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STEM Program 2014-2015

Act 48 Offerings

High School Teachers

Chain Reaction Contraption Contest (CRCC)

A spirited competition for students in grades 9-12. The CRCC fosters an interest in engineering by challenging students to create a machine that will accomplish a specific task using a series of steps. Students engage in a hands-on engineering and problem solving activity. Act 48 credit will be provided to teachers that attend the orientation and competition.

Orientation: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2014 at Carnegie Science Center, 9 – 11:30 am, 2.5 hours

Competition: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 at Carnegie Science Center, 8 am – 3 pm, 7 hours

Contact: Lisa Kosick kosickl@carnegiesciencecenter.org or 412-237-1534

Visit chainreactioncontest.org for more information.

Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (PRSEF)

A competition of research projects in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. Students in grades 6-12 take on the challenge of designing, implementing and communicating an original experiment. Act 48 credit will be provided to teachers that attend workshops in the Fall or during PRSEF.

Fall Workshops: Dates and Locations TBD, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, 1.5 hours

Event: Friday, March 27, 2015 at Carnegie Science Center, 10 – 11:30 am, 1.5 hours

Contact: Lisa Kosick kosickl@carnegiesciencecenter.org or 412-237-1534

Visit PRSEF for more information.

SciTech Days

SciTech events feature the growth areas of Pittsburgh: Biotechnology, IT, Robotics, Advanced Materials Processes, Environmental Technology, and Nanotechnology – and connect visitors with leading scientists and technologists in a fun, dynamic atmosphere. Choose a hands-on workshop, a large scale program and visit the interactive corporate and higher ed exhibits throughout the building. Act 48 will be provided to middle and high school teachers by attending SciTech Days, having students collect passport stamps at workshops and exhibits, and returning completed passport tear sheets.

Event dates: November 6-7, 2014 and March 5-6, 2015 at Carnegie Science Center, 3 hours

Contact: Geri Baker bakerg@carnegiesciencecenter.org or 412-237-1552

Visit SciTech Days Passport for description and Act 48 application.

Visit SciTech Discovery Trek for program description and Act 48 application.

All Teachers and Administrators

Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Workshop – The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway initiative is built on the belief that school systems, individual schools, departments, or individual teachers can improve their STEM education practices through a positive, collaborative approach. Designed to help the widest possible range of school districts and schools adopt best practices in STEM education, the Pathway includes:

  • A tool and process for assessing current STEM programming and creating a practical plan for improvement
  • A guide to specific steps a school or district can take to improve STEM education
  • Supports for teacher professional development and district to district mentoring
  • Recognition for schools that are embracing and moving toward effective STEM education

One facet of the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway is a self-assessment instrument, through which participating schools and school districts first evaluate themselves in six areas:

  • Teacher Qualifications
  • Curriculum
  • Instructional Practices
  • Assessment and Demonstration of Skills
  • Family Engagement
  • Real-World Connections

Within each area are specific criteria and descriptions of levels of performance. After assessing themselves on each of these, a school or school district selects up to three areas to prioritize and then formulate a timeline and an action plan to address those goals. After that, the cycle continues with a new self-assessment and new plans.

This workshop is by invitation only and schools/district must register a Pathway Partner account on STEMisphere.org in advance of the workshop.

Event dates: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 and March 3-6, 2015 at Carnegie Science Center, 6 hours

Contact: Alana Kulesa KulesaA@CarnegieScienceCenter.org or 412-237-1679