Science Fair Fun: Designing Environmental Science Projects

This online booklet for students in grades 6–8 is a step-by-step guide to designing a successful and meaningful science fair project that focuses on the 3Rs of waste management: reduce, reuse, and recycle. The booklet guides readers through a project from start to finish and includes helpful checklists such as What the Judges Look For and What Makes a Good Science Fair Project? With this resource, students’ science fair projects can send a clear message showing how the 3Rs lead to resource conservation.

Full Link: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/sciencefair.pdf

Get Current Coloring and Activity Books

The Get Current coloring book engages preschool and kindergarten children with energy. The coloring book introduces renewable energy sources and takes the student through solar, wind, water, hydropower, bioenergy, and geothermal before demonstrating ways to improve energy efficiency, like plug-in electric vehicles. The activity book (https://goo.gl/1qGKMi) is for middle level and high school students and includes crosswords, word games, math puzzles, and more challenging ways to help students, learn, understand, and internalize the principles of energy literacy, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

Full Link: https://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/pdfs/coloringbook_2014.pdf

Missing Microbes: Science Speaks! Free Book Talk and Signing for NYC DOE Educators

Back by popular demand!

Come join us for a bonus May Science Speaks! book signing and presentation hosted by the Science Team of the NYC DOE STEM Department and the National Archives at NYC. Martin J. Blaser, director of the Human Microbiome Program at NYU, will talk again about his book, Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues. Dr. Blaser has studied the role of bacteria in human disease for over 30 years.  He will discuss influence of antibiotics, C-sections and antiseptics on our microbiomes and the effects of our microbiomes on obesity, diabetes and asthma. All participants will receive a free copy of Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues.

This event will take place on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.

Those who are able, please join us from 3:00 to 4:00PM to share your school experiences, ask questions of the STEM Department, and discuss ways in which the STEM Department can better serve you.

Register here:

https://tinyurl.com/SciSpeaksBlaser  

Priority to school-based teachers and administrators.

Others may register beginning on Wednesday, April 26, at noon.

Space is limited.

Advance registration is required.

Only one ticket per person.

The Harnessed Atom Middle School STEM curriculum

This middle school STEM curriculum extension focuses on nuclear science and energy. Teachers will find accurate, unbiased, and current information on the roles that energy and nuclear science play in our lives. The curriculum includes essential principles and fundamental concepts of energy science. This teacher’s kit was developed with input from classroom teachers nationwide in pilot test reviews and workshops, as well as technical reviews from scientists and experts at universities, professional societies, and national laboratories. The kit features lesson plans, experiments, and interactive games and provides information on careers in nuclear science, energy research, and production. At the website, teachers will find a student edition, a teacher’s guide with lesson plans, standards, instructor notes, interactive games, classroom activities, laboratory experiments, and outside resource suggestions.

Full Link: https://energy.gov/ne/services/harnessed-atom

Reel Science with WALL-E: Free Workshop for NYC DOE Teachers

Join us at the Paley Center for a wonderful new opportunity!

 

In this workshop for designed especially for NYCDOE teachers of science, Paley Center educators will lead a discussion using the film Wall-E 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. Educators will lead the workshop and use screen clips to discuss scenes that could be used to support environmental studies, predictions about the future of the Earth, and physics lessons on living in space.  Programs from the Paley Center archive may also be screened and compared to the film.  Participants will receive and view a copy of the film prior to the workshop and so must provide a shipping address when registering. Please make sure that you have time to watch the film and note curricular connections prior to the event.

 

This event will take place on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 4:30PM to 6:30PM.

 

Register here:

http://tinyurl.com/ReelSciWALLE   

 

Space is limited.

Advance registration is required.

Only one ticket per person.

Blue Apprentice Elementary Science Game

Designed for students ages 6–12 (grades 1–6), this intergalactic, story-driven game follows the adventures of young scientist Thalo and his alien friend Grit as they explore alien worlds and apply science learning to solve problems throughout the galaxy on their quest to release the galaxy from the evil reign of King Dullard. The game’s content supports the Next Generation Science Standards and encourages mastery of elementary science concepts in several disciplines (e.g., physical sciences, Earth and space science, life science, engineering and technology), making it a useful tool for classroom science centers or independent learning stations. Visit the site to play the game and learn more.

Full Link: https://blueapprentice.com/

Discover Ag Careers Kit

Appropriate for use in both formal and informal education settings, the curriculum for grades 6–8 walks students through careers in the agricultural industry in nine focus areas: Agribusiness Systems, Agricultural Education, Animals Systems, Biotechnology Systems, Environmental Service Systems, Food Products and Processing Systems, Natural Resource Systems, Plant Systems, and Power, Structural, and Technical Systems. Each focus area has standards-based lesson plans and follow-up activities to introduce students to multiple career options within that field.

