• Real World Science Summer Teacher Seminar
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How Necessity Creates Innovation in Science and Technology
July 17-22, 2016 in New Orleans, LA

The National WWII Museum is excited to announce a week-long professional development opportunity to take place in the summer of 2016 for middle school science teachers. Twenty eight teachers from across the country will come to New Orleans to experience hands-on how necessity, knowledge, perseverance and skill lead to inventions, innovation, and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), just like in World War II.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The seminar application is open to any science teacher (public, public charter, private, and parochial) with between 2 and 10 years of teaching experience in 5th-8th grade science, and who will be teaching a science course to students in the same age group in the 2016-2017 school year. Applications will be evaluated through a competitive process that will include information on teaching experience, a short written statement, and two letters of recommendation. Two spots will be reserved for qualifying Louisiana teachers.

COST: This seminar is supported by a grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Teachers will receive free room and board in New Orleans, a travel stipend, and all seminar materials free of charge.



Teachers will spend 3 days of the seminar at the Museum, exploring how the urgent needs of the war spurred tremendous innovations like penicillin, radar, computers, nuclear energy, logistics, new materials, and operations research. They will learn how to use hands-on minds-on activities to teach about these ideas. The historical context of World War II provides teachers with compelling wartime narratives and examples of real-world science that will engage students. Lessons and teaching strategies aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards will give teachers hew ways to bring science to life for their students.



One and a half days of the seminar will take place at the Advanced Materials Research Institute of the University of New Orleans. There teachers will gain real-world experience with cutting-edge science and technology. Teachers will have the opportunity to go into the research lab and see first-hand the potential careers their students might have in 10-15 years. They will explore new topics in science, including nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, information technology, aeronautics, and alternative energy. Teachers will also get information and practices to bring these ideas to their classroom. Another half day will be spent at City Park, collecting data on water quality and soil conditions.


The professional development experience continues throughout the following school year through implementation of lessons developed in the on-site component, as well as through participation in a citizen science project. Teachers will learn while on-site how to implement a collaborative data collection and analysis project. They will collect data locally, and share it through the Museum’s website. Through an online portal, teachers and student will form a community through the year, working as active researchers, sharing and analyzing data, discussing successes and challenges, and drawing conclusions. In other words, collaborating just as real-world scientists do in universities and labs around the world.


JANUARY 4, 2016:
MARCH 4, 2016:
APRIL 1, 2016:
JULY 17-22, 2016:

Application period opens
Application period closes
Seminar participants selected and notified
Summer Teacher Seminar in New Orleans
Citizen Science Project begins



Applications are now closed. Successful applicants will be notified on or before April 1, 2016. Sign up for eNews to hear about future seminars.

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Successful applicants will be notified on or before April 1, 2016. Teachers will travel to New Orleans on Sunday, July 17, 2016 in time for an orientation evening at the Museum. They will stay at a nearby hotel, where breakfast will be provided. Lunch will also be provided, as will some dinners. A stipend will be provided to pay for transportation to New Orleans. The seminar will end on Friday, July 22, 2016, and teachers can depart that night. Contact STEM Education Coordinator Rob Wallace at rob.wallace@nationalww2museum.org for any further questions.





Northrop Grumman Foundation