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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Kitchen Chemistry with ZOOM

Check out these online kitchen chemistry activities for students ages 5–11 (grades K–5) from and the ZOOM science television series. Visit the Virtual Kitchen to access mess-free activities, such as searching for clues about acids, bases, and neutrals; testing substances to determine if they are acids, bases, or neutrals; and applying new knowledge to determine the pattern to launch a bottle rocket (e.g., an acid plus a base produces carbon dioxide, which launches the craft). In the Reality Kitchen, students will find how-to instructions for conducting a Cabbage Juice Indicator lab and a Polishing Pennies experiment at home using simple household materials.

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Earn NYC DOE P-credits at the 2017 Games in Education Symposium!

Thursday August 3rd, 9am–3pm

2 MetroTech Center (NYU MAGNET in Downtown Brooklyn) • 8th Floor • Brooklyn, NY 11201

Bring your laptop if possible • Breakfast and lunch provided


Digital and traditional games are touted as a fun way to cultivate student engagement in learning. But beyond engagement, how can we use games to support and develop students’ scientific reasoning, conceptual learning, and understanding of challenging concepts?


Join us to explore answers to this question at the 2017 Games in Education Symposium! We are offering four FREEworkshops at NYU’s state of the art MAGNET (Media Games Network) facility in Downtown Brooklyn. Presenters from EDC’s Center for Children and Technology, NYU, and Brooklyn Strategist will lead hands-on workshops on a variety of topics aimed at increasing the effectiveness of teaching with games in the classroom. These workshops can contribute to NYC DOE P-Credits.


REGISTER HERE (it’s free!):






By Subway

  • A, C, F, R train to Jay St MetroTech
  • 2, 3, 4, 5 train to Borough Hall (walk one block East to Willoughby Street and make a left onto Jay St.)
  • Q, B train to Dekalb Ave. (walk two blocks North toward Manhattan Bridge and make a left onto Myrtle Avenue into MetroTech)


By Train

  • Take Long Island Railroad to Pennsylvania Station, then transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A, C, 2, 3 train (see subway instructions above)
  • Take Long Island Railroad to Flatbush Avenue-Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, then transfer to a Manhattan-bound B, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5 train (see subway instructions above) or walk North along Flatbush Avenue about 1 mile to Myrtle Avenue and make a left into MetroTech
  • Take Metro North Railroad to Grand Central Station in Manhattan, then transfer to a Brooklyn-bound 4, 5 train (see subway instructions above)
  • Take New Jersey Transit to Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan, then transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A, C, 2, 3 train (see subway instructions above)

Using Ocean Data in the Classroom

This program enables students in grades 6–8 to use real-time ocean data to explore current environmental issues and practice problem-solving skills used by scientists. At the website, teachers can access curriculum modules supporting Next Generation Science Standards and guide students through the process of working with real data, moving from teacher-driven activities to student-directed inquiry experiences. The El Nino module, for example, begins with teacher-directed activities instructing students how to read and compare sea surface temperature maps, moves to a guided-inquiry experience applying newly learned data skills to predict an El Nino event, and ends with a student-directed challenge to design a plan to investigate a research question using data. A second module, Sea Level, begins with basic graph interpretation and builds toward activities prompting students to ask questions and develop their own data investigations.

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Free education resources and grant for field trip

Dear Educators,

Thank you for participating in our 2016-2017 school year programs and professional development workshops. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Education Office is happy to continue to provide you with an array of education resources for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.

Some highlights include:

Map of New York City’s Water Story: From Mountain Top to Tap

NYC DEP is pleased to offer you a beautiful new wall-sized map for your classrooms. This 36” x 40” map, New York Water Story: From Mountain Top to Tap, highlights the flow of water from watersheds and reservoirs, through aqueducts to New York City.  Learn more and receive a teacher’s guide.


DEP’s Education Modules:

DEP’s education modules provide resource information to educators to help their students learn about the latest environmental issues. The modules below will give you background about the subject matter, lesson plans, activities and worksheets along with additional resources.

