Sam Sternberg: Science Speaks! Free Book Talk and Signing for NYC DOE Educators

Come join us for October’s Science Speaks! book signing and presentation hosted by the NYC DOE STEM Department and the National Archives at NYC. Dr. Samuel H. Sternberg, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University, will talk about the book he co-wrote with Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna, A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution. We will learn about the discovery, development, and applications of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology. Dr. Sternberg’s doctoral research in the laboratory of Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Dr. Jennifer Doudna focused on the mechanism of DNA targeting by RNA-guided bacterial immune systems (CRISPR—Cas9) and on the development of these systems for genome engineering applications. His work has been published in the journals Nature, Science, and Cell, and been covered in The New York Times, Science News, and The Scientist. He was a co-author of an article in Science that proposed a moratorium on editing the human germline until safety and societal implications are broadly discussed. This talk is relevant to teachers of all grade levels. All participants will receive a free copy of A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution.

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

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Priority to school-based teachers and administrators.

Others may register beginning on Friday, Sept. 21, at noon.

Space is limited.

Advance registration is required.

Only one ticket per person.

The Science of Baking

This infographic offers simplified explanations of the science of how and why common baking ingredients transform into cookies, cakes, and other baked goods. The ingredients mentioned are flour, shortening, leavening, eggs, sugars, and salt. Middle level and high school teachers can use this visual guide to help students understand what happens during the baking process.

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Experience Mars 2030

This immersive virtual reality simulation lets students explore the Red Planet. Developed collaboratively by Fusion Media Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and NASA—and available free for K–12 classroom and museum educators—the simulation was designed using real data from NASA’s Mars missions to deliver an authentic experience based on what is known about Mars today. Players hunt across an accurate Martian landscape for samples, analyze findings under a virtual microscope inside their workstation, and communicate discoveries to NASA and family back on Earth. A desktop version also is available for users without virtual reality hardware.

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NYC DOE Office of Sustainability offering FREE Reusable Bottles for ALL HS Students

The DOE Office of Sustainability is excited to announce that ALL High School Students (grades 9-12) will receive a reusable water bottle this September!

Materials will arrive at schools between September 5-21. Bottles are to be distributed to students during Climate Week (9/24-9/28). 

Full information on the reusable bottles, distribution to students, and engagement opportunities will be shared the week of 9/10. School populations for bottle distribution are based on 2017-2018 enrollment data.

Please email with any questions.

Engineering PD Opportunity – Generous Stipend Included! – New STEM Teacher PD

Dear Middle School Teachers and Principals, 

The Center for K12 STEM Education at the NYU School of Engineering has a new exciting teacher professional development program. Generous stipends for teachers and materials for schools will be provided. 

We are seeking motivated middle school teachers to learn to engineer using our 
Science of Smart Cities (SoSC) curriculum and then teach their cohort of students at their own schools if possible or at the NYU Tandon Brooklyn Campus. 

In order to qualify, you must be a middle school STEM teacher, be able to recruit 20-25 middle school students, have your principals sponsorship, and be available (except major holidays) every Saturday from October 13 – June 1st (snow day June 8th). 

For more information and to 
apply please click here. We are accepting applicants on a rolling basis. 
Deadline: September 15, 2018. 

Any questions please send an email to  

Applications for 2018-19 NYCDOE Department of STEM Citywide Programs Are NOW OPEN

Citizen Science

6-8 Teachers: Apply by Tuesday, 9/18 to the Citizen Science program! 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. Each research mission enables 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 through a student-designed service-learning project. Participating schools will receive two free field trips to facilitate their field research, and participating teachers will be eligible for up to 40 hours of per-session compensation. Click here for more information and to apply.


