Webinar from PBS Learning Media on Teaching Climate Impacts and Sustainability

Teaching about Climate Impacts and Sustainability
Drought Stories and Solutions

New Digital Resources on PBS LearningMedia – Grades 9-12

Thursday, March 28, 2019 7:00:00 PM EDT

Webinar Objectives:

Learn about the new collection of free digital resources, Climate Change Impacts and Solutions: Drought on PBS LearningMedia™
Hear from an expert in climate education and a classroom science teacher
Leave with new ideas and NGSS-aligned resources to engage your students in the real-world impacts of climate change

Today’s students need to understand how their world is changing due to climate change, as well as the impacts that those changes could have on their local community. The resources and instructional experience that we will address in this webinar help shift the classroom conversation about climate change to focus on solutions that communities are developing right now to build resilience in the face of drought, one of many climate change impacts. We will take a tour of the resources; which include news videos of communities facing serious water shortages, climate data from NOAA and NASA, and everyday solutions. You will leave with ideas and strategies for incorporating materials into your classroom instruction and hear from a teacher about his experience with the resources. The collection, Climate Change Impacts and Solutions: Drought helps students learn about impacts of drought through news videos of communities facing serious water shortages, analyzing drought data and models, and doing research on and evaluating potential solutions.

Science Communication Workshop Aims to Engage STEM Researchers Across New York

By: Jason Chang and Andy Sanchez

In just over a decade, the United States went from laughing at Stephen Colbert’s “truthiness” to fighting over Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts.” Scientific evidence is a necessary resource in this contentious environment, but to utilize that resource, scientists need to build effective communication skills. ComSciCon-Cornell helps scientists do exactly that, bringing together graduate and postdoctoral researchers from across the Central and Western New York region to learn about and engage in scientific communication. This past July, a team of six Cornell University graduate students and postdoctoral fellows organized ComSciCon-Cornell 2018 for 40 STEM researchers. The two-day event explored modern digital communication, with special focus on storytelling, socially sensitive topics, and public engagement.

Southern Tier Scholastic Science Fair

The Southern Tier Scholastic Science Fair is coming to SUNY Broome on Saturday March 23, 2019. Are you in 5th-12th grades and have an idea to enter? There are over $2000 in prizes that will be awarded. Registration opens in February 2019. Those that register before March 12th will receive an official STSSF T-Shirt.

Why do Leaves Change Color in the Fall?

This time of year the trees seem to come alive bursting with colors of orange, reds and copper, but why does this happen? Our friends from EarthSky share how this process works each year. Throughout the spring and summer, the deep green color of chlorophyll, which helps plants absorb life-giving sunlight, hides any other colors present in the leaves of trees. The vivid yellows and oranges of fall leaves are there, but hidden. In the fall, trees break down the green pigments and nutrients stored in their leaves.

Southern Tier Science Conference

Join us after school for a FREE Science conference providing teachers with opportunities to learn and present exemplar lessons, content, teaching techniques and use of technology in the classroom. Network with colleagues from across the region, enter raffles and learn more about professional science organizations like STANYS (Science Teachers Association of NYS). October 4th
4:30pm – 7:30pm (includes dinner)
Chenango Valley High School
221 Chenango Bridge Rd. Binghamton, NY

Outcomes:
Teachers will be presenting on a variety of topics including:
– Innovative instructional strategies
– New Science standards
– Use of technology in the Science classroom
– Science content

Registration & coffee 4:30-4:45
Group 1 4:50-5:50
Dinner 5:50-6:30
Group 2 6:30-7:30

Raffles from BioCorp, Breakout EDU, Pocket Lab, and more! Register HERE. 

This conference is being co-sponsored by BT BOCES, FOSS, Southern Section STANYS, NYS Master Teacher Program and WSKG.

Lending an Ear to STEM

The absence of images in podcasts seems to be a source of their creative potential. Without visuals, listeners are required to fill the gaps-and when these listeners are children, the results can be powerful. Studies have found that children between the ages of 7-13 respond more creatively to radio stories than to stories shown on television. Audio stories prompted kids to draw more novel pictures, think up more unique questions, and solve problems in a more imaginative way than did TV tales. Here are just a few STEM related podcasts for kids:

Wow in the World: NPR’s first show for kids discusses the latest news in science and technology in a way that’s enjoyable for kids and informative for grown-ups. Brains On: Each episode of this science podcast is co-hosted by a different kid, tackling their questions with interviews, fun segments, and the occasional musical number.