Apply by October 5th to the STEM Matters NYC Citizen Science Program!

Teacher teams consisting of one math teacher and one science teacher are invited to apply for the Citizen Science program! Participating teams will lead an after-school Citizen Science club in which middle school students will take on the role of volunteer citizen scientists, collecting, uploading, analyzing, and communicating data from the field as part of an ongoing research investigation.
Participating teachers and their clubs will:
·         select an investigation of interest from a menu of options, including aquatic ecology and insect evolution
·         work closely with researchers and Citizen Science program staff to carry out long-term investigations and related analysis
·         analyze data and creatively communicate results and related policy recommendations at a “Data Jam and Policy Slam” celebration at the annual STEM Matters NYC Research Symposium in June 2016.
Teachers will receive materials for and training in selected investigative protocols,  and will attend four professional development days that focus on their selected citizen science research investigations, mathematical analysis of collected data, and communicating findings and related policy or research recommendations.
All middle school math and science teachers are eligible to apply. Click here ( to learn more about the Citizen Science Program and to apply. The attached FAQ document includes more detailed information. If you have additional questions, please email
The Citizen Science Program Team

Science Mentorship Opportunity for Your Students

Teachers – Do you have students who love science?  PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up To Cancer are proud to announce the Emperor Science Award program – a unique mentoring program that pairs university-level research scientists with high school students, presenting an exciting opportunity for them to explore the world of science, grow their skills, build confidence and conduct rewarding research.

WHO:  Students in grades 10-11 who love science and are curious about careers in science research – especially cancer research & care.
AWARD: 100 students with be awarded the mentorship opportunity and receive a Chrome Notebook and $1500 to help towards their research!
ENTER:  Students submit a 750-word essay on why science research is so important to finding a cure for cancer.
DEADLINE:  November 1, 2015

Samsung 2015/2016 Solve are for Tomorrow STEM-based technology contest!

Samsung is pleased to announce the launch of the 2015/2016 Solve are for Tomorrow STEM-based technology contest. From now until October 30, we are accepting applications from teachers in all disciplines representing grades 6-12, and there’s no limit to the number of teachers that can enter from each school. All applicants will have a chance to win a share of $2 Million in technology and prizes for their school. Prizes will be awarded at each stage of the competition, from the 255 State Finalists to the final Five National Winners. Entrants must answer a few, simple questions about their school and STEM education at One school per state will win a technology kit to produce a video addressing the challenge; “Show how STEM can be applied to help improve your local community.”
To help you along the way our supporters at BrainPOP have provided a collection of free, STEM-themed content you can use as an additional resource as you develop your submission and carry out your planned curriculum!
In addition to the above mentioned, we will be awarding five teachers in every state including D.C., two Galaxy tabs. There will also be one winner from each state that will receive a $20,000 technology package for their school.
Fifteen National Finalists will receive a trip to attend our pitch event, where they will present their video to a panel of judges. Finally, the selected five National Winners will also be invited to attend a celebratory event in Washington D.C. in addition to winning $120,000 technology package for their school.
Aside from the technology received, Solve for Tomorrow schools have been nationally recognized and featured in publications such as Fortune Magazine and US News and World Reports, have been invited to the White House Science Fair, and even presented their projects to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
We hope you’ll consider applying again this year as well as sharing this information with your fellow colleagues.  I’d be happy to speak with you if you have any further questions on the program, my contact information can be found below.

This is Einstein’s riddle

There are five houses of different colors next to each other on the same road. In each house lives a man of a different nationality. Every man has his favorite drink, his favorite brand of cigarettes, and keeps pets of a particular kind. The Englishman lives in the red house. The Swede keeps dogs. The Dane drinks tea. The green house is just to the left of the white one. The owner of the green house drinks coffee. The Pall Mall smoker keeps birds. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhills. The man in the center house drinks milk. The Norwegian lives in the first house. The Blend smoker has a neighbor who keeps cats. The man who smokes Blue Masters drinks bier. The man who keeps horses lives next to the Dunhill smoker. The German smokes Prince. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house. The Blend smoker has a neighbor who drinks water. Who has the fish?

Calling All Teachers: Registration Now Open for Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Program

Registration for the 24th annual Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program—the world’s largest K–12 student science competition—is now open. The deadline for all project submissions is February 1, 2016.
Through the competition, teams of 2 to 4 students are challenged to research scientific principles and current technologies as the basis for designing innovative technologies that could exist in 20 years. Students simulate real scientific research to outline how they plan to test their ideas and create mock websites to illustrate concepts. Student participants will have a chance to win a number of great prizes, including $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds (at maturity). Canadian winners receive Canada bonds purchased for the equivalent issue price in Canadian dollars. And to celebrate ExploraVision’s 24th anniversary, the top 24 teachers who submit 24 eligible online entries will receive a Toshiba tablet.

Apply for the 2016 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

The school year has only just begun, but if you’re a third- to fifth-grade teacher, it’s not too early to think about your summer plans! The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, a partnership among professional golfer Phil Mickelson, ExxonMobil, NSTA, and Math Solutions, will take place at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, in July 2016. Applications are currently being accepted!
This unique program provides third- to fifth-grade teachers with an all-expense-paid, week-long professional learning experience that equips them with new ways to inspire their students in math and science. For more information and to apply to the Academy—or nominate a fellow teacher—go to Please share this with the teachers in your school today and join the almost 5,000 teachers nationwide who have attended since 2005.

NOAA and Science On a Sphere® = SOS Explorer

NOAA is now offering many of the programs used with Science on a Sphere in a flat screen version, called SOS Explorer. You can download to your computer at:

What is Science On a Sphere®?

Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is a room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Researchers at NOAA developed Science On a Sphere® as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain what are sometimes complex environmental processes, in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating.

Science On a Sphere® extends NOAA’s educational program goals, which are designed to increase public understanding of the environment. Using NOAA’s collective experience and knowledge of the Earth’s land, oceans, and atmosphere, NOAA uses Science On a Sphere® as an instrument to enhance informal educational programs in science centers, universities, and museums across the country. Science On a Sphere® is available to any institution and is currently in operation at a number of facilities in the US.

Hurricane Katrina Anniversary

Recognize the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in your classrooms with these videos from HISTORY® highlighting Katrina survivors and ReadWorks passages on related topics at different grade levels. We’ve suggested particularly relevant segments of the videos for your convenience.

Given the sensitive nature of the videos, please use your judgment before sharing them with your students, especially younger students.

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