I. David Rosenstein worked as a consulting engineer and attorney in the electric industry for 40 years. At various times during his career he worked for utility customers, Rural Electric Cooperatives, traditional investor owned regulated utilities and deregulated power generation companies.
He created a blog to provide simple explanations of different aspects of the electric industry. He has also included a page of industry tutorials that organize the posts into descriptions of the past, present and future of the industry. Those tutorials include sets of study questions that test the reader’s understanding of the presented material.
During his working years, he found that many well meaning people wanted to effect change in the electric industry such as advocating for lower rates or for reduced emissions. However, those efforts were usually ineffective because the advocates did not fully understand the background of electric service and the electric industry. He created Electrifying Americain the hopes of providing that background.
Each post in Electrifying Americais a short description of a different aspect of electric service or the electric industry. Most of the posts include additional explanations through YouTube videos as well as links to more in depth material on the subject matter.
As a teaching tool he has included a page entitled Electric Industry Tutorials. These tutorials assemble the posts into the following three modules:
Module 1: The History of the Electric Industry
Module 2: The Current Status of the Electric Industry
Module 3: The Future of the Electric Industry
At the conclusion of each of these Modules, he has included a series of Study Questions.
While he hopes that the blog is useful for anyone seeking a better understanding of the electric industry, he thinks that it should be especially useful for science teachers and their students.
He is already planning additional posts. However, he is hoping to receive feedback from readers that will suggest additional topics and help me make this even more useful.
Visit the Website: electrifyingamerica.com/
ARLINGTON, Va.—June 27, 2019--Members of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have approved a new name for the organization that better reflects the numerous stakeholders in the K–16 science teaching community and the many places where science learning takes place. Effective immediately, the National Science Teachers Association will be known as the National Science Teaching Association.
“This name change represents a major shift in our vision to better connect with a science teaching community that has grown to include many who do not carry the formal title of ‘science teacher,’” said NSTA President Dennis Schatz. “NSTA’s Board of Directors first voted in favor of changing the association’s name last February and we are thrilled that our members have agreed with this decision.”
“NSTA is the go-to organization for middle and high school science teachers and elementary teachers who provide outstanding science education to our nation’s students,” said NSTA Executive Director David L. Evans. “We are also the go-to organization for museum educators, administrators, curriculum developers, and many more who share a passion for science teaching and learning. Our new name reflects an organization where everyone, wherever they may be, who shares our mission to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all, will find quality programs, resources, and products.”
NSTA will debut a new logo later this fall as part of the rebranding process. In addition, the National Science Teaching Association will provide a broader and richer engagement experience by bringing science and STEM stakeholders together and helping them to better connect, collaborate, and understand the changes taking place with three-dimensional teaching and learning.
The Association is also refocusing its programs to better support science teaching and learning with enhanced content, new and exciting digital products, more personalized services, and dynamic resources, all of which will be unveiled later this year.
“As we build the new NSTA, we will remain focused on our goal to help educators connect, collaborate, and grow professionally. We will continue to provide the trusted, high-quality resources that all stakeholders can use so that students are science literate, workforce ready, and prepared to handle the challenges ahead as global citizens,” said Beth Allan, NSTA President-Elect.
About the National Science Teaching Association
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teaching Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes approximately 50,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.
2019 GeoSTEM Summer Academy for Elementary and Middle School Teachers: An Earth Science Journey from Ore to Store
2019 GeoSTEM Summer Academy for Elementary and Middle School Teachers
An Earth Science Journey from Ore to Store
August 22, 2019
The origins of our everyday “stuff” is a mystery to most. This workshop will take you on a natural resource journey from ore to store to explore how Earth materials are acquired and refined to create the products on our shelves. The content of this workshop is a perfect fit for elementary and middle school teachers seeking innovative ways to connect students to everyday Earth and Space Science phenomena. The academy will take place at Sterling Hill Mining Museum, which is the perfect living laboratory to host such a workshop given the amazing feats that took place to mine the zinc. Attending teachers will receive classroom resources to effectively tie the content into their curricula related to K-8 Earth and Space Science NGSS. Additionally, six professional development hours will be provided. This event is sponsored by Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Schedule: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (8:00 AM check-in)
Audience: Elementary and middle school teachers
Logistics: Sterling Hill Mining Museum, 30 Plant St. Ogdensburg, NJ
Mobility: We will be active in the mine which will require some walking. Please let us know if accommodations are needed.
Registration: Space is limited to 30. Registration closes July 31st or when capacity has been met.
