Continuing in the tradition started by the Cassini mission to Saturn, Scientist for a Day challenges students in grades 5-12 to think like NASA scientists. They examine real spacecraft images of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, Saturn’s moon Titan, and Jupiter’s moon Europa, then hoose the destination they think would be the best place to return with another spacecraft to learn even more about these amazing worlds.
The essay contest meets various U.S. National Standards for English and Science set by the National Council of Teachers of English / International Reading Association, and the National Research Council.
It also addresses topics covered in Next Generation Science Standards, including:
Middle School - MS-ESS1 Earth’s Place in the Universe MS-ESS1-3. Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system
High School - HS-ESS1 Earth’s Place in the Universe HS-ESS1-6. Apply scientific reasoning and evidence from ancient Earth materials, meteorites, and other planetary surfaces to construct an account of Earth’s formation and early history
Deadline: February 8, 2019
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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 email@example.com.
October 21 – 27 "Chemistry is Out of This World."
The North Jersey Section, ACS, is hosting an Illustrated Poem Contest for NCW. Details are on the njacs.org website. The contest is for K – 12 students. There are cash prizes for winners and their teachers. The deadline is Thursday, November 1, 2018.
Our outreach event celebrating NCW, ChemExpo 2018, will be held at Liberty Science Center on Saturday, October 20, from 10 am – 2 pm with lots of hands-on-activities.
Cost is admission to the Center.
Download Entry Form
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Film makers ages 13 to 18 are invited to submit an original video to the Breakthrough Prize Foundation’s fourth annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a global science and mathematics competition that challenges students to create videos that illustrate a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics.
The entries must be three minutes or shorter and will be judged by how well the chosen concept or theory is communicated.
First prize is a $250,000 college scholarship. The science teacher who inspired the winning student will receive $50,000, and the winner’s school will receive a state-of-the-art science lab.
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation – which honors advancements made in fundamental physics, life sciences and mathematics – will accept entries until July 1st.
For Information and to register, visit: https://breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org
The ACS Project SEED summer research program opens new doors for economically disadvantaged students to experience what it’s like to be a chemist. Students entering their junior or senior year in high school are given a rare opportunity to work alongside scientist-mentors on research projects in industrial, academic, and federal laboratories, discovering new career paths as they approach critical turning points in their lives.
Learn more about Project SEED.
Since its inception in 1968, Project SEED has supported nearly 11,000 economically disadvantaged high school students mentored by over 1,000 volunteers. Over the fifty years, participants have indicated that Project SEED helped them to continue their education after high school while developing new skills and abilities, improving their self-confidence, and helping them to decide to become a scientist, engineer, or mathematician.
To a festive crowd of parents, students, teachers and invited guests, the winners of the 8th annual Thomas Edison Invention Challenge were announced and celebrated at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park [“Edison Park”]. The contest celebrated inventors from across the country.
Twenty-eight (28) teams across 6 states competed to make it to Edison Park for a top honors, run-off pitch contest. Six (6) finalist teams, three in the middle school and three in the high school categories went head to head. Teams “pitched” their invention, in person, before a 3 judge panel.
Here is a summary of the NJ award recipients in both the middle school and high school award categories.
Elementary/ Middle School Category
2nd Place: Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, Livingston, NJ
CREATIVE CAPS - “Wind Powered Water Well & Water Filtration”
This team created a wind-powered well that takes the water and filters it so it lessens the amount of manual labor required to get water in third world countries.
Team Members: Miriam Bash, Jack Helprin, Hannah Koppel, Nathaniel Savitz
High School Category
1st Place: Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, NJ
SHPREME - “Bicycle Mounted Charging System”
This team’s invention looks to solve the issue of bike riders’ phones running out of battery by using man-powered energy generated by the rotations of the rear tire.
Team Members: Aidan Gaul, Ross Johnson, Timothy Metcalf, Brian Mueller
2nd Place : Lacey Township High School, Lanoka Harbor, NJ
ALVOLT - “Mechanical Heart Valve”
This team’s invention is an electrically motorized valve replacement with an ultrasonic sensor to regulate the aortic valve’s leaflets to coincide with the blood flow of the systole and diastole phases.
Team Members: Hailey Carskaddan, Samantha Kievit, Kali Pullin, Seda Turkoglu
3rd Place: Chatham High School, Chatham, NJ
Chatham Cougars—“Inflatable Lower Leg Field Splint”
This team’s invention, the Inflataboot, is an inflatable leg brace to be used in emergency situations ranging from a sprain to a broken ankle.
Team Members: Kasper Bardecki, Thomas Giordano, Julia Lin, Kaitlin Pinaire
To see the rest of the winners or to learn more about the contest, visit:
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
NASA's Parker Solar Probe will swoop to within 4 million miles of the sun's surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it. Launching in 2018, Parker Solar Probe will provide new data on solar activity and make critical contributions to our ability to forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth.
Launch Window: July 31 - August 19, 2018
You are invited to submit your name for it to be included in a memory card that will fly aboard the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft. You will be able to download a personalized certificate.
Submissions will be accepted through April 27, 2018.
Send your name to the Sun:
Learn more about the Parker Solar Probe:
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.
Calling all curious minds and problem solvers! The Young Scientist Challenge is now open for entries. Students in grades 5-8 are invited to submit a 1-2 minute video describing a unique solution to an everyday problem for the chance to win $25,000 and an exclusive 3M Mentorship. Ten finalists will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills.
Thousands of students nationwide have participated in the competition and winners have gone on to do some amazing things; including speak in front of Congress, work with the nation's top scientists, and pursue academic careers in the sciences.
Applications are due on April 19th!
For this event, high school students are asked to imagine that they are living 25 years in the future and have been invited to write an article for ChemMatters, a magazine for high school students that focuses on the role of chemistry in everyday life. The subject of the article is: “Describe a recent breakthrough or innovation in chemistry (and/or its applications) that has improved the quality of people’s lives today.” To view a sample ChemMatters magazine visit: http://tinyurl.com/ybk9gl73.
In addition to the article, students are asked to design a cover for the magazine. The article must be written as if the student is living in the year 2043, looking back at innovations that have occurred since 2018. The innovation must fall into one of the following categories:
A few examples of areas where development is expected are: nanotechnology, energy efficiency, pollution prevention, green chemistry, sustainability, intelligent devices for sensing, proteomics, climate models, biopharmaceutical therapies, medical devices and/or implants and new energy sources.
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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 2018 Spellman High Voltage Electronics