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Freebies and Opportunities for Science and STEM Teachers, March 7, 2023

By Debra Shapiro

Freebies and Opportunities for Science and STEM Teachers, March 7, 2023

Freebies for Science and STEM Teachers: Grades K–12

Free Course: Learning Through Citizen Science

National Geographic and the Citizen Scientist Project at California State University, Bakersfield, have developed a course series called Learning Through Citizen Science. Educators will learn about citizen science, practice using citizen science tools, and plan ways to incorporate those tools into their instruction. Discover the benefits of participating in real-world scientific research: for your students, your local and global communities, and the scientific community. The series of three modules takes about five hours to complete and is completely self-paced. You’ll have 30 days to complete each module. 

Freebies for Science and STEM Teachers: Grades 3–8

Wildlife Superlatives and Animal Roles Trivia

Try these Kahoot! quiz games for a fun way to teach students in grades 3–8 about wildlife species and the importance of biodiversity. Produced by the World Wildlife Federation’s Wild Classroom, the quizzes grab students’ attention with unique and entertaining facts that can generate interest to learn more. For example, which animals are known for their signature dance moves? (honeybees) Did you know elephants are known as ecosystem engineers? 

Freebies for Science and STEM Teachers: High School

A Free Particle Website

Massachusetts high school teacher Michael Friedman has a collection of physics interactives and AP Physics practice problems on his website, A Free Particle. Interactive titles include Dynamics Cart, Two Car Race, Velocity Time Graph, Visualizing Kinematics Equations, Rainbow Projectiles, Circular Motion Escape Room, Collision Carts, Spinning Cylinders, and Wave Pulse Race. The AP practice problems cover kinematics, dynamics, and circular problems and solutions. A Free Particle also features a section with problems to practice conversions and algebra review.

Opportunity for Grades K–8

Summer Teacher Institute for Watershed Science and Conservation
The Ecology School in Maine will hold this professional development institute in two cohorts: July 17–20 and July 27–30. Teachers will explore water’s connection to human systems and its impacts on the environment. While immersed in field-based ecology lessons, attendees will have opportunities to network and collaborate with colleagues from schools nationwide to reimagine their teaching to include outdoor learning, place-based experiences, and community partners. The institute is free for teachers, and attendees will receive a $250 stipend and be reimbursed for most travel. (Apply by April 1.)

Opportunities for High School

Grants From the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS)

Apply for these grants by March 31.
•    School Supplies Grant. NSHSS is giving 15 high school educators $500 grants to help provide additional opportunities to their students and classrooms. Any high school educator employed in the United States or internationally, particularly those who are also heads of clubs in their schools, may apply.
•    School Club Cash. NSHSS is giving 10 high school educators a $500 grant to help provide additional opportunities to their student clubs. Any high school club sponsor currently employed at a public or private high school in the United States or internationally may apply.
•    Higher Education Grant. NSHSS is providing two (2) $2,500 awards to help with the costs of tuition and course-related expenses for teachers and counselors who are enrolling in university courses in Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Spring 2024. Any high school teacher or counselor currently employed at a public or private high school in the United States or internationally may apply.

Stevens Research Experiences for High School Teachers (RET)

At Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, this summer, high school science teachers will participate in research projects through working with the faculty and students, a teacher facilitator, and an experienced science educator in curriculum development, with the goal of creating a lesson plan focusing on an aspect of the program. This summer program will be held on July 10–August 4. Teachers will receive a $1,000/week stipend for four weeks. Apply by April 15.

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