21st Century STEM Educators Institute at ECHO


We are excited to announce a unique professional development opportunity:

21st Century STEM Educators Institute at ECHO for middle and high school teachers

Join ECHO, The Partnership for Change, and Lake Champlain Sea Grant to explore how school-based and informal educators can partner in providing powerful, 21st Century STEM Education.

During this experiential institute, we will use design thinking to create and field test new inquiry- based lake ecology programs which are aligned to standards.

Benefits of Participation:

  • $500 Stipend
  • Optional 3 Graduate Credits through Saint Michael’s College ($330 cost)
  • Free class field trip to ECHO during the 2016-2017 school year, including bus transport
  • Educators will enhance their skills in designing long-term, inquiry-based learning experiences and assessments that are tied to proficiency-based standards (such as the Common Core, NGSS, and VT EQS).
  • Educators will expand their ability to use the Lake Champlain Basin and ECHO as community resources to support inquiry-based, project-based learning.
  • Educators will increase their ability to use design thinking and proficiency-based practices as teaching and planning tools.

For more information please visit the institute website. 


Science Resources We Love:

Science Beyond the Boundaries

Science Beyond the Boundaries was founded and is managed by the Saint Louis Science Center with the purpose to connect museum professionals and serve as a way for them to share ideas and inspiration and collaborate on projects.

It is also a place where teachers can find some great ideas for activities to do in the classroom. For example, preschool teachers, check out these great preschool science experiments of the month.


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