workspace where people can meet, socialize, and collaborate. Not only does Makerspace support the growth of Maker communities, but it contains a playbook which covers challenges involved in creating a space.

Contents of the Playbook include:

  1. Beginings
  2. Places 
  3. Tools & Materials
  4. Safety
  5. Roles
  6. Practices
  7. A Year of making
  8. Projects
  9. Startup
  10. Documenting
  11. Snapshots
  12. Resources

 

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HP Catalyst Academy

Visit the HP Catalyst Academy for free, online mini courses to help educators, and professionals develop STEM curriculum. The HP Catalyst Academy also offers learning platforms from selected institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, University of Southern California, News Media Consortium, and more.

To learn more about the HP Catalyst Academy, click here. 

Sally Ride STEM Central

Sally Ride Science’s STEM Central is a free, open source website consisting of instructional STEM resources. Resources include PowerPoints, videos, and lessons  in STEM related subjects and are each personally reviewed by educators. And if that isn’t enough, starting November 1, 2013, educators can submit their own links, ratings, and reviews to STEM Central.

To visit Sally Ride Science's STEM Central, click here.

2013 California Science Education Conference

Registration is now open for the annual California Science Education Conference, held in Palm Springs from October 25-27,2013. The conference offers over 175 one hour workshops, all focus speakers, special programming strands on STEM education, Common Core State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards and more.

 

Register for the California Education Conference, here.

Join us at the Techbridge Summer Institute in Oakland, CA July 31- August 2, 2013.

The Techbridge Summer Institute in Oakland, CA focuses on the development of STEM educators with 3-day, hands on training curriculum applicable for grades 5-12. With the help of Techbridge's experienced staff, the Summer Institute offers strategies for engaging and recruting girls into STEM programs.. The program runs from July 31, 2013 to August 1, 2013.

 

To sign up for the Techbridge Summer Institute, click here.

STEM Teams: First & Fast!

STEM programs must be carefully planned in order to succeed. According to “First Things Fast,” by Allison Rossett, there are four specific “drivers” which can help determine an organization’s readiness for a STEM initiative.

To access "STEM Teams: First & Fast," click here.

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