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  • 29 Nov 2019 9:28 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Intro to Modeling: What are conceptual models?  What is modeling?  What is Modeling Instruction - what is it like for teachers?  For students?  How does it work?  Why does it work?  What does it have to do with NGSS? This distance learning course will take on these questions and more in a 15-week distance learning format that meets once weekly, three hours per meeting.  We will delve into the cognitive underpinnings of Modeling Theory - reading about some of the seminal theories upon which it is based, engage in Modeling discourse and practice discourse management, watch videos of Modeling classrooms and make sense of student thinking by watching them whiteboard and listening to them talk with each other. We will look at how Modeling uncovers the spectrum of middle and high school science topics, exploring the storylines from the various disciplines, discussing the fundamental models of each of these disciplines with expert Modelers from physics, chemistry, biology, and middle school science. The course will be led by Janelle Hollingshead,  Ariel Serkin, Tanea Hilber and Nathan HaradaFor details and registration

    Middle School Modeling Advanced Topics is a 5-week distance learning course for teachers who have already taken any Modeling workshop, thus bringing together a group of participants who are familiar with the pedagogy and have experience implementing it in the classroom.  The course will address how to  support teachers continuing to implement Modeling in their own classrooms.  Main topics will include incorporating student-to-student discourse, assessing students’ conceptual learning, and leading engaging lessons that build models through storylines.  This course will show how Modeling is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and 3-Dimensional Learning.  Participants will also be given the opportunity to incorporate claim, evidence, reasoning into their science teaching repertoire.  Finally, the course will focus on giving participants a more in-depth understanding of the middle school Modeling resources and provide assistance “Modelize-ing” their own activities. The course will be led by George Nelson and David Bates. For details and registration

    This Spring on Thursdays from 7-10 PM (EST), AMTA will offer a 45-hour Distance Learning Electricity & Magnetism Modeling Course.  It will run for 15 consecutive weeks, meeting for 3 hours per week for synchronous communications, and will require at least three additional hours per week for individual and virtual group work.  The course will develop content knowledge and pedagogy for teaching a high school electricity and magnetism course from a microscopic Modeling perspective.  This course will require you to bring your Modeling "A" game each week! This is an excellent opportunity for any Modeler who is looking to deepen their content understanding and extend their understanding and experience in Modeling. The course will be led by Holly McTernan, Jess Dykes and Donna Blakeney. For details and registration

  • 29 Nov 2019 8:57 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    PAEMST logo Nominate a deserving K-6 mathematics or science teacher within your district to win $10,000.

    Anyone – including principals, teachers, parents, students, business leaders or members of the general public – may nominate exceptional mathematics or science teachers who are currently teaching grades K-6 for the 2019-20 award year.

    Teachers may also apply directly on the PAEMST website.



  • 8 Nov 2019 6:34 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 class of National STEM Scholars, a program designed specifically for middle school teachers inspiring the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) pioneers nationwide. Please forward! The deadline is February 1st.

    National Stem Cell Foundation Logo


    The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) partners with the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Science and Mathematics at Western Kentucky University (WKU) to fund 10 scholarships each year for middle school science teachers working to transfer a passion for science to students in this age group. Research shows that students who get excited about STEM subjects in middle school are the ones who will take those courses in high school and major in them at the college level. 


    National STEM Scholars receive advanced education in the development of STEM projects for classroom implementation, spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education (the 2018 speaker was Dr. Eric Mazur of Harvard University,  the 2019 speaker was Dr. John Medina – author of Brain Rules) and build a national network of colleagues for information sharing.


    Scholars are selected based solely on the merit of questions answered in the application. The selection committee is not provided with names or locations of teacher applicants.


    Over 40 Scholars have graduated from the National STEM Scholar Program. Each scholarship recipient receives the following:

    • Advanced education and leadership training on the campus of WKU from May 31 - June 6, 2020. All expenses – travel, lodging, meals – are included
    • A notebook/tablet (Chromebook or similar) to facilitate ongoing collaboration
    • A credit of up to $1,500 for technology and supplies to implement a classroom Challenge Project
    • Sponsored attendance at the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Conference in March/April, 2021. All expenses – registration, travel, lodging, meals – are included
    • Year-long mentorship and support provided by Gatton Academy faculty

    Applications are open now – click here to apply. The deadline is February 1, 2020.


    Click here to learn more about the National Stem Cell Foundation. Please contact me if you have questions or would like more information.

  • 3 Nov 2019 9:52 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Letting Learners Take the Lead: 3 Ways to Foster Problem Solving in Your Classroom

    By Annie Whitehouse, 10/31/19 11:30 AM 

    Solving food scarcity. Preventing viral outbreaks. Designing buildings to withstand natural disasters. Through Engineering Adventures and Engineering Everywhere, learners across the country have proposed unique, data-driven solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. These flexible curricula were tested in afterschool and summer programs, but classroom educators across the country have been implementing them into their STEM instruction for years. Just ask Camie Walker, the Utah educator who was featured on our blog in 2016 for her incredible work with the Engineering Adventures unit Shake Things Up: Engineering Earthquake-Resistant Buildings. She chose units from EiE’s flexible curricula because she loves creating opportunities for learners to connect what they’re learning to the world around them and to follow their STEM interests and passions.

    We sat down with Walker to learn how she uses flexible curricula to foster an inquiry-based, globally focused culture in her classroom that leads to plenty of real-world connections, and even the chance to perform with a Mythbuster!


  • 29 Oct 2019 9:44 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)


    We are excited to introduce PhysicsQuest 2019 and announce our latest featured physicist, Chien-Shiung Wu!

