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The Middle School Research Teachers Conference was held October 11-13, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
The Society is thrilled to announce that with support from DoD STEM, we were able to host a new Middle School Research Teachers Conference October 11 – 13, 2019.
This conference brought together 50 middle school STEM teachers to Washington, DC, all-expenses-paid, for a weekend of peer-led professional development. The conference focusesd on leading students in research projects that can be entered into local science fair, eCybermission and other science project competitions. The conference sessions were presented by veteran middle school research teachers, and included topics such as how to help students develop unique project ideas that they are passionate about investigating, ensuring student safety while conducting projects, and finding funding for project laboratory equipment.
Fifty teachers were selected to attend via lottery — one third consisted of veteran teachers who have significant experience teaching research, one third of teachers who have some experience and one third of teachers who do not have experience yet, but would like to begin supporting students by teaching research. No more than one teacher per school were selected to attend. Seven Research Teacher Captains were selected, who served as a resource for newer teachers throughout the weekend.
Expenses for travel, lodging and meals were covered by the Society for all attendees.