Conference 2014 October 24th 2014

Mission Statement / We Believe/ Proclamation: MassTEC’s Position on the “T and E” of STEM

Recognition
Consider Applying for Program of the Year and Teacher of the Year

Executive Board Members, E-Board Meeting Schedule, MassTEC
Express

What's New for Students

What's New for Teachers

Employment Opportunities

Comments/Questions

2013-2014
O F F I C E R S

President

Scott Jewell
Treasurer
Bill Wolfson

Vice-President

Rhonda Theroux
Secretary
Mark Kobel

Welcome to the Massachusetts Technology Education/ Engineering Collaborative.

Incorporated 2001, Tax # 10-0003402

This organization is an affiliate of the International Technology Education and Engineering Educators Association. We support the national learning standards in the Standards for Technological Literacy, and in the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework.

Engineering, where does the term come from and what does it mean? Click here to read a excerpt from a article explaining the origins of the term.

Current News and Information
3-27-2014

 

 

I need your help. I would like to ask you to help us by completing a quick 9 question survey that MassTEC Board of Directors has developed.   The purpose of the survey is help Board better understand the needs of the membership regarding the Draft of the Science Technology/Engineering Standards that were released earlier this year.  In addition the Board has included a few questions to gather some background information on its members.  You can find the questionnaire at the following site. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G3FKPMB I thank you help and please try to complete the questionnaire on or before Sunday, April 6th. Scott Jewell,

President, MassTEC

2014 Summer LEGO Engineering Institute for Educators LEGO Mindstorms
EV3 is a powerful and engaging tool for teaching engineering, technology, science, and math. Tufts University's CEEO Summer LEGO Engineering Institute gives teachers the background they need to make effective use of LEGO robotics in their classrooms. Through hands-on, open-ended design projects, participants will learn engineering concepts, LEGO hardware & software, and associated pedagogy/educational theory. AUGUST 4 - 8, 2014,
9am - 4pm M-TH, 9am - 3pm F 30 PDPs. Click here for more information https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1y6IVpAWL7QsPqLLpaIjyHm_6elB9vHOB_A8CWGW9VOI/viewform?fbzx=-4097427680015642072 3-22-2014

BU is pleased to announce that Summer Pathways will take place July 11-18, 2014.  Summer Pathways, now in its eighth year, is an exciting seven-day, residential program for high school girls entering their junior or senior year in September 2014. Click here for more information 3-22-2014

Please consider participating in the following survey. The more information the ITEEA has the more they can advocate for our students and profession.
The Foundation for Technology and Engineering Education (FTEE) - Dugger/Gerrish Endowment, in partnership with the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) has commissioned a study to determine to what extent students in United States public schools practice "doing" in their elementary, middle, and high school courses. Please complete this survey before April 15, 2014 to be eligible for an iPad Mini drawing that will be held no later than April 30, 2014. Click here for information and a link to the survey 3-15-2013

The Gateway Project is a means of opening a doorway for educational leaders to build the capacity to implement engineering and technology content PreK-12. The goal is to support school districts to build cohesive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. July 15-17, 2014 @ Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), North Adams
July 22-24, 2014 @ Westfield State University, Westfield Click here for more information 3-15-2014

You are Invited to Join Us at a Regional STEM Meeting Near You! Join parents and representatives from business, community organizations, government and in school and out of school educators (early childhood, K-12, post-secondary)
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - Old Rochester Regional High School
STEM Resource Fair for Educators on May 21, 2014, at Bridgewater State University
Click here for more information http://www.connectsemass.org/stem/?utm_source=Invite+to+Spring+2014+Meetings&utm_campaign=Spring+2014+STEM+Invite&utm_medium=email

The latest MassTEC Express is available for download, click here for the link 3-9-2014

From Charlie
Hi Everyone,Below are few links I found on the ITEEA IdeaGarden.  I suggest you take the time to view the video and you might want to download the NAE report.
PS You may need to copy and paste the links to make them work properly.
A few weeks ago, the National Academy of Engineering released: STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status,
Prospects, and an Agenda for Research. It's a report (book)  that has very significant implications for K-12, Technology and Engineering Education.The NAE / NRC has  just released a very cool / informative 3-minute animated video that addresses the idea of "integrated STEM education" and introduces the report just mentioned.
Check out this 3-minute video at http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=You+tube+video+STEM+Integration+in+K-12+Education%3a&FORM=VIRE1#view=detail&mid=53B57B718D7E66FAE2BC53B57B718D7E66FAE2BC 
To download a FREE PDF of the full report, click on the "Download PDF" button at
http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18612
For more information about the project that produced this report, see
http://www.nae.edu/Projects/iSTEM.aspx

Plans for the 2014 MassTEC conference have been solidified. Click here to download forms and make plans 3-9-2014

Recommended by Charlie Corley
A few weeks ago, the National Academy of Engineering released: STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research. It's a report (book)  that has very significant implications for K-12 Technology and Engineering Education. The NAE / NRC has  just released a very cool / informative 3-minute animated video that addresses the idea of "integrated STEM education" and introduces the report just mentioned. Check out this 3-minute video at http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=You+tube+video+STEM+Integration+in+K-12+Education%3a&FORM=VIRE1#view=detail&mid=53B57B718D7E66FAE2BC53B57B718D7E66FAE2BC 
3-9-2014

The Museum Institute for Teaching Science has posted it's Summer 2014 offerings, click here for more information http://mits.org/ 2-27-2014

The latest edition of the MassTEC Express is available for download January 2014 Volume 5 Issue 3, click here for a link to download the Express 1-27-2014

Dear fellow Technology Engineering teachers,
The Massachusetts Draft Revised Science and Technology/Engineering Standards have finally been released to the public.  This is where Science and Technology Engineering will be heading for the foreseeable future.  The standards are 99% done, some words might be changed in the final draft but the concepts will not.
The biggest paradigm shift from what we do today and what we will be doing tomorrow is:
Today the standards are based on content; tomorrow they will be based on concepts.
To read more of the letter from President Scott Jewell including a document with the Technology Education/Engineering Standards and a spreadsheet with cross cutting topics click here. 1-18-2014

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is pleased to announce the newest program in their line-up of world-class activity-, project-, and problem-based curricula:  PLTW Launch, a program designed specifically for students in kindergarten through fifth grades to spark their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).   For more information click here 1-18-2014

UMASS NANOTECHNOLOGY 2014 SUMMER INSTITUTE, Monday to Friday, July 7 - July 11, 2014 at UMass Amherst, Funded by the National Science Foundation, Sponsored by the STEM Education Institute and the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing, Middle and High School Science, Math, and Technology Teachers $75/day stipends ($375 total), materials, parking, some meals Housing (new air conditioned dorms) for those outside the commuting radius 3 graduate physics credits available at reduced cost; free PDP's (Professional Development Points) Click here for all of the details 11-24-2013

MakerBot wants to put a 3D printer in every US public school, click here for a link to an article of how MakerBot is working with Donor Choose to bring 3D printing technology into classrooms http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-57611935-235/makerbot-wants-to-put-a-3d-printer-in-every-us-public-school/. 11-24-2013

The latest edition of the MassTEC express November 2013 is available for a link to the download. Click here for the download 11-13-2013

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Update on Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework
Hi Everyone,- Click here for a link to a letter the Commissioner Chester sent to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning the revised Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. I haven't received any additional information on the document, but I believe this letter gives you a better understanding of where the state is heading. Charlie
To view the e-mail with very important information click here 10-29-2013

Maley/FTEE Technology and Engineering Teacher Scholarship- The Foundation for Technology and Engineering Educators is sponsoring the $1,000 scholarship. Click here for more information 9-3-2013

NASA Exploration Design Challenge Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight
through participation in NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge, or EDC. The five U.S. finalist teams from the Grades 9-12 challenge will be invited to attend the EFT-1 launch, currently scheduled for November 2014. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is March 14, 2014. Click here for more information 9-1-2013

2013 DISASTER BLASTER Challenge Can Junior FIRST® LEGO® League teams help master natural disasters? In the 2013 DISASTER BLASTER Challenge, over 22,000 children, ages 6 to 9, from 12 countries will explore the awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves, and more that we
call natural disasters. Registration opens Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:00 noon EDT, and will remain open until April 16, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Click here for more information 9-1-2013

Recently the Commissioner of education sent out a memo regarding Technology Education/Engineering Licesure. As you know some administers get confused with the different Technology Education licenses and try to tell properly licensed teachers they can't teach certain Technology/Engineering courses. It is hoped this memo will eliminate this confusion. Click here to read excerpts from the memo and link to the memo. 04-19-2013

Summer Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Program
The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the  University of Massachusetts Amherst is soliciting applications from  middle and high school teachers for the summer RET program.Up to six teachers will be selected to participate in research at the  Silvio O. Conte Center for Polymer Research. Benefits include a competitive $800/week  stipend, up to $1,000 to defray relocation expenses, six graduate  credits, and 135 PDPs. Click here for more information 04-19-2013

Title: Summer Teaching Opportunities: Help Close the Achievement Gap  at Urban Scholars! We are seeking course proposals in STEM (especially Math) and the  humanities with a focus on grades 6-8. In addition, we are looking  for  environmental science and dynamic pre-AP themes. Critical thinking,  social justice, and collaboration are common across all classes. Our instructors teach between 1 and 3 classes between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:30 pm daily from June 24 to August 9. We are looking  for both experienced teachers and recent graduates who share our  mission and values. This a great opportunity for educators to teach a  subject they love and recent graduates to gain invaluable experience  in curriculum design and instruction. Click here for more information 04-19-2013

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY! Spring is here, and Summer is just around the corner! Join us this June and July for the MITS 2013 Summer Professional Development Institutes! For Elementary, Middle and High School Educators Educational Crossroads: Science, Technology and Engineering Meet Literacy and Social Science
The 2013 MITS Summer Institutes offer you an opportunity to experience cross-disciplinary investigations and to create the synergy of science, technology, engineering, literacy and social sciences in your classroom: Learn to use or increase your skills with inquiry-based, hands-on methods in your classroom and participate in classroom and outdoor experiences Explore educational resources in your community and explore field trip and classroom resources available from museums, nature centers and other organizations in your region Become part of a network of teachers from your region and across the state Earn PDPs/CEU's or PDPs and graduate credit MITS is offering 3 types of courses this summer! Click here for more information 04-19-2013

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) comprehensive STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs were endorsed by the Massachusetts Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. PLTW curricula are collaboratively designed by K-12 teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem-solving skills in students. Click here for more information 04-19-2013

The Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach is pleased to announce that we will be holding our annual professional development workshop "Summer LEGO Engineering Institute for Educators" on July 29th through August 2nd. A description of the workshop is below and more information and online registration is available on our website at  http://ceeo.tufts.edu/Workshops-Current/workshop-summerenginst.html.

