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  • 13 Jul 2017 10:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEON - NASA Educators Online Network

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

    Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

    The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

    July 11, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. ET: Lunar Phases and Student Misconceptions (Grades 2-8) -- To prepare for the total solar eclipse in August, explore the astronomy behind lunar and solar eclipses. Presenters will demonstrate activities that prepare classes to view the eclipse and will share lesson plans that explain the connection between the phases of the moon and the eclipse. And participants will learn how to clear up common spatial misconceptions students often have about eclipses. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/261973

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    July 13, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. ET: Lava Layering: Making and Mapping a Volcano (Grades 5-8) -- Participants will be introduced to an activity that focuses on interpreting geologic history through volcano formation and excavation. Baking soda, vinegar and play dough are used to model fluid lava flows. Various colors of play dough identify different eruption events. The activity challenges students to construct a model of a volcano, produce lava flows, observe, draw, record, and interpret the history and stratigraphy of a volcano produced by other students and make the connection between the life cycle of a volcano and see these features on Earth and Mars.mRegister online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/261971

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    July 17, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: Edible Experiments/The Great American Eclipse / Eclipse Book Reviews (Grades K-12) -- Explore resources for making edible models to teach about lunar and solar eclipses. Browse websites with hands-on activities on subjects such as protection from UV rays. Learn about a collection of children's literature to use for studying the eclipse. These activities will be great for summer camps and back-to-school events before the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/263976

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    July 18, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: Guest Scientist -- High-Altitude Ballooning (Grades K-12) -- Get an overview of high-altitude ballooning during eclipses with Bernhard Beck-Winchatz from the STEM Studies Department at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Beck-Winchatz has worked on several NASA projects using weather balloon flights that provide affordable access to a spacelike environment for student research. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/263980

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    July 19, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: Building Your Own Eclipse Equipment for Your Classroom on a Budget (Grades K-12) -- Learn how to build inexpensive models to teach solar eclipse concepts in the classroom. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/263974

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    July 20, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: What, When, Where, How and Safety (Grades K-12) -- On Aug. 21, 2017, most Americans will experience their first total solar eclipse in almost 40 years. What is a solar eclipse? Where will the eclipse be visible? When will the eclipse occur? How can the eclipse be viewed safely? This webinar will explore these questions using some of the many NASA resources and classroom lessons supporting this solar event. Learn about the important safety of properly viewing the eclipse with your students. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/263468

  • 05 Jul 2017 10:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEON - NASA Educators Online Network

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

    Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

    The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

    July 3, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: The Mechanics of Eclipses (Grades 5-12) -- Participants in this webinar will get an overview of the “Sun, Earth, Moon” system and the basic mechanics of how and why eclipses occur. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standard ESS1. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/242601

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    July 5, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Assessing Student Work During an Engineering Design Challenge (Grades 5-12) -- Participants in this webinar will learn about assessment strategies and NASA resources for classroom engineering design projects. Specific applications of these strategies will be discussed. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/242606

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    July 6, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: NASA Engineering Design Process 101: An Introduction to Classroom Application (Grades 4-12) -- Explore the engineering design process and its application to real-world problem solving. Also explore NASA design challenges and other NASA STEM classroom resources. Engineering design is a common topic across each grade level in the Next Generation Science Standards and an important concept in understanding the world around us. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/254193

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    July 11, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. ET: Lunar Phases and Student Misconceptions (Grades 2-8) -- To prepare for the total solar eclipse in August, explore the astronomy behind lunar and solar eclipses. Presenters will demonstrate activities that prepare classes to view the eclipse and will share lesson plans that explain the connection between the phases of the moon and the eclipse. And participants will learn how to clear up common spatial misconceptions students often have about eclipses. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/261973

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    July 13, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. ET: Lava Layering: Making and Mapping a Volcano (Grades 5-8) -- Participants will be introduced to an activity that focuses on interpreting geologic history through volcano formation and excavation. Baking soda, vinegar and play dough are used to model fluid lava flows. Various colors of play dough identify different eruption events. The activity challenges students to construct a model of a volcano, produce lava flows, observe, draw, record, and interpret the history and stratigraphy of a volcano produced by other students and make the connection between the life cycle of a volcano and see these features on Earth and Mars.mRegister online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/261971
  • 23 Jun 2017 9:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) has a long history of providing excellent resources and professional development for teachers, and they have just published the Teacher-Friendly Guide™ to Climate Change.   This book includes both the basics of climate change science and perspectives on teaching a subject that has become socially and politically polarized. The focus audience is high school Earth science and environmental science teachers, and it is written with an eye toward the kind of information and graphics that a secondary school teacher might need in the classroom.