Workshop Fee: $30 which includes lunch, snacks, and materials, payable when you arrive at the workshop.
Registration Link: https://forms.gle/pi3p92hQwSMDrEkU8
Workshop Contact: Missy Holzer at email@example.com
Can Technology Help Them Learn?
Though parents are understandably leery of too much "screen time" for their children, Education Technology (EdTech) provides teachers with an opportunity to reach their students in ways they couldn't before. When used effectively, educational games, apps and other digital content can increase students' engagement, leading to stronger tech skills and potentially better performance overall. If you have an idea for an educational game or app, join our upcoming EdTech Challenge: Revolutionize Learning for Urban Children. It begins on July 1st and is open to adults 18 and over, anywhere in the world—and there's a $7,000 prize for the winning idea!
Apply Now For Space Foundation’s Teacher Liaison Program
If space and teaching are your passions, the Space Foundation can connect you with other like-minded educators around the globe to share ideas for bringing space activities into the classroom.
Educators from anywhere in the world are invited to apply now to become a Space Foundation Teacher Liaison. This prestigious program helps educators use space themes to strengthen curriculum and inspire student’s interest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM).
Teacher Liaisons may be any formal or informal PreK-20 educator, in any discipline. Applicants need only demonstrate that they effectively integrate space education within their curriculum.
Membership is free, and includes benefits such as
Robotix4kidz is a Millington, NJ based STEM education program providing eduational opportunities for ages 4-17 years with a focus on artificial intelligence.
Register now for a STAR WARS THEME LEGO CAMP for AGES 4-9
Jun 24, 9:00 AM – Jun 28, 12:00 PM
MARTINSVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER
Visit Robotix4kidz for other summer camp offerings.
Visit Science Friday for many great science and science education resources.
It’s almost that time of the year again! Get your tentacles ready, because Cephalopod Week is almost here. Join us June 21st-28th as we get kraken with new cephalopod content to sink your beak into. In the meantime, here is a great opportunity and some fascinating topics to hold you over until the bonanza begins:
Check out the professional development offerings from the American Museum of Natural History at: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AT THE MUSEUM THIS SUMMER
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS
How do we begin supporting elementary students in making sense of graphical representations of data?
ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS
Teaching about Cultural Representation with the Old New York Diorama
Integrating Protocols into Classroom Practice
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS
Sounding the Hudson River: Pedagogical Currents
Global Trends in Biodiversity and Their Causes
This workshop will be offered twice this summer.
Analyzing Rock Formation Data to Determine the Geologic History of New York
T. rex: The Ultimate Predator
Science Practices in Darwin’s Garden
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS
Ancient Civilizations of the Andes: The Inca and their Predecessors
Additional information about educational programs can be found here:
AMNH Educator Programs
The Governor’s STEM Scholars program is an innovative public-private partnership among the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, the New Jersey Office of the Governor, the New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, and private industries designed to immerse high-achieving STEM students in grades 10 through the doctoral level in New Jersey’s vast STEM economy and to retain that talent in the State. (This is an extracurricular, free program.)
Please visit the website at: http://www.govstemscholars.com/ and review the attached file for more information about this exciting program.
Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in tech, reaching over 185,000 girls in just seven years. Your Girls Who Code Club allows girls to be brave, take risks and build a sisterhood.
We need your help to ensure that all girls not only learn how to code but continue to see themselves as computer scientists.
JOIN THE MOVEMENT!
Launch multiple Clubs!
CONFIRM OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP!
Start a 2019-20 Girls Who Code Club near you!
Renew your Girls Who Code Club for 2019-20!
Thank you for teaching girls to code. Thank you for committing to making a difference --- and thank you for your bravery.
From Jason Learning:
We are excited to share this great opportunity with you to experience EDUCATION IN CHINA. This opportunity comes from our partners at AASA. They are looking for two high school teachers (Science and English) to teach in China for one year. To learn more about each of the positions, please click on the links below.
English Teacher Position
Science Teacher Position
The school: Jiangsu Huangdai High School is one of the best rated schools in the Jiangsu Province. Current enrollment is about 1,600+ students and around 216 faculty and staff.
The city: Suzhou is a major city located in southeastern Jiangsu Province of Eastern China. It is about 62 miles northwest of Shanghai one of world’s largest seaports China’s most famous metropolis.
Duration: Contract for the 2019-2020 academic year to begin in late August. Position duration is ten (10) months with option to renew.
Minimum Qualifications: Current license to teach high school in the United States.
