Coweta Science Update

November 2019

Georgia Science Teachers Association Awards and Grants Application

(K-12) For the past few years, Coweta has had at least one teacher receive a grant or an award from GSTA. Let's keep the streak going!

GSTA Awards & Grant applications are open!

The annual GSTA Awards and Grants recognize excellence and innovation in Georgia science education and serves to raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in our state.

All entries must be received by 11:59PM EST on 11/30/2019, via online submission.

A distinguished panel of professional science educators will review applications and select the winners. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be current GSTA members and all work must be current and cumulative, as applicable.

GSTA Awards and Grants recipients will be honored during an awards banquet in February 2020.

The GSTA Awards and Recognition Program is supported by member donations, the Georgia Science Teachers Education Foundation, and generous sponsors. GSTA Awards and Grants help support the science educators and their science educational programs, professional development and proactive efforts in the science education field.

For more information contact Dr. Sally Creel, the GSTA Awards and Foundation Chair.

GSTA recognizes the following awards and grants:

You can find detailed information and apply at the GSTA Awards page!
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Congratulations to Martha Milam for Winning the Presidential Excellence Award in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering!!!

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Established in 1983, PAEMST is the highest award given by the U.S. Government to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers of mathematics and science, including computer science. A panel of distinguished mathematicians, scientists, and educators at the State and national levels assess the applications before recommending nominees to OSTP. Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Awardees come from schools in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, and schools in the United States territories of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. Nominations and awards are facilitated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation. Georgia awardees include (L-R): Martha Milam, East Coweta High School, Billy Singletary, Coahulla Creek High School, Ashley Greenway, Elm Street Elementary, and Tanasha Mahone, Burgess-Peterson Academy. See the official White House press release here. Way to go Martha!

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5th Grade Science Element Review Sheets

These review sheets are designed to encapsulate each of the elements for 5th grade science in one activity. These are appropriate for review activities and summative assessments. Each activity includes claim, evidence, and reasoning (CER) responses for students to complete based off of a scenario or phenomenon. The folder includes exemplars for teachers to use as guides for student performance.
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2020 Students Rebuild Hunger Project

(K-12) Sponsored by the Bezos Family Foundation, this project engages K–12 students and teachers worldwide in a common effort to make a difference while giving students opportunities to learn about other cultures and create art as a means of change. In the project, which runs through June 5, 2020, students research hunger and malnutrition issues in their community and around the world. Students then collaborate to develop potential solutions and create artwork to showcase their ideas. For every piece of artwork submitted on the project website, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $3 (up to $700,000) to youth-focused nutrition programs nationwide and worldwide. To guide participation, teachers can download The Hunger Project: A PBL Unit, a framework developed collaboratively by nonprofits Students Rebuild and PBLWorks. The framework can be used with all grade levels and provides specific pathways students can follow to design a successful project-based learning experience on the topic.
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The Art of Science Learning

(K-12) The Art of Science Learning is a National Science Foundation-funded initiative that uses the arts to spark creativity in science education and the development of an innovative 21st Century STEM workforce.

The initiative is built on more than 15 years of work by Harvey Seifter and colleagues, exploring the impact of artistic skills, processes and experiences on learning and the innovation process. You can find lesson plans and resources from the project by clicking here.

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Girls Who Code

(3-12) STEM/STEAM Georgia has partnered with Girls Who Code (GWC) this year to bring free computer science learning opportunities to our community. Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE after-school programs for 3rd-5th or 6th-12th-grade girls to join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and use computer science to change the world. Participants not only learn hard coding skills and computational thinking, but they’ll also learn project management skills, collaboration, bravery, resilience, how to positively impact their community, and so much more.

When you start a GWC Club, you’ll gain access to free resources, flexible plug and play curriculum, funding opportunities, ongoing support, alumni opportunities for your young learners, free t-shirts for up to 20 Club members and more! There’s no computer science experience needed to get started since GWC is there for you every step of the way. Apply now with the quick 15 min Clubs Application or learn more about how to get started by joining the next live 30 min webinar!

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2019 Southeastern US Deepsea Exploration

(K-12) The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer 2019 Southeastern U.S. Deep-sea Exploration expedition offers a unique opportunity for explorers of all ages to investigate deepwater habitats and interesting geological features in the Atlantic along the Southeastern continental margin. You might choose to learn more about why NOAA and its partners are exploring this particular deep-ocean area, what advanced technologies are being used, and what explorers are hoping to find. You might also be looking to learn more about the explorers themselves so your students more fully understand what skills and expertise are required to support careers in ocean exploration. You just might need a short video or images to complete your lesson unit on a particular topic. Whatever your NOAA deep-ocean exploration education needs, we hope that you will find them here.

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Artic Tundra Virtual Field Trip...Polar Bears!!!

(K-12) Experience Polar Bears | Virtual Field Trip Premiere

November 13th and 14th, 2019

Live from Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

#CelebratewithDE as we return to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada for the annual polar bear migration. Since 2010, Discovery Education has teamed up with Polar Bears International to host a series of shared learning experiences to engage students and inspire their interest in studying the science of polar bears and their Arctic habitat.

