Engineering is Elementary has just posted some new videos.
The EiE classroom video collection offers a window into classrooms engaging in elementary engineering across the country. In these videos, you’ll see expert teaching techniques in action and hard-working student engineers, as well as short interviews with educators about their experience teaching EiE.
Learn more about the newest videos: blog.eie.org/want-to-see-engineering-in-action-check-out-our-newest-classroom-videos
EiE Website: www.eie.org/
Day of Design is a national movement that teaches creative problem solving across the entire student pipeline, K-12 and collegiate. The aim is to eliminate the STEM gap by teaching students how to be innovators and create change in their own communities.
Day of Design invites teachers and students in design challenge activities leading up to its culminating event Oct 6th, 2017, Day of Design Live. This event will be live streamed and feature engaging discussions, experiential learning modules, and a live challenge which we invite classrooms across the nation to join in virtually.
We recently received the following ad from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). We are sharing it here, because the free whitepaper offered by Amplify Science may be of interest to our membership.
More and more educators are making the instructional shifts called for by the Next Generation Science Standards and three-dimensional learning. Amplify Science asked some of our district and school partners across the country to help make your process easier by sharing their most important lessons learned.
"None of us was taught to teach this way. This is not business as usual. It's a shift in pedagogical practices."
- MaryMargaret Welch, science program manager for Seattle Public Schools
Download the whitepaper from Amplify Science to learn more about how teachers, schools, and districts have moved to the new standards and the lessons they have learned along the way. We cover:
Amplify Science combines NGSS-aligned content and pedagogy authored by U.C. Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science with today’s best practices in digital learning and design.
- The Amplify Science team
Webmaster's Note: You will have to register with the site and provide contact information in order to download the whitepaper.
What would it be like to LIVE as a cell?
Would Jupiter respond to a wall post by Copernicus?
Would an ant read an atom's updates?
Would a cancer cell debunk a gene's error?
In MySciLife, students live roles as science concepts, and science learning takes on a life of its own.
MySciLife is an instructional model that uses social learning to improve and personalize the student experience in science. Students are motivated to produce high-quality work as they learn and challenge one another in a creative, collaborative environment. MySciLife provides opportunities for students to practice digital citizenship, critical thinking, and written communication skills—all while using technology they know and enjoy.
MySciLife can supplement any middle school science curriculum. The MySciLife learning environment includes a resource library with materials aligned to Next Generation Science Standards to support you as you teach middle schools science topics. MySciLife is a product of The Source for Learning, a nonprofit educational company with a forty year history of service to educators.
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The National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative are sending up the signal and asking for your help!
We're calling all middle and high school students to gear up and compete in this year's Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science challenge!
This year's competition has been expanded to include all fields of science and engineering.
Students create a written entry and either a comic or a 90-second video that illustrates their science-powered superhero in action.
Winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to showcase their creation at the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.
Deadline: January 8, 2018
The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers—hundreds of thousands of people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. The goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and many publications.
Apply yourself, or nominate a deserving colleague.
Shell and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have partnered to recognize outstanding middle and high school programs for their exemplary approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources. The Shell Science Lab Challenge will showcase the work of teachers, representing their schools, who submit innovative, replicable strategies to deliver quality lab experiences with limited equipment/resources, and award teachers/schools with additional tools, resources, and rich professional development opportunities needed to support high-quality science teaching and strengthen their existing capabilities.
Deadline: December 15, 2017
The Next Generation Science Standards
It is essential that all students have access to a high-quality science education that provides them with the skills and knowledge they need to be well-informed citizens, to be prepared for college and careers, and to understand and appreciate the scientific enterprise. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) recommends the adoption and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS; NGSS Lead States 2013) as an effective, research-based approach to accomplish these goals and transform science education.....
Read the rest at: www.nsta.org/about/positions/ngss.aspx
Taking the science fair out of the auditorium and into cyberspace.
eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams. Teams propose a solution to a real problem in their community and compete for State, Regional and National Awards.
