Wonder Science launches streaming channel for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV
Mobile App available for iOS
Also on YouTube and wonderscience.com
Wonder Science® launches a streaming channel, website and mobile app with a mission is to stimulate fresh interest in science among viewers who typically steer clear of educational programming.
During its initial release, early adopters can download Wonder Science for free across all platforms.
The channel is targeted to audiences looking to relax and unwind by introducing a new form of science media—a way to zone out to science. Episodes run from 6-minutes to 6-hours, employing a simple formula that blends mesmerizing visuals with music. The combined effect transports viewers into an alternate reality—filled with brilliant gems, industrious ants, bizarre microorganisms, and psychedelic sound waves.
Wonder Science shows frequently present a microscopic perspective on nature and technology, uncovering worlds within worlds that are all around us but normally unseen. The use of optical, confocal and electron microscopes draws attention to the huge import of small things.
"Wonder Science is like an educational lava lamp," says Danielle Parsons, Wonder Science Founder and CEO. "We keep experts off-screen, because we want to encourage each viewer to form their own direct, unmediated connection with science. By not imposing information, we create enough space to allow people's natural curiosity to kick in."
When that curiosity inevitably sparks, viewers can choose to watch narrated versions of shows and dig deeper into topics on the website. Programs exploring biology, chemistry, physics, and geology have already been incorporated for use in college classrooms. But if viewers want to use Wonder Science as a sleep aid, or as a backdrop at a party, that works too.
Music is fundamental to the experience of Wonder Science. The company collaborates with electronic, synth, and indie artists to create the original soundtracks accompanying many programs. Contributing musicians include Ariel Pink, KRON, Stuart Price, El Tigr3, and Füxa.
The channel takes inspiration in part from the growing Slow Movement, which now permeates almost every area of life—from cooking to fashion to cinema—advocating a cultural shift toward slowing down. Wonder Science episodes unfurl patiently through long shots of video and animation. Instead of a 10-second clip of a microbe, viewers can observe the creature's behavior over 10-minutes.
Content is produced in-house and sourced from scientists worldwide. On original productions, Wonder Science joins forces with prestigious universities like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Caltech, UCLA, and institutions abroad. Though its website, Wonder Science invites academic, industry and citizen scientists, as well as science artists, to contribute edited and raw footage for potential inclusion on the channel.
"We're thrilled to enable academics to reach new audiences with groundbreaking science," says Parsons. "Over the long term, we are focused on building a unique repository of rare and amazing science visuals from around the world."
FLARC (Fairlawn Amateur Radio Club) is hosting a special event on Friday, April 19th at 7 PM at the Fair Lawn Senior Center, 11-05 Gardiner Road in Fair Lawn, NJ. Not only will the evening feature speakers but FLARC has invited a number of other clubs and organizations involving youth and STEM programs in north Jersey to be part of a larger discussion on education, science and (of course) amateur radio.
John Hale KD2LPM Leads A Critical Element In STEM Education:
"The Garden School --Bringing Amateur Radio To Today's Youth"
At The April 19th FLARC 2019 Speaker Series
Bringing youth to amateur radio is the holy grail for many hams. But a small school in Queens has accomplished just that and with award-winning results. John Hale, KD2LPM will lead a panel discussion on the development and growth of a club which has been nationally recognized for its achievement. The Garden School launched the club in 2016 and stands out as the only active radio club in any of the city's schools. Students from the sixth through 12th grade can join, and the club was recently awarded a blue ribbon at the 2018 New York City Maker Faire for its innovation, creativity and ingenuity.
The school's radio club, which has grown consistently to around 20 members since its launch, has competed in contests and learned all about operating ham radios from inside the 78th Street school.
The FLARC 2019 Speaker Series is honored to have as its program John Hale KD2LPM who was recently named the ARRL's Hudson Division "Ham of the Year" for his work on this project, Gerard Pilate N2WGF, President of the Hall of Science Radio Club and a partner in this project, and Michael Ricatto KK2KKK a Queens entrepreneur and community advocate for the project.
The talk will be held on Friday, April 19th at 7 PM at the Fair Lawn Senior Center, 11-05 Gardiner Road in Fair Lawn.
All are welcome and refreshments will be served.
For those interested in developing STEM programs and other related activities in today's youth, this will be a seminal event. So save the date and come to the Fair Lawn Senior Center at 7 PM on April 19th for a unique night of discussion and learning and creating 21st century amateurs.
For more information, please visit the club's website at www.fairlawnarc.org or call 201-791-3841.
Naaleh High School for Girls seeks a STEM teacher for the 2019-2020 school year.
Naaleh High School for Girls seeks a Biology teacher for the 2019-2020 school year.
(These positions could be combined for the right candidate.)
Our ideal teacher candidates have high school teaching experience, strong content mastery, fluency with educational technology and 21st Century learning strategies, and are eager to develop warm, meaningful relationships with their students.
