Blue Skies

A mysterious blue light filled up the night sky in Queens, New York on December 27th, 2018. Social media was immediately inundated with the alarmed postings of alien invasion and hysteria. Local residents began to flee the scene, just in case…

Queens, New York December 27th 9:00 P.M. The NY Times.

The phenomenon turned out to be “a light [that] came as part of an electrical fault that caused an “arc flash,” Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee said Friday morning, similar to lightning.” (Cooper, A., Grinberg, E. Levenson, E. (2018, December 28). A power company mishap turns New York’s Skyline blue. Retrieved from

What an amazing way to engage students in a science discussion about an event that is a local phenomenon! The Next Generation Science Standards puts phenomenon at its forefront, driving teaching and learning with high-quality scenarios. You can find out more about this topic on the NGSS website.

Attached is an educational resource, “Where Does Electricity Come From?” In alignment with the NYC PK-8 Science Scope and Sequence, this topic can be taught for grades 4th, 6th & 8th.

First DOE Youth Climate Summit

In partnership with the Wild Center, the Office of Sustainability will host its first-ever DOE Youth Climate Summit (YCS) a daylong sustainability event for public and charter high school students. Through a series of keynotes, workshops, and expos, students will develop critical leadership and problem-solving skills through experiential learning. Participants will gain climate action knowledge and build peer networks to expand sustainability in their schools and communities.

Friday, January 18, 2019

United Federation of Teachers (UFT)

52 Broadway, Manhattan, NY

9:00 am – 3:00pm

If you would like to bring a group/team of students, please REGISTER HERE!

View this flyer for more information.

“The Hubble Space Telescope – 25 Years of Servicing” Seminar

For 28 years and counting, the Hubble Space Telescope has been a centerpiece of worldwide astronomical research since its launch in 1990. Just weeks after settling into orbit, however, a flawed mirror threatened to derail the entire mission. On Dec. 8, 1993, the installation of corrective optics by seven astronauts aboard space shuttle Endeavour remedied the problem and, within a month, Hubble began producing sharper images.

Four more servicing missions would follow – with the final taking place in 2009 – all of which extended and enhanced Hubble’s scientific capability far beyond its expected lifetime. Today, thanks to the success of these five missions, Hubble is at the peak of its productivity and is expected to continue high levels of scientific return for years to come.

“The Hubble Space Telescope – 25 Years of Servicing” Seminar – Friday, Dec. 7

To celebrate the success of Hubble and the 25th anniversary of its first servicing mission, as well as to reflect on how NASA and Goddard overcame the challenges of the times, the center will host a seminar entitled “The Hubble Space Telescope – 25 Years of Servicing” on Friday, Dec. 7, \ The morning session, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., will relive the details of the first servicing mission. The afternoon session, from 1:30 to 5:15 p.m., will explore Hubble servicing in general and discuss its impact on science and future satellite servicing efforts.

Both sessions will feature astronauts and key players from the five servicing missions, as well as those who are leveraging their work for science and other endeavors.

The panel discussions at 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. will be broadcast on NASA TV and streamed on

In addition, a discussion on Hubble servicing and the current work of the Goddard Satellite Servicing Projects Division will be streamed on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. on

Mars InSight Mission

Mars Landing

InSight touched down on Mars at 11:52:59 a.m. PT (2:52:59 p.m. ET) on Nov. 26, 2018. The lander plunged through the thin Martian atmosphere, heatshield first, and used a parachute to slow down. It fired its retro rockets to slowly descend to the surface of Mars, and land on the smooth plains of Elysium Planitia.

Read more about the Entry, Descent, and Landing

STEM Connection

The landing of InSight was a major accomplishment for NASA! Make this event relevant to your students through a STEM activity. Have them design their own lander to carry and place an egg safely on a hard surface. 

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Landing a Space Probe or Rover Lesson Activity

Reading to Learn in Science (RTLS)

The mission of the RTLS project is to increase middle-level science content learning by improving students’ ability to interpret science texts. At the website, teachers can access a comprehensive collection of resources to help make that happen, including information about the pedagogical basis for emphasizing literacy development in science education, the unique challenges posed by science texts, and effective classroom strategies to use before, during, and after reading instruction to develop and enhance students’ disciplinary literacy.

Evolutionary Genealogy in the Classroom


Looking for a fresh approach to teaching evolution in middle and high school classrooms? Consider introducing the topic though evolutionary genealogy, or evogeneao. This “family centered” approach to teaching evolution centers on the premise that all living things on Earth are cousins. At the website, teachers can access resources to learn more about the topic and how to effectively present the concept in the classroom. The resources include explanatory text, an introductory video, a Tree of Life Explorer teaching tool, an evogeneao slideshow, and links to additional evolution materials and websites.

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Brooklyn North Winter Sharefest

Join fellow teachers and school leaders at the Brooklyn Winter Sharefest on Wednesday, December 12th for an evening of inspiring presentations, talks and opportunities to explore practices!
Here’s why you should attend!
  • Rapid fire presentations around innovative teaching practices by teachers from 7 high schools.

  • Panel discussion on best practices for schools to create a culture of innovation.

  • Opportunity to participate in exciting breakout groups.

  • Food/drink will be provided!

  • 2 CTLE hours awarded for teachers working on their requirements.

This unique event is a collaborative effort between Supt. Janice Ross’s Brooklyn North district office, the NYCDOE College Access for All initiative, the Brooklyn FSC, and Educate LLC Instructional Technology Coaches.
CLICK HERE FOR THE RSVP LINK (will fill fast, first come first serve)
CLICK HERE FOR A FLYER TO SHARE (share with your colleagues!)
Please reach out to Kyle if you have any questions, and we look forward to engaging with you!
Kyle Liao
Instructional Technology Coach + Director of Community Growth

2018-2019 Sustainability Trainings

Sustainability Trainings


Trainings are open to ALL school-based personnel who are involved in implementing sustainability initiatives at their school (including coordinators, teachers, administration, custodians, green team members, etc.). So put together a team and come learn how you can lead efforts to promote sustainability and affect change, within your school! Get CTLE Credits for attending!



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Attend one or ALL four!



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WORKSHOPS: Each workshop will last for 45-50 mins. Lunch will be provided by the Office of Sustainability.

If you have any questions regarding upcoming trainings, please feel free to contact Nichelle Hudlin via email.