Missing Microbes: Science Speaks! Free Book Talk and Signing for NYC DOE Educators

Back by popular demand!

Come join us for a bonus May Science Speaks! book signing and presentation hosted by the Science Team of the NYC DOE STEM Department and the National Archives at NYC. Martin J. Blaser, director of the Human Microbiome Program at NYU, will talk again about his book, Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues. Dr. Blaser has studied the role of bacteria in human disease for over 30 years.  He will discuss influence of antibiotics, C-sections and antiseptics on our microbiomes and the effects of our microbiomes on obesity, diabetes and asthma. All participants will receive a free copy of Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues.

This event will take place on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.

Those who are able, please join us from 3:00 to 4:00PM to share your school experiences, ask questions of the STEM Department, and discuss ways in which the STEM Department can better serve you.

Register here:


Priority to school-based teachers and administrators.

Others may register beginning on Wednesday, April 26, at noon.

Space is limited.

Advance registration is required.

Only one ticket per person.

The Harnessed Atom Middle School STEM curriculum

This middle school STEM curriculum extension focuses on nuclear science and energy. Teachers will find accurate, unbiased, and current information on the roles that energy and nuclear science play in our lives. The curriculum includes essential principles and fundamental concepts of energy science. This teacher’s kit was developed with input from classroom teachers nationwide in pilot test reviews and workshops, as well as technical reviews from scientists and experts at universities, professional societies, and national laboratories. The kit features lesson plans, experiments, and interactive games and provides information on careers in nuclear science, energy research, and production. At the website, teachers will find a student edition, a teacher’s guide with lesson plans, standards, instructor notes, interactive games, classroom activities, laboratory experiments, and outside resource suggestions.

Full Link: https://energy.gov/ne/services/harnessed-atom

Reel Science with WALL-E: Free Workshop for NYC DOE Teachers

Join us at the Paley Center for a wonderful new opportunity!


In this workshop for designed especially for NYCDOE teachers of science, Paley Center educators will lead a discussion using the film Wall-E to demonstrate best practices for using film and other media to enhance science curriculum content, and will additionally discuss methods for using film as a tool for teaching critical thinking and viewing skills. Educators will lead the workshop and use screen clips to discuss scenes that could be used to support environmental studies, predictions about the future of the Earth, and physics lessons on living in space.  Programs from the Paley Center archive may also be screened and compared to the film.  Participants will receive and view a copy of the film prior to the workshop and so must provide a shipping address when registering. Please make sure that you have time to watch the film and note curricular connections prior to the event.


This event will take place on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 4:30PM to 6:30PM.


Register here:



Space is limited.

Advance registration is required.

Only one ticket per person.

Blue Apprentice Elementary Science Game

Designed for students ages 6–12 (grades 1–6), this intergalactic, story-driven game follows the adventures of young scientist Thalo and his alien friend Grit as they explore alien worlds and apply science learning to solve problems throughout the galaxy on their quest to release the galaxy from the evil reign of King Dullard. The game’s content supports the Next Generation Science Standards and encourages mastery of elementary science concepts in several disciplines (e.g., physical sciences, Earth and space science, life science, engineering and technology), making it a useful tool for classroom science centers or independent learning stations. Visit the site to play the game and learn more.

Full Link: https://blueapprentice.com/

Discover Ag Careers Kit

Appropriate for use in both formal and informal education settings, the curriculum for grades 6–8 walks students through careers in the agricultural industry in nine focus areas: Agribusiness Systems, Agricultural Education, Animals Systems, Biotechnology Systems, Environmental Service Systems, Food Products and Processing Systems, Natural Resource Systems, Plant Systems, and Power, Structural, and Technical Systems. Each focus area has standards-based lesson plans and follow-up activities to introduce students to multiple career options within that field.

Full Link: http://www.agfoundation.org/files/Career_Kit_Guide_Web.pdf

Science Notebook Corner

With video-based instruction, examples of student notebooks, and ready-to-use materials, this toolkit from the California Academy of Sciences presents everything educators need to know about using science notebooks with K–12 students. Topics address Setting Up Your Science Notebook, Strategies for Investigation (e.g., using notebooks in hands-on science explorations), Strategies for Notetaking (e.g., concept maps, active reading strategies, brainstorming tips, and other ideas to support students as they make meaning from science explorations), and Strategies for Reflection (e.g., ideas for using notebooks to help students recognize their own learning). The videos and notebook examples were created in upper-elementary classrooms, but the strategies and activities presented can be adapted for use with any level.

Full Link: http://www.calacademy.org/educators/science-notebook-corner