News from STEMconnector
Food Rescuers, this year's National #DayOfDesign mission, tasks students with the mission to apply #STEM innovations to reduce food waste in their school cafeterias and communities.
Click the link below to watch the #DayOfDesign2018 preview video and then sign up and download this free, easy-to-implement, NGSS-aligned, and fun design challenge for National STEM/STEAM Day this November!
“This Mission reminds students that each of us has a role to play in solving complex global challenges at the local level,” said Erin White, Senior Director of Product Development & Research at STEMconnector. “It helps them to make the connection that what they learn in school can actually be applied in the world around them. That these are the skills adults use to solve actual problems. And hopefully that translates into lifelong interest in STEM and problem-solving.”
AMTA acknowledges that summer Modeling Workshops may not work for all people who are interested in taking a workshop.
For the spring of 2019, we have scheduled 3 distance learning courses, based on the feedback of almost 500 members who recently completed a survey. The workshops start in January and costs are $825 for non-members (includes a one-year membership) or $750 for current members.
Optional graduate credits from Dominican University is available ($100 each, up to 3 credits per workshop).
Courses require a minimum number of registrants by December 21th in order to run. Enrollment is limited.
Details on the courses is available in the registration forms:
Girls Who Code would like to start more new free after school Clubs in NJ. We are a leading national non-profit the mission of which is to close the gender gap in tech. Our free Clubs are for students in grades 3-12. To start a Club, you just need a sponsor (like a school or library), a facilitator (someone over 18 to run the Club, no CS experience required), computers and internet.
North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) is searching for another moderator for the E-STEM Education Group on eePRO. Moderators are responsible for posting relevant content, periodically writing blog posts, and initiating and engaging in discussions with Group members. Moderators are paid an honorarium of $700 per year. Contact Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
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Washington, DC — On Augist 19,, 2018, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced it is opening registration for the 2019 Aviation Design Challenge, an annual competition GAMA hosts to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in U.S. high schools through aviation curriculum and a virtual fly-off.
“This will be our seventh consecutive year hosting this life-changing competition, and it will be our biggest one yet with our expansion of the school registration cap to 150 slots,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “This program is a valuable tool for us to not only help educate the nation’s students about the science of flight and airplane design, but also tell them about all the exciting career options that lie ahead for them in the general aviation industry.”
GAMA will provide registered schools complimentary “Fly to Learn” curriculum that is developed in alignment with national STEM standards, along with free X-Plane software, which is the world’s most comprehensive and powerful flight simulator for personal computers. Teachers will guide students through the principles of the science and engineering of flight and airplane design, completing the curricula in approximately six weeks in the classroom or in four weeks through an accelerated program. The teams will then apply that knowledge to modify an airplane design and complete a mission in a virtual fly-off using the software, which GAMA judges will score based on application of what the team learned, and performance parameters. The winning team will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to experience general aviation manufacturing firsthand during the summer of 2019.
The nationwide competition has attracted growing interest each year since its inception in 2013. In 2018, 130 schools across 39 states registered for the competition — a 37 percent increase in participation from 2017. Because of the competition, several past winners and entrants are now pursuing careers in aviation.
To learn more about the competition or to register, please visit the GAMA Aviation Design Challenge webpage.
For additional information, please contact Sarah McCann, GAMA Director of Communications, at +1 (315) 796-1560 or email@example.com.
News from STEMconnector
Learning shouldn't stop after school ends, and the women of YouTube's STEM channels prove that. These aren't the boring science lessons that you had to sit through in stuffy high school classrooms or massive college lecture halls. There are no tests, no grades, and no assignments. You will, however, need a sense of curiosity and a love for all things science.
Read now: mashable.com/article/stem-youtube/#zlg8EHxGYOq7
News from Texas Instruments
The BulleTIn Board Blog is a must-read for updates on TI technology and activities, tips for student success, thought leadership in education, and more fun stuff. Classroom teachers and education experts contribute to the blog, so you can rely on it for information you can really use.
