EEdNews: February 20, 2019
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The Education Development Center is currently recruiting high school earth science teachers for a study called Zoom In: Learning Science with Data. We are look for teachers to pilot one of 3 new data-rich NGSS-aligned lessons over 3-4 class sessions this winter or spring: Climate Change: How is Climate Really Changing?; Plate Tectonics: Where Will the Next Big Earthquake Hit?; and Exoplanets: Where Will We Find the Next Earth?
Each lesson is a teacher-guided blended-learning experience that helps students develop skills in data literacy and evidence-based writing, in addition to core disciplinary concepts. Lessons were created by a team of scientists, educators and data specialists under a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Teachers will receive $200 per lesson as a thank you, in whatever way their school district allows.
If interested, you can email Jamie Kynn at email@example.com.
from NSTA | Endangered Species!
Engage your students in a captivating journey into a world of never-before-seen images of artists and activist's intent on exposing issues of endangered species, climate change, and the next mass extinction on the planet. Based on the eco-thriller and award-winning documentary film Racing Extinction, from Academy Award-winning director, Louie Psihoyos, and his team at OPS (Oceanic Preservation Society).
Download FREE Educational Curriculum here.
Panasonic Corporation of North America and the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning are pleased to present the 2018 – 2019 Student Eco Citizenship Project. This exciting project will guide 5th-8th-grade students in New Jersey as they:
Your students can participate in a real-time video teleconference (VTC) with a scientist at the Palmer LTER Station in Antarctica. Students will learn about Antarctic food web ecology and how scientists are conducting long-term experiments and observations to understand our changing climate.
All VTC's will take place in Winter 2019. We invite you to apply for one of the limited number of spots. Applications are due December 1, 2018.
Please refer to the Polar-ICE web site (click the blue button below) for more information including dates, topics and grade levels.
CALLING ALL CREATIVE ARTISTS IN GRADES 1, 2 AND 3 - Be a part of DEP’s Smokey Bear 75th Birthday Calendar Contest
The New Jersey Forest Fire Service invites students to create wildlife prevention messages and poster designs for Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday Calendar Contest. The contest is being launched during Fire Prevention Week (October 7 – 13) and fire prevention season. School groups and home-schooled students can work on the posters through October. Logistics include:
Contest is open to New Jersey students in grades 1, 2 and 3.
A fire prevention-themed Smokey Bear Poster Coloring Contest that will produce winning posters for Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday Calendar.
Contest is open through the month of October (Entry Deadline is October 31).
Contest rules are detailed in the attached flier (PDF) or by visiting:
Students must select one of the twelve monthly Wildfire Prevention Themes (listed on the contest flier) and design a poster for that theme.
Teachers can submit up to three poster entries per classroom for the contest (one poster per student).
Completed entries must be mailed to or dropped off at one of the Forest Fire Service’s Divisional Offices (for these locations visit www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/fire/contactus.html )
Winning posters will be included in a printed 2019 Smokey Bear Calendar with classrooms receiving a visit from Smokey Bear.
For additional information about New Jersey’s Forest Fire Service, visit www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/fire/aboutus.html
Download flyer: smokey_bear_calendar_contest_flyer.pdf
The Delaware Riverkeeper Network's Virtual Canoe Race is a fun and easy way for students to learn about watershed science, geography, and history and understand more about their own Delaware River Watershed. Classrooms sign up as a whole 'canoe' and students use teamwork to answer 10 questions a week for 6 weeks. Each right answer earns the team canoe miles that help them to virtually paddle down the length of the Delaware River on our live map. Boats that go the farthest wins prizes in the end!
Classrooms from all over the watershed participate, so this is a great way to demonstrate the vastness of our watershed and teach ecology. The race is designed so that you can easily add it in to an existing STEM curriculum as a quick supplemental exercise or as part of a larger unit.
The Virtual Canoe Race is for classrooms with students aged 14 or younger. This is a great way for your young students to learn about their watershed in a fun and exciting way! If you cannot participate, please help us spread the word by sharing the race with others who would be interested.
The Delaware Riverkeeper Network's annual Virtual Canoe Race to begins on October 1st and is a great learning tool for any classroom!
Learn more and sign up today at http://bit.ly/VCR18! If you have any questions, please contact Connor Roth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is pleased to announce that the application for the 2018 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards is available. Completed applications must be received at DEP by October 5.
