NEWARK, Ohio – The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology, in partnership with The Ohio State University at Newark, has been awarded a $14,000 grant from the Ohio STEM Learning Network, which is managed by Battelle. The Works was one of nine organizations funded to support educator professional development designed to bring the science of NASA to life in classrooms. “We deeply value organizations that know how to create engaging experiences for teachers that help them do more in the classroom and The Works has earned a strong reputation for doing just that,” said Aimee Kennedy, senior vice president for education, STEM learning and philanthropy at Battelle.
The grant will support SciDome Academy, a professional development program designed to help teachers develop students’ interest in earth and space science using NASA content. SciDome Academy will link teachers and students with SciDome at The Works, a new 2,220-square-foot planetarium being built at The Works in downtown Newark. The planetarium, scheduled to open in June 2018, will feature a 30-foot tilted dome with 4k digital projection and theater-style seating for 60, and will be an immersive facility where relevant educational experiences engage audiences of all ages.
SciDome Academy is a year-long professional development program designed for third-eighth grade teachers in east-central Ohio. Teachers will explore NASA resources and cutting-edge research, implement content in their classrooms, and develop project-based curricula. Following the workshops, teachers will get a behind-the-scenes tour of SciDome at The Works and free SciDome programs for students. The Academy is designed and facilitated by Dr. Meghan Federer, Director of STEM Education at The Works, and Dr. Michael Stamatikos, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Department of Astronomy and Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics at Ohio State Newark, and The Works’ Chief Science Officer.
The grant makes it possible to offer SciDome Academy free to 15 educators. Participants who successfully complete the Academy will receive classroom resources, materials, and a stipend. SciDome Academy applications are accepted September 1-30. Interested educators can apply through https://tinyurl.com/TheWorksSciDomeAcademy and are asked to submit a letter of support from a school administrator to Education@attheworks.org.
The Works is the region’s leader in out-of-school STEM education for pre-kindergarten through high school students, and provides teacher professional development across east central Ohio. More information about STEM programs at The Works is at http://attheworks.org/stem-programming/.