News from the American Modeling Teachers- Association (AMTA)
The following workshops will be in New York State. To find workshops in other locations, visit the AMTA Summer 2018 Workshops page.
Dates: July 9-12
Columbia University – Teachers College
Storm King HS Cornwall-on-Hudson
State University of New York - Buffalo State College Dept. of Physics
Dates: July 23-Aug 10th
NJ Audubon's Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville, NJ
July 23 to 27, 2018
Application deadline is March 15, 2018
New Jersey Audubon’s Teacher’s School of Ecology sponsored by Ashland, Inc. is a week-long program for elementary and middle school teachers. The program offers in-depth experiences that use inquiry as a basis for building effective field studies and understanding environmental issues. All activities and learning support STEM + Art concepts and skills as well as the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core.
Lessons will be drawn from a spectrum of topics including water quantity and quality, sustainable land use and environmental practices, and native species protection and invasive species control. We will focus on a different set of issues each day and provide field experience, lessons and resources to support your existing curricula. Also included will be information on the Eco-Schools New Jersey program that supports sustainable practices through the development of school-based eco-teams.
The institute will include outdoor activities as well as indoor problem solving—both focused on the local area. By connecting the classroom to the real world, teachers can help students become more aware of the world around them, take an active role in preserving their local environments and acquire the critical thinking, problem solving and basic life skills necessary to become informed global citizens.
For more information contact: Kelly Wenzel at 908-396-6506 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DOWNLOAD AND SHARE THE FLYER
February 13, 2018
To: Chief School Administrators, Charter School and Renaissance School Project Leads
From: Linda Eno, Acting Deputy Chief Academic Officer, Division of Teaching and Learning
Opportunities to Highlight STEM Month March Activities in March Through the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network
March is STEM Month in New Jersey, and the goal of NJ STEM Month is to celebrate New Jersey’s commitment to excellence in STEM programs and showcase them in each region of the state. This represents an opportunity for school districts and other organizations throughout New Jersey to highlight ongoing work that is designed to increase access to STEM learning and prepare learners of all ages for STEM careers.
STEM Month co-creators, the Research & Development Council of New Jersey and the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network (NJSPN), are partnering to provide an opportunity for schools and organizations in New Jersey to showcase and celebrate their STEM work. School districts and organizations can post STEM events and site tours to the STEM Month 2018 calendar by using the NJSPN Event Form.
Examples of NJ STEM Month events include:
Additional information can be found on the NJSPN’s STEM Month webpage.
For questions or comments about NJSPN or NJ STEM Month, please email Kim Case of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey at email@example.com.
News from NSTA
ExxonMobil Exploration and the American Geosciences Institute invite school administrators to nominate elementary and middle level teachers to attend a week-long academy at which they will learn Earth science content, explore hands-on STEM activities, and gain real-world science experiences. These academies will be held in Houston for elementary school teachers June 24–29 and for middle school teachers July 22–27.
Deadline: April 15
Download Announcement - Share with your Administrator.
News from NSTA
The award recognizes innovative classroom teachers who use the LEGO brick to advance student learning. Awardees will present their work at the Tufts University STEM Education Conference in Boston on June 5–7. Flights and accommodations will be provided.
Deadline: April 15
News from NSTA
The contest is open to K–12 schools and youth-serving organizations that aim to create more opportunities for students to engage in hands-on, interdisciplinary learning through making. Ten organizations will each receive a $10,000 grant maker professional development for two staff members and travel support to attend CrossRoads 2018, Infosys Foundation USA's annual education conference.
Deadline: March 6
Download Official Contest Rules
The American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) wants to know how we can best support the professional development needs of teachers. Please complete our professional development survey by February 28th to share your thoughts. It takes less than 5 minutes, and three participating teachers will receive a $100 Amazon gift card!
Take the survey »
Bring ONE STRANGE ROCK to your School for Free this Spring:
From award-winning filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, National Geographic’s new docu-series ONE STRANGE ROCK is a mind-bending, thrilling journey that explored the fragility and wonder of planet Earth–one of the most peculiar, unique places in the universe. This earth science series is narrated by actor Will Smith and features perspectives from 10 astronauts on the wonders of Earth as seen from space.
