Real World Science teachers

Real World Science

Professional Development

The Real World Science Summer Teacher Seminar brings 28 teachers who will teach science to 5th–8th graders in the following school year to The National WWII Museum for a weeklong training experience. Two of the spots are reserved for Louisiana teachers; teachers from public schools and public charter schools are accepted. Teachers will learn best practices in teaching science while being introduced to the Real World Science curriculum. It includes a trip to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory in Livingston, Louisiana, and a field day performing water quality studies at New Orleans City Park and Lake Pontchartrain. Teachers are reimbursed for flight expenses, and the Museum provides hotel accommodations and most meals.

This year’s cohort will join us in New Orleans on July 12–18, 2020. Applications are accepted from January 6, 2020, through March 20, 2020.


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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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