Naaleh High School for Girls strives to nurture students who take pride in their dedication to a lifelong quest for academic and personal growth. To this end, we seek to provide an education which is anchored in the classroom, yet reaches well beyond it, to creatively and passionately inspire the hearts and minds of our students.
For more information or to submit a resume, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
from Michael Heinz,
Science Coordinator. Office of Standards, New Jersey Department of Education
I am looking for science educators to donate 15 minutes to take the following survey. District leaders, folks in informal ed, etc., are welcome to take it, as well! The link is here: https://cuboulder.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cFOn6spXQQ8fNVH. This survey is from the ACESSE Project.
The Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education (ACESSE, or “access”) project brings together partners from educational research and practice to improve equity by building coherence in science education. The project is based on a deep collaboration between the University of Colorado Boulder, the Council of State Science Supervisors [including Michael Heinz], and the University of Washington.
Have the Rutgers Geology Museum present at your library, summer camp, or community function! Rutgers geologists and Museum staff will visit your organization and present an activity aligned with the "Universe of Stories" theme of the New Jersey Summer Reading Program.
Check out the attached flyer and our website for more details and to register!
WASHINGTON (March 18, 2019) — The application period has been extended for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE).
Applications are now due April 5, 2019.
EPA is seeking PIAEE awards applications that highlight environmental stewardship in one or more of the following areas:
EPA will select up to two winners in each of EPA’s 10 Regions, one for Grades K-5 and one for Grades 6-12. Winners will be invited to a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in mid-2019 and have their project mentioned on EPA’s website.
PIAEE awardees will receive up to $2,500 to be used to further the recipient's professional development in environmental education, and the teacher's local education agency will also receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.
The PIAEE is an annual award program administered by EPA’s Office of Environmental Education. Since 1971, the EPA has recognized exceptional K-12 teachers employing innovative, interactive approaches to environmental education. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation's teachers.
For information on recent winners, visit: https://www.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators-piaee-winners
Details regarding application requirements and descriptions of winning projects since 2002 can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/education/application-requirements-and-form-presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators
The Education Department of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium hires part-time seasonal field instructors for their K-12 marine science education program. Following a paid training period, you will lead school groups on hands-on, interactive explorations of Sandy Hook’s salt marsh and barrier beach environments. Experience is not necessary however a background in marine science or education is helpful.
Interested candidates should email resumes to: Rosemary Higgins at email@example.com or mail resume to:
New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium
22 Magruder Road
Fort Hancock, NJ 07732
The course meets during the spring and fall.
Weekly Tuesday evening classes and two field trips from May 7 – June 22
Plus five evening classes during the Fall from September 17 – November 4
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension is offering their annual "Coastal Stewardship" course. The Coastal Stewardship course (formerly known as the Shellfish Gardener course) aims to educate stakeholders about the ecology of Barnegat Bay and to promote responsible stewardship of coastal marine resources while using shellfish biology, restoration, and aquaculture as the primary teaching tools.
These classes take place at the RCE of Ocean County, 1623 Whitesville Rd. Toms River, NJ. The cost of the course is $75 per person (checks made out to Ocean County Board of Agriculture).
To Register: Please register by Wednesday, May 1 by contacting Kelly Jurgensen (Administrative Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org, 732-349-1152).
Click on the program flyer here for more detailed information about this course and how to register.
Today's News from Achieve
Do you remember your science tests growing up? For so many of us, they were disconnected from the things that were important to our lives as students. When assessments don't matter to students, students don't put their best thinking forward. The whole point of science assessments is to provide feedback that can help students meet their science learning goals and we can't do that if we don't provide students with the opportunity to show what they know and can do in compelling, positive ways.
When student assessments shift toward performances that value the ideas students bring to the table, we learn more about student learning. During the task annotation process, we paid close attention to how assessments support the diverse students who may be responding to the task--and how that impacts what we can conclude about student progress. As it turns out, many of the same features that promote equity and fairness also ensure that assessments can elicit useful information from students including:
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"Know the Bear Facts" education seminars are free of charge and available to municipalities, schools, homeowner associations, civic and environmental organizations and a variety of other audiences.
Program attendees learn all about the history and biology of the Garden State's largest land mammal, black bear research, and get common-sense tips on how to react if a black bear is encountered. The seminar also provides simple precautions that residents should take to discourage bears from entering a property, and how to react if a black bear is encountered.
The Division also offers educational publications about New Jersey’s black bears and for educators, the “Understanding Black Bears" K-8 Classroom Curriculum, all free of charge.
To inquire about scheduling a bear education seminar, or to receive bear publications, please contact Michelle Smith at (609) 259-6961 or Michelle.Smith@dep.nj.gov
For more information about black bears, visit www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearfacts.htm