The Am I Like You? Teacher’s Guide

Excite young students (grades K–3) about birding and observing nature with the activities in this educator’s booklet from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s BirdSleuth program. Take a neighborhood bird walk, move like a bird (e.g., fly, walk, swim, soar, or hop), play “Birdy Says,” eat with a “beak” (e.g., toothpicks, clothespins, straws, or tweezers), or make pine cone birdfeeders for the schoolyard or backyard. In addition, the website has videos of bird behaviors and other digital content that complement the printable guide.

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Inviting Applications: Honeywell Educators at Space Academy 2018

Honeywell Hometown Solutions (HHS) is now accepting applications for the 2018 Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA) a week-long, high-energy learning program for middle school science and math teachers.

Hosted by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, HESA is designed to inspire teachers to develop the next generation of scientists in their classrooms. Teachers learn new teaching practices in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education by participating in a series of astronaut-style exercises and simulations, build model rockets, meet veteran astronauts, and so much more.

Since 2004, 2,776 teachers from 62 countries have graduated from HESA, inspiring more than 3 million students to pursue STEM education and careers.


Scholarship includes:

  • tuition for the five-day program
  • round-trip airfare
  • meals
  • accommodations
  • program materials

Mind, Brain and Education: Research, Policy and Practice Collaboratory

Join us for an innovative day of collaborative problem solving with researchers, teachers, policy makers and funders, aimed at transforming research into actionable insights for classroom practices.

Monday, October 9, 2017 (Columbus Day)
From 9am to 5pm
NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

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Preliminary Program:

9:00 Breakfast

9:30 Opening Remarks

9:45 Keynote: Joanna Christodoulou (MGH Institute) 

10:30 Break

10:45 Design Thinking Roundtables: Small groups of researchers, teachers, policy makers and funders will work collaboratively on problems in mind, brain and education

Kimberly Tanner (San Francisco State)
Joshua Aronson (New York University)
Joan Walker (National Science Foundation)
Patricia Jennings (University of Virginia)
Yana Weinstein (University of Massachusetts, Lowell)
Marc Schwartz (UT Arlington) & Deborah Cockerham (Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History)
Kimberly Noble (Columbia Teachers College) & Natalie Brito (NYU)
Marsha Wallace (NYC DOE & Urban Advantage NYC)
Carolyn Strom (NYU)
Bryan Mascio (Harvard University)
Kelsey Finkel (Robertson Foundation)
Nina Hood (The Education Hub)

12:15 Lunch and Panel Discussion: School Interventions
Moderator:Vanessa Rodriguez (NYU Medical Center)
Katherine Rosenblatt (NYU Medical Center)
Kai-ama Hamer (NYU Medical Center)
Michelle Mondesir (NYU Medical Center)

1:00 Tabletop Pitch Presentations

2:00 Rapid-fire talks

Nicole Furlonge (Holderness School):
The listening mind
Robert Muratore (The Bronx High School of Science):
Challenges and promises of neuromodulation to education
Sarah Creider (NYU): Micro-analysis of student-teacher interactions:
A window into the classroom experience
Deborah Cockerham (Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History):
Research and Education in an Informal Learning Environment
Efrat Furst (Education Consultant):
Informing students and teachers about research-based learning strategies is not enough

3:00 Coffee break and networking

3:30 Fishbowl: EEG Research in Schools
Kim Chaloner (Grace Church School)
Ido Davidesco & Suzanne Dikker (NYU)

4:30 Concluding remarks: Thomas Carew (NYU) 

5:00 End of Workshop


This workshop is co-sponsored by the International Mind, Brain and Education Society (IMBES), NYU’s Faculty of Arts and Science, and Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

Why was this workshop planned on a federal holiday?!? As a deliberate effort to include classroom teachers as experts in our RPP Collaboratory, we have organized this workshop on a day when all teachers are off of school. This allows teachers to fully participate without having to seek approval from their administration.

