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  • 26 Jan 2020 9:22 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    NJ School of Conservation Teaching Scholar Program: Biodiversity Field Methods

    June 28- July 2, 2020

    COST: FREE Scholarships will be funded by National Geographic and Montclair State University. Scholarships include all meals, on-site lodging and educational resources.

    This five-day summer professional development workshop for middle school teachers will focus on an extended hands-on experience in assessing ecosystem biodiversity. Teachers will work alongside academic researchers and professional scientists to identify flora and fauna in the forest, stream and lake ecosystems in and around the NJ School of Conservation (NJSOC) within Stokes State Forest. Teachers will learn field methods and improve their content knowledge in biology, ecology, and environmental science.

    Teachers will contribute to a NJSOC Bioblitz event scheduled to coincide with the workshop, allowing teachers to utilize the concept and curriculum materials for National Geographic’s and iNaturalists’s Bioblitz program. The concluding activity will be for the workshop participants to translate their newly developed skills to their classroom, school and local community by creating a lesson or unit plan that applies workshop learning. Full workshop description can be found HERE. Deadline to apply: April 1, 2020.


  • 26 Jan 2020 9:17 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    HIGH SCHOOL STEM

    GRANT PROGRAM

    CURRENTLY ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS 

    The Foundation for Health Advancement provides grants to encourage and support innovative STEM projects in high schools throughout New Jersey.  We are looking to fund projects that increase students' knowledge and hands-on experience in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.  

    Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded for innovative projects that bring new, exciting experiences to students which may motivate them to pursue STEM majors and careers. 

    STEM faculty members and high school STEM clubs supported by faculty members at public or private schools in New Jersey are eligible to apply.  See Guidelines and Application link below for all of the details. 

    Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on February 1, 2020.  Projects must be implemented by June 30, 2021.


    For more information, please visit: https://www.foundationforhealthadvancement.org/high-school-stem-grant-program


  • 26 Jan 2020 9:06 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    The World Science Festival, City of Science event will return to Fairleigh Dickinson University's Hackensack campus on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

    We are looking for: Science faculty, teachers, and students and scientists who can sign up to be a Science Ambassador to explain exhibits.

    College and high school students and science enthusiasts who can Volunteer to help run the event smoothly. This is a great opportunity to earn community service hours and learn how to communicate science.

    Saturday, March 21: City of Science NEW JERSEY at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Hackensack campus-- SIGN UP HERE!



  • 13 Jan 2020 6:12 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Request from Michael Heinz, NJ Department of Education Science Coordinator. Responses requested ASAP from High School Science teachers.

    If you were give flexibility to build courses based on student interest, identity, culture, and community, what would those course titles be? The design specification to the courses would include that a) the courses would need to ensure that all kids engage in authentic and engaging learning tasks and b) would allow all kids to demonstrate proficiency with all of the NJSLS-S (grades 9-12).

    Please respond directly to Michael.Heinz@doe.nj.gov


  • 10 Jan 2020 6:46 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 cohort of Real World Science! Please pass this on to teachers in your network.

    The Real World Science Summer Teacher Seminar brings 28 teachers who will be teaching science to 5th-8th graders in the following school year to our museum for a weeklong training experience. Two of the spots are reserved for Louisiana teachers, and teachers from public and public charter schools are accepted. We are particularly looking for teachers with 2-10 years of experience who are excited to improve their practice of science teaching. The teachers learn best practices in science teaching and 3D instruction while being introduced to the Real World Science curriculum. It includes a trip to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory in Livingston, LA, and a field day doing water quality studies at City Park and Lake Pontchartrain. Teachers are reimbursed for flight expenses, and the museum provides hotel accommodations and most meals.

     

    This year’s cohort will join us in New Orleans from July 12th-18th 2020.

    Applications are accepted from January 6th 2020 through March 13th 2020.

     

    Apply here (https://nationalww2museum.submittable.com/submit/155881/real-world-science-summer-teacher-seminar-2020)

    For more information, email realworldscience@nationalww2museum.org


  • 10 Jan 2020 6:30 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)


  • 7 Jan 2020 6:54 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)


    The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) in the U.S. is now accepting applications to sail as an as Onboard Outreach Officer on the JOIDES Resolution for 2 upcoming expeditions: 


    Sail on board the ship, be a part of a 30-member science party, conduct live ship-to-shore events to classrooms around the world, and come up with creative educational/outreach products! We welcome applications from classroom teachers, informal science educators, artists, videographers, writers, social media experts, and any who can make a good case for themselves. Selected applicants will have an opportunity to learn shipboard science alongside the expedition’s science party and translate the exciting science happenings to the general audience. Successful applicants will be creative, flexible, friendly, and hardworking. Some geoscience background is helpful. All expenses for U.S. Onboard Outreach Officers for travel to and from ports of call, and a $10,000 stipend are paid by the U.S. Science Support Program for IODP.

