Real World Science teachers

STEM Innovation

Curriculum and Workshops

This year the Museum will host two weeks of seminars for teachers of science and STEM on-site at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

The first week (July 2 to 8) will be open to teachers of K–8th grade science. Participants will learn how to use the Little Engineers and Real World Science curriculum guides and best practices in science education. 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.

The second week (July 16 to 22) will be open to teachers of 6th–12th grade science. Participants will learn how to use the STEM Corps and Real World Science curriculum guides and best practices in science education. We will discuss activities in Physics, Chemistry, Earth, and Life Sciences and Engineering and learn how to integrate literacy practices and social studies into science investigations with students.

For each week we are looking for 28 teachers from around the country for a week of fun, learning, and professional growth. Two spots in each cohort will be reserved for teachers from Louisiana. 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 World War II. If you are interested in joining in this mission, please apply.

Breakfast, lunch, and two dinners are provided, along with shared accommodations at the Higgins Hotel across the street from the Museum. We will book and pay for standard fare round trip flights. We’ll take field trips to WWII related sites in the region and visit galleries of The National WWII Museum daily. You’ll return home with books and teacher’s guides and a wealth of resources to use in your classroom. All of this is made possible by support from corporate sponsors. Participants are expected to return to their region and conduct a short workshop using the the curriculum and methods from the workshop and to implement the curriculum and methods in their classroom.

Applications open December 3, 2022 and close March 13, 2023. 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. We will assemble a diverse cohort of teachers from different contexts to promote development of a strong professional learning network.

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The National WWII Museum has three curriculum supplements to support learning science from K–12. Each 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 (ie physics and chemistry), and engineering connections. It is used in more than 1,500 classrooms in 33 states. The activities are aligned to work with your state standards using best practices of science pedagogy. Little Engineers is for use with students K–4, Real World Science is aligned to standards in 5-8, and STEM Corps (to be released in June 2023) is for High School students.

You can find the online version of the curriculum here.

STEM Innovation 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 realworldscience@nationalww2museum.org to find out about regional workshops.

STEM Innovation Cohort Assistants are alumni from past cohorts who come back to assist with the Summer Teacher Seminars. Their travel is reimbursed, and they receive a stipend of $1,000. Applications will open in December 2022. We will choose two assistants for each week of seminars.

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