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  • 8 Jun 2022 10:20 AM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    On March 23, 2022, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) released its application for Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to participate in the Limited Certificate of Eligibility (CE) and Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) five-year pilot program. Authorized by P.L.2021, c.224 (Chapter 224), this pilot program provides for the issuance of limited CEs and limited CEASs in an instructional area for candidates who meet certain requirements. For additional information on the program, please see the NJDOE’s March 23, 2022 broadcast memo.

    Today, the NJDOE is sharing additional guidance for LEAs hiring limited CE or limited CEAS holders, and guidance for potential candidates applying for a limited CE or CEAS.

  • 8 Jun 2022 10:19 AM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    The Governor’s STEM Scholars brings together New Jersey’s high-achieving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students, from grades 10 through doctoral level, to connect with New Jersey STEM professionals and experts, learn about higher education and career pathways in STEM, participate in a STEM research project, and acquire important professional development skills. Learn how to apply at www.govstemscholars.com


    During the year, Scholars are introduced to New Jersey’s STEM economy through quarterly conferences focusing on government, academia, industry, and a commencement. They participate in field trips to laboratories, STEM master classes, and fireside chats with STEM leaders. Led by college-level team leads, and mentored through professional STEM advisors, each Scholar produces a viable research project. 


    Reach out with questions to info@govstemscholars.com.


  • 20 May 2022 11:09 AM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Applications are now open for the Governor’s STEM Scholars, a program of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey.  This highly competitive program provides New Jersey STEM students with the state’s STEM economy through quarterly conferences, field trips and master classes, and research opportunities.  The program is free of charge to all participants and applications are open at www.govstemscholars.com through June 10, 2022. 

    2023 Governor's STEM Scholars Flyer - Info Sessions.pdf

  • 18 May 2022 3:54 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    The University of Delaware's E3 Program is proud to announce its two week-long professional learning workshops for Summer 2022. Please see the attached flyer as well as the information below.


    The E3 professional learning workshops are designed for high school STEM and engineering CTE teachers and are co-led by UD engineering and education faculty. All workshops run from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday, at UD's Newark Campus. Registration costs are $500 per participant, and they include take-away materials and lesson plans.


    • Engineering Thinking (ET): This week-long workshop is centered on engineering estimation, mathematical and conceptual modeling, and systems-level thinking. The course may be of particular interest to Math, Chemistry, Integrated Science, and Environmental Science teachers who are looking to integrate engineering concepts into their courses. Participants will engage in real-world systems-level design challenges in chemical and environmental engineering and modify or create curriculum of their own that aligns to their course learning objectives.

            July 11th - 15th, 2022 | Register Here | Contact: Prof. Haritha Malladi


    • Design of Design (DxD): This week-long workshop focuses on the engineering product design process and may be of particular interest to Physics, Physical Science, and Engineering CTE teachers. Participants gain a working knowledge of the engineering product design process through hands-on projects in an engineering makerspace, and they develop unique engineering design challenges tailored to their own classroom practice.

       August 8th-12th, 2022 | Register Here | Contact: Prof. Jenni Buckley

  • 3 May 2022 9:32 AM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    The Hurricanes: Science and Society Team at the University of Rhode Island's Inner Space Center, is pleased to again collaborate with the National Hurricane Center (NHC) on a hurricane science and preparedness webinar. This free, one-hour event is scheduled for May 5th at 9am EDT, and is geared toward 3rd through 8th grade students (perfect for classrooms and homeschool families).

    The NHC will be connecting live from the Hurricane Awareness Tour in New York City, and will talk about hurricanes, the weather hazards that come with these tropical systems, the job of a meteorologist, and how meteorologists get you the weather information you need before a storm. Participants will have the opportunity to ask forecasters questions. 

    Registration is required. Register at: https://hurricane2022.eventbrite.com

    This event will take place on WebEx and will be live streamed on YouTube. WebEx and YouTube links will only be shared with individuals who are registered for the program. 

