Carbon: Transformations in Matter and Energy (CTIME) Curriculum

Created as part of the CTIME project—a collaborative effort of scientists, teachers, graduate students, and IT specialists to refine K–12 frameworks and assessments for learning progressions that lead to environmental science literacy—these NGSS– supported teaching units for middle and high school science levels focus on processes that transform matter and energy in organisms, ecosystems, and global systems: combustion, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, digestion, and biosynthesis. Four units—Systems and Scale, Plants, Animals, and Decomposers—examine matter and energy in flames and individual organisms. The Ecosystems and Human Energy Systems units address carbon and energy at ecosystem and global scales. Each three-week unit includes formative assessments, hands-on investigations supported by videos, molecular modeling activities, animations and simulations of carbon-transforming processes and carbon cycling, posters, and graphic organizers.


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Announcing Round 2 of the littleBits Lead Educator Program

Are you an educator, administrator, afterschool leader, librarian or makerspace facilitator passionate about STEAM education and project-based learning? littleBits is excited to announce our second littleBits Lead Educator program. This time, we are looking for educators who want to become evangelists and thought leaders for STEAM in the classroom using littleBits.

If you’re interested in this leadership role, you’ll have the opportunity to hold events, write articles, speak at conferences, and engage in other activities that help bring STEAM education to the forefront of educators and administrators across the nation. Oh, and did we mention, get free littleBits Kits and swag?!

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Moon Rocks and Meteorite Samples from NASA FREE!

K–college educators can borrow samples of Moon rocks and meteorites from NASA. Visit the Astromaterials Samples for Education site to learn how. The loan for K–12 teachers (in U.S. schools only) includes a clear, acrylic disk containing six samples of either Moon rocks or meteorites, written and graphic descriptions of each sample in the disk, a PowerPoint presentation on CD, a teacher workbook, and additional printable material. Instructors at colleges and universities with a curriculum in the geosciences can borrow a Petrographic Thin Section Package containing 12 polished thin sections of samples from either the Lunar or Meteorite collections. Each set of 12 slides is accompanied by a sample disk of representative lunar or meteorite samples, embedded in acrylic disks suitable for classroom use, and teaching materials. The loan period for any sample is two weeks.

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