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  • 12 Oct 2019 9:58 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    The General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s (GAMA) supports an annual competition to promote STEM skills in U.S. high school students through an aviation curriculum and a virtual fly-off. Registration  is now open for the 2020 Aviation Design Challenge. Slots are available for the first 150 high school teachers that enter. 

    The competition is free – we provide a curriculum developed in alignment with national STEM standards along with the world’s top software for personal computers through a partnership with Fly to Learn and X-Plane. The winning team receives an all-expenses-paid trip to experience general aviation manufacturing firsthand, and the team placing second receives a prize of an in-school, two-day STEM Lab Camp hosted by Redbird Flight Simulations.
    Learn more about the Aviation Design Challenge, and register, on our website: http://bit.ly/2idxzkF

  • 12 Oct 2019 9:55 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP)

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    The Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP) is CEE’s program for middle and high school STEM and CTE teachers. TEP provides opportunities for rural and urban teachers to connect with experts from industry and academia to explore cutting-edge research and make meaningful professional links with direct benefits for themselves and their students. All online resources and events are cost-free for all participants. TEP events are currently held in California, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. We invite interested teachers to visit the program website at www.cee.org/teacher-enrichment-program to find out how to connect with scientists and engineers in the community through Bite of Science sessions and Teacher Roundtables and to explore a variety of online STEM resources. If you have any questions about being part of our programming, please contact Mariah Green, Teacher Enrichment Program Director (mbgreen@cee.org). 

  • 12 Oct 2019 9:54 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)


    USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) Registration is OPEN!

    You and your students are invited to participate in the 2020 USA Biolympiad (USABO). The USABO is a three-tier competition that demands the very best of students in biology theoretical and laboratory knowledge. The USABO mission concentrates on stimulating young scholars’ intellectual curiosity and developing their critical thinking in laboratory skills and biological reasoning to propel them to careers of excellence and leadership in science and technology.

    Registration opens September 23, 2019 for teachers and students! To register, please visit the USABO website https://www.usabo-trc.org/. The registration fee is $95 per school regardless of the number of student participants. Be sure to check out the Biology Story of the day and to “friend” the USABO on Facebook. Students should check the Student Corner for study resources and how to form a USABO Club. Registration closes January 14, 2020. The final four students on Biolympiad Team USA will compete at the International Biology Olympiad in Nagasaki, Japan, July 3 to 11, 2020 (http://www.ibo2019.org/news/welcome-movie). Contact Mr. Andersen, USABO Manager (kandersen@cee.org) or Kathy Frame, USABO Consultant & Advisor (kframe@cee.org) if you have any questions. We look forward to your students participating!

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  • 12 Oct 2019 9:37 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)


    The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) co-sponsor the Research Science Institute (RSI), a six-week program that nurtures high school scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). CEE seeks talented 11th (or the equivalent) Grade STEM Students who have a desire to complete an unforgettable research program through the RSI program.

    The 2020 RSI program will be held on the MIT campus June 21 to August 1, 2020. The program is cost free to students except for travel to and from MIT. If you are a high school junior or equivalent and interested in this program, visit the CEE website (www.cee.org). For more information about the application process, please visit RSI application materials at http://www.cee.org/apply-rsi.  Registration is open for RSI 2020 and the deadline to apply is January 15, 2020.

    If you have any questions, please contact Maite Ballestero, Executive Vice President, Programs & Administration, maite@cee.org. See us on Facebook - look for Center for Excellence in Education!



  • 12 Oct 2019 9:31 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    NJAMLE is preparing for our state conference being held at Kean University in March.  Adam Welcome, co-author of "Kids Deserve It" is the keynote speaker.

    If you are interested, please complete the Call for Presenters Form: https://forms.gle/QUDF66JogG7BRTzH8

    https://njamle.org Come learn, share, and connect -We're better together!

  • 12 Oct 2019 9:28 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    National STEM Scholar Program

    We need your help to share an all-expenses paid professional learning opportunity for middle school science teachers affiliated with your organization. Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 class of the National STEM Scholars Program, a program designed specifically for middle school science teachers inspiring the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) pioneers nationwide. Please forward!

    Forward Forward

    An all-expenses-paid professional development opportunity for 10 select middle school science teachers

    Apply Now

    Seeking middle school science teachers who:

    • enjoy the creativity in teaching

    • are eager to share ideas with colleagues

    • are excited about networking with peers from across the U.S.

    • would like financial and academic support for great ideas

    The National STEM Scholar Program works to inspire the creativity and passion of middle school science teachers, ten of whom will be selected for this prestigious program. The next set of Scholars will be hosted by The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science and The Center for Gifted Studies from May 31 - June 6, 2020 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

    Scholars will engage in hands-on, minds-on science activities; connect with speakers and thought leaders in STEM education; learn with skilled science educators; and develop a creative Challenge Project for classroom implementation. Each Scholar will receive a Chromebook and funding for Challenge Project supplies and materials.

    National STEM Scholars will share midpoint progress with their colleagues while attending the National Science Teachers Association annual meeting in April 2021. Mentoring will be provided throughout the year by Western Kentucky University faculty.

    All expenses, including travel costs, materials, mentoring and Challenge Project supplies will be covered by a grant from the National Stem Cell Foundation.

    If you have questions, please call 270-745-6323 or email gifted@wku.edu.

    Application Deadline February 1
    Learn more & apply at


  • 12 Oct 2019 9:19 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)
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    Middle school contest—students and teachers win big!
    What's it like to visit space? Ask your students to use their problem-solving
    skills to create an innovation for travelers staying at a hotel in space.
    Students can compete to win an iPad and $1,000 for
    your classroom—bonus: chance to speak with astronauts!
    Start by completing our STEM lesson and activities that support the contest.

  • 5 Oct 2019 8:00 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    To support educators with the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards,
    the Science Education Institute is offering
    a series of one-day NGSS workshops.
    These workshops are continuously updated
    based on national best practices.


    Making Crosscutting Concepts


    Grades K-5: Tuesday November 12, 2019

          Grades 6-12: Wednesday November 13, 2019

    9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

    Fee: $125;   Credits: 5.5 PDU Hours


    More Information

    • Participants will be engaged in NGSS-aligned investigations that are driven by natural phenomena in a variety of science content areas to deepen their understanding of Practices and Crosscutting Concepts and how they mutually support each other.
    • Participants will learn how to use Crosscutting Concepts to frame questions for class discussions and to focus student thinking about natural phenomena. They will take away strategies to help students define systems related to the natural phenomena they are investigating. Specifically, they will investigate how to trace the matter and energy into, within, and out of these systems, and consider how these systems are changing and on what scale.
    • Participants will experience and reflect on how Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas are meaningfully integrated in instruction and assessments using Performance Tasks.
    • There will be time for reflection and to plan NGSS-aligned lessons.
    • The workshop leader, Dr. Wil van der Veen, is a nationally recognized expert in science education and a member of the New Jersey State Leadership Team for the NGSS. Participants will work in small groups that are facilitated by experienced classroom teachers from our NGSS Teacher Leader Program.

     Register Online


    We recommend sending leadership teams of 3-7 teachers to at least three one-day workshops or the Summer Institute to develop a solid foundation for the NGSS.


    Register soon - workshops fill up quickly!



                 Visit  www.raritanval.edu/ngss 
            for more information and to register for our

    NGSS Professional Development Workshop Series
    for 2019-2020


    Using Systems and System Models

    to Make Sense of Phenomena

    Tuesday December 10, 2019 (Grades K-5)

    Wednesday December 11, 2019 (Grades 6-12)


    Constructing Explanations Supported by Arguments

    Tuesday February 4, 2020 (Grades K-5)

    Wednesday February 5, 2020 (Grades 6-12)


    Planning NGSS-Aligned Lessons and Assessments

    Tuesday March 10, 2020 (Grades K-5)

    Wednesday March 11, 2020 (Grades 6-12)


    This workshop series is supported by generous grants from the New Jersey Spacegrant Foundation.



    Other Professional Development Workshops offered by the Science Education Institute


    Starlab Training

    Wednesday November 20, 2019 (Grades K-12)

    Fee: $150;   Credits: 6 PDU Hours


    To discuss long-term NGSS professional development plans contact Dr. Wil van der Veen a wil.vanderveen@raritanval.edu

  • 4 Oct 2019 10:24 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Kids Invent Webinar

    Join Lemelson-MIT and partners MED-EL Medical Electronics, Deaf Kids Code and Invention Convention for a webinar that will offer insight into ideas4ears, a children’s invention contest that aims to come up with solutions for people living with hearing loss. MED-EL, who organizes ideas4ears, is a global innovation leader in hearing loss solutions, its founders having been the first to develop the microelectronic multi-channel cochlear implants. The contest was created to “improve children’s understanding of the challenges associated with hearing loss and deafness as well as the benefits of treatment.”

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Explanation of the contest and its background
    • Details into the application process
    • Related invention example from a past ideas4ears winner 
    • Shared insight and invention resources from partner programs 

    Register at: https://lemelson.mit.edu/events/kids-invent-webinar

  • 4 Oct 2019 9:42 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    OpenSci Ed Launches First Three Units of Open-Content Instructional Materials

    Developed by World-Class Science Curriculum Developers for Middle School, Free Materials are designed for the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science.

    OpenSciEd, an effort led by ten partner states -including NJ-, science educators, curriculum developers, and philanthropic organizations to improve the supply of and demand for high-quality K12 science materials, announced the public release of its first freely available instructional materials for middle school science. The three units of instruction, Thermal Energy, Metabolic Reactions and Sound Waves, have been externally evaluated by Achieve's Science Peer Review Panel and are listed as examples of quality materials on www.nextgenscience.org. They each cover approximately six weeks of classroom time.

    “It’s a privilege to provide schools with rigorous science instructional materials that combine the expertise of a world-class development consortium and the wisdom of current teachers, administrators and state leaders,” said Jim Ryan, Executive Director of OpenSciEd. “These first three units are just the beginning of this initiative, and we will continue to release instructional materials every six months until there is a complete middle grades program in early 2022.”

    OpenSciEd brings together leadership from ten partner states and world-class science curriculum developers from BSCS Science Learning, Northwestern University, Boston College, The Charles A. Dana Center and Digital Promise to make available free classroom and professional development materials for every teacher.

    “This project is a tremendous opportunity to advance science education,” said Dr. Daniel Edelson, executive director of BSCS Science Learning. “Each member of the Developers Consortium is deeply committed to working with classroom teachers, specialists, and education leaders in the design and implementation of our instructional materials. It is a huge honor to be involved in this work during a time when high quality instructional materials for science are critically needed.”

    OpenSciEd materials are freely available in both print-ready PDFs and as editable google docs, allowing teachers, schools and districts more flexibility. Ryan notes the organization’s mission is to eliminate as many barriers as possible for teachers and students to access and use high- quality materials and has partnered with a printer and kit provider to offer the materials at extremely competitive prices for those who wish to purchase the materials

    “Since launching in 2016, Achieve’s Science Peer Review Panel (PRP) has reviewed nearly 300 free and publicly available units using the EQuIP Rubric for Science and only 14 units have earned the top two ratings, including the three units released by OpenSciEd,” said Matt Krehbiel, Director for Science at Achieve.

    “The OpenSciEd project has pioneered a process by which classroom teachers, district and state leadership, researchers and curriculum developers work together to produce a high quality, standards-aligned curriculum that has been proven to engage all students, regardless of identity or background, in meaningful science instruction,” said Jill Cowart, Assistant Superintendent, Academic Content at Louisiana Department of Education. “The newly released units, brought to life by teachers, have the potential to reshape middle school science education across the country.”

    This project is made possible by the generous philanthropic support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

    About OpenSciEd

    OpenSciEd was launched in 2018 as a nonprofit to address the need among teachers and school districts for high-quality, open-source, full-course science instructional materials, as well as to support the implementation of middle school science instructional units as a result of the adoption of the National Research Council’s document, A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

    For more information about OpenSciEd, please visit our website at www.OpenSciEd.org

    The Liberty Science Center is the OpenSciEd lead training hub for the state of New Jersey. New Jersey educators interested in OpenSciEd should email Anthony Bisulca or Michael Heinz for more information.

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