Mark Francek from Central Michigan University regularly shares interesting science sites, especially earth science sites. He has put together a "best of" list.
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From: Zakiya Smith Ellis, Ed.D., Secretary of Higher Education, State of New Jersey
The selection process for the prestigious Governor’s School of New Jersey has begun, and we would like you to identify high-achieving high school juniors who may be interested in these rigorous and demanding STEM summer residential academic programs.
There will be two programs operating in 2019. The Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology will be hosted at Rutgers University from June 30-July 26, 2019 and the Governor’s School in the Sciences will be hosted at Drew University from July 14-August 3, 2019.
The Governor’s School is open to outstanding juniors who are selected by their high schools, and you all play an instrumental role in identifying and encouraging potential applicants for these programs. As always, this program is free of all tuition and fees.
The applications and information for the Governor’s School in the Sciences and Governor's School of Engineering and Technology can be found on the following links:
Please note that applications are due by January 10, 2019.
High schools with up to 325 juniors may submit one application for each of the Governor’s School programs. If your high school has between 326 and 650 juniors, you may nominate two applicants for each of the two programs, and if your high school has 651 or more juniors, you may nominate three applicants for each program.
If you have any questions regarding application process or programs, please contact the respective program administrators listed below:
Thank you all for your continued interest and commitment to connecting students with supplementary academic enrichment opportunities.
On December 4 the White House issued a five year strategic plan for STEM education based on the vision that "all Americans have lifelong access to high-quality STEM education and the U.S. will be the global leader in STEM literacy, innovation, and employment."
To achieve this vision the report presents three goals that stakeholders should follow:
Goal 1: Build Strong Foundations for STEM Literacy
Goal 2: Increase Diversity and Inclusion Through Broader Access to STEM
Goal 3: Prepare the STEM Workforce for the Future.
The report includes a strategy for how federal agencies should plan, coordinate, and scale up their programs for STEM over the next five years and includes solid recommendations that STEM stakeholders in states and districts nationwide can follow and emulate. Read the report here.
FREE STEM Teaching Tools Just a Click Away
Looking for highly-usable Open Education Resources (OER) that will support STEM teaching? The STEM Teaching Tools website—funded by the National Science Foundation--is a research and development initiative of the University of Washington Institute for Science+Math Education.
This is a brief summary of upcoming activities from the American Modeling Teachers Association.
2019 Summer Modeling Workshops
AMTA is working with Modeling Workshop hosts and leaders to plan 2019 workshops. Workshops are open to current and new Modelers and we hope you share this information with interested colleagues who have not yet attended their own workshop. Please visit the website to search workshops by content area https://tinyurl.com/AMTA19content or by location https://tinyurl.com/AMTA19location.
2019 Distance Learning Courses
Online courses have been a hit over the past few years. AMTA will again offer courses in the Spring and graduate credits are available through Dominican University for $100 per credit hour (up to 3 credits). Visit https://modelinginstruction.org/spring-2019/ for more information about Introduction to Modeling (for people new to Modeling Instruction), Chemistry II, and Advanced Modeling Instruction: Cognition and Instruction in STEM.
Each month, AMTA offers webinars for members. These presentations cover a variety of topics of interest to the Modeling community.
*A special webinar for members and non-members will take place on January 15th, 2019 from 7-8 pm (ET). Join us for a chat with Bruce Wellman for Engineering-Activity Dreaming: Share your ideas & dreams on what would make an awesome engineering activity for your class! Register in advance with the link below:
*New* Online Learning Modules
If you prefer your distance learning in more bite-sized chunks, AMTA will soon begin offering short modules in 2019. Modules will be 3-hour sessions delivered on weekend afternoons. The first two modules will be on January 19th - Creating a Modeling Classroom Environment - and February 28th - Computational Modeling Physics First. More modules are in development and will be scheduled soon. Fees are $25 for members and $50 for non-members. Register at the link below: https://www.eweblife.com/prm/AMTA/calendar/event?event=1993&date_id=64404
The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) partners with The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Science and Mathematics and The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University (WKU) to fund ten scholarships each year for middle school science teachers working to transfer a passion for science to students in this age group. Research shows that students who get excited about STEM subjects in middle school are the ones who are most likely to take those courses in high school and major in them at the college level.
National STEM Scholars receive advanced education in the development of STEM projects for classroom implementation, spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education and build a national network of colleagues for information sharing.
Scholars are selected based solely on the merit of questions answered in the application. The selection committee is not provided with names or locations of teacher applicants.
In 2019, we will graduate our fourth cohort of National STEM Scholars. Each scholarship recipient receives the following:
Applications are open now at https://www.wku.edu/gifted/nss/.
Click here to learn more about the National Stem Cell Foundation.