All Department of Education elementary schools will be invited to participate in the 2014 STEM Matters NYC Elementary Science Expo. Projects from elementary schools across New York City that exemplify student interest, curiosity and a desire to explore the mysteries of the world will once again be on display. New this year:
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Click here to download the STEM Matters NYC Elementary Science Expo Teacher Handbook.
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.
(Registration is now closed)
This two-day professional development workshop is designed to immerse Grades K-2 science and classroom teachers in the design of science experiences that honor students' curiosity about the world around them while reinforcing important Common Core Learning Standards-aligned reading and writing techniques.Georgia Heard is an internationally recognized author of many books including A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing Non-Fiction in the Primary Grades. This workshop will explore questioning, observation and discussion of scientific phenomena as the springboard for non-fiction reading and writing and will help teachers rethink classroom environments as places for exploration. Both new and experienced teachers are welcome.
The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) STEM Institutes are multi-day professional development experiences that will focus on a variety of topics including:
This three-day professional development series is designed to immerse K-5 science and classroom teachers in the practices of scientific inquiry through the lens of engineering design. Teachers will be asked to investigate, analyze and problem solve as scientists and engineers do through engaging, hands-on activities. Participating teachers will receive a complete set of materials to accompany the unit explored during the series as well as Expo preparation support materials. Both new and experienced teachers are welcome. For more information on City Technology, click 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.