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  • 9 Feb 2020 8:24 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    ActivEpi Web: A Free Multimedia Online Epidemiology Textbook.  Ideal for high school students, ActivEpi Web includes 15 lessons with narrated instructional expositions that use video and animation; interactive study questions and quizzes; and homework exercises. ActivEpi Web can be accessed at http://activepi.herokuapp.com. The author’s website at www.activepi.com provides further details about ActivEpi Web and includes free Power Point instructional materials. David Kleinbaum, Ph.D., professor emeritus of epidemiology at Emory University and developer of ActivEpi, said, “Epidemiology is very relevant for high school students because it provides a realistic practice-based approach to understanding the underlying concepts and methods of scientific research and because healthcare affects everyone.”  For more information, contact Dr. Kleinbaum at  dkleinb@emory.edu.

  • 2 Feb 2020 9:09 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    I.D. Antarctica:  Follow the adventures of polar scientist Andrew Corso and see if your students can identify the “mystery creatures” that he encounters during his research cruise along the West Antarctic Peninsula.

    Once a week, on Tuesdays, we will post a photograph of a “mystery” creature from the depths of the Southern Ocean that participating classes will identify using the custom keys provided.  Each Friday we will post the correct identification, as well as information about the animal and the surrounding ecosystem. The unique organisms we will post are found only in Antarctica and will include alien-like invertebrates, white-blooded icefishes, penguins, and several others. The program will begin January 14, 2020 and run for five consecutive weeks.

    This opportunity is open to all grade levels and no registration is required – just make sure you are signed up to receive Polar-ICE blog posts (see sign up box at top right of this page.)

    About our scientist:

    Andrew Corso, a PhD candidate at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, will be leading I.D. Antarctica. While he is primarily researching the impacts of climate change on Antarctic fishes, he has the opportunity to work with scientists studying a variety of Antarctic organisms, ranging from bacteria to whales. Andrew’s greatest passion is photography and his specialized equipment will help illustrate the otherworldly animals of the Southern Ocean.

    Follow along at https://polar-ice.org/blog/ 

  • 2 Feb 2020 8:31 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    The NJ State Science Day program is a competition between individuals and among teams of secondary school students on the subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth, Space and Environmental Science funded by several scientific companies designed to identify outstanding science students within the state of NJ.The competition will take place online on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.The NJ State Science Day program will be held simultaneously at each school that registers. All schools must have the ability to administer the assessments electronically, and should make available the use of one keyboard computer per student for the exam day. Tablet style computers are not allowed. Once registered for NJ State Science Day, please arrange in advance to have computers available for Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

    For more information and to register go to: https://quizcase.com/NJSSD/

  • 2 Feb 2020 8:15 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)


    Dear Colleague, 

    Please join us on February 11, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. EST for a free webinar to learn about the Lemelson-MIT 2020 InvenTeam grant program for high school teachers and teams of students aiming to develop a solution to a problem the students identify in their local communities. We will walk you through the application process and you will also hear from a prior winner who will share tips for helping students come up with a good problem to solve.
    Teachers who responded to our recent alumni survey tell us that the InvenTeam grant:

    • Was a life changing experience (83%)
    • Changed the way they teach (91%)
    • Connected teachers to a network they professionally gained from (90%)
    • Helped them to acquire additional funding (86%)

    All former InvenTeam students in our survey agreed that they developed leadership, teamwork and communication skills (100%), developed perseverance (98%), and improved their self-confidence (99%).  Students say they envisioned different paths to college and careers (91%) and 71% said they developed interests in STEM even though they were not previously interested in this subject area.

    Learn more about the InvenTeams grant opportunity here or register now for the free webinar by clicking the button below.


    Register Now


  • 2 Feb 2020 7:40 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Help inspire STEM confidence in underserved
    middle school and high school students!





    Dear STEM Educator, Mentor, or Youth Advocate,

    We invite you to apply for the Society for Science & the Public's Advocate Program, which provides a $3,000 stipend and training to an individual (teacher, scientist, counselor, or mentor) who agrees to serve as an advocate for a minimum of 3 additional underserved students to transition them from conducting scientific or engineering research (science fair-type) projects to completing applications to scientific research competitions. There are four different types of Advocates, which allow both beginners and more advanced applicants to further expand their capabilities to support student research competition participation.

    Many students doing science research are not aware of the myriad of opportunities that are attainable by submitting their work to competitions. Just completing the rigorous application process can inspire confidence in their scientific abilities and lead them to consider a STEM career. Many competitions provide monetary awards for post-secondary education and can boost a student's chance of acceptance into the college or university of their choice. Too few underrepresented students are presented with these opportunities and often lack the know-how to successfully enter.

    For eligibility information and to apply for the Advocate Grant Program, click here. Advocates must already have a formal role with students completing research projects. This program is sponsored by Arconic Foundation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and Regeneron.

    Application Deadline:  March 4, 2020

    Please reply to this message with any questions.
    Caitlin Sullivan — Director of Outreach & Equity Programs
    Emily Freeland — Outreach & Equity Programs Specialist

    Society for Science & the Public
    Society for Science & the Public is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. In addition to running the top science research competitions in the world (Regeneron Science Talent Search, Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, and Broadcom MASTERS), the Society also publishes 
    Science News magazine and Science News for Students online.   

  • 2 Feb 2020 7:37 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Princeton University is offering STEM professional learning at our QUEST 2020 summer institute for K-12 STEM teachers. 

    QUEST includes weather, math, lead in drinking water, current science research and the impact of wild fires, teachers focus on understanding current scientific phenomenon and mathematics problems.

    QUEST builds K-12 teachers' knowledge of science and math content and practices through laboratory experiments and field experiences. Quest is co-taught by current Princeton University researchers and teachers at Princeton University July 6-9 and in the field July 27-30, 2020.


    Registration before 4/3/20 is $50/person/day.

  • 2 Feb 2020 7:34 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    The science standards are up for review and that public comment is vital in the process.

    The NJDOE is required to review and revise, as appropriate, academic standards every five years.  The science standards went to the state board with no changes, as recommended by the review committee. Last month, the Commissioner directed all of the content areas to enhance the presence of Climate Change in the academic standards. We were able to accommodate the directive with very few amendments to the science standards. I have attached a document that identifies all of the changes.

    The amended NJSLS-S can be viewed here.

    Please send feedback regarding the Draft 2020 NJSLS–S to science@doe.nj.gov. Public comment closes on March 30, 2020.

    The NJDOE will hold public comment sessions on:

    • February 24 at Warren County Technical School;
    • March 4 at the NJDOE, 100 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, New Jersey; and
    • March 10 at Camden County College.

  • 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)




    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!

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