FYI the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were released today and you can use the link below to view the document.  The MassTEC Board of Directors will have a statement about the standards at the beginning of May. I ask you read the document and please free to share the link with others. Charlie http://www.nextgenscience.org/

TEC Summer Institute Professional Development for Instructors! Come for One Session - or TWO!Session 1:  July 17-19, 2013 (Wed. - Fri.) Session 2:  July 22-24, 2013 (Mon. - Wed.) Click here for more information 2013-04-03

Green “Dollhouse” Challenge All ages, adults and youth, can CREATE a FUN, Model Sustainable Living Space (…or playful Landscape,  Greenhouse, Rec Vehicle, etc.). & SHOWCASE IT AT THE SCIENCE & SUSTAINABILITY EXPO APRIL 13, 2013 at Greenfield Community College. Its FREE Click here for more information 3-23-2013

BU is pleased to announce that Summer Pathways will take place July 12-19, 2013. Summer Pathways, now in its seventh year, is an exciting seven-day, residential program for high school girls entering their junior or senior year in September 2013. Click here for more information 3-16-2013

The latest edition of the MassTEC Express March 2013 is available for download. Click here for the download 3-8-2013

John H. Lounsbury Award for Middle School Educators- The John H. Lounsbury Award for Distinguished Service is the highest award given by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), formerly National Middle School Association (NMSA). This award is given only when an individual has demonstrated a high level of service, integrity, and leadership in middle level education. Selection procedures include a committee review of received nominations and materials. If a recommendation results from committee deliberations, it is submitted to the Board of Trustees for a final decision .Viable candidates for this award include those who have made a global impact on middle level education, have a minimum of 10 years of actively demonstrated, distinguished service, have demonstrated scholarship of the highest level in professional writing and research, and have maintained dedicated service to middle level education beyond the local, state, or regional level. Click here for more information. 3-8-2013

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation announced a partnership to establish 200 new VEX Robotics Competition teams in locations worldwide and support the program's outreach. Click here for more information 2-27-2013

The VSGC Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $8,500 to rising juniors and seniors who are enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance. Click here for more information 2-27-2013

The annual National STEM Video Game Challenge, opened on February 11 for student submissions of original video games and game designs. The Challenge, now in its third year, aims to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by tapping into students’ enthusiasm for playing and making video games. Winners in each category will be selected for each game creation platform and will receive an AMD-powered laptop computer including game design and educational software. Each winner’s sponsoring organization will receive a cash prize of $2000. Deadline for entry is March 31, 2013 Click here for more information 2-27-2013

From the ITEEA-Are you a teacher with zero video game design experience? NO PROBLEM! This year’s Healthivores Video Game Contest has begun, and it's easier than you think.  Check out the included Lesson Plan that will take teachers, even those with zero game design experience, step-by-step through the process of teaching your students to design games.  Deadline for entry is March 31, 2013. Click here for more information 2-27-2013

Koles Cares Scollarship Program- Nominate a young volunteer, age 6-18, who has made a difference in your community. Top winners each receive $10,000 for higher education. Nominations are accepted February 1-March 15, 2013. For more information, visit www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/scholarship/index.asp. For a permanent link to this resource click here 2-27-2013

NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums, and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts. Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items at the website through March 4, 2013. Click here for more information 2-27-2013

ASM Materials Camp- I'm writing to let you know about an educational event for High  School sophomores and juniors. You may or may not be familiar with  the ASM Materials Camp that we have held at WPI for the past 8  years. We bring groups of sophomores and juniors through eight  learning stations relating to aspects of materials science and  engineering.We will be hosting students on two occasions this year: On May 6 at  WPI and on May 13 at Boston University. Students from any  geographical area are welcome to apply to the date/location of  their choice. For more information click here 1-19-2013

New NASA iPad Magazine "Space Place Prime" Now Available- Announcing "Space Place Prime," the new NASA magazine for iPad. This brand new app gathers some of the best and most recent Web offerings from NASA. It taps engrossing articles from The Space Place website, enlightening NASA videos, and daily images such as the Astronomy Picture of the Day and the NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day. “Space Place Prime” targets a multigenerational audience. Kids, teachers, parents, space enthusiasts, and everyone in between will find fascinating features on this new, free NASA app. For more information about the new magazine, visit http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ios/. iPad is a registered trademarks of Apple Inc. There will be a permanent link to this resource on the MassTEC resources page, click here for the link. 1-19-2013

NASA's Glenn Research Center's High School Shadowing Project 
NASA's Glenn Research Center, or GRC, in Cleveland, OH, is accepting applications for its High School Shadowing Project sessions for the 2012-2013 school year. This opportunity provides students with a one- to five-day career exploration experience at Glenn Research Center. 
The project provides high school students with an opportunity to explore career possibilities in a research and development environment while under the guidance of a NASA scientist, engineer, technician, or administrative professional who serves as the student’s mentor. Students are provided information about various careers, career paths, and Glenn Research Center educational resources and programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 16 years old by the application deadline. Four sessions are scheduled for the 2012-2013 school year.
Session II – Application Deadline: January 25, 2013 / Session Date: February 27, 2013
Session III – Application Deadline: February 22, 2013 / Session Date: March 26, 2013
Session IV – Application Deadline: February 22, 2013 / Session Date: April 24, 2013
For more information about this opportunity, please visitwww.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/ShadowingProgram_GRC.html. Questions can be directed to GRC-Intern@mail.nasa.gov

Dear members of MassTEC in our continuing efforts to keep you informed of the changes in our standards we would like to draw your attention to the last draft of the Next Generation Science Standards.  This draft has major changes in the way it deals with Technology Engineering. The MassTEC Board of Directors is very disappointed with this paradigm shift. Please take a few minutes and fill out the NGSS Survey form to express your opinion on this draft of the Next Generation Science Standards. Click here for links to give feedback and information the MassTEC board has identified that may be helpful in your feedback. 1-13-2013

The latest edition of the MassTEC Express is available for download. Click here for a link to download 1-13-2013

PBS Design Squad has a Figit Factory Game where students create circuits, a High School Standard. Click here to for a link to the activity 12-21-2012

How about some free video's about General Safety Video, A Circular Saw Video, A Table Saw Video and A Miter Saw, click here for a link, these video's are good for the high school environment. 12-21-2012

From the MassTEC President- As part of MassTEC’s mission, I want to inform you of the changes that are happening to our discipline. In the coming years two events will have a direct impact on what we teach in our classrooms. Click here to read the message 12-21-2012

LONG TERM SUBSTITUTE TECHNOLOGY/ENGINEERING TEACHER, The Fowler School.
Maynard Public Schools 
MaynardMassachusetts
The position is responsible for teaching students to develop a range of knowledge and skills - in technology-based content, tools and techniques.  Students are in grades 5-8. The curriculum is aligned with Massachusetts' frameworks and includes the general areas of technology, the engineering design process, communications, construction, transportation and manufacturing. Teaching certification to use workshop equipment, with the students, to design and create products is desirable, though not essential. Additional skills may include (but are not limited to) graphic design, data handling and analysis, distance learning, research in technology, robotics, computer literacy, and scientific investigation.  The position will begin the middle of January 2013 and continue through to the end of the school year. See SchoolSpring.com to apply. 12-19-2012

From I Robot- I wanted to alert you and your group to a small promotion we are doing on Facebook. If you like www.facebook.com/iRobotSPARK, there is an offer to enter to win an iRobot Mint + 5200. The Mint is the newest in our line of floor cleaning robots- it sweeps and mops. It would do a great job cleaning a classroom, but more so is a great example of technology for students to see. It’s very simple, uses a navigation system similar to GPS and shows what a robot can do. 12-19-2012

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education has updated the guide for admissions to the Commonwealth’s public universities and also created a flyer to inform constituents of the new standards in mathematics and science, as approved by the Board this year. For more information click here 12-8-2012

UMASS NANOTECHNOLOGY 2013 SUMMER INSTITUTE
Monday to Friday, July 8 - July 13, 2013 at UMass Amherst
Middle and High School Science, Math, and Technology Teachers
$75/day stipends ($375 total), materials, parking, some meals
For more information click here 12-8-2012