Using Technology in Designing a Hawk Migration Curriculum: A Young Teacher’s Journey
Kirsten Fuller’s interest in birds began while being homeschooled. Her mother was interested in birds and the natural world, so she designed Kirsten’s curriculum around environmental science and ecology. Both participated in the Cornell University Citizen Scientist Project called “FeederWatch”, which required the identification of birds that visited their home birdfeeder for Cornell’s data base. This interest continued with an ornithology course at Rowan University, and introduced Kirsten to employment opportunities in the field of ornithology. After graduating, her first internship was with New Jersey Audubon at the Cape May Bird Observatory (http://www.njaudubon.org) where she educated children and adults about birds. This internship was followed up at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (www.hawkmountain.org), in Kempton, Pennsylvania. In this position, she designed an educational curriculum that highlighted scientific data collected on Broad-winged Hawks; and ultimately solidified her passion for birds of prey. What would be more satisfying, however, was participation in a real scientific study. This opportunity would become available with an organization called The Peregrine Fund (www.peregrinefund.org).
During her internship at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, her studies focused on a species of hawk called the Broad-winged Hawk. These birds are local residents of eastern deciduous forests during their breeding period, and are known for spending the rest of the year undertaking a 10,000-mile migration to South America (See picture). This made them an ideal subject for a multi-dimensional study curriculum. Scientists at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary researched the specific movements of these birds by attaching tracking devices to the backs of thirteen birds (See picture). Currently, the research activity focuses primarily on the ecology of the hawk during its migration. Google Earth Pro is used to analyze this scientific data by helping plot where the migrating birds are found during these months. Kirsten went on to use the data collected by these tracking devices to create a STEM curriculum for high school students.
Though curriculum is primarily science-based, it has the potential for extensions into other STEM areas as physics, math, and engineering. Extension activities using physics and engineering practices were developed with her supervising professor at Rowan University, Dr. Issam Abi-El-Mona. One extension includes using engineering practices to design model airplanes, mimicking the wing design of different species of birds. For example, an airplane designed with long, wide wings for soaring, like a Broad-winged Hawk would be tested against an airplane designed with pointed wings for diving at fast speeds, like a peregrine falcon. Besides understanding the physics of Bernoulli’s Principle, students would need to collect mathematical data as evidence of their interpretation of the Structure & Function [NGSS Cross Cutting Concept] of a bird’s wing. Kirsten has aligned the curriculum with the Next Generation Science Standards to make it easier for teachers to implement in their classrooms. In fact, she plans to pilot this curriculum in her own student teaching this fall.
As Kirsten gained experience with researching birds, she quickly realized that in order for her to teach this science, she would benefit from even more experience. An opportunity arose for her to work for The Peregrine Fund, an organization that conducts avian conservation studies worldwide. Her project focused on an endangered species called the Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk in the central mountain region in Puerto Rico, and so that is where she went this summer. This was a much different experience than her previous internships because it involved professional field research. Within this project, she acquired many new science skills and conducted actual nest observations of this species throughout their breeding cycle in Puerto Rico. An adventure she will always remember, Kirsten plans a future that will include attending graduate school so she may continue her interest in ornithology.
By Linda Burroughs
Vice President / Central Region NJSTA
Science Education Specialist
Kirsten Fuller is 24 and a 2015 graduate of Rowan University with a BS in Biology and a BA in secondary education this December 2017. Since 2015, she has been employed by several conservation organizations, notably the New Jersey Audubon, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, and the Peregrine Fund. This fall she is student teaching at Atlantic City High School to complete her teaching certificate.
She can be reached at Kirstenafuller@gmail.com for more information on her Broad-winged Hawk curriculum for interested teachers. She is also available to speak to a class in person. Check out www.hawkmountain.org, www.njaudubon.org, and www.peregrinefund.org for more information about the organizations where she interned. See also http://www.birds.cornell.edu/citscitoolkit/projects/clo/PFW for FeederWatch.