    Onboard Outreach Officers are selected through a competitive application and interview process. The selected individual(s) will also be flown to a 3-day training session prior to their expedition. Non-U.S. applicants will be directed to their country IODP office but are still encouraged to apply.

    To apply, you will need to complete the application through our on-line application portal. During the application process, you will be asked to rank the expeditions in which you are interested. Our application has the following components:
    • A completed application form
    • An up-to-date C.V.
    • A recommendation letter
    • Contact information for 2 additional references
    • A one-page proposal for what projects you would like to do while on-board
    • Answers to 3 short essay questions
    • A letter of support from your administrator, if needed

     Application deadline is February 10, 2020.

     For more information, visit http://joidesresolution.org/onboard-outreach-officer/


  • 4 Jan 2020 8:43 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    The American Modeling Teachers Association will offer distance learning Modeling courses for the 2020 spring. The distance learning courses are synchronous sessions, 3 hours each, using the Zoom platform with video and break-out sessions. The leaders will dive deep into the Modeling pedagogy and use simulations and videos if labs cannot be conducted in participants’ own time.

    ·        Intro to Modeling, a 15 week course hosted on Tuesday evenings 7-10 pm EST, starting January 14, 2020:

    o   For details and registration

    ·        Advanced Topics for Middle School Modeling, a 5-week course hosted on Wednesday evenings from 7-10 pm EST, starting January 15, 2020:

    o   For details and registration

    ·        Electricity & Magnetism Modeling course, a 15 week course hosted on Thursday evenings from 7-10 pm EST , starting January 16, 2020:

    o   For details and registration

    Our Modeling Workshop Hosts and Leaders already have many summer workshops planned. The workshops can be searched by location and by content areaWe have Modeling Workshops in Physics (mechanics, waves, E&M, Computational Modeling Physics 1st), Chemistry (1st and 2nd semester), Biology (1st and 2nd semester), Middle School and Physical Science.

    The Modeling Instruction pedagogy works very nicely with the Next Generation Science Standards, to see how well, check out the diagrams: https://www.modelinginstruction.org/connections-to-ngss-and-21st-century-skills/ And recently, we shared the podcast series with our members; if you want to listen to what David Hestenes, Brenda Royce, Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz and Larry Dukerich have to share, visit the Science Modeling Talks:  https://sciencemodelingtalks.com/

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  • 4 Jan 2020 7:08 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    First Lady Tammy Murphy has contacted NJEA regarding her interest with climate change and education .  NJEA is  reaching out and asking  if there any NJSTA members who would be willing to share what they have done in their classrooms in this area.    Have you done lessons on climate change in your classroom? Lessons can be in any content area (science, language arts, math, arts, social studies, languages, technology, etc) and at any grade level.

    Please share your experiences by emailing
    Shannon Pellegrino, SPellegrino@njea.org by January 15th


  • 4 Jan 2020 5:38 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    WILDFIRES IN AUSTRALIA
    Drought conditions have primed many regions for unusually high and intense fire activity.

        * Thick Smoke Blankets Southeastern Australia (Image from Jan 1, 2020; Posted Jan 2, 2020)
            https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146096/thick-smoke-blankets-southeastern-australia/?src=nha

        * Seeing the Parts for the Whole (Image from Dec 16, 2019; Posted Dec 18, 2019)
            https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146032/seeing-the-parts-for-the-whole/?src=nha

    SOUTH AMERICAN FIRES IN 2019
    Fire activity in the Amazon and much of South America often coincides with a dry season from July through October.

        * Tracking Amazon Deforestation from Above (Posted Dec 19, 2019)
            https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145988/tracking-amazon-deforestation-from-above/?src=nha


    -- SEVERE STORMS (1 updated event, 1 new image) --

    WINTER WEATHER IN NORTH AMERICA 2019-20
    Early winter brought unusually heavy and widespread snow to much of the United States and parts of Canada.

        * Southern California Snow (Image from Dec 28, 2019; Posted Dec 31, 2019)
            https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146086/southern-california-snow/?src=nha


    -- DROUGHT (1 updated event, 1 new image) --

    LONG-TERM DROUGHT IN AFRICA
    Parts of Africa have been plagued by dry seasons growing hotter and rainy seasons arriving later and with less water for crops and livestock.

        * Water Levels Keep Falling at Lake Kariba (Image from Nov 25, 2018; Posted Dec 30, 2019)
            https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146068/water-levels-keep-falling-at-lake-kariba/?src=nha


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