CSATS is a leader in transforming precollege STEM education, contributing to the university’s land-grant mission in a 21st-century context by leveraging the research being done at Penn State. CSATS works with Penn State researchers and their colleagues to develop, implement, assess, and disseminate STEM outreach programs.


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STEM Education Outreach Specialist (Elementary Education)

Are you a formal or informal elementary educator?
Do you enjoy learning about cutting edge research?
Do you enjoy planning authentic STEM activities?

The Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) seeks to hire a STEM Education Outreach Specialist with elementary level experience. This position offers opportunities to contribute to the development of high-quality programs in science education. The Center focuses on providing teacher professional development programs to connect STEM researchers and K-14 educators through workshop activities that promote current best practices in science teaching and learning. The specialist will collaborate with scientists and engineers to design, manage and implement STEM outreach activities that support teachers’ learning of cutting-edge research and that include classroom and outdoor science activities.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Developing ways to translate research related to science and science education into the school context
  • Designing and implementing STEM-focused professional development for K-12 teachers, with a particular emphasis on elementary-level educators
  • Writing broader impacts sections of proposals, generating associated budgets, and designing evaluation plans
  • Collecting and analyzing data for evaluation
  • Supporting existing and future CSATS projects as needed

Required qualifications include:

  • Master’s degree in education, preferably in STEM education or a closely related field
  • At least five years of formal or informal K-12 science teaching experience, preferably at the elementary level
  • Demonstrated academic writing skills.


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