STEM Teacher Professional Development (STPD)

Engineering is Elementary workshop

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Center develops, delivers and sponsors a number of activities for K-12 science teachers that advance the art of science education by promoting integrated STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teaching and learning "best practice" models, specifically science inquiry, project-based and hands-on learning. These activities are split into three categories:

  1. K-12 Science Curriculum Development workshops
  2. STEM Teaching and Learning "Best Practice" model workshops
  3. Research Opportunities in STEM


STEM Curricula Online for Professional Educators (SCOPE) for K12 (4 K12)
SCOPE 4 K12 is a set of programs that give K-12 science teachers the opportunity to work with Quinnipiac science and education faculty as part of curriculum unit development teams. The K-12 STEM curriculum units developed, as part of these programs, will be made available as part of a set of online resources to the collaborative partners' K-12 science educators.

The cornerstone of the SCOPE 4 K12 programs is the ORTIS project, which was funded through the Connecticut 2013 Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program. The Online Resource Through Integrated STEM (ORTIS) project is a collaboration between Quinnipiac University and five local school districts to develop online science curricula units for middle and high schools based on an engineering design process. The objectives of the project are to:

  • Develop middle and high school science teachers' content knowledge and instructional skills regarding:
    • (a) the National Research Council's Framework for K-12 Science Education;
    • (b) essential learning outcomes for students through discipline specific teaching and learning;
    • (c) engineering education strands; and
    • (d) the use of an engineering design process applicable to K-12 education through its implementation as a method to develop new science curricula units.
  • Create new curricula units for K-12 science based on the National Research Council's Framework and make those units available online to all members of the collaboration.
  • Share the curricula development model with other STEM education and partnerships in order to grow the online resource beyond the scope of the initial ORTIS project development.

The ORTIS project is designed to ensure that the units developed are based on best practice STEM teaching and learning activities and piloted within participants' classrooms, thereby directly impacting the classroom teaching and learning experience. Read more

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Teaching and Learning "Best Practice" model workshops
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Center offers teacher professional development workshops that highlight current STEM teaching and learning "best practice" models.  These "best practice" models include:

  • "Flipping" the STEM classroom
  • Preparing K-12 students for the pursuit of a STEM college degree
  • Science inquiry-based learning utilizing real time data collection from the Farm River State Park
  • Project-based learning activities including workshops that highlight the "Engineering is Elementary" curriculum
  • Developing the art of math problem-solving through Math Teachers' Circles

The "Engineering is Elementary" (EiE) project fosters engineering and technological literacy among elementary school students and educators. EiE has created a research-based, standards-driven, and classroom-tested curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics. EiE lessons not only promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning in grades 1-5, but also connect with literacy and social studies. 

To date, EiE has reached over 1.7 million students and 22,000 teachers and is presently used in all fifty states. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Center offers teachers from local school districts in Connecticut the opportunities to attend teacher professional development workshops, which showcase the EiE model and its curriculum activities.

The New Haven County Math Teachers' Circle (NHCMTC) project is a collaborative partnership between school districts within New Haven county, the University's Mathematics Department and the B-MS Center. The goal of this partnership is to bring the philosophy of Math Teachers' Circles to mathematicians and middle school math teachers within New Haven county.

QU-Summer Teacher Opportunities for Research in STEM (QU-STORS)
These summer research opportunities are designed to give science K-12 teachers a STEM focused research experience.  Working with a Quinnipiac faculty member, each QU-STORS participant spends a number of weeks through July and August working as part of a research team. Further details regarding this program will be made available in March 2013 including information regarding the application process.
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