Science Update

Building the K-12 Science Community

Instructional Coaches

Writing Problem Based Lessons-Optional Professional Development

Problem Based Learning is a student-centered approach with an emphasis on learning opportunities relevant to students. The Problem Based Learning Instructional strategy requires students to investigate and research answers to real-world problems and increases the likelihood of students being motivated to learn. As many of our schools begin to seek STEM certification, instructional coaches will learn the step by step process for writing problem based lessons for re-delivery in schools. Coaches will also complete a finished PBL on a topic of choice to implement with science teachers in the department.

When: December 17, 2014

Where: ISC


K-5- 8:30a.m.-11:30a.m.

6-12-12:30p.m. -3:30p.m.

Register in MyPLC:

Course# 156098


K-5 # 62447

6-12 # 62448

Volunteers Needed for Science Fair

Instructional coaches please volunteer for the science fair which will be held on January 27, 28, and 29 at Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy. Coaches will serve in the following areas: registration table, project set-up, judges hospitality, and STEM exhibits. Please e-mail with your dates of availability. Or use the link provided to register directly

K-5 Science Contacts-Blackboard Discussion

K-5 Science Contacts will meet on Blackboard to discuss the following:

-Standards Based Science Classroom

-Science Fair Update

When: December 17, 2014

Where: Blackboard

Time: 3:00p.m.-4:00p.m.

The directions for logging onto blackboard will be sent through e-mail.

Science Fair Project Registration Links

Please register projects and turn in completed protocol forms by January 6, 2015 to Ms. Tina Lamar or Dr. Duncan-Young 7th Floor-CLL at the links provided below:

Elementary (5 project maximum)

Middle (10 project maximum)

High (10 project maximum)

6-12 Science Department Chairs

The department chairs meeting "Engaging in the Standards Based Classroom" held at Washington High School under the direction of Dr. Wilson was a huge success. Department chairs discussed the standards based classroom and shared ideas to help increase student achievement. Ashante Thompson, Department Chair (Washington High School) and Mar-De Phle' Kilcrease, Science Instructional Coach (Washington High School) also discussed their co-leadership model as it relates to the standards based classroom.

Standards Based Classroom Components:

-Word Wall-Student Generated-Frayer Model

-Board Agenda-(Opening, Work Period, and Closing)

-Data Wall

-Reading Corner

Department Chairs will complete a pre-assessment of departments before Christmas Break, conduct departmental training, and complete a walk-through the first week in February. The sample of the Frayer Model and Standards Based Walk Through instrument is attached.

Our next department chair's meeting will be hosted by Dr. Sakia Franklin-Jones Department Chair at BEST academy under the leadership of Dr. Timothy Jones on January 29, 2015.

STEM Events

December and Beyond STEM Opportunities for Teachers and Students

STEM Professional Learning Opportunities

2015 Georgia Science Teachers Association Annual Conference

Macon, GA

Feb 5-7, 2015

If you register and pay by Dec 12, 2014 you get a FREE 2015 GSTA Conference T-Shirt & your name is entered to win prizes!

The West Georgia RESA STEM Conference

March 2-3, 2015

Location: Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center

Peachtree City, GA

The West Georgia RESA STEM Conference is a regional convening of system, school, and teacher leaders dedicated to increasing student success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in all grades. The purpose of this conference is to improve STEM education, better align instruction to local workforce needs, and to promote deeper understanding of STEM best practices and resources.

West Georgia RESA


“A Flurry of Technology”


Join Us for Two Awesome Days of Technology Instruction!! This conference is designed as a follow-up to the Instructional Technology Conference that was held in September.

UGA Offers Drone Technology Class at UGA Griffin This class will be delivered through four face-to-face meetings and Problem-Based and Project-Based Learning (PBL) methods facilitated by eLC technology. Students will select and complete projects relevant to their job assignments and professional goals.

STEM Competitions

STEM Important Events

Apply to LearnZillion’s 2015 Dream Team LearnZillion is looking for up to 200 teachers, academic coaches, and administrators who deeply understand K-8 math content to join our 2015 Dream Team!

STEM Competitions

Clean Tech Competition an international research and design challenge for pre-university students is now launching the 2015 challenge, this year asking students to innovate a clean tech solution to help “Feed the World”.

Each year, the Clean Tech Competition encourages scientific understanding of real-

world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. The 2015 challenge, “Feed the World” asks students to develop a clean technology solution to the problems of an inadequate and unstable food supply. Here are some key points for a quick recap on the competition:

• Teams of 1-3 students, assisted by a Team Leader, work to develop a written proposal.

• There is no entry fee.

• Registration is online, opening in November 2014.

• Paper Submissions are due March 2015.

• 10 Finalists are selected, given a $200 stipend and matched with a Mentor to help them prepare a Prototype and presentation for the Finalist Event.

• In May 2015 the finalists are invited to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA to compete for the grand prize of $10,000!

• Additionally the grand prize team wins a Continued Mentorship!

• And all 10 finalists get the chance to nominate their school or educational organization for a $1,000 grant!

Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival Emerging Filmmakers Competition

Filmmaking teams are encouraged to demonstrate their creativity and skills for a panel of judges comprised of professional filmmakers, ocean conservationists, and educators. Selected films will be shown on the big screen at our 12th annual event which will be held January 16-17, at the Lucas Theater in Savannah, GA.

The 2015 Gray’s Reef Southeast Regional MATE ROV Competition is scheduled to return to the Chatham County Aquatic Center on April 24-25 in Savannah, GA.

The Dupont Challenge for Elementary Schools We are proud to expand The DuPont Challenge to grades K-5 with a brand new classroom competition based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Let's inspire our young scientists by engaging them in a creative, inquiry-based exploration of our world's challenges!

The Atlanta Public Schools Science and Engineering Fair 2015

Tuesday, Jan. 27th 2015 at 8am to Thursday, Jan. 29th 2015 at 3pm

Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy

January 27, 2015 8:00 a.m.-3:00a.m. (Elementary Division K-5)

January 28, 2015 8:00a.m.-3:00a.m. (Secondary Division 6-12)

January 29, 2015 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m. (Secondary Run-Off)

Dr. Mashawn Duncan-Young

Science Coordinator

Building the K-12 Science Community

Atlanta Public Schools Science Academic Focus 2014-2015:

1. The STEM Focus

2. Increase in Academic Achievement

(Through Inquiry Based Instruction & Problem Based Learning)

3. Scientific Literacy