The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) is seeking nominations for Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year, which consists of two awards that recognize the individual achievements and contributions of science educators in their first 10 years of career (Level One) and those beyond 10 years (Level Two).
An ASTE member must submit the nomination. Each recipient receives a plaque, a cash award from Carolina Biological Supply Company, and a tribute in the awards issue of the Journal of Science Teacher Education. Interested educators will find additional details about this award on GetEdFunding, a free website sponsored by CDW•G with a database of thousands of funding opportunities for educators.
Deadline: June 1, 2019, for nominations
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)
News from the Lemelson-MIT Program
Spaces are filling up for our summer invention education workshops on July 22-24 at Tustin High School in Tustin, California and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts on July 29-31. Educators of all grade levels, after school professionals, and other educators who want to enrich students' educational experiences through invention are encouraged to register now. We limit space to only 30 attendees for each site to keep the workshop setting intimate for small group learning.
Read more about Mass. Workshop>>
Read more about Calif. Workshop >>
NJSTA received this today (5/13/19).
Invitation to science students/faculty, May 23rd, NJ State Senate, Trenton -- experts on fusion energy development followed by tour
Senator Joe Pennacchio of the NJ State Senate is sponsoring a hearing/symposium in the NJ State legislature on May 23 from 9 to 1 p.m. The theme of the hearing/symposium is: 'What are the Prospects and Requirements for the Early Development of Fusion Energy, and what are the Implications for the U.S., New Jersey, and the World?”
We would like to invite interested students and faculty to attend. This is an exceptional opportunity to participate in a discussion of the national and international work being done in fusion energy development, plasma physics, and space research. This is the future for young people! We are entering a new era.
Following the hearing, the Vice President of Princeton Satellite Company, is organizing a tour of the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (PPPL) for interested attendees. Sen. Pennacchio has received bi-partisan support and definite bipartisan interest in his initiative. His invitation to the hearing went to all the state legislators in NJ, the press, and universities.
Would you please notify science teachers of this opportunity, and see if they would like to register science teachers/faculty to attend? For registrations, please notify Suzanne Klebe at: 201-220-7739, or email@example.com.
EdReports wants to share a great opportunity for deep professional learning on the Next Generation Science Standards from EdReports.
EdReports is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower educators with independent, credible, evidence-rich information about instructional materials to ensure students have what they need to be college and career-ready. They are accepting applications for reviewers for the inaugural K-5 review beginning in late June.
Who is EdReports looking for? EdReports is a by educator, for educator organization. Currently, classroom educators, district specialists, state specialists, non-formal educators, retired educators, and those pursuing advanced science education degrees participate in review.
What are the requirements? The profile of a science reviewer includes expertise in the NGSS and a commitment to quality instructional materials.
What can I expect if selected to be a reviewer? The K-5 inaugural review will include six K-5 NGSS programs and will have two teams dedicated to each program (K-2 and 3-5 teams), with five reviewers per team. Reviewers can expect the following:
How do I apply? Visit EdReports website to learn more about becoming a reviewer and complete an application.
Once you apply, an application task will be sent requesting demonstration of your NGSS knowledge. Following receipt of the application task, EdReports will schedule a 30 minute interview to learn more about you and share more about the upcoming review.
APPLY TODAY - Spots are limited and recruitment will conclude once teams fill for this inaugural round.
Thanks for your consideration. Visit https://www.edreports.org/ to learn more about EdReports and its mission.
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Caitlin Dowling is not only a biology and physics instructor at Passaic County Technical Institute, she also serves as Head Cheerleading Coach!
She recently completed NJCTL's endorsement program in physics, in less than twelve months, with a 4.0 and passed the Praxis. While not everyone can match her speed and performance level, we all can learn from her approach....more
Presented by the New Jersey Science Convention 2019
The Anton Banko Award for Excellence in Teaching Elementary Science recognizes an educator teaching in grades K-5 who is an outstanding teacher of science. For the finalist the Banko Award covers expenses to attend the New Jersey Science Convention (up to $1000) and $2000 to purchase science supplies at the teacher’s discretion. For the two runners up the Banko Award covers expenses to attend the New Jersey Science Convention and $500 to purchase science supplies at the teacher’s discretion.
The eligibility requirements for the Banko Award are:
To nominate a teacher for the Anton Banko Award, send his or her name, position, school, and contact information by May 15th to Kim Feltre at firstname.lastname@example.org. NJSC will contact nominees to give them the opportunity to complete the application process. The deadline for nominees to complete the application is June 30th.
Questions? Contact Kim Feltre at email@example.com.
Visit the NJSC website for details.
The following is information about a wonderful professional development opportunity for teachers fully funded by the FDA.
Foodborne disease outbreaks and food recalls frequent the news. What organisms cause these diseases? What can an individual do to protect themselves from these diseases? What measures are being taken by the federal government to prevent transmission of these diseases?
