National Lab Day is May 12

This Wednesday, scientists, engineers, technologists, and mathematicians from across the country will team up with K–12 schools for project-based learning experiences and more.

But National Lab Day (NLD) is more than just a day. National Lab Day is a long-term program/collaboration between STEM professionals and K–12 classroom teachers. Even if you haven’t signed up for this year’s NLD, take a look at the website and projects, and register your class for NLD today.

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STEM Teaching Scholarships

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) subjectsat a U.S. middle or secondary school.   Applications Deadline: June 10.

Questions? Email Norma Corrales <scholarship@afcea.org>

Mini-Grants for Girls’ STEM Projects

The Northeastern Girls Collaborative mini-grant application window is open. Mini-grants are awarded to girl-serving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focused programs to support collaboration, address gaps and overlaps in service, and share promising practices. Mini-grant projects must relate to either informal learning or evaluation and assessment. Mini-grants are a small amount of seed funding and are not intended to fully fund entire projects. The maximum mini-grant award is $1000.

Numerous organizations provide valuable but uncoordinated activities and support services related to motivating and supporting girls’ interest in STEM careers. These mini-grants are designed to build collaboration between existing programs and organizations in order to encourage girls to pursue STEM-related educational programs and careers.  Visit the National Girls Collaborative Project Website for details.

President Obama Announces National Lab Day Initiative

On Monday, President Obama announced the establishment of National Lab Day, a new science education initiative aimed at improving labs and inquiry-based science experiences for students in grades 6–12.

Designed to increase community-based collaborations between scientists, engineers, teachers and students, National Lab Day emerged from collaboration earlier this year among NSTA, the American Chemical Society (ACS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Jack D. Hidary Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.

National Lab Day will bring together stakeholders in communities of support where science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals and teachers can work together to assess current labs, update or refurbish lab equipment, conduct equipment and materials inventory, clean and repair equipment, and provide technology support. Projects can also center on computer or outdoor labs—anywhere where hands-on lessons in the STEM subjects can come alive.

The first National Lab Day is tentatively scheduled for early May 2010. For more information about National Lab Day, visit the official website at www.nationallabday.org.

STEM Programs for Girls – Fall Forum in Western Massachusetts

The Northeastern Girls Collaborative (NEGC) will hold a Fall Forum at the Engineering and Nanotechnology Ford Hall at Smith College, Amherst, MA on Thursday, November 19, 2009 from 4:00pm. to 6:00pm.   The Fall Forum will feature a number of successful Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs serving K-12 girls in Western Massachusetts, provide information on the goals and objectives of the National Girls Collaborative Project and encourage collaborative efforts among individuals, schools, non-profit organizations, government agencies and corporations.

Too often programs serving girls in STEM are limited in service and impact due to size, location, funding, expertise and equipment,  In other cases, projects compete with each other, duplicating services and seeking the same resources.  The NEGC aims to reduce this competition and increase STEM outreach, interest and participation by providing opportunities for interested individuals to come together and leverage the know-how, talents and resources of programs with like-minded interests.

Registration will begin in early October. For additional information, contact Kim Edgar at KimberlyEdgar@aol.com or #603-448-3708