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  • 01 Jul 2020 7:01 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    COMING JULY 2020

    Held annually in July

    Join State Museum geologists at the DH Cadwell Earth Science Workshop and learn more about Earth Science and New York's unique geology. Real world applications of current research address the New York State Learning Standards. Varied presentations, discussions, exercises and field trips will be led by staff geologists. Topics include sedimentary and glacial geology, paleontology, mineralogy, metamorphic and igneous petrology, geological influences on ecology, and more.


  • 29 Apr 2020 8:27 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    FREE!!! Web Seminar

    Join us on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, starting at 7:00 pm ET to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope!

    The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was launched into Earth orbit on 24 April 1990 by the Space Shuttle. A flaw in the primary mirror initially made it look destined to be a historic failure. Space-walking astronauts made repairs and upgrades on five missions, and the resulting flood of outstanding science results made Hubble an epic comeback story. Along with the worst-to-first drama, the striking images Hubble produced evoked awe and wonder among the public. Hubble became a household word, the gold standard in astronomy, and an icon of modern science.

    The presenter, Max Mutchler, has been working on Hubble for the entire 30-year mission, and is the Principal Investigator for Hubble's 30th anniversary image which is being unveiled around the world in April. Muthchler will share highlights of the Hubble mission, including some behind-the-scenes insight on how these amazing Hubble images are created.

    Presenter: Max Mutchler

    REGISTRATION

    Target Audience: All individuals interested in science and science education.

    Date: Wednesday April 29, 2020

    Time: 7:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM CT / 5:00 PM MT / 4:00 PM PT

    New Users: Log in 15 minutes prior to the start time for an introduction to NSTA web seminars.

    Duration: 60 minutes


  • 20 Apr 2020 8:18 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    Are you an elementary school teacher working to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? Register to participate in the Shifting to the NGSS: Professional Book Study, taking place in April/May, 2020!

    Program Dates: The four live web seminars are scheduled from 7:15 - 8:45 pm Eastern time on the dates below (all Tuesdays):

    April 21, 28, May 5, and 12, 2020

    Fee - NSTA Member: $63    Non-Member: $79  
    Link to additional information and to REGISTER

    NSTA has developed an Online Book Study around the Enhanced E-book: Discover the NGSS: Primer and Unit Planner. This enhanced e-book offers a comprehensive introduction to the NGSS, including background information, each of the three dimensions in depth, and steps to move teachers toward classroom implementation.

    During the online book study, elementary school teachers attend live web seminars and participate in asynchronous discussions with other participants and with the web seminar presenters, Tricia Shelton and Jessica Holman. The web seminars support use of the Enhanced E-book to deepen participant understanding of the innovations of the NGSS. Presenters also share examples and stories from the classroom to illustrate HOW this understanding can be used to translate the NGSS into classroom teaching and learning.


  • 18 Mar 2020 7:59 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    FREE!! Join us on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, starting at 7:00 pm ET to learn about the concept of "planet" and the current debate by scientists.

    Target Audience: All individuals interested in science and science education.

    Date: Wednesday March 18, 2020

    Time: 7:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM CT / 5:00 PM MT / 4:00 PM PT

    New Users: Log in 15 minutes prior to the start time for an introduction to NSTA web seminars.

    Duration: 60 minutes

    REGISTER 

    What is a planet? Scientists who study our solar system and others think about planets in different ways. Some focus on the ways that different kinds of solar system bodies (planets, moons, asteroids, and comets) travel in their orbits, and thus define a planet based essentially on where it is. Since 2006, there has been significant professional and public debate about this concept of "planet" because such a definition was adopted as "official" by the International Astronomical Union, resulting in the famous demotion of Pluto from planet to dwarf planet status. However, many other scientists actively working in the field define a planet based not on where it happens to be, but instead on what it is like, intrinsically.

    This seminar focuses on the widely-used idea of a "Geophysical Planet Definition", and how it implies that our solar system houses not just eight planets, but perhaps, truly, hundreds.


  • 13 Mar 2020 8:59 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    Real World Science at The National WWII Museum

    Free Opportunity for Teachers:

    This year’s cohort will join the program in New Orleans from July 12th-18th 2020.  Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 cohort of Real World.  Applications are accepted from January 6th 2020 through March 13th 2020.

    The Real World Science Summer Teacher Seminar brings 28 teachers who will be teaching science to 5th-8th graders in the following school year to our museum for a week long training experience. Two of the spots are reserved for Louisiana teachers, and teachers from public and public charter schools are accepted. We are particularly looking for teachers with 2-10 years of experience who are excited to improve their practice of science teaching.   

    The teachers learn best practices in science teaching and 3D instruction while being introduced to the Real World Science curriculum. It includes a trip to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory in Livingston, LA, and a field day doing water quality studies at City Park and Lake Pontchartrain.

    Teachers are reimbursed for flight expenses, and the museum provides hotel accommodations and most meals.

    Applications are accepted from January 6th 2020 through March 13th 2020.

