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/
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)
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 email@example.com.
FLARC (Fairlawn Amateur Radio Club) is hosting a special event on Friday, April 19th at 7 PM at the Fair Lawn Senior Center, 11-05 Gardiner Road in Fair Lawn, NJ. Not only will the evening feature speakers but FLARC has invited a number of other clubs and organizations involving youth and STEM programs in north Jersey to be part of a larger discussion on education, science and (of course) amateur radio.
John Hale KD2LPM Leads A Critical Element In STEM Education:
"The Garden School --Bringing Amateur Radio To Today's Youth"
At The April 19th FLARC 2019 Speaker Series
Bringing youth to amateur radio is the holy grail for many hams. But a small school in Queens has accomplished just that and with award-winning results. John Hale, KD2LPM will lead a panel discussion on the development and growth of a club which has been nationally recognized for its achievement. The Garden School launched the club in 2016 and stands out as the only active radio club in any of the city's schools. Students from the sixth through 12th grade can join, and the club was recently awarded a blue ribbon at the 2018 New York City Maker Faire for its innovation, creativity and ingenuity.
The school's radio club, which has grown consistently to around 20 members since its launch, has competed in contests and learned all about operating ham radios from inside the 78th Street school.
The FLARC 2019 Speaker Series is honored to have as its program John Hale KD2LPM who was recently named the ARRL's Hudson Division "Ham of the Year" for his work on this project, Gerard Pilate N2WGF, President of the Hall of Science Radio Club and a partner in this project, and Michael Ricatto KK2KKK a Queens entrepreneur and community advocate for the project.
The talk will be held on Friday, April 19th at 7 PM at the Fair Lawn Senior Center, 11-05 Gardiner Road in Fair Lawn.
All are welcome and refreshments will be served.
For those interested in developing STEM programs and other related activities in today's youth, this will be a seminal event. So save the date and come to the Fair Lawn Senior Center at 7 PM on April 19th for a unique night of discussion and learning and creating 21st century amateurs.
For more information, please visit the club's website at www.fairlawnarc.org or call 201-791-3841.
Registration is now open for our 2019 Summer Workshops! We have a great season planned, with tons of new offerings and some old favorites that'll energize your STEM teaching.
As in years past, we're offering a special discounted Early Bird Ticket, but there are limited seats available - so register soon! Scroll down to see the full lineup and don't forget to ask your admin or principal to help pay for the costs - click here to request an invoice or a funding request letter template.
Get ready for NGSS/NYSSLS, and improve your student engagement in STEM!
STEMteachersNYC TeamAssessment & Standards-Based Grading in STEM
July 1 - 3, 2019
Led by: Mark Schober, Manjula Nair, Kerry Kline and Emily Wheeler | REGISTER
Introduction to Active Learning in STEM
July 8 - 12, 2019
Led by: Craig Buszka and Zhanna Glazenburg | REGISTER
Teaching Biology and the Living Environment via the NGSS
July 8 - 19, 2019
Led by: Chris Resch and Glen Stuart | REGISTER
NGSS and Phenomena-Based Learning
July 15 - 17, 2019
Led by: Kara Luce | REGISTER
Seeing Science Everywhere: Best Practices in Elementary (K-5) STEM
July 16 - 18, 2019
Led by: Juliette Guarino Berg, Kate Macaulay, Beverly Chang, and Jenny Lee | REGISTER
Unit Planning and Curriculum Development with NGSS
July 18-19, 2019
Led by: Kelly Davison | REGISTER
Design, Engineering and Maker Cultures
July 22 - 24, 2019
Led by: Michael Katz and Frances Hidalgo | REGISTER
Data Analysis and Linearization in Physics
July 24 - 26, 2019
Led by: Yiqing Shen | REGISTER
Computational Thinking and Coding in Physics
July 29 - Aug 9, 2019
Led by: Josh Rutberg and Emily Pontius, Eric Alotta | REGISTER
Intro to Biotechnology
July 31 - Aug 2, 2019
Led by: Kerry Kline and Chris Resch | REGISTER
Exploring Physics: Strategies for Teaching Mechanics
Aug. 5 - 16, 2019 (@ The Storm King School)
Led by: Paul Feffer | REGISTER
TO REGISTER VISIT: stemteachersnyc.org/summer2019
Learn More: Visit us online or contact Chris Kennedy, firstname.lastname@example.org
American Geosciences Institute is recruiting teachers for the 11th American Geosciences Institute (AGI)/ExxonMobil Exploration Teacher Leadership Academies, which will be held July 7-12. 2019. Each year teachers meet in Houston for week-long academies at which they learn Earth science content, explore hands-on STEM activities, and gain real-world science experiences. This academy prepares teachers with geoscience teaching techniques, resources, and tools that they can share with their colleagues and students.
