MSP Star Workshops May 2012 ~ Last of the program

posted Apr 21, 2012, 7:02 AM by Bjorn Behrendt   [ updated Apr 29, 2012, 5:24 PM ]

May 2012 Workshop Offerings

Last Workshops Offered For STAR Teachers.


FREE Workshops! Open to all teachers

More information can be found at

Go to to sign up for a session.

iPads for Science (Bring your own iPad)

Thursday, May 17th  2012 3:30-7:30 at Fair Haven

Presenter: Clarena Renfrow & John VanHoesen

If you have an iPad this will be a great presentation for you.   The workshop will cover some iPad apps for science.

Staying Connected:  Science Teacher Professional Learning Networks

Online Workshop 3hrs

Wednesday, May 30th - June 6th  2012

Presenter:  Clarena Renfrow

This three hour online workshop will provide science teachers with resources to create their own professional learning networks.  We will look at several different tools to stay connected with other professionals in order to share a collective wealth of knowledge that you can put to use in your classroom.  Resources and activities are online.

Engineering is Elementary Workshop May 18th, RSVP & Info

posted Apr 16, 2012, 9:11 AM by Bjorn Behrendt   [ updated Apr 16, 2012, 12:20 PM by Bjorn Behrendt ]

Engineering is Elementary Workshop

Sponsored by the Math Science Partnership Grant STAR Teacher Program

WHEN: Friday, May 18, 2012 from 8:00 – 3:00
WHERE: Rutland Holiday Inn
WHO: Any K-6 Teachers; Teacher Leaders; Curriculum Coordinators
COST: $0 – Grant Funded; food and materials provided


Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills

Science Topic: Wind and Weather

Engineering Field: Mechanical

This unit introduces students to mechanical engineering. Science concepts related to air and weather are reinforced as students learn how windmills perform work using the energy of the wind and engage in engineering design challenge focused on designing windmills.

Teachers will participate in the following unit lessons:

Preparatory Lesson: Technology in a Bag

Lesson 1: Lief Catches the Wind

Lesson 2: Who are Mechanical Engineers?

Lesson 3: Testing Sail Design

Lesson 4: Designing a Windmill

STEM Institute Dinner

posted Feb 14, 2012, 7:19 AM by Bjorn Behrendt

Save the Date!
STEM Institute Dinner
3:30  Registration and snacks
4:00  Introduction to July 2012 STEM Institute at Norwich 
4:30  Presentation of STEM Institute Modules by NU Professors
6:00  Dinner and discussion
6:45   Breakout discussions by grade levels
7:30 Door prizes and full group Q and A

Presentations Include:
General Engineering ~ Peter Kjeer, Norwich University
Civil Engineering ~Dr. Edwin Schmeckpeper, Norwich University
Mechanical Engineering ~ Dr. Danner Friend, Norwich University
Electrical and Computer Engineering ~ Dr. Michael Prairie, 
Norwich University
Date: March 21, 2012
Time: 3:30—8:30
Location: Holiday Inn, Rutland

The Southwest Vermont Curriculum Coordinators Collaborative Invites 
you to enjoy dinner and learn about the STEM Institute we will 
sponsor in partnership with Norwich University.

Attendees will learn about a one of a kind engineering opportunity that is being offered to our region’s grade 5-12 and Technical center 

Don’t miss this event!
For more information contact Rob 
Bliss at 773-1900 Or

How big is Earth compared with other planets and stars?

posted Dec 3, 2011, 5:33 PM by Bjorn Behrendt

Symposium Registration

posted Oct 24, 2011, 12:07 PM by Bjorn Behrendt

Second Annual Science Technology Symposium
December 1, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Rutland
To Register, go to:

Samsung Grant Oppertunity

posted Sep 23, 2011, 6:41 AM by Bjorn Behrendt

From now until October 31st 2011, Samsung is accepting applications for its exciting education program, Samsung Solve for Tomorrow. By entering Solve for Tomorrow, your school will have a chance to win a piece of $1,000,000 in technology.


Samsung and its partners are asking teachers to participate in this contest, which aims to address a key academic challenge in our country:  increasing the pursuit of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. With Samsung and schools joining together, we’re looking to foster interest in these subjects among students and illustrate the practical impact applying these subjects can have.


By applying, teachers will be entered for a chance to participate in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.  Twenty-five classrooms will be selected and equipped with a camcorder, laptop, and video editing software to create videos addressing the challenge, “Show how STEM can help the environment in your community?”  Of the 25 schools submitting videos, the top 12 will win a technology grant worth at least $70,000 and will be prominently featured online for voting in a “People’s Choice” category which could result in being awarded a $100,000 technology grant.  In addition to the “People’s Choice” award, four schools, decided on by a panel of judges, will also be awarded $100,000 technology grants. The teachers and student representatives of the five finalist schools will be invited to attend an awards ceremony with education thought leaders and celebrity supporters.


Please visit us at  to apply or visit us on Facebook at

2011 Courses Posted

posted Feb 12, 2011, 7:46 AM by Bjorn Behrendt

See the course list: Click here

Khan Academy

posted Dec 7, 2010, 5:43 AM by   [ updated Dec 7, 2010, 5:45 AM ]  Great video resources for science.

The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere.

Everyone Can Learn…. Science: Adapting Standards-based Learning Opportunities and Assessments to Meet the Needs of All Learners

posted Nov 18, 2010, 7:17 AM by Bjorn Behrendt

Audience: General Educators, Special Educators, Related-service Providers

The participants will learn how to practice application of science inquiry process, using modified NECAP released task; determine barriers to student participation in the inquiry process; identify adaptation options and examine the match between content knowledge expectations and student abilities in order to develop strongly aligned assessment activities that are appropriate for individual students. To register go to:

Contacts: Pat Fitzsimmons at (802) 828-0196 or, Greg Wylde at (802) 828-1338) or

Molecular Workbench

posted Nov 8, 2010, 12:23 PM by

This set of simulations introduces the basic quantum mechanics concepts that are essential to understanding modern and future technology—especially nanotechnology that will be vitally important to the industry.

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