NSTA Executive Director David Evans will serve with 18 distinguished representatives from business, industry and academia on the new advisory panel appointed by the National Science Foundation to encourage U.S. scientific and technological innovations in education. The STEM Education Advisory Panel will advise a federal panel on matters related to STEM education and update the 2013-2018 Federal STEM Education Five-Year Strategic Plan, which was developed to improve the efficiency, coordination and impact of federally supported STEM education investments. Two NSTA/NCTM STEM Teacher Ambassadors— K. Renae Pullen and Bruce Wellman—and former NSTA President and Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision co-creator Arthur Eisenkraft were also nominated to serve on the panel. Read more about the National STEM Education Advisory Panel here.
News from SimpleK12
3-session STEAM event on Saturday, July 7th
Event: STEAM Training for Teachers
Date: Saturday, July 7th, 2018
Time: 10 AM ET
We still have some open spots for this event, so grab yours now.
At this complimentary, online event you'll discover:
Also be sure to check out one of our favorite STEAM tools for registrants!
If you're interested in getting started with STEAM tools in your classroom, make sure you grab your spot at this complimentary, online event now.
I’m writing you about the ‘Tools of Science’ series that I’ve developed with Janice McDonnell, Kim Thamatrakoln (both at Rutgers) and Tilapia Film Inc, along with input and efforts from various collaborators along the way.
‘Tools of Science’ is a series of unique, educational videos and hands on lessons designed to help learners explore the nature and process of science through the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Videos introduce the science and engineering practices from the point of view of practicing scientists and are designed for easy integration into any STEM experience to help illustrate the non-linear, cyclical nature of science and the creative vision and skills needed to conduct scientific research. We currently have five videos (and associated lesson plans) on: ‘Testable Questions’, ‘Collaborations’, ‘Sampling’, ‘Proxies’, and ‘Mathematical Models’. The ultimate goal is to support learners in their understanding of science, increase their identity as scientists and build on their reasoning and sense making skills with regards to scientific data.
We are looking for feedback (via a host survey below) and for subscribers to our YouTube channel to help us disseminate our product. We need 100 subscribers to increase our search function and get a customized URL. Please take a moment to look at our Youtube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2r9bLF1oQS7w11EAkoO9w ….and subscribe if interested!
Also, please provide some quick feedback and fill out the survey at: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bKJz8rlVRheMvlj
Lastly, please feel free to disseminate this broadly to colleagues that you feel will be interested and will benefit. The ‘Tools of Science’ is a very unique project and one that has been designed to be modular, allowing for other colleagues to create, shape and disseminate videos and teaching content on various topics useful to NGSS across the country.
Thanks for helping.
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Applications are now open for the 5th annual National Summer Teacher Institute (NSTI). SPACE IS LIMITED! APPLY TODAY: http://1.usa.gov/20U4K8V
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invites you to be one of fifty U.S. teachers selected to participate in this program.
Apply for an opportunity to join us at the University of South Florida on July 29 through August 3, 2018, and explore STEM, innovation, and intellectual property (IP).
SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION BY JUNE 8, 2018!
USPTO NATIONAL SUMMER TEACHER INSTITUTE:
WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY:
Instructions and FAQs are available on the NSTI website.
SPACE IS LIMITED! APPLY TODAY: http://1.usa.gov/20U4K8V
The Lemelson-MIT Program, located within the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. The program has been helping educators develop their students' skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for over 15 years through its grants initiative. They now offer resources to hone students' hands-on skills and enrich their STEM education through the following opportunities:
Program participants and their teachers have benefited significantly from the grants initiative, with many students going on to pursue STEM degrees and to further patent their inventions.
The Society for Science & the Public’s STEM Action grant program's .biannual application is now open through June 8, 2018.