     You can download a free pdf of the book or purchase a hard copy here .  A brief description and excerpt from the book (first chapter) are in a Geological Society of America blog post  here .

     In addition, PRI has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to send the Teacher-Friendly Guide™ to Climate Change to teachers at public high schools across the country. You can join in this campaign or let your friends and family know about it by going to http://bit.ly/TeachClimateScience .

     Regards,


     

    Ingrid H. H. Zabel, Ph.D.

    Climate Change Education Manager

    Paleontological Research Institution | Museum of the Earth | Cayuga Nature Center

    (607) 273-6623, ext. 22

    priweb.org


  • 21 Jun 2017 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello,
    I hope you are having a great summer break. I have had so much fun meeting so many of you over the past couple of months during professional development events!

    Please find our KSDE Science Newsletter for June 2017 using the link below. There are a lot of resources linked in this issue including a few for the upcoming solar eclipse. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.

    https://www.smore.com/uw6ye

    Lizette Burks, Ed.D.
    Science Education Program Consultant
    Career Standards & Assessment Services
    (785) 296-8108
    lburks@ksde.org
  • 20 Jun 2017 8:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Media Contact:
    Natalie Anderson
    Communications Coordinator
    Phone: (785) 320-4350
    Email address: nataliem@ksu.edu

    Deadline for ag foundation teacher of the year award fast approaching

    MANHATTAN, Kan. - JUNE 18, 2017 - The application deadline for the 2018 Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year and Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) Foundation for Agriculture Regional Excellence in Teaching awards is fast approaching. The awards honor Kansas teachers who excel at incorporating agriculture into their everyday classroom curriculum. Applications are due June 30, 2017


    All K-12 district-certified Kansas teachers who currently engage in integrating agriculture into a non-vocational agriculture classroom setting are eligible for the award. Applications will be evaluated on creativity and utilization of agricultural information, interdisciplinary approach, advancement of educational standards and student impact. 


    The Teacher of the Year award winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom (NAITC) convention, sponsored by High Plains Journal and AG am in Kansas. KFB regional award winners will receive their choice of a $600 scholarship to attend the NAITC convention or a $200 cash prize. The 2018 NAITC conference is slated for June 26-29, 2018 in Portland, Maine.


    The Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year award has been in place since 2008. The award honors the late Janet Sims, an educator for more than 30 years and a strong agriculture advocate. Sims served on the KFAC board of directors from 2005 until her passing in 2007. 


    Applications can be downloaded on the KFAC website at www.ksagclassroom.org by clicking on Teachers and Teacher of the Year. Application deadline is June 30, 2017.


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    About Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

    The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. KFAC was founded in 1982 as part of a nationwide initiative to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies. For more information, visit www.ksagclassroom.org or call (785) 320-4350.
  • 14 Jun 2017 9:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Educators will be "ahead of the curve" with information from the 2017 Galaxy Forum to be held Saturday, August 19, at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Topics for this free event will be:


    "Lord of the Rings--the Cassini Mission to Saturn" will be given by Todd Barber.  Barber has been NASA-JPL's lead propulsion engineer on the Cassini mission since 2002.  Cassini has orbited Saturn for 13 years. In its aptly named "Grand Finale" Cassini swoops between Saturn and its innermost ring ending in the probe's crash into Saturn on September 15, 2107. What has Cassini revealed over the years?  What kind of close-ups, what kind of details, what do we hope to learn from this final mission? Barber is a Wichita native and Southeast High School grad.


    "The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: What, When, Where, Why?" As a primer on this unique event, Dean Stramel, professor of chemistry at Fort Hays State University, will look into  why this is such a big deal that people travel all over the globe to see it. What is the science behind it?  What are the logistics to watching it?  This will be information teachers can take directly into their classrooms on Monday morning--eclipse day.


