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Getting girls involved in Science
Although I am still working through my graduate program and have had minimal time in the classroom, I have worked for almost two years at a very popular science center working with thousands upon thousands of school children. I can say from experience that girls love science!!! I have worked with ma...

by Brittney Geelhaar > Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:24 PM

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Elementary Science
Great stem Resource
 Looking for stem ideas or support? A great resource is the Facebook closed group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/stemteachertribe/ Lots of ideas and interaction from teachers who are teaching stem. Once you join the group you can ask your questions there and will get lots of fee...

by Wendy Goldfein > Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:02 AM

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stem Resources
This is a website that has stem activities, resources, and various other information. The lessons and activities are created by real classroom teachers and high school students for classrooms of various ages/grade levels.  http://gamingresearchintegrationforlearninglab.com/

by Taylor Walden > Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:44 AM

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What does stem teaching look like?
In early childhood education settings stem learning may not be identified as such. When children are building with blocks and struggling to build a stable tower, they may be noticing the size, shape, and weight of blocks (M), and exploring the concept of balance as they place them (E). Children noti...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:34 AM

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High School stem Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots
We just launched a scholarship to support high school students interested in becoming commercial drone pilots, and we wanted to post it here to help spread the word among educators who work in stem subjects. The scholarship supports high school students sixteen and up who are serious about ...

by Zacc Dukowitz > Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:27 AM

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What does stem teaching look like?
A common internal voice seems to haunt stem veterans, stem pioneers, and stem neophytes alike, each of us asking ourselves "Is this what stem is supposed to look like?" The answer can take lots of forms but the common denominator among the stem educators that I know is a focus on *how* things are le...

by Jeffrey Weld > Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:26 PM

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Elementary Astronomy
Hi Danielle! I am an Elem Ed student and in a workshop for one of my classes we did this really neat experiment that shows how far the distance is between the planets. Using toilet paper and markers we made a scale model of the Solar System with the Sun being the edge of the toilet paper and then...

by Sydney McCain > Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:05 PM

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Earth and Space Science
What does stem teaching look like?
For those who follow the NSTA Blog, there was a post written on October 12th, 2017 by Carole Hayward on "Creating a stem Culture for Teaching and Learning". In it she shares some of Jeff Weld's insights. It, like Jeff's book, is a great read. :) http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2017/10/12/creatin...

by Alison Thalmann > Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:50 AM

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What does stem teaching look like?
I had a wonderful conversation yesterday in Sacramento at the CSTA Annual Conference with Page Keeley around the origins of stem, and was inspired by my conversation with Jeff Weld in Baltimore last week at the NSTA Regional Conversation on creating a stem culture and building school-business stem p...

by Alison Thalmann > Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:38 AM

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Getting girls involved in Science
Hi everyone! I am currently an elementary major and am currently taking courses that embed methods of teaching particular subjects. Since we live in the 21st century, technology is now more than ever present in the classroom. A good way to get students engaged is to use technology as a pre ass...

by Jennifer Ortiz > Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:29 PM

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Elementary Science
stem get girls encouraged?
It is important to include girls into these stem classes! I believe having a minimum enrollment in these classes is a really great idea in order to encourage and stimulate female involvement!

by Anna DiFronzo > Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:20 PM

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Making Musical Instruments
Oh my goodness this is so cool! I can't believe how good it sounds! I love the idea of having students make their own instruments. This is a great way to integrate the stem fields. I might use this in the future. Thank you!

by Elizabeth Homans > Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:12 PM

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Informal Science
stem and Self-confidence
Hello, I am an undergraduate student at UMBC on track to earning my certificate in Elementary Education. I am learning a lot about the Next Generation Science Standards(NGSS) and how to incorporate stem lessons. My question is how do I help students who are not confident in the subject of Mathematic...

by Lindsay Thompson > Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:10 PM

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Elementary Science
stem get girls encouraged?
When I was a PreK-6th science specialist, I often heard from parents of my female students that the kids were inspired to go into the sciences because they saw that I had done so as a female. I wasn't intentionally being a female stem role model, but they had always had a male science teacher up unt...

