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  • 04 Oct 2020 8:12 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    The Stardust Mystery

    The "Stardust Mystery" story leads to science learning about atoms, 

    This FREE online resource is for late elementary and middle school science developed with grants from the National Science  Foundation (NSF).

    There are some "pay for" items on the site -  a book and video games - all else is free.

    Earth and the Universe can be found on the Kids Page:   
    Kids-Project's page: 
    Educators page:

    YouTube Channel:

  • 04 Oct 2020 7:36 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    ESRT 2012 - INDEX2019


    Shared by the author of these two documents - Herb Hough (

    "In regard to the ESRT index, I have been looking to make it available for teachers to download as an editable document that they can modify for their own purposes.  For instance, some teachers might want to include additional terms, making it a two-page index.  

    In terms of copyright, I would want to make it available for unrestricted use.

    I’ve attached the index, along with the list of past exam problems that use the various index references, which I still need to finish updating for 2019."

  • 04 Oct 2020 3:24 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    PRI's Earth@Home at

    "Discover the geologic history of the northeastern United States! Explore

    our free, open-access "Digital Encyclopedia of Earth Science" textbook.

    Investigate our interactive Virtual Fieldwork Experience programs and

    discover why a place looks the way it does. We offer a range of tools to

    help you experience Earth science online."     Don Haas (

  • 04 Oct 2020 2:41 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    Chemistry Shorts, a new series of brief films that spotlight important contemporary issues that chemists and chemical engineers are working to solve. Each film is accompanied by a lesson plan that is aligned with Next Generation Science and Common Core standards.

    Perhaps these free resources may be of interest to your members? The first three films are available at

    • Direct Air Capture & The Future of Climate Change, with Christopher Jones (Georgia Institute of Technology)
    • Under the Skin, with Zhenan Bao (Stanford University)
    • Rewriting Life, with David Liu (Harvard University)

    In case it may be of note, Chemistry Shorts is also on Youtube and Twitter:

  • 04 Oct 2020 2:19 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    The Cornell Lab of Ornithology K-12 team knows that times are trying right now and the pandemic presents many unknowns. We hope these STEM resources and professional development opportunities might be helpful.

    1. We are hosting free monthly webinars with a variety of topics. Link to the webinars: 

    2. Our popular and free “Science & Nature Activities for Cooped Up Kids” resource provides grade-appropriate science activities, whether students are learning in person, online, or blended. A growing number of fun and interactive lessons are available at:

    3. Find a variety of curricula, downloads, guides, and other activities organized by grade-level here:

    4. Keep learning by taking the one of our Online Courses:
  • 17 May 2020 11:22 AM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    An award-winning documentary titled "Jim Allison: Breakthrough", which is a moving, true story of one warm-hearted, stubborn, scientist’s visionary quest to find a cure for cancer is available to educators and their students. 

    A Film can be a powerful instructional tool in the classroom and "Jim Allison: Breakthrough" is no exception.  Whether or not your students are interested in pursuing the sciences, everyone should know more about what scientists do and see the human side of their lives.

    Thanks to generous underwriters, the film is available as a teaching tool at no cost to educators. We also have an accompanying guide we created with educators that includes discussion questions, writing prompts, and research questions.

    Given the nationwide move to distance learning as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to let you know about this free online resourceEducators can send a link to their students to view the film and will receive a free Educators Toolkit, complete with NGSS and AP Bio aligned lesson plans, lab activities, career exploration activities and more! Great for virtual or in-person classrooms, appropriate for high school and college-aged learners.  (Uncommon Productions)

    You can learn more and sign up here:

    Sign Up for a Free Educational License

    "Breakthrough highlights how courage, passion, determination, collaboration, and innovation can change the world and inspire hope against huge odds. We hope that this story of how science can solve some of our most pressing problems today can be of inspiration to students."

    It is appropriate for high school and post-secondary audiences and themes covered include:

    • Basic Science
    • Biology
    • Cancer
    • Character Study
    • Human Perseverance
    • Invention and Discovery
    • Scientific Method

  • 18 Aug 2019 10:17 AM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    This PPT is part of the STANYS parent campaign to raise awareness around the new vision of science education.

    Link to Power Point file - 69mb

  • 01 Jan 2019 8:12 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    How do you Squeeze more STEM into your Science Classroom? (Archived Webinar)
    This web seminar took place on October 4, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenters were Tami Plein, Science Specialist with the Great Prairie Area Education Agency, and Mike Smith, high school teacher and adjunct physics instructor at Capital University. Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

    (A free NSTA Membership is available at the NSTA web site.  It gives access to items at a non-member rate and to free items which are often archived items such as Web Seminars.)

    Program Abstract
    Looking for ways to "do STEM" in your science classes? Learn how some teachers are using coding and engineering to have their students model solutions that solve real-world issues – learning that is key for future careers. Veteran science educators, Mike Smith and Tami Plein, will walk through ways that STEM can be incorporated into your science classroom. Both presenters will share their experiences and projects that use STEM to engage students in science topics and processes that follow science standards.

    Link to Archived Web Seminar

  • 01 Jan 2019 8:06 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    How to STEM Up Your Classroom (Archived Webinar)
    This web seminar took place on January 24, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenters were NSTA/NCTM STEM Ambassadors. Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

    (A free NSTA Membership is available at the NSTA web site.  It gives access to items at a non-member rate and to free items  which are often archived items such as Web Seminars.)

    Program abstract:

    How does your district do STEM education?

    The rush to become STEM-ready has left many administrators and teachers scrambling to define STEM and implement effective programs. During this FREE web seminar on January 24, 2019 the 2018 NSTA/NCTM STEM Ambassadors discussed what STEM education means to them.

    These teacher leaders discussed the history of STEM, what is (and what’s not) STEM, what administrators need to know, the role of math in STEM, STEM in the K-6 classroom, and STEM-STEAM-or STREAM?

    STEM Up your Lesson Plans--Plus these teachers shared concrete lesson examples of a modest idea they have “STEMed up” for their classrooms.

    Join us for this free achived webinar and come away with tips and ideas you can use to bring STEM to your school, to strengthen existing programs, and help to shape and develop the content and practices that characterize the STEM disciplines.

    Presenters: Brian LangleyJames BrownK. Renae PullenNathan AuckPatrick HonnerPeg CagleRichard VelascoSunny Mall

    Link to the Archived Web Seminar

  • 01 Dec 2018 9:42 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center


    This report released in November 2018 from the Board on Science Education and the National Academy of Engineering Education, shows that one effective way to help students learn is to engage them in science investigation and engineering design by asking questions, collecting and analyzing data, and using this evidence to better understand the natural and built world. Science investigation and engineering design are heavily emphasized in A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards, which are now guiding the science education of many U.S. students. But this entails a dramatic shift from the traditional classroom dynamic, and teachers will need support and guidance as they implement this approach. The report describes evidence-based ways that teaching and learning can shift toward science investigations and engineering design to help realize this new vision in the classroom. The report provides guidance for teachers, administrators, providers of professional development, and creators of instructional materials on how to support students and teachers as they learn and instruct in this way.

    Sponsors: The Amgen Foundation and The Carnegie Corporation of New York

    Information Link:

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