MMSA News November 2016
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Don't miss our MMSA's Fall
Workshop Series

Come and join us at one or more of these excellent workshops:

Making Proficiency-Based Education a Reality: Introduction to Performance Task Assessment for Grades 6-12  - 8.30am-12.00pm, December 6, 2016.  (More information and register)

Uncovering Student Thinking in Science through Formative Assessment - 12.45pm - 4.00pm, December 6, 2016.  (More information and register)


Engineering is Elementary - 8.30am - 12.00pm, December 9, 2016. (More Information and register).

How to run a Family STEM Night - 2.30am- 5.00pm, December 9, 2016.  (More Information and register)


For more information on MMSA's professional development workshops, please contact Joyce Tugel, Consulting Coordinator .


WeatherBlur is an exciting MMSA online-based citizen science program funded by NSF.   Unlike most citizen science programs, the projects that undergo research are brought forward by the community rather than constructed by scientists.  In this way, projects are locally-based and relevant.  

One project that students are collecting data is for the King Tide that is happening on November 15.  Data includes measurements as well as photographs of local inundation and damage due to the high water. 

As climate changes, Maine can expect more coastal storms that will create storm surges.  These surges will imprint on the natural tides, and create the most damage during King Tides.  So understanding the effect of King Tides on our shoreline without the effects of a storm surge is an important part of this study.

Want to see what is happening and get involved?   Visit the WeatherBlur website here.
From the Executive Directors desk.....

November is a time of reflection and gives each and every one of us the opportunity to think about what we are thankful for as well as what our hopes for the future are.  Here at MMSA we are thankful for the outstanding educators we get to work with every single day!  We recently tallied up how many schools we have been working with over the past year and found that our programming has directly impacted over 50 schools across the State of Maine, plus a whole host of districts and after school organizations across the nation.  We are extremely thankful for the outstanding partnerships we have been developing throughout the past few years across a wide variety of sectors in Maine.
We know that partnerships between many different sectors is the only way we will be able to realize the change we want to see in STEM education across the state.  No institution can do it alone, therefore we need to build off of the strengths we each have and leverage them to create something larger than ourselves. The corporate sector wants to work with public education to fix the STEM workforce gap, educators in K-12 want to work with higher education and employers to design an education that will best meet the needs of their students, and all of us want to see youth engaged in learning across disciplines both in and out of school as that spark of wonder and love of learning grows for all Maine youth. 

And lastly, we are extremely thankful for our passionate, committed, and super talented staff!  MMSA is blessed with educators of all sorts including leading educational researchers such as Dr. Sue Allen, STEM professional development guru Joyce Tugel, and emerging talents with a love of bridging the informal and formal sectors through experiential STEM education like Perrin Chick and Hannah Lakin.  As you may have noticed our little non-profit is entering into a period of growth and we have added an additional 5 positions over this past year.  In short, all of us here at MMSA have a lot to be thankful for but we want to hear from you too!  What are you thankful for?  How has MMSA helped you?  And looking into the coming year what can we do to best support you and your colleagues? 

In This Issue

MMSA's Fall Workshop Series

WeatherBlur Update

From the Executive Directors Desk

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MMSA's ACRES in AfterSchool Today

The Fall issue of AfterSchool Today contains an excellent article about MMSA's ACRES project.  The item titled "Building Coaching Relationships over the Internet" (p12-13 After School Today) highlights how MMSA is at the cutting edge of using technology to promote STEM to rural after school programs.
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