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Summer Experiences & PD for Teachers

Iowas State University’s NSF EPSCoR middle school STEM teachers institute

Summer 2017 workshops, research experiences, and other professional learning opportunities for STEM teachers.

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Research Experiences for STEM Teachers. The Institute for Broadening Participation’s Pathways to Science hosts a searchable database of more than 1,500 STEM programs, including research opportunities and pathways to engineering for K-12 educators, paid summer internships and summer programs for K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students, and more.

Workshops and Other Professional Learning Programs

American Society for Engineering Education. ASEE’s annual PreK-12 Engineering Education Workshop is a full day of hands-on activities, panel discussions, and networking opportunities designed to help classroom teachers incorporate authentic engineering education into their classrooms. Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017. Where: Columbus, Ohio, Convention Center. Register HERE ($35 for members; non-ASEE members should click on “create new account.)

New! Knowles Science Teaching Foundation is presenting two ASEE-endorsed week-long courses on integrating engineering design challenges into STEM classes. Engineering Lever courses come with a year of follow-up coaching and professional learning community. June 26-30 in Wisconsin, and July 22-26, 2017 in Philadelphia. REGISTER by June 152017.  Learn more.

New! ASEE and Texas A&M are teaming up for an immersive, five-day residential workshop on incorporating engineering into your STEM classes using flying devices from June 19-23, 2017. REGISTER by May 31. Learn more.

NEW! Lemelson-MIT Program, located within the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is hosting two professional development workshops for middle and high school educators at the University of California, Irvine from July 12-14 and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from July 24-26. The three-day workshops will develop educators’ capacity to help kids learn to think and act as an inventor while developing a solution to a real-world problem including strategies for the effective use of MIT’s JV InvenTeam activity guides.

Exploratorium. Three weeks of working with scientists and educators at the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s Summer Institute for Teachers Stipend: $2,500. Dates: June 19-July 7, 2017. Apply by March 15, 2017.

IgnitEducation Teacher Fellowships. Eight-week program pairs full-time teachers in California’s Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz or Solano counties with industry or university mentors to conduct real research. Applications are due in March 31

National Science Foundation EPSCoR for teachers. NSF’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program includes teacher professional development workshops and teacher-student research opportunities, such a Vermont’s water-quality summer research project for high school teachers and students. Check your state for details. Deadlines vary.

NSF’s Research Experience for Teachers (RET). Six to eight-week programs for teachers to conduct research with university or industry engineers and scientists. Browse programs HERE. Dates vary.

National Institute of Standards and Technology. Two-week summer institute for middle school teachers includes $2,000 stipend plus up to $2,000 to cover travel and lodging to NIST’s Gaithersburg, MD., campus. Dates: July 10-21, 2017.
Apply by March 3, 2017.

Six-week summer research experience for middle school teachers to work with NIST scientists and engineers at the Gaithersburg, MD, campus. Stipend is $8,000. Teachers must be nominated by their school districts. Applications due March 3, 2017.

New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. NSF-funded summer research experiences and institutes for middle and high school teachers in such fields as cybersecurity and robotics. Open house May 6, 2017. Applications due May 15, 2017.

STEM Think Tank & Conference. Growing sustained STEM is the theme for the 2017 STEM Think Tank & Conference, which brings together K-12 teachers, informal educators, and university outreach coordinators focused on girls in STEM. This year’s conference is at Harpeth Hall, an independent girls’ school in Nashville, Tenn. Dates: July 12-14, 2017. Early registration ends May 31, 2017.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Summer Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property offers roughly 50 K-12 teachers hands-on activities and strategies for incorporating discovery and invention into instruction. Dates: July 2017. Email for details.

University of Akron Research Experience for Teachers in Polymer Engineering. Eight week program for high school STEM teachers. Dates: June 13-August 3, 2017.

New! University of Washington K-12 Engineering Scholars. Six-week summer professional development program for 4th to 8th grade STEM teachers in Washington State includes annual stipend of $8,000 plus $2,000 for materials. Applications due March 10.

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