Just the name "NASA" inspires STEM confidence! Well they certainly deliver. There are many different STEM challenges you can download for FREE from the NASA site. These challenges support STEM practices in Science & Math as well as connecting to literature and careers. Thanks to Freda Gather, Science Lab Teacher @ Bryant ES, for sharing!
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Make sure you check out the great Bird resources from the Atlanta Audubon Society. These are ready made fun engaging science lessons you can use to participate in the Atlanta Science Festival and enter to win the $250 prize!
Metro RESA and Southern Polytechnic University are collaborating to offer Virtual Professional Development during the week of The Atlanta Science Festival. Teachers are invited to participate in free virtual sessions on Problem Based Learning, Differentiated Instruction and Using Formative Assessment. These interactive sessions will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 pm on Monday, 3/24 (PBL), Tuesday, 3/25 (Differentiated Instructional Strategies), and Wednesday, 3/26 (Formative Assessment Strategies). Donna Barrett of Metro RESA and Jan Nourollahi of Southern Poly will host these interactive “Go To” sessions. Space is limited, so register today at http://bit.ly/1hjSN4v
Metro RESA is also hosting a Project WET training on Monday, March 24. For $25, participants receive a Project WET curriculum guide and lunch. Project WET includes K-12 activities that engage students in an understanding of the properties of water and the importance of water in our lives. Activities will include the Incredible Journey and Water Olympics. You can register at: http://bit.ly/1hjSN4v. Space is limited.
Science department is going alittle crazy with birds! We even have a couple of great Bird related STEM Challenges that you can use with your students! Try STEM, who knows you just might like it!
STEM Challenge 1 - Fantastic Feeders
This sample lesson challenges your students to design a bird feeder to attract birds to your campus. This lesson is correlated to 4th grade standards, but could easily be adapted/modifed to fit other grade levels.
STEAM Challenge 2 - Bird Puppetry
We collaborated with Judy Condon, Art Supervisor, to create this STEAM challenge. A STEAM challenge includes the arts! In this sample lesson students design a bird puppet and write a script and create a puppet show. This would be great to create and put on for students in lower grades.
STEM Challenge 3 - eBird Project
This STEM challenge is a little more open ended. Students collect data about the different types of birds they see on the school campus. They input this data using the online eBird software. Your media specialsits have created a user account and will collaborate wit h you and your students to learn how to enter the data. Then students analyze the data they have collected looking for patterns. Students at Milford Elementary completed a similar project this spring. Here's a resource they created to collect data as well as a quick start guide to eBird.
Looking for a lesson to teach during the week of the Atlanta Science Festival?Try Birds! Birds can be used to teach several standards in grades K-5! Cobb partnered with the Atlanta Audubon Society to provide teachers with great ready to use resources they can use to teach their standards. Here are some of the lessons specially selected for grades 3-5.
3rd Grade - Use to teach S3L1a.c.d and S3L2a.b.
4th Grade - Use to teach S4L1a.b.c.d
Can also use Birds and Their Environment (from 3rd grade resources) to support S4L1.
5th Grade - Use to teach S5L1a
Kindergarten - Use to teach SKL1a.b.; SKL2a.c.d.
1st Grade - Use to teach S1L1b.d.
Can use What Makes a Bird a Bird resources from Kindergarten as well by focusing on the basic needs of a bird.
2nd Grade - Use to teach S2L1a. - focusing on characteristics of birds and integrating informational writing.
The elementary Media Specialists have jumped on board the STEM train! They are only too eager to collaborate with classroom teachers to support STEM iniatives. Here's one way they're working right now!
Cobb Birding Project
Cobb teachers can use birds to teach many different standards at the K-5 level. The media specialists have been pulling books to assist and support learning about birds. They've even agreed to be the main points of contact for the e-Bird project.
Talk to your Media Specialist about collaborating today!
Media specialists across the county have been working to pull a variety of resources from different collections to support teachers using birds in the classroom. Doing something on a differnet topic? Reach out to your media specialist for help. They can pull resources and point you in the right direction to find even more!
We want Cobb teachers to be a part of the Atlanta Science Festival. Our participation will be virtual and take place in our classrooms, but we're still taking part! See how below!
The first event of its kind in the Metro area, The Atlanta Science Festival is a weeklong celebration of local science and technology that culminates with an all-day interactive Exploration Expo at Centennial Olympic Park. Scientists, experts and educators from local schools, colleges, universities, museums, and corporations will uncover mysteries and explain discoveries in hands-on activities, facility tours, stimulating presentations, and riveting performances at venues across the city. Our mission is to celebrate the inherent integration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in our lives today, share the impact they have on our community, and inspire us all to wonder about our future. The Festival, which runs March 22-29, is produced by a collaboration of science, cultural, and educational institutions, led by Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. To learn more, visit AtlantaScienceFestival.org
The online Educator Toolkit has everything educators need to engage with the Atlanta Science Festival: cash incentives to attend the Expo, classroom flyer, volunteer opportunities, and links to relevant Festival events including teacher workshops and a web design challenge. Learn more at: http://atlantasciencefestival.org/educator-toolkit.
Sally Creel & Tania Pachuta are members of the STEM & Innovation team in the Cobb Division of Teaching & Learning.