What Engineering Looks Like: Preschool to Middle Level

A well-designed engineering curriculum includes eight distinct design elements that support effective learning, says the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) Project, an initiative developed by the Museum of Science Boston to study how children learn engineering. This table presents learning trajectories for each design element, showing teachers how engineering can be implemented in preschool, elementary, and middle level classrooms, including specifics about what the implementation looks like at each age level.

Full Link: https://eie.org/overview/engineering-trajectories?utm_campaign=EiE+News&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=36745950&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8gCaKzURtuG7IguzSSYHMzlvuGEbhFBzeUw1DR_IcK_rDBkKK0grXS1nOJGv3rSl9spS20hJO_rrICWaM9DMp_HpST5Q&_hsmi=36751362

LEGO Education Academy for Teachers

Don’t let students have all the fun and learning with LEGOs! Microsoft’s Educator Community offers self-paced courses to help teachers make the most of LEGO Education tools and enhance student experience and the tools’ learning effectiveness. Teachers can, for example, access a three-part course on LEGO MINDSTORMS covering everything they need to know about the tool, from a general overview (Getting Started) to exercises and practice working with different LEGO Education programming bricks (Programming) and successfully integrating LEGO MINDSTORMS into existing STEM curriculum and daily lessons (In The Classroom).


Full Link: https://education.microsoft.com/courses-and-resources/courses/lego-mindstorms-education-ev3

Free Educator Open House at Cooper Hewitt

Cooper Hewitt will be hosting a free Educator Open House as part of National Design Week. K-12 educators will explore Cooper Hewitt’s free design resources, including professional development and school programs, and learn how design thinking can be used in teaching practice through a hands-on workshop with National Design Award winner MASS Design Group.

Space is limited for the hands-on workshops and registration is first come, first served. If registration for the hands-on workshops is full, K-12 educators are welcome to register for Option 3, which features free museum admission from 3:30pm to 5:30pm on Wednesday, October 18.


Everyone Can Code Education Event

Join us to learn about Everyone Can Code, a new approach to coding that gives everyone the power to learn, write, and teach code. You’ll hear about the new Swift Playgrounds app that includes lessons for beginning coders. And you’ll explore curriculum materials for elementary, middle, and high school that make it easy to bring coding into your school.

This event is appropriate for Principals, Assistant Principals, and teachers. The event will be held on Friday, September 29 from 9 am – 12 pm at 100 5th Avenue, 6th Floor New York, NY 10011. Sign up using the link below.

The Am I Like You? Teacher’s Guide

Excite young students (grades K–3) about birding and observing nature with the activities in this educator’s booklet from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s BirdSleuth program. Take a neighborhood bird walk, move like a bird (e.g., fly, walk, swim, soar, or hop), play “Birdy Says,” eat with a “beak” (e.g., toothpicks, clothespins, straws, or tweezers), or make pine cone birdfeeders for the schoolyard or backyard. In addition, the website has videos of bird behaviors and other digital content that complement the printable guide.

Full Link: http://www.birdsleuth.org/likeyou/

Inviting Applications: Honeywell Educators at Space Academy 2018

Honeywell Hometown Solutions (HHS) is now accepting applications for the 2018 Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA) a week-long, high-energy learning program for middle school science and math teachers.

Hosted by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, HESA is designed to inspire teachers to develop the next generation of scientists in their classrooms. Teachers learn new teaching practices in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education by participating in a series of astronaut-style exercises and simulations, build model rockets, meet veteran astronauts, and so much more.

Since 2004, 2,776 teachers from 62 countries have graduated from HESA, inspiring more than 3 million students to pursue STEM education and careers.


Scholarship includes:

  • tuition for the five-day program
  • round-trip airfare
  • meals
  • accommodations
  • program materials

Mind, Brain and Education: Research, Policy and Practice Collaboratory

Join us for an innovative day of collaborative problem solving with researchers, teachers, policy makers and funders, aimed at transforming research into actionable insights for classroom practices.