by Sarah Benton > Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:24 AM

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stem get girls encouraged?
Sydney I appreciate you asking your question. The late Sally Ride, the first US female NASA astronaut made involving girls in stem a high priority throughout her efforts called Sally Ride Science. Leland Melvin, retired NASA astronaut (2 flights aboard ISS)-and prior head of NASA education is als...

by Al Byers > Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:54 AM

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STEM
Hydroponic gardens in the classroom
Hi, I teach skill building classes to adults with disabilities in Pittsburgh.  Our time for outdoor gardening is nearly over, and I have been looking into options for indoor, hydroponic gardens. Has anyone had success with classroom hydroponics? If so, what type of hydroponic system was used ( i.e....

by Rachel Redpath > Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:23 PM

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Life Science
Kindergarten activities
When I taught kindergarten we did a bug exploration unit. This was a good spring project. We had lady bugs and talked about the life cycle and observed them. We also observed snails and compared the difference between a snail and a bug. I also did a lot of force and motion with magnets and of cou...

by Brenda Velasco > Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:40 PM

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Early Childhood
Ideas for a first year teacher
Hello, Congrats on finishing up your student teaching! I do science in the morning. I found a time to fit it in before math. It actually has really worked for me. I try and make science as interactive as possible using science journals and if appropriate foldables. I really try and stay away from...

by Brenda Velasco > Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:11 PM

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New Teachers
Getting girls involved in Science
Hi Amber, I was really happy to see this post because I think this question is extremely important and sometimes we forget to take these things into consideration. I am currently an undergraduate student on track to earn my certificate in elementary education. We have been learning how to incorpor...

by Lindsay Thompson > Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:20 AM

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Elementary Science
Integrating Fairy Tales and Engineering
I love what captures a child's imagination. I think it is one reason I love blending stem and theater...we have lovely conversations about what is possible and not (physics or magic) and how can we make it look like something it is not - constrained by safety, budget and physics. As I read this ...

by Wendi Laurence > Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:03 AM

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Elementary Science
Free NGSS Posters from Vernier
Name: Leidy Luciani Email: lluciani@akibaacademy.org Title: stem Coordinator School: Akiba Academy of Dallas Address: 12324 Merit Drive, Dallas, TX 75251 How many sets do you need: 2 Thank you!

by Leidy Luciani > Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:28 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Getting girls involved in Science
Let's admit up front that there is no single reason why girls disengage from the sciences after 7th grade. This is as complex as the bizarre network of social interactions that drive the lives of adolescents and teens. This bias is certainly a concern driven by society as a whole. Let's start ...

by Richard Varner > Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:04 AM

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Elementary Science
stem After School Program
I love the idea of an after school "independent study" type workshop in the stem area. I am a preservice teacher interested in working with K-2 students and would love to set up something similar for those ages when I get my first job. It would probably have to have a little more structure consideri...

by Molly Lembezeder > Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:35 PM

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Informal Science
Novel for Life Science - Middle School
Hi Stephanie, I suggest Kensuske's Kingdom; you can work concepts such as physical and chemical changes, ecosystems, biotic and abiotic factors. Greetings from Cartagena Colombia Juan Felipe Juan Felipe Restrepo Mesa Environmental education coordinator Montessori School of Cartagena...

by Juan Felipe Restrepo Mesa > Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:17 PM

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Life Science
NGSS Resources
What resources have you found that are helping you implement NGSS?  I'm looking for textbooks, online platforms, supplemental resources etc.  We are currently using stemscopes, and also really like using the Health and Science Pipeline Initiative.  I'm looking for others.

by Jennifer Furstenberg > Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:02 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Elementary Astronomy
Hi Danielle, You mentioned in your post that students often have misconceptions about astronomy. One of the books I'd highly recommend to be in your teacher 'tool box' is Uncovering Student Ideas in Astronomy: 45 New Formative Assessment Probes "What do your students know—or think they kn...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:19 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Advice
Hi Marissa, I found some articles in the Learning Center that give some ideas of how to incorporate stem subjects together into common lessons. See if these may be of help: http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/sc17_054_09_30 http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/sc10_047...