    Register now for a free kit with everything you need to complete four amazing experiments in your classroom. Each kit includes a Teacher’s Guide, materials, and background information about a featured physicist.

    [Register Now

    On this year’s quest, students will discover Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu’s important contributions to physics, and complete four experiments to learn about:

    • Thermal energy and equilibrium, using hot and cold water

    • Exothermic and endothermic reactions, using steel wool and vinegar

    • Thermal insulating properties, using thermal paper

    • Freezing and melting points, using ice, salt, and sugar

    Please note: PhysicsQuest kits are limited in quantity and available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be notified by email if you will receive a kit, or if you will be added to the waitlist and contacted next year. 


  • 29 Oct 2019 9:38 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Hello Friends and Associates of NJSGC,

    New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium will be reviewed on November 19-21 by a team convened by the National Sea Grant College Program. The review will be conducted at our Fort Hancock headquarters located on Sandy Hook, NJ and will consider all aspects of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s programs, including but not limited to management and organization, performance, stakeholder engagement, and other collaborative activities, including those with various offices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


    This notice invites you to participate in our review by emailing your comments about New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium to oar.sg-feedback@noaa.gov.

    This evaluation is critical to our nonprofit organization as the results impact our grants, funding, research, and programming among many other things. Without such support, NJSGC could not continue.

    Kindly send your comments at your earliest convenience – the comment period will end on November 12, 2019. Please put “New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium site review” in the subject line.


    Thank you for assisting New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium in providing the review team with your thoughts and comments.

  • 29 Oct 2019 9:34 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Interactive STEM activities, free

    Bring out the inner scientist in all your students with our scientifically accurate models and activities. Search below or head over to our NGSS Pathfinder!


    Plate tectonics

    Teach plate tectonics

    Try our new Plate Tectonics module for middle and high school students from our GEODE (Geological Models for Explorations of Dynamic Earth) project. A complete curriculum package includes student modules, pre- and post-tests, an interactive teacher’s edition, a real-time teacher dashboard, plus additional background materials and supplemental resources.

    Try Now

    Geniventure's dragons have been released

    Geniventure's dragons have been released

    Our newest dragon genetics game, Geniventure, is now available. Designed to teach genetics, inheritance, and the gene-to-protein relationship, Geniventure includes an integrated intelligent tutoring system that helps guides student learning, a real-time dashboard of student progress and performance, new challenges, and extensive teacher support materials. And it runs on iPads and tablets!

    Try Now

    High-Adventure Science

    High-Adventure Science curriculum packages

    Our popular High-Adventure Science resources for middle and high school students now include complete curriculum packages with student modules, pre- and post-tests, plus new features, including an interactive teacher’s edition and real-time teacher dashboard. They also provide additional background materials and supplemental resources.

    Thinking & Doing with Data

    Thinking & Doing with Data

    The Designing 2030: Thinking & Doing with Data meeting catalyzed a group of education leaders to further advance the conversation on how to achieve data fluency and support data science education for all. They explored one central question: How can open data and innovative technologies transform the way we teach and learn science and broaden participation by more learners?

    Read the Report (PDF)

  • 29 Oct 2019 9:29 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Solve Real World Problems 
    With the CITGO Fueling Education Student Challenge!

    In partnership with Discovery Education, CITGO is excited to announce the launch of their NEW Fueling Education Student Challenge now open to students in grades 5-8! Encourage your students to make a real-world impact and start exploring solutions to some of the world's toughest challenges today. 


    The Topics: Students may work individually or in groups up to 4 people, to solve a problem in their community that aligns to one of four United Nations Sustainability Development Goals:

         1. Safety & Well-Being
         2. Quality Education
         3. Sustainable Cities & Communities
         4. Life on Land  

    The Criteria: Students must submit a 1-2 minute video detailing the identified problem and their STEM solution. Don't forget to use the classroom resources dedicated to helping students brainstorm for the challenge. Students have until February 13, 2020 to submit! 

    The Prizes: Encourage students to start thinking about their solution today for the chance to win $20,000! Learn more about the prizes here. 

    Have Questions? We can help! Email our team at FuelingEducation@discoveryed.com

    Join the conversation on Twitter by following @DiscoveryEd and @CITGO and using #FuelingEducation

  • 29 Oct 2019 7:36 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)


    As the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USA Biolympiad (USABO) enriches the life science education of nearly 10,000 talented students annually. It provides the motivation, curricular resources, and skills training to take them beyond their classroom experience to the level of international competitiveness. Check out "What Is the USABO?"  To view the full 2020 USABO Scheduleclick here. 

    After two rounds of challenging exams, twenty Finalists are invited to a residential training program where they learn advanced biological concepts and exacting lab skills at the USABO National Finals. To view the 2019 USABO National Finalistsclick here.Ultimately, four students earn the right as USA Biolympiad Team to represent the USA at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO), a worldwide competition involving student teams from over seventy countries.

  • 29 Oct 2019 7:31 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    National STEM Competition! $500,000 in Scholarships and Grants!

    The Lexus Eco Challenge, now in its 13th year, continues with registration for the Air & Climate Challenge! The Challenge asks student teams, led by a teacher/advisor, to identify and research environmental issues in their community, then develop and implement action plans that help solve the problem. Students come away empowered knowing that they can work together to help address the United Nations Sustainability Goals and make a positive change in the environment on a local level.

    Register your teams to jump-start inquiry, creativity, and advocacy in your classroom.

    How to Get Started



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