FYI From MassTEC
The release of the second and final public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is set for the first week in January 2013. In recognition of the hectic schedules in December and the approaching holidays, the NGSS staff wanted to ensure all educators, stakeholders and the public had appropriate access to the draft. We fully encourage all interested parties to review the draft as individuals or in groups and provide feedback to the Lead States and writers.12-8-2012

From the List serve- Several years ago, I was the Principal Investigator for an NSF grant entitled Medibotics, and worked with
several co-PI’s from our Center of Pre-College Programs.
Medibtoics was a professional development program for both
middle and high school teachers in the STEM areas
(Math, Sciences and Technology
Education) that showed them how to use
the LEGO® NXT Mindstorm kits to assist in their teaching of STEM topics. 
We are now looking for a second cohort of teachers outside NJ (in the Northeast) for the project, for more information click here 12-8-2012

From the List serve - The Verizon Innovative App Challenge (http://appchallenge.tsaweb.org/) provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty advisor, to use their STEM knowledge, their ingenuity, and their creativity to come up with an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a need or problem in their school or community. Submission deadline 1-18-2013 The goal of the Challenge is to provide an engaging and empowering learning experience to increase student interest and knowledge in STEM and mobile technology. Download the Verizon Innovative App Challenge flyer (http://appchallenge.tsaweb.org/about/AppChallenge-flyer2.pdf) Share this flyer with others in your school and get your team registered today! Participants can win a tablet and $10,000 for there school. 12-8-2011

Having built a remotely operated vehicle that can find underwater shipwrecks, Natick High School robotics students are tackling what their teachers say is their most
complicated project yet – making firefighters’ jobs a little safer. More than a dozen students are designing and building a vehicle that can search underwater beneath the ice,
helping firefighters determine if anyone is there. Take a look at the article at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/features/x35741073/Natick-students-creating-robot-to-help-in-ice-rescues 11-8-2012

The Commissioner of Education posts a newsletter each Friday. If you would like to be added to the email distribution send an email to imailsrv@list1.doe.mass.edu with the following information in the body of the email: subscribe ESEUpdate Your Name. (Example: subscribe ESEUpdate John Smith) To unsubscribe, send an email to the same address with the following information in the body: unsubscribe ESEUpdate Your Name. (Example: unsubscribe ESEUpdate John Smith). There will be a permanent link to this on the resources page, click here for the permanent link 11-18-2012

Intel Community Grants- Intel Corporation is committed to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in the communities where the company has a major presence. The company has a strong interest in supporting K–12/higher education and community programs. Intel vigorously supports education through grants for programs that advance science, math, and technology education, particularly for women and underserved populations. For more information click here 11-18-2012

Association of American Educators Classroom Grants AAE's Classroom grants (average amount: $500) can be used for a variety of projects and materials, including but not limited to books, software, calculators, math manipulative's, art supplies, audiovisual equipment, and lab materials. Classroom grants are available to all educators. Application deadlines are October 1 and March 1. For more details, visit http://www.aaeteachers.org/index.php/member-benefits/scholarships-and-grants There will always be a link to this resource on the resources page. Click here for the permanent link 11-18-2012

The Frances R. Dewing Foundation gives grants only to programs that deal directly with early childhood education. Within that context, support is given for preschool, elementary, and other education; conservation and environmental protection; the fine and performing arts and other cultural programs; and social services. Programs must serve children younger than age 12. Giving is limited to the United States, with emphasis on the New England states in the Northeast. The average grant amount is $15,000. April 1 and October 1 are the annual deadlines. Click here to for the permanent link to this resource 11-18-2012

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition free for students in grades six through nine where teams can compete for State, Regional and National Awards while working to solve problems in their community. The registration deadline is Jan 15 and the submission deadline is March 1. https://www.ecybermission.com/ 11-18-2012

The Foundation for Technology and Engineering Educators is sponsoring the $1,000 Maley/FTEE Technology and Engineering Teacher Scholarship. Its purpose is to support teachers in their preparation to increase the positive outcomes of technology and engineering education. Click here for more information 11-09-2012

Applications for the 2013-2014 InvenTeams Are Now Open! The InvenTeam initiative, created by the Lemelson-MIT Program, offers an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention. InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors that receive grants of up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Each InvenTeam chooses its own problem to solve. InvenTeam students rely on inquiry and hands-on problem solving as they apply lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to develop invention prototypes. Interactive, self-directed learning coupled with STEM curricula are essential for experiencing invention. To apply, go to: http://web.mit.edu/inventeams/apply.html Initial application deadline: April 5, 2013, 11-07-2012

RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge
The RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge encourages students in Grades 8-12 to explore and build skills essential for successful careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through two phases of project-based learning and team competition. Designs must be completed and posted by January 31, 2013. For more information click here. 11-07-2012

Nashoba Valley Technical School District has a posting for a Electronics/Robotics Teacher, for more information click here 11-07-2012

The November Edition of the MassTEC Express is available for download. Click here for the link to download the Express and feel free to send it to anyone you think may be interested in it. 10-29-2012

High school level teachers are invited to submit their lesson designs for a new MIT BLOSSOMS lesson in Mathematics, Science or Engineering. Monday, December 3, 2012 – Teachers must submit the completed MIT BLOSSOMS Concept Template for their lessons.The winning teachers will be invited to travel to MIT—all expenses paid—to film their lessons during either their Winter or Spring vacation weeks. For more information click here 10-29-2012

N-Visioning a Brighter Future Grant Program Sponsored by Westinghouse, the program awards grants to U.S. middle and high schools that want their students to learn more about science, technology, or mathematics through a hands-on project. Five schools will be awarded $1,000 each for any creative project dealing with energy, mathematics, science, and technology, but those involving nuclear energy will receive preference. The project must be completed during the 2012–2013 school year. Applications must be received no later than November 16, 2012, to be considered. Click here http://www.westinghousenuclear.com/docs/n_vision_grant.pdf for more information. 10-16-2012

The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants provide funds to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in critical thinking and problem-solving that deepens knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Maximum award: $5,000. Practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, or faculty or staff at public higher education institutions are eligible to apply. Application deadlines are February 1, June 1, and October 15. For a link to the site click here. This link will be permanently on the resources page. 10-16-2012

Captain Planet Foundation Grants- The Captain Planet Foundation funds and supports hands-on environmental projects for children and youths ages 6–18. Its objective is to encourage innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Grant amounts range from $250 to $2,500. Deadlines for submitting grant applications are May 31, September 30, and January 15. Learn more http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants/. There will be a permanent link to this site on our classroom resources page. Click here to see the link. 10-16-2012

Your school can win a piece of $1,000,000* in technology. at Samsung we're dedicated to helping children share the wonder of life, learning and our planet. This fall, Samsung is giving public schools nationwide the opportunity to share the wonder of technology. Click here for more information http://pages.samsung.com/us/sft/home.html 10-16-2012

The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is the premier national environmental sustainability competition for grades K-12 students. Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet. Beginning September 13, 2012 through March 5, 2013, teams from across the country will be challenged to create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements in their local communities. The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge not only allows your local community and our planet to benefit, but you and your team(s) can win big too! With more than $300,000 in scholarship money and dozens of other exciting prizes – such as a Discovery adventure trip, green prize packs, Discovery school assemblies, subscriptions to scientific publications, tech-savvy gadgets and more – this environmental sustainability challenge is an amazing opportunity that you do not want to pass up. Click here fore more information 9-29-2012

Boston Society of Civil Engineers and Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass are co-hosting a fun STEM event for k-12 students.  The purpose is to expose students to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers.  Examples of some of the “hands-on” activities at ThinkFest include opportunities for students to design and build their own devices.  Other special events include operating "egg" catapults and the Skydome and a science magic show form the Boston Museum of Science! This event is open to families and chaperoned school groups. A light breakfast and snacks will be provided. The Merrimack College cafeteria will also be open for food accommodations. Sat. October 27, 2012, 10 am to 3 pm Click here to download a flyer with more information. 9-29-2012

PARCC Releases Initial Set of Test Items and Task Prototypes
Online, searchable Model Content Frameworks also released.
WASHINGTON, D.C. August 20, 2012 – The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a 23-state consortium working together to create next generation assessments, today released its first set of item and task prototypes for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics.  The prototypes are illustrative of how the critical content and skills found in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) may be measured by the PARCC assessments set to be administered for the first time in 2014-2015.  The prototype items are early samples or models that may be helpful in building the actual assessment items.  They also give educators and the public an early look at what next generation assessment items may look like.
Click here for more information 8-28-2012

On Tuesday, June 19, the Board of Higher Education voted to make two amendments to the science requirement for the admission standards to state colleges and universities. For more information click here 7-11-2012

ITEEA’s Response to the Next Generation Science Standards Stakeholders Survey RESTON, Virginia, June 14, 2012 Click here to read the response 6-17-2012

Registration is now open for the 2012-2013 Real World Design Challenge. The Challenge starts in the fall, but you can sign up today. The Real World Design Challenge is an annual aviation design competition for teams of 3-7 high school students. The Challenge is FREE for students and teachers. And each teacher that signs up a team will receive $1 million in professional engineering software as well as access to mentors from industry, government, and academia. 1. Team registration is open now at www.realworlddesignchallenge.org. 2. the Challenges will be issued on the RWDC website on September 10, 2012.
3. Engineering Design Notebooks will be due the end of January for the State Challenge Click here for more information 6-5-2012

