News 2020-21

  • 11 Oct 2020 10:41 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    This virtual event, streamed free on 10.10.2020, is the Global Launch of Countdown, a new initiative to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. Watch five curated sessions packed with more than 50 speakers, activists, actors and musicians, who share actionable and science-backed ideas, paired with moments of wonder, inspiration and optimism. Presented by TED and Future Stewards. Learn how you can take action on climate change and join the race to a zero-carbon world: #JoinTheCountdown





    Countdown Global Launch agenda and speaker list:

    Session 1: Urgency (19:35) Hosted by Mark Ruffalo and Don Cheadle Featuring: Johan Rockström, Angel Hsu, António Guterres, Prince Royce, David Lammy and Christiana Figueres

    Session 2: Leadership (1:28:58) Hosted by Al Gore and Jaden Smith Featuring: Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Ursula von der Leyen, Olafur Eliasson, Rebecca Henderson, Elif Shafak, Jesper Brodin, Pia Heidenmark Cook, Dave Clark, Kara Hurst, Aparna Nancherla, Carlos Moreno, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr and Yemi Alade

    Session 3: Transformation (2:38:42) Hosted by Jane Fonda and Xiye Bastida Featuring: Varun Sivaram, Myles Allen, Rose M. Mutiso, Raye Zaragoza, Monica Araya, Al Gore, Gloria Kasang Bulus, Nana Firman, Ximena Loría, Tim Guinee, Stephen Wilkes and Yemi Alade

    Session 4: Breakthroughs (3:47:37) Hosted by Prajakta Koli and Hannah Stocking Featuring: Thomas Crowther, Ernestine Leikeki Sevidzem, Brent Loken, John Doerr, Hal Harvey, Sigrid, Karen Scrivener, Tom Schuler, Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Zelalem Adefris and Prince William

    Session 5: Action (4:55:37) Hosted by Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Chris Hemsworth Featuring: Amanda Gorman, Roman Krznaric, Sophie Howe, Miao Wang, Alok Sharma, Nigel Topping, Lisa Jackson, Liz Ogbu, Ava DuVernay, His Holiness Pope Francis, Andri Snær Magnason, Cynthia Erivo and Gary Motley

    We're dedicated to making Countdown as impactful as possible. Share your feedback here:

  • 4 Oct 2020 6:46 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Image preview#NJSTEMTogether Communities Challenge: this is a team-based high school student communities challenge where students are asked to identify issues affecting their communities as a result of COVID-19 and to provide their solutions to these issues. 

    Registration launched on September 25.

    NJSTEMTogether Communities Challenge Flyer-5.pdf

    “I CAN STEM” Diversity and Inclusion Campaign

    Through “I CAN STEM,” the NJSPN aims to support an increase in the diversity of New Jersey’s STEM workforce and academic pipelines. “I CAN STEM” (logo attached) will highlight diverse STEM role models so that all students will be able to see themselves participating and succeeding in STEM courses and careers. 

    “I CAN STEM” will recognize both historical and famous STEM figures, as well as New Jersey STEM professionals who will be selected via a nomination process. To nominate an “I CAN STEM” Inductee, click here.

  • 27 Sep 2020 10:31 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)
    This summer three high school teachers worked with faculty from the Rutgers Protein Data Bank to develop a curriculum unit that focuses on the pandemic. Its entitled "COVID-19 in Molecular Detail" and targets students in grades 9 -14.

    Its completely online and free. The units are downloadable and teachers can request 'teacher only' resources and answer keys by emailing Dr. Shuchismita Dutta, Ph. D. at or shuchi.dutta@rcsb.orgBelow are a few more details about the new curricular module - “COVID-19 in Molecular Detail” - that can be accessed on the on PDB-101 Website:

    ·      What is it?

    o   It is a free online resource that explores the molecular biology of SARS-CoV-2 focusing on the sequence, structure and function of key proteins in the viral life cycle.

    ·      Who is it for?

    o   The lessons and activities target grades 9 through 14 students.

    ·      Where to find it?


    ·      Who developed it? And When?

    o   The Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank (RCSB PDB) at Rutgers University hosted the curriculum development in Summer 2020, as a collaborative effort between Rutgers University scientists, educators and a few NJ high school teachers.

    ·      Why should you check it out?

    o   Topics in the curriculum range from molecular discussions about hand washing, the viral life cycle, the viral evolution, key enzymes and proteins, infection, viral genome expression, disease, testing, treatment, and vaccines.   

    o   Answer keys and Teaching notes are available to teachers with a free teacher login.

    Watch one of the developers describe the curricular contents in the video at

    Have specific questions about the curriculum? Email Shuchismita Dutta at

  • 27 Sep 2020 9:29 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Earth Science Week Toolkits:

    The New Jersey Geological and Water Survey is again providing New Jersey Earth and Space Science Teachers with Earth Science Week Toolkits to the first fifty teachers to request one. The toolkits are packed with high quality resources that can be used not only Earth Science Week, October 11-17, 2020, but during the rest of the school year as well. This year's theme is Earth Materials in our Lives and is a perfect fit for those implementing the Next Generation Science Standards ESS3 - Earth and Human Activity. If you would like one of these kits, please complete the form at this link:

    Visit for additional free classroom resources. For additional information, contact Cori Kosar at

    Earth Science Week

  • 27 Sep 2020 9:15 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    "Keep Teaching Science! Successful Strategies to Adapt K–12 Science Experiences for Distance Learning"  is a document developed by WestEd (taking over to Achieve to support NGSS). 

    Anchored in the vision of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and A Framework for K-12 Science Education, a new NextGenScience resource highlights ways materials designed for in-person NGSS learning can be adapted for virtual or at-home settings while maintaining or enhancing best practices.

    Keep Teaching Science Document 


    Keep Teaching Science Webinar

  • 27 Sep 2020 9:12 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    During the sudden crisis of the COVID-19 global pandemic, CSSS members embarked on a collective effort to develop guidance and support structures through the Community Projects Initiative which aimed to address the immediate and long-term need of the membership and greater science education community.

    CSSS Community Projects

  • 27 Sep 2020 9:07 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    "The COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in widespread and ongoing changes to how the K55 education system functions, including disruptions to science teaching and learning environments. Students and teachers are all figuring out how to do schooling differently, and districts and states are working overtime to reimagine systems and processes. This is difficult and stressful work in the middle of the already stressful and sometimes traumatic backdrop of the global pandemic. In addition, students with disabilities, students of color, immigrants, English learners, and students from under-resourced communities have been disproportionately affected, both by the pandemic itself and by the resulting instructional shifts."

    See the new book from the National Academies Press (NAP) "Teaching K-12 Science and Engineering During a Crisis".  You can download a FREE PDF on the NAP website linked below. 

    Teaching K-12 Science and Engineering in a Crisis

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