Applications are being accepted for the 2018 cohort of the National STEM Scholar Program, an advanced professional learning program for middle school science teachers to be held June 3-9 on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
Ten scholars will be chosen for the program, which is conducted by the National Stem Cell Foundation in partnership with The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science and The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU. Participants will receive professional development in the implementation of STEM projects in the classroom, spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education and build a national network of colleagues for information sharing. STEM Scholar classrooms also have an opportunity to speak with astronauts on the International Space Station during the school year and work directly with providers of space technology education nationwide.
Scholars are selected based solely on the merit of questions answered in the application. Scholars receive:
- All expenses paid for the professional learning program at WKU;
- A notebook computer or tablet to facilitate ongoing collaboration;
- A credit of up to $2,500 for technology and supplies to implement a classroom Challenge Project;
- Sponsored attendance at the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Conference in St. Louis in April 2019, with all expenses included; and
- Year-long mentorship and support provided by WKU faculty.