The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is New Jersey’s premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. These awards recognize individuals, businesses, institutions, communities, organizations, educators, youth and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey. Since the awards program was established in 2000, 170 winners have been recognized.
Nominations can be submitted for the following categories: Clean Air; Healthy Ecosystems and Habitats; Water Resources; Land Conservation; Healthy and Sustainable Communities; Healthy and Sustainable Businesses; and Innovative Technology. In addition, the category for “Environmental Education” has been divided into two awards: one for educator-led initiatives and one for projects that are student-led or have succeeded due to a high level of student involvement.
The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Award winners will be honored at a ceremony in December, to be held in or near Trenton.
The 2018 application and awards information can be found at www.nj.gov/dep/awards. Completed applications must be received at DEP by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5.
For questions about the application or awards program call Tanya Oznowich
at (609) 984-9802 or email Tanya.Oznowich@dep.nj.gov
A research project through the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education is looking for formal and nonformal educators of all subjects to take a 30 minute anonymous online survey.
They are also looking for educators willing to participate in an additional 1-hour interview (and be compensated with a $50 gift card).
To take the survey, go to TELA Rutgers or copy and paste the address below:
For more information about the research project or participating, please contact
New items have been added to the Environmental Education News website that may interest you!
STATEMENT FROM CATHERINE R. MCCABE UPON BEING SWORN IN AS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION COMMISSIONER
June 19, 2018 TRENTON - Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe released the following statement upon being sworn in today:
"I am honored and grateful to Governor Murphy for giving me this opportunity to lead the Department of Environmental Protection in protecting the quality of our air, water, land and historic and natural resources for all New Jersey residents. I am equally grateful for the talented, experienced and knowledgeable DEP professionals who serve the public every day with such tireless dedication. All of us at the DEP take our responsibilities for protecting resources and public health very seriously.
"The scope and diversity of this agency are truly amazing. We are already moving in the right direction in so many important areas. We are acting swiftly to address climate change by moving New Jersey towards a clean energy future and building our coastal resiliency, as well as taking strong steps to protect the quality of our air and drinking water. We are working hard to improve the quality of life in our cities through brownfield redevelopment and creation of urban parks. Contaminated sites are getting cleaned up thoroughly and in a timely manner. We are preserving ecologically fragile lands and wildlife habitats for future generations. And we are working smarter to conserve resources through innovative sustainability practices.
"But this is just the beginning. We have a lot of work ahead of us. As we move forward, we will always be driven by our commitment to carrying out the law and using the best available science - and we will be equally driven by our shared mission of doing what's right for New Jersey and all of its people. It is our shared social responsibility."
Two Biotech student workshops are being offered by Toms River DNA Learning Center in partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Labs.
Deadline for registration is June 26th
DNA Barcoding for students entering HS and older Registration link https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__goo.gl_forms_c1tXebwFouEsNCDh1&d=DwIFAg&c=4BTEw-1msHjOY4ITcFLmDM6JB8x6ZgbU2J24IH0HZLU&r=gFe9RLzM-bGQsc9iSzACBUKQCZ1x6mT9xO-wogCNRaw&m=_CgFZObfICLlvcbCDI4oMh4DMiuu02O5ftsN318vlqs&s=-VHBecBoFQqBFbyAYBfezAYRSCN3-sIdPsZvhnWqZek&e=
Experience the process of science in this project-based camp. A short "DNA barcode" (about 600 nucleotides in length) is a unique pattern of DNA sequence that can potentially identify any living thing. DNA barcoding projects allow students to link molecular genetics to ecology and evolution-with the potential to contribute new scientific knowledge about biodiversity, conservation biology, and human effects on the environment.
* Extract and amplify DNA from tissue samples
* Use computers to analyze DNA sequences and identify species of origin
* Create phylogenetic trees to display genetic and evolutionary relationship
* Complete an open-ended project to investigate food fraud or study biodiversity
* Fun with DNA
* Construct cell and DNA models
* Use compound microscopes to view the diversity of life at a cellular level
* Extract DNA from plant, animal and bacteria cells
* Use stereo microscopes to observe mutations in fruit flies and roundworms
* Learn about classic Mendelian inheritance and the use of Punnett squares
* Experiment with microbes to study the cause, spread and treatment of some diseases
* Genetically engineer bacteria cells with firefly genes
Director: Christine Girtain email@example.com
Registration Link: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__goo.gl_forms_7ORTvRaqlo0jVa3a2&d=DwIFAg&c=4BTEw-1msHjOY4ITcFLmDM6JB8x6ZgbU2J24IH0HZLU&r=gFe9RLzM-bGQsc9iSzACBUKQCZ1x6mT9xO-wogCNRaw&m=_CgFZObfICLlvcbCDI4oMh4DMiuu02O5ftsN318vlqs&s=PDtOsnRq1bQepnrWJAexCdlH7WClXeuakoqlUKVLFGk&e= DNA is an entry-level course in DNA science. This camp is designed especially for highly motivated students interested in expanding their knowledge of basic genetics and cell biology. Participants are immersed in an environment of hands on activities and laboratory experiments designed to increase genetic literacy, encourage critical and creative thinking, and spark interest in the field of biotechnology.
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Achieve's EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science (PRP) uses the EQuIP Rubric for Science to evaluate instructional materials and identify lessons and units that best illustrate the cognitive demands of the NGSS. Explore this featured resource for middle school: Disruptions in Ecosystems
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
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 download the flyer for more information and if interested, please apply by June 1 at: https://tinyurl.com/ydaqd3t5
If you have any questions about this opportunities, please contact Christine Bean email@example.com
NJ teacher Beth Topinka's students created a STEM resource for teachers to spark problem-solving and inspire students to take action in their your own communities.
This year our Phearless Phragmites Phighters team broadened our definition of community to include our entire state of New Jersey. We want New Jersey students to become aware of invasive Phragmites around their towns, and to become motivated to tackle this problem. A technology-based, digital strategy can reach and inform any young person with internet access, so we created an eBook and Virtual Reality experience. To reach the most students, the eBook and Virtual Reality field trip are included in our online teacher kit, PhragKit4Teachers.weebly.com. Most importantly, our kit provides resources to help students throughout New Jersey take action to Phight Phragmites!
Visit PhragKit4Teachers: phragkit4teachers.weebly.com/
Thank you to Barbara De Santis for sharing this information on her blog..
Check out the award-winning CLEAN collection of 700 free, ready-to-use, peer-reviewed climate and energy educational resources for middle, high school, and undergraduate learners. The CLEAN collection contains activities, demonstrations, experiments, visualizations, and videos—everything you need to create scientifically accurate lessons on climate and energy. The CLEAN collection can be searched by grade level, resource type, whether or not students work with scientific data, climate and energy topics and climate systems and solutions. Plus, sign up for the free CLEAN STEM Flash e-newsletter that highlights selected resources>>
Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Join us in New Brunswick for some very special events and a cool new exhibit.
In Search of Earth’s Secrets aims to increase awareness and excitement about ocean/earth science and careers through activities, exhibits and a 40-foot inflatable ship. This program, which is funded by NSF, is the result of a partnership between the International Ocean Discovery Program, Rutgers University, the New Brunswick Free Public Library, the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ, and 4-H.
There will be series of events held between April 25th and May 21st. Pick up an "In Search of Earth's Secrets" Passport and collect all 8 stamps to win a prize!
Information on these events and the exhibit can be found at
https://tinyurl.com/ydgxoaco or on the flyer below.
The Center for Learning with Nature, a non-profit devoted to helping teachers integrate Nature-oriented innovation and STEM learning into their classrooms, is looking for 4th and 5th grade teachers interested in piloting the new Engineering Inspired by Nature kit.
For more details and how to apply, click here or go to: https://goo.gl/forms/IFTnTfT8lcca5OaK2
Applications are due by May 15.
Read more about the Engineering Inspired by Nature curriculum:
NJ Audubon's Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville, NJ
July 23 to 27, 2018
Application deadline is March 15, 2018
New Jersey Audubon’s Teacher’s School of Ecology sponsored by Ashland, Inc. is a week-long program for elementary and middle school teachers. The program offers in-depth experiences that use inquiry as a basis for building effective field studies and understanding environmental issues. All activities and learning support STEM + Art concepts and skills as well as the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core.
Lessons will be drawn from a spectrum of topics including water quantity and quality, sustainable land use and environmental practices, and native species protection and invasive species control. We will focus on a different set of issues each day and provide field experience, lessons and resources to support your existing curricula. Also included will be information on the Eco-Schools New Jersey program that supports sustainable practices through the development of school-based eco-teams.