Funding from ExxonMobil and AGI covers academy-related costs for the teachers, including travel within the U.S. to Houston, meals, lodging, and educational materials. Participants have opportunities to interact with their peers from other locations, gain skills and knowledge for teaching Earth and space science, and develop plans for presenting effective teacher workshops.
We welcome applicants from all states and school systems serving U.S. students, including those that are part of the DoDEA network and U.S. territories. Teachers are encouraged to come as a team of two to four, from one grade level or several across the K-8 range, so that they can continue to support each other when they return to their local setting. Academy participants will be expected to lead one or more post-academy experience, which can be a workshop, conference presentation, or other professional learning events. We ask that all academy participants share what they learned, help spread geoscience awareness, and apply what they learned to their own students.
We encourage science supervisors, principals, science coaches, and other administrators to nominate teachers for the academy. We recommend that you nominate teachers before April because that is when the application review process starts. Nominated teachers will then receive more information about how to apply. The application process is competitive and we anticipate having space for up to 30 teachers, and we will continue to accept applications until the academy is full. Attached you will find a flyer that can be passed on to appropriate school contacts.
Questions should be directed to:
Ed Robeck, PhD
Director of Education and Outreach
American Geosciences Institute
Students 2 Science (S2S) is a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire, motivate, and educate elementary, middle and high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM subjects). They reached out to NJSTA, because they have an ongoing need for volunteers to support their programs by working with students in their labs and classrooms. They are hosting two upcoming open houses and are hoping that members of the NJSTA community, epecially retired ones, may be interested.
Download the flyer.
East Hanover Technology Center
66 Deforest Ave.
East Hanover, NJ 07936
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
3 pm–6 pm
66 Deforest Avenue
Newark Technology Center
765 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
3 pm–6 pm
All are welcome to attend for a tour of our facilities, info sessions about our programs and professional development opportunities.
You can also view their About Us video to see the programs in action.
Visit the Website
Introduce the STEM teachers in your district to an innovative NGSS-aligned program for grades 5-12 that uses the results of highway safety research to give students a hands-on understanding of core STEM concepts.
The IIHS in the Classroom website is designed to help students explore the science behind what happens in a car crash — both to the car and to those inside it — and discover why some vehicles are safer than others.
Developed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) together with award-winning science educator Griff Jones, Ph.D., the website features engaging, interactive resources to enhance lessons on key STEM concepts and practices.
Learn more: https://classroom.iihs.org/
Comments or questions: email@example.com
Girls Who Code, a leading national non-profit with the mission to close the gender gap in technology, opens its Summer Immersion Program application on January 22nd.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO 10th AND 11th GRADE NEW JERSEY GIRLS, GUIDANCE COUNSELORS AND STEM EDUCATORS.
WHO: 10th and 11th grade girls who have not taken AP Computer Science are eligible to apply, no computer science experience required
WHAT: the Summer Immersion Program is a free 7-week full time non-residential program during weekdays in the summer, teaching computer science skills and providing girls with access to tech careers. The program offers up to a $1,400 stipend for eligible girls!
WHERE: for 2019 the program will take place at these companies in NJ:
Prudential in Newark
Jet.com/Walmart in Hoboken
Johnson & Johnson in Raritan
JPMorganChase and DTCC in Jersey City
PwC in Philadelphia
DEADLINES: Early application deadline is February 15th. Second round application/final deadline is March 15th.
