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A challenge for STEM educators, what did Newton do?
Modern science, technology, engineering, and math began when an apple fell on Newton's head (?) at his country estate, and he determined to describe its trajectory.  That is, to find its position at each instant as it falls, that is, to find a function p(t) that gives the apple's position as it fall...

by William Flannery > Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:53 PM

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2017-18 STEM Teacher Grant Opportunity
eCYBERMISSION eCYBERMISSION—one of the U.S. Army's Educational Outreach Programs (AEOP)—is a free, web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6 through 9. eCYBERMISSION challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in t...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:00 PM

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2017-18 STEM Teacher Grant Opportunity
Thank you for posting, John! I have been searching about grants and opportunities for teachers and students for the 2017-2018 school year, too. I have been posting on twitter @athalmann77, however, I love the NSTA Learning Center to draw educators to share in one central place. Often times...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:57 PM

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Favorite New Resources for Back to School?
Hi Sarah! Looking forward to your list! I like https://concord.org/ (which also has online ideas for NGSS lessons at http://concord.org/ngss/ science and math activities), American Chemical Society's http://www.middleschoolchemistry.com/ and https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemi...

by Chris Herald > Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:03 AM

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Teaching Earth Science for the first time
Another great way to integrate sciences is to do activities on sand. I'm from Hawaii, so we are surrounded by sand, but there are many different components that make up the sand, some of which are living, and some not. Dissecting microscopes can be used to separate out different components. Magne...

by Cecelia Romero > Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:44 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Technical Writing: How Writing Helps Context Technologists
  T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: How Writing Helps Nontext Technologists Benefits Beyond Just Documents Most posts in this series discuss techniques for effective technical writing (or ways to teach o...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:25 AM

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engineering Curriculum Help
Hi Kyle, I agree with Mary about contacting local engineering schools/programs in your area. They often have outreach programs or contests that can fit well into an engineering curriculum. My students have participated in a Pumpkin Drop Contest (think Egg Drop on steroids) in WV and Bridge Buil...

by Rebecca Falin > Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:01 PM

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Project Based Learning in Fifth Grade Science Classroom
Okay, I've got it now. I like the engineering idea better also. I think they will do more good and get more out of it trying to solve a problem more than bringing awareness to one. Awesome!! I really would love to hear how it turns out. Thank you for answering my questions!

by HEATHER HOUSTON > Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:25 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Project Based Learning in Fifth Grade Science Classroom
No. I don't like the county idea, which to me is boring. I think the engineering project allows them to apply all the content into a real world crisis and go through the entire engineering and design process and work in collaborative groups with assigned roles where each has a specific problem the...

by Deborah Sparby > Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:19 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Project Based Learning in Fifth Grade Science Classroom
Yes I have done Project based learning. Our story line for our first unit is the Flint Michigan Water Crisis. In that unit we cover the concepts of global water issues, properties of water, Adams, the first 20 elements in the periodic table, chemical and physical changes all too demonstrate how when...

by Deborah Sparby > Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:43 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Middle School Teacher NGSS Assessment Tools
Steven, I just looked at this resource from Concord Consortium. It is definitely one that all educators should keep in their tool kit. Here is a pdf included on the website which explains how to find a pathway through NGSS including core ideas, crosscutting ideas and practices http://con...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:39 AM

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Evaluation and Assessment
Getting girls involved in Science
It is interesting to me to read this post from 2015 and how relevant the topic is, two years after. I have been involved in activities with sciences and robotics for girls. In my experience I have seen classrooms with male and female students and only girls. It is true that girls tend to be quiet wh...

by Ayda Parra > Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:34 AM

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Elementary Science
How Text engineering Can Help NGSS Students Write Better
How Text engineering Can Help Your Students Write Better T. R. Girill Technical Literacy Project Are your students now exploring NGSS's three "core ideas" of engineering through your science classes (ETS1.A, define a problem; ETS1.B, develop possible solutions; ETS1.C, optimize the design), p...

by T.R. Girill > Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:27 PM

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How Text engineering Can Help Your Students Write Better
How Text engineering Can Help Your Students Write Better T. R. Girill Technical Literacy Project Are your students now exploring NGSS's three "core ideas" of engineering through your science classes (ETS1.A, define a problem; ETS1.B, develop possible solutions; ETS1.C, optimize the design), p...