by Megan Doty > Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:33 PM

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Elementary Science
Hands on Science
Hi Laura, To add to what has already been posted, I found a short article with some additional resources geared toward Early Childhood stem incorporation. Take a look and see if these may help as well: http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/sc17_054_06_5 Does anyone else have some ...

by Megan Doty > Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:09 PM

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Early Childhood
stem get girls encouraged?
Hi Jennifer, I found a few resources in the Learning Center that discuss how we can engage and excite girls in stem. See if these may be helpful for you: http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/PKEB221X http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/ss08_032_04_40 I also wonder if...

by Megan Doty > Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:55 PM

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STEM
Kindergarten activities
I think there are a lot of hands on activities you can do for science with kindergarteners!! When teaching about the different states of matter with my second graders, I did a walk around the school and outside with them looking for the different states of matter. They really enjoyed it because they...

by Ashtyn Riley > Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:36 PM

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Early Childhood
stem get girls encouraged?
stem is vital for the 21st century because it is a high-tech field that will have much importance today and in the future however, it seems that careers in stem are mostly taken by boys. I have some ideas of activities to get girls involved but would love to obtain new ideas/activities that can supp...

by Jennifer Cambray > Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:25 PM

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STEM
stem and Fairy Tales
I think its a great and fun activity to have for stem encouragement because it will engage students. Also, I love the idea that they will be creating. Activities like this can be great to do in class groups and students will definitely love to create technology for their favorite characters.

by Jennifer Cambray > Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:47 PM

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STEM
Planets
I love building models of our solar system! With a focus on the planets some of my favorite are: Puzzle Pieces – I have my students make planets and then keep them in a bag. We pull them out to ask sort and system questions – The students use them to make visual answers. Which ones are rocky?...

by Wendi Laurence > Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:00 AM

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Elementary Science
Anatomy and Physiology
Hi Amy - What are your favorite sources for purchasing full-sized skeletons and body system models? Dorothy

by Dorothy Ginnett > Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:26 AM

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Life Science
Planets
Another User posted this link in the earth and space science section! "I just ended my Earth's Place in the Universe course with this video https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/417309/our-place-in-the-universe/ It is well worth the view and the companion video on how they did it H...

by Callie Cook > Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:22 PM

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Elementary Science
Elephant Toothpaste
Jesus, I find much less expensive 30% H2O2 at a local store that sells water purification systems. The concentration is key since the reaction is exothermic enough to auto-accelerate. Be sure you test it with small amounts first, because those higher concentrations of H2O2 present additional hazar...

by Bryan Smith > Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:10 AM

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Chemistry
Pre-service Teacher
Dear Courtney, Check out the links below with some ideas I found in the Learning Center about teaching the solar system. Please let me know how your lesson goes - share with others here. http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/ss07_030_09_12 http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10....

by Flavio Mendez > Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:31 AM

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Earth and Space Science
How to fit science in your schedule
I'm a preservice teacher, but I have seen project based learning incorporate several subjects together. I can see doing a stem project could easily incorporate reading, math, and science together! Mary

by Mary Engledowl > Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:32 AM

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Elementary Science
Preservice Teaching Tips
Hello Kate, There are many resources from NSTA itself that will help you with hands-on activities. Lecture can come in mini-bites and not be the main focus of the lesson. Giving students the opportunity to explore first and begin to formulate ideas, look for patterns, that is most important...

by Beverly DeVore-Wedding > Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:13 AM

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Elementary Science
stem and Fairy Tales
I love this idea! I think it is a great way to engage students with stem, especially young girls. Thank you for this resource! I am a pre-service teacher with a focus in stem, so this is an excellent resource for me to look to as I begin thinking about writing my own lessons.

