Professional Development Opportunities

Black Swamp Math Teachers Circle

The 2017 sessions are FREE and open to K - 12 math teachers and college faculty/staff in northwest Ohio. Space is limited so register today to secure your spot.

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NASA's Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST)


WHO: 3rd-5th Grade Educators (pre-service teachers, classroom teachers, STEM club leaders, informal educators)

WHEN: Saturday February 11, 2017, 8:30am-3:30pm

WHERE: BGSU Life Science Building Room 140 (Lunch on your own)

COST: Free (Activity Guides/Materials provided at no cost)

Space is Limited to 35 teachers


NASA's Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology, or BEST, training brings the principles of engineering alive to younger audiences by implementing the engineering design process. This is completed through a series of activities using activity guides and simple household materials that promote students' learning the engineering design process.

The content in the activity guides can be used to supplement curricula during the school day or as activities for after-school clubs. Educators may use the materials as a set or as individual activities.

The engineering design process is a series of steps that engineers use to solve problems. What makes these BEST activities different is that they provide no "recipe" and no drawings for building the items in each activity. The emphasis is on students' understanding that engineers must "imagine and plan" before they begin to build and experiment. To complete the NASA BEST activities successfully, students must formulate their ideas and draw up their plans before constructing their project.

The training will emphasize how these activities meet Ohio's Learning Standards in Science as well as a focus on integration with other content areas and how to reach diverse learners.

More information about NASA's BEST can be found at:

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Questions: contact Jenna Pollock at

Phone: 419.372.2739


Past NWO STEM Inquiry Series


Science Mini-Series: From Science Activity to Supercharged Inquiry – for Grades 3-8 Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers, Administrators, and Informal Educators

Math Mini-Series: Fall 2014 for Grades K – 12 Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers, Administrators, and Informal Educators