by T.R. Girill > Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:23 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Technical Writing: Planning Programs Is Like Planning Text
How Text engineering Can Help Your Students Write Better T. R. Girill Technical Literacy Project Are your students now exploring NGSS's three "core ideas" of engineering through your science classes (ETS1.A, define a problem; ETS1.B, develop possible solutions; ETS1.C, optimize the design), p...

by T.R. Girill > Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:21 PM

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Technical Writing: Audience Awareness for (Young) Students
How Text engineering Can Help Your Students Write Better T. R. Girill Technical Literacy Project Are your students now exploring NGSS's three "core ideas" of engineering through your science classes (ETS1.A, define a problem; ETS1.B, develop possible solutions; ETS1.C, optimize the design), p...

by T.R. Girill > Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:18 PM

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Technical Writing: How Software Design Helps Students Revise Drafts
How Text engineering Can Help Your Students Write Better T. R. Girill Technical Literacy Project Are your students now exploring NGSS's three "core ideas" of engineering through your science classes (ETS1.A, define a problem; ETS1.B, develop possible solutions; ETS1.C, optimize the design), p...

by T.R. Girill > Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:16 PM

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NGSS Alignment and what to report out?
Hello, we have had a similar discussion and believe the best way to approach this may be reporting out the Science and engineering practices since they closely mirror the 21st Century Learning Skills. We brainstormed creating self-reflection forms that students could complete to track their progres...

by Steven Autieri > Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:37 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Alignment and what to report out?
Hello, My district is beginning the alignment process to NGSS this summer. We are currently working on revising our UbD's for course science classes K-12. One of our ultimate district mandates is to have 5-7 reportable standards on a grade report. As to this mandate I was looking for guidance as to...

by Michael Mohammad > Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:02 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Getting girls involved in Science
Definitely look at your local colleges and universities for outreach programs. I live near UCONN and they had a Girls in Science program that looks to build interest, enthusiasm, and opportunities for girls to enter STEM related career fields. Our students love it and many have gone on to programs...

by Steven Autieri > Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:38 PM

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Elementary Science
Astronaut (in the future)
I would look into purchasing some hydraulic engineering kits that he can build with his hands. Search for Little Bits which are electronic bits that he can create his own cool contraptions with and their website has many ideas to choose from. I think he might like some of the new books for children ...

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:19 AM

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Early Childhood
Technical Writing: Explanatory Science Diagrams
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Explanatory Science Diagrams One feature that strikingly separates science/engineering papers, books, or reports from literary ones is the explanatory use of  visualizati...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:52 AM

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Changes from Heat (heating, cooling, condensation): 5E Lesson -Texas 4th grade
At the Exxonmobile Teachers Academy we created 5E Lesson plans and then added enhancements to the lesson.  Here is my final product of changes from heat.  I teach in Texas so it is to the TEKS, Science and engineering practices and CCSS Mathematics practices.

by Cassie Weilmuenster > Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:41 PM

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Elementary Science
First Day of School Science Activities
I currently teach middle school science and I use the first week of school to introduce students to the common skills and strategies that they will require in science. I try to have students engage in collaborative activities: work in small groups to build a geometric structure ( using triangles, sq...

by Sharon Stevens-Allen > Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:50 AM

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Life Science
Critical Pedagogy and STEM
Wow,Peter, that is such a timely topic. I left a high-performing, predominately upper class school after seventeen years to take part in a grant that has been in place for three years now. Our parish wrote a PROGRESS Federal Grant to reach those low performing schools with high-poverty students. The...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:04 PM

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engineering Curriculum Help
Teach them the engineering design process. Here is a sample of that along with a great site for engineering challenges. https://www.teachengineering.org/k12engineering/designprocess

by Pam Dupre > Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:30 PM

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engineering Curriculum Help
Kyle, I urge you to contact your local college or university's engineering department to come talk to your students about the different branches of engineering. You can create a partnership with them and get to do campus visits, especially during engineering week. You also could have some college s...

by Pam Dupre > Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:27 PM

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engineering Curriculum Help
Hello, I recently was tasked with creating our school's first engineering class for our 11th graders for next year. This is an exciting opportunity, however I have only taken 1 engineering class in college and am very unsure how to organize this class. I have been trying to find some classroom re...

