Interested in joining Science Scope's Manuscript Review Panel? If so, please email a copy of your resume or a short note describing your background to managing editor Ken Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Science Scope is NSTA's peer-reviewed journal for middle level and junior high school science teachers.
News from Texas Instruments
The BulleTIn Board Blog is a must-read for updates on TI technology and activities, tips for student success, thought leadership in education, and more fun stuff. Classroom teachers and education experts contribute to the blog, so you can rely on it for information you can really use.
A research project through the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education is looking for formal and nonformal educators of all subjects to take a 30 minute anonymous online survey.
They are also looking for educators willing to participate in an additional 1-hour interview (and be compensated with a $50 gift card).
To take the survey, go to TELA Rutgers or copy and paste the address below:
For more information about the research project or participating, please contact
NSTA Executive Director David Evans will serve with 18 distinguished representatives from business, industry and academia on the new advisory panel appointed by the National Science Foundation to encourage U.S. scientific and technological innovations in education. The STEM Education Advisory Panel will advise a federal panel on matters related to STEM education and update the 2013-2018 Federal STEM Education Five-Year Strategic Plan, which was developed to improve the efficiency, coordination and impact of federally supported STEM education investments. Two NSTA/NCTM STEM Teacher Ambassadors— K. Renae Pullen and Bruce Wellman—and former NSTA President and Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision co-creator Arthur Eisenkraft were also nominated to serve on the panel. Read more about the National STEM Education Advisory Panel here.
Congratuations to Debra Ericksen and Denise Rawding - Recepients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
On June 25, 2018, the White House announced the most recent recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This year's teachers represent K-6th grade educators from across the United States. NJSTA President Linda Smith spoke at the celebration as a representative of PAEMST.
The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of STEM (including computer science) education.
Debra Ericksen from the Adamsville Primary School in Bridgewater, was the Science honoree from NJ.
Debra Ericksen is in her 10th year as an educator, teaching all subjects of fourth grade at Adamsville Primary School for the past five years. She has experience teaching gifted and talented students, English language learners, and special education students within a co-teaching classroom.
Debra is passionate about providing students with opportunities to learn science through interdisciplinary instruction, and has been recognized for her accomplishments through the National Science Teachers Association’s Sylvia Shugrue Award. She is a 2012 graduate of the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. As a school science coordinator, she has chaired science fairs and partnered with local scientists and engineers to work with students. She is a member of the New Jersey Next Generation Science Standards’ Teacher Leader Cohort, and facilitates science workshops for her district and at New Jersey Science Conventions.
Debra’s classroom is a collaborative community of learners who embrace discovery, and persevere through problem solving. She has received several grants providing technology and literacy resources to support student learning.
Debra earned a B.A. in political science from Susquehanna University and a M.B.A. in human resources from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is certified in elementary education, middle school English language arts, and middle school social studies.
The NJ honoree in Mathematics was Denise Rawding from Newark Public Schools
After lunch we will break into groups to participate in an unconference where participants will get to chose the topics they would like to explore more from the morning’s events.
The day will end with a general membership meeting where participants will have a chance to win door prizes and take a more active role in our NJSTA Community.
Breakfast, lunch, award winning speakers, door prizes… all this for only $40. We have extended the early registration rate to July 15th. Don’t miss out on this event!
Looking forward to seeing you August 7th!
Click on the link below to register:
New items have been added to the Environmental Education News website that may interest you!
STATEMENT FROM CATHERINE R. MCCABE UPON BEING SWORN IN AS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION COMMISSIONER
June 19, 2018 TRENTON - Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe released the following statement upon being sworn in today:
"I am honored and grateful to Governor Murphy for giving me this opportunity to lead the Department of Environmental Protection in protecting the quality of our air, water, land and historic and natural resources for all New Jersey residents. I am equally grateful for the talented, experienced and knowledgeable DEP professionals who serve the public every day with such tireless dedication. All of us at the DEP take our responsibilities for protecting resources and public health very seriously.
"The scope and diversity of this agency are truly amazing. We are already moving in the right direction in so many important areas. We are acting swiftly to address climate change by moving New Jersey towards a clean energy future and building our coastal resiliency, as well as taking strong steps to protect the quality of our air and drinking water. We are working hard to improve the quality of life in our cities through brownfield redevelopment and creation of urban parks. Contaminated sites are getting cleaned up thoroughly and in a timely manner. We are preserving ecologically fragile lands and wildlife habitats for future generations. And we are working smarter to conserve resources through innovative sustainability practices.
"But this is just the beginning. We have a lot of work ahead of us. As we move forward, we will always be driven by our commitment to carrying out the law and using the best available science - and we will be equally driven by our shared mission of doing what's right for New Jersey and all of its people. It is our shared social responsibility."