Announcing the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Fifth Flight Opportunity - SSEP Mission 3 to the International Space Station for the 2012-13 Academic Year: Opportunity for Schools and Districts to Engage Their Grade 5-12 Students in Real Microgravity Experiment Design for Flight to the International Space Station : Milestone dates: 8-Week Experiment Design Phase: September 17 to November 9, 2012 Selection of Flight Experiments: December 7, 2012 Ferry Flight to ISS: early-April 2013 Ferry Flight Return to Earth: mid-May 2013 National Conference in Washington, DC: early July 2013 Click here for more information 5-10-2012

Congratulations to Charlie Corley DTE MassTEC Executive Board Member and founding MassTEC member for earning Outstanding Affiliate Representative from the ITEEA and Founding MassTEC member Dr Yvonne Spicer for earning Distinguished Technology Educator recognition from the ITEEA, you can view all the award recipients at http://www.iteea.org/Awards/awardprofessionalrecognition.htm 3-26-2012

Monday May 7, 2012 Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Worcester, MA VISION: A one day program to excite and encourage young people to pursue careers in materials science, applied sciences and engineering disciplines. WHO: The camp is open to HIGH SCHOOL Sophomores and Juniors. Click here for more information 1-9-2012

The latest edition of The MassTEC Express is available for download, click here for the link 1-4-2012

Registration for the 2012 ITTEA conference is open, it is a great professional development opportunity and MassTEC urges all to consider attending, ITEEA's 74th Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA, March 15-17, 2012 http://www.iteea.org/Conference/registration.htm 1-4-2012

Does your school participate in K-8 STEM Ed. with Innovation and Invention strands? If not, you might be interested in participating in a new Pilot Program being developed now along with several other Massachusetts schools to focus on the "T" and "E" in STEM! The CIC is a low cost, easy to implement, well developed Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program with a 29-year history of success. Activity May 19th 2012 Click here for more information 12-18-2011

Do you have a great program or are you worthy of recognition? MassTEC has updated it's program of the year and teacher of the year programs for 2012. Teachers and Programs awarded will be nominated for recognition through the ITEEA. Click here for application information. 12-10-2011

We are pleased to announce the National Academy of Engineering’s EngineerGirl! website’s 12th annual Essay Contest. Students are asked to write about the role of engineering in providing safe and nutritious food. Participation is open to both girls and boys in grades 3-12 and submissions must be entered by 6:00 pm (EST) on March 1, 2012. All winning entries will be published on the EngineerGirl! website and winners will receive cash prizes: first place winners $500, second place winners $250, third place winners $100. The 2012 EngineerGirl! Essay Contest was made possible by the generous support of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Click here for more information 11-23-2011

New Remarkable Grade 5-12 STEM Education Program Opportunity for School District and School Communities
Announcing the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Fourth Flight Opportunity - SSEP Mission 2 to the International Space Station (ISS) The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (http://ncesse.org), in partnership with NanoRacks (http://nanoracks.com) invites communities across the U.S. to participate in SSEP Mission 2 to ISS. Each participating community will be provided all launch services to fly a real microgravity research mini-laboratory on ISS from September 28 to November 12, 2012, and a kit for assembly of their mini-lab. Click here for more information 11-23-2011

Discover the DiscoverE Educator Awards
Full-time US or international educators in grades 6-12 who work closely with engineering programs, clubs and camps (4-H National Engineering Challenge, FIRST or other robotics clubs, Future City Competition. Top winners will receive a trip to Washington, DC, for a recognition event on February 22, a $2,000 cash prize, a 3M digital projector, and a 3M gift pack of classroom supplies. Click here for more information 11-23-2011

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute are seeking teams to compete in a robot technology demonstration competition with a potential $1.5 million prize purse. During the Sample Return Robot Challenge, teams will compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. The competition is planned for June 2012 in Worcester and is anticipated to attract hundreds of competitors from industry and academia nationwide. Click here for more information 11-11-2011

The ION Mini-Urban Challenge (MUC) is a national high school robotics competition that challenges students to design and operate a robotic car to autonomously navigate a competition course. The robotic cars used in the competition are developed using Lego Mindstorms® Education kits that are provided to each participating high school free of charge. Travel grants are given to teams that qualify for the National Competition, which will be held on May 26, 2012 at The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Click here for more information 11-11-2011

Electronic Professional Development Network Courses
NASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to create the electronic professional development network, or e-PDN, an initiative dedicated to preparing K-12 teachers to engage their students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, through the use of NASA-developed learning materials and resources. If you are looking for a way to enhance your instructional skills, meet your professional development goals, or find new and exciting resources to use in your learning environments, apply to one of our free courses today! Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning – January 18-February 28, 2012, Technology Integration – Vodcasts – February 8-March 13, 2012, Project-Based Inquiry Learning – March 14-April 17, 2012, Technology Integration – 3-D Visualizations – March 21-April 24, 2012, Technology Integration – Turn Your Classroom Digital – April 4-May 8, 2012, click here for more information 11-11-2011

NASA Releases New Interactive Space Communications Game, click here for more information 11-11-2011

The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation is now offering grants to schools to help defray the cost of Fluid Power Challenge Classroom Exercise Kits and materials. If you are planning to teach fluid power in your classroom, or even hold a Fluid Power Challenge competition at your school, you may want to consider applying for a grant. Click here for more information 11-10-2011

The Design Challenge encourages students to develop assistive technologies that empower people with disabilities to overcome barriers to employment.High School teams work through the fall to research, design, and submit a presentation featuring their device. The top five teams win a trip to Washington, DC to present their devices and compete for cash prizes, First Place: $5,000; Second Place (2): $3,000; Finalists (2) $1,000, High School Registration Deadline: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 5PM EST, High School Finals Event: Winter/Spring Washington, DC March 8, 2012 Click here for more information 11-10-2011

The students at FSU are in the process of planning another great Technology Student Association competition for April 20th 2012. If you are interested in participation please fill out a brief survey, click here for more information. 10-23-2011

Robotics Program Showcased by will.i.am to Promote Science and Technology on Network TV, Launches a New Season FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology, officially launched its 2011/2012 Click here for more information 10-23-2011

New England Institute of Technology Invites School Groups to: Campus Tours Career Education Days- Building Technologies Career Education Day Friday November 18, 2011 RSVP by November 4, 2011 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Communications / Engineering Technology Career Education Day Friday March 2, 2012 RSVP by February 10, 2012 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Allied Health Career Education Day Friday April 13, 2012 RSVP by March 16, 2012 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Click here for a link to the flyer 10-23-2011

NASA is challenging U.S. and international undergraduate and graduate student teams to design and build a telerobotic or autonomous excavator, called a lunabot, that could be applied to an actual lunar excavation device or payload. Click here for more information 10-23-2011

Dimension's Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge 2012 is Now Open for Entries Calling all engineering, design, and manufacturing students. Entries will be accepted September 8, 2011 through February 2, 2012. Click here for more information 10-23-2011

Christopher Columbus Awards Challenge Teams of Middle School Students to Solve Community Problems Using Science and Technology, Finalist Teams Win Trip to Walt Disney World®, The deadline for receipt of entries is Monday, February 6, 2012. Click here for more information 10-23-2011

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today invited states to take part in the inaugural year of the Green Ribbon Schools program, which will recognize schools for reducing environmental impact on their communities, promoting healthy school environments for their own students and staff, and offering high-quality environmental education. Click here for more information 10-23-2011

Robotics and Science Workshop **November 5, 2011** offered by UMass Lowell Computer Science's Robotics Lab and Engaging Computing Group, click here for more information 10-23-2011

Free Online Textbooks in STEM, click here for more information 10-23-2011

Registration is open for the Team America Rocketry Challenge 2012, a national model rocket competition for U.S. students in grades 7-12. Participation is limited to the first 1,000 teams who register by Nov. 30, 2011. Cash prizes are awarded to the top finishers. Click here for more information 10-23-2011

The DESE has released a newer version of it's Bilingual Dictionaries and Glossaries, click here for the links 10-23-2011

Attention K-12 STEM educators: Are you an experienced educator who is ready to make a difference in education policy on a national scale? If so, consider applying for an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship and prepare for a year of unique opportunities. As an Einstein Fellow, you will spend a school year in Washington, DC sharing your expertise with policy makers. The application deadline is January 5, 2012. Click here for more information 10-23-2011

This years conference was another great day of sharing, networking and building of friendships. Click here to view the days offerings, the conference press release, the 2011 Keynote Speakers, items from the share a thon, the Teacher of the Year, the Founders Awards, and the vendor special recognition awards, . 10-17-2011

2012 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest
Design a space settlement! Space settlements are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to being on the moon or other planets. Grades 6-8, 9-10 and 11-12 are judged separately, except for the grand prize. Submissions must be received by March 15, 2012. Click here for more information 10-2-2011

The Massachusetts teaching and learning system
Real-time access to information has transformed the way Americans work, learn, and play. From mobile devices to home computers to social networking sites-access to data and information that increases learning, productivity and personal effectiveness is increasingly just a touch screen or a click away. Schools, districts, and the ESE collect vast amounts of current and historical data about students in every classroom in the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, reports that can inform an educator's decisions on current students are often unavailable, too difficult to access, or are out of date causing many educator's to miss unique opportunities to have an even greater positive impact on a child's education and life.
This will change when ESE launches, the Massachusetts teaching and learning system. Click here for more information 10-2-2011

Sign up now for the Real World Design Challenge. It is an annual aviation design competition for teams of 3-7 high school students. The Challenge is FREE for students and teachers. And each teacher that signs up a team will receive $1 million in professional engineering software as well as access to mentors from industry, government, and academia. Sign up deadline November 18th 2011, for more information click here 10-2-2011

SAE International will provide one A World In Motion classroom materials kit to a teacher that partners with a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) professional with a limit of one complimentary kit per school each academic year, based on availability. Click here for more information 9-26-2011

Massachusetts is one of 20 states that will lead the development of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which will clearly define the science and engineering content and practices students will need to learn from kindergarten through high school graduation. The development of the NGSS started with the building of a research-based framework by the National Research Council that identified the core ideas and practices in science and engineering that all students should be familiar with by the time they graduate. The next step is the development of standards based on the Framework. As a Lead State Partner, Massachusetts will guide the standards writing process, gather and deliver feedback from state-level committees and benefit from technical assistance to develop a plan to implement revised science and engineering standards. Below is the press release from Achieve regarding the new science standards. There will be two public comment review periods and I will send you an email about these. Massachusetts will be considering the adoption of these standards as our state standards, so it is very, very important for you to give feedback during these public comment periods. It is expected that these "national" standards will be finalized in December 2012. For more information, visit the Next Generation Science Standards website at www.nextgenscience.org.