    "Mars: Through the Eyes (and Lasers) of  Curiosity" will begiven by Sarah Lamm. A Kansas State senior, she has spent two summers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico working with data from Curiosity's ChemCam instrument (it's the part that looks like the head and eye of Curiosity.) Her team's studies about the presence of manganese, an indicator of the presence of liquid water, has important implications for the habitability of  Mars. She will share these and other  findings and what they mean.  Sarah, a Colby native, is a great illustration of what young Kansans are doing in the space sciences.


    The 2016 Galaxy Forum will be Saturday, Aug. 19, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson

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    The Galaxy Forum is free. Students and the public are also welcome.  Though not required, teachers are urged to register to help with count for materials preparation.  Continuing education credit available. Register with name and number attending to jeanettesteinert@att.net or contact@adastra-ks.org
  • 10 Jun 2017 9:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      6 things you need to know about the NGSS this month 

    Header - DNA Strand

    June 2017


    #1

     EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science has a New Category, New Badge, and New Pathway

     

    Last month, the EQuIP Peer Review Panel (PRP) for Science expanded its fall 2016 call for submissions with the goals of (1) expanding the categories of lessons and units that will be shared by the PRP, (2) announcing a new digital badge that will follow high-quality materials wherever they are posted online, and (3) opening the PRP review process to developers who face intellectual property constraints.

     

    A new category entitled "Quality Works in Progress" was created. Early reviews by the PRP surfaced numerous lessons and units that addressed various criteria of the EQuIP Rubric for Science very well, but did not rate highly enough to be shared with the public. Therefore, a new category has been added that will include any lessons and units identified to have strongly addressed at least one of the rubric's criteria.

     

    A new digital badge for "Examples of High Quality NGSS Design" was developed.  In the future, any lessons and units identified by the PRP as "Examples of High Quality NGSS Design" will be both shared online and awarded the new digital badge. With the PRP's approval, the unique badge can be displayed on the submitter's website(s). 

     

    Achieve added a new submission pathway for developers with intellectual property constraints. Developers who were previously restricted from submitting NGSS lessons or units under one of the Creative Common licenses can now have their materials reviewed and recognized by the PRP. For any materials deemed to be "Examples of High Quality NGSS Design", developers can use the new badge if they agree to (1) share the materials publicly and make them freely available, (2) restrict the claim of high-quality NGSS design to the specific lesson or unit as it was reviewed by the PRP, and (3) post the PRP's feedback along with the reviewed instructional materials.

     

    Click here for important details about the current submissions process for lessons and units.

     

    #2

     The PEEC Tool is Coming Soon!

     

    Later this month, Achieve will release the latest version of the PEEC tool. "PEEC" stands for the Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria for NGSS Instructional Materials Design. Along with recent revisions to the EQuIP Rubric for Science, the resource build on the public draft of PEEC to (1) help educators identify instructional materials programs designed for the NGSS and (2) help curriculum developers and publishers design their materials for the NGSS.

     

    Although PEEC was specifically designed to evaluate materials designed for the Next Generation Science Standards, development of the tool was rooted in research from the NRC's A Framework for K-12 Science Education which shows what works well for all students when learning science. Therefore, any state or district that has adopted science standards based on the Framework can benefit from using the PEEC tool.

     

    #3

     Featured Standards

     
    This issue of NGSS Now features an example of how certain PEs* could be bundled in order to develop an instructional unit that engages students in science phenomena. 

     

    MS-PS2-4: Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects. 

     

    MS-ESS1-2: Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.

     

    MS-ESS1-3: Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.

     

    Teachers Note: This month's featured phenomenon led to the discovery of Neptune. You may need to add an experiential element for students to access the phenomenon. 

     

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    For a more in-depth look at these NGSS PEs and to search for others, read this

     

    Need more context? 

     

    See where these ideas are introduced in A Framework for K-12 Science Education (pages 116, 175, and 177). 

     

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    #4

     Science Phenomenon


    This phenomenon offers teachers a potential way to connect our "Featured Standards" (see #3)  to a real-world phenomenon:

     

    In the early 19th century, a group of astronomers were using a telescope to observe Uranus' orbit around the sun. They noticed that the planet's orbit was irregular and not elliptical as they had expected. Why was this the case?