Two Biotech student workshops are being offered by Toms River DNA Learning Center in partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Labs.
Deadline for registration is June 26th
DNA Barcoding for students entering HS and older Registration link https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__goo.gl_forms_c1tXebwFouEsNCDh1&d=DwIFAg&c=4BTEw-1msHjOY4ITcFLmDM6JB8x6ZgbU2J24IH0HZLU&r=gFe9RLzM-bGQsc9iSzACBUKQCZ1x6mT9xO-wogCNRaw&m=_CgFZObfICLlvcbCDI4oMh4DMiuu02O5ftsN318vlqs&s=-VHBecBoFQqBFbyAYBfezAYRSCN3-sIdPsZvhnWqZek&e=
Experience the process of science in this project-based camp. A short "DNA barcode" (about 600 nucleotides in length) is a unique pattern of DNA sequence that can potentially identify any living thing. DNA barcoding projects allow students to link molecular genetics to ecology and evolution-with the potential to contribute new scientific knowledge about biodiversity, conservation biology, and human effects on the environment.
* Extract and amplify DNA from tissue samples
* Use computers to analyze DNA sequences and identify species of origin
* Create phylogenetic trees to display genetic and evolutionary relationship
* Complete an open-ended project to investigate food fraud or study biodiversity
* Fun with DNA
* Construct cell and DNA models
* Use compound microscopes to view the diversity of life at a cellular level
* Extract DNA from plant, animal and bacteria cells
* Use stereo microscopes to observe mutations in fruit flies and roundworms
* Learn about classic Mendelian inheritance and the use of Punnett squares
* Experiment with microbes to study the cause, spread and treatment of some diseases
* Genetically engineer bacteria cells with firefly genes
Director: Christine Girtain email@example.com
Registration Link: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__goo.gl_forms_7ORTvRaqlo0jVa3a2&d=DwIFAg&c=4BTEw-1msHjOY4ITcFLmDM6JB8x6ZgbU2J24IH0HZLU&r=gFe9RLzM-bGQsc9iSzACBUKQCZ1x6mT9xO-wogCNRaw&m=_CgFZObfICLlvcbCDI4oMh4DMiuu02O5ftsN318vlqs&s=PDtOsnRq1bQepnrWJAexCdlH7WClXeuakoqlUKVLFGk&e= DNA is an entry-level course in DNA science. This camp is designed especially for highly motivated students interested in expanding their knowledge of basic genetics and cell biology. Participants are immersed in an environment of hands on activities and laboratory experiments designed to increase genetic literacy, encourage critical and creative thinking, and spark interest in the field of biotechnology.
Director of Authentic Science Research
Toms River High School South
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Executive Board Member NJESTA
Central Ocean Rotary Scholarship Chair
Rotary District 7500 New Generations Chair
NSTA started its new year on June 1, and our volunteer leadership team has been hard at work.
Greetings District IV NSTA members!
Will you be attending the STEM forum in Philly? If so, join us for a "no-host" dinner on Wednesday, July 11th, at 5:30. We'll meet at the NSTA booth in the exhibit hall. We'll have an opportunity to network and collaborate with colleagues from the tri-state region.
How are you planning to grow as an educator this summer? What are your professional goals? How can NSTA help you meet your goals? Let's open the door to conversation and get started learning and growing!
News from SimpleK12
3-session STEAM event on Saturday, July 7th
Event: STEAM Training for Teachers
Date: Saturday, July 7th, 2018
Time: 10 AM ET
We still have some open spots for this event, so grab yours now.
At this complimentary, online event you'll discover:
Also be sure to check out one of our favorite STEAM tools for registrants!
If you're interested in getting started with STEAM tools in your classroom, make sure you grab your spot at this complimentary, online event now.
June 27, 2018 - A new brief out today from Achieve explores the challenges states face as they begin to think about transforming their science assessments to accompany new three-dimensional science standards.
Since 2013, 40 states have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) or similar standards, signaling a commitment to high-quality and rigorous science education for all students. Any time state content standards undergo such a significant shift, states must develop new assessments to measure student progress toward meeting the new standards. This need presents a number of challenges for state leaders.
Achieve's new brief explores these and other challenges and presents a set of recommendations for states to consider in tackling them.
NSTA guest blogger Anne Lowry explores the power of phenomenon-based learning.
Learn more about how her use of the phenomenon of light engaged the students in her preschool classroom.
Dear NJ Science Educators,
Currently NJ science educators are invited to apply for participation on an item writing committee related to an assessment grant in which New Jersey is participating. Those who are selected will be required to work onsite in Baltimore, Maryland August 7 - 9 as well as complete advance online training. An honorarium of $1225 will be provided as well as lodging and reimbursement for travel mileage.
