Engage Students Grades 6-8 in a FREE STEM Competition Associated with Light and Sleep

This web seminar took place on December 1, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenters were Patty McGinnis, Educator at the Methacton School District in Eagleville, Pennsylvania, and Sarah Beistel, NSTA Program Manager for the Bright Schools Competition.

The Bright Schools Competition provides a rich and unique opportunity for students in grades 6-8 to receive a positive and enduring STEM experience. The goal of the Bright Schools program is to create a learning experience that will help students, parents and teachers better understand the link between light, sleep, and student health and performance.

Participants in the web seminar learned more about resources available, including lessons plans, and how to get started creating projects. In the Bright Schools Competition, students will select a topic related to light and sleep and will create an original project by selecting one of three exploration options: developing a prototype, creating an awareness campaign, or writing a research proposal. Through the Bright Schools Competition, teachers can encourage young minds to become future problem solvers while meeting the NGSS. There are cash prizes for national winners up to $5,000 for each student and professional development packages (with travel up to $3,000 value).

Teachers can learn more about the Bright Schools competition by visiting the website at http://brightschoolscompetition.org/ .

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Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “The competition provides a great opportunity to enrich and differentiate for students of different learning styles.”
  • "I would not have considered bringing this opportunity to my students without the web seminar."
  • "I think sleep and light is a really great topic for a project. I think the students will find it very relatable.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org


Underwritten by the Bright Schools Competition and the National Sleep Foundation