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is the only student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of technology education students. Open to students who are enrolled in, or who have completed, technology education courses, TSA is comprised of over 190,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 48 states.
TSA is supported by educators, parents, and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. Our members learn through exciting competitive events, leadership opportunities, and much more!
Join them at The College of New Jersey in Ewing on Wednesday, September 27th, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM to learn everything you need to know to successfully run a TSA chapter at your school.
You will receive materials, ideas, and PD Hours, and a light supper will be served during this two hour info session.
Please register by September 25th to ensure your spot.
NJ TSA Website: njtsa.tcnj.edu/
2017 Theme: How Science Knowledge Shapes Our Changing World
The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is an annual global competition for students to inspire creative thinking about science. Students ages 13 to 18 from countries across the globe are invited to create and submit original videos (3 minutes in length maximum) that bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics. The submissions are judged on the student’s ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in engaging, illuminating, and imaginative ways. The Challenge is organized by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation.
View previous winning videos on the website.
Deadline: October 1, 2017
This year, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation LCEF is seeking ways to provide the tools to help educators and parent groups through educational challenges by providing the greatest impact.
Projects should fall into one of the following categories:
Deadline: September 29, 2017
NSTA Awards and Recognitions comprise more than a dozen awards, recognizing educators in varied science fields and at every career level. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 15, via online submission, with the exception of the Shell Science Teaching Award, for which applications must be completed by January 13, 2018. No entry fees are required for NSTA Teacher Awards.
The ExploraVision competition for K-12 students engages the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM. ExploraVision challenges students envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology.
ExploraVision is a science competition that goes beyond the typical student science competition and into what it takes to bring ideas to reality. A teacher will sponsor and lead his/her students as they work in groups of 2 – 4 to simulate real research and development. A teacher will guide his or her students as they pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles. Past winners have envisioned technologies ranging from a hand-held food allergen detector to a new device to help people who have lost limbs regain movement in real time.
Learn more at: https://www.exploravision.org/
Did you know that the National Science Teachers Association has posted 30+ position statements representing the organization’s official stand on key issues important to the teaching and learning of science, as well as the membership’s response to these issues?
The Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College will be offering many exciting programs this fall, Visit www.raritanval.edu/community-resources/planetarium to learn more and to sign up for their newsletter.
Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open to the public on Saturday evenings beginning September 23 from sunset to about 10:00 p.m.
The Planetarium is closed to make some needed improvements to our theater.
We will reopen on November 1. See you then!
Coming in November!
The Skies over Hogwarts
Our witches and wizards will return to the Planetarium
Movie Magic laser concert
A new laser concert featuring themes from popular movies
Our educator guides your through the Planetarium's digital sky, discovering stars, constellations, and deep sky delights.
And more! Our full schedule will be published in October.
Our offices are open Monday - Friday,
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
You can reach us by phone or email:
Venus, Mercury, Mars, and the star Regulus dance past each other in the eastern sky all month. Venus, at magnitude -3.9, dominates the show. Next in peak brightness is Mercury, of magnitude +2.2 to -1.3. Regulus is next in brightness at +1.4, with Mars last at +1.8.(Remember, negative numbers are brighter than positive numbers, and a low positive number, like 1 is much brighter than a magnitude 3. The dimmest star the unaided eye can see in a dark sky is about magnitude 6.)
Mars passes Regulus on Sept. 5. Mercury passes Regulus on September 10. Mercury is at greatest elongation, 18 degrees west of the Sun, on Sept. 12. Mercury gets 11 degrees to the lower left of Venus on Sept 14 before dropping back to the horizon. Mars and Mercury are closest to each other Sept 16. The mornings of Sept 17, 18, and 19, the thin crescent Moon joins the dance. Venus passes Regulus on Sept 19-20. At mid-month, Venus rises 2 hours 23 minutes before sunrise.
Fall starts for the Northern Hemisphere on September 22 at 4:02 pm EDT.
Full Moon: September 6
Last Quarter Moon: September 13
New Moon: September 20
First Quarter Moon: September 27