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

This web seminar took place on November 3, 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. 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).

Beistel started the presentation with an interesting poll question to engage the audience and followed with an overview of the competition. She explained that students will select a topic related to light and sleep and select one of three exploration options (developing a prototype, creating an awareness campaign, or writing a research proposal) to create an original project.

McGinnis talked about how through the Bright Schools Competition, teachers can encourage students to become future problem solvers while meeting NGSS standards. She also shared that the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NSTA have developed two lessons that provide the scientific content needed to help students understand and successfully participate in the competition.

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

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My Profile page in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

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

  • “It is great to learn about opportunities to enrich the students' education with competitions like the Bright Schools competition. And I think sleep and light is a really great topic for a project. I think the students will find it very relatable.”
  • "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.”

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