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NIST Summer Teachers Institute

NIST summer institute for middle school teachersHands-on projects and visits with federal scientists and engineers are among the highlights of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s summer institute for middle school teachers, which takes place July 10 to 21, 2017 at NIST’s headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md. Participants will receive a $2,000 stipend and up to $2,000 to cover travel and lodging expenses. Apply by March 3, 2017.

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NSTA Exploravision Contest 2017

Exploravision 2017 studentsWorking with a teacher, teams of up to 4 students pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros and cons, and obstacles. Submissions are due February 6, 2017.

Sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association and Toshiba, this year’s contest is linked to the Next Generation Science Standards. More than 350,000 students in the United States and Canada have participated in ExploraVision since its 1992 debut.

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Girls Rock NAEP Engineering Test

NAEP TEL graphicResults from America’s first-ever test of K-12 technology and engineering literacy point to the power of hands-on, applied STEM learning – both in and outside of school – to increase diversity and achievement. The National Assessment of Educational Progress found that girls scored higher on average than boys. And while suburban and rural students outperformed their urban peers, the achievement gaps between race and income groups were much smaller than typically posted on national tests in other subjects.

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Integrated STEM Curricula

Chalk drawn gearsMission to Mars, CubeSats, and Polymers for the Planet are among the hands-on engineering units developed by 4th to 8th grade science teachers in a unique partnership between the Boeing Company and the Teaching Channel.

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EngineerGirl! Essay & Video Contest

hearing testThe 2014 EngineerGirl! Essay Contest from the National Academies & National Academy of Engineering focuses on 50 Years of Engineering in Society and how engineering might change life in the next five decades. Students in three age categories – elementary, middle, and high school – compete for monetary prizes and recognition through research and writing essays on one of several topics. Deadline: March 1, 2014.

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Einstein Fellowships for STEM Teachers

Einstein Fellows 2014/5Ever wonder who sets STEM education policy – or yearn to influence it? Apply to become an Einstein Fellow and spend a year at the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, NASA, NOAA, or a congressional office.

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Verizon Innovative App Challenge 2016

Verizon Innovative App Challenge 2016Absolutely no coding or tech expertise is required for middle and high school students to compete in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Winners will receive a $20,000 grand prize and the chance to work with MIT experts to turn their concepts into downloadable mobile apps. Register your team by November 24, 2015.

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Good Thinking! Smithsonian STEM PD

Smithsonian Science Good Thinking!Anywhere, anytime STEM professional development. That’s the idea behind The Smithsonian Science Education Center’s new web series, Good Thinking! The Science of Teaching Science, whose free animated videos identify common misconceptions, explore the science of how humans learn, and provide instructional techniques for effectively conveying scientific principles.

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Gross (but Cool) Science

Gross Science Show bugsThe world is full of revolting stuff, like parasites that squirm out of people’s feet. But gross stuff also can fascinate and inspire kids to learn about science. And that’s the idea behind PBS’s new YouTube series, “Gross Science.”

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