Your help could further MMSA’s vision of a brighter STEM future for the State of Maine and the nation. Today, I ask you to support MMSA and become a part of the movement to support exciting new ways for our youth to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.
MMSA Workshop Offerings include:
Introduction to STEM Integration across the K-12 Curriculum
How do we make STEM engaging and accessible for K-12 educators and students while driven by learning standards? This session is intended for K-12 educators who are interested in learning about the principles of STEM integration. Participants will experience interdisciplinary lessons as examples of what the STEM principles look like in action, and consider how these principles could be implemented in their classroom.
Engineering is Elementary
3-Hour or Half-Day Workshop options
Looking for an engaging engineering curriculum for K-5 students? This workshop introduces participants to the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum program, developed by the Museum of Science, Boston. The EiE program integrates engineering with elementary science topics, uses simple materials and has strong literacy components including a student notebook and storybook. Each of the 20 EiE units focuses on one field of engineering and highlights a country and culture from around the world. During the workshop participants will be introduced to the program, experience components from one EiE unit and have the opportunity to preview others.
Family STEM Nights
What is STEM? How are science, technology, engineering, and mathematics related to my community? Raising awareness of what STEM professionals do and the role they play in our everyday lives is key to developing support and interest in the field. The focus of “STEM Nights” is on family involvement and exploration of concepts in a nonthreatening and engaging manner. Activities are hands-on, use readily available materials, and link STEM to the real world. Participants will learn how to organize and run a STEM event for your community. You will engage in sample activities, and learn how to plan and conduct an event.
Making Proficiency-Based Education a Reality: Introduction to Performance Task Assessment for Grades 6-12
How do we promote depth of knowledge through assessment and provide opportunities for students to demonstrate evidence of their learning? Participants will explore what is meant by performance assessment in science, learn how to design a performance task aligned to a standard and plan authentic assessments for classroom use.
Uncovering Student Thinking in Science through Formative Assessment
Students come to the classroom with preconceptions about how the world works. There is a growing body of research showing if we do not gather and interpret evidence of students’ thinking, they will not build a bridge from their existing ideas to new concepts and information. So how do we uncover student ideas in science – and – what do we do once they’re revealed? Join us as we learn how to use formative assessment to uncover and analyze student thinking; practice formative assessment strategies that inform teaching and deepen students’ understanding of science content; and apply techniques that integrate assessment with the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and CCSS Literacy Capacities.
For more information about MMSA’s workshops, contact Joyce Tugel.