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?!

Interested? Click here!

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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2018-19 NYC DOE Energy Conservation Artwork Contest!

For the 7th year, DOE Office of Sustainability is conducting an Energy Conservation Artwork Contest. This competition is open to all NYC DOE schools from all grade levels (K-12). Fifteen pieces of original art will be selected that best illustrate how energy can be saved through efficiency and conservation in our schools. The winners will be grouped by age level; 5 Elementary, 5 Middle School, and 5 High School*. The goal of the contest is to create a dialogue and encourage students, teachers, administrative staff, and parents to save energy through art.

A calendar will be produced using the winning pieces of artwork, which will be distributed to schools at no cost after the contest. Prizes will be awarded to all 15 winners at an award ceremony in April at the Tweed Courthouse.

The final artwork will be selected based on the design’s message, subject relevance, and artistic originality.

Contest Rules:

1. All entries should be submitted on an 8.5 x 11 standard white paper, in landscape (horizontal) format.

2. All entries must have clearly written on the back: student full namegrade, school name, teacher, and borough.

    Entries with missing and/or illegible information will be disqualified.

3. No group (more than 1) work will be accepted. One student, per artwork submission.

4. All entries must be submitted with a completed and sign Release FormEntries missing the release form will be disqualified. 

5. Deadline: Received in the Office of Sustainability by Friday, March 9, 2018.

Submission Address:

Lisa Williams

Sustainability Energy Artwork Contest

NYC Department of Education

44-36 Vernon Blvd., Room 510A

Long Island City, NY 11101

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HESS Toy Truck STEM Kits

Hess Corporation and Baylor College of Medicine have partnered in a STEM Educational Outreach program.  The program offers free learning kits which include Hess Toy Trucks along with a STEM Curriculum that demonstrates how the toys can be used as learning tools by teachers nationwide.


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KT3 Call for Applications: Paid Professional Learning Program for K-3 Teachers

We are excited to announce an open call for STEMteacherNYC’s Kid Talk, Teacher Talk in Elementary Science (KT3) program. We’re looking for elementary school teachers who would like to be involved in a paid professional learning program focused on empowering teachers to design and implement lessons that engage and motivate students to explain natural phenomena and to solve engineering problems.

Quick Overview:

  • Open to active classroom teachers or science content specialists who work with grades K-3
  • Get paid $1600 for your participation
  • Launches April 28, 2018
  • Get graduate credits from Aurora University
  • Application deadline: March 16, 2018


To apply see below or click here, and please forward on to colleagues and friends!


  • Are you interested in developing an active STEM learning environment where students investigate how their world works?
  • Do you work with primary age (K-3) students?
  • Would you like to learn strategies for facilitating discussions that center on your students’ ideas and build students’ abilities to explain science phenomena?


If so, you are invited to participate in STEMteachersNYC’s professional development project called Kid Talk, Teacher Talk in Elementary Science. Kid Talk,Teacher Talk (shortened to KT3) is a professional development program funded by a 100Kin10 grant. The project is designed to engage teachers across the New York Metropolitan area in the pursuit of excellent science teaching and learning. Workshop time is devoted to designing and implementing lessons that engage and motivate students to explain natural phenomena and to solve engineering problems. Teachers learn specific facilitation strategies that improve their students’ ability to communicate their thinking, cite evidence, and build ideas through discussions.The first cohort of 26 teachers is currently collaborating and implementing lessons learned to improve science instruction in their classrooms. Now we’re looking for 26 additional teachers to join us for Cohort 2.

Participation in KT3 begins with an invite to an orientation workshop on April 28, 2018 at Teacher’s College Columbia University and continues with a commitment to a full time, 10 day summer institute in New York City from July 23-August 3, 2018. The summer institute includes professional learning time as well as a lab school component where you can practice what you are learning with students for a few hours each day of week 2. During the 2018-19 school year, the project team will continue to support you in implementing what you learned through virtual and in person workshops. Teachers will be paid a $1600 stipend (in multiple installments) for their full participation. Full participation includes attendance at the summer institute and follow up workshops in the 2018-19 school year, completion of surveys, a commitment to implement what you’ve learned as evidenced by videotaping or observations in your own classroom, and a willingness to reflect on your learning. Four graduate credits are also available through an arrangement with Aurora University.

Individual teachers will be considered, however preference will be given to members of a school based team of two or more K-3 teachers willing to collaborate. We are seeking teachers from public district, public charter, parochial, and independent schools in the New York Metropolitan Area who have the following characteristics:

  • Currently employed teaching in any grade K-3, with the expectation of similar employment in the 2018-19 school year. Grade level generalists (e.g. 1st grade, all subjects) and science/STEM specialists are equally encouraged to apply.

  • Commitment to a teaching approach that fosters students’ capacity to think for themselves and to work collaboratively.

  • Interest in teaching science as a process of observing, experimenting, analyzing, interpreting, modeling, communicating, and evaluating (No particular level of expertise or experience in science teaching is required.)

  • Willingness to do hands-on investigations with everyday materials, including getting one’s hands dirty, and comfort with encouraging children to do the same.

  • Desire to implement science pedagogy with interdisciplinary coherence.

  • Willingness to participate in and contribute to action research that includes completing quantitative surveys, qualitative interviews, and observations of science instruction in professional place of practice.

If you wish to apply to participate in this opportunity, please fill out an application form here:

For further information regarding this project, please reach out to Chris Kennedy, Program Director for STEMteachersNYC at

If you’re not a K-3 teacher, please circulate this invitation to teachers you know who are likely to be interested.


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Boddities for the Classroom

This video series produced by Boston Globe Media’s online health, medicine, and science publication STAT uses animation, vintage film footage, and interviews with leading physicians to answer questions about the human body, such as what happens when skin gets sunburned, why our fingers get wrinkly in water, and why stomachs don’t digest themselves. Targeted for students in grades 4–9, the short (less than two minutes) videos can spark science discussions or serve as fun extras after a lesson. Some episodes are paired with classroom worksheets offering Quick Questions to consider while viewing, Fast Facts to highlight science information, and a concluding Activity.


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