Real World Science teachers

Real World Science

Professional Development

This year’s Real World Science Summer Teacher Seminar will be open to ANY teacher of 5th-8th grade science, and will be VIRTUAL. From July 12th-16th we will host synchronous events daily, and release asynchronous videos and content in our virtual classroom daily. 

Participants will learn how to use the Real World Science curriculum (updated in 2021 with new material) and best practices in science education. Our goal is to make science education equitable and accessible, so that ALL STUDENTS can learn to solve today’s problems like STEM professionals did during WWII. We will discuss Physical, Earth, and Life Sciences and Engineering, and learn how to integrate literacy practices and social studies into science investigations with students.

We will have synchronous virtual meetings with members of past cohorts, so you can ask questions about implementation, success stories, and other professional development opportunities. The Real World Science cohorts of 2015-1019 are filled with amazing teachers who would love to share their experiences, and this is a great chance for you to add to your Professional Learning Network.


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Real World Science is a curriculum to support learning science in 5th through 8th grades. It uses the stories of World War II to engage students in meaningful science investigations and integrates reading, math, science, and social studies. There are lessons from life science, earth science, and physical science, and engineering connections. It is used in more than 500 classrooms in 30 states. Supported by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and presented by The National WWII Museum, Real World Science is aligned to work with your state standards using best practices of science pedagogy.

You can find the online version of the curriculum here.

Real World Science Seminar alumni give workshops in their hometowns, and occasionally we run one- to three-day workshops with regional partners. Check this page for updates, or email to find out about regional workshops.

Real World Science Cohort Assistants are alumni from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 cohorts who come back to assist with the Real World Science Summer Teacher Seminar. Their travel is reimbursed and they receive a stipend of $1,000.

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