by Kyle Yost > Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:35 PM

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STEM PBL Openings in Az
Dear NSTA Members, Please excuse the cross-posting! I was asked to share the following job openings for a startup school that is looking for strong STEM PBL teachers. I believe that the job openings were posted on the NSTA job board but they are still looking for the “right teachers” for th...

by Sharon Schleigh > Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:22 PM

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Professional Development
STEM PBL Teaching Positions Open in AZ
Dear NSTA Members, Please excuse the cross-posting! I was asked to share the following job openings for a startup school that is looking for strong STEM PBL teachers. I believe that the job openings were posted on the NSTA job board but they are still looking for the “right teachers” for th...

by Sharon Schleigh > Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:18 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Technical Writing: Rewriting Even When Timed
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Rewriting Even When Timed The Challenge In a recent position paper, Sarah M. Hess worries that coaching students to write under time constraints means that teachers mus...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:44 PM

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A Stunning Scale Model of Our Solar System, Drawn in the Desert
Yes Don and everyone considering using this video Don's  observation: Arlene, that was stunningly beautiful. I have worked with my students to develop a "peppercorn earth" model of the solar system from the sun to Pluto in which the earth was a peppercorn and the sun was a grapefrui...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:16 AM

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Earth and Space Science
STEAM + Economics + Equity? Strange bedfellows, but oh, how STEAM-EE
Empower Students and Revolutionize Learning with the Hottest Content Around Recently, American educators, students, and citizens have found it necessary to stand up for the protection of science as well as climate change research. Many of us understand that advancing science education and inquiry...

by Susan Santone > Tue May 30, 2017 5:51 PM

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Astrobiology as a Capstone Course
I am wondering if anyone uses astrobiology as a Capstone Course in High School. I have been working with people at NASA Astrobiology Institute  to develop learning progressions in astrobiology that start with the Seven Big Questions in Astrobiology that form the Astrobiology Strategy  and the Ast...

by Donald Boonstra > Tue May 30, 2017 4:52 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Standards Based Grading and NGSS
Chris,     For the NASA Mars Education lessons we developed Instructional Objectives (IO) and Learning Outcomes (LO) for each lesson. The IO and LO's were written using the 3-D format of a Performance Expectation, but were more focused. We then wrote a rubric for each Learning Outcome and suggest...

by Donald Boonstra > Thu May 18, 2017 4:08 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Looking for a condensed explanation of NGSS
Just like Flavio, I use NSTA as my go to for pretty much everything, especially NGSS! There are lessons, trade books, and you can see the progressions of the NGSS from elementary through high school. It is a veritable gold mine! Even if you choose not to use the lesson plans, they provide a road ma...

by Pamela Dupre > Wed May 17, 2017 9:17 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Teaching Science to ELLs- Challenges
Shmouni and Everyone, I had the great privilege to see and hear Dr.Okee Lee talk about  teaching science to ELLs and NGSS.  Many of the suggestions mentioned about modeling, vocabulary and being culturally in tune with your students are some of the things  she discussed in her presentation.   ...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Thu May 04, 2017 3:50 PM

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General Science and Teaching
There is not a Program for GIFTED IN ESOL (ELL) SCIENCE
You might consider looking into engineering is Elementary. EiE.org There is a middle school component. I teach elementary and we use the after school club. You can do the same thing during the school day. The teacher book if a free download as is the student journal. Just create an account. There i...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu May 04, 2017 1:18 PM

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Physical Science
Team building, engineering, Teamworkarch
I have developed an activity that introduces students to the advantages and difficulties in working together in completing a task.  The activity also introduces several standards dealing with engineering.  Take a look at the documents and any feedback would be appreciated. If the video doesn't work,...

by Jeff Rickett > Wed May 03, 2017 2:16 PM

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Incorporating the engineering design process into life science contents
THank you for the tip on the teachengineering.org website. Great resource!

by Gretchen Hausman > Wed May 03, 2017 2:03 AM

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STEM Resources
Looking for ideas for STEM and engineering activities? We are part of a team that has created a website filled with ideas and blogs that might be of interest to you. You will also be able to link to each of the contributors own individual websites. It is quite a wealth of resources. http://stemact...

