Middle School Research Teachers Conference

Bringing middle school research teachers of all experience levels together to share best practices, troubleshoot challenges, and learn more about Society for Science and STEM research competitions.

This annual conference brings 75 middle school STEM teachers to Washington, DC, all-expenses-paid, for a weekend of peer-led professional development. The conference focuses on leading students in research projects that can be entered in local science fair, Thermo Fisher JIC, eCybermission, and other STEM research competitions.

Join the lottery by Wednesday, May 29 to attend.

Join the lottery by May 29

Looking for our conference for high school teachers? Click here to learn more.

Invention Education Ambassadors Application Now Open!

In partnership with The Lemelson Foundation, Society for Science is pleased to continue this teacher-leader role in our student research community for the 2024-2025 school year.  Invention Education Ambassadors will work throughout the year to:

  • Promote Invention Education principles, resources, and opportunities to the Society for Science educator community in an effort to increase the diversity and inclusion of students underrepresented in STEM engaged in this area
  • Assist the Society’s Invention Education Fellow in soliciting teacher feedback on the intersection between student independent research and Invention Education
  • Assist the Society’s Invention Education Fellow in sharing Society for Science student research resources and opportunities with the Invention Education teacher community.

To apply for this opportunity, please complete the application by May 19, 2024. Applicants will be notified of selection on or around May 29, 2024.

Apply by May 19!

Sign up now for our inaugural Research Teacher Cohorts!

Leading students in STEM research projects can be challenging at times and having other teachers to share resources and advice helps. Research Teacher Cohorts are informal, self-directed groups of 6 teachers each that meet periodically over a 4 month period. All experience levels are welcome – from beginner to veteran. Teachers may indicate their preferences for what attributes are used in our matching process. Cohorts in Spanish or other languages may be available.

Join the Society Educators Facebook group to see notifications about when the next cohort opens.

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Sponsor the Middle School Research Teachers Conference

The Middle School Research Teachers Conference aims to help teachers around the nation grow and serve our communities.

Join our group of sponsors to help us make an impact!

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