by Anne Schexnayder > Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:42 AM

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STEM
stem and Fairy Tales
I love this idea! I think it is a great way to engage students with stem, especially young girls. Thank you for this resource! I am a pre-service teacher with a focus in stem, so this is an excellent resource for me to look to as I begin thinking about writing my own lessons.

by Anne Schexnayder > Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:40 AM

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STEM
stem Resources for your classroom
Thank you so much for sharing! I am a pre-service Childhood Education teacher with a focus in stem. These will be wonderful for pre-service lessons, and for when I have my own classroom in the future.

by Clair Green > Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:26 PM

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STEM
Getting young girls involved in stem
What are some good resources that you have seen that can encourage young girls to be involved in stem and want to pursue a career in it? I know there is a book mentioned on the 2016 OSTB list "Magnificent Minds", but do you all have any more ideas? 

by Caroline Wilbourn > Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:02 PM

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Early Childhood
stem With ELLs
What are some good activities to encourage stem for 1-4 ELL's?

by Sarah McCrary > Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:30 PM

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Early Childhood
Technical Writing: Three-Dimensional Text Effectiveness
  T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Three-Dimensional Text Effectiveness The Early Insight In the late 1970s F.J. Bethke gathered a team of engineers at IBM's Santa Teresa Laboratory in California to inv...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:15 AM

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STEM
stem and Fairy Tales
This is a great idea to getting stem into the classroom. Since the idea of stem is somewhat a new idea i'm glad this shows how easily it can be incorporated. I also like how this activity can be used with many different books or novels so as a teacher you don't have to struggle to get a specific boo...

by Olivia Meincke > Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:19 PM

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STEM
literacy in stem
What are some of your favorite books that you've used in science lessons to incorporate literacy with stem?

by Bailey Chenier > Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:45 PM

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Early Childhood
stem and Fairy Tales
I love using Fairy Tales for all subjects. Some great idea on TPT site. Using FT with upper grades is great for developing writing as well as applying Science. Thank you all for sharing.

by Janice Noguchi > Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:00 AM

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STEM
Science on the Back Burner
Hi Lerrenzia, I incorporate science reading during reading instruction for non-fiction. Students usually find the topics engaging. I also try to incorporate a stem challenge within science topics or other content areas. For example, when students were learning about Native Americans (5th grade),...

by Lori Takiguchi > Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:23 AM

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Elementary Science
How to fit science in your schedule
NCLB? I thought that went away years ago. :-) I can't believe Science is not being taught. Yes, there still is heavy emphasis on Language Arts and Math, but there should be some time in the day to do Science or Social Studies. Especially with the NGSS push and stem careers, Science should be...

by Avory Abordonado > Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:31 PM

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Elementary Science
2017-18 stem Teacher Grant Opportunity
Wow, lots of information, thank you for passing on the grant information. Plan on applying for a few and passing the info to others. jan

by Janice Noguchi > Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:38 AM

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STEM
Elementary Science Specialists
[ul] Do you coach teachers or meet directly with students? If you coach teachers, how and when does this occur? If you meet with students—how often and for how long? Is the teacher with you or is science considered a "special"? [color=#575655][size=1][font="Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, ...

by Angela Adams > Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:45 PM

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Elementary Science
Elementary Science Specialists
Mary, for the past three years I was a stem Master Teacher. My position was funded by a federal grant. There were initially 5 elementary stem teachers, 3 in middle school, and 2 in high school. We were still employed by our district and our pay was roughly the same as a classroom teacher. However, w...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:22 PM

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Elementary Science
4th Grade Science
Hello, I taught 4th grade and currently am in 3rd. There are so many exciting opportunities for both these grades! At my school we did a project called Invention Convention where students have to plan and invent something. We've partnered up the Strider Bike company which is based here where I liv...

by Brenda Velasco > Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:08 PM

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Elementary Science
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
The Early Years column, preK-grade 2 by Peggy Ashbrook http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/collection.aspx?id=mOElq0krBP8_E The Powerful Practices series http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/ Uncovering Misconceptions: Elementary ...

