The Maine STEM Partnership

University of Maine
5727 Estabrooke Hall
Orono, ME  04469
(207) 581-4672
risecenter@maine.edu

2018 Summer Professional Development Offerings

We have an exciting line-up for the 2018 Summer!  Sign up is coming soon.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.  
Please see our printable brochure too!Teacher work done during summer programs 2017

University Courses :
July 9-12, 16-20; 2-credit course ($781* for in-state through the university)
*Please note that no contact hours, stipends, or lodging are offered as part of these courses. 
Register here through the University of Maine summer courses!

PHY 497 Topics in Physics: Physics by Inquiry for Teachers
Course Description:  In this laboratory-based physics course, teachers will have the opportunity to develop concepts of force and motion from the ground up in a hands-on, step-by-step manner by working through carefully sequenced exercises and experiments designed to support a deeper understanding of the material.  The course will use research-based and research-validated materials from Physics by Inquiry by Lillian C. McDermott and the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington.  The act of learning (or relearning) physics content as a process of inquiry will help teachers develop the kind of robust, coherent conceptual framework necessary for teaching these topics effectively in the precollege classroom; in addition, it will provide an opportunity for teachers to gain insight into how physics and physical science may be taught in this manner.  Emphasis will also be placed on explanations of reasoning and common student ideas about force and motion.

SMT 598 (Section 0001): Introduction to 3D printing and design for educators (Grades 6-16+) and entrepreneurs
Course Description: This course is designed to support use of engineering design and 3D printers in the classroom or workplace. Topics covered include setting up and using a 3D printer, designing 3D objects using Tinkercad and other online design programs, and developing inquiry-based design lessons that can be integrated with science and mathematics content. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own prints and develop lessons and/or units to support student learning of science and mathematics content.

SMT 598 (Section 0002):  Introduction to 3D printing and design for educators (Grades PK-5)
Course Description: This course is designed to support use of engineering design and 3D printers in the classroom. Topics covered include setting up and using a 3D printer, designing 3D objects using Tinkercad and other online design programs, and developing inquiry-based design lessons that can be integrated with science and mathematics content. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own prints and develop lessons and/or units to support student learning of science and mathematics content.

Content Immersion (by application):
July 9-12; Free (Note: This date is different from the one listed in the brochure. This is the correct date.)

  • Understanding Climate using Observations and Models with Molly Schauffler and Brad Lyon; Grades 7-12 (12 spots available)

July 23-26; Free

  • K-8 Proportional Reasoning and Problem Solving with Franzi Peterson; Grades K-8 (15 spots available)
  • Teaching Coding with Minecraft; Grades 6-8 (15 spots available)

Teacher-in-Residence (by application):
July 23-26; Free

  • Elementary Science (5 spots available)
    This spring our PK-5 Task Force selected FOSS as our new elementary resource! Spend this week working with other elementary teachers to review the new materials and collaborate to make changes as needed. Teachers with strong assessment skills are encouraged to apply!
  • Middle School Life Science (5 spots available)
    Gather with other life science teachers to  review resource notes from the 2017-18 pilot of SEPUP Issues in Life Science 3rd ed. and collaborate to make changes as needed. You do not have been part of the 2017-18 pilot, however preference will be given to those teachers who did participate.
  • Middle School Physical Science (5 spots available)
    Gather with other physical science teachers to review resource notes from the 2017-18 pilot of SEPUP Issues in Physical Science 3rd ed. and collaborate to make changes as needed. You do not need to have been part of the 2017-18 pilot, however preference will be given to those teachers who did participate.

Resource Training (register here)
August 13 & 14; $450
Join us for 2 days of content-specific resource training!  We will break out in K-5 Science (FOSS), MS Earth Science (SEPUP 2rd edition), MS Life Science (SEPUP 3rd edition), MS Physical Science (PBIS/SEPUP), and HS Earth Science (EarthComm).

Leadership Academy (register here)
August 15 & 16; $400
Would you like to take on a leadership role as a STEM teacher in Maine?  Join us for 2 days of leadership training.  New super leaders for the 2018-19 Assessment for Learning and Productive Talk will be selected from those who attend this academy. If you are currently a super leader for for a RiSE community and want to continue in this role, we ask that you attend this leadership academy if you did not attend leadership academy during the summer of 2017.

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