New STEM course for middle school educators

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Integrating STEM for the Middle School: A Hands-On, Real-World, Practical and Research-informed Approach for Teachers of Grades 6-8

Course: This course is offered by The Hall at Patriot Place Presented by Raytheon in collaboration with Engaging Youth through Engineering (EYETM) and Blue Heron STEM Education. Participants will explore STEM topics and curriculum and instruction issues through rich, engaging middle grades curriculum materials developed through a National Science Foundation award.
Registration/questions: Contact Peg Myers, Education Director, The Hall at Patriot Place

Course Dates:
Session 1: Thursday June 13, 2013 3:45 – 7:15 PM
Sessions 2-6: Monday-Friday August 5-9, 2013 8:45 – 3:00 PM (45-minute lunch break)
Session 7: Tuesday November 12 3:45 -6:30 PM
Session 8: Weekday afternoon/evening, tbd* 3:45-7:15 PM
*Session 8 will be designed to examine student work and other documentation from the classroom implementation of an EYETM middle school module. The date of this last session will be decided in collaboration with course participants during the August session.

Workshop Fee: $500 per DISTRICT. Each district may send 2-6 participants. Ideally, participants will be math-science teacher pairs who teach the same cohort of students. Districts wishing to send additional participants should contact Peg Myers.

Description: Expand your own content knowledge and your professional expertise in a supportive, creative team environment. Explore engineering and technology content and how it fits with real-world challenges as well as current, standards-based mathematics and science content as outlined in the Common Core State Standards, the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Mathematics, and the most currently available science standards versions. In addition to hands-on, in-depth integrated STEM experiences that are drawn from nationally recognized exemplar materials, the course will include readings and discussions, visits from STEM field experts, and opportunities to look at student work for insights into STEM pedagogical issues. An implementation project in your classroom will also be included so that you can gain supported practice in integrated STEM experiences. Pending approval, this course will offer an option to earn 3 graduate credits from an accredited post-secondary institution.

Please Note: Additional costs include a materials fee for a comprehensive teacher guide and implementation kit and tuition fee for optional graduate level credit, to be paid to credit-granting institution. (Final course approval is pending.) For information, please contact Peg Myers.

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