Green Infrastructure Education Module:

Introduce your students to the innovative world of science, technology, math and engineering that surrounds them in New York City. Learn about the many green infrastructure techniques designed and constructed to manage storm water runoff and what we can do to help as environmental stewards. For more information about DEP’s resources, please click here.

Cease the Grease:

Introduce your students to the world beneath their feet and the science, technology, math, and engineering of the New York City sewer system. Learn about the system that carries our waste and what we can do to help protect it. For more information about DEP’s resources, please click here.

The Watershed Agricultural Council’s Forestry Program, in partnership with (DEP) offers grants of up to $3,000 for watershed-and-forestry field trips to the New York City water supply watersheds, east and west of the Hudson River. Programs can be for single day or overnight trips.  Applications are now being accepted.  Deadline: Friday, August 4, 2017 at 5pm. 

Learn more about Watershed Agricultural Council’s teacher resources.


Museum of the City of New York

What has made New York, New York?  Follow the city’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” and consider its future in our changing world.  The New York at Its Core museum exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other.  Through almost 450 historic objects and images, from the Museum’s rich collections, as well as videos, photography and interactive digital experiences, MCNY welcomes you to dive deep into the city’s past and create your own visions for its future.

Learn more about education programs and field trips to the museum.

ReLeaf Conference

The 25th annual New York ReLeaf Conference, “Strengthening Connections: Diversity in our Urban Environment,” will be held July 13-15 at St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens.  New York’s ReLeaf Conference offers a unique opportunity for attendees to share experiences, ideas and new information about the management and care of our urban forests.

Arborists, tree care workers, tree board members, community volunteers, educators, students, public and private sector foresters, landscape architects, horticulturists and government officials are all invited to attend to learn more about opportunities and partnerships within the tree community.  Conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn from professionals from across the country and to tour local community forestry projects, including green infrastructure sites.  For more information and to register for this conference, please visit


City of Water Day

City of Water Day has grown into the region’s biggest, yearly harbor festival.  This year it takes place on Saturday, July 15, 2017 and the Waterfront Alliance will be expanding the Waterfront Activity Fair that day by including performances of the Rejuvenary River Circus by Arm of the Sea Theater.  A family-friendly performance will greatly educate the audience about the value of water and New York City’s water resources.  Learn more about City of Water Day and how you can attend.


Children’s Museum of Manhattan

This summer the Children’s Museum of Manhattan Sussman Environmental Center, is the hot place for children to cool off!  With 800 sq. ft. of hands-on interactives and cool colorful graphics, the exhibit offers visitors a fun place to chill while they learn how New York City gets its water and the role water plays in our local environment.  An interactive water table helps children trace the path of New York City’s water as they play and explore.  The story begins with the water cycle up in the clouds.  Learn more about this fun, seasonal exhibition.

New York State Outdoor Education Association

Save the Date to join fellow teachers, educators, and outdoor professionals at the New York State Outdoor Education Association annual conference, October 26-29, 2017, at Green Chimney’s Clearpool Conference.  Attend workshops, enjoy speakers, live music, hikes in the woods, regional field trips and a portable saw mill demonstration in the Clearpool Model Forest.  Learn more about the Conference.


Educational Green Roofs Conference

On Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm located at PS 41, 116 West 11thStreet, New York, NY  10011A free informational session on how to Create and Use Green Roofs on Schools as Outdoor Classrooms. For more information and to register click here.

Wow in the World

A new podcast series about the coolest new stories in science and technology was launched by National Public Radio for students ages 5–12 and their families. Hosted by radio personalities Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, each episode begins with a series of questions that lead to an explanation about a new scientific discovery or finding, such as “How long would it take to get to the closest star outside our solar system?” or “How did we Homo sapiens come to dominate the planet?” or “How do astronauts poop in space?” Comedy and conversation, along with the voices of real kids, make the news fun and interesting.

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