BRING ENGAGING HANDS ON SCIENCE TO YOUR CLASSROOM
The Maine STEM Partnership supports teachers in using research-supported, community-vetted instructional science resources. This community has adopted three different resources supporting instruction in grades K-9. We provide hands on materials at a fraction of the cost needed to purchase materials in addition to professional learning and community for teachers using the resources.
WHAT IS PROVIDED
For $15/student, you will receive:
- A full set of hands on materials for all units
- Teacher texts and supplemental resources
- A classroom set of student texts
- Access to the online platform provided by the publisher
- Embedded pre- and post-assessments for each unit
CHECK OUT THE DIFFERENT RESOURCES WE SUPPORT
Elementary Science (K-5)
Full Option Science System (FOSS) Next
Middle School Science
SEPUP Issues and Science
High School Earth Science
This program is adapted from EarthComm developed by the American Geoscience Institute
RESOURCE TRAINING: REQUIRED FOR TEACHERS NEW TO OUR RESOURCES
The Maine STEM Partnership requires teachers who are new to using these resources or teaching a new set of resources to attend a one day training in August prior to starting the school year. This training will be specific to content/grade level allowing for those who teach several subjects/grades to attend a day specific to their content/grade level. During your training you will be introduced to your new science kits and have the opportunity to connect with teacher leaders who are experienced with using the materials. Teachers will collaboratively walk through each resource and the support materials that go along with it. Teachers will also have the opportunity to demo lessons, go through the first kit, and begin planning for the start of the school year. Come learn how to get started with your new science materials from experienced teachers!
Summer 2022 Training Dates
All days run from 9AM - 3PM with a half hour lunch that is provided. Trainings will be held in-person in Estabrooke Hall at the University of Maine. If you will need remote accommodations, please let us know ahead of time.
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|SEPUP Issues and Life Science||SEPUP Issues and Earth Science||SEPUP Issues and Physical Science||FOSS K-2 Science||FOSS 3-5 Science|
OUR REVIEW PROCESS
A team of teachers and administrators across multiple districts along with University faculty and RiSE Center staff met over the course of several months to extensively review many different science resources. Below are the primary resource components that were taken into account throughout this process.
Using a template adapted from the EQuIP rubric, we looked for student opportunities to engage with all three dimensions of NGSS in addition to grade band alignment. Content accuracy was also reviewed.
Assessments, content background, and differentiation techniques were some of the factors taken into consideration when selecting these resources.
The team looked for resources with integration across science disciplines in addition to integration with other subject areas.