Become a Better STEM Teacher in One Month 

AstroSchool’s free program shows you how to use new technology to improve your STEM curriculum.

Applications for Spring 2019 are now open! Click the button to join the waitlist and submit your application!

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AstroSchool: Using Technology to Enhance Technology Education

Presented by Because Learning and the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), AstroSchool trains teachers to effectively bring STEM technology into their curriculums.

For one month, participating teachers receive weekly lessons exploring new ways to improve their STEM teaching skills. This includes instruction from experienced STEM teachers, interaction with other educators, and exposure to some of the latest classroom technology.

Teachers who complete AstroSchool earn a certificate demonstrating their professional development. 

Because Learning Sensor Kit Included for All Participants!

Learn what’s included in the Sensor Kit

How Does AstroSchool Benefit Educators?

Teachers who successfully complete AstroSchool gain the following:

  • A better understanding of how new STEM education technology enhances classroom instruction, as well as practical instruction on implementing this technology
  • Access to a virtual community of other educators to share ideas, stories, and support
  • A Because Learning Sensor Kit plus one year of access to the Lessons platform, including over 150+ standards-based STEM lessons designed for the classroom
  • A certificate of completion

What Are the Requirements for AstroSchool?

As the goal of this program is to spread awareness of new STEM teaching technologies, it’s crucial participants share their experiences. This includes giving feedback on AstroSchool course materials and helping provide input for case studies.

Additionally, participants should schedule one hour per week for four weeks to view and complete lessons. They are also encouraged to interact with other AstroSchool participants in an online community.

AstroSchool is free for all participants.

Can Multiple Teachers from the Same School Apply?

Yes – and in fact, it may be helpful if multiple teachers at the same school or district participate. Teachers at the same school can easily discuss what they’re learning during the AstroSchool training. This could help them better implement what they’re learning and improve STEM at their school.

(Of course, it is not required that multiple teachers per school apply.)

What’s in the AstroSchool Curriculum?

AstroSchool participants are exposed to numerous topics that directly improve their STEM teaching through technology, including:

  • Introduction to Coding and Arduino: Learn how basic coding and hardware (such as Arduinos) provide limitless ways to explore STEM concepts

  • STEM Lesson Development: Discover ways to bring STEM concepts into any subject through new technologies

  • Technology Integration: Explore methods of bringing the latest technology into your curriculum to achieve learning outcomes

Who Leads AstroSchool?

AstroSchool is brought to you by a partnership between Because Learning and the Association of Space Explorers (ASE). 

Each AstroSchool lesson is carefully developed by our experienced Learning Team to provide the most effective technology and STEM teaching instruction.

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Kevin CoccoBecause Learning Co-Founder, CIO
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Lindsey HendersonBecause Learning Director of Learning
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How to Apply for AstroSchool Spring 2019

As a recap, here’s what AstroSchool participants receive:

  • A Because Learning Sensor Kit plus a year of access to 150+ Because Learning Lessons ($1000 retail value)
  • Weekly training from AstroSchool
  • Interaction with enthusiastic educators like you who want to improve their STEM teaching skills through technology
  • A certificate of completion after completing AstroSchool

AstroSchool is available at no cost to educators thanks to the support of the Association of Space Explorers. 

If you’re interested in participating in AstroSchool Spring 2019, fill out the form below.

Here are some tips to craft a compelling application:

  • Tell us how you’ll share your experience with peers! Our goal for AstroSchool is to spread awareness of how new technology improves STEM education. Teachers must be willing and able to share their experiences with other educators!
  • If other teachers at your school are applying, mention them in your application. 
  • Consider how many students your participation could affect. The goal of AstroSchool is to impact as many students as possible. Are you involved with any activities outside your classroom, such as clubs or boards, that give you influence over a greater number of students?

Good luck!

AstroSchool Application Spring 2019

  • If selected, where should we send your Sensor Kit?

Congratulations to those who were selected for AstroSchool Fall 2018!

(Some RSVPs still pending – check back for updates!) 

Doloumar Bergen
Eastvale STEM Academy/Corona-Norco Unified School District, Eastvale, CA

Kathy Biernat 
St. Mary’s Visitation, Elm Grove, WI

Mindy Bissett
Seventh Street Elementary, N. Little Rock, AR

Keri Book
University of Arkansas CMASE, Fayetteville, AR

Ginger Boyd
Slocomb Elementary School, Slocomb, AL

Robert Bumbary
Navy Elementary, Fairfax, VA

Celeste Conflitti
Eastwood Academy, Houston, TX

 Judy Dickey
Mosley High School, Lynn Haven, FL

Laura Dunn
Miles Elementary, Tampa, FL

Shay Fairchild 
Norwalk La Mirada Unified, Norwalk, CA

Becky Fritchie
Spanish Lake Primary, Geismar, LA

Richard Galian
Eastwood Academy High School, Houston, TX

Sunil Kumar Gilla
Maricopa Institute of Technology, Phoenix, AZ

Jen Gossert
Conrad Weiser West Elementary, Womelsdorf, PA

Olga Granat
BF Middle School, Valparaiso, IN

Mary Gregory
Lewis Palmer High School, Monument, CO

Ana Harvey
Lowell Elementary, Santa Ana, CA

Jaime Heiner
Spectrum Academy, North Salt Lake, UT

Jessie Holder
Loxley Elementary School, Loxley, AL

Philip Hudec
Palm Springs Unified School District, Palm Springs, CA

Leslie Kneipfer
Foxborough Regional Charter, Bridgewater, MA

Rebekah Koppin
Berryhill Elementary, Milton, FL

Liz Lowe
Bell Gardens High School, Bell Gardens, CA

Stephanie MacDonald
Soldier Hollow Charter School, Heber City, UT

Maria Marsicano
Academy Programs, Fairmont, WV

Julie Massey
St. Martin Middle School, Ocean Springs, MS

Patricia McGaffigan
Avon Middle High School, Avon, MA

Ed Mondragon
Granite CTE Department, SLC, UT

Debbie Morgan
South Sevier High, Monroe, UT

Claudia Ochatt
Ransom Everglades, Miami, FL

April Oden
Future School of Fort Smith, Fort Smith, AR

Darin Orton
Mount Logan Middle School, Logan, UT

Loralie Pearce
My Tech High and Utah Online, Kamas, UT

Birgith Phillips
Hialeah Senior High, Hialeah, FL

Dena Pruden
Navarre High School, Navarre, FL

Shawnee Robinson
New Bridge, Ogden, UT

Deborah Rudtke
Alachua Elementary School, Alachua, FL

Daleth Sendin
Centennial High School, Ellicott City, MD

Adeena Teres
Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL

John Teuscher
Freedom Preparatory Academy, Provo, UT

Maureen Tumenas
Hadley Elementary School, Cummington, MA

Michele Vocu
Bishop Verot Catholic High School, Fort Myers, FL

Natalie Ward
Eastside Elementary, Lake City, FL

Jill Weaver
Valley View Junior High, Farmersville, OH