February 22, 2010
The American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in grades Kindergarten-12. Winners will be selected from K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grades. The first place in each grade category will receive $200 while second place will receive $100. The deadline for this contest is April 9, 2010.
I thought this would be a great opportunity for children to appreciate Earth Day and the poem contest is a great way for students to show their creativity. Students can be creative and their poems can be in any style as long as it is no more than 40 words! It’s a fun way to celebrate Earth Day and it will be even more fun to win the prizes! You can encourage your students to enter the contest.
February 10, 2010
February 12, 2010 will be Darwin’s 201st birthday. Darwin’s scientific knowledge has been great value to all of us. His birthday has become a global celebration of science by the global community. As a toast to the common good of all humanity. You are encouraged to develop different events to not only celebrate his birthday but also expand the celebration of science and humanity!
If you are hosting a Darwin Day event, you can post information about it on www.darwinday.org under the events listing. You can also locate Darwin Day programs near you by searching on the website. Or go on the website to understand more about Darwin’s life and his evolutionary theory.
More details about his book: On the Origin of Species
February 9, 2010
Last week, the White House released its Science and Engineering Indicators 2010 report. The report is produced every two years. According to the report, the state of U.S. science and engineering is still strong, but our nation’s global primacy in science and engineering has dropped significantly in the past few years. The result has something to do with the increasing capabilities among East Asian nations, especially China.
The report also reflects on elementary and secondary science and math education, the science and engineering labor force. The public attitudes and understanding about science and technology were also showed in the report.
February 9, 2010
For those who don’t know about National Lab Day, it is a nationwide movement to bring together stakeholders in communities of support where science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals work together to provide more science experiences to students. National Lab Day is not just one day but a week in May. Teachers will get the opportunity to work with outside experts. You can simply go on NationalLabDay.org to enter the science project you are interested in teaching, N.L.D. will match teachers with volunteer scientists and engineers in their areas for mentoring. Teachers should become a part of National Lab Day!
This is a great chance for teachers to implement hands-on projects, mentor a student, or even to start a fund-raising to buy needed supplies. National Lab Day will inspire numerous students.
Read Tom Friedman’s column on innovation and NLD
February 3, 2010
Science Teachers Association of NY State (STANYS) Central Western Section is holding its annual workshops and dinner at Nazareth College on March 4, 2010. In total of 18 different sessions will be held in Smyth Hall and Galisano Academic Center on Nazareth campus. This will be a great opportunity for teachers to learn from the presentors who can share some valuable strategies and lesson plans to enhance students’ interest in learning.
For example, workshop “CSI Owl Pellets: An Integrated Science, Math, ELA, Art Unit” will offer a hands-on experience to dissect an owel pellet, reassemble the skeletal remains and identify the victim. This will be a fun way to teach students about food chain, food webs, predator, and so much more!!
There are 18 different workshops on various topics you get to pick! Don’t miss this great opportunity to collaborate and network with your colleagues!
February 2, 2010
Elementary science teacher Lemuel Patterson has been using his Abbeville roots to inspire his students to become interested in science in South Carolina for decades. Now he is a science instructor in Columbia, the 57-year-old Patterson was honored in late 2009 as the Mary McLeod Bethune Outstanding Teacher Award recipient by the National Alliance of Black School Educators. He is a teacher who used innovative teaching methods that have led to an increase in student achievement.
Patterson has influenced many of his students’ lives. One of his students April Coley, commented on her teacher Patterson as a teacher who made science fun for them, and now she is working as a clinical drug and alcohol counselor in Aiken and is working on a master’s degree. Coley still remembers that Patterson incorporated student science experiments with the school’s morning announcements. It became a privilege for youngsters to perform a particular morning’s demonstration. Everyone became excited about science experiments and they all wanted to become a part of it.
Patterson impacted and motivated students in different ways. Most importantly, many of his students became interested in science. Patterson has shown us that if we believe in our students, there are tons of different opportunities for success. He is also a role model for us to make learning fun and interesting for our children.