by Alison Thalmann > Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:19 AM

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Early Childhood
Modeling Instruction in Elementary Science
I was a stem Master Teacher for the past three years serving 4 elementary schools. I have all of the Picture Perfect Science books and use those to help guide teachers. I also use the NGSS at NSTA, http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx for resources, planning, and lessons.

by Pam Dupre > Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:19 PM

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Elementary Science
Modeling Instruction in Elementary Science
Hello again, I am delighted to see you on the forums again - I am happy to email or talk as well if you are getting launched as an elementary specialist. I am a K-6 STEAM coordinator and I have the best job ever! I love working with kiddos in this age range -- they are so much more capable than ...

by Wendi Laurence > Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:27 PM

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Elementary Science
Favorite New Resources for Back to School?
Here is the post! 30+ Science, stem and NGSS Teaching Resources to Use This Year. http://www.shareitscience.com/2017/08/30-science-stem-teaching-resources.html Thanks for all of your input! Feel free to share with your colleagues.

by Sarah Benton Feitlinger > Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:26 AM

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STEM
Modeling Instruction in Elementary Science
I am a K-4 science specialist. I have been learning a lot about modeling instruction in the middle and upper grades and was wondering if anyone is aware of examples of modeling instruction in the lower grades. There seems to be a dearth of resources in this area, and I'm interested in helping to r...

by Juliette Guarino > Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:19 PM

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Elementary Science
Hands-on Activities
I work for an after-school stem program serving 9th & 10th graders, and am searching for free descriptions/lesson plans for hands-on chemistry activities.

by Jordan Spooner > Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:52 AM

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Chemistry
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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STEM
stem class interdisciplinary approach
Hi Cindy, I work at a newer stem high school.  We are just beginning our third year.  We have a cohort (grade) based stem course first thing in the morning.  This allows us to have cohort-wide and school-wide iniatives.  We complete stem lessons, soft skills and work on design challenges during t...

by Rebecca Falin > Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:57 AM

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STEM
FREE UCLA Nanoscience teacher training workshops
My name is Dr. Rita Blaik, and I am the Manager of Education at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. I wanted to share with you all that CNSI offers  free teacher training workshops on nanoscience experiments for K-12 educators  throughout the year. Each workshop includes l...

by Rita Blaik > Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:43 PM

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Professional Development
FREE UCLA Nanoscience teacher training workshops
My name is Dr. Rita Blaik, and I am the Manager of Education at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. I wanted to share with you all that CNSI offers  free teacher training workshops on nanoscience experiments for K-12 educators  throughout the year. Each workshop includes l...

by Rita Blaik > Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:43 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
FREE UCLA Nanoscience teacher training workshops
My name is Dr. Rita Blaik, and I am the Manager of Education at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. I wanted to share with you all that CNSI offers  free teacher training workshops on nanoscience experiments for K-12 educators  throughout the year. Each workshop includes l...

by Rita Blaik > Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:43 PM

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General Science and Teaching
FREE UCLA Nanoscience teacher training workshops
My name is Dr. Rita Blaik, and I am the Manager of Education at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. I wanted to share with you all that CNSI offers  free teacher training workshops on nanoscience experiments for K-12 educators  throughout the year. Each workshop includes learning an...

by Rita Blaik > Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:42 PM

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STEM
FREE UCLA Nanoscience teacher training workshops
My name is Dr. Rita Blaik, and I am the Manager of Education at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. I wanted to share with you all that CNSI offers free teacher training workshops on nanoscience experiments for K-12 educators throughout the year. Each workshop includes learning an...

by Rita Blaik > Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:42 PM

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Chemistry
stem class interdisciplinary approach
My small-ish independent school would like to implement stem throughout our grades 1-8 this year.  We have about 300 total students in these grades.  Science is considered a "special" in all grade levels, meaning it is taught by a specialist, not a self-contained classroom teacher.  As one of those ...