The collaboratory is organized by Vanessa Rodriguez, Ed.D. (author of  The Teaching Brain) and Ido Davidesco, Ph.D.

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Join PBS for Climate Conversations Virtually

Looking for resources and materials to kick off a conversation about climate science in your classroom? Join us for a free, 3-part virtual professional development series focused around the complex issue of climate change and the science behind this important topic. This series of virtual PD will examine high-quality, media-based climate change educational materials and provide educators with an opportunity to engage in conversation with scientists, film producers, and other teachers. Attendees will have the ability to ask questions throughout the sessions.

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FIRST Tech Challenge Game Released

Season Kickoff: FIRST® RELIC RECOVERYSM Presented by Qualcomm® Incorporated
Experience the thrill of discovery in the 2017-2018 FIRST® Tech Challenge season: FIRST® RELIC RECOVERYSM presented by Qualcomm. This season, an estimated 60,000 students from 25 countries will design, build, program, and operate robots to play the adventure-themed game. During their expedition, students will form alliances, practice engineering principles, and develop STEM skills.

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NYC Department of Education 2017 Energy Challenge

The Office of Sustainability, in coordination with Solar One, invite New York City DOE Schools to participate in the first ever DOE-wide 2017 Energy Reduction Challenge. The Challenge will start on October 2nd and end December 1st, 2017.


The Challenge will be based on student and staff-based efforts to promote energy conservation in the classroom and enhance school-wide involvement in energy conservation efforts. Each participating school will be required to submit a report of activities performed during the challenge (see Challenge Overview for more information). School reports will be given points based on activities conducted during the challenge. The top five (5) schools that earn the most points during the 2-month event will each be awarded $10,000, to be transferred to the Principal’s Galaxy Budget for use on sustainability related projects during FY18. For more information on the Challenge and how to participate, see the Energy Challenge Overview.

To enroll your school in the Challenge, register HERE by 5 PM on Friday, September 29th.

For questions contact Lisa Williams, Energy Coordinator, at 718-349-5790.

Water Ecology & Engineering Field Trips

All 5 NYC Boroughs For School Groups Grades 2-12

NYC H2O offers free Water Engineering and Ecology Field Trips in all 5 boroughs.
Our field trip sites are: Central Park Reservoir, Manhattan Silver Lake Reservoir, Staten
Island Baisley Pond, Queens Lemon Creek, Staten Island Ridgewood Reservoir, Brooklyn Jerome Park Reservoir, Bronx High Bridge, Bronx & Manhattan Plumb Beach, Brooklyn Reservoirs:  Each reservoir has its own dramatic story.

NYC H2O’s talented team engages students in hands-on outdoor activities that show how reservoirs were constructed for NYC’s water system. Students learn how parks and trees protect reservoirs as part of experiencing these seldom visited, public ‘natural’ treasures.

Wetlands: NYC H2O’s field trips to Lemon Creek, Staten Island, and Plumb Beach, Brooklyn, give students the opportunity to explore fresh and salt water wetlands and discover the crucial role these environments play in supporting harbor ecology and mitigating storm surges. The field trips are free; reservations require a $50 deposit, refunded once a class goes on a field trip. Reserve your school’s field trip.

This program is sponsored in part by NYC DEP, Catskill Watershed Corporation, Aggreko,
Turtle & Hughes, United Electric Power and Skanska.


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How to Do a Science Fair Project

This five-part video series from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) guides students in grades 3–12 through the process of developing a successful science fair project from start to finish. Featuring input from a JPL scientist, an engineer, and an educator, the videos help students learn to ask testable questions about the things they observe in the world around them and mold the observations into viable science inquiry investigations. The videos address topics such as how to choose a science fair project topic, how to conduct research and design an experiment, and how to examine the results and communicate the experiment. PDF transcripts of each video are also available.