Full Link: http://www.agfoundation.org/files/Career_Kit_Guide_Web.pdf

Science Notebook Corner

With video-based instruction, examples of student notebooks, and ready-to-use materials, this toolkit from the California Academy of Sciences presents everything educators need to know about using science notebooks with K–12 students. Topics address Setting Up Your Science Notebook, Strategies for Investigation (e.g., using notebooks in hands-on science explorations), Strategies for Notetaking (e.g., concept maps, active reading strategies, brainstorming tips, and other ideas to support students as they make meaning from science explorations), and Strategies for Reflection (e.g., ideas for using notebooks to help students recognize their own learning). The videos and notebook examples were created in upper-elementary classrooms, but the strategies and activities presented can be adapted for use with any level.

Full Link: http://www.calacademy.org/educators/science-notebook-corner

The Modern Figures Toolkit

The Modern Figures Toolkit

Another NASA resource that sheds light on one of the “Hidden Figures”–Katherine Johnson–is the Modern Figures Toolkit, a clickable guide to K–12 videos and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) materials related to the achievements of Johnson and the “human computers.” The guide features annotated descriptions of each resource, information about how each supports Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core learning standards, and a link to download the resources. Highlights include activities such as Moon Phases, in which elementary students learn about the phases of the Moon and act out one complete 30-day Moon cycle in 30 minutes, and What Is an Orbit, in which middle level students learn about the shape of an orbit, the effect of gravity on an orbit, and where satellites orbit the Earth. The interdisciplinary activity NASA Langley and Human Computers (high school) examines the social impact of human computers at NASA Langley during the 20th century and can be incorporated into science and history lessons.

Full Link: https://www.nasa.gov/modernfigures-education-toolkit/

Are your students ready to tackle real space study?

Johnson Space Center,HOUSTON TEXAS
Texas Space

Just what does it take to be a rocket scientist?  NASA’s Space University is incredible next-level space education with the experts at NASA’s Johnson Space Center leading the way. With the red planet Mars as your guide, students will experience a 5-day engineering mission to discover some of the most important aspects of planetary exploration.  Pupils will learn what’s required to land a rover on the surface of Mars, how to analyze rock samples with a Reflectance Spectrometer, how to loft a rock sample into Martian orbit, and then discover what it takes to return it safely back to Earth in a rocket of their own design. Throughout their Martian mission, groups will be working within a NASA budget, knowing that funds or supplies for your projects may be decreased at any time due to budget cuts, safety regulations, or any other experience representative of the real NASA world.  Our key focus will be on teamwork, problem solving, fiscal responsibility, communication, adaption to unexpected problems, the drive to be successful and most importantly, the ability to have fun through science, technology, math and engineering.

The exhilarating programming for Texas Space STEM is held at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and includes out-of-this-world Master Classes, hands-on workshops and no shortage of fun time. Sample programming includes Rover design and parts testing, space suit design with a JSC engineer, neutral buoyancy lab tour, spectrometer presentation, rock laboratory, astronaut training and SCUBA dive session, rocket design, space physiology workshop and more!  All meals are included starting on Day 2 and extra activities include exploring the Kemah Boardwalk, bowling and laser tag, and a very special Awards & Presentation Ceremony. Prepare for take-off and join our team for a week of amazing space discovery!
This incredible tour is available with Sunday departures.  Come join our team for a week of amazing space discovery!
Your 7-day / 6-night program includes:
 
Design, Build & Launch a Rocket

Engineer a rocket of your own design, including deciding which rocket parts are needed and what they can afford given their own NASA project.

Build a Robotic Mars Rover 
Start with a price list for supplies and given varying criteria, design, build and test your rover.
Engineer a Rover Lander
Working within a budget, design and create a lander which will safely protect its rover payload from the impact of landing on the Martian surface.
Lofting Into Space

Within a budget, students will design an ascent vehicle methodically and with considerable problem solving.
STEM Sisters
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NASA Tours
See the historic Mission Control Center and the Space Station Mock-up Facility; visit the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory; see the rockets used in the early space program and more.
Talk to NASA Experts
Hear a wide variety of presentations by NASA personnel who are really making space exploration happen.
TRIP INCLUSIONS
Our TEXAS SPACE trip includes flights, hotel accommodation, ground transportation, space programming and engineering challenges, all meals starting with Day 2 and ending with breakfast on your final day plus evening activities and excursions. Want more?  Simply ask.
Texas - Johnson Space Cente
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