February 2020

Chemistry Workshop on Wednesday, February 5th 2020: Focus on Earth Science Standards

Our first meeting was very informative. While instruction in chemistry may be slightly different in each of your classrooms, the majority of the feedback indicated that the Earth Science Standards need to be addressed.

To that end, I have been looking at the best way, not to incorporate these standards, but to make them flow into and with instruction.

My feeling is that just getting the standards to "fit into" current instruction will not adequately address them. If you take a moment to look at the Evidence Statements for HS-ESS1-2, I believe you will see what I mean in regards to the depth and rigor required.

In this workshop, we will create a unit starting with the Big Bang Theory We should be able to connect at least four Physical Science standards and four Earth Science standards.

I see a natural progression through and connecting HS-ESS1-1, HS-ESS1-2, HS-ESS1-3, HS-ESS1-6, HS-PS1-8, HS-PS4-1, HS-PS4-3, and HS-PS4-4 (and yes, there will be crossover in physics).

We will start by mapping the connections between these standards and then begin working on the details. We may be able to connect in more standards as we progress. We will see as we go.

If you have a background in astronomy, your input will be greatly valued. I do have an expert speaker who will be able to join us remotely for a short time in order to go over content. So if you feel like you need a refresher on the content, we will have it. We should be able to lean on the Astronomy Department and FRIB at Michigan State if we need additional content clarification.

I hope that you will be able join us in creating this unit. It is a significant task and input is valued and welcome.

I am including the link below for sign up.

Free workshop for Physics Teachers

For physics teachers who would like to add coding to their classrooms, there is a summer workshop called ICSAM that teaches you the process. Additionally, you will have access to modules that have already been created. This workshop is conducted by facility from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University.

They are offering a one day introductory course here at GISD. You will have the chance to determine if attending the summer workshop would be beneficial for your students.

This event is free with lunch provided.

Some Earth Science Resources

Once you go to the link, click on "View this Resource" in the upper right

Courtesy of the NSTA

Interested in Biodiesel?

From the University of Idaho, take a look at their Biodiesel Education Program. There is a lot of information here. You are provided with both a student and teacher manual.

There are two separate programs-one for 8-12 year olds and another for high school chemistry. This really is a great resource.

Teaching the physical science standards and need some videos....

Save yourself some time looking for videos that work when demonstrating some of the physical science standards.

This site has videos neatly categorized into Mechanics, Waves and Sound, and Light.

Courtesy of the School of Physics at UNSW, Sydney

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Lake Michigan Shipboard Science Workshop

Work with 5th through 12th grade students as part of a group of 15 educators from July 6th through July 12th of 2020 on-board the Lake Guardian.

With three on-board laboratories, you can be a part of hands on, real world investigations.

Application deadline is 2/28/20

See the link below for all the details

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Real World Science Summer Teacher Seminar 2020

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 cohort of Real World Science.

The Real World Science Summer Teacher Seminar brings 28 teachers who will be teaching science to 5th-8th graders in the following school year to the National WW II Museum for a week-long training experience.

Two of the spots are reserved for Louisiana teachers, and teachers from public and public charter schools are accepted.

The teachers learn best practices in science teaching and 3D instruction while being introduced to the Real World Science curriculum. It includes a trip to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory in Livingston, LA, and a field day doing water quality studies at City Park and Lake Pontchartrain. Teachers are reimbursed for flight expenses, and the museum provides hotel accommodations and most meals.

This year’s cohort will join us in New Orleans from July 12th-18th 2020.

Applications are accepted from January 6th 2020 through March 13th 2020.

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Teacher Innovator Institute: Summer 2020 in Washington, DC

This free two week summer program is designed for 5th through 8th grade teachers. Application deadline is 2/21/20

Teachers will have the opportunity to create their own project to take back to their classroom. They will also work with STEM experts in exploring more innovative practices to take back to their students.

Link to upcoming professional development in Science for rest of the 2019-2020 school year

This is the link to the smore for all currently scheduled professional development in science at GISD.

Soil Sample Testing through the University of Oklahoma is a citizen science soil collection program through the University of Oklahoma open to students throughout the United States.

Students gather soil samples (adhering to the criteria specified on the website). Scientists test for different fungi and apply this to actual biomedical research.

Resources such as curriculum guides for grades 4-12, fungi facts, and the soil analysis methodology are also available on the website.

You can take a look at the map in the link below to see some of the data collected.

Journey 2050: On online STEM simulation game

This online simulation game, for grades 7 through 12, focuses on feeding the world population projected to be about 10 billion by the year 2050.

Students will have to balance economic and social factors in maintaining a sustainable agricultural program.

Teachers can register, at no charge, for additional resources such as lesson plans and videos.

RALLY for STEM Fellowship

While most of you are already in the classroom, if you know someone who is in the process of becoming a teacher in a STEM field but is not yet certified, this would apply to them.

Ohio University is offering a fully funded one year STEM Education master's degree with a $14,000 stipend for the time the individual is in the program.

Additionally, a $11,000 stipend per year for four years with supporting pd is offered if the participants teach in a high needs school.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in a STEM field and the application deadline is March 30th, 2020

Elementary Teachers: Need some dinosaur pictures

This database has pictures and information on 1365 different dinosaurs. It has been assembled by hundreds of paleontologists over the past two decades. Secondary teachers may find useful resources here as well.

Michael Pillay

Science/STEM Coordinator

Genesee Intermediate School District

Education and Learning