CINCINNATI, OHIO – October 29, 2019 – iSPACE, the premier provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning in the Greater Cincinnati Region, has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) to support the iSPACE STEM Educator Academy (iSEA) for professional development.
The iSPACE STEM Educator Academy professional development grant program consists of four Professional Development sessions with opportunities to experience STEM learning first-hand and translate these into effective classroom instructional strategies and techniques. This year’s cohort includes twelve third grade teachers. Educators will learn how to enhance teaching of STEM content so students develop critical-thinking skills while learning meaningful content. Participants will receive 12-14 hours of professional development with increased knowledge and self-efficacy of third grade STEM content, and the ability to improve your school/district STEM learning. Participation in this program will address the Ohio Teaching standards and provide all your classroom kit materials and supplies.
The Mission of the OSGC is to advance the Nation’s capability in STEM leading to the continued development of a diverse workforce through NASA-related collaborations within Ohio’s network of scientists, researchers, engineers, and educators at Ohio universities, the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI), NASA Centers, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and industry that align with the National Space Grant Program goals and objectives. A key component of this activity is to attract and retain students in STEM disciplines with emphasis on increasing participation by women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities
iSPACE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to ignite passion for Science and Technology to prepare all learners to thrive in tomorrow’s workforce. iSPACE programs are aligned with national and state educational standards and complement teaching curricula outside of a formal classroom setting to spark curiosity and inspire interest in STEM. iSPACE uses best practices in innovative programs to help students and educators build confidence and interest in STEM knowledge and careers. Programs and partnerships are designed to fill the region’s future workforce in manufacturing, technology, research, health care and other STEM-related fields. (iSPACEstem.org)