by Wendy Goldfein > Tue May 02, 2017 9:02 AM

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New Teachers
STEM Activities
Looking for ideas for STEM and engineering activities? We are part of a team that has created a website filled with ideas and blogs that might be of interest to you. You will also be able to link to each of the contributors own individual websites. It is quite a wealth of resources. http://stemact...

by Wendy Goldfein > Tue May 02, 2017 9:01 AM

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Elementary Science
Great STEM Resource
Looking for ideas for STEM and engineering activities? We are part of a team that has created a website filled with ideas and blogs that might be of interest to you. You will also be able to link to each of the contributors own individual websites. It is quite a wealth of resources. http://stemact...

by Wendy Goldfein > Tue May 02, 2017 9:00 AM

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Thermal Energy In Middle School
Hi Shalen, I agree that thermal energy is a difficult topic for middle level students to grasp.  The concepts of heat energy transfer, temperature and thermal energy are intertwined so they need a firm grasp of each of them.   Here is a middle level collection on energy for you to consider: ...

by Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton > Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:36 AM

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Physical Science
STEM and Fairy Tales
Agreed. A major component of fairy tales is the lack of ability that women have on their own end to save themselves. One thing that I think could enhance this project even more in that respect is to not have students emulate new ways for the prince to save the princess, as in the Sleeping Beauty ...

by Jessica Bonnar > Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:25 PM

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New to NSTA
Congratulations to you! Search in the Learning Center for lessons and articles which contain ideas. I taught 2nd grade for many years and we made science journals. The 2nd graders loved creating their journals and showing visitors how they were scientists. We had tadpoles in the aquarium, we grew pl...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:38 PM

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Early Childhood
Genetics in Elementary and Middle School
I currently work in a genetics lab engineering yeast for biofuel, and though it is an intricate process I feel that the basic genetics concepts I rely upon can be made accessible to younger audiences. The first time genetics was fully elaborated upon, going beyond the typical “you look lik...

by Victoria Glynn > Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:56 PM

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Fossils & engineering?
I watched a NOVA special about the Ice Man mummy and wondered if you could design a project around how a mummy is created? Also the 3-D printer version of the mummy would be of interest for design and engineering. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/iceman-reborn.html More on 'bog pe...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:21 PM

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Earth and Space Science
New Teachers
Hi! I am currently a student taking a class related to how to teach science and I have to say all these responses are making me feel more comfortable around the classroom. I attended a private school where science was mostly taught through textbooks and worksheets so I never really experienced any ...

by Briana Sanchez > Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:24 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Looking for a condensed explanation of NGSS
New NSTA/Oregon STA member here. I have a question for the professional community. I have 7 years of teaching experience and am currently searching for a teaching position. However, I have not been a classroom teacher since 2012, and it's working against me, especially regarding current standard...

by Nick Kidwell > Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:25 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Getting girls involved in Science
I use to work at a a toy store that sold learning based toys. One thing I always saw fly off the shelves was a stem based toy called Goldie Blox. I never knew what it was until I read the back of the box one day. The girls can make different things out of these blocks. They can make slides, spinning...

by Jacqueline Wilkey > Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:11 PM

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Elementary Science
Help needed to align units to NGSS
With the emphasis on cross cutting principles and science practices in NGSS I think it would be fairly doable to align the units to NGSS. Can you give me some idea of what the current units are meeting in terms of standards?

by Patrick Bond > Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:17 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Technical Writing: Writing as a Science/engineering Practice
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Writing as a Science/engineering Practice The Practice Perspective The Next Generation Science Standards (www.nextgenscience.org), as reflected for engineering in several...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:09 AM

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Collaborating Over Coffee: Reflections on the conference
Model science practices, and have students work more like real-life scientists - asking questions, doing experiments, comparing notes, and refining & reporting results.

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:53 PM

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Professional Development
Collaborating Over Coffee: Reflections on the conference
Provide more interactive learning opportunities: modeling, explanations, argumentation, and engineering practices.