Click here for a link to a letter from the current president of the ITEEA regarding the the current draft of the Science framework released over the summer. I hope you will read the letter and review the framework. This framework will be a focus of our conference on the 14th of October. 9-22-2011

One of our members is competing for All American Handyman. Click here to learn more about her and vote if you choose http://www.hgtv.com/all-american-handyman-fan-vote/package/index.html?cid=2621 9-22-2011

State board adopts new evaluation regulations. All Massachusetts school districts will have to adopt new evaluation systems based on a state framework that was approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on June 28. Click here for more information http://www.massteacher.org/news/archive/2011/06-28.aspx 6-30-2010

Ability One Network Design Challenge was established to encourage students to develop creative technological solutions that can empower people with disabilities to overcome barriers to employment. Students design, build and test an assistive technology device for a person with a disability.The design challenge is a service learning opportunity for for students in grades 9-12 in the High School Program or any college student or student team at the graduate or undergraduate level in the University Program that also enhances science, engineering and technology skills. Winners receive between $10,000 and $5,000 University Deadline: April 20, 2012, High School Deadline: December 14, 2011. Click here for more information http://www.instituteforempowerment.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=12&Itemid=55 6-24-2011

The MDESE has released some 2011 MCAS Technology Engineering questions. Click here to link to the release of questions. 6-23-2011

From the list serve- Hi Everyone,
Below is information about the Real World Design Challenge. I'm sending it as an FYI. This year a team from Marlboro High School went to the national competition in Washington D.C. The PTC Corporation, based here in Massachusetts, is a big supporter of this competition. Charlie
Sign up now for the Real World Design Challenge. It is an annual aviation design competition for teams of 3-7 high school students. The Challenge is FREE for students and teachers. And each teacher that signs up a team will receive $1 million in professional engineering software as well as access to mentors from industry, government, and academia. Click here for more information 6-15-2011

Dear MassTEC Members,
I am writing you as the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Affiliate Representative of MassTEC to let you know of the benefits of being a member of the ITEEA and ask you to join this organization. Click here to read

A member of the MassTEC E-board arranged for a speaker to visit his classroom and talk about NASA, click here to view a newspaper article about the visit http://www.telegram.com/article/20110408/COULTER01/104080421/1189/coulter01 4-9-2011

Please note that the Department has asked superintendents of Race to the Top districts to submit additional nominations in science and technology/engineering for our newly formed Model Curriculum and Curriculum Embedded Performance Assessment Committees. If you would like more information or submit an application click here 2-18-2010

We would like to call your teachers' attention to the opportunity to field test Survival Master, a computer game designed for 8th Grade Engineering and Technology Education Teachers and their Students. Survival Master is a National Science Foundation-funded 3D game that teaches STEM Concepts and is aligned with the Standards for Technological Literacy .A field test training workshop will be conducted on Long Island from August 9-12, 2011. All expenses will be paid, materials will be provided, and teachers who are accepted will be paid an honorarium of $1500 once the field test has been completed and data has been submitted. Click here for more information. 2-14-2011

Announcing Tufts University's new Master's of Arts in Teaching Engineering
The Tufts Education department in collaboration with the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach are pleased to announce a new program to prepare middle and high school engineering teachers. Click here for more information

WGBH Educational Productions is looking for K-12 STEM educators to co-present with WGBH staff at the NSTA Regional Conference in Hartford, CT  in Nov. '11. Click here for more information 1-25-2011

The MA Department of Education has posted new resources, Science and Technology/Engineering Concept and Skill Progressions, on the Department's website. These summarize how student thinking of selected science and technology/engineering topics can be supported over time, including common misconceptions they may hold. For a link to this resource click here 11-18-2010

Ohio University has created a web page outlining many types of engineering professions. To view a link to there page click here, 11-17-2010

Massachusetts STEM State Plan
Titled: A Foundation for the Future: Massachusetts Plan for Excellence in STEM Education
Building the pipeline of STEM Professionals to fuel the MA innovation economy

The state's first ever statewide STEM Plan was presented at this year's STEM Summit.  Governor Patrick's STEM Advisory Council, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education staff and many other agencies worked together to create this first version 1.0 and to include Race to the Top goals and initiatives into the plan. Once implemented, this plan will serve as a guide as we move forward in our efforts to make long-lasting and critical strides in STEM that will positively impact communities across the Commonwealth. You can download a copy of the plan at:  http://www.mass.gov/Agov3/docs/MA%20STEM%20Plan%209%2028%2010.pdf. This information will be on the what's new for teachers page, click here to see the information 10-21-2010

Water Rocket Simulator for Fun & Science Studies This program can help students and rocketeers understand the physics of water rockets and how to optimize their water rocket launches to obtain the highest apogees. Click here for a link to the program web site 10-21-2010

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE "BODY FORWARD" CHALLENGE FOCUSES ON BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, click here for more information 10-4-2010

NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants, The maximum grant amount is $5,000. Deadlines are February 1, June 1, and October 15 each year. For more information click here 10-4-2010

NOAA Teacher at Sea Program Have you ever thought about shipping out to sea? The deadline for applications is November 30, 2010. Click here for more information 10-4-2010

K-12 teachers with a strong background in science, technology, math, or engineering education are encouraged to apply to the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. To be considered for an Einstein Fellowship for the 2011-2012 school year, apply online now and submit your application and three letters of recommendation no later than January 4, 2011. Those selected will participate in a 10-month paid fellowship in Washington, D.C. For more information click here 10-4-2010

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has posted some employment opportunities as a result of Race To the Top funding. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 29, 2010. Click here for more information 10-4-2010

NASA is hosting two national science competitions that challenge student teams to develop and prepare a microgravity experiment. Proposals are due November 1. Click here for more information 10-4-2010

Are you ready to stretch your imagination? The Akron Global Polymer Academy of The University of Akron is hosting the third annual Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors to encourage students in grades 5-8 to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity by creating an invention that incorporates the use of rubber bands. The first place winner in each division will receive a $1,000 savings bond, while the runner-up in each division will receive a $500 savings bond, respectively. (Awards ceremony on May 14, 2011) For more information click here 10-4-2010

Earlier this month, NSTA, the Siemens Foundation, and Discovery Education announced the kick-off of the third annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, a program that educates, empowers and engages students and teachers nationwide to become "Agents of Change" in identifying and solving environmental problems. The deadline for all entries is March 15, 2011. Click here for more information 10-4-2010

One of MassTEC's officers Ray Belanger has helped a student to take a concept to a prototype for the students long board. Click here http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/top_stories/x725013046/Algonquin-senior-skateboards-toward-engineering-career to read the article about the amazing things happening in the Technology Engineering Classroom 9-21-2010

Model Solar Car: the Junior Solar Sprint Experience Teacher Workshop.  Wednesday, October 27 from 4-7pm for more information click here 9-20-2010

BKFK has released there Sports Authority Move it Challenge, do you have New ideas backyard games, sports training equipment and fitness tracking tools from young innovators (18 and under). The grand prize winner will receive $10,000, with four finalists each receiving $1,000. 15 semifinalists will receive a $500 Sports Authority gift card each. Beginning October 1, 2010, we will be accepting entries into the Sports Authority Move It Challenge! Deadline: January 3, 2011, 5:00 pm (ET) For more information click here http://www.moveitchallenge.com 9-18-2010

The U.S. Department of Education and the NEA Foundation have launched Challenge to Innovate (C2i), a new contest that will give educators nationwide the opportunity to address pressing education needs.The first phase of the challenge, from Sept. 7 through Oct. 19, asks educators to share their most pressing classroom challenges that can be solved with $500 or less.  The five ideas with the most votes, as judged by the Open Innovation Portal community, will each receive $1000 from the NEA Foundation. In the second phase, from Nov. 16 through Jan. 14, educators will post the best solutions to the winning challenges. Up to 10 solutions will receive a $2,500 implementation grant from the NEA Foundation for their schools. In the final phase of C2i, from Jan. 17 through Feb. 4, the NEA Foundation will select and post up to three solutions to receive a $5,000 planning grant and technical support. For more information click here 9-18-2010

The Museum of Science is offering $2 field trips in September, October and January, click here for the information http://www.mos.org/educators/field_trip_resources/field_trip_activities/special_school_programs&d=2119 and and has a new KNEX display, click here for more information http://www.mos.org/educators/field_trip_resources/field_trip_activities/exhibits&d=4458 9-8-2010

