Sidney Horenstein: Science Speaks! Free Book Talk and Signing for NYC DOE Educators

Priority to school-based teachers and administrators.

Others may register beginning on Tuesday, May 22, at noon.

Come join us for the first of two June Science Speaks! book signings and presentations hosted by the NYCDOE STEM Department and the National Archives at NYC. Sidney Horenstein, co-author of Concrete Jungle: New York City and Our Last Best Hope for a Sustainable Future is a geologist and former Coordinator of Environmental Public Programs at the American Museum of Natural History. He also served as an adjunct lecturer in geology at the City University of New York for 25 years and is the natural history consultant to the Bronx County Historical Society. He has written extensively about New York City geology and has a long history of doing geology walking tours of Manhattan. This talk is relevant to teachers of all grade levels. All participants will receive a free copy of Concrete Jungle: New York City and Our Last Best Hope for a Sustainable Future.

This event will take place on Thursday, June 7, 2018, from 4:00PM to 6:00PM.

Register here:

Priority to school-based teachers and administrators.

Others may register beginning on Tuesday, May 22, at noon.

Space is limited.

Advance registration is required.

Only one ticket per person.

The Planetary CubeSats Symposium

The Planetary CubeSats Symposium
August 16-17 2018
Registration deadline May 18
The 3rd Planetary CubeSat Science Symposium will be held at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Greenbelt campus on August 16-17 2018 in B34-W150, with the participation of CubeSat/SmallSat scientists and developers. Discussions will include current missions, mission concepts, and opportunities for future mission selections. The sessions will also include panel discussions about strategic and technical aspects of planetary small satellite missions, and an afternoon poster session providing mission proposers the opportunity to meet with vendors and suppliers.
The registration deadline is May 18. Oral talks and posters are welcomed. See for more details and to register.
The symposium is an activity of Goddard’s Planetary CubeSat Science Institute (PCSI).

Elementary Science Expo Registration

Dear Educators,

Registration for the 2018 STEM Matters NYC Elementary Science Expo is NOW OPEN! We hope your school will participate in the Expo. For more information about the Expo and details about how to submit your projects, see the information below. See you on June 5 at the Expo!









All Department of Education elementary schools are invited to register up to four projects to participate in the 2018 STEM Matters NYC Elementary Science Expo, which will take place from 9:30am-12:30pm on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Each project must be an Observational Study, Experimental Investigation, or Engineering Design Investigation. Schools must designate an Expo Coordinator who will serve as the primary point of contact for project registration and participation.

Expo Coordinators visit to register your school to participate. The priority registration deadlineis Friday, May 4. The final deadline is Friday, May 11.

Register your students’ projects by the priority deadline to ensure their names are included in the Expo Program—projects registered after May 4 may not be able to be recognized in the Expo Program.

Visit to plan their visit and reserve a bus through the Office of Pupil Transportation online field trip system.

All elementary schools are invited to visit the Expo even if their students are not presenting projects. Visit for more information and to download a flyer to share with your school community. For questions, contact

Expo Location
The Armory on the Hudson
216 Fort Washington Avenue

New York, NY 10032




Reel Science with Before the Flood: Free Workshop for NYCDOE Teachers

Science teachers, join us at the Paley Center for Media for a wonderful opportunity!

Come join us for our upcoming Reel Science presentation hosted by the NYCDOE STEM Department and the Paley Center for Media. In this workshop designed especially for NYCDOE science teachers at all levels, Paley Center educators will moderate a discussion using the National Geographic film on climate change, Before the Flood, to demonstrate best practices for using film and other media to enhance science curriculum content, and will additionally discuss methods for using film as a tool for teaching critical thinking and viewing skills. Participants will be encouraged to direct the discussion by picking and talking about clips that connect to their science, math, or engineering curriculum. Programs from the Paley Center archive may also be screened and compared to the film. Participants who choose to will receive copy of the DVD prior to the event. All participants are expected to view the film prior to the workshop.


This event will take place on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 4:30PM to 6:30PM.

Register here:

Space is limited.

Advance registration is required.

Only one ticket per person.Reel Science with Before the Flood: Free Workshop for NYCDOE Teachers

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
    International numbers available:

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.
For more information visit: