Announcing the 2nd Annual STEM Matters NYC Elementary Science Expo!

    All Department of Education elementary schools are invited to participate in the 2014 STEM Matters NYC Elementary Science Expo on Friday, June 13, 2014. Projects from elementary schools across New York City that exemplify student interest, curiosity and a desire to explore the mysteries of the world will be on display. This year:

    • Schools may submit up to 4 projects. Individual student, team or whole class projects for all grades K-5 are welcome.
    • There are three project categories: Observational Studies, Scientific Investigations and Engineering Design 

    Expo Location:
    The Armory on the Hudson
    216 Fort Washington Avenue
    New York, NY 10032

    Important Dates and Times:

    Friday, May 16, 2014
     • STEM Matters NYC Elementary Science Expo Registration Deadline

    Thursday, June 12, 2014 • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM • Project Drop Off at The Armory on the Hudson

    Friday, June 13, 2014 • STEM Matters NYC Elementary Science Expo

    • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM • School Groups*
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM • Open House for Family and Friends

    *Reserve your bus now to bring your class to the Expo.

    Before beginning the registration process, please download and review the 2014 Expo Guidelines and Expectations.

    Registration is now open. Expo Coordinators click here to register your school.

    here to download the STEM Matters NYC Elementary Science Expo flyer.

    Click here to download the STEM Matters NYC Elementary Science Expo Teacher Handbook.

    Designing Authentic Science Projects

    The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is providing a variety of opportunities for K-5 science and classroom teachers preparing for the Elementary Science Expo. 

    Standalone Workshops – NYBG will also provide several single-day workshops for experienced K-5 teachers that focus on content and procedures related to particular life and earth science concepts.  Each workshop will act as a stand-alone, and does not require enrollment in all four.  These workshops will introduce both citizen science protocols, as well as open-ended projects.  In order to use time efficiently, these workshops will skip the “process of science” portion introduced in the institutes. Participants will also receive Expo preparation support materials. 

    • Soil Investigations: Short- and Long-term Investigations of Soils (K-5) - Thursday, May 8th -  Register here


    As described in Raising the Bar, the New York City Department of Education is dedicated to making all students college- and career-ready. The science classroom in New York City schools, under statewide educational standards, ensures that students use problem-solving skills, learn new science content, and read informational texts. The Common Core Library and EngageNY provide information on New York’s shift to the Common Core Learning Standards, in which teachers incorporate literacy in science practices to help students ground reading, writing, and discussion in evidence from text as part of learning science that includes applying thinking skills to address real life problems and making informed decisions. The Library holds guides, examples, and videos that show how science and literacy are taught in New York City schools, as well as resources for families. Students meet high school graduation requirements by earning at least 6 science credits (2 credits in life science, 2 credits in physical science and 2 credits in either/or life science or physical science). Two of the credits must be earned in the New York State Education Department’s Core Curriculum that culminates with a Regents exam.  Accelerated 8th grade and high school students who complete the course laboratory component and score at least 65 on the science Regents exam fulfill the science requirement toward the Regents diploma.