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Mentor Teacher Resources

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In order to provide greater support to our Mentor Teachers, this page will be used to post resources and upcoming opportunities we would like to make available to our Mentor Teachers.

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The Governor's STEM Initiative
The Governor's STEM Initiative and the Office of the Secretary of Education and the Arts are pleased to announce that the Governor's STEM Initiative Mini-Grant Program is now accepting applications for Fall/Winter 2017. This mini-grant program supports STEM education projects and programs throughout West Virginia that serve the PreK-12th grade student population and encourages (in both school and outside of school settings) to integrate STEM disciplines in their curriculum and educational programming. Through this grant program, applicants may request up to $3,000 to implement or expand a STEM education project or program.

Applications may be submitted electronically to krista.k.cox@wv.gov by November 6, 2017. Applications submitted by mail must be post marked by November 6, 2017.

The Superpower of STEM Challenge
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has teamed up with Marvel Studios to bring an exciting opportunity to girls who are ages 15-18 and in grades 10-12. The Thor: Ragnarok Superpower of STEM challenge invites girls to share an original project to help improve the world around then. Entrants will have a change to win a trip to the world premiere of Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok, an immersive three-day mentorship in New York City, the opportunity to appear on Good Morning America, and more!

To enter the challenge, girls are asked to come up with an original, replicable do-it-yourself project that makes the world around them better in some way. It can be practical or fun and as simple or as complex as they would like. After coming up with the concept, they need to make the project, fill out an application , and finally, submit a video that's no longer than 7 minutes demonstrating the project and explaining how their Superpower of STEM helped them to create it. Previous winners of Marvel Studios' competitions supporting young women in STEM can be found here .

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) JSHS is designed to encourage and recognize achievement in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics by high school students. Individual students may apply to compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their STEM projects before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. JSHS regional symposia are held at 48 nationwide university campuses and serve students in the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the DoD Dependent Schools, Europe and Pacific. Review and judging occurs between January and April 2018. Student applications will be accepted between September 2017 through January 2018. National JSHS is held in April 2018.

Junior Solar Sprint (JSS)
A solar car competition for fifth- through eighth-grade students. Race dates vary by location, but students can expect to compete in local and regional races between April and June 2018. Registration is free, and is being accepted between September 2017 through February 2018!

eCYBERMISSION
The Army Educational Outreach Program's (AEOP)  2017-2018 eCYBERMISSION competition is currently accepting registrations! eCYBERMISSION is a web-based STEM competition for 6-9th grade students that promotes self-discovery and enables all students to recognize the real-life applications of STEM. Teams of 3-4 students are instructed to ask questions (for science) or define problems (for engineering), and then construct explanations (for science) or design solutions (for engineering) based on identified problems in their community. Students compete for State, Regional, and National Awards. The annual eCYBERMISSION competition is a great way to implement the Next Generation Science Standards into your 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grade science class. 

A New Teaching Resource
Get a free annual membership to the Science News in High Schools program for the 2017-2018 academic year. Regeneron is sponsoring 4,000 public high schools. Fill out and submit the form in the link above to express interest in signing up your school.