News 2020-21

  • 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


  • 25 Apr 2021 10:17 AM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Climate Task Force Town Hall
    Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 6:308:30 p.m. 

    Climate change is one of the most pressing problems facing the world today. The President’s Task Force on Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resilience is charged with developing a comprehensive climate action plan that will address the crisis for the benefit of Rutgers and the communities and state we serve.

    Over the past year and a half, we have asked the Rutgers community to come together to engage with the process of planning for a carbon neutral, resilient future by attending town hall meetings, providing comments on reports, and connecting with us on social media. You have responded with deep, sustained engagement, and we are grateful for your attention. 

    Register today to join the task force on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for the third and final town hallThe meeting will include an update on Climate Task Force activities since the release of the Phase 2 Report: Current Status and Potential Solutions for a Carbon Neutral, Climate Resilient Rutgers, a Q&A session, and a series of breakout rooms where you can help us to develop cross-cutting climate solutions. 


    Get more information and register >> 

  • 13 Apr 2021 9:55 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Join us for the upcoming 3-D Thursdays for Rural Educators on Thursday, May 6th at 7pm CT for a freestyle conversation with NASA scientists Dr. Caitlin Ahrens and Dr. James Green to learn about their journeys from rural America to NASA. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and chat with these scientists to learn about their research, leadership, and advice to students who wish to take a similar path. Invite your K-12 students and any educator who wishes to support rural students in their STEM journeys to NASA!

    This webinar is suitable for all grades K-12.

    Access registration HERE.

    Note: Students under 18 years old MUST use their teacher or legal guardian’s information for registration. We also ask that if teachers share their registration link with their students, they or the students’ legal guardians must attend the webinar for supervision. 

  • 13 Apr 2021 8:41 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    IgniteSTEM aims to transform K-12 education with STEM educators like you through innovative approaches found in design thinking. This spring, IgniteSTEM invites teachers to use design thinking in envisioning the classroom of the future during our first “Unconference” to be held on April 24, 2021!

    Teachers won’t just learn the design thinking process—they’ll experience it first hand. Attendees will get placed in teams to ideate and present their approaches to our theme: What does the future of the non-virtual classroom look like? We’ll have other events, including networking with 200 other teachers, panels, prize giveaways, and our star keynote speaker, Art of Problem Solving Founder Richard Rusczyk.

    Logistics wise, our conference will run virtually on the platform Hopin on April 24 from 10 am to 4 pm EST. Registering for the conference is simple: just fill out this form by April 16th!

    Additionally, if you have an idea or an unforgettable experience to share with the broader education community, we are looking for teacher speakers to present their very own “ED Talks” during the Unconference. Apply as an ED Talk speaker at the end of the application form and work with our student curators to help shape the conversation!

    Feel free to forward our email to anyone at your school or in your network who would be interested. If you apply as a group, your educator group will be guaranteed acceptance to our conference. Please note that all participants are eligible to earn Professional Development Hours, and ED Talk speakers will be given an IgniteSTEM token of appreciation.

    Thank you and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions! We’d love to see you and your colleagues at our Unconference!

  • 5 Apr 2021 8:40 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    The NJ STEM Innovation Fellowship, an exciting program created in partnership with Math for America, Montclair State University, Rowan University and Princeton University, will continue accepting applications through APRIL 21, 2021. 

    Apply here:

    The program, open to K-5 math teachers and coaches in New Jersey, provides a yearly $5,000 stipend for teachers to join a community of practice to learn about innovative STEM teaching practices, for both in-person and remote instruction. Read about the experience of a current fellow here.


    Innovation fellowships at-a-glance

    • One-year, renewable fellowships for experienced, accomplished elementary math teachers and coaches
    • $5,000/year stipend for each fellow
    • Focus on in-person and remote teaching innovations shown to improve student learning
    • Summer institute (August 24-25) for all fellows to introduce the teaching innovations and establish the year’s focus
    • Monthly collaboration with other fellows at a leading university in one of three geographic regions – North, Central, and South Jersey


    If you have questions, please email

  • 31 Mar 2021 6:13 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Interdisciplinary Research Experience for High School Teachers in Sustainable Energy and Bioengineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, July 5-30, 2021 

    The program pays a total of $4000 per teacher for the four weeks.  Teachers will be encouraged to be in-person for most of the time, although some virtual work is acceptable. 


    Questions about the program can be directed to Patricia Muisener or Pinar Akcora

  • 29 Mar 2021 9:26 AM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    The Earth is My Boss: Virtual Conservation Career Day

    from: Sunday, April 18th 2021, 1:00 pm EDT

    to: Sunday, April 18th 2021, 5:00 pm EDT


    Join the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for a free virtual conservation career day to discover people who have turned their interests in fields such as science, engineering, education, and technology into careers that help the planet. The event features four panelist per session and students can choose to attend any combination of panels that suit their interests. Pre-registration is required. The event is geared towards 7th-12th graders. To learn more and register visit

  • 22 Mar 2021 5:37 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Call to Action for SCIENCE EDUCATION Survey


    The importance of science for the well-being of humanity and the planet has never been more clear. In recognition of this, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is convening a committee to develop a Call to Action for Science Education. The committee will identify key steps the nation can take in order to prepare students to face the global challenges of the future, both as engaged participants in society and in their careers.


    The report of the committee will outline recommendations for state and national policy makers and education leaders to support equitable, productive pathways for all students to thrive and have opportunities to pursue careers in science and related STEM fields.


    NSTA is assisting NASEM by collecting information from a survey that will be used to gain critical insight from stakeholders to inform the work of the Call to Action for Science Education.


    Your input is very important; please take a few minutes to particpate in the survey by clicking on the link below. 



  • 24 Feb 2021 5:31 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Math ƒor America along with Montclair State University, Rowan University and Princeton University are now accepting applications for the New Jersey STEM Innovation Fellowship. The program, which is open to outstanding K-5 math teachers and coaches, provides a stipend and brings educators together outside of school hours to learn about innovative STEM teaching practices. Applications are now open, with a deadline of March 31, 2021. Apply here:

    Innovation fellowships at-a-glance

    · One-year, renewable fellowships for experienced, accomplished elementary math teachers and coaches

    · Focus on in-person and remote teaching innovations shown to improve student learning 

    · Summer institute for all fellows to introduce the teaching innovations and establish the year’s focus

    · Monthly collaboration with other fellows at a leading university in one of three geographic regions – North, Central, and South Jersey

    · $5,000 stipend for each fellow

    If you have questions please email

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