News 2022-23

  • 9 Jan 2023 8:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The National WWII Museum will host two weeks of seminars for teachers of science and STEM on-site at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

    The first week (July 2 to 8) will be open to teachers of K–8th grade science. Participants will learn how to use the Little Engineers and Real World Science curriculum guides and best practices in science education. We will discuss activities in Physical, Earth, and Life Sciences and Engineering and learn how to integrate literacy practices and social studies into science investigations with students.

    The second week (July 16 to 22) will be open to teachers of 6th–12th grade science. Participants will learn how to use the STEM Corps and Real World Science curriculum guides and best practices in science education. We will discuss activities in Physics, Chemistry, Earth, and Life Sciences and Engineering and learn how to integrate literacy practices and social studies into science investigations with students.

    For more information, visit

    See the Real World Science curriculum

    See the Little Engineers activities

  • 9 Jan 2023 8:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There is an upcoming special event screening on January 20th of the new feature-length documentary AMERICAN RIVER based on Mary’s book An American River: from Paradise to Superfund

    “A fantastic voyage through America’s past and present, from its breathtaking unspoiled beginnings to its growth as an industrial power — all along a frequently overlooked river.”  — Bill Westhoven, USA Today writer

    Tickets for the NJPAC event are only FIVE DOLLARS! to help make it accessible to all.  


    Screening and Conversation with director Scott Morris and Mary Bruno


    Friday, January 20, 2023

    7:00 PM

    Prudential Hall

    Betty Wold Johnson Stage

    Tickets & Info

    Filmed in highly cinematic 4k from land, water and air, AMERICAN RIVER follows Mary Bruno and river guide Carl Alderson as they paddle the mighty Passaic to tell the story of the river’s rich history, one of New Jersey’s best kept secrets. Its power fueled a manufacturing boom that helped the fledgling United State win its economic independence from Britain. Artists immortalized the river’s beauty in paintings and verse. The wealthy built mansions along its scenic banks. When industry took its toxic tool, generations turned their backs on this mighty waterway. Abused and neglected, its lower stretch one of the country’s most toxic EPA Superfund sites, the river seemed forgotten.  Until now. With breathtaking cinematography and an effervescent group of on-camera personalties led by Mary Bruno, AMERICAN RIVER rescues the Passaic’s story even as activists reclaim its ecology. Part natural history, part personal history, part nautical adventure, part legal thriller, this film takes viewers on a paddling adventure down the river that built America.  They journey will change you. 


  • 13 Dec 2022 6:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Rutgers Geology Museum will be holding its 55th Annual Open House Event in-person, on Saturday, January 28, 2023 between 9 am and 3 pm. Join us for a day of geologic coring-themed lectures and children’s activities, as well as a mineral sale! All activities are free and will be held in Scott Hall and the Rutgers Geology Museum located on the College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick, NJ. For information on parking, locations, and activities, please check out the Open House information page. 

    More Info:

  • 5 Dec 2022 6:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy

    23rd Rutgers Faraday Children's Holiday Lecture

    Live show and streaming.

    Sat. Dec. 10, 2022: Preshow Demos Start at 2 pm; Show from 3-4:30 pm

    Sun. Dec. 11, 2022: Preshow Demos Start at Noon; Show from 1-2:30 pm

    Event Location: Physics Lecture Hall, 120 Frelinghuysen Road, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ 08854. 

    Information/maps regarding the Physics Lecture Hall Site, Parking-Lots/Parking-Permits.

    Streaming Link to-be-determined

    CLICK HERE for more information 

  • 27 Nov 2022 7:53 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    On SaturdayDecember 3, 2022, at 10am and 1pm PCCM will celebrate its annual Holiday Lecture: Engine Earth-The Science of our Climate System for audience members ages 7 and up. The event will be led by Professor Howard Stone at the McDonnell Hall A02 lecture room. Register here:

    Come be a scientist with us as we learn how measurements and models can help us understand our climate and how it is changing!

    • How is Earth like a greenhouse?
    • How do scientists use measurements and models to understand Earth’s climate?

    • How does human activity contribute to the warming of our planet?

    • Join us at the 2022 Holiday Science Lecture for families as we explore the science behind the climate of our home, planet Earth. We will use experiments and interactive demonstrations to understand how the sun, atmosphere, oceans, land, and human activity affect the operation of “engine earth.”

    Additional information and registration click here:

  • 23 Nov 2022 9:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The USA Science and Engineering Festival

    The mission of the USA Science & Engineering Festival is to stimulate and sustain the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by producing and presenting compelling, exciting, and educational STEM events and programs!  They offer a variety of educator resources and videos the share with students. Look here:

  • 23 Nov 2022 9:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    X-STEM All Access – presented by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force, and Discovery Channel – is a free virtual conference series for middle and high schoolers designed to get students excited about STEM.

    Students will get an inside look into the exciting careers and inspiring personal journeys of diverse STEM role models through a lively Q&A session with a fellow STEM professional. The 30-minute max episodes will premiere throughout the school year and will be available on-demand to fit in your schedule.