This year, there are two ways to take part in the experience: watch the live broadcast with embedded videos and questions and answers from real classrooms, or watch the videos on your schedule then take part in a live chat with the tundra crew.

Learn About Polar Bears and Their Environment

Register today and come back to this page on the day and time of your virtual field trip and we will take care of the rest. You will be able to access a live stream along with a live chat where you can meet scientists & ask questions in real time while polar bears roam outside.

Register Now
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STEM Research Grant Program from the Society for Science & the Public

(6-12) The STEM Research Grant Application is now open for any full-time teachers who have had a student enter an ISEF-affiliated fair in the last 3 years! If you are uncertain if your fair is ISEF affiliated, please use this link to find your local fair.

If your school has received this grant in the last 3 years, you are not eligible to reapply (except starter grant recipients of $1,000 from 2019).


Grants may be put towards:

  • Equipment or other experimental materials needed to complete research projects
  • Travel or other expenses necessary to bring students to locations where they can complete their research

Preference will be given to:

  • Schools or teachers supporting multiple students in research
  • Schools or teachers who are supporting low income students or students of underrepresented ethnicity (African American, Latino, or Native American)
  • Programs showing a plan for sustainability past this year (schools may apply once every 3 years)

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Tamis Tower- Let's Think About Engineering

(K-2) It’s lunch time and Tami, the golden lion tamarin, is hungry! Help Tami reach the delicious fruit by building a tower. But watch out! Other animals can cause Tami’s tower to topple over. From the Smithsonian Science Education Center, Tami’s Tower: Let’s Think About Engineering is an educational engineering design game that will help teach your student how to design a solution to a problem using basic engineering design principles.

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Bone ID Chart

(3-7) Thinking of dissecting owl pellets with students? Make it easier with a Bone Identification Chart from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Most appropriate for grades 3-7, the detailed chart enables students to compare the bones of six prey types commonly found in owl pellets (e.g., rat, vole, mouse, shrew, mole, bird). After downloading the chart (free registration required), teachers gain access to videos, images, and other fun facts to share with students.

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Stanford NGSS Integrated Curriculum: An Exploration of a Multidimensional World

(6-8) With a tagline of “An Exploration of a Multidimensional World,” this curriculum for the middle level (grades 6–8) aptly echoes an interdisciplinary, phenomena- and project-based approach reflective of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Use this document to help translate from NGSS to GSE. Developed by educators at Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE), the curriculum aligns with California’s integrated model and embeds Earth and space science, life science, physical science, and/or engineering within each curriculum unit. Each grade level has four project-based units and one group work-themed unit. Titles include Setting Things in Motion, Extreme Living, Nature via Nurture, and A Warmer World for sixth grade; A Balanced Biosphere, Matter Matters, Mimicking Nature’s Design, and Save the Andes! for seventh grade; and Colossal Collisions, Traveling Through Space, Using Engineering and Technology to Sustain Our World, and Adapt or Die? for eighth grade.

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MOSAiC in the Classroom

(K-12) Follow along with scientists on the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) research expedition. This year-long international expedition is exploring the physical, chemical, and biological processes connecting the Arctic atmosphere, sea ice, ocean, and ecosystem. Scientists hope to use the mission’s collected data and analyses to improve models and forecasts of local, regional, and global weather and climate. Outreach materials produced by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder including K–college lesson plans, videos, and a weekly newsletter—are available at the website.

While many activities are more appropriate for middle to college levels, some lessons are suitable for younger audiences. Design and Build a Sea Ice Drifter, for example, is an engineering design challenge for grades 3–5, and EcoChains: Arctic Life Game can be played with upper-elementary to high school learners. These and other activities can help students better understand the complex relationships among Earth’s ecosystems, human activity, and weather and climate.

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CCSS Science Teacher Directory

Help me to help you! Let me know who you are, where and what you teach. I'll share the directory with everyone so you can form your own learning communities. Just click on this link. Easy-peasy!
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Science Google Classroom Codes

Don't miss out on new resources and freebies! Join the Science Google Classrooms! Use the class codes listed below.

Elementary: uz7l4 (that's a lowercase L...not a 1)

Middle: wumkvdb

High: s0ei0d (those are zeros...not Os)

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Professional Learning Opportunities

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Click on this link to see a list of the scheduled professional learning dates for science this year. Other dates for specific activities (Innovation Expo, Science Olympiad, etc.) will be scheduled and sent out via email and newsletter.
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STEM/STEAM Resources

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Upcoming Professional Learning

First Grade Science Professional Learning

Thursday, Nov. 21st, 3-5pm

167 Werz Industrial Boulevard, Newnan, GA, USA

This teacher led session will feature lessons and resources to help you integrate science and literacy in the 1st grade classroom.

Georgia Science Teachers Association Conference

Thursday, Feb. 13th 2020 at 8am to Friday, Feb. 14th 2020 at 4pm

801 Front Avenue

Columbus, GA

The best science professional learning event in Georgia! Registration: $160 for full conference. $85 for one day. For more info see the GSTA website.

Comments, Concerns, Questions?

Please contact Dr. Donald White with any questions or comments.