National Geographic is making the first episode available for free preview screenings in high schools, colleges, and after-school programs nationwide before the international broadcast premiere on March 26th, 2018.
Sign up here to request a free preview screening of ONE STRANGE ROCK!
Participating schools will receive a confirmation email and we’ll send you a DVD two weeks before your screening.
Learn more about the series on our website and please let us know if you have any questions. Please feel free to share this opportunity with your colleagues as well.
For this event, high school students are asked to imagine that they are living 25 years in the future and have been invited to write an article for ChemMatters, a magazine for high school students that focuses on the role of chemistry in everyday life. The subject of the article is: “Describe a recent breakthrough or innovation in chemistry (and/or its applications) that has improved the quality of people’s lives today.” To view a sample ChemMatters magazine visit: http://tinyurl.com/ybk9gl73.
In addition to the article, students are asked to design a cover for the magazine. The article must be written as if the student is living in the year 2043, looking back at innovations that have occurred since 2018. The innovation must fall into one of the following categories:
A few examples of areas where development is expected are: nanotechnology, energy efficiency, pollution prevention, green chemistry, sustainability, intelligent devices for sensing, proteomics, climate models, biopharmaceutical therapies, medical devices and/or implants and new energy sources.
You are invited to a free PD session for high school biology teachers and middle school life science teachers at the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 3 (snow date, March 10), 9-12 AM. This PD will include:
If you plan to attend, please register by filling out the form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfR71QugDqdcFbxOP3TEn07uAZDqIvHjgMMAKaw0dCcD8wndg/viewform?usp=sf_link. Please register by Tuesday, February 27. We will provide Act 48 credits to participating teachers.
This PD session will be held in Room 115, Leidy Lab in the Biology Department of the University of Pennsylvania. Leidy Lab is located at 3740 Hamilton Walk. A map is available at https://www.facilities.upenn.edu/maps/locations/leidy-laboratories-biology (for an expanded map and directions, click on View on the Campus Map). Three-hour metered parking is available on Spruce St. and on 38th St. north of Spruce St. If you want to pay to park in one of Penn's lots or parking garages go to http://cms.business-services.upenn.edu/parking/lot-locations-and-daily-rates.html for information.
Find out how you can use chemistry content to enhance K – 8 learning – even if you are not a chemistry teacher!
More Information: teachchemistry.org/professional-development/webinars/but-i-don-t-teach-chemistry
New Resources from the American Association of Chemistry Teachers
High and Middle School
NJSTA Retiring President, Scott Goldthorp was elected to the NSTA Council as DIstrict IV Director, serving NJ, NY and PA.
District Directors are elected for a three-year term of office. District Directors must be NSTA members and reside and/or work in the district which they represent. Only NSTA members residing in districts for which directors are running for election may vote for their district’s director. See Operating Policies “Council” for the election cycle. Specific duties, obligations, and ways in which the Director can be helpful:
New NSTA Board and Council Members Elected
Congratulations to all the newly elected NSTA Board and Council members for 2018 who will take office beginning June 1. Dennis Schatz, senior advisor with the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington, will join the presidential chain this summer alongside 2017–18 President David Crowther and 2018–19 President Christine Royce.
Earth Day and Environmental Education Week are just around the corner...
NJDEP would like to showcase your efforts!
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has administered the Earth Day - New Jersey website for more than 17 years. Each year, the website attracts more than 40,000 visitors in April through May. The Earth Day - New Jersey website features an events calendar, school programs listing, history of Earth Day and Environmental Education Week, and suggestions for what families, schools and individuals can do to help protect the environment and participate in green, sustainable activities.