The committee is still in need of general education science teachers in the following areas: Teachers of science with expertise in 1) elementary life science and/or physical science, 2) middle school life science and/or physical science, 3) high school biology.
Interested individuals must complete the recruitment survey as soon as possible and no later than June 21, 2018. The recruitment survey is available at https://kansasedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9zzPbrfDmRoMlwN.
More information is available in the attachment (below), and also by emailing recruitment staff at Ismart@ku.edu. I-Smart staff will respond directly to selected participants with more details. Thank you for considering this opportunity.
Michael Heinz, Science Coordinator, Office of Academics
Division of Teaching and Learning, New Jersey Department of Education
Science Homepage: http://www.state.nj.us/education/aps/cccs/science/
Film makers ages 13 to 18 are invited to submit an original video to the Breakthrough Prize Foundation’s fourth annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a global science and mathematics competition that challenges students to create videos that illustrate a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics.
The entries must be three minutes or shorter and will be judged by how well the chosen concept or theory is communicated.
First prize is a $250,000 college scholarship. The science teacher who inspired the winning student will receive $50,000, and the winner’s school will receive a state-of-the-art science lab.
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation – which honors advancements made in fundamental physics, life sciences and mathematics – will accept entries until July 1st.
For Information and to register, visit: https://breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org
News from NSTA Next Gen Navigator
Achieve's EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science (PRP) uses the EQuIP Rubric for Science to evaluate instructional materials and identify lessons and units that best illustrate the cognitive demands of the NGSS. Explore this featured resource for middle school: Disruptions in Ecosystems
News from NSTA
NSTA and the Northrop Grumman Foundation recognize the importance of integrating high-quality engineering instruction into the science classroom and the critical need for making students proficient in the practices used by engineers in the field. Applicants for this award must be K–12 public school science/technology teachers and have a minimum of three years of teaching experience. Awardees will receive $5000 for classroom materials and equipment, a cash prize of $3000, and $2000 to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education.
Learn more >>
Are you interested in having a professional chemist volunteer with you in your classroom? Apply for the Science Coaches program to gain real-world applications of lessons, demos or experiments in the classroom and more from a chemist! Participants in the program will also receive a $500 donation from the American Chemical Society or a $550 gift certificate from Flinn Scientific.
Do you have a topic idea for an AACT simulation? As AACT prepares for another school year, we are eager to hear if you have a topic idea for an upcoming simulation! If you have a great idea that you would like to see become available on the AACT website, please take a moment and share your idea with them. As a token of their appreciation, all contributors will be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card.
With all that is changing in the global markets in the last year, can business continue as usual? The multilateral trade environment has begun to shift to more bilateral agreements, changes with OPEC, Iran and domestic production continue to influence the oil market, and China has been making good on its promise to ramp down production. Join us as Paul Hodges of International eChem and Bill Carroll of Carroll Applied Sciences return for ACS's semiannual look at these factors and explore what opportunities lie in this new economic landscape.
What You Will Learn
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I’m writing you about the ‘Tools of Science’ series that I’ve developed with Janice McDonnell, Kim Thamatrakoln (both at Rutgers) and Tilapia Film Inc, along with input and efforts from various collaborators along the way.
‘Tools of Science’ is a series of unique, educational videos and hands on lessons designed to help learners explore the nature and process of science through the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Videos introduce the science and engineering practices from the point of view of practicing scientists and are designed for easy integration into any STEM experience to help illustrate the non-linear, cyclical nature of science and the creative vision and skills needed to conduct scientific research. We currently have five videos (and associated lesson plans) on: ‘Testable Questions’, ‘Collaborations’, ‘Sampling’, ‘Proxies’, and ‘Mathematical Models’. The ultimate goal is to support learners in their understanding of science, increase their identity as scientists and build on their reasoning and sense making skills with regards to scientific data.
We are looking for feedback (via a host survey below) and for subscribers to our YouTube channel to help us disseminate our product. We need 100 subscribers to increase our search function and get a customized URL. Please take a moment to look at our Youtube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2r9bLF1oQS7w11EAkoO9w ….and subscribe if interested!
Also, please provide some quick feedback and fill out the survey at: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bKJz8rlVRheMvlj
Lastly, please feel free to disseminate this broadly to colleagues that you feel will be interested and will benefit. The ‘Tools of Science’ is a very unique project and one that has been designed to be modular, allowing for other colleagues to create, shape and disseminate videos and teaching content on various topics useful to NGSS across the country.
Thanks for helping.