    Questions?  Please contact Chris Knowlton (cknowlton@uri.edu)

  • 3 May 2022 9:28 AM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    May 4, 2022: Oceans Late Night Event at the Rutgers Geology Museum  

    6:00-7:30PM EST  

    Join us on Wednesday, May 4th for our Oceans Night Event! Tune in to learn all about how the ocean moves, why it is so important, and the organisms that call it home! This virtual, online event will include do-at-home educational activities, a trivia game, and a guest presentation! The event is free and open to visitors of all ages!  

    Online Event hosted by the Rutgers Geology Museum: https://go.rutgers.edu/latenight  

  • 26 Apr 2022 12:42 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)


    NJSPN News 

    April I CAN STEM NJ Role Model Inductee Announced

    This month's I CAN STEM NJ Role Model is Kamuran Soydam.  Kamuran is a STEM teacher and Coach for I-Learn Schools. We are honored to have him be an inductee of the 2022 I CAN STEM Class!
    Visit our I CAN STEM Page

    NJ News 

    Wakefern and Simbe to test cutting-edge shelf-scanning robot technology

    Keasbey-based Wakefern Food Corp., the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the U.S., is launching a pilot program together with Simbe to deploy robots, named Tally, to its stores this year.

    Tally autonomously roams store aisles up to three times per day, leveraging computer vision technology to collect highly accurate shelf data that ensures products are in-stock, in the correct location, and accurately priced on the sales floor. The company reported that Tally detects up to 10 times more out-of-stock products versus manual shelf checks. In turn, the inventory management duties handled by the robot free up store associates to focus on more engaging tasks such as customer service.

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    MIT Scientists Reveal the Best Way to Twist Open an Oreo Cookie

    The science is in: The creme filling in Oreo cookies is classified as "mushy," and it's very difficult to get it to stick to both sides when you twist one apart. 

    "I had in my mind that if you twist the Oreos perfectly, you should split the creme perfectly in the middle," MIT researcher Crystal Owens said in a statement. "But what actually happens is the creme almost always comes off of one side."

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    Don't Miss Out!

    QUEST Professional Learning 2022

    Register for QUEST by 4/15/22 for the discounted rate (Early Bird $250; after 4/15/22 fee is $300). Please see the exciting professional learning experiences being offered for K-12 STEM teachers through QUEST 2022 as we return to an in-person format this summer. 

    This summer's QUEST includes Machine Learning: Discovering the Rules of Life through Images (6/26-7/1), Weather and Climate (6/27-7/1), and Climate Change: Exploring Solutions to a Complex Problem (7/5-7/8).

    View Flyers

    TCNJ and HSMC PD

    Join The College of New Jersey and the Hunterdon, Somerset, and Mercer County STEM Ecosystem on  June 1 from 9am-3pm for this professional learning event available to Pre-K through 5th grade teachers.

    Learn More & Register

    Rutgers CS Hub Spring 2022 PD Registration Open!

    The Rutgers CS Hub has a few upcoming teacher PD events that we wanted to share. Please send this information to anyone you know who might be interested in attending these workshops!

    Each session will discuss the new NJ state standards and will offer fun and innovative ways to engage students with creative projects and activities. Please note, each session takes place over two Saturdays and both days are required to complete the workshop, so please only sign up if you can attend each! Stipends will be offered to those in attendance, and a bonus is available for contributing to the launch of a new lesson plan exchange!

    Learn More & Register

    Coding Challenge 2022

    Partnering with NJ Makers Day, WeMake 4-H presents a coding challenge for elementary and middle school students in NJ!

    Challenge Theme:
    This current pandemic has made us realize that technology can really be used to help us stay healthy. We invite the students to use either Scratch or HTML to make a project on “TECH & HEALTH”

    Scratch is a programming tool designed by MIT, which uses colorful, snap-together blocks to create programs that can do anything from simulating games to playing movies! Similarly, HTML is the standard markup language for web pages.

    Eligibility:This contest is open to NJ residents studying in elementary/middle school in grades 3-8.