New England Institute of Technology has two Career Education Days planned for you and your students for the upcoming school year. Automotive Career Education Day Friday October 29, 2010 RSVP by October 19, 2010 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A continuous program of informational workshops highlighting career choices available in the Automotive, Automotive High Performance, Automotive Collision Repair and Marine Technology fields. Schools will be given schedules for arrival as well as workshops. Building Technologies Career Education Day Friday, November 19, 2010 RSVP by November 3, 2010 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. For more information and registration information click here. 9-8-2010

The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards program is back for its 19th year, and the application to participate will be available online August 30, 2010, at www.exploravision.org. The ExploraVision program is open to K-12 students who could win up to $10,000 in savings bonds and other valuable prizes. Applications due February 10th 2010 Click here for more information 9-6-2010

The Boston Globe is offering free newspapers for classroom activities. Click here for more information 9-6-2010

Recently MassTEC sent out a e-mail regarding contacting the office of licensure and there contact information. Click here for the e-mail which we will have permanently posted on the employment page. 9-6-2010

Fitchburg State University is offering a Masters Level Hybrid Methods of Technology Education course called:
14843 ITEC 8000 Advanced Methods of Teaching at the Secondary Level, for more information click here 8-22-2010

Carnegie Mellon Launches $7 Million Initiative Using Robots to Boost Science, Technology Majors, click here for more information 8-22-2010

NASA Team Unveils Virtual Student Engineering Competition NASA is going virtual in its latest attempt to excite high school students about engineering and real-life design challenges facing future space explorers. In order to be considered for the InWorld phase of the challenge, high school students and their coaches are asked to submit their final RealWorld project solutions by December 15, 2010. Click here for more information 8-22-2010

Sports Authority has recently announced the “Sports Authority Move It Challenge,” a new invention competition designed to uncover exciting youth-created sporting and backyard games and products. The “Sports Authority Move It Challenge” will offer exciting prizes for kids and educators. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000, with four finalists each receiving $1,000 and their nominated teacher receiving a $500 Sports Authority gift card. Entries will be accepted online or by mail beginning October 1, 2010, through January 3, 2011. Click here for more information 8-22-2010

University students worldwide can shape the future of flight and win €30,000 in a global competition, project proposals must be submitted by December 10, 2010. click here for more information 8-22-2010

NASA's Dropping In a Microgravity Environment (DIME) and What If No Gravity? (WING) allow student teams in high school and in middle school to design and build an experiment that will be operated in a NASA research drop tower, proposals are due with a postmark deadline of November 1, 2010. Click here if you would like more information 8-22-2010

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA's reduced gravity aircraft. Click here for more information, proposals are due October 27, 2010. Interested students also should submit a letter of intent by September 22, 2010. 8-22-2010

ITEEA Teams Up With Four Other Associations on Digital Fabrication Article, click here for a link to the article 8-8-2010

Teachers in Space has announced the start of a new astronaut-teacher competition. Click here for more information 8-8-2010

The RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge invites high school students to work cooperatively as engineers and scientists to solve real-world problems related to the James Webb Space Telescope. Final RealWorld project solutions from this first phase of the challenge are due on December 15, 2010. Click here for more information 8-8-2010

A video from the 2010 National TSA Conference Awards Ceremony has received high praise from those in attendance. To view a link to this video click here 8-8-2010

NASA’s Glenn Research Center is releasing a Cooperative Agreement Notice to invite proposals to administer the Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology project. The MUST project is a competitive scholarship opportunity for undergraduate students specifically targeting rising sophomores and juniors from underrepresented and underserved groups. The focus is on students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. For more information click here 8-8-2010

The Massachusetts STEM Plan:  A Summit Mapping the Commonwealth's STEM Future, click here for more information 8-5-2010

Click here to see the future if here by Jim Brazell video presentation, is this something you would like to see at the MassTEC conference. Contact the president it you have some feedback. 8-5-2010

Spurring US Innovation Through Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) Integration click here to read more, including the Georgette Yakman STEAM Image 8-1-2010

NEWS RELEASE, For Immediate Release, ITEEA/SITE Recognized with MacArthur 21st Century Learning Lab Award, for more information click here 6-22-2010

STEM Explorations: Living in Space” McAuliffe Center Offers Robotics Workshop for Teachers! The first session workshop begins on Tuesday July 6, 2010, and concludes on Friday, July 9. A second session (repeat of the first session) will begin on July 12, 2010 and conclude on July 16. A stipend will be awarded to all teachers who complete the program. For more information click here 6-22-2010

The DEVELOP Program is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and development of students in the atmospheric and Earth sciences. The DEVELOP Program extends the application of NASA Earth science research and technology to meet societal needs. Applications for the fall 2010 session are due August 9, 2010, click here for more information 6-22-2010

How do I find educational resources at NASA? Click here for a free flyer that may help you 6-22-2010

Do you have some students that would like to communicate with astronauts on the international space station? Click here for some information on how students may be able to communicate. 6-22-2010

The ITEEA has just released a power point presentation and video about Preparing the Next Generation for What Lies Ahead and STEM Literacy = 21st Century Skills, click here for a link to these resources 6-17-2010

The CEEO at Tufts is excited to share new developments around its very own softwareSAM Animation - in the past several months! Click here for more information about a free download and professional development opportunities July 27th, 9am - 12pm .6-17-2010

Tech Ed Solutions is offering some summer professional development centered around there Mastercam SolidWorks classes, click here for more information 6-13-2010

Westfield State College is offering the class IDIS 0536 TECHNOLOGY FOR MATH AND SCIENCE EDUCATORS July 6 - July 9th, and July 12- TWRFM 8:00 am - 4:00 pm and IDIS 0550 SCIENCE & MATH TECHNOLOGY July 13 - July 16th, and July 19- TWRFM 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, click here for more information 6-12-2010

DEPARTMENT BEGINS COMPETITION FOR $437 MILLION IN TEACHER INCENTIVE FUND GRANTS, Click here for more information 6-4-2010

Implementing Technology/Engineering Standards August 11 - 13 and August 16 - 17 Grades 6 - 12, click here for more information 6-4-2010

UMass Lowell's DESIGNCAMP is a summer science and engineering enrichment program that offers a wide range of project-based workshops for students in grades 5 to 10*, applications due June 14th. For more information click here 5-31-2010

High school students throughout the United States are invited to participate in NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience, or INSPIRE, through the program’s Online Learning Community. Applications are being accepted through June 30, 2010. Students selected for the program will have the option to compete for unique grade-appropriate experiences during the summer of 2011 at NASA facilities and participating universities throughout the nation. INSPIRE is designed to encourage ninth- through twelfth-grade students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. For more information click here 5-31-2010

The National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston launched the first issue of its new electronic newsletter, the NCTL ENews for more information about subscribing click here 5-31-2010

The mission of the Minority Innovation Challenges Institute is to create a virtual training ground where minority undergraduate students learn how to compete in NASA technical challenges for both prestige and significant cash prizes. Many sessions will focus on competitions within NASA’s Centennial Challenges program, which provides cash prizes ranging from $50,000 to $2 million. Click here for more information 5-31-2010

Kids Are Curious About the Oil Spill – NWF Supplies Answers for Educators, click here for a link to a web site with information 5-31-2010

The AFCEA Educational Foundation will offer scholarships of $5,000 to students actively pursuing an undergraduate or graduate education degree for the purpose of teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) subjects at a U.S. middle or secondary school. Click here for more information 5-31-2010

NEA’s Green Across America Grant opportunities, click here for more information. All applications must be submitted online by July 30, 2010. 5-31-2010

Design Squad recently launched its second Trash to Treasure Competition. The contest challenges kids to take everyday recycled materials and re-engineer them into functional projects. For ages 5-19. Enter online from April 5 to September 5, 2010. For more information click here 5-31-2010

The CEEO was just awarded a grant from NASA that allows us to offer our summer LEGO Engineering Institute for FREE to teachers that work with students in grades 5-9. Week 1 (August 2-6) will be an introduction to LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT. Week 2 (August 9-13)will be an introduction to LabVIEW Education Edition. For more information click here. 5-31-2010

Fitchburg State College is offering ITEC 8900 Curriculum development in Technology Education. There will be class will be offered on site and online. For more information click here. 5-25-2010

The National Science Foundation has posted some videos under the heading of The Science of Speed and are centered around racing. We have a permanent link on our classrooms resources page. 5-22-2010

NASA OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR 'INSPIRED' HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
High school students in the United States are invited to participate in NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience, or INSPIRE, through the program's online learning community. Applications are being accepted through June 30. Click here for more information 5-22-2010

Massachusetts Launches Recruitment Campaign to Aid in School Turnaround Efforts
A statewide recruitment campaign aimed at encouraging outstanding educators to apply for vacancies in the Commonwealth's lowest performing schools kicked off today with the launch of a new website, www.amazingteachers.org. Click here for more information 5-22-2010

From the ITTEA- ITEEA has just launched two new Membership Campaigns and we hope you will help us spread the word. The new member can join for $60.00 and save 25%.  AND if you refer someone to join and they include your name on the form, there are rewards for you too! Click here for more information 5-11-2010

MOS Engineering the future 3 day institute June 23 - 25, click here for more information 5-10-2010

Technology Education is a core discipline in which all Massachusetts students should participate. Technology Engineering Education is the T&E of Stem. Click here to read a summary of where in the Massachusetts 1993 Education Reform Act 5-4-2010

