July 17, 2020

The Next Generation STEM Teaching Project (NGSTP) is a teacher professional development opportunity which includes funding for a classroom project. Selected teachers will participate in a virtual National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Three-Dimensional Teaching and Learning workshop and then propose an “anchor phenomena” to develop a lesson plan or unit using the Three-Dimensional Model of Instruction.Teachers will then submit a budget for supplies to use in the classroom to implement their lesson plan. This is closely connected to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). If a teacher is from a state that has not adopted NGSS they will still be considered for participation.

Participants receive:

  • Three-Dimensional Teaching and Learning Virtual Workshop Registration
  • One year NSTA membership
  • Access to the NSTA Learning Center
  • Partnership with a dedicated U.S. Army Scientist or Engineer
  • Mentor opportunity with a 2nd year NGSTP participant
  • Collaboration with other participants and mentors via scheduled webinars and email communication
  • Funding for a classroom project (up to $2,695) – NOTE: Purchases are made by teacher and reimbursed by NGSTP unless other arrangements are made (this will be done on a case-by-case basis)
  • Compensation (up to $600) for activities related to the program (creating lesson plans, reports, evaluations, etc.) based on completion of responsibilities below

Participant responsibilities:

  • Attend and participate in the Three-Dimensional Teaching and Learning Virtual Workshop
  • Develop and implement a three-dimensional lesson/unit plan
  • Submit the three-dimensional lesson or unit plan
  • Submit implementation budget, receipts for reimbursement, and necessary forms
  • Submit a copy of a lesson written before taking the workshop
  • Communicate with U.S. Army Scientists/Engineers and other NGSTP participants through email and webinars
  • Produce seven monthly reports of progress (September – March)
  • Present three-dimensional lesson/unit plan to cohort via webinar in March
  • Complete a summative evaluation
  • Strongly encouraged to have students participate in the eCYBERMISSION competition with a project based on information taught in the three-dimensional lesson

Tentative program schedule.

About NSTA: The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership of 60,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education. For more information, please visit: https://www.nsta.org.

 If you have questions please feel free to contact Matt Hartman at mhartman@ecybermission.com or by phone at 703-312-9281.

Application due August 3, 2020. Apply here

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    The eCYBERMISSION Mini-Grant is intended to support teachers/program leaders as they implement eCYBERMISSION with their teams. Educators (formal and informal) of students in grades 6-9 are encouraged to apply. Special consideration is given to Title 1 schools and to those with underserved/ under-represented populations.