    Winning projects will be contacted through email by May 31st, 2022

    Learn More

    NJCCIC Cyberstart 2022

    New for 2022, the NJCCIC is launching a mini competition exclusively for NJ students participating in CyberStart America!  With CSA-NJ, you'll develop key cyber skills playing the CyberStart challenges & win prizes from the NJCCIC.
    Learn More

  • 26 Apr 2022 12:39 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Did you miss the Theme of the Month Webinar?

    Integrating Engineering Across the STEM Curriculum:

    Challenges, Strategies and Impact

    Recording now available!

    Join the online discussion for this month's theme with the panelists about their work in integrating engineering into STEM curriculum. Share your own suggestions, experiences and questions. Discussion is open to those who attended as well as those who could not make itRecording of the webinar and a transcript of the chat with resources are now available.

  • 26 Apr 2022 12:34 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Earth Day is just around the corner! If you’re looking for resources for the classroom, we have an archived series of webinars with Smithsonian scientists that you might find out of this world!

    Explore the possibilities of digital learning through hands-on interactives based on the work of three innovative Smithsonian women scientists. With this suite of resources, accompanied by educator-targeted conversations exploring how to use them, take your classroom on an underwater adventurejourney through the jungles of Panama, or travel lightyears into outer space

    A Youtube banner featuring portraits of three Smithsonian scientists

    The How to Be a Scientist: Smithsonian Women as Career Role Models project brings the stories and work of three contemporary Smithsonian scientists to your students through project kits of free, classroom-ready materials! Each kit highlights a scientist’s career journey and the importance of her work through educational resources including online interactives, 360° videos, classroom activities in a Smithsonian Learning Lab collection, and more. Use these suites of educational resources to bring the importance of climate change, the predator/prey dynamic, and the electromagnetic spectrum to your students! 

    Check out the recordings of our series of live, educator-targeted conversations with each scientist focusing on the project kits below. In each session, we demonstrated the suite of educational resources and ended with the featured scientist answering audience questions: 

    A youtube banner featuring Dr. Nancy Knowlton in the foreground and a coral reef illustration in the background
    View the webinar recording here. 
    Visit the interactive Secrets of the Sea resources here.  

    A youtube banner featuring Dr. Rachel Page in the foreground and a jungle illustration in the background

    View the webinar recording here.
    Visit the interactive Predator VS Prey resources here. 

    A youtube banner featuring Dr. Kimberly Arcand in the foreground and a supernova illustration in the background

    View the webinar recording here.
    Visit the interactive Journey through an Exploded Star resources here. 

  • 31 Mar 2022 7:48 AM | NJSTA (Administrator)
    Save the Date and Program Proposals
    46th Annual New Jersey Science Convention
     Date: October 18 & 19, 2022
    Princeton Marriott at Forrestal
    Featured Speaker
    2022 Annual Banquet features Dr. John Wilkin, Oceanographer
    Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Date: Tuesday Evening, October 18, 2022
    Calling All Presenters
    NJSC 2022 Theme: Helping All Students Find Their Voice
    You are invited to submit a program proposal, especially programs that address: 
    • Creating a Culturally Responsive Science Classroom
    • Promoting Equity and Inclusion in the Science Classrooms
    • Engaging Students in Climate Change Through Research, Discourse and Problem Solving 
    • Engaging Students in the Explanation and Exploration of Local Problems
    • Interactive Three Dimensional/NGSS Lessons that Address K-5 Science, Earth and Space Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
    We also welcome sessions that address the integration of technology and the latest information on classroom resources.
    Priority scheduling deadline to submit a program is June 15, 2022 
    We will continue to accept proposals after that date if space permits, but there will be limited time slots available, so we suggest you submit your proposal as soon as possible.  All proposals should be submitted online, using the link below.
    Submit Program Proposal
    Please share information with colleagues interested in presenting
    Additional convention information on our website at: 
    Attendee Registrations Opens April 2022
    Exhibitor Registration Opens March 2022 
    Questions about program proposals may be addressed to:
    NJSC Office Services
    See you in October!
    Angela Best and Lola Szobota
    Convention Co-Chairs

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