The Smithsonian Libraries is calling for applications for the 2019 Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Award. The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Library in New York is the host location for 2019. The award will provide travel funding for an educator to use Smithsonian Libraries collections to develop educational materials, such as lesson plans, study modules, educational games, and educational websites. The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Library consists of approximately 100,000 items focusing primarily on design and decorative arts. The collections are international in scope, with emphasis on European and American design spanning from the time of the Renaissance to today. Cooper Hewitt Library’s rare collection also includes subject areas beyond the current collecting scope, such as natural history, science and technology, and World’s Fairs, making it particularly well suited for an educator in a STEAM field. In addition to library resources, the awardee will engage with staff and researchers at the Cooper Hewitt Library, as well as with Smithsonian educators. They will also have the opportunity to attend Cooper Hewitt–sponsored lectures, symposia, programs, and events to enhance the resident experience. Applicants must be current middle school, high school, or college teachers, or museum educators working on curriculum development or educational publications.
SageModeler is an intuitive modeling tool being developed at TheConcord Consortium and the CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University for middle school and high school students to build their own models and validate their model design using real-world data.
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