    Apply here:

    https://nationalww2museum.submittable.com/submit/155881/real-world-science-summer-teacher-seminar-2020

    For more information, email realworldscience@nationalww2museum.org


  • 04 Mar 2020 4:43 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    Dear STEM Educator, Mentor, or Youth Advocate,

    We invite you to apply for the Society for Science & the Public's Advocate Program, which provides a $3,000 stipend and training to an individual (teacher, scientist, counselor, or mentor) who agrees to serve as an advocate for a minimum of 3 additional underserved students to transition them from conducting scientific or engineering research (science fair-type) projects to completing applications to scientific research competitions. There are four different types of Advocates, which allow both beginners and more advanced applicants to further expand their capabilities to support student research competition participation.

    Many students doing science research are not aware of the myriad of opportunities that are attainable by submitting their work to competitions. Just completing the rigorous application process can inspire confidence in their scientific abilities and lead them to consider a STEM career. Many competitions provide monetary awards for post-secondary education and can boost a student's chance of acceptance into the college or university of their choice. Too few underrepresented students are presented with these opportunities and often lack the know-how to successfully enter.

    For eligibility information and to apply for the Advocate Grant Program, click here. Advocates must already have a formal role with students completing research projects. This program is sponsored by Arconic Foundation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and Regeneron.

    Application Deadline:  March 4, 2020

    Please reply to this message with any questions.
     
    Sincerely,
    Caitlin Sullivan — Director of Outreach & Equity Programs
    Emily Freeland — Outreach & Equity Programs Specialist

    Society for Science & the Public
    Society for Science & the Public is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. In addition to running the top science research competitions in the world (Regeneron Science Talent Search, Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, and Broadcom MASTERS), the Society also publishes 
    Science News magazine and Science News for Students online.   

  • 01 Mar 2020 4:05 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    Intrepid Museum in New York City: July 20-July 31, 2020 

    National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers program - The Cold War - is a two week stipend-supported Summer Institute integrating technology and history!

    Apply to join history, science and technology teachers from across the United States for a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers: The Cold War Through the Collections of the Intrepid Museum! The Summer Institute will immerse participating teachers in scholarly research as well as the artifacts and oral histories in the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s collection that embody the Cold War era. Integrating content exploring the historical context of technological innovation, the Institute will serve a national group of 25 teachers in order to deepen their understanding and increase confidence in their ability to explore the subject thoroughly, critically and engagingly with their students.

    Applications are being accepted until March 1, 2020.

    These projects are designed principally for full-time or part-time teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents. Museum educators and other K-12 school system personnel—such as administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum developers—are also eligible to participate.

    Applicants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline.

    Each participant receives a stipend of $2,100 for the two week institute.

    For more information and application instructions - https://www.intrepidmuseum.org/cold-war-collections


  • 26 Feb 2020 6:25 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    FREE!! WebSeminar on February 26, 2020           

    Join us on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, starting at 7:00 pm ET to learn about Citizen Science Month in April 2020.

    Target Audience: K-12 Educators, Informal Educators, Professors

    Date: Wednesday February 26, 2020

    Time: 7:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM CT / 5:00 PM MT / 4:00 PM PT

    New Users: Log in 15 minutes prior to the start time for an introduction to NSTA web seminars.

    Duration: 60 minutes

    REGISTER 

    SciStarter and partners around the world are planning events and programs to celebrate and promote all things citizen science: amazing discoveries, incredible volunteers, hardworking practitioners, inspiring projects, and anything else citizen science-related! This webinar will provide an introduction to citizen science and discuss techniques, free resources, and ideas to inspire anyone, anywhere to join the celebration!

    SciStarter, a research affiliate of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU, is the largest online database of searchable citizen science projects. Millions of people, including 65,000 registered SciStarter users, turn to SciStarter to find, join, and contribute to more than 3,000 searchable research projects in need of their help.


  • 26 Feb 2020 4:25 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    The Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for teenagers, in grades 9-12, that aims to motivate students to learn about the brain and inspire them to pursue careers in science.

    The Westchester Brain Bee is held yearly at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, 785 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains, NY 10605, in the Rosedale building (building #4) on Wednesday, February 26th at 4:30PM.

    Access the flyer and registration form: Brain Bee Registration Form

    Registration Deadline: Friday Feb. 21,2020

    Burke website, www.burke.org


  • 08 Feb 2020 10:00 AM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    NSTA Virtual Conference: The Crosscutting Concepts as Lenses to Explore Phenomena, February 8, 2020  (10am-2pm)
    LINK

    Crosscutting concepts are sometimes the neglected dimension of the NGSS and other standards based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education. But crosscutting concepts can provide students a useful lens for making sense of phenomena. They include patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change. Join us on Saturday, February 8, starting at 10 am Eastern, to learn how crosscutting concepts can be used as lenses to explore phenomena. 

    By the end of this virtual conference, participants will be able to:

    Construct an explanation of why crosscutting concepts are valuable tools for students as they make sense of phenomena.

    Analyze students learning in a specific disciplinary context to determine the role crosscutting concepts played in their learning.

    Explain how student’s understanding of the crosscutting concepts can be assessed.

    Elementary, Middle School, High School

    Fee: $63 NSTA Member   $79 Non-member

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