​NJSTA Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award

2022 Summer Institute 

   Observing Earth’s Climate            from Above

“Climate change ‘unequivocal’ and ‘unprecedented,’ says new U.N. report.” and “The report paints an alarming picture but emphasizes there is still time for swift action to mitigate the worst of the projected impacts of climate change. (AAAS, 2021) What is the evidence? Where did this evidence come from? This workshop will dig-deep into evidence from data collected using satellites that supports claims that our climate is changing. This workshop will focus on satellite data - how it is collected, and strategies and tools we use to analyze and interpret it to understand our changing climate. Participants will gain experience accessing, analyzing, and interpreting satellite data in the context of phenomenon driven, three-dimensional lessons. The workshop will target grade-appropriate knowledge and skills in the science and engineering practices of Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking and Engaging in Argument from Evidence to support students in building conceptual understanding of science ideas about Earth’s climate. At the end of this four-day session, participants will have a tool-kit of accessible satellite data sources and digital tools to use to implement lessons using satellite data designed for the NGSS classroom.

Reference: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/08/climatechange-unequivocal-and-unprecedented-says-new-unreport 

For further information about this 2022 MPS Memorial Award Summer Institute, please contact Cheryl Zanone njstasimmons@gmail.com.

Applications are closed for the 2022 Summer Institute. 


Teachers and Leaders of Middle School Science (Grades 6-8)

This four-day Institute will take place Monday, June 27– Thursday June 30, 2022 from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. daily.

Scholars who are accepted must commit to attend each full day of the program.

Institute Model and Location:

Hybrid such that Monday and Wednesday are Face-to-Face at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District while Tuesday and Thursday are remote.


Kate Soriano and Missy Holzer


The Institute is supported by the NJSTA Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award (MPSMA) Endowment.  It covers all Institute costs for participants who attend the full 5-day Institute. Participants, known as MPSMA Scholars, will also receive upon completion of the 5-day Institute:

  • One-year NJSTA membership;
  • One-year online access to NJSTA monthly newsletter and resources;
  • One-day admission to the October 2022 New Jersey Science Convention.
  • Certificate for 30 Professional Development hours

Successful applicants will be notified by May 1, 2022.  After May 1, any additional remaining spaces will be filled on a rolling basis and/or a waitlist will be used. 

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