13 Reasons to Visit NYC and Energize Your STEM Teaching this Summer!

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ENERGIZE YOUR STEM TEACHING THIS SUMMER!

This summer is a great opportunity to see all the sights and sounds of the Big Apple and to also energize your STEM teaching! As the home of STEMteachersNYC, New York is central to all of our teacher-led and NGSS aligned workshops in biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science, allowing us to bring together over 150 teachers from around the country to engage in hands-on learning in STEM.

We know what you’re thinking – summer is my time to relax and go on vacation – but this isn’t your typical PD program, we’ve got a range of workshops to fit your schedule from 3 days to 3 weeks. And all our workshops are developed by teachers just like you, so everything is relevant and designed to address the real challenges you face – from students who are disengaged, time and resource constraints, and the pressures of state and federal tests. And because we’re in NYC, there’s plenty to do when you’re not in a workshop!

13 Reasons to Visit and Learn in NYC this Summer!

1. CHEMISTRY: Explore new approaches to Chemistry through modeling with teachers Ty Gwara and Lisa Ammirati (July 2 – July 20 | REGISTER)

2. ASSESSMENT: Rethink how you assess your students with a workshop on Assessment and Standards-Based Grading Workshop with Mark Schober and Manjula Nair (July 5-7 | REGISTER)

3. NANOSCIENCE: Explore the emerging field of Nanoscience with Mariel Kolker (July 5-7 | REGISTER)

4. MECHANICS: Engage in new ways to teach physics and mechanics using modeling with J.T. Schemm & Bryan Roessel (July 9 – 27 | REGISTER)

5. MODELING: Get a fantastic introduction to modeling instruction with Craig Buszka and Jane Heebner, teacher who have found success in using this approach in their own classroom (July 9 – 13 | REGISTER)

6. BIO: Teach living environment Regents or Biology? Then join Chris Resch & Glen Stuart for a great Bio-focused workshop (July 9 – 20 | REGISTER)

7. EARTH SCIENCE: Explore best practices in Earth Science with a special focus on Meteorology with Mark Schober & Jennifer Micceri (July 9 – 20 | REGISTER)

8. PHYSICS: Work with master teacher Kelly O’Shea through a workshop on Sensemaking in Physics (July 16 – 20 | REGISTER)

9. ELEMENTARY STEM: If you’re an elementary school teacher, come check out our special program Kid Talk Teacher Talk in Elementary Science which launches with it’s second cohort of teachers this July (LEARN MORE)

10. CODING: Learn how to integrate coding and computational modeling into your STEM curriculum with a special focused on Bootstrap and Pyret (July 23 – August 10 | REGISTER)

11. WAVES AND SOUND: Join renowned physics teacher Michael Crofton for a special workshop on Waves and Sound Modeling – perfect for any physical science teacher or modeler! (July 23 – August 10 | REGISTER)

12. ENERGY: One of the things we hear a lot from teachers is “my kids are confused about energy” because the physics, chemistry and bio teachers all use different definitions and units. We’ll we’ve got a workshop to address this! Join Donghong Sun and Chris Resch this summer to learn incredible strategies for building a consistent energy model across science disciplines. (July 30 – August 10 | REGISTER)

13. BIO UPSTATE: Interested in a mini-vacation to beautiful Storm King? Join Glen Stuart for a special Biology workshop at the Storm King School just an hour north of NYC! (July 30 – August 10 | REGISTER)

 

Improve Student Achievement in STEM!

Still not sure? Unlike a lot of PDs out there, STEMteachersNYC workshops draw from a research-based approach to science education called Modeling InstructionTM, a student-centered approach to learning that emphasizes the use of scientific models in an interactive learning community. Developed by teachers Malcolm Wells and David Hestenes, modeling has been shown to increase levels of student achievement by as much as 40%. Nearly all of the teachers who use modeling have told us that it has revolutionized the way they teach science.

Take a look at a video documenting our Introduction to Modeling session from last summer:

Things to See in NYC!

New York City is home to world renowned museums, restaurants and destinations like nowhere else. Here’s just a few of our favorites:

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Secret Science Club at the Bellhouse in Brooklyn
Science Barge
Solar One
Shakespeare in the Park
The New York Hall of Science
Columbia University’s Pupin Hall and Observatory
The American Museum of Natural History
Central Park
Dozens of Farmers Markets
Kayaking on the Hudson
Food Tours and Restaurants

Where to Stay?

We’ve got a ton of affordable recommendations on our lodging page that are perfect for individuals, couples or small groups! Visiting NYC doesn’t have to break the bank, and we’d love to help you figure out an option that works for you. In the past teachers have gotten funding from their school or PTA, shared spaces to save on money, and found amazing deals on AirBnB and elsewhere.

Questions? Contact us at info@stemteachersnyc.org!

READY!? Join us this summer in NYC and revolutionize the way you teach science! Click the button to the right to see a full list of workshop offerings.