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:52 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Let’s Integrate: Middle School Edition Description: Using engineering to drive the science. Learn how middle school science teachers in Palm Springs USD have been tackling the CA preferred integrate model and are using engineering in the classroom. Presenters: Philip Hudec ...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:54 PM

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Success For All, Takes Us All
engineering Design at Melrose Description: Find out how to run a school-wide Cardboard Challenge and use the engineering Design process. Learn how we've evolved our process through the past few years. And learn about how we integrate engineering in the classroom. Presenters:...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:52 PM

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Success For All, Takes Us All
"Let us Grow" Description: Collaboration with the University of Hawaii , math, science, engineering, and tech using hydroponics - having 5th grade students teach younger students how to grow bucket greens using the Kratky method. Presenters: Debbie Cheever-Follett and Fio...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:51 PM

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Success For All, Takes Us All
Prepare, Care, Share: Act Like and Engineer Description: Helping Elementary Teachers gain confidence in trying engineering. Grant opportunities will also be explored. Presenter: Camie Walker Organizations/Schools: Murdy Elementary Garden Grove, CA CTA Institute Fo...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:51 PM

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Success For All, Takes Us All
NGSS in Secondary Schools - integrating topics and teaching techniques Description: NGSS integrated teaching models (middle school and high school 3-course) enable the use of key phenomena to anchor instruction. We look at ways to do this and how to support collaborative science pra...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:40 PM

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Success For All, Takes Us All
Elementary: Explorations on Other Planets Description: An adaptation from the Design Squad to discover energy fields through engineering design, utilizing scaffolding, charting, and note booking to build a magnetometer. Presenters: Elida Abramyan and Margaret Stewart ...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:39 PM

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Success For All, Takes Us All
NSTA Press Books: Powerful practices Series Description: Children want to explore, dig, build, play, and wonder. How does a teacher build and maintain a learning environment that will help students investigate meaningful questions? How does a teacher plan and manage ongoing investiga...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:38 PM

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Success For All, Takes Us All
Inspiration Through Innovation- Phenomena Matters Description: Inspiration and innovation in STEAM will drive the collaboration and inquiry of students to apply engineering, modeling, and problem solving practices in career and technical pathways. Presenters: Sean Kane/C...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:32 PM

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Rigor and Relevance Framework for Chem?
I am familiar if I recall correctly. Quad A is low rigor and low relevance or "acquisition." Quad D is high rigor/high relevance and is a significant jump from the other quads. One thing I like to keep in mind is a unit planner I saw in a NSTA book on formative assessment that had student lear...

by Juleen Whall > Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:38 AM

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STEM and Fairy Tales
An easy way to integrate STEM into any subject matter is to have students read a storybook and design a solution to a problem one of the characters in the story has faced. Students can read books that utilize the engineering component in STEM. One way to provide students with the opportunity to expl...

by Laura Respondek > Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:45 PM

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Success For All, Takes Us All
Can it also be easily taught to teachers, Greg? I am looking forward to learning more about the technology that so many kids are already so familiar with and that I am always trying to catch up with. Greg has generously offered to connect with a Santa Ana High School graduate who is now studying eng...

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:24 AM

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Professional Development
Fossils & engineering?
Hi all, I am a new member and very excited to use all of these resources. I am a college student and I am currently working on a semester long project. The last part my partner and I have to do is to come up with an engineering and design challenge that has something to do with fossils. We were won...

by Caroline Clinton > Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:36 PM

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Earth and Space Science
3-Dimensional Formative Assessment
Going to NSTA in LA in a couple weeks? Joyce Tugel and I will be presenting a full day PLI on using the  Uncovering Student Ideas in Science  formative assessment probes and formative assessment classroom techniques (FACTs) to support 3-D formative assessment and learning.  http://bit.ly/2i349oU ...

by Page Keeley > Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:11 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
FACTS: Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques - Let's Share!
Going to NSTA in LA in a couple weeks? Joyce Tugel and I will be presenting a full day PLI on using the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science formative assessment probes and formative assessment classroom techniques (FACTs) to support 3-D formative assessment and learning. http://bit.ly/2i349oU ...

by Page Keeley > Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:06 AM

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Evaluation and Assessment
Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and engineering practices?
You can easily engage students in ALL of the Science and engineering practices using Phenomenon-Based Learning, for example as it is presented in the Gizmos & Gadgets books from NSTA Press. Here’s the elementary version: http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9...

by Iris Lee > Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:25 PM

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Elementary Science
Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and engineering practices?
Hi, Peggy! Thank you for replying to my original post. I appreciate your idea of looking at photos of children at work in a science and/or engineering activity to see if I can name which practices I see in use. With your suggestion, I did a Google search for those images. I tried a few phrases...