HOW TO APPLY: Girls should apply starting January 22nd at girlswhocode.com/SIPapply
PARTNERSHIPS: School districts or organizations who would like to be SIP Community Partners to spread the word to students in their network should contact Eve Balick at firstname.lastname@example.org
QUESTIONS? Ask questions at email@example.com
The Lemelson-MIT Program is searching for thirty-five high school teachers working with students in grades 11-12 who could win an Excite Award (free trip to MIT and a 3-day professional development workshop) and become finalists for the 2020 $10,000 InvenTeam grant. Interested teachers must apply before April 8, 2019 at lemelson.mit.edu/inventeams.
We encourage potential applicants to participate in an informational webinar scheduled for February 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM EST. Register here now.
Please help us find these exceptional educators by:
We also offer resources to support educators worldwide in providing invention education opportunities for their students. Educators can:
I am seeking volunteers to score student applications from February 14 – March 5, 2019. We are already receiving applications so the process can begin prior to the deadline. Typically, readers score up to 5 applications. I can take up to one hour to score each application. Individuals who are willing to serve on the panel should email me at Michael.Heinz@doe.nj.gov.
For more nformation on National Youth Science Camp, visit:
2019 National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp)
The New Jersey Department of Education is pleased to announce its participation in the 2019 National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp). NYSCamp is an academically challenging residential science education program and will be held June 27-July 20, 2019 in Barstow, WV. Two delegates and two alternates will be selected from every state and Washington, DC to participate in this program. These students will have the opportunity to participate in lectures and seminars with nationally-recognized STEM professionals, attend special events in Washington, DC and engage in a variety of outdoor adventure activities.
Students who are interested in applying to attend the 2019 NYSCamp must be a graduating high school senior from a public or nonpublic school, resident of New Jersey and submit their completed application by February 28, 2019. The NYSCamp staff will work with families to ensure that delegates from New Jersey are able to attend their high school graduation ceremony, should there be a conflict. All travel and accommodation expenses are paid for by the National Youth Science Foundation.
As part of the application process, students will be asked to demonstrate high academic achievement, particularly in areas of mathematics and science, strong leadership abilities, and a strong commitment to school and/or community activities. In addition, students should be interested in pursuing higher education and a career in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) related field. A panel of New Jersey STEM professionals will score the applications and select two delegates and two alternates. Applicants will receive a notification of their status by March 19, 2019.
Please contact Michael Heinz, program administrator, for additional information about 2019 NYSCamp or the application process at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On December 4 the White House issued a five year strategic plan for STEM education based on the vision that "all Americans have lifelong access to high-quality STEM education and the U.S. will be the global leader in STEM literacy, innovation, and employment."
To achieve this vision the report presents three goals that stakeholders should follow:
Goal 1: Build Strong Foundations for STEM Literacy
Goal 2: Increase Diversity and Inclusion Through Broader Access to STEM
Goal 3: Prepare the STEM Workforce for the Future.
The report includes a strategy for how federal agencies should plan, coordinate, and scale up their programs for STEM over the next five years and includes solid recommendations that STEM stakeholders in states and districts nationwide can follow and emulate. Read the report here.
FREE STEM Teaching Tools Just a Click Away
Looking for highly-usable Open Education Resources (OER) that will support STEM teaching? The STEM Teaching Tools website—funded by the National Science Foundation--is a research and development initiative of the University of Washington Institute for Science+Math Education.
This is a brief summary of upcoming activities from the American Modeling Teachers Association.
2019 Summer Modeling Workshops
AMTA is working with Modeling Workshop hosts and leaders to plan 2019 workshops. Workshops are open to current and new Modelers and we hope you share this information with interested colleagues who have not yet attended their own workshop. Please visit the website to search workshops by content area https://tinyurl.com/AMTA19content or by location https://tinyurl.com/AMTA19location.
2019 Distance Learning Courses
Online courses have been a hit over the past few years. AMTA will again offer courses in the Spring and graduate credits are available through Dominican University for $100 per credit hour (up to 3 credits). Visit https://modelinginstruction.org/spring-2019/ for more information about Introduction to Modeling (for people new to Modeling Instruction), Chemistry II, and Advanced Modeling Instruction: Cognition and Instruction in STEM.