Monday, October 9, 2017 (Columbus Day)
From 9am to 5pm
NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

RSVP here

Preliminary Program:

9:00 Breakfast

9:30 Opening Remarks

9:45 Keynote: Joanna Christodoulou (MGH Institute) 

10:30 Break

10:45 Design Thinking Roundtables: Small groups of researchers, teachers, policy makers and funders will work collaboratively on problems in mind, brain and education

Kimberly Tanner (San Francisco State)
Joshua Aronson (New York University)
Joan Walker (National Science Foundation)
Patricia Jennings (University of Virginia)
Yana Weinstein (University of Massachusetts, Lowell)
Marc Schwartz (UT Arlington) & Deborah Cockerham (Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History)
Kimberly Noble (Columbia Teachers College) & Natalie Brito (NYU)
Marsha Wallace (NYC DOE & Urban Advantage NYC)
Carolyn Strom (NYU)
Bryan Mascio (Harvard University)
Kelsey Finkel (Robertson Foundation)
Nina Hood (The Education Hub)

12:15 Lunch and Panel Discussion: School Interventions
Moderator:Vanessa Rodriguez (NYU Medical Center)
Katherine Rosenblatt (NYU Medical Center)
Kai-ama Hamer (NYU Medical Center)
Michelle Mondesir (NYU Medical Center)

1:00 Tabletop Pitch Presentations

2:00 Rapid-fire talks

Nicole Furlonge (Holderness School):
The listening mind
Robert Muratore (The Bronx High School of Science):
Challenges and promises of neuromodulation to education
Sarah Creider (NYU): Micro-analysis of student-teacher interactions:
A window into the classroom experience
Deborah Cockerham (Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History):
Research and Education in an Informal Learning Environment
Efrat Furst (Education Consultant):
Informing students and teachers about research-based learning strategies is not enough

3:00 Coffee break and networking

3:30 Fishbowl: EEG Research in Schools
Kim Chaloner (Grace Church School)
Ido Davidesco & Suzanne Dikker (NYU)

4:30 Concluding remarks: Thomas Carew (NYU) 

5:00 End of Workshop


This workshop is co-sponsored by the International Mind, Brain and Education Society (IMBES), NYU’s Faculty of Arts and Science, and Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

Why was this workshop planned on a federal holiday?!? As a deliberate effort to include classroom teachers as experts in our RPP Collaboratory, we have organized this workshop on a day when all teachers are off of school. This allows teachers to fully participate without having to seek approval from their administration.

The collaboratory is organized by Vanessa Rodriguez, Ed.D. (author of  The Teaching Brain) and Ido Davidesco, Ph.D.

RSVP here


Full Link: https://wp.nyu.edu/nec/mbe-workshop/

Join PBS for Climate Conversations Virtually

Looking for resources and materials to kick off a conversation about climate science in your classroom? Join us for a free, 3-part virtual professional development series focused around the complex issue of climate change and the science behind this important topic. This series of virtual PD will examine high-quality, media-based climate change educational materials and provide educators with an opportunity to engage in conversation with scientists, film producers, and other teachers. Attendees will have the ability to ask questions throughout the sessions.

Full Link: http://www.pbs.org/education/blog/climate-conversations-series?utm_source=PBSEDU&utm_medium=pbsedu,%20stationsocial,%20email&utm_campaign=sci_2017

FIRST Tech Challenge Game Released

Season Kickoff: FIRST® RELIC RECOVERYSM Presented by Qualcomm® Incorporated
Experience the thrill of discovery in the 2017-2018 FIRST® Tech Challenge season: FIRST® RELIC RECOVERYSM presented by Qualcomm. This season, an estimated 60,000 students from 25 countries will design, build, program, and operate robots to play the adventure-themed game. During their expedition, students will form alliances, practice engineering principles, and develop STEM skills.

Full Link: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc/game-and-season?utm_source=first-newsletter&utm_campaign=&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–EzKxXhUuHSEE3m_bQhhgTA3n2i90ELeEbn5ClHvv6Gu8d_farAwW05SEjAy8yugUMkUh5CUqfuUCBFSi-YqJFpmx-IA&_hsmi=56497572

NYC Department of Education 2017 Energy Challenge

The Office of Sustainability, in coordination with Solar One, invite New York City DOE Schools to participate in the first ever DOE-wide 2017 Energy Reduction Challenge. The Challenge will start on October 2nd and end December 1st, 2017.


The Challenge will be based on student and staff-based efforts to promote energy conservation in the classroom and enhance school-wide involvement in energy conservation efforts. Each participating school will be required to submit a report of activities performed during the challenge (see Challenge Overview for more information). School reports will be given points based on activities conducted during the challenge. The top five (5) schools that earn the most points during the 2-month event will each be awarded $10,000, to be transferred to the Principal’s Galaxy Budget for use on sustainability related projects during FY18. For more information on the Challenge and how to participate, see the Energy Challenge Overview.

To enroll your school in the Challenge, register HERE by 5 PM on Friday, September 29th.

For questions contact Lisa Williams, Energy Coordinator, at lwilliams85@schools.nyc.govor 718-349-5790.