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.


Full Link: https://store.hesstoytruck.com/stem?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=011618STEMAPP&j=382154&e=pwong@ps21statenisland.org&l=35_HTML&u=8915496&mid=7202936&jb=1464

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: https://goo.gl/forms/UFjmUw9TgogPX1bg1

For further information regarding this project, please reach out to Chris Kennedy, Program Director for STEMteachersNYC at chris@stemteachersnyc.org.

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


Full Link: http://stemteachersnyc.org/kt3-2018/

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.


Full Link: https://www.statnews.com/boddities-for-the-classroom/

Cell Biology Animation

Biologist and artist John Kyrk created Cell Biology Animation to show motions and interactions of molecules, atoms, and cells in high-quality animations. From DNA to meiosis to an overview of the Golgi apparatus, the animations are thorough and can be stopped, rewound, or played continuously for in-depth learning. Animations of general scientific principles, such as diffusion and pH, are also provided. The clickable animations include annotations that describe the processes happening on each screen. Read the site’s comments for ideas and insight about how the animations are being used in middle, high school, and college level classrooms.

Full Link: http://www.johnkyrk.com/

K–12 Home Science Projects

Build a Solar Car, Make Super Bubbles, Experiment with Liquid Density, Egg Bottle in a Trick, Color-Change Chemistry. . . .These are just a few of the many popular science projects available at the website. Created as a science teaching resource for K–12 homeschooling families, Home Science Tools offers hundreds of project ideas and experiments in biology, chemistry, Earth science, and physics and engineering that can be completed at home, for science fairs, or adapted for classroom use. Many of the projects feature videos along with the background information and how-to instructions, however, be aware that grade level information is not included on a project’s page. Teachers can evaluate the projects individually, or click on Projects by Grade to determine which activities are an appropriate fit for their students.


Full Link: http://learning-center.homesciencetools.com/science-projects/

Free Water Education Posters

Check out a collection of downloadable water education posters from the USGS and South Atlantic Water Science Center. The cartoon-style posters address nine water-related topics: coastal hazards, watersheds, hazardous waste, wetlands, water use, wastewater, navigation, groundwater, and water quality. Each poster features an illustration on the front and related hands-on activities on the back.The collection has color versions for elementary (grades 3–5) and middle levels (grades 6–8), along with black- and-white versions that K–5 students can color.

Fill Link: https://water.usgs.gov/outreach/OutReach.html

UL Xplorlabs™ Unveils Fire Forensics Investigation to the Classroom

Interactive, STEM-based module for middle school teachers aligns with Next Generation Science Standards
NORTHBROOK, Ill., (October 24, 2017) – UL, a global safety science organization, introduces the newest module to UL XplorlabsFire Forensics: Claims and Evidence. The second innovative module to be added to the UL Xplorlabs™ learning platform takes students up close and personal with the science of fire and the role of fire investigation. Through this interactive module, students learn to read a fire scene, build a claim for the fire’s location of origin and cause, and gain an understanding of fire, fire dynamics and fire behavior.
“Our goal is to put science and engineering in the hands of students and provide educators an easy-to-use, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned, free resource that can be incorporated into middle school science, engineering, math and technology curricula,” said Cara Gizzi, UL’s Vice President, Education & Outreach. “Xplorlab modules encourage inspired thinkers to find extreme solutions for today’s engineering challenges. Fire Forensics: Claims and Evidence will open students eyes to the vast science behind Fire Investigation and Fire Protection Engineering.” 
In the module, students work alongside fire research engineers as a fire investigator-in-training, to learn how claims, evidence and reasoning play into an investigation. Their skills are put to the test when they conduct their own independent investigation into the origin and cause of a fire, utilizing a dynamic, 360⁰ view of a kitchen burn scene. 
As in Module 1, Portable Electrical Power – Fire Forensics: Claims and Evidence elements are also aligned with NGSS and incorporate active participation and integrate hands-on experiences. Fire Forensics: Claims and Evidence goes a step further by challenging students to compare their independent investigation results with those of their peers from around the world.
“The module was created with flexibility in mind so it can be used in a variety of educational settings and by students with all types of learning styles,” said Gizzi. “It is essential for students to have the opportunity to flex their creative muscles and solve real-world problems through active participation and hands on learning.”
UL Xplorlabs™ was created to take science outside the classroom and put it in the hands of a new generation of problem solvers and help them to solve through science.  The first learning module, Portable Electrical Power, explores the science of lithium-ion batteries and the products that depend on them.
To find out more about this free, high-quality educational resource, visit ULXplorlabs.org or follow @ULXplorlabs on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.