Siemens STEM Academy is accepting applications for its Siemens STEM Institute and Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARS) programs through February 4, 2014.  Both programs are opportunities for middle school and high school STEM teachers to participate in all-expense-paid professional development activities in summer 2014.

The Siemens STEM Institute accepts fifty educators, or STEM Fellows, to attend a week-long institute hosted by Discovery Education, located outside of Washington, D.C.  According to Siemens, “The week will be filled with guest speakers, field trips to leading institutions where Fellows will observe real-world applications of STEM subject matter, and networking opportunities with like-minded peers from across the nation.”  For more information about Institute eligibility and application requirements, click here.

The STARS program selects two groups of 20 educators to participate in a two-week professional development program held at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.  Selected educators work in teams with scientists and researchers on short-term projects at the laboratory and participate in seminars, workshops, tours, and field trips.  Participating educators receive a $500 stipend and a $300 mini-grant for the purchase of classroom equipment and supplies. For information about STARS eligibility and application requirements, click here.