    TSgt Terica Clewis

    TSgt Terica Clewis is an Air Force data scientist at the Pentagon with 15 years of experience.  Her current duties include designing innovative software systems to assist center personnel (as well as the rest of the Air Force) efficiently manage, store and process large-scale data. TSgt Clewis is exploring ways to apply algorithms to big data so analysts can provide more robust information to the Joint Chiefs of Staff at a much faster rate. Learn more here

    Justin Shaifer

    Justin’s goal “to be for STEM what ESPN is for sports” and to inspire young people to “embrace their inner nerd despite their surroundings,” springs from his own life experience. Growing up in a single parent home on the South Side of Chicago, he had little awareness of the potential of a STEM career. Self-taught and fascinated by science, Justin earned scholarships from NASA and NOAA that covered 100% of his tuition and room and board at Hampton University. Learn more here

  • 22 Nov 2022 7:52 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Diversity Field Trip Grants Applications Due January 15

                A new resource for those who teach diverse middle-school and high-school STEM students is available from the AEG Foundation.  The AEG Foundation manages the AEG Diversity Fund, which is for the benefit of Black, Hispanic or Latino/a, Pacific Islander, and/or American Indian/Alaskan Native students.  Earth science or STEM teachers who teach middle-school or high-school students with these heritages are invited to apply for the AEG Foundation Diversity Field Trip Grants.

                The purpose of these AEG Foundation Field Trip Grants is to introduce diverse students to professional practice in the geosciences.  Hopefully, a positive experience may encourage more students to consider continuing their college or university studies in the geosciences.

                It is planned that up to five field-trip grants (about $1,000 each) will be awarded to middle-school and high-school teachers annually.  The grants will pay for transportation, park admission fees, maps, field equipment and supplies, insurance, lunches, and related direct costs of the field trips.

                The Diversity Field Trip Grant applications are due February 1.  For more information and to apply, please visit

                The AEG Foundation supports the mission and members of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG).

  • 21 Nov 2022 6:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ambitious Science Teaching (AST) for K-12 teachers

    With generous funding from Bristol Myers Squibb, PRISM is excited to announce this 4-day mini-series 
    *:  January 10, January 24, February 9 and February 23 (*snow date March 9th)
    Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM
    Where:  PRISM - located at 1515 Broad St. Bloomfield, NJ 07003
    Receive a stipend of $200 when you attend all 4 days. 
    A non-refundable fee of $30 is required for registration..
    A light dinner will be served.
    A certificate will be provided for 8 PD hours upon completion.

    Registration is limited, reserve your spot now!
    Ambitious Science Teaching aims to support students of all backgrounds to deeply understand science, engage with science practices and solve authentic problems.
    In this workshop, you will learn about and engage with the four core practices of Ambitious Science Teaching, University of Washington. The Ambitious Science Teaching framework is based on 30+ years of classroom research. Each workshop session will center around one of the practices:

    1.   Planning for engagement with important science ideas
    2.   Eliciting students’ ideas
    3.   Supporting ongoing changes in thinking
    4.   Pressing for evidence-based explanations
    Ambitious Science Teaching can be done at all levels, therefore this workshop is suitable for K-12 teachers. As much as possible, workshop participants will be divided into groups depending on the grade level they teach so that grade specific content can be used to implement newly learned strategies. Teachers are encouraged to sign up with 1 or more co-workers.  
    NoteThe workshop will follow the Ambitious Science Teaching suggested pathway for groups of educators working together to improve their practice. This pathway includes a 10-15 page reading to support the discussions during each face-to-face session. Sessions will operate from the assumption that participants have engaged with the reading materials ahead of time.

    Petra van’t Slot has been teaching science (mostly Chemistry) at the high school and college level for 15+ years. She currently teaches at the Dwight-Englewood school in Englewood, NJ. Petra is fascinated by how people learn science and she loves to improve her practice together with other educators.

    Visit our website for other science and math mini-series.

  • 12 Nov 2022 10:30 AM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Computer Science Curriculum Hack-a-thon

    at Montclair State University

    Teachers and Admins of all grades


    4 PD hours 

    The first 100 non-CS PLC* registrants will receive a $100 stipend for attendance.

    *PLC - Professional Learning Community participant of the CS grants

    Date: Saturday, January 21st

    Time: 9am-1pm - including lunch

    Location: Montclair State University Camus - CELS Building, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ (Parking will be included at the CarParc Diem)

    **Registration required - $25 refundable fee to hold reservation to receive a stipend.

    Ready to shape the future of computer science education in NJ and earn PD hours? Come out to the First Annual CS Curriculum Hack-a-thon on the Montclair State University Campus! 

    Teachers and administrators bring your knowledge of what motivates your K-12 students to learn. Montclair State University will bring the Computer Science and Education experts. And together we will brainstorm curricula for all grades to help teachers with the new NJ Department of Education Student Learning Standards in Computer Science.

    We will develop new teaching modules as well as look at modules already developed and modify them to work with our New Jersey students.

    We will have other surprises in store for you including guest speakers and giveaways! 

    Register now for the Hack-a-thon 

    4-hours of professional development credit will be awarded.

    MSU HUB Grant is funded by the Computer Science for All: Expanding Professional Learning (HUB Grant) (22E00173)

    Questions: Feel free to contact us at or call 973-655-7753.

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