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:
Monday night, the 21st of May, saw a phenomenal banquet recognizing members and contributors for their professional and/or academic contributions to the advancement of chemistry through ACS. These included members with 40, 50 and 60 years of research work in this field as well as active teachers and students.
The North Jersey Local of the ACS awarded our NJSTA with a plaque as a “salute to excellence for providing outstanding programming and professional development opportunities to the chemistry teachers of New Jersey. These opportunities have impacted thousands of students.”
The plaque continues citing our “commitment and leadership of the NJSTA volunteers [which] promote the ACS mission of advancing the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.”
NJSTA president Ms. Linda Smith and NJSTA president-elect Ms. Linda Burroughs accepted the award. Ms. Bobbi Gorman nominated our association, and has been an active member of our group for many years. We appreciate all the work she has done to promote the education of chemical science and her commitment to teaching students.
New items have been added to the Environmental Education News website that may interest you!
New items are added nearly every day...so visit often!
Climate change is a major threat to our planet. Educators and their students are invited to collaborate with Rutgers University scientists to explore climate change data and how it can be used to make environmental decisions. Students will present their ideas at the Climate Change Summit 2019 at Rutgers University. This opportunity is for Grades 8-12, and there are only 15 spots available in the program. Please see the flyer for more information and if interested, please apply by June 1 at: https://tinyurl.com/ydaqd3t5
If you have any questions about these opportunities, please contact Christine Bean firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle school science and high school biology teachers are invited to submit an application to attend a free one-day workshop hosted by Project 2061, the science education initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The workshop is also open to science specialists or administrators with science curriculum responsibilities.
The workshop, “Supporting Three-dimensional Learning and Teaching with New Curriculum Materials,” will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at AAAS Headquarters, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC.
Led by the Project 2061 research and development team, the workshop will introduce participants to a pair of curriculum units designed to give students a coherent understanding of matter and energy in living organisms:
The workshop will demonstrate how the units tackle some common learning difficulties, including persistent misconceptions that many students have about matter and energy. Participants will also see how the units align with Next Generation Science Standards and will have an opportunity to try out some sample activities and explore online teacher resources that are available with the units.
Teams of two or more middle and high school educators are encouraged to apply, but all team members must submit separate applications. You will be notified by email if you are selected to attend. Certificates of participation in this AAAS-sponsored professional development workshop will be provided to all teachers who attend. A complimentary light breakfast and lunch will be served.
Submit your workshop application here.
Application deadline: July 20, 2018.
The Society for Science & the Public’s STEM Action grant program's .biannual application is now open through June 8, 2018.
The Society’s STEM Action Grant program awards innovative nonprofit organizations, led by social entrepreneurs, that support community based STEM projects and whose work supports the Society’s mission. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to selected candidates and announced in July 2018.
Curious if your organization is a fit for this program? Eligible organizations have 501(c)(3) status, serve at least 25 people, and are not managed by middle or high school students still eligible for the Society’s STEM competitions. We are looking to fund organizations that:
Learn about the organizations funded in the last grant cycle here. We hope you choose to apply by the June 8 deadline, and look forward to learning about the great work taking place in your community.
Society for Science & the Public Website: www.societyforscience.org/
Since the adoption of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science (NJSLS-S) in 2014, educators have been looking for high-quality instructional materials that will support student instruction toward the goals of the science standards. In response to this demand, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is working in collaboration with a group of state education agencies, school districts, classroom educators, experienced science curriculum developers and the science education community to create research-based, open-source science instructional units that align to the NJSLS-S. Once field tested, the materials will be free to use.
The NJDOE is seeking 12 teams comprised of three science teachers, one each from grades 6 to 8 to field test two of the new science instructional units. Each team will participate in four days of professional development in August 2018 and then ongoing sessions throughout the year. The initial trainings will focus on how to utilize the instructional materials. The focus then shifts to providing ongoing support for the pilot teachers.
A comprehensive description of the pilot project, answers to frequently asked questions, and a nomination form can be obtained by emailing Michael Heinz, NJDOE Science Coordinator, at email@example.com. Nominations must be submitted by 4 p.m. on June 8, 2018.
With NGSS requiring Earth & Space Science in high school, some schools are choosing to integrate the NGSS Performance Expectations and DCIs into their existing biology, chemistry, and physics courses. It turns out there are lots of connections to be made between Earth science and chemistry - after all, chemistry is the study of matter, and all of the matter we use comes from the Earth systems. So this begins with the recognition that the Earth is a big sphere of chemicals - how did those elements and compounds form and how did they come together to make the Earth? Then we find that silicate minerals & the rocks made of them constitute 90% of the crust of the Earth, and so are very relevant to the study of chemistry, even though they are currently omitted from introductory chemistry courses.. When we include plate tectonics and weathering in chemistry, we see that the Earth is an active chemical refinery - even making life-and-death differences since chemical composition variations in magma largely determine whether a volcano is explosive or not! This webinar will work on connecting these Earth science facts and processes to topics already in high school chemistry courses, thus opening up literally a whole world of interesting chemistry while also meeting NGSS requirements.
It is worthwhile to note that NGSS asks for both new content and new approaches to teaching and learning. This will result in curricula that contain material that has not been in Earth science courses, nor in physics, chemistry, or biology courses in the past. This necessitates new outlooks for all science educators, making lots of new connections. It will require knowledgeable people from all science disciplines working together to creatively build the Next Generation of science courses that now will include the Earth and Space Sciences.
May 17, 2018 - 4:00 PM Eastern
Register by May 15
Presenter: Martin Schmidt, McDonogh School, MD
Most chemistry books focus on chemistry and on occasion relate it to students’ real lives. ChemCom teaches chemistry through the lens of real life. During this webinar, learn about how ChemCom embraces modeling, NGSS, and hands-on activities to make chemistry relevant and exciting to students. To familiarize yourself with the text before the webinar, visit www.acs.org/chemcom. There, you can also request a review copy. Published in 2012, Chemistry in the Community is still as relevant as ever.
WEBINAR (7-8 PM ET) on May 8, 2018
Presenter: Emily Bones
News from NSTA
The virtual, interactive 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase will feature approximately 200 videos of federally funded projects aimed at improving STEM and computer science in formal and informal environments. Videos cover innovation in elementary through graduate level. Many address broadening participation and increasing access to high quality STEM experiences.
May 14-21, 2018