In celebration of "Environmental Education Week" (April 22 - April 28), the website will showcase your school programs along with descriptions of the lessons and projects that students are doing statewide to celebrate the week. Submit information about your environmental education activities to be conducted in April - early May,
In addition, New Jersey is home to numerous Earth Day events, green fairs, clean-ups, trail work, tree plantings and other public environmental celebrations that are held in April and May. Most of these celebrations occur on the weekends. Last year, the Earth Day - New Jersey website featured over 105 public events. Submit details about your own public event.
The Earth Day - New Jersey website is promoted to and used by media, schools, volunteers, scouts, youth groups, companies, municipal leaders, families and other individuals. DEP also uses the information posted on the website to determine the participation of its own speakers, displays and the distribution of its public education information.
Residents are encouraged to visit the website to locate events and programs near them.
Webmaster's Note: The website's Earth ovals on both sides of the photo collage are active links.
from PRISM at MSU:
Welcome to the Panama Rainforest Connection 2018!
In February, we will again present our live Rainforest Connection videoconferences from Panama. Involve your students in live conversations with rainforest researchers on Barro Colorado Island to discuss research methods, ecology, adaptations, technology, flora and fauna, animal behavior, and other NGSS-aligned topics. Sessions can be scheduled for Feb. 16, 20-23, 26-28 or Mar. 1 and 2. Reserve an interactive videoconference soon, since timeslots are limited. Private, single-class sessions, from grades K-12 are recommended (no assembly programs). The cost is a fee of $150 for each 40-minute session, payable after the session.
Follow this link to reveal a world of information about our sessions!!!!!
Clicking on "Panama Topics," will get you to a list of topics which may be available, depending on the researchers who will be on the island on your date. Let us know by email your first 3 choices of topics and dates/times, so that we can plan with you.
Please reply to my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me at 973-655-7753 should you have any questions or concerns about our program.
See you in the Rainforest,
Take Advantage of Early Bird Registration for The NSTA Virtual Conference
Teaching ControversialTopics in Science
Saturday, March 3
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. ET
Register before February 16 and Save $10!
Science teachers play an important role in preparing students for the responsibilities of active citizenship. To do that, science educators often find themselves teaching controversial topics, but few feel well prepared. How can teachers approach these sometimes controversial science topics in their classrooms?
Join us for a virtual conference on Teaching Controversial Topics in Science.
This virtual conference is designed to provide teachers with principles and strategies that may be applied to a wide variety of topics and settings. At the end of this virtual conference, you will:
Conference Presenters and Agenda
David L. Evans
Norman G. Lederman
The four-hour experience is composed of a series of four consecutive presentations with three fifteen-minute breaks in between each session, designed for participants to rest and move to the corresponding virtual room. All sessions will be archived, allowing all registered participants the opportunity to watch the presentations on-demand, when convenient.
Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program and a Promising Educational Technology program by the U.S. Department of Education. Modeling Workshops™ are peer-led. Content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials and work through activities alternately in roles of student or teacher, as they practice techniques of guided inquiry and cooperative learning. Models and theories are the purpose and the outcomes of scientific practices. They are tools for engineering design and problem solving. Thus, modeling guides all other practices.
Each MODELING WORKSHOP has these features:
This summer, Modeling Workshops™ are hosted in physics (mechanics, E&M, waves), chemistry (first and second semester), biology, physical science, middle school science, curriculum development and a few one-week long Intro to Modeling sessions:
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released its report of legacy accomplishments, an informative and colorful booklet that highlights the DEP’s improvements to New Jersey’s quality of life and economy through strong environmental protection.
The 64-page report, titled Protecting New Jersey’s Environment: A Record of Accomplishment (2010 – 2018), recaps DEP’s transformation, leadership and milestone accomplishments during this eight-year period, along with its historic efforts to restore and strengthen New Jersey communities and the natural environment after Superstorm Sandy.
The report is written in an accessible and informative fashion with numerous photos, fact boxes, charts and other visuals. It can be a useful addition to board rooms, sitting areas, offices and libraries, as well as a valuable resource for students, teachers, parents and civic leaders.
To download your copy of the Accomplishments report, go to www.nj.gov/dep/docs/njdep-accomplishments-january-2018.pdf
The 2018 Spellman High Voltage Electronics