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  • 2 May 2021 8:07 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    New Jersey Mapping Competition open to all middle school and high school students!


    Maps contain a wealth of data which can be analyzed to answer all types of spatial questions related to science, social studies, language arts, etc.  Students are empowered when they can create their own maps showing relationships among data of their interest.  We are pleased to announce a contest to create New Jersey-themed online maps, using ESRI’s freely available ArcGIS Online platform. Teachers: Encourage your students to learn some online mapping skills and create a story map using New Jersey content. 

    This competition is part of a national mapping competition sponsored by ESRI, the maker of ArcGIS.  Students may work alone or in pairs to create their maps, and a school may submit up to 5 of their best maps to be judged at the state level.  New Jersey may award up to ten Amazon gift cards of $100 each for the top high school and middle school maps ($100 per team, max of 5 high school and 5 middle school). The top map from New Jersey will be submitted to the national competition.  Winners of that competition will be invited to California to receive their award.  Story Maps must be submitted by Monday May 10, 2021.  For more information about the contest, visit

    Send your questions to:

  • 2 May 2021 8:07 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Connecting Models and Evidence

    August 4-6, 2021

    Virtual Workshop


    Join us August 4-6, 2021 for the virtual Earth and Environmental Science Educators' Institute, which will provide professional development in the use of Model-Evidence Link (MEL) activities centered on current Earth and environmental science topics. These 3-dimensional (core ideas, practices, crosscutting concepts) instructional scaffolds facilitate critical thinking, evidence-based reasoning, construction of scientific explanations, and collaborative argumentation to support scientific reasoning within challenging Earth science topics. This three-day institute is free, and a $750 stipend will be provided!  Applications are open to middle and high school teachers who teach Earth and Environmental Science courses and topics in the NJ-PA-DE area.

    Application Deadline: May 14, 2021.  Decisions will be made by May 19, 2021.

    Pre-Workshop Webinar: May 24, 2021

    Workshop: August 4-6, 2021, 8:00 AM -12:30 PM EDT

    For more information about the MEL scaffolds, and to apply, go to:


  • 2 May 2021 8:04 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    The Council of State Science Supervisors Professional Learning Committee invites you to attend their webinar “SPLS and Online Learning Strategies” in which we will share strategies and how technology tools can support meeting the attributes of professional learning outlined in the SPLS.   During this webinar, participants will engage with this resource as we model some of the strategies. 


    When:  May 5, 2021  2:00 pm EDT to 3:30 pm EDT

    Where:  Register and Connection Information Here

    Who:  All parties interested in science online professional learning

  • 2 May 2021 7:59 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

  • 25 Apr 2021 12:12 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Data? I’m all ears! The JC NERR’s Soundscape Ecology project

    When: Wednesday, May 12th, 2021. 12:30 PM-1:30 PM. Join us via Zoom

    Presenter: Andrea Habeck, Stewardship Coordinator for the Jacques Cousteau Reserve

    Click here to register. The event link and passcode will be in your confirmation email.

    The JC NERR and other Reserves around the country have started a new and exciting monitoring effort which involves recording ambient sounds within a habitat, both natural and man-made. What can sounds tell us about the estuary? How does it work? Tune in to find out!

  • 25 Apr 2021 10:43 AM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    "Creativity: A Lifelong Universal Skill"

    Free for Teachers, Principals, District Leadership. 

     "Creativity" is one of the essential skills needed to be a productive citizen in the 21st century.  Colleges seek creative high school graduates with STEM experience.  High tech firms need creative people to develop globally competitive products and services. School leaders have great interest in "creativity" in the classroom as part of an exciting school-to-work paradigm.


    PRISM is offering two related professional development activities dealing with the background and foundations of creativity, and how K-12 students get to be part of an exciting and creative school-to-work paradigm.


    Register HERE for both dates at no cost.

     May 21, 2021 "Creativity: A Lifelong Universal Skill " 4:00 - 5:30pm. 

     An interactive online webinar. A zoom link will be provided after registration.

    Facilitator: Harry Roman, retired from PSE&G with a long career in engineering, teaching, and invention.



    June 4, 2021 "Creative Aids to the Classroom" 10:00am - 3:00pm.

    An in-person hands-on workshop held at Montclair State University in the PRISM workshop center at 1515 Broad St., Bloomfield. PD hours will be provided.

    Registration limited to 15 with social distancing and masks required.

    Facilitator:  Dr. Vince Walencik, retired from MSU and a key player in technology education as part of an integrated STEM philosophy (iSTEM).

