Applications for 2017-18 STEM Matters NYC Citywide Science Programs are NOW OPEN!

Subject: The applications for 2017-18 STEM Matters NYC Citywide Science Programs are NOW OPEN!

Are you a K-12 teacher interested in conducting authentic investigations with your students in your classroom and connecting with dynamic scientific partners in NYC? Then apply NOW to a citywide science program for the 2017-18 school year. Applications will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis; apply as soon as possible to maximize your chances of being accepted.

Program name: Scientist-in-Residence

Grade level: K-12

Deadline to apply: September 29, 2017


The Scientist-in-Residence Program will match you and your class with a scientist or STEM professional from October 2017-May 2018 to scope out and co-lead a research-based STEM project with your students. Click here ( to apply.

Program name: Citizen Science

School Type: 6-8

Deadline to apply: September 20, 2017


Citizen Science connects teachers and students to ongoing research “missions” that focus on preserving and restoring the health of New York City’s estuary ecosystem, and provides an opportunity for them to design service learning projects that support estuary wellbeing. Click here ( to apply.

Program name: Budding Scientists-The Urban Ecosystem

School Type: K-5

Deadline to apply: September 29, 2017


Teachers and their students will conduct authentic scientific investigations to make observations and to explore urban ecology and the built environment in their very own communities. All participating students will present their findings at the Elementary Science Expo on June 5, 2018. Click here ( to apply.



For questions related to any of these programs, email


Citizen Science Program Application is now open

The application for the 2017-18 Citizen Science program is now open!

This year’s STEM Matters NYC Citizen Science program connects middle school teachers and students to ongoing Citizen Science research missions that focus on preserving and restoring the health of New York City’s estuary ecosystem. Each research mission will enable teachers and students to directly participate in an ongoing scientific investigation, while simultaneously exploring ways that they can improve estuary health within their local community. The Citizen Science program is structured as an after-school club, and will include modules focused on field research, data analysis, and the development and implementation of a student-designed service-learning project to positively impact the health of New York City’s estuaries. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 20; click for more information and to apply.

We will review applications in the order that they are received, so we encourage you to submit an application as soon as possible to maximize your chances of being accepted to the program.

Click here ( to download a flyer that you can post or share with colleagues, or click to learn more about the program and to begin an application.

If you have any additional questions, please email our team at Feel free to share this opportunity with any colleagues whom you think might be a good fit for this program!

Exciting Outdoor Citizen Science opportunity for NYC DOE Teachers in Grades 5-8!

The Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation, Mount Sinai Pediatric Health Specialty Unit, CUNY Law School Center for Environmental Justice, and NYC DoE After School Professional Development Program are providing professional development in project-based learning to teachersYou will gain ongoing support throughout the entire academic year to implement this health research project as you:
  • Develop a citizen science curriculum unit for your students.
  • Gain an understanding of air pollution impact on human and environmental health.
  • Develop student capacity for data collection and analysis using AirBeam Monitors and Apps.
  • Increase student advocacy for healthy neighborhoods
CLICK HERE for more information and to apply by Sept. 15th.
This program is offered free of charge thanks to a grant from the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute.
After School Professional Development Program credit available with $45 registration fee (opens August 28th).
Project begins: September 23, 2017

Steps to a School Garden

How do you create a successful school garden program? K–12 educators interested in developing students’ understanding of food and nutrition in a hands-on way can access guidance, lessons, and research promoting the benefits of school gardens in this series of webpages from the Western Growers Foundation. The pages present links and resources in six key categories necessary for establishing and managing a successful school garden program: Why School Gardens? State Your Case; Plan and Fund Your Garden; Plant an Edible Garden; Teach in the Garden; Eat Nutritious Food; and Promote, Network, and Assess. For example, read research articles supporting school gardens; get the “dets” on budgeting and supplies required for a garden project; discover facts about fruits, vegetables, and nuts from the Producepedia website; learn best practices for managing students in garden settings; network with school garden support organizations; and more.

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