The Society’s STEM Action Grant program awards innovative nonprofit organizations, led by social entrepreneurs, that support community based STEM projects and whose work supports the Society’s mission. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to selected candidates and announced in July 2018.
Curious if your organization is a fit for this program? Eligible organizations have 501(c)(3) status, serve at least 25 people, and are not managed by middle or high school students still eligible for the Society’s STEM competitions. We are looking to fund organizations that:
Learn about the organizations funded in the last grant cycle here. We hope you choose to apply by the June 8 deadline, and look forward to learning about the great work taking place in your community.
Society for Science & the Public Website: www.societyforscience.org/
News from NSTA
The virtual, interactive 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase will feature approximately 200 videos of federally funded projects aimed at improving STEM and computer science in formal and informal environments. Videos cover innovation in elementary through graduate level. Many address broadening participation and increasing access to high quality STEM experiences.
May 14-21, 2018
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..
The $0.50 Forever stamps celebrate the role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in keeping our nation a global leader in innovation. Designed to pique the curiosity of the viewer, each of these four stamps features a collage of faces, symbols, drawings and numbers that represent the complexity and interconnectedness of the STEM disciplines.
S. The science stamp includes parts of both a molecule model and the periodic table of elements as well as a sine wave.
T. The technology stamp features circuitry and binary code.
E. A schematic design resembling that of the command and service modules of the Apollo spacecraft can be found on the engineering stamp.
M. Mathematics is represented by numbers, letters, symbols, and equations, including an infinity symbol, a dodecahedron, pi, and an equals sign.
USPS Stamp Product Page:
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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:
The Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) is a nationally recognized award winning authentic inquiry-based learning and student-centered education project. Students learn how science works by engaging in science research using data from a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars. Students understand how science really works by actually being a scientist.
The Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) is an immersive and transformational way for students in grades 5 through early college to engage in scientific process and practices through authentic research experiences. MSIP enhances the teaching of traditional courses, such as physical science, Earth science, chemistry, and biology. MSIP also incorporates 21st Century Skills to help students be ready for the STEM workforce.
MSIP can be done through distance learning or as an independent research project. There is no fee to participate in the Mars Student Imaging Project.
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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February 13, 2018
To: Chief School Administrators, Charter School and Renaissance School Project Leads
From: Linda Eno, Acting Deputy Chief Academic Officer, Division of Teaching and Learning
Opportunities to Highlight STEM Month March Activities in March Through the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network
March is STEM Month in New Jersey, and the goal of NJ STEM Month is to celebrate New Jersey’s commitment to excellence in STEM programs and showcase them in each region of the state. This represents an opportunity for school districts and other organizations throughout New Jersey to highlight ongoing work that is designed to increase access to STEM learning and prepare learners of all ages for STEM careers.
STEM Month co-creators, the Research & Development Council of New Jersey and the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network (NJSPN), are partnering to provide an opportunity for schools and organizations in New Jersey to showcase and celebrate their STEM work. School districts and organizations can post STEM events and site tours to the STEM Month 2018 calendar by using the NJSPN Event Form.
Examples of NJ STEM Month events include:
Additional information can be found on the NJSPN’s STEM Month webpage.
For questions or comments about NJSPN or NJ STEM Month, please email Kim Case of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey at email@example.com.
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.
Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program and a Promising Educational Technology program by the U.S. Department of Education. Modeling Workshops™ are peer-led. Content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials and work through activities alternately in roles of student or teacher, as they practice techniques of guided inquiry and cooperative learning. Models and theories are the purpose and the outcomes of scientific practices. They are tools for engineering design and problem solving. Thus, modeling guides all other practices.
Each MODELING WORKSHOP has these features:
This summer, Modeling Workshops™ are hosted in physics (mechanics, E&M, waves), chemistry (first and second semester), biology, physical science, middle school science, curriculum development and a few one-week long Intro to Modeling sessions:
The 2018 Spellman High Voltage Electronics