The institute will include outdoor activities as well as indoor problem solving—both focused on the local area. By connecting the classroom to the real world, teachers can help students become more aware of the world around them, take an active role in preserving their local environments and acquire the critical thinking, problem solving and basic life skills necessary to become informed global citizens.
For more information contact: Kelly Wenzel at 908-396-6506 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bring ONE STRANGE ROCK to your School for Free this Spring:
From award-winning filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, National Geographic’s new docu-series ONE STRANGE ROCK is a mind-bending, thrilling journey that explored the fragility and wonder of planet Earth–one of the most peculiar, unique places in the universe. This earth science series is narrated by actor Will Smith and features perspectives from 10 astronauts on the wonders of Earth as seen from space.
National Geographic is making the first episode available for free preview screenings in high schools, colleges, and after-school programs nationwide before the international broadcast premiere on March 26th, 2018.
Sign up here to request a free preview screening of ONE STRANGE ROCK!
Participating schools will receive a confirmation email and we’ll send you a DVD two weeks before your screening.
Learn more about the series on our website and please let us know if you have any questions. Please feel free to share this opportunity with your colleagues as well.
Earth Day and Environmental Education Week are just around the corner...
NJDEP would like to showcase your efforts!
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has administered the Earth Day - New Jersey website for more than 17 years. Each year, the website attracts more than 40,000 visitors in April through May. The Earth Day - New Jersey website features an events calendar, school programs listing, history of Earth Day and Environmental Education Week, and suggestions for what families, schools and individuals can do to help protect the environment and participate in green, sustainable activities.
In celebration of "Environmental Education Week" (April 22 - April 28), the website will showcase your school programs along with descriptions of the lessons and projects that students are doing statewide to celebrate the week. Submit information about your environmental education activities to be conducted in April - early May,
In addition, New Jersey is home to numerous Earth Day events, green fairs, clean-ups, trail work, tree plantings and other public environmental celebrations that are held in April and May. Most of these celebrations occur on the weekends. Last year, the Earth Day - New Jersey website featured over 105 public events. Submit details about your own public event.
The Earth Day - New Jersey website is promoted to and used by media, schools, volunteers, scouts, youth groups, companies, municipal leaders, families and other individuals. DEP also uses the information posted on the website to determine the participation of its own speakers, displays and the distribution of its public education information.
Residents are encouraged to visit the website to locate events and programs near them.
Webmaster's Note: The website's Earth ovals on both sides of the photo collage are active links.
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Welcome to the Panama Rainforest Connection 2018!
In February, we will again present our live Rainforest Connection videoconferences from Panama. Involve your students in live conversations with rainforest researchers on Barro Colorado Island to discuss research methods, ecology, adaptations, technology, flora and fauna, animal behavior, and other NGSS-aligned topics. Sessions can be scheduled for Feb. 16, 20-23, 26-28 or Mar. 1 and 2. Reserve an interactive videoconference soon, since timeslots are limited. Private, single-class sessions, from grades K-12 are recommended (no assembly programs). The cost is a fee of $150 for each 40-minute session, payable after the session.
Follow this link to reveal a world of information about our sessions!!!!!
Clicking on "Panama Topics," will get you to a list of topics which may be available, depending on the researchers who will be on the island on your date. Let us know by email your first 3 choices of topics and dates/times, so that we can plan with you.
Please reply to my email address: email@example.com or contact me at 973-655-7753 should you have any questions or concerns about our program.
See you in the Rainforest,
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released its report of legacy accomplishments, an informative and colorful booklet that highlights the DEP’s improvements to New Jersey’s quality of life and economy through strong environmental protection.
The 64-page report, titled Protecting New Jersey’s Environment: A Record of Accomplishment (2010 – 2018), recaps DEP’s transformation, leadership and milestone accomplishments during this eight-year period, along with its historic efforts to restore and strengthen New Jersey communities and the natural environment after Superstorm Sandy.
The report is written in an accessible and informative fashion with numerous photos, fact boxes, charts and other visuals. It can be a useful addition to board rooms, sitting areas, offices and libraries, as well as a valuable resource for students, teachers, parents and civic leaders.
To download your copy of the Accomplishments report, go to www.nj.gov/dep/docs/njdep-accomplishments-january-2018.pdf
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