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Climate Change Research Initiative for Educators

Climate Change Research Initiative
The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year-long STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams, and develop STEM curricula for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and STEM education experts who will integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities.
During the fall and spring terms of CCRI, the research team will consist of NASA Principal Investigators who will lead graduate level interns and high school educators to become immersed in a NASA science research area related to climate change. High school and undergraduate students will join the teams during the summer session.
Participating high school STEM educators will develop an Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Portfolio that integrates components of their research into a comprehensive unit plan that utilizes NASA education resources and aligns NASA Science and STEM curricula to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. The teachers will then incorporate the STEM curriculum into their classrooms and also provide community outreach STEM engagement events related to their NASA research study. The fall and spring term will not conflict with the educators’ primary schedule, roles or responsibilities at their school sites.
For graduate student interns, this opportunity will not conflict with coursework and class schedules during the fall and spring. It is considered to be a part-time position that supports the graduate student’s major area of study that will not exceed 10 hours per week
During the summer session, the primary research team will add an undergraduate intern and high school intern to the CCRI research team. The entire team will work collaboratively on a full-time basis to complete the research project, deliver a PowerPoint presentation, and create a scientific poster that will be presented at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the CUNY CREST Summer STEM Symposium. The final symposium will include participants from other government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Department of Education (USDE), and the United States Department of Defense (DoD).
CCRI Research Opportunities for 2017-2018
I. Volcanoes Impact Climate on Local to Global Scale Through Their Emissions
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. Allegra LeGrande
II. Climate Change in the Hudson Estuary — Past, Present, and Future
Location: Columbia Univ. Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory (Palisades, NY) and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. Dorothy Peteet
III. West African Monsoon Climate Modeling
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. Matthew Fulakeza
IV. Urban Climate Adaptation Research: New Technologies, Materials & Thinking
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. Stuart Gaffin
Applicants should reside within a 50-mile radius of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, located at 2880 Broadway, New York, NY 10025.
Educators:: Please submit the following materials in your application to Mr. Matthew Pearce at the address listed below:
+ Completed application form.
+ Resumé including cover letter and curriculum vitae. Also, indicate the research opportunities for which you would like to be considered.
+ Two letters of recommendation from a supervisor (Principal, Assistant Principal, Department Chair).
+ Copy of State or Federal Photo ID
Educator applicants must be currently employed as full time STEM educators and also be US citizens in order to participate in this opportunity. The closing date for applications is September 21, 2017.
For more information, please dowload and read the educator recruitment posting (PDF).
Graduate Students: To review specific details about the research opportunity and to submit applications, visit the NASA OSSI: One Stop Shopping Initiative website at (On the OSSI site, click on the Search Opportunities tab and select GISS in the Center/Facility location field.)
Grad student applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate level program of study or higher that aligns with the research project they are applying to. Travel, housing and relocation expenses are not provided.
Applications are evaluated upon receipt, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. The closing date for applications is September 21, 2017.
For more information, please download and read the grad srtudent recruitment posting (PDF).
High School and Undergraduate Students: Application information for high school and undergraduate student interns to participate in the CCRI summer 2018 session will be posted on the NASA OSSI website when it becomes available during winter 2017-18.
Please address all inquiries about the Climate Change Research Initiative to:
Matthew Pearce
Education Program Specialist
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
2880 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

Celebrate Science & Math w/ Nat Geo & Win $400,000 in Cash & Prizes!

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is a global initiative to develop and demonstrate young people’s knowledge of science and scientific principles, generate excitement in science and math, support STEM career choices, and engage the imagination and interest of the public-at-large in key concepts of fundamental science.
To take part in the Challenge, students aged 13 to 18 must submit a 3-minute video on a theory or concept in math, physics or the life sciences. All entries must be received by October 1st, and the winner will also be invited to the internationally broadcasted 2017 Breakthrough Prize ceremony at NASA Ames, where the prize will be awarded in front of the superstars of science, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood.
The prizes are spectacular: The student winner receives a $250,000 college scholarship, their school gets a new $100,00 science lab, and their teacher wins $50,000.
Please contact with any questions.