Each month, AMTA offers webinars for members. These presentations cover a variety of topics of interest to the Modeling community.
*A special webinar for members and non-members will take place on January 15th, 2019 from 7-8 pm (ET). Join us for a chat with Bruce Wellman for Engineering-Activity Dreaming: Share your ideas & dreams on what would make an awesome engineering activity for your class! Register in advance with the link below:
*New* Online Learning Modules
If you prefer your distance learning in more bite-sized chunks, AMTA will soon begin offering short modules in 2019. Modules will be 3-hour sessions delivered on weekend afternoons. The first two modules will be on January 19th - Creating a Modeling Classroom Environment - and February 28th - Computational Modeling Physics First. More modules are in development and will be scheduled soon. Fees are $25 for members and $50 for non-members. Register at the link below: https://www.eweblife.com/prm/AMTA/calendar/event?event=1993&date_id=64404
The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) partners with The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Science and Mathematics and The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University (WKU) to fund ten scholarships each year for middle school science teachers working to transfer a passion for science to students in this age group. Research shows that students who get excited about STEM subjects in middle school are the ones who are most likely to take those courses in high school and major in them at the college level.
National STEM Scholars receive advanced education in the development of STEM projects for classroom implementation, spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education and build a national network of colleagues for information sharing.
Scholars are selected based solely on the merit of questions answered in the application. The selection committee is not provided with names or locations of teacher applicants.
In 2019, we will graduate our fourth cohort of National STEM Scholars. Each scholarship recipient receives the following:
Applications are open now at https://www.wku.edu/gifted/nss/.
Click here to learn more about the National Stem Cell Foundation.
Want to integrate data literacy skills into your teaching?
Join us as the Data Literacy Series (December 2018 – April 2019), at the New Brunswick Rutgers University campus.
Through a series of short, 3-hour, workshops we will dive into six common areas that trip up students when working with and learning through data. Each workshop includes tips and tricks of integrating data literacy into what you already do, hands-on activities, and time to modify activities for your classroom that address the data literacy skill.
The workshop is open to science, math, and social studies teachers in grades 4-12 that are interested in pursuing more successful ways to integrate data into their teaching. To learn more about the series, click here. In essence, we will unpack what is involved in teaching with data!
When It Occurs & What to Expect
Each evening we will dive into data literacy concepts that all students need to be successful in the 21st century. Join us for all, a couple, or just one of the 3-hour workshops. Dinner and materials will be provided at every workshop. Come network with colleagues and other data-interested educators.
The series includes:
At the end of each hands-on workshop you will have new skills and tips for exposing your students to data skills and bringing real world data into your classrooms. As a learning community, we will develop strategies to successfully implement these data literacy skills into our classrooms.
To apply: You must be a 4-12th grade classroom science, math, or social science teacher, as well as be willing to dive into data.
Click here to apply now & bring data to your students this year!
Preference is provided to those that apply for each workshop at least a week in advance.
Applicants will receive notification of acceptance and additional information the Thursday before each event.
Space is limited for this run of the Data Literacy Series, apply today!
July 15-19, 2019
CDC Headquarters, Atlanta Georgia
Middle and High School STEM Teachers
Learn curriculum design and teaching strategies that engage students in math and science using real-life epidemiology and public health examples.
Submit your online application by:
January 15, 2019
For more information, visit:
Rowan University: The College of Education and the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, and Movement Education (STEAM) is searching for qualified and experienced adjuncts in the area of Science Education. All positions require availability during the regular school day.
The appointment consists of supervision of science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and/or Physical Science) teacher candidates. The successful candidate will demonstrate a constructivist based theoretical framework centered on a philosophy that is a grounded in social justice.
Questions regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Issam Abi-El-Mona at email@example.com.
The application must be submitted through Rowan University’s online applicant tracking system: http://jobs.rowan.edu/cw/en-us/listing/.
You are challenged to participate in the