by James Alberto > Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:36 AM

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Elementary Science
Incorporating the engineering design process into life science contents
Life science, engineering, I'm sure you've heard about the egg drop challenge. The egg must be protected using whatever materials so that when dropped from a height the shell is not cracked. This can be tied to wearing helmets to keep your brain safe. Then I think of 3D printers and how students a...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:50 PM

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Incorporating the engineering design process into life science contents
Try searching the Teachengineering site https://www.teachengineering.org There are quite a few lessons and activities here that integrate engineering and life science (use Bioengineering as a search topic, to start) The lessons are well designed and show an alignment with NGSS. Mary B.

by Mary Bigelow > Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:33 PM

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Incorporating the engineering design process into life science contents
I am looking to share ideas as to how to find creative ways to add engineering ideas and projects into the life science curriculum.  I am a middle school teacher and teach an integrated curriculum.  I find it is easier to incorporate engineering design into physical sciences but struggle to find mea...

by John Barstow > Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:10 PM

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Developing Scientific Literacy
Dr. Staples, I really love "The Missing Link" resource. The website for incorporating literacy and STEM education is straightforward, easy to read, and has a multitude of visuals that aid in the message. I also appreciated the abundance of examples with using music, writing, stories, and sketches ...

by Brenna Pavluk > Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:12 PM

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STEM
Getting girls involved in Science
The PBS series SciGirls is a valuable resource for engaging girls in STEM subjects. Each of the 20+episodes follows a different group of girls as they investigate a science question or solve an engineering problem. The programs are designed to show any girl that they can succeed in STEM activities, ...

by Richard Hudson > Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:26 AM

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Elementary Science
Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and engineering practices?
Hi James, We have lots of resource and links to help you address these practices at : www.getcaughtengineering.com Wendy

by Wendy Goldfein > Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:31 AM

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Elementary Science
Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and engineering practices?
Hi James, Much of the beauty of the NGSS is in the interweaving of the three Dimensions, so for any activity, we need to include and make visible the disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts, in addition to the specific science and engineering practices, that were combined in the perfo...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:02 AM

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Elementary Science
Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and engineering practices?
I'm hoping, whether you teach or work in a state which has adopted the NGSS or not, the wonderful scientifically minded community that is the NSTA will be able to help me. I am looking for recommendations on how to engage elementary students (any grade level) in the Science and engineering practices...

by James Alberto > Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:45 PM

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Elementary Science
NSTA Conference LA
Hi, I'll be presenting on using Journeys or "Useful, Relevant Interactive Reading Passages in Your Secondary Classroom" Journeys are NGSS aligned middle and high school interactive reading passages integrating current scientist case studies, data analysis, graphing practice sets, engineerin...

by Jess Rowell > Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:44 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Community Building with STEM topics in Early Education
Hi Grant, What kind of community are you building? A professional learning community of educators, or a community of discussion about science, technology, engineering and mathematics among your students? Peggy

by Margaret Ashbrook > Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:53 AM

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Early Childhood
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
Science is a creative and fun subject! I think that it would be beneficial to integrate science into other areas, such as Math, Reading, Technology, and engineering. Science is everywhere, it is a creative process that students can take part of without even realizing it. I would use books, and discu...

by Cami Martin > Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:47 PM

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Early Childhood
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
Science is a creative and fun subject! I think that it would be beneficial to integrate science into other areas, such as Math, Reading, Technology, and engineering. Science is everywhere, it is a creative process that students can take part of without even realizing it. I would use books, and discu...

by Cami Martin > Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:44 PM

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Early Childhood
Developing Scientific Literacy
Hello Brenna, Here are a couple of resources you may find helpful in developing literacy skills, especially when integrating science and engineering practices: 1) The Missing Link: engineering Design Process and Thinking Skills 2) Literacy and Science Better Together Design challe...

by Dr Kimberly A Staples > Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:12 PM

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STEM
Hi Sara, Can you share a little more information? The technology that one might use in middle or high school is a bit more sophisticated than what might be suggested for elementary. What grade do you teach? My idea of technology is the designing of a tool that helps to solve a problem; so with...

by Carolyn Mohr > Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:58 PM

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New Teachers
New to NSTA
Hello, I'm a pre-service teacher as well, the above suggestion will come in handy finding things to do.  I also found that on another community post on this site there was mention of http://www.getcaughtengineering.com/  once on this site click on lessons and ideas.  It gives a few ideas of cla...