by Cindy Renkas > Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:22 PM

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STEM
stem After School Program
I Co-Directed a stem CAMP over the summer so here is are some ideas you may use to engage students in your club. 1) Have students do Science experiments 2) Invite local stem professionals to visit and talk about their careers 3) See if local Museums have traveling exhibits with can visit your af...

by LeRoy Attles > Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:30 PM

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Informal Science
The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
Free Eclipse 2017 Digital Experience Available from NASA and Infiniscope Audience: Grades 5-12 Eclipse Date: Aug. 21, 2017 Introduce your students to an entirely new type of learning experience with “ Eclipse 2017 ” from NASA and Infiniscope. Aligned with...

by Jessica Swann > Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:18 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Favorite New Resources for Back to School?
Sarah, This one is timely because of the solar eclipse. https://learn.weatherstem.com/modules/learn/lessons/166/21.html

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:56 PM

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General Science and Teaching
New Weatherstem Interactive Lesson for Solar Eclipse
We created a special Weatherstem Eclipse module for NSTA Members and teachers at large. https://learn.weatherstem.com/modules/learn/lessons/166/index.html There is no charge and it can be used by students and staff. The Eclipse lesson includes interactivity and fusion of live weather data...

by Mark Hyer > Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:28 AM

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Earth and Space Science
2017-18 stem Teacher Grant Opportunity
Great resources! I hope to update my "grants, contests and freebies" page for stem educators on my blog soon and will include these! Thanks! Sarah

by Sarah Benton > Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:59 AM

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STEM
2017-18 stem Teacher Grant Opportunity
[color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial]GrantsAlert In an ideal world, educators should be able to focus all of their energy on their students and pedagogy. Unfortunately, the reality is that educators often must focus on procuring resources, too.  More than ever, teachers and administrators are seekin...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:13 PM

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STEM
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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STEM
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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STEM
2017-18 stem Teacher Grant Opportunity
Hi, all. Here is a great opportunity to write a short project proposal and perhaps receive a $500 award. This is a nationwide K-12 stem Teacher Grant competition we--a couple of technical committees within the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics--have conducted for about a dozen y...

by John Bloomer > Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:59 PM

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STEM
Make-up tests
I work for an public early college stem school.  My school uses a standards-based mastery grading system, so re-takes are mandatory.  In order to retake assessments (they are new tests and not the same one they did not master) students must have completed all work (assignments, homework, etc) for th...

by Rebecca Falin > Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:22 PM

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Evaluation and Assessment
Favorite New Resources for Back to School?
Thanks, Sarah, for posting this. I think we all continually hunt for those great sites to inspire us. I use NSTA a LOT and find all kinds of excellent ideas here: http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx Another site is: https://www.ngssphenomena.com/ I found this site through CAST...

by Pamela Dupre > Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:01 PM

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STEM
Physiology/Anatomy Project Ideas?
Thank you so much posting your documents! I don't know if you are still teaching the course, but this is a fantastic idea and your students' projects were so creative! I would like to try this as for a PBL for the Goods and Garbage unit (digestive, respiratory and urinary systems). Mahalo!

by Lenore Kop > Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:23 PM

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Life Science
Getting students to go above and beyond
For my higher level and early finishers i have then do a reflection on their learning and when that is complete they have choices. stem bins, station activities or enhance their notebooks

by Carole Moreno > Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:22 PM

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Evaluation and Assessment
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
Volunteer opportunity with K-8 education nonprofit
The Chemical Educational Foundation ® (CEF) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to exposing K-8 learners to the excitement of science and fostering stem literacy. We are currently looking for science educators and professionals who are interested in volunteering with us as...

by Katie Wetstone > Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:08 AM

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Professional Development
NASA Mars Survival Kit for K-12
Thanks Pamela, And to learn more about planets in the solar system, check out NSTA Enhanced E-book " The Solar System ." Here is also an article on Science Scope from David Seidel: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/ss07_030_09_12 Add them to your library today and share ...

by Flavio Mendez > Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:33 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Seeking High School Science Teacher for Small Rural Private School In Northeast Louisiana
Are you tired of the rat race of traffic and crowds? How does rolling fields of farmland and acres of woods sound?  Teach 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Grade Science in a small private school college-prep environment. Applicants need to have at least a Bachelor's degree, be certified or working t...

by Kristen VandeVen > Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:29 PM

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General Science and Teaching
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
Apps
Hi Lauren, I have not used apps in preschool and lower primary grades. I looked at possible resources in the NSTA Learning Center and apps were for middle school. You might consider looking at some of the ones suggested in Educational Insider http://blog.iat.com/2014/12/29/25-stem...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:51 AM

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Early Childhood
Mobile Hands-on Physical Science Stations
I am a college professor involved in a collaborative effort to create a stem center to help our students in stem areas and to build bridges with secondary students. My component of this effort will be to create, during a sabbatical, an integrated physical science/math course along with a set of hand...

by Greg Baugher > Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:05 AM

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Physical Science
Teach stem Outside!
Hi Jessica, Celebrate stem Outside by observing the solar eclipse on August 21 (total solar eclipse in some parts of the country). See the collection below with information and ideas for activities. Solar Eclipse of 2017 Collection: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/collection.aspx?id...

by Flavio Mendez > Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:55 AM

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Research in Science Education
Bellringers that prompt discussion of cross-cutting concepts
Hi Douglas! I have some question stems that I use for the purpose you describe.  These stems and questions are can certainly be used to help students link core ideas, clarify thinking and understanding about core ideas, confront misconceptions about core ideas, and work to explain phenomena or de...

by Tricia Shelton > Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:52 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
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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STEM
stem After School Program
I have been given funds for an after-school stem club. Thanks for the links to resources. This program is for grades 4 and 5. Any more recommendations would be welcome. Thanks.

by Eric Roth > Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:25 AM

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Informal Science
The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
If you are interested in teaching about the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse and have enjoyed links to resources in this thread, you may be interested to register for Astronomers Without Borders Building on the Eclipse Education Program. AWB’s unique Building on the Eclipse Education Prog...

by Lindsay Bartolone > Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:41 PM

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Earth and Space Science
stem activities to do at home this summer
Do you have some great, simple ideas of stem activities that can be done at home with children...either by parents and/or grandparents? :)

by Alison Thalmann > Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:44 PM

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STEM
Physiology/Anatomy Project Ideas?
Another idea is to have the students embark on a "Fantastic Voyage" based on the movie/book from the 60s. They have to "travel" through a patients body to destroy a blood clot in the patient's brain. Students can write a dramatic narrative or dialogue that incorporates factual information about body...

by Eric Roth > Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:10 AM

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Life Science
How often do you teach science?
We have 30 minutes to teach stem at my school. Reading and math are our main focus though, so sometimes our stem time runs short. I am going to work harder this year to make sure my students get their stem time in. It is so hard though, even with a set schedule.

by Elizabeth Mims > Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:02 PM

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Elementary Science
Food Chains
I also teach 4th grade and we do a unit on Food Chains/Webs. The best thing I've done is to involve the students in role plays using the roles of sun, producer, herbivore, nectivore, predator, scavenger, etc... Then, we analyze the flow of energy and how these same roles exist in different ecosyst...

by Kristin Schlemmer > Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:06 PM

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Elementary Science
Must Have - New Teacher
Hi Mark! Congratulations!! I've found that the posters are much more for me than for students. I had a poster that said: "tie your shoes, pack a good lunch and realize that we're all in this together" which really helped me out on rough days... in retrospect I wouldn't have that exact poster i...

by Michelle Brown > Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:48 AM

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New Teachers
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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STEM
Animals in the classroom?
My district brings critters to the schools in the spring. Different ones for different grade levels, and at the end of the school year they pick them up. it is awesome to watch snails, butterflies, fish, grasshoppers, etc...in their ecosystems; and how they develop in their life-cycles from birth. T...

by Kim Rivera > Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:48 PM

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Life Science