K-12 students are invited to attend a 30-minute scientific discussion with a polar scientist. Students will learn about Antarctic food web ecology and how scientists are setting up long-term experiments to understand our changing climate. These calls support the NGSS science practices such as planning and carrying out investigations, data analysis, modeling and asking testable questions.
Call Dates: January - March (topic depedent)
Application Deadline December 1: tinyurl.com/vtc-palmer
DOWNLOAD flyer for details.
Palmer Station LTER Website: pal.lternet.edu/
The TeachEngineering digital library is a collaborative project between faculty, students and teachers associated with five founding partner universities, with National Science Foundation funding. The collection continues to grow and evolve with new additions submitted from more than 50 additional contributor organizations, a cadre of volunteer teacher and engineer reviewers, and feedback from teachers who use the curricula in their classrooms.
TeachEngineering is a searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 teachers and engineering faculty to make applied science and math come alive through engineering design in K-12 settings. The TeachEngineering collection provides educators with *free* access to a growing curricular resource of activities, lessons, units and living labs.
Formation of the TeachEngineering collection was funded primarily under the NSF National Science Digital Library program, aiming to establish a national digital library that constitutes an online network of learning environments and resources for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels. Many other generous sponsors and web partners have enabled its ongoing development and promotion.
The NGSS website, www.nextgenscience.org/, was recently updated based on multiple rounds of feedback from teachers, administrators, district and state leaders, and other NGSS advocates. Some webpages have been redesigned to provide clearer navigation for site users to search the standards and locate available resources.
Learn more: www.nextgenscience.org/news/website-redesign-makes-it-easier-search-standards-and-find-resources
Home page: www.nextgenscience.org/
Sign up to learn how to effectively assess the three-dimensional learning and teaching needed to realize the vision set forth in the Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. Join NSTA for a virtual conference on Saturday, October 21, at 10 a.m. ET. Prices: Members $63; Nonmembers $79. View the presenters here and the agenda here.
The New York Academy of Sciences is proud to announce the release of its new Innovation Curriculum, a free resource to engage middle and high school students in authentic project-based learning!
Aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, this flexible curriculum teaches students how to solve challenges facing their communities—and communities around the world—by applying principles of scientific research and design thinking. Along the way, students will build STEM knowledge and develop 21st-century skills like critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.
Use the materials to support students competing in the Future of Buildings and Cities Challenge starting October 19, or run a challenge of your own!
Download the Curriculum
This FREE resource is available in two forms.
Attend an Online Training Session
Thursday, October 12: 6–8 PM Eastern time
We are hosting a webinar to offer guidance to educators interested in implementing these resources. To register, visit: www.nyas.org/events/2017/webex-implementing-the-gsa-innovation-curriculum/
Join our Professional Learning Community
We are also hosting a FREE online community to provide ongoing support to educators as they use these resources with students. Get advice from expert teachers, connect with fellow educators, and more. To sign up, visit: docs.google.com/forms/d/1riRcRes7-TSWx6GYLWrBsf7v2HnkZ3i-jC9kbJ0wTz4/viewform?edit_requested=true
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 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
Happily, she followed up on my observation with an article that she and her collaborators produced in the Feb’17 issue of the NSTA journal Science Scope entitled From Fish Tank to Fuel Tank. Congratulations to Eileen Antonison and her students on successfully developing a STEM design to produce a biofuel from common algae that could replace the more expensive application of corn or soy plants as we do now.
Ms. Antonison is a STEM teacher at the Franklin Avenue Middle School in Franklin Lakes, NJ and an NJSTA Simmons Scholar. Though the generosity of grants and collaboration with two other teachers in the fields of technology and science, her students successfully transformed a common photosynthesis lab into a proper NGSS research investigation.
Among other STEM skills employed, the apps for Google Sketch-up, Python and Raspberry Pi helped the students design the growth chambers for the algae. Real World laboratory conditions with Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a Biosafety One organism, were utilized to regulate growth parameters, arguing further testing from data and generating many group discussion sessions. As often happens with science investigations, an “accident” resulted in an unanticipated outcome when two different fertilizers were inadvertently purchased. These micro-nutrients were tested individually anyway, and then mixed with no expectations of a difference. However, the results showed that they worked best if used together!
Read more about their foray into this exciting research in their article. Hopefully, while we are asking our students to communicate better through the NGSS experience, more teachers will seriously consider writing up their classroom experiences for publication!
From Fish Tank to Fuel Tank is available for download from the NSTA site.
By Linda Burroughs
Vice President / Central Region NJSTA
Science Education Specialist
Professional Online Supports for Teaching - The POST is an online newsletter that offers many resources including some for the NJSLS for science, otherwise known as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), to make this implementation a smooth transition.
The current edition has links to STEM practice briefs, NGSS Early Implementer Districts’
lessons learned about professional learning, and information about the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse.
The screencast of the final NGSS webinar of the program year has been posted on the NAGT/AGI collaboration website.
The webinar, NGSS Across the Sciences Curriculum, happened May 11 and featured presentations from Dr. Jo Ellen Roseman (American Association for the Advancement of Science), Dr. James Kessler (American Chemical Society), and Dr. Aleeza Oshry (Howard Hughes Medical Institute).
You can see the screencast, the presentation slides, and additional resources from the presenters on the webinar page.
Mark your calendars now for the first webinar of next program year. On Speptember 14, we will have a webinar entitled Achieve Resources and Tools for NGSS Implementation featuring a presentation from Matt Krehbiel of Achieve, Inc. Read more about the webinar and pre-register at