by Mitchell Brewer > Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:05 PM

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Early Childhood
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
If you go to the Get Caught engineering link you can find a bunch of great lessons that could be integrated into lessons during other parts of your day. This way they are still getting important science skills while also working on other skills!

by Harper Miller > Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:03 PM

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Early Childhood
Technical Writing: Kitchen Recipes Simulate Lab Instructions
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Kitchen Recipes Simulate Lab Instructions The Cooking Connection In her 2013 blog post "Cooking as Science" online at nstacommunities.org/blog/2013/12/31/cooking-as-sc...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:10 PM

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STEM
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What a great question - thank you! I am so lucky- I teach in a K3-8 school so the 4th grade teacher and I collaborate. She has begun using some of the same words (like hypothesis) and that has helped the transition a little. She also introduced the idea of engineering design this year and has real...

by Kathy Biernat > Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:14 PM

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General Science and Teaching
How to start the year off right
Relate the science content to your students' world. Let them investigate real world places, topics, and their interests. Of course, you will have to guide with respect to your grade level science standards and or district curriculum. Use a science notebook in writing for students to record their...

by Beverly DeVore-Wedding > Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:02 AM

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Elementary Science
Identifying Bad Science
We just ran across a great FREE resource for the classroom to help you guide your students to identify bad science online and in the media. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-To-Spot-Bad-...on-2970433 Wendy Goldfein www.GetCaughtengineering.com

by Wendy Goldfein > Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:23 PM

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STEM
STEM and Fairy Tales
That is a great site! We are writing curriculum for a piloted program this year for 4th grade doing just this. We don't just stick to fairy tales though. We look for non-fiction books as well to create that connection between literature, science, math, technology, and engineering.

by Pamela Dupre > Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:15 PM

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STEM
Getting girls involved in Science
Michael, I've currently been working with an after-school STEM program, and we have a few girls in the classes. These girls come from various backgrounds, but some come from engineering families, which is how they became involved in the program. The girls in my classes are often the leaders, and ...

by Meagan Ahl > Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:43 PM

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Elementary Science
Travel, PD, Earth Science, and STEM in Iceland
Have you thought about ways to combine learning in the STEM areas, including earth science, with your travel bucket list? There are many destinations throughout the world where you can learn more about the natural sciences and innovative uses of technology and engineering. If you are interested, we ...

by Page Keeley > Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:22 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Travel, PD, and STEM- Join us in Iceland!
Have you thought about ways to combine learning in the STEM areas with your travel bucket list? There are many destinations throughout the world where you can learn more about the natural sciences and innovative uses of technology and engineering. If you are interested, we have a group of NSTA membe...

by Page Keeley > Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:20 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Newtons Three Laws using STEM
Hi Josh, Mattel has put together some great physics lessons for their Match cars. Although geared for fourth grade, they are very adaptable to middle school. They use to give away amazing kits of their cars and ramps for these lessons, but they are temporarily out of those kits. They provide sugges...

by Wendy Goldfein > Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:16 AM

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STEM
Newtons Three Laws using STEM
Hi Josh, Mattel has put together some great physics lessons for their Match cars. Although geared for fourth grade, they are very adaptable to middle school. They use to give away amazing kits of their cars and ramps for these lessons, but they are temporarily out of those kits. They provide sugges...

by Wendy Goldfein > Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:16 AM

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STEM
Newtons Three Laws using STEM
Has anyone taught Middle School Physics through a design challenge using cars.  I'm looking to modify or expand a project that involved the engineering process which access Newton's three laws of motion.  Any guidance or resources would be very much appreciated.  Thank you everyone!

by Joshua Blum > Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:28 PM

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STEM
Experiments
The thing about "hands-on" learning is that it is noisy and busy. However, as you rotate through the room, stopping to listen at each group, you will find the students on task! Think about worst case scenario when you are choosing experiments and plan for that. If there is some kind of cutting to be...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:22 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Science Trips
I believe in taking field trips that are in our own backyard. If you happen to have a state park close by, or some type of industrial plant, and a college or university, those are great places that help students connect to their community. I work with the dean of engineering at our local university ...

by Pam Dupre > Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:33 AM

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Informal Science