High School Science Research Pathways

Start a research program at your school! Apply by Wednesday, 9/26 to the High School Science Research Pathways program. The High School Science Research Pathways program supports teachers and schools in launching or reinvigorating an independent science research program in their school. In 2018-19, participating teachers will lead an after-school club to introduce students to scientific research and will work with their school community to plan and launch a multi-year elective science research course in 2019-20. Teachers selected to the program will participate in six professional learning sessions that will support them in launching a club, building students’ scientific literacy and research skills, serving as a research advisor to students, and planning a multi-year science research program. Participating schools will have access to scientific talks and other student events at research institutions throughout New York City. Click here for more information and to apply.


K-12 Teachers: Apply by Thursday, 9/27 to the Scientist-in-Residence Program! The Scientist-in-Residence Program (a collaboration between the NYCDOE and The New York Academy of Sciences) will match you and your class with a scientist or STEM professional from October 2018-May 2019 to scope out and co-lead a research-based STEM project with your students. Your students will gain first-hand exposure to STEM investigations and careers, and you and your scientist will be able to share knowledge and skills to learn from one another. Click here for more information and to apply.

Budding Scientists-The Urban Ecosystem

K-5 Classroom Teachers: Apply by Friday, 9/28 to the Budding Scientists-The Urban Ecosystem Program! Budding Scientists-The Urban Ecosystem supports elementary school teachers’ and students’ exploration of the NYC ecosystem through investigations of NYC’s local ecology and built environment. Teachers and their students 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 a celebratory Culminating Event in the spring of 2019. Click here for more information and to apply.

STEM program descriptions and application links 2018-19

FunScienceDemos! for K–8

Visit this site for relevant science demonstration videos exploring the essential concepts elementary and middle level learners (grades K–8) need to know before high school. The short (about five minutes each), engaging videos support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and address topics in life, physical, and Earth/space sciences, as well as in engineering and STEM practices. Titles include Cottonball Catapult Design Challenge, Sound and Light Travel in Waves, Why Do We See the Moon?, Seeds and the Life Cycle of Plants, and many others. Viewers can comment on the demonstrations, or ask questions (and receive help) from the FunScienceDemos! team (a.k.a. educators from Temple University’s College of Science and Technology).

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Math and STEM Resources

Visit this website for free math and STEM activities, games, lesson ideas, printables, and more from MIND Research Institute and similar organizations. Most of these resources can be adapted to any grade level in elementary and middle school. Students can explore problem solving with an app called BigSeed and design math games. Teachers can read about the state of STEM in the United States in an infographic, implement game design courses in their classrooms, access math lesson ideas, and find games to use during family STEM nights.

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Teaching with Google Earth

This web portal is a one-stop shop for high school and college educators interested in learning about and working with Google Earth. Created by Glenn Richard of the Mineral Physics Institute at Stony Brook (N.Y.) University—and housed online by the Science Education Resource Center Pedagogic Service at Carleton College (Minn.)—the portal provides access to a wide range of materials such as articles with basic information about Google Earth (e.g., What Is Google Earth?, Why Teach with Google Earth?), practical user guides (e.g., Google Earth Tip Sheet, Working With Keyhole Markup Language), and links for further learning. Teachers can also access ready-to-use classroom/field activities (e.g., Environmental Reconnaissance of a Salt Marsh, Renewable Energy) using Google Earth and share their own Google Earth activities online.

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ORISE Resources includes K-12 STEM curricula

Educators will discover a wealth of K–12 STEM curricula and other materials to foster students’ thinking, reasoning, teamwork, investigative, and creative skills at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) website. Highlights include The Harnessed Atom, a middle level curriculum featuring lessons, games, and teacher presentations covering the essential principles of energy and matter, and STEM Topic videos (for teachers), which explore topics from Using Fairy Tales to Teach Math and Engineering in Lower Elementary School to an Introduction to Probeware in the Classroom (Vernier). Another notable resource is the Bioenergy Workforce Development curriculum, a collection of interdisciplinary lessons and activities developed by the DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office for exploring bioenergy topics in middle and high school classrooms.

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