Free Teacher Lesson Plans

April 29, 2008

Tired of teaching the same old lesson?  Check out The Lesson Plans Page, a free online resource for teachers.  Here you will find hundreds of experiments and activities, divided by subject and easily adaptable for different grade levels.  Make a model of an atom with a walnut shell, experiment with the affect of temperature on the speed of molecules in water, make a paperclip float in air, figure out how hot air balloons work, check out hundreds of pre-made math worksheets, and much more!

Share your favorite activies below!

Strange Stuff!

April 28, 2008

Strange Matter is a great website for kids who like to discover the secrets of everyday stuff.  Developed by the Ontario Science Centre, this site teaches kids about the amazing world of modern materials and materials science. It includes a teaching guide, activities for teachers to use, activities, games, experiments, videos, and more for kids. And there’s fun stuff for families to do also!

Kids – Zoom Inside Stuff to learn about structure, Transform Stuff to learn about processing raw materials into new objects, Crush Stuff to learn about material properties and strength, Improve Stuff to enhance material performance, and much more!

Teachers – download the Teachers Guide, look at the Curriculum Connections, and view the site’s list of teacher resources.

Parents – download the Family Guide with experiments, activities and resources.

And, as always, share your thoughts below!

Rochester Area Summer Camps

April 26, 2008

Looking for fun activites for your kids to participate in this summer?  The RAC-CEMS is excited to showcase several summer camps from around the Rochester region that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  These is a great way for kids enjoy summer vacation while having fun and exercising their minds!  View discriptions of the various camps here.

Have you or your kids been to any of the  listed camps?  Comment below to share your stories! 

Where in the World?

April 24, 2008

Teachers, check out Google Earth Lessons, a free resource that provides lesson ideas and resources on how to use Google Earth in the classroom!  This website includes directions on how to use Google Earth (including video tutorials), lists of teacher- and student- controlled lessons, and other mini-activities.  The GEBlog also provides weekly updates!

Check out this resource, and share your favorite activities with us!

Girls Go Tech

April 23, 2008

Girls (and parents of girls!), check out the website Girls Go Tech, a partnership initiative from the Ad Council and the Girl Scouts of America.  This site provides resources and information about careers in math, science and technology.  The site also provides games designed just for girls, including Cryptic Codes(create and decode mesages using cryptology), The World Around Us (create your own mandala by rotating and scaling different shapes), Think about Thinking (follow directions that try to trick your brain), and Sounds of Silence (compose your own song using the digital composer).  Parents, be sure to check out tips for encouraging your girls in the subjects of math, science, and technology in the Girls Go Tech booklet!

How else can teachers encourage female students to pursue careers in math, science, and technology (or just have fun with it in class?)?

New Science Teacher Academy Opportunity

April 21, 2008

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) invites your application for its New Science Teacher Academy.  Cofounded by the Amgen Foundation, this professional development initiative is intended to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge.

Fellows receive a comprehensive award that includes:
*NSTA membership and its benefits
*An opportunity to participate in web-based professional development activities
*Unlimited use of resources
*An opportunity to participate in e-mentoring with an experienced teacher in the same science discipline and grade level
*Accommodations and coverage of airfare, food and registration fees to attend the NSTA national conference
*An opportunity to participate in specialized conference pathways and in a Research Dissemination Conferenceor a Professional Development Institute.

To be eligible, applicants must be residents of one of the 50 states or four U.S. jurisdictions, entering their second or third year of teaching, and working a schedule with 51% of their classes in middle or high school science.

Applications are due May 30,2008. For more information, visit the NSTA Academy website!

Education Week Chat: Where are the ‘T’ and ‘E’ in STEM?

April 19, 2008

On April 9th Education Week hosted a live chat focusing on the lack of quality engineering and technology education in today’s schools.  Guest chatters included Yvonne Spicer, director of the National Center for Technological Literacy, based at the Museum of Science in Boston; Mary Ann Wolf, executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association, and Raymond V. Bartlett, co-director of Strategies in Engineering Education, K-16.

Topics of discussion included whether engineering is built into most science activities (whether we call it “engineering” or not), the differences between technology education and educational technology, the use of student laptops in schools, using technology to possibly decrease the student drop-out rate, teacher preparatory programs, meeting NCLB goals, the digital divide, funding, and much more!

Click here to view the full chat transcript (note: you may need to register for a free Education Week account).  What STEM related issues do you face in your classroom each day?  How teachers ensure that they are hitting the “T” and “E”?