Compensation and Benefits:
Please contact Tara Gao at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 571.721.9585 for further information.
We at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) are committed to providing educators with accurate and engaging resources that enhance teachers' knowledge of Earth system science while also earning graduate credit. Our K-12 Teacher Professional Development programs (below) would be an excellent addition to NJSTA's Professional Development page. In alignment with our grant funding and values, AMS incorporates a special AMS/NOAA initiative into their professional development workshops to promotes minority participation in science. Specifically,
The winners of the 2018 – 2019 World of 7 Billion video contest have been announced! You can watch all of the winning videos and learn more about the winning student filmmakers online now. This year, over 5,500 students participated and we received 2,726 video submissions from schools in 43 countries and 47 U.S. states and territories.
AMTA is a professional organization of teachers, by teachers and for teachers who utilize Modeling Instruction(TM) in their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching practice.
If you are still looking for some top-notch professional development for the summer - look no further!
Each MODELING WORKSHOP has these features:
· Aligned with National Science Education Standards
· Focuses on all 8 scientific practices of NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education.
· Addresses multiple learning styles.
· Addresses student naive conceptions.
· Collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.
· Systems, models, modeling.
· Coherent curriculum framework, but not a curriculum; thus flexible.
· Compatible with Socratic methods, project-based instruction, PBL, etc.
· Science & math literacy.
· Authentic assessments.
· High-tech and low-tech options for labs
The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) is seeking nominations for Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year, which consists of two awards that recognize the individual achievements and contributions of science educators in their first 10 years of career (Level One) and those beyond 10 years (Level Two).
An ASTE member must submit the nomination. Each recipient receives a plaque, a cash award from Carolina Biological Supply Company, and a tribute in the awards issue of the Journal of Science Teacher Education. Interested educators will find additional details about this award on GetEdFunding, a free website sponsored by CDW•G with a database of thousands of funding opportunities for educators.
Deadline: June 1, 2019, for nominations
Download the “best of the best,” Editor’s Picks from the spring 2019 “Earth Science Sites of the Week” mailing.
Categories exist for Geology and Geography, Weather, Water, Space, Environment, General, Demos, and Humor.
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This summer institute provides K-12 teachers with information and education resources to teach invention and intellectual property education in their school districts.
This annual event brings educators together from across the nation to enhance their professional knowledge and to work with others in the fields of intellectual property, innovation, and STEM. The USPTO is striving to have all states represented at this year’s NSTI.
Travel and lodging costs are provided for teachers selected to attend NSTI who reside more than 50 miles from the venue.
The application deadline has been extended to May 29. Apply now.
General Information (dates, location, focus, selection process)
News from the Lemelson-MIT Program
Spaces are filling up for our summer invention education workshops on July 22-24 at Tustin High School in Tustin, California and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts on July 29-31. Educators of all grade levels, after school professionals, and other educators who want to enrich students' educational experiences through invention are encouraged to register now. We limit space to only 30 attendees for each site to keep the workshop setting intimate for small group learning.
Read more about Mass. Workshop>>
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Don't miss the recording of Reaching All Students in Science, a 30-minute equity-focused webinar presented by Achieve's own Vanessa Wolbrink. In the webinar, Vanessa dives into four key features of equity in the classroom: relevant and engaging phenomena, asset-based thinking, student agency and identity, and accessibility.
Thank you to The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ for hosting today's NJSTA Spring Meeting and providing a guided tour of its clinic and kennels and the seminar given by the CEO of The Seeing Eye, physicist Dr. Jim Kutschseminar.
Visit The Seeing Eye website: www.seeingeye.org/
NJSTA received this today (5/13/19).
Invitation to science students/faculty, May 23rd, NJ State Senate, Trenton -- experts on fusion energy development followed by tour
Senator Joe Pennacchio of the NJ State Senate is sponsoring a hearing/symposium in the NJ State legislature on May 23 from 9 to 1 p.m. The theme of the hearing/symposium is: 'What are the Prospects and Requirements for the Early Development of Fusion Energy, and what are the Implications for the U.S., New Jersey, and the World?”
We would like to invite interested students and faculty to attend. This is an exceptional opportunity to participate in a discussion of the national and international work being done in fusion energy development, plasma physics, and space research. This is the future for young people! We are entering a new era.
Following the hearing, the Vice President of Princeton Satellite Company, is organizing a tour of the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (PPPL) for interested attendees. Sen. Pennacchio has received bi-partisan support and definite bipartisan interest in his initiative. His invitation to the hearing went to all the state legislators in NJ, the press, and universities.
