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Cape Cod Regional STEM Network Teacher-in-Residence Program: STEMersion!

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Cape Cod Community College and Six of the Cape's Leading STEM-focused Institutions
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Our Cape Cod Teacher-in-Residence Program is again set for late July! If you are a teacher interested in exploring STEM beyond the classroom, this is an exciting opportunity to delve into some of Cape Cod’s most interesting museums and nonprofit institutions—we hope you will apply.

The organizations we’ll be pairing teachers with and the projects they are pursuing are listed below, along with a link to the application form. The deadline for applying is now May 4, 2017.

Teachers selected for the program will spend two weeks, July 17-21 and 24-28 (weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a break over the weekend) at one program partner site.

During that time, teachers will gain new insights on STEM in the contexts of their residencies—in projects relating to the Cape’s amazing resources: our ocean, our historic places, or our emerging tech fields. They will also collaborate with experts and museum staff on approaches to better engaging young people in STEM beyond the classroom.

Participating organizations look forward to the opportunity to gain a teacher’s perspective on how young people at different stages of development learn.

The Teacher-in-Residence experience is designed to be a creative exchange with the goal of better engaging students in STEM outside the classroom and integrating that learning back at school. After the summer residencies end, additional funding to support a field trip or other related student experiences will be available during the school year ahead.
 

Applying for the Teacher-in-Residence Program

The application form is available through the link provided at the bottom of this page. Here is what you need to know before you apply:

 

  • The Program is hosted by Cape Cod Community College and the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network, but residency experiences will happen at participating museums and nonprofits (see profiles on each below).

  • Interested teachers must apply for the Program using the form linked below. Those who are selected must commit to full participation in the program, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 17-21 and July 24-28.

  • The 2017 Program involves 6 different organizations. Applicants will have the opportunity to describe where a residency would best build on their interests.

  • Preference will be given to teachers who teach in the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network service area.  

  • There will be a $1000 stipend for teachers who are selected to participate.

  • Feel free to review information about last year’s program and our presentation at the Massachusetts STEM Summit about program successes.

 

The 2017 Residencies

Residencies will be available at the 6 businesses and organizations listed below.

Have a look at what each organization is working on. You will be asked on the application form to indicate where the best fit would be for you. If projects at more than one organization seem right for you, please rank your preferences numerically, letting us know your first, second, and third choices for your residency.

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy serves to support scientific research, improve public safety, and educate the community, to inspire conservation of Atlantic white sharks. It is our hope that by increasing knowledge of Atlantic white sharks will help to change public perception to conserve the species and ensure biologically diverse marine ecosystems.  We provide exhibits at the Chatham Shark Center so visitors can gain an understanding of how research is aiding in ocean conservation. The Teacher in Residence would learn about the ongoing white shark research projects, the role of sharks in our ecosystem, and the importance of conservation. The Teacher in Residence would connect with experts and help to create lesson plans and classroom materials, that will allow educators across grade levels to bring the research and videos into their classrooms.

 

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

The mission of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is to inspire appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of our natural environment through discovery and learning. The residency opportunity here relates to the indoor exhibits and outdoors, as they are useful to the classroom curriculum. The museum is looking to create teacher pre and post field trip lessons that are supported by our exhibits and enhance the classroom standards learning. This is a workshop type opportunity to develop teaching materials with lessons, activities, and/or assessments for elementary and middle school teachers on Cape Cod. The Teacher in Residence will help the Museum create materials, useful to their grade level, that connect the actual field trip experiences to the classroom curriculum. Integrating the natural world surrounding the Museum as the basis of a field trip is paramount.

 

Chatham Marconi Maritime Museum

Sited at the former Marconi/RCA Wireless Receiving Station, the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center features exhibits tracing the history of wireless communications from the formative days in Chatham with Marconi to today’s lifestyle of ubiquitous wireless devices. The Teacher in Residence will become familiar with the museum’s exhibits, which are rich in both historical and technical content. The resident will also observe the ways visitors interact with the exhibits and their take-away messages. The museum is looking to develop programs and materials to connect their exhibit resources to classrooms through enhanced field trip opportunities. The residency project involves helping select focus exhibits, establish curriculum connections, and develop supporting materials for teachers and students who visit the CMMM in the future.

 

National Marine Life Center

The National Marine Life Center (NMLC) rehabilitates and releases stranded marine mammals and sea turtles in order to advance science and education in marine wildlife health and conservation. Each year NMLC reaches 10,000 people per year in our environmental education programs. Marine animals and wildlife rehabilitation provide topic material and context for lessons in science, technology, engineering, arts, math, and conservation. The number of school field trips is increasing, as is the number of schools that want a field trip type program to go to their school. NMLC is looking to create more meaningful and sustainable field trip experiences through creating lesson plans and classroom materials to be used by a variety of grade levels.  The Teacher(s) in Residence would learn about marine animals, strandings, and rehabilitation and help NMLC bring that experience to others. The TiR would connect with experts and help to create relevant, realistic, usable lesson plans, kits, and/or classroom materials to be used by a variety of grade levels.

 

SencorpWhite

SencorpWhite, one of the largest employers on Cape Cod, designs and manufactures many different products—from thermoformers to blister packaging machines—made using robotics and other advanced technologies. In addition, their processes vertically integrated, which the business thinks about and controls all parts of the manufacturing process from idea to design through to the finished products they create. From a STEM point of view, this is a great example of the way manufacturing can be as much about problem-solving as it is about producing things.  SencorpWhite employs engineers, project managers, production controllers, accountants, machinist, welders, sheet metal workers and mechanical/electrical assemblers, and the Teacher in Residence will be able to learn how science and mathematics concepts are applied on the manufacturing floor.  The residency project involves investigating curriculum connections to inspire students, developing materials to promote and support SencorpWhite’s internship program, and determining other points of synergy between course work and the skills needed in manufacturing.

 

Teledyne Marine Systems

Teledyne Marine designs and develops a full spectrum of products and technology for both oceanographic applications and beverage container inspection here on Cape Cod.  We employ an engineering process that focuses on the knowledge of the customer’s interest and the engineering in order to deliver products to market faster than our competitors.  What we call Knowledge Based Product Development has its roots in the Toyota Production System.  The Teacher will read my book on our process, attend our internal training workshop, observe engineering activities, and work with me to critique and discuss areas of improvement. The Teacher in Residence at this site will learn about our products and engineering in general.  In addition, the teacher will determine connections between engineering and project based teaching, seeking to identify how to spark students’ interests in engineering and the related analysis, and write a short article or plans that highlight these connections and related classroom activities.  The ideal candidate is a middle grades or high school teacher looking to promote engineering and project based learning in their classrooms.

The 2017 Teacher in Residence Application

To apply, please click here and complete the application form. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2017.

Questions?

Email Cape Cod Regional STEM Network Director Jill Neumayer with any questions.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1347610.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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