  • 25 Apr 2021 10:33 AM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce upcoming professional learning opportunities this summer at QUEST 2021 Virtual Summer Institute for K-12 STEM teachers. 

    QUEST is designed to enhance teachers' knowledge of science and mathematics aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Science and Math. Each session is co-taught by Princeton University researchers, content experts, and lead teachers. QUEST builds on K-12 teachers' knowledge of science and math content and practices through virtual experiments, field experiences, and data analysis. These learning experiences aim to increase teachers’ enthusiasm, knowledge, and confidence in teaching science and math.  

    This summer's QUEST includes: Climate and the OceanFrom Farm to Fork: Analysis of Food Systems, and Elementary Math: From Anxiety to Mastery. Click the titles for additional details.

     Submit your registration here: Please contact Dr. Jessica Monaghan or Dr. Anne Catena with any questions.

  • 25 Apr 2021 10:22 AM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    PRISM at Montclair State University is giving away FREE "Grow and Learn" plant growth kits at their office in NJ.  Each boxed kit has 80 peat pots packaged as "pods" containing seeds in paper planting strips, labeled tags for all 20 different kinds of vegetable and herb seeds, with pellets of growing medium, and are ideal for children.  Take one kit for a class or several for a school or community garden, as long as the supply lasts.

    YouTube videos provide step-by-step instructions:  Grow and learn with seed pods!

    Also, use the GROW & LEARN app in the App Store.  The seed pods are each coded for scanning and use in the app, which has extensive instructions and activities for kids.

    Pick up at PRISM offices in Bloomfield on April 27, 28, 29, May 5, and May 6 between 2:00 and 4:30 pm. 

    Call or email first to let us know you are coming!  Multiple sets of kits can be taken for many classes, but please reserve and come soon.

  • 25 Apr 2021 10:19 AM | NJSTA (Administrator)
    "Ask a Polar Scientist" at this LIVE virtual webinar on Science Research on the Ice, on Thursday, May 6th, 2021 from 7-8pm ET! 
    Register Today!

    Meet the Polar Scientists!

    Andrew Corso, a Post-doctoral researcher at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is excited to talk to you about marine creatures and his research experiences in Antarctica!


    Dr. Scott Doney, a professor in Environemtnal Change is excited to talk to you about his oceanographic research and what it is like to be a polar scientist studying climate change.

    Dr. Sharon Stammer, a Senior Research Associate at the University of Colorado Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, is excited to speak with you about what it is like to work outdoors and in a computer laboratory exploring polar data.

    Register Here for the May 6th Webinar and Submit Your Questions Here for the Scientists Today!

    We are anticipating a large number of registrations for this exciting program.  In order to maximize our time with the scientists, we ask that you submit questions in advance! We will not be taking questions during the program and because of limited time, we encourage you to submit your question ASAP here!

    Need Help thinking of a Question? Here are some Tips:

    You have heard the phrase “there are no dumb questions”.  Well, it's true!  We want to encourage your creativity and passion for science. You may be curious about what it’s like to be a research scientist- the challenges, daily routines, and technology used. In addition, you may want to know more about scientists’ motivation, career path and inspiration.  We definitely encourage these kinds of questions - and anything else you want to ask these amazing scientists!

  • 25 Apr 2021 10:18 AM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Stevens Institute of Technology will host the annual Innovation Expo virtually this year on Friday, April 30The Innovation Expo – a showcase for student research, innovation and entrepreneurship – can be experienced on the web via our virtual platform or through the Stevens Innovation Expo mobile app. Information on accessing these platforms is available on our Innovation Expo App and Virtual Platform webpage.

    Middle and high school students are welcome to join any portion of the program, but we encourage them to view the Middle and High School Student Experience lectures from 2:45-3:45 p.m. There will be four lectures, each lasting 30 minutes, during this period. The full day’s agenda is included below.

    Students in grades 8 through 12 will get a glimpse of Stevens’ cutting-edge academic programs and research and insights into topics such as music-making techniques, systems engineering in space, becoming an entrepreneur and the history and future of concrete. Please check this page for more details.

    We look forward to seeing you at this year’s virtual Innovation Expo!

    VIRTUAL INNOVATION EXPO AGENDA                                                                                                                                  

    11-11:15 a.m.                    OPENING REMARKS

    11:20 a.m.-1:50 p.m.      SENIOR PROJECTS

    2-2:30 p.m.                         COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS CONCERT

    2:45-3:45 p.m.                  MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL STEVENS EXPERIENCE

    4-5:30 p.m.                         ANSARY ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPETITION AWARDS


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