Science, health, agriculture, and family and consumer science teachers have an opportunity to provide inquiry-based lessons related to these outbreaks, recalls, and nutrition. Lessons can be found in the curriculum Science and Our Food Supply. And, in order to prepare teachers to use these lessons, FDA provides a free multidimensional professional development program that will take place July 21 – 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. Included in the program are transportation to and from Washington and all housing and meal expenses.
During the program, selected teachers will participate in activities such as the following - meet with FDA and USDA scientists to learn about their current research on foodborne diseases and nutrition; work with instructors to learn proper techniques to use in doing all the labs with their own students; and, tour USDA’s farm in Beltsville, MD.
Selected teachers are asked to implement the supplemental curriculum in their classrooms during the 2019- 2020 school year and to do a hands-on workshop on the curriculum for other teachers.
To apply on line – deadline April 24, 2019- go to: http://www.teachfoodscience.org/apply.asp
The Science and Our Food Supply curriculum guides on which the summer program is based are available from this website - http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceResearch/ToolsMaterials/ScienceandTheFoodSupply/default.htm.
We strongly suggest you review these guides before applying for the summer workshop.
For more information, contact Mimi Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is hosting “Drop Everything and Read About Science” lesson plan competition for educators! K-5 teachers will have a chance to win Osmo Genius Kits, iPads, Coding Games, or Code and Go Mice. We would love for you to be one of the three winners! We are asking teachers to submit an original lesson plan that integrates science and literacy.
The deadline to submit your plan is Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Enter the competition by submitting your lesson plan here: https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/ScienceLiteracyCompetition.aspx. For more information about this contest and our previous contests, visit: https://orise.orau.gov/stem/k-12/competitions-for-educators.html .
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail us at STEMEd@orau.org.
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.
from Michael Heinz,
Science Coordinator. Office of Standards, New Jersey Department of Education
I am looking for science educators to donate 15 minutes to take the following survey. District leaders, folks in informal ed, etc., are welcome to take it, as well! The link is here: https://cuboulder.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cFOn6spXQQ8fNVH. This survey is from the ACESSE Project.
The Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education (ACESSE, or “access”) project brings together partners from educational research and practice to improve equity by building coherence in science education. The project is based on a deep collaboration between the University of Colorado Boulder, the Council of State Science Supervisors [including Michael Heinz], and the University of Washington.
Have the Rutgers Geology Museum present at your library, summer camp, or community function! Rutgers geologists and Museum staff will visit your organization and present an activity aligned with the "Universe of Stories" theme of the New Jersey Summer Reading Program.
Check out the attached flyer and our website for more details and to register!
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.
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
The American Chemical Society is accepting applications for the ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant. The grant supports high school chemistry teachers and their ideas to enhance classroom learning and fostering student development. Request up to $1,500 to help enhance your chemistry classroom. Learn more and apply »
Learn more about the grants and the process for writing a fundable proposal in this webinar.
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
Share your exemplary approach to teaching and at the same time enter a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000!
The Shell Science Lab Challenge recognizes outstanding middle and high school programs for their exemplary approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources.
Teachers of grades 6–12 in the US and Canada are asked to submit innovative, replicable strategies that deliver quality lab experiences with limited equipment and resources. In turn, participating teachers can receive additional tools, resources, and rich professional development opportunities needed to support high-quality science teaching and strengthen their existing capabilities.
$93,000 in prizes will be awarded!
Thanks to the Carolina Biological Supply Company for the donated lab equipment for this competition.
NJSTA received this request from Craig Berman, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Princeton, New Jersey
.....We are trying to recruit scientists, science teachers, engineers, health care professionals, science professors and graduate students. Retired folks are welcome. I truly appreciate your consideration and assistance in this matter.
Please consider being a SISP (Science Independent Study Project) Judge at Stuart Country Day School. While the SISP is a noncompetitive event, it is important for each project to be judged and each girl interviewed by science professionals. Our SISP Judging Day will take place on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Judges are asked to arrive between 8:30 and 10:00 am and to allow approximately three hours for judging approximately ten projects done by our Seventh and/or Eighth grade students. I will send you a copy of the SISP Judging Form that I hope you will consider using to help assess the projects you evaluate. For your convenience, there will be plenty of copies of this form available on Judging Day. You will also have time to meet the students and interview them on their projects.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you will be able to commit to judging our SISP. Please share this information with any of your students and/or colleagues that you think might be interested. We truly hope to have the opportunity to meet you in person.
Thank you very much for your consideration. Please contact me if you have any questions.
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.
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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)
Shore Bowl is one of the 25 regional competitions of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). The NOSB aims to encourage the next generation of ocean scientists, educators, policy-makers and stewards. High school teams from NJ and PA will battle it out in a fun quiz-style competition focused on ocean science and other ocean-related topics. The winning team will represent our region at the NOSB finals.
Shore Bowl 2019 cannot run without your help! Volunteers are needed to perform a range of essential roles, such as moderator, timekeeper, scorekeeper and judge. No prior knowledge is needed!
Several training sessions take place mid-January 2019; all volunteers will be required to attend at least one. Learn more at https://shorebowl.marine.rutgers.edu/
To register as a volunteer, please click this link