The Solar System and Beyond for Kids

Ready for liftoff ? NASA has created a new playlist to excite elementary and middle level students about space science. Available on the YouTube Kids app for both iOS and Android platforms, the playlist features NASA videos that focus on our solar system and the instruments NASA uses to study the universe. Learn something new about your celestial neighborhood!

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Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy Opportunity


I am sending this email to announce an opportunity for your middle school science, engineering, and technology teachers. The Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy, which is in its second year,  sponsors  teachers for a professional learning experience to promote STEM education.  The main goal of the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy is to elevate STEM education in middle school grades within school districts located in Northrop Grumman communities. The Academy focuses on stimulating student interest in engineering curriculum and careers by offering effective blended professional learning for teachers.

Please read the program info and application info via the link below and then please disseminate this opportunity to your middle school science, engineering, and technology teachers.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me. The application submission is open and will end on Nov. 11.

Wendy R. Binder

Program Director

Services Division

National Science Teachers Association

1840 Wilson Blvd.

Arlington, VA



Centennial Junior Ranger Activity Book

Happy 100th birthday to the National Park Service! Celebrate our country’s majestic national parks with this interactive activity book for K–8 students. Through photographs, fun facts, games, puzzles, conservation tips, and activities, the 20-page book shows students what it means to be a Junior Ranger and what they can do to help preserve and protect national parks. Students who complete the activity book can turn it in at any national park visitor center to receive an official Junior Ranger Centennial Badge. Or students can mail the completed book to the National Park Service, Junior Ranger Centennial Program Coordiator, 1201 Eye St. NW, Eighth Floor, Washington, DC 20005. Students should include their mailing addresses to receive their badges.

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Biographies of Women Scientists For Girls and Young Women

Science is for women, too! Share this list of books about famous and contemporary female scientists with the girls and young women in K–12 classrooms! Available from the LOC’s Science Reference Services, the list presents books written in English within the past 20 years and offers titles appropriate for primary, intermediate, middle, and high school levels. The list also includes science book series and links for additional information.

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Free online film resources for science teachers

The Museum of the Moving Image has just published the Sloan Science & Film Teacher’s Guide, a guide to 46 short science-related fiction films. Access to all films and the Teacher’s Guide is free. While many of the guides are for secondary students, there are some films that are appropriate for students in grades K-12 and a few that are appropriate for students in grade 5.  The guide is available here. The Museum is really proud of this project, and they are trying to get the guide into the hands of science teachers who might want to use these short films as a resource to engage their students.  Each film was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s film program, and each filmmaker was paired with a science professor who ensured the accuracy of that part of the film. Subjects range from evolution to mathematics. Every film is correlated to New York and National Standards in the Sciences and the guide proposes discussion questions as well as links to further resources.

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Review Quiz, PacMan style

“Gamify” your review sessions—and excite students of all ages about studying content—with a customized quiz game from Simply type in a series of questions and answers, click a button, and receive a link to a personalized quiz in the format of a“PacMan” game. The game runs like ordinary PacMan (i.e., PacMan travels through a maze eating dots and fruits, trying to avoid being eaten by a ghost), but with a twist. In the quiz version, when PacMan is eaten by a ghost, students must answer a series of multiple-choice questions from the database to gain an extra life and a chance to continue. The computer generates the answers for the multiple-choice questions based on the other answers in the database, but teachers can choose to add alternative answers to the multiple-choice questions if they prefer..

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