     

     

    Below are some high-level lines of student inquiry that could help students facilitate their understanding of DCIs related to the featured science phenomenon:

     

    Click here for a video of an elliptical orbit.

    • [with simulation of orbit] Observing the irregular nature of the orbit, what things might interact with it to cause it to move slightly off course? Are those things pushing or pulling it?
    • Does this planetary interaction take place elsewhere in the solar system? Galaxies?
    • What other effects does gravity have in the solar system?
    • [after determining the cause of the irregular orbit] Examine data to analyze the size of Uranus and Neptune. How might Uranus' orbit change if Neptune had more mass? Less mass?
     

    #5

     Using Online Simulations to Support the NGSS in Middle School Classrooms

     

    By Lesley Gates, Loren Nikkel, and Kambria Eastham

    California Classroom Science

    May 8, 2017

     

    Middle school teachers in Kings Canyon Unified School District (KCUSD), a CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation initiative district, have been diligently working on transitioning to the NGSS integrated model for middle school. This year, the teachers focused on building their own knowledge of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs). They have been gathering and sharing ideas at monthly collaborative meetings to how to make sure their students are not just learning about science but that they are actually doing science in their classrooms.

     

    Example from a 6th-grade classroom:

    MS-LS1-3: Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsytems composed of groups of cells.

     

    Through multiple activities, students explored, researched, collaborated, and communicated information related to specific body systems and how they interacted with each other. Mr. Nikkel wanted students to understand that the different body systems are made up of organs that must all work together for the system to function properly (Crosscutting Concept: Systems and System Models). He found an online simulation from Gizmos called "Digestive System" that allowed students to investigate the order and function of the organs that are involved in the breaking down of food, absorption of nutrients, and elimination of waste. Students used the simulation to test the model digestive systems that they created. Read more.

     

    #6

    NextGen Teachers in Delaware showcase their work at Open House

     

    By Delaware Department of Education

    Take Note: Education in the First State

    May 31, 2017

     

    As Capital School District chemistry teacher Corey Pennypacker has implemented the NGSS with his existing curriculum, he's witnessed increased interest and enthusiasm among his Dover High students.

     

    "The kids are into it because we're using real-world applications," he said, citing as an example an assignment he gave students to determine how many chemicals should be added to a home pool to reach the correct pH balance. "We propose a scenario and they have to reason their way through it. It's definitely a different way of teaching."

     

    Pennypacker was one of hundreds of NextGen teacher leaders, other educators and science education advocates who gathered at the Department of Education in Dover to showcase the valuable NGSS work taking place in Delaware schools. 

     

    Much of the NextGen teacher leaders' focus over the past year has been on the development of NGSS-aligned performance tasks, which they showcased in a fair-like exhibition at the event. Read more.


  • 07 Jun 2017 9:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 07 Jun 2017 9:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Take a look at the free teacher electronic newsletter published by the American Society of Engineering Education.  Recent issues feature multitudes of ready-to-go lessons targeted to various grade levels.  See News for Teachers.

  • 22 May 2017 9:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Middle school science teachers, are you interested in new NGSS-based instructional materials for weather?

    BSCS and the UCAR Center for Science Education are developing an innovative middle school science unit on weather that uses activities, data, and scientific protocols from the GLOBE ProgramThis 4-5 week curriculum unit is a comprehensive approach to the NGSS-based concepts on weather, such as the uneven heating of Earth, local and global atmospheric circulation, and air mass formation and collision, all in pursuit of understanding normal weather patterns and extreme weather events that we experience in our everyday lives.

    We are recruiting twelve middle school science teachers to attend a teacher professional development workshop in Boulder, CO, from August 13-18, 2017, and to field test the instructional unit with students in the fall semester of 2017. Teacher and student feedback will play a significant role in informing the revision of the materials. Please note that it isn’t a requirement for field test teachers to be familiar with the GLOBE Program in order to participate.

    We will provide funds for travel, lodging, and meals for the professional development workshop in August. In addition, we will provide field test teachers with a $1440 stipend: $300 after completing the workshop in August and $1140 after completing the field test in the fall.

    For more information and to apply for this opportunity, please visit: https://scied.ucar.edu/field-test-recruitment

KATS email:   kats.org1967@gmail.com

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