Engineering Challenges in Physical Science Curriculum

With National Science Foundation funding, the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Science Education Department and middle and high school teachers developed an engineering challenge–based physical science curriculum for middle-level students. The open-source, downloadable curriculum includes student workbooks and teacher’s guides for six topics: Solar House, Windmills, Batteries, Electromagnets, Bridges, and Gravity Wheel. The activities require only low-cost, readily available materials and can be easily adapted for your classroom’s needs.

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Frankenstein200 puts players in the middle of the action in a story where Mary Shelley’s classic tale collides with modern science. Perform experiments, explore hidden areas of research, and assist a pair of young scientists as they unravel a mystery in a cutting-edge digital experience.

Arizona State University researchers and partners created an interactive story experience for middle-level students to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. The game immerses students in an online story about what might happen if Victor Frankenstein’s descendant, Tori, continued his work. The story takes place in real time over 30 days. Every three days, teachers (or parents) get an e-mail that something has happened. Participants then go online to the watch the story unfold and explore related science concepts through quizzes, puzzles, and games, as well as at-home activities that encourage students to investigate some of the questions from the game in the real world. Though the online story isn’t as creepy as the original Frankenstein, it raises many of the same questions about scientific ethics and responsibility and presents lessons about topics such as DNA, electricity, and artificial intelligence.


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Project Anemoi Balloon Launch Live Feed 5/1/18

Topic: Project Anemoi Balloon Experiment (Launch)
Time: May 1, 2018 9:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +16468769923,,2104431383#  or +16699006833,,2104431383#
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 408 638 0968
    Meeting ID: 210 443 1383
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For schools, please see attached document for live tracking information so you can follow the flight path of our balloon as it tries to reach space!  


Project Anemoi Predictor and Recovery Data

Register Now: NYC Conference Digital Leadership April 28

Don’t miss the NYC Conference focused on Digital Leadership. 

Audience: All leaders and educators are invited.  Register NOW!

Event:  NYC Conference – Digital Leadership (hosted by NYSCATE and EAA)

Date:  Saturday, April 28, 2018

Location:  Brooklyn Technical High School, 29 Fort Green Place, Brooklyn NY 11217

Time:  7:30 am – 3 pm

Registration Cost: $75.00

NYCDOE Purchase orders are acceptedVendor#222910215

NYSCATE is approved for CTLE hours.

Keynote: Tom Murray, Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education.  Tom was also named the “2017 Education Through Leader of the Year,”  one of the ““20 to Watch”  by NSBA in 2016 and was named the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. He is also the co-author of the book Learning Transformed.

                Workshops include:

    • Building Teacher Capacity and Cultivating a Culture of Pedagogical Innovation
    • Not Enough Time – One of the Biggest Challenges Administrators Face
    • The Changing Role of the Chief Technology Officer
    • Transforming Learning and Teaching with Apple Technology in the Classroom
    • Fostering an EdTech Culture: PD Methods for Creating Teacher Buy-In
    • The Head, Heart and Hands of Effective Leadership
    • Leadership in the Digital Age: Sometimes it’s Counterintuitive
    • Classroom Accommodations & Modifications through G-Suite
    • Identifying & Evaluating Effective Use of Technology in the Classroom
    • Develop the Leaders of Tomorrow by Implementing PREP21
    • And MORE!
    • Click here to see full schedule.
    •  Register here.

Seeking Elementary Science Mentors | Paid Opportunity this Summer!

STEMteachersNYC is currently seeking teachers who can serve as mentors in our Kid Talk Teacher Talk (KT3) program this summer. The KT3 program is designed to raise the level of science instruction in grades K-3 by drawing from elementary teacher’s expertise in reading, writing, and other subject areas. Our goal is to support and empower educators to facilitate student-led sense-making discussions, launch hands-on experiments that draw from real-world experience, and support evidence-based thinking.
We are currently heading into the second year of the program and are seeking new members of our mentor team. KT3 mentors will work with a small cohort of elementary school teacher participants (~3 teachers total) and participate in a 2-week Summer Institute at The Ralph Bunche School (PS 125) in NYC from July 23 to Aug 3, 2018 (Mon – Fri).
The mentors will join for this 2-week session, help participating teachers implement the strategies learned over the summer, and be available for questions and support as needed.
Mentors will receive CTLE credits and be compensated $1600 for their participation in the Summer Institute and occasional meetings throughout the school year. Past mentors have told us this experience was incredibly useful for their own teaching practice, a good resume builder, and was a fantastic way to build community with peers and colleagues!
Preferred Qualifications of Mentors:
  • Experience working with elementary school populations
  • Passion for and experience with science education
  • Willingness to provide constructive feedback and support to peers
  • Must be available for the entirety of the Summer Institute: July 23 – August 3rd (Mon – Fri. each week)
If interested:
Please send a resume, and a brief letter describing your interest in the program, experience with science education and elementary school populations to with the subject line “KT3 Mentor Opportunity” ASAP, or latest May 7th.
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Smartphone Microscopes

Researchers from the DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have designed a 3-D–printable microscope for mobile devices—a smartphone microscope—using just pennies worth of plastic and glass materials. The technology, which combines an iPhone or tablet with a 3-D–printed clip and glass sphere to create the microscope, has a wide range of potential applications, from classrooms to scientists in the field. Best of all, the microscope’s design specs are available for free, so anyone with access to a 3-D printer—including K–12 teachers and students—can make one in a matter of minutes for less than a dollar each. Read an article about the technology, complete with files and instructions necessary to print your own microscope at this website.Then fuel students’ excitement about microscopes by watching a fun, fast-paced video—produced by PNNL and suitable for middle-level audiences—that describes the importance of microscopy. View this video on the website


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NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge

NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge
Audience: All Educators and Students
Challenge Dates: March 15-April 15, 2018

The NASA GLOBE Clouds team at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, invites educators, students, and the public to enter up to 10 cloud observations per day from March 15-April 15, 2018. Observations can be logged using the GLOBE Program’s data entry options or the GLOBE Observer app. Participants with the most observations will be congratulated by a NASA scientist with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website.

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Celebrate Pi Day with NASA

NASA Pi Day Challenge 2018
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 6-12
Challenge Release Date: March 9, 2018
Pi Day: March 14, 2018

Celebrate Pi Day with NASA! On March 9 — in advance of the math world’s favorite holiday, Pi Day (March 14) — NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will release the fifth installment of its popular Pi Day Challenge. The illustrated math problem set gets students and adults thinking like NASA scientists to find solutions to real problems posed in space and planetary exploration. It’s a great way to get students excited about the “M” in STEM.

To learn more and to check out challenges from past years, visit

Science Experiments for Children Ages 5–9

Originally developed in collaboration with the Marie Curie Alumni Association as part of its My Science Super Heroes project, this downloadable e-book from Science Connected has 27 pages of science experiments for adults and children to conduct together using items commonly found around the home or hardware store. The experiments cover a range of topics in physics, biology, chemistry, and Earth science, and with sections explaining What’s It About, What You Need, Useful Words, What to Do, and Science to Know, each experiment provides enough guidance for teachers or parents to successfully conduct the activities in the classroom or at home. Titles include Demonstrating the Forces of Flight; Make It Move: Measuring the Static Friction of a Shoe; How Do Different Materials Affect Temperature?; How Are Colors Created?; How Can You Turn Saltwater Into Drinking Water?; How Can Geckos Climb Walls?; How Does a Solar Cell Create Electricity?; and How Is the Aurora Borealis Created?


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