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The ACS Project SEED summer research program opens new doors for economically disadvantaged students to experience what it’s like to be a chemist. Students entering their junior or senior year in high school are given a rare opportunity to work alongside scientist-mentors on research projects in industrial, academic, and federal laboratories, discovering new career paths as they approach critical turning points in their lives.
Learn more about Project SEED.
Since its inception in 1968, Project SEED has supported nearly 11,000 economically disadvantaged high school students mentored by over 1,000 volunteers. Over the fifty years, participants have indicated that Project SEED helped them to continue their education after high school while developing new skills and abilities, improving their self-confidence, and helping them to decide to become a scientist, engineer, or mathematician.
Where Data and Standards Meet
Through a series of workshops we will dive into ways to integrate data into our science classrooms and common areas that trip up students when working with and learning through data. Each workshop includes tips and tricks of integrating data literacy into what you already do, hands-on activities, and time to modify activities for your classroom that address the data literacy skill.
The workshops are open to teachers in grades 5-12 that are interested in pursuing more successful ways to integrate data into their teaching. In essence, we will unpack what is involved in “Interpreting & Analyzing Data” in a variety of ways!
Summer 2018 Offerings
Impacts of Climate Change on Ocean Life: Exploring LS2-2 (Jul 11-12th, 9:30am-3:30pm)
Climate Change through Data: Diving into ESS3 (Jul 31st - Aug 1st, 9:30am-3:30pm)
Data Literacy Series: (Aug 14-16th)
To apply: You must be a current 5-12th grade classroom teacher, as well as be willing to dive into data this summer.
Click here to apply now & bring data to your students next year!
Deadline to apply for these workshops is June 1, 2018.
Applicants will receive notification of acceptance by June 8, 2018.
Space is limited for each of the workshops, apply to today!
Click here to find out more.
Applications are now open for the 5th annual National Summer Teacher Institute (NSTI). SPACE IS LIMITED! APPLY TODAY: http://1.usa.gov/20U4K8V
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invites you to be one of fifty U.S. teachers selected to participate in this program.
Apply for an opportunity to join us at the University of South Florida on July 29 through August 3, 2018, and explore STEM, innovation, and intellectual property (IP).
SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION BY JUNE 8, 2018!
USPTO NATIONAL SUMMER TEACHER INSTITUTE:
WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY:
Instructions and FAQs are available on the NSTI website.
SPACE IS LIMITED! APPLY TODAY: http://1.usa.gov/20U4K8V
The Lemelson-MIT Program, located within the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. The program has been helping educators develop their students' skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for over 15 years through its grants initiative. They now offer resources to hone students' hands-on skills and enrich their STEM education through the following opportunities:
Program participants and their teachers have benefited significantly from the grants initiative, with many students going on to pursue STEM degrees and to further patent their inventions.
To a festive crowd of parents, students, teachers and invited guests, the winners of the 8th annual Thomas Edison Invention Challenge were announced and celebrated at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park [“Edison Park”]. The contest celebrated inventors from across the country.
Twenty-eight (28) teams across 6 states competed to make it to Edison Park for a top honors, run-off pitch contest. Six (6) finalist teams, three in the middle school and three in the high school categories went head to head. Teams “pitched” their invention, in person, before a 3 judge panel.
Here is a summary of the NJ award recipients in both the middle school and high school award categories.
Elementary/ Middle School Category
2nd Place: Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, Livingston, NJ
CREATIVE CAPS - “Wind Powered Water Well & Water Filtration”
This team created a wind-powered well that takes the water and filters it so it lessens the amount of manual labor required to get water in third world countries.
Team Members: Miriam Bash, Jack Helprin, Hannah Koppel, Nathaniel Savitz
High School Category
1st Place: Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, NJ
SHPREME - “Bicycle Mounted Charging System”
This team’s invention looks to solve the issue of bike riders’ phones running out of battery by using man-powered energy generated by the rotations of the rear tire.
Team Members: Aidan Gaul, Ross Johnson, Timothy Metcalf, Brian Mueller
2nd Place : Lacey Township High School, Lanoka Harbor, NJ
ALVOLT - “Mechanical Heart Valve”
This team’s invention is an electrically motorized valve replacement with an ultrasonic sensor to regulate the aortic valve’s leaflets to coincide with the blood flow of the systole and diastole phases.
Team Members: Hailey Carskaddan, Samantha Kievit, Kali Pullin, Seda Turkoglu
3rd Place: Chatham High School, Chatham, NJ
Chatham Cougars—“Inflatable Lower Leg Field Splint”
This team’s invention, the Inflataboot, is an inflatable leg brace to be used in emergency situations ranging from a sprain to a broken ankle.
Team Members: Kasper Bardecki, Thomas Giordano, Julia Lin, Kaitlin Pinaire
To see the rest of the winners or to learn more about the contest, visit: