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  • 29 Oct 2019 9:38 PM | NJSTA (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 | NJSTA (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 | NJSTA (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 | NJSTA (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 | NJSTA (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



  • 29 Oct 2019 7:15 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

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    Modeling Workshops and Courses

    Each summer the AMTA sponsors face-to-face workshops across the United States and the world.  Summer workshops are typically 2-3 weeks in duration in order to thoroughly treat the pedagogy and content for a typical STEM course, and to have a transformative effect upon the classrooms of our teacher participants.  Content addressed includes approximately one semester of a typical high school physics, chemistry, physical science, biology or middle school course. The 2020 Modeling Workshops are already getting posted on the website, as soon as we hear about a new workshop, we will add it.  


    AMTA offers a variety of distance learning courses based on members’ interests and requests. We also offer opportunities for non-Modelers to learn about Modeling Instruction through introductory courses.  Past distance learning courses include: Introduction to Modeling, Mechanics, Chemistry II, Electricity & Magnetism, and Advanced Modeling Instruction.  Distance learning can be taken to gain knowledge about the pedagogy, to learn and/or strengthen content knowledge, or to further improve your teaching practices. After the success of the last few years’ distance learning courses, we are adding 3 courses to the spring 2020 line-up.  

    *Participants may earn graduate credits through university partners for an additional fee

    ·        Intro to Modeling, a 15 week course hosted on Tuesday evenings 7-10 pm EST

    o   For details and registration: https://www.eweblife.com/prm/AMTA/calendar/event?event=2125

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

    o   For details and registration: https://www.eweblife.com/prm/AMTA/calendar/event?event=2126

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

    o   For details and registration: https://www.eweblife.com/prm/AMTA/calendar/event?event=2123


  • 12 Oct 2019 9:58 AM | NJSTA (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 | NJSTA (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 | NJSTA (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 | NJSTA (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!



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