Would you please notify science teachers of this opportunity, and see if they would like to register science teachers/faculty to attend? For registrations, please notify Suzanne Klebe at: 201-220-7739, or email@example.com.
Now Available for FREE to Teachers
Watch as Robert Redford’s son James Redford explores the factors driving the transition to clean energy in his feature documentary HAPPENING. To further engage students, the Redford Center created TEACHING HAPPENING, an interdisciplinary, modular curriculum developed to work alongside HAPPENING. Click here to watch a short trailer.
Free to teachers, the classroom version of the film runs 50 minutes and the curriculum is aligned with national standards for grades 6-12 in Science and English.
To access your free HAPPENING streaming link and educational curriculum, click here
Girls Who Code, a leading national non-profit with the mission to close the gender gap in technology, offers free after-school Clubs for 3-5 and 6-12 grade students to join our sisterhood of supportive peers and role models using computer science to change the world. The application for the 2019-20 school year and is now open. To start a free Club, visit www.girlswhocode.com/Clubs.
6-12 Grade Clubs
Using our online curriculum, students engage in fun online coding tutorials, build community through coding and learn about inspiring role models. No CS experience is required to run a Club. Using their new CS skills, Club members work together on a project to impact their communities. We offer grant funding for our Clubs! For students in 11thgrade and up, we also offer our alumni network, #HireMe. We provide ample resources, access to our community, and no big commitment is necessary, just the desire to learn code in a fun, supportive setting.
3-5 Grade Clubs
Students learn basic CS principles with our unplugged Clubs. Guided by our free books (we provide 5 free copies per Club), students read, discuss and work on activities, encouraging learning and bravery. Clubs can be run entirely offline, with optional online activities. No CS experience is required to run a Club and we offer grant funding. The time commitment is entirely flexible.
If you would like to start 5 or more Clubs, we would love to partner with you, providing additional grant funding, resources and a dedicated partnership manager at Girls Who Code, Eve Balick, to help you.
To join our 350+ Clubs in NJ or for partnership, contact Eve Balick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE hurricane preparedness webinar for 4th-6th grade classes - connect students with hurricane experts!
The Hurricanes: Science and Society (HSS) team at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (URI/GSO) is hosting a FREE hurricane preparedness webinar in conjunction with Hurricane Preparedness Week and the 2019 Hurricane Awareness Tour (HAT). The HSS team is again partnering with NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) and Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) to provide a webinar, for 4th through 6th grade classes, that will broadcast LIVE from the HAT. The webinar will last approximately 1 hour, and will allow your classes to learn about hurricanes and their potential impacts, connect with hurricane experts, see the planes used to investigate and understand hurricanes, learn about hurricane-related careers (including “hurricane hunters”), and ask questions in real time.
On Thursday, May 9, at 10am EDT, a webinar on hurricanes will be offered, in conjunction with the Charlotte, North Carolina, stop of the HAT.
Schools/classes wanting to participate MUST REGISTER in advance.
Register here: http://hurricanescience.org/resources/nhcwebinar/
Please note, all webinars will be archived to the HSS website, 4th-6th grade webinars page, about 3-4 weeks after the HAT.
Questions? Please contact Holly Morin (email@example.com).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - For this year's Earth Science Week (October 13-19, 2019), the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is sponsoring four contests honoring this year's theme, "Geoscience Is for Everyone." This year's competitions will feature the traditional video, photography, visual arts, and essay contests:
For all contests, entries may be submitted any time up to the Friday of Earth Science Week, October 18, 2019. These contests allow both students and the general public to participate in the celebration, learn about Earth science, and compete for prizes. The first-place prize for each contest is $300 and an AGI publication.
To learn more about these contests, including how to enter, visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests.
Reaching more than 50 million people annually, Earth Science Week is led by AGI in cooperation with its sponsors and the geoscience community as a service to the public. Each October, community groups, educators, and interested citizens organize celebratory events. Earth Science Week offers opportunities to discover the Earth sciences and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth. Learn more at http://www.earthsciweek.org.
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is a nonprofit federation of more than 50 scientific and professional associations that represents over a quarter-million geoscientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment.
AGI is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to serving the geoscience community and addressing the needs of society. AGI headquarters are in Alexandria, Virginia.
The American Geosciences Institute represents and serves the geoscience community by providing collaborative leadership and information to connect Earth, science, and people.