Science Update: April 2016

Upcoming Conferences:

STEM Teaching Conference at University of Cincinnati 

“Driving Change through STEM: Models Pedagogy and Collaboration”

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, from 7:30 am – 3:45 pm, at Tangeman University Center, on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.
This conference is aimed towards:
K-12 STEM teachers and administrators from public and private schools interested in:
  • connecting with educational organizations that support STEM education;
  • innovative instructional strategies in STEM disciplines;
  • networking with other STEM educators and school administrators;
  • exploring successful models for STEM education.

Leaders in higher education, business and industry that support STEM education and STEM-related career opportunities who are interested in:

  • attracting students into STEM careers; and exploring successful models for STEM education.

For more information and registration, please visit:

The Ohio Technology Summit
May 5 & 6, 2016

The Ohio Technology Summit is where education leaders and technology experts converge to exchange techniques and strategies for teaching and learning success. At OTS educators have the opportunity to explore the hands-on integration of technology across the curriculum – from kindergarten to college. The Ohio Technology Summit is for:

  • Makers – For anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments or learn more about “making”;
  • Innovators – For those who are out in front with what’s new in education and are the early adopters.
  • Leaders – Connect with like-minded individuals and network with leading visionaries. Share ideas, and reflect on your own leadership performance.
For more information, or to submit a presentation proposal:

Professional Development Opportunities:

PBL in the Science Classroom for Grades 4 -12 Science Teachers & Informal Educators –
However, this is very much a Multidisciplinary TEAM Experience – bring your peers!

Examine PBL as a powerful and effective inquiry-based and interdisciplinary learning framework. Learn how to:

* Access a national database of hundreds of ready- to-go multidisciplinary PBL units
* Modify and/or design your PBL units to meet the needs of your students and satisfy state and national learning standards for your
subject area and grade level
* Design PBL assessments to show what your kids actually know!

Wednesday & Thursday, May 11 & 12
The 577 Foundation, Perrysburg, OH
8:00 – 3:30 pm

COST: $275/participant
[Team Discounts. $250/participant for school districts sending 2+ to the workshop]

Each Participant Receives:
The PBL Starter Kit, the leading Buck Institute on Education (BIE) “how to” book to guide classroom design and implementation
CEU Certificates [14 contact hours] An OPTION to earn 1 graduate credit hour thru Ashland University ($195 additional cost)
Plenty of good food and great conversation
An unforgettable retreat experience hosted at the beautiful 577 Foundation Main House located in historic Perrysburg.


National Stem Cell Foundation Scholars Program

An all-expenses-paid professional development opportunity for 10 select teachers

Seeking middle school science teachers who:
enjoy the creativity in teaching
are eager to share ideas with colleagues
are excited about networking with peers from across the U.S.
would like financial and academic support for great ideas

Through a grant from the National Stem Cell Foundation, The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University is pleased to offer the NSCF Scholars Program. Ten middle school science teachers will spend June 5 – 11 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where they will engage in hands-on and minds-on science activities, connect with speakers and thought leaders in STEM education, learn with skilled science educators, and develop a creative Challenge Project for classroom implementation. Each scholar will receive a Chromebook and funding for Challenge Project supplies and materials.

NSCF Scholars will share midpoint progress with their colleagues during a January follow-up meeting in Washington, D.C., and return to Western Kentucky University the following June to share lessons learned with the new Scholar class. Mentoring will be provided throughout the year by Western Kentucky University faculty.

All expenses, including travel costs, materials, mentoring and Challenge Project supplies will be covered by a grant from the National Stem Cell Foundation.

Application Deadline April 15
Learn more & apply @

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