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CS Fundamentals

K-5: CS Fundamentals Intro and CS Fundamentals Deep Dive

Currently, through a partnership with Code.org, we are able to offer a series of FREE, virtual, workshops for K-5 educators (with a minimum of ten educators enrolled). MMSA and our Code.org partner facilitators (who happen ...
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code.org registration open MS and HS

Code.org Professional Learning Program Applications Open for 2021

Educate Maine and Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance are excited to announce that applications for Code.org’s Professional Learning Program are now open. If your school is looking to offer Code.org’s computer science (CS) courses at ...
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MMSA in 2020

Reflecting on 2020 at MMSA

2021 is here and MMSA is full of hope as we look to the future.  In 2020 we were able to support the work of 2,300 educators across the country, over 2,000 of them from ...
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research evaluation

MMSA Introduces New Internship Program

MMSA has embarked on an exciting new adventure by hosting paid interns to assist with our programmatic work. We have recently brought on three college students who will increase MMSA’s capacity while learning new skills ...
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ELLMS Collaborative

MMSA and ELLMS Collaborative work on Retrospective Program Evaluation

MMSA’s research team has been working with the ELLMS Collaborative members starting back in the Fall of active2020 through Spring 2021 to complete a retrospective evaluation of their Residential Environmental Learning Center (RELC) Programs. ELLMS ...
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Math Coaching Cohorts at MMSA

Math Coaching Cohorts at MMSA

Math coaching is an important part of MMSA's professional learning experiences. Over the course of the year we have worked with several districts, developing a mathematics professional learning plan and working with educators depending on ...
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STEMports - "Socially Distanced" Augmented Reality Game Goes Live! 

STEMports – “Socially Distanced” Augmented Reality Game Goes Live! 

STEMports is entering its third year this October and the team is hard at work developing an augmented reality game app for Maine youth! Wait, what was that—what is STEMports? STEMports is a three-year National ...
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Teach ME Outside

Teach ME Outside Launches New Tools and Initiatives to Support Community-Based Environmental Learning

Teach ME Outside is excited to announce the launch of several new initiatives and tools to support schools’ and organizations’ ability to implement community-based environmental learning. A team of 15 in-school and out-of-school educators, administrators, ...
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Becky Tapley

Our Math Consulting Team is Growing!

The MMSA math consulting team supports mathematics educators through project work, consulting, and curriculum development. MMSA strives to identify opportunities to support educators in learning how to integrate mathematical practices into STEM learning, both for ...
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Summer at MMSA 2020

Summer 2020 at MMSA

All of us here at MMSA stand hand-in-hand with our educator partners across the State and the Nation ready to meet the upcoming challenges for STEM learning head on. All of our programming has been ...
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research team

MMSA’s research team has grown to five members!

Our research team now consults or leads research on anywhere between 10-12 projects at any one time. It’s great to have the capacity to both carryout complex research designs and be able to contribute to the field of ...
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i2i Forum

i2i Project Shifts Dissemination to an On-line Forum.

With every one of us tethered to our computers this spring, there has been a lot of conversation about the role of technology in our lives as well as the capacity for that technology to ...
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ACRES Team Wins 2 STEMforALL Video Awards

ACRES Team Wins 2 STEMforALL Video Awards

This week the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance’s Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM Project (ACRES) won two national awards for a 3-minute video showing their online work in virtual coaching for afterschool providers.   “2020 STEM ...
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Virtual Learning Maine

Managing Virtual Learning During Covid-19

We hope you are well and finding ways to decrease your stress during these difficult times. Your efforts to be creative, resourceful, and resilient do not go unacknowledged. You matter and are inspiring in your ...
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MMSA Virtual Tea

Emergency Remote Learning: Navigating Uncharted Waters Over a Virtual Cup of Tea

This month, we had educators from Madawaska to Waterboro, Fryeburg to Belfast and many between and beyond join us for multiple sessions to discuss how we can best support learners and families during this crisis ...
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MMSA's Video Conference Survival Guide

MMSA’s Video Conference Survival Guide

Whether you're new to video conferences or a veteran, here are some tips for being an engaged participant. Download the PDF ...
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Marci Train Bigelow Laboratory Southern Research Cruise

WeatherBlur Teacher Leader Marci Train Sets Sail with the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Team

On January 24th, 2020, Mrs. Marci Train, a teacher at the two-room Long Island School in Maine's Casco Bay, set sail for the Southern Ocean as part of a partnership between MMSA and the Bigelow ...
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AR Girls 2020 Registration Open

AR Girls Registration Open for Summer 2020

Register for AR Girls 2020 Summer Session AR Girls registration is open for the summer 2020 workshop program which will run in three art centers across Maine: Fiddlehead Art and Science Center in Gray, Wintergreen Art ...
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OpenSciEd new releases

OpenSciEd to Release New NGSS-Designed Units in February!

