Real World Science teachers

Real World Science

Curriculum and Workshops

This year’s Real World Science Summer Teacher Seminar will be open to ANY public school teacher of 5th-8th grade science, and we expect it to be on-site at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. From July 10th-15th we will host 28 teachers from around the country for a week of fun, learning, and professional growth.

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 activities in Physical, Earth, and Life Sciences and Engineering, and learn how to integrate literacy practices and social studies into science investigations with students.

Breakfast, lunch, and two dinners are provided, along with shared accommodations at the Higgins Hotel across the street from the museum. We reimburse for standard travel to and from New Orleans for the week. We’ll take field trips to WWII related sites in the region, and visit galleries of the NWWII Museum daily. All of this is made possible by support from The Northrop Grumman Foundation. Participants are expected to return to their region and conduct a short workshop on Real World Science, and to implement the curriculum in their classroom.

Applications open 12/10/21 and closes 3/25/2022. We are looking primarily for teachers 5-10 years into their career, but we choose teachers of all experience levels to round out the cohort.


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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 past 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. Applications will open in January 2022.


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