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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
STRAWS is an educational and inspiring 30-minute documentary film that highlights the devastating levels of straws and other plastic pollution in our waterways and oceans and provides accessible solutions for students and families. Comes with NGSS/STEM/STEAM lessons. The plastic straw issue is a gateway into issues around all plastic pollution, the harm it does to marine animals, how fossil fuels are used to create plastics, and solutions/actions for the students.
Visit the website for more information:
NJSTA members can receive 20% off using the code NJSTA20 when checking out on our website:
WASHINGTON (March 18, 2019) — The application period has been extended for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE).
Applications are now due April 5, 2019.
EPA is seeking PIAEE awards applications that highlight environmental stewardship in one or more of the following areas:
EPA will select up to two winners in each of EPA’s 10 Regions, one for Grades K-5 and one for Grades 6-12. Winners will be invited to a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in mid-2019 and have their project mentioned on EPA’s website.
PIAEE awardees will receive up to $2,500 to be used to further the recipient's professional development in environmental education, and the teacher's local education agency will also receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.
The PIAEE is an annual award program administered by EPA’s Office of Environmental Education. Since 1971, the EPA has recognized exceptional K-12 teachers employing innovative, interactive approaches to environmental education. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation's teachers.
For information on recent winners, visit: https://www.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators-piaee-winners
Details regarding application requirements and descriptions of winning projects since 2002 can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/education/application-requirements-and-form-presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators
The Education Department of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium hires part-time seasonal field instructors for their K-12 marine science education program. Following a paid training period, you will lead school groups on hands-on, interactive explorations of Sandy Hook’s salt marsh and barrier beach environments. Experience is not necessary however a background in marine science or education is helpful.
Interested candidates should email resumes to: Rosemary Higgins at email@example.com or mail resume to:
New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium
22 Magruder Road
Fort Hancock, NJ 07732
The course meets during the spring and fall.
Weekly Tuesday evening classes and two field trips from May 7 – June 22
Plus five evening classes during the Fall from September 17 – November 4
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension is offering their annual "Coastal Stewardship" course. The Coastal Stewardship course (formerly known as the Shellfish Gardener course) aims to educate stakeholders about the ecology of Barnegat Bay and to promote responsible stewardship of coastal marine resources while using shellfish biology, restoration, and aquaculture as the primary teaching tools.
These classes take place at the RCE of Ocean County, 1623 Whitesville Rd. Toms River, NJ. The cost of the course is $75 per person (checks made out to Ocean County Board of Agriculture).
To Register: Please register by Wednesday, May 1 by contacting Kelly Jurgensen (Administrative Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org, 732-349-1152).
Click on the program flyer here for more detailed information about this course and how to register.
"Know the Bear Facts" education seminars are free of charge and available to municipalities, schools, homeowner associations, civic and environmental organizations and a variety of other audiences.
Program attendees learn all about the history and biology of the Garden State's largest land mammal, black bear research, and get common-sense tips on how to react if a black bear is encountered. The seminar also provides simple precautions that residents should take to discourage bears from entering a property, and how to react if a black bear is encountered.
The Division also offers educational publications about New Jersey’s black bears and for educators, the “Understanding Black Bears" K-8 Classroom Curriculum, all free of charge.
To inquire about scheduling a bear education seminar, or to receive bear publications, please contact Michelle Smith at (609) 259-6961 or Michelle.Smith@dep.nj.gov
For more information about black bears, visit www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearfacts.htm
NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) in Madison Wisconsin is pleased to announce a virtual science fair for students from grades 6-14 applying GOES-16 or GOES-17 data to investigate weather scenarios and natural hazards.
Read the following blog posted to the American Meteorological Society Front Page for more information.
Or, go directly to the science fair site for details.
Accepting entries between March 1st and May 3rd, 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
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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
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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..