2010 Summer Professional Development Institutes. This summer more than 30 graduate-level professional development institutes are being offered in a variety of areas including: the Arts, Health, Literacy, Special Education, Mathematics, and Science and Technology/Engineering.  There are over 15 PD institutes being offered in STEM alone! Click here for more information 5-4-2010

Summer Pathways - A program to engage 11th + 12th grade girls in STEM careers
I am writing about an exciting one-week, residential program that will take place from~July 9-16th this summer at Boston University. Summer Pathways, now in its fourth year, targets girls from Boston area high schools who will be entering their junior or senior year in September 2010, and who show promise and/or interest in science, math, or engineering. Click here for more information 5-4-2010

Summer Transportation Institute (STI) The Summer Transportation Institute (STI) at UMass Amherst is sponsored by the Federal Highway Department and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation & Public Works, and is designed to expose rising 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders to the field of transportation.  The program runs Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm for the from Tuesday July 6th to Friday July 30.  For more information click here 5-4-2010

The E 2 for innovation act is making progress, if you have not sent a letter supporting this legislation please consider taking time to do this. Click here for more information and a few potential letters. 5-2-2010

The CEEO is happy to announce a new workshop for elementary school educators in July 2010. Science Through Engineering Workshops: July 12-16, 2010, Summer LEGO Engineering Institute for Educators 2010, Click here for more information 5-2-2010

Technology Education Concepts, Inc. 16th Annual TEC Summer Institute, will be held on July 7-9, at Concord, NH’s Courtyard by Marriott.  Click here for more details 5-2-2010

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's New RFP for the Title II-B Competitive Grant, Application due Monday, June 14, 2010 Click here for the details, 5-2-2010

Boston University CityLab's SummerLab Biotechnology Program, Session I:    July 19-23, 2010 Session II:   July 26-30, 2010 Session III:   August 2-6, 2010 Click here for more details 5-2-2010

STREAM 2010: Using Robots to teach STEM - June 24-25, iRobot, Bedford, MA Click here for more information 5-2-2010

The DOME Foundation, Bunker Hill Community College, the Latino STEM Alliance, BATEC (Boston-area Advanced Technological Education Connections), and the Metro Boston Secondary Postsecondary CVTE Linkage Consortium are sponsoring a joint spring symposium at Bunker Hill Community College on Friday, May 14 for educators & administrators in mathematics, science, engineering and technology at schools in Massachusetts and the Boston metropolitan area, scientists, engineers, students, workforce development professionals - and all who are interested in STEM education and the development of a "Green" STEM Pipeline for our students. For more information go to http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaID=199946&CFID=23420599&CFTOKEN=38678936 5-2-2010

ASM Materials Education Foundation Teacher Grants for more information on how to apply click here, The deadline for submissions is May 25, 2010 5-2-2010

The Green Aviation Student Challenge (High School), NASA, due December 15th 2010 click here for more information 5-2-2010

NSTAR and the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project have partnered to provide teachers in the NSTAR service area with a series of energy workshops focusing on general energy and electricity, solar energy, wind energy, and energy efficiency. The workshop starts September 30, 2010 Click here for more information 5-2-2010

June 8th-10th, 2010 LEGO Engineering Symposium! Click here for more information 5-2-2010

Junior Solar Sprint has passed on a lesson and information about there up coming activities with an event in June, click here for more information 4-11-2010

Urgent, the E 2 for innovation act important to you and your professional future. Please consider spending a few minutes to send a letter to your elected officials regarding this legislation. More information and a few potential letters are linked here. 3-19-2010

Teachers' Domain to Offer Biotechnology Professional Development Are you looking for hands-on opportunities to engage in biotechnology? Do you want to learn how to integrate biotechnology into your existing curriculum-Saturday, March 27th - Watertown, MA? Click here for more information on a workshop and a link to a Biotechnology lesson. 3-20-2010

Summer LEGO Engineering Institute for Educators 2010 Tufts University's CEEO Summer LEGO Engineering Institute is a way for educators to gain knowledge of engineering concepts, LEGO hardware & software (NXT brick and NXT-G/LVEE), and associated pedagogy/educational theory. August 2-6: LEGO Mindstorms Education NXT Software  (NXT-G) August 9-13: LabVIEW Education Edition. Click here for more information 3-20-2010

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has created a web page for Science and Technology / Engineering Test Development, we will have a permanent link to this page on the resources page, click here for the link 3-20-2010

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AND RAYTHEON LAUNCH "THE POWER TO HEAR" ENGINEERING DESIGN CHALLENGE. Registration for the design challenge opens March 15 and concludes March 30, Click here for more information 3-19-2010

Teacher Opportunities from NASA- Applications Available for 2010 NSTI Faculty Fellowship Program, applications are due April 1, 2010 click here for more details, Become a MESSENGER Educator Fellow applications are due April 10, 2010 click here for more details 3-19-2010

The Blueprint for Reform The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is available for viewing. It would be the next version of NCLB. If you are interested in taking a look click here to download the document http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/blueprint/blueprint.pdf. 3-19-2010

Dear ASEE K-12 Colleagues,We are currently developing a research and evaluation survey instrument that could be used to measure changes in adults’ (educators’) thinking about engineering concepts and processes.Our survey needs respondents who are knowledgeable and who are not-so-knowledge about engineering. The survey, which takes 5-10 minutes to complete, please click here for a link to complete this survey. 3-18-2010

Building on its twelve-year track record of supporting science education programs and responding to the President's recent call to action to improve science literacy among American students, the Siemens Foundation in conjunction with Discovery Education, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and the College Board, is kicking off a new nationwide initiative, the Siemens STEM Academy, click here for more information 2-27-2010

NASA and USA Today partnered to bring the No Boundaries science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career curriculum and competition to middle and high school classrooms. No Boundaries is a free, eight-week, cross-curricular project that introduces 7th to 12th grade students to NASA careers in STEM through a cooperative learning experience. Deadline for contest: April 15, 2010 Click here for more information 2-27-2010

In the coming year, the National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston, is pleased to offer a number of professional development opportunities for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) educators. Click on the link to learn more about the offering Spring Professional Development Workshops, Engineering/Technology Informational Session April 11, 2009 from 9am-12:30pm, Mathematics Professional Development Session Thursday, April 1, 2009 from 4pm-7pm, Summer Professional Development Opportunities, Engineering the Future - Summer Institute Tentative Dates:   Wednesday, August 11 - Friday, August 13 and Monday, August 16 - Tuesday, August 17   Fall follow- up: To be determined Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm 2-27-2010

GIS Workshop powered by CITY green for Massachusetts Schools
American Forests' in collaboration with the Urban Ecology Institute and the Lynch School of Education is offering a fall workshop for Massachusetts Schools on environmental education that provides an innovative program for teaching science, math and Geographic Information Systems to help your students learn how to determine the ecological services provided by green space in their city. DATE: April 10th, 2010 Click here for more information 2-27-2010

I am looking for science leaders at the K12 district or school level to participate in this study. If you know STEM leaders who would be willing to participate, please pass this email along to them. Click here for a link to the survey 2-27-2010

For the past several years the CTTE Leadership Development Committee has been administering the Twenty-First Century Leader Associates (TCLA) program. This year's class of 21st Century Leaders will be presented at the Foundation for Technology Education Spirit of Excellence Breakfast at the ITEA Conference in Charlotte on Friday morning, March 19. If you would like more information about this program and about how to apply click here 2-27-2010

Classroom, school, and district standards are putting an increasing pressure on budget dollars, many times diverting them from other important educational activities. Teachers or faculty members can nominate their school or classroom to participate in the monthly “Gives Back” contest. The school with the most votes wins $1500, second-most $750, and third-most $500. Click here for more information about this potential funding source 2-27-2010

The Environmentally Responsible Aviation project of the Integrated Systems Research Program, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, has announced a new student contest. The Green Aviation Student Challenge invites students to propose ideas and designs for future aircraft that use less fuel, produce less harmful emissions, and make less noise. The deadline for the first round for high school entries is May 1, 2010. First-round entries from college students are due December 15, 2010. Click here for more information 2-27-2010

NASA has launched an initiative to use its out-of-this-world missions and technology programs to boost summer learning programs. NASA's Summer of Innovation supports President Obama's Educate to Innovate campaign for excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, education. Contingent upon the availability of funding, NASA intends to competitively select up to seven states to pilot the Summer of Innovation during 2010. Awards may range from $1 million–$5 million dollars. Click here for more information 2-27-2010

2009-2010 NASA Life and Work on the Moon Art and Design Contest, click here for more information , due date April 15th 2-27-2010

NASA invites college students to get involved with space exploration by helping to design the tools and instruments needed for the next-generation explorers. Click here for more information 2-27-2010

Why would a teacher want to work in a STEM company? There is a major shortage of workers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and teachers are being called upon to prepare students for a world with increasing technology and innovation, which may look very different than their own experiences.*Program Details (please see attached documents for more information) - *Summer externship lasts 5-8 weeks. Teachers are paid $800/week. (Samples of projects attached.) - Three graduate courses (12 credits total) are spread throughout the school year, mostly on-line and face-to-face just one Saturday morning per month. We accept applications on a rolling basis until the beginning of June, but the *best time to apply is before March 30th*, so that you benefit from a wider range of company opportunities. For more information click here 2-20-2010

Do you know or are you a elementary teacher looking for technology briefs? The Learning Institute for Technology Education has about 70 elementary Technology Briefs you can down load for free. Click here for a link to there page on the MassTEC Tech Ed/Engineering Resources page 2-172010

Dear Educator, We are please to announce registration is open for the LEGO Engineering Symposium hosted by the Tufts CEEO June 8-10, 2010! Click here for more information 2-16-2010

The West Point Bridge Design Competition is under way. The Boston Society of Civil Engineering is running a local contest ,The Ralph Salvucci On-Line Bridge Contest. This is a great contest and the program has been updated for 2010. They will running some additional programs this school year, click on the following links to find out more information, Future City, BSCES Model Bridge Competition (the testing is in February) and the 2-4-2010

PBS Teachers Innovation Awards Where, oh where is innovation in education?   Let's uncover and reward cutting-edge educators.    Please help us spread the word...we're looking for innovative teachers. TEN winners will travel to Austin, TX for the PBS annual showcase event - a coveted invitation in the PBS universe! Entry due between January 25 - March 12 Click here for more information 2-2-2010

A MassTEC member found a great set of video's from You Tube about Georgia Engineering and Technology Education / STEM, to link to these video's click here. MassTEC's president Dr Ray McCarthy would like to create something similar for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If you would like to contribute in any way please contact Ray by clicking here. 1-30-2010

15th Annual Symposium on Biotechnology Education, Monday, March 29th click here for more information 1-22-2010

Web site of the month, January 2010 Can your students identify the subsystems of a transportation device (6-8 transportation standards)? If so they should be able to describe them after playing some old school video games click here for the link to Asteroids, Frogger, Space Invaders and more.