Looking for high-quality, open-source, NGSS-designed middle school science units?  OpenSciEd will be releasing the second round of open-source, NGSS-designed middle school science units in February!  OpenSciEd (www.openscied.org) was launched to ensure that any science teacher, ...
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Reflecting on 2019 at MMSA

Reflecting on 2019 at MMSA

Through our professional learning opportunities and research/evaluation activities MMSA has been building capacity to meet the challenges we see ahead for STEM education in Maine and across the country.  Check out these highlights and join ...
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Scholarship Availability MIT Science and Engineering Program for Teachers

Scholarship Availability MIT Science and Engineering Program for Teachers

The MIT Alumni Club of Maine invites Maine middle school and high school science, engineering, and math teachers to apply for a Club scholarship to the MIT Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (SEPT) July ...
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CBEL Census 2019

Census of Community-Based Environmental Learning in Maine 2019 Report

PRESS CONFERENCE AND CELEBRATION for the release of the Census of Community-Based Environmental Learning in Maine 2019 Report Legislators, educators, school administrators, and community organizations all gathered together on Monday January 13, 2020 in the ...
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John Cruickshank, Senior NSF Official

A Visit from John Cruickshank, Senior NSF Official

MMSA welcomed a senior NSF official,  John Cruickshank, for a site visit to   review our six current NSF-funded  projects and to share news about  upcoming funding opportunities. Mr. Cruickshank oversees  policy, grants, and conflict management  for ...
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MMSA 1.5 Million Dollar Grant

$1.5 Million Grant Helps Bring Computational Thinking to Maine Classrooms

For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 19, 2019 With the help of a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) will be working to support rural teachers and ...
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STEMeX

STEMeX | Mixing Hands-on Science Inquiry with Personal Storytelling

In 2016, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) created a special research initiative named “STEMeX” (STEM Expert Facilitation of Family Learning in Libraries and Museums). This is the only project at MMSA that ...
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Experiential STEM

Experiential STEM Updates

Throughout 2019, the Experiential STEM project, with the generous support of the Davis Family Foundation, will provide focused, non-hierarchical professional development that works with teams of students and educators together – learning and planning curriculum side-by-side ...
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STEMports STEM in Rural Communities

STEMports – Using Gaming to Connect Rural Youth with the STEM in their Communities

It is no secret that rural communities across the United States struggle to retain motivated and talented STEM workers—and Maine is certainly no exception. Rural labor markets are in transition, and there is a common ...
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ECS Video Showcase

MMSA Video Showcase

Showcase | Elementary | Middle School | High School I didn’t realize so many jobs used computer science until I really sat there and thought about it while in the making of the video”– 8th grader In 2018 ...
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AR Girls

AR Girls Summer Intensive Camp 2018

AR Girls is a National Science Foundation funded research project designed to support teenage girls with an interest in art to develop science communication skills through interactive digital storytelling. MMSA held the first AR Girls ...
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computer science day

Computer Science Day 2018

What is Computer Science? What is it not? Where do we see it both in Maine and in our everyday lives? What is the skill set our students need to be successful in an evolving ...
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WeatherBlur King Tide Investigation

WeatherBlur’s King Tide Investigation Research Updates

The WeatherBlur research team has been busy analyzing data from one of last year’s most productive investigations: King Tide. During this investigation, students were interested in learning more about how the high water from the ...
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Data Clubs Big Data

Data Clubs Project Update Summer 2018

Increasingly, scientists, citizen data collectors, college students, and even journalists are using existing data sets in conjunction with powerful data tools to explore patterns and test hypotheses. The NSF-funded Data Clubs project (developed by the ...
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Island Hoppin’ with the MMSA Research Team

Island Hoppin’ with the MMSA Research Team

Who says being an employee of MMSA is all work and no play? Sometimes we get a chance to do both by working with innovative education programs in some of the most beautiful corners of ...
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Best of STEM in Maine Photo Contest

Best of STEM in Maine Photo Contest

We know you and your students have worked amazingly hard all year on STEM.  MMSA would like to highlight some of this work with a Best of STEM in Maine Photo Contest.  It's a super ...
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computer science in maine

Building Momentum for Computer Science In Maine

Have you heard the buzz about all of the computer science professional development this Summer? You will not want to miss out on these opportunities to integrate computer science, coding, and more into your curriculum ...
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Educate Maine logo

Maine schools code their way into the future

Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance and Educate Maine announce plans to expand K-12 computer science instruction through partnership with Code.org. With most every student carrying a computer in their smartphone 24/7, they need to learn ...
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ECS Exploring Computer Science Logo

Free Professional Development for Exploring Computer Science *Past Event*

Looking for some free PD to introduce computer science into your class, school, or district? MMSA is recruiting for free summer PD (in fact, we pay you to attend!) to train teachers to implement the ...
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WeatherBlur's King Tide Investigation

WeatherBlur’s King Tide Investigation

WeatherBlur members collected data on the effects of the King Tide up and down the Maine coastline. WeatherBlur Program Manager was interviewed by a TV station as the 'person on the street' and managed to ...
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Institute of Museum and Library Services

MMSA awarded to be the evaluator of STEMeX with IMLS

On Dec 20, 2016 the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced that they have awarded to the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance a two-year National Leadership Grant (MG-00-17-0003-17).  MMSA will work in unusually ...
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During this pandemic educators have been forced to reinvent the way they reach kids and all of us here at MMSA have been working hard to shift our programming, professional learning opportunities, and research to overcome this incredibly difficult challenge for educators across Maine and the nation.  

Your support is a crucial component of our efforts to continually expand STEM education programs during these uncertain and challenging times.

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