The annual LEGO symposium is back June 8-10, 2010, at Tufts  University,  Medford  MA.
Registration to open February 1. For more information click here 1-20-2010

The Museum of Science, Boston recently launched a new website making its National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) and its corresponding resources accessible nationwide, click here for the link to their web site, we will have a permanent link to the site on the classroom resources page 1-18-2010

The Nuts Bolts and Thingamajigs Website has some resources Technology Education / Engineering teachers may find useful. Video's about safety, how steel is made and how metal is formed and a scholarship for students. We will have permanent links to these resources on the classroom resources page, click here to go to the video's and the scholarships. 1-18-2010

The Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) and the LEGO Group cordially invite you to attend this year’s Northeast Region LEGO Engineering
Conference
Friday, April 30th, 2010 . Click here for more information, 1-16-2009

Do you want to hitch a ride on NASA's next climate-monitoring satellite? Join the Glory mission, which will launch no earlier than October 1, 2010, Click here for more information 1-14-2010

2010 NASA Postdoctoral Program Accepting Applications, click here for more information, Applications for the NASA Postdoctoral Program are due on March 1, 2010

NASA's Digital Learning Network presents a series of video conferences to assist educators in staying current on NASA education resources and related products. During each event, product producers, authors, and experts will demonstrate their materials designed to optimize awareness and understanding of science concepts. Dates 1-27, 2-24, 3-31, 4-28, 5-26 click here to learn more about the casts 1-14-2009

Apply to Join the JASON National Argonaut Team to Explore Space, Climate,
and Forces & Motion! Applications are being accepted now, with a deadline of Friday, February 5, 2010, click here for more information 1-14-2010

Imagine a world where non-renewable resources, such as coal and oil, are in short supply! What can we do now to prepare for this future event? In this JASON Digital Lab, you will create a new energy portfolio for a city. Research new sources of energy and take another look at renewable and inexhaustible sources that were once considered “alternative” such as sunlight and wind. If you can help your city move forward into the future, you’ll be featured on our competitive leader boards! Click here for a link to the game.

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is offering a newsletter of interest to the STEM community. Check out eGFI: Dream Up the Future News For Teachers Newsletter at the eGFI (Engineering: Go For It) website: http://teachers.egfi-k12.org/newsletters/. 1-14-2010

National Academy of Engineering Sponsors an Engineering Essay Contest, the deadline this year is March 1, 2010, click here for more information, 1-14-2010

MIT InvenTeams The InvenTeam initiative, created by the Lemelson-MIT Program, offers an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention. Initial application deadline: April 23, 2010, click here for more information, 1-14-2010Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, for students in grades 1-8, through March 15, 2010, click here for more information 1-14-2010

Science and Technology/Engineering in Massachusetts:  Using Learning Progressions to Support STE Learning, and Development and Scoring STE MCAS Items workshop, February 26, 2010 click here for more information 1-12-2009

Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Resource Center, click here for more information 1-12-2009

DOE Opens Lab Equipment Acquisition Program to High Schools and Middle Schools, click here for more information, 1-12-2009

The Proton Energy Scholarship Program is fueling the next generation of scientific innovation by recognizing and awarding high school seniors who demonstrate outstanding achievement, excellence and promise in the field of science or technology, and who plan to pursue a higher education in this field. Applications due Feb. 10th, click here for more information 1-12-2009

Gates Intermediate School has made a significant investment in there Technology Education/Engineering Program, click here to read more in the Wicked Local Scituate 1-8-2009

U Mass Science & Engineering Saturday Seminars Spring, 2010, click here for more information

1-6-2010 The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is now accepting applications for the 2010 Secretary's Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education. Deadline for submitting your application is March 30, 2010 at the close of business. Click here for more information 1-6-2010

Information about the April 2010 MCAS Science and Technology/Engineering Test Administration for Students in the Class of 2010, click here for a link to the information 1-6-2010

New England Institute of Technology in Warwick, RI continues to offer group tours of the college for all high school and adult education groups daily. Click here for information about taking a tour 1-6-2010

Tools Explained, what is the real use for some common hand tools, click here for the explanation 1-6-2010

NASA News NASA Unveils New Spacesuits and Space walks Website for Educators
With the upcoming space shuttle missions continuing construction on the International Space Station and to provide maintenance to the Hubble Space Telescope, the importance of space walks and the reliance on spacesuits are taking center stage. To help educators share these topics with their students, NASA Education has unveiled a new website (www.nasa.gov/education/spacesuits). 1/4/2009

Two MassTEC members have had newspaper articles written about there classroom activities. Click on each link to read the newspaper articles. Technology and Engineering teacher Scott Karpuk students become toy making elves, and Engineering and Technology club at East Bridgewater middle school earns awards. If you have had a newspaper article or other promotion of your classroom please consider sharing the link with MassTEC, we want to help promote Technology Education/Engineering in Massachusetts. Do you have a great experience the community would be interested in? Please consider contacting your local news paper and share the great things that happen in the classroom. 1-3-2009

“Kids in Micro-g!” Challenges Students to Design an Experiment for the Space Station
"Kids in Micro-g!" is a student experiment design challenge geared toward Grades 5-8. Its purpose is to give students a hands-on opportunity to design an experiment or simple demonstration that could be performed both in the classroom and aboard the International Space Station. Proposals may be submitted via email or postal mail during the period from January 4, 2010, through February 19, 2010.
For more information about the contest click here 12-15-2009

NASA's Ares Project is developing America's next generation of launch vehicles to replace the space shuttle and send people to explore the moon and beyond. Are you looking for the latest information on the Ares rockets that will return humans to the moon? Click here for some links 12-15-2009

State Implementation Guides – also from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills – offer best practices on building standards, assessments, curriculum and instruction, professional development, and learning environments – to help integrate skills (such as critical thinking, problem solving and communication) more purposefully into core academic subjects (such as mathematics, reading, science, history and others). Click here for a link to these resources. 11/24/2009 NASA Invites Schools to Apply for Free Space Shuttle Artifacts click here for the details 11/24/2009

NASA invites high school and college students from all areas of study, including the arts, industrial design, architecture, and computer design, to submit their work on the theme "Life and Work on the Moon." Entries are due no later than April 15, 2010 click here for more information 11/24/2009

The Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards Program, the world's largest K-12 science and technology competition, is now accepting entries for its 2010 program year. The ExploraVision program, sponsored by Toshiba and administered by Triangle Coalition member, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), challenges teams of 2-4 students to research scientific principles and current technologies as the basis for designing innovative technologies that could exist in 20 years. The deadline for entries is February 2, 2010. For more information click here

11/20/2009SUMMER 2010 RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR TEACHERS
The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is soliciting applications from middle and high school teachers for the summer RET program. The deadline for receipt of applications is April 7th, Click here for more information 11/20/2009

What's New on UMassK12.net, click here to see 11/20/2009 Dr. Jake Foster has passed on the power point presentation used at the Science and Technology/Engineering Review Panel Phase I Sessions and the 2009 MassTEC conference. Click here for a link to the presentation 11/18/2009

How about a free image from NASA for your classroom? Click here for some links to free images/lithographs from NASA 11-11-2009

Do you have some students interested in a career in engineering? The American Council of Engineering Companies has a free brochure about engineering you can download, click here for a link 11-11-2009

Do you have a student interested in a internship or career with NASA? Click here for a link to NASA Education Launches New Careers Web Page 11-10-2009 2009-2010 NASA Education Resource Showcase Series, online presentations to educate teachers about NASA's educational resources, click here for more information 11-8-2009

How about taking your students for a space walk, click here for a link to try the Nasa Space Station Space Walk Game 11-8-2009

Announcing JASON's New Energy Curriculum, JASON's new energy curriculum unit for Grades 5-8, Operation: Infinite Potential, is now launched! Click here for a link to the curriculum, in the future we will have a link on the classroom resources page under curriculum 8-12-2009

From the ITEA, Foundations that give to Educational Projects and Grant/Award programs, click here for more information, 5-20-2009 EPA Releases New K-12 Responsible School Chemical Management Video Free, click here to link to the video 3-19-2009 New England's Only Air and Space Science Center Opens McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, click here for more information 3-18-2009

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MA Science and Technology/Engineering Framework
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