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Project Wild Training
Building the capacity of your staff to lead high-quality STEM activities can be cost effective and make an impact. Today, the staff from Jacob Riis Settlement House and CityScience convened for a fantastic and free Project Wild training led by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). For those of you in the NYC region, add Brittany Delio to your contact list (bgdileo [at] gw.dec.state.ny.us), she is the new Environmental Educator Coordinator for our region and a pleasure to coordinate trainings with. Click to learn more about Project Wet, and for a couple of dollars you can pick up a great book that will help elementary students understand wildlife in the city, Go Wild in NYC by Brad Matsen.
Harbor Literacy Points Released Today
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s Harbor Literacy Points was released today during the City of Water Day celebrations. Designed to integrate the study of our harbor, rivers, and estuary into the everyday curriculum of elementary, middle, and high school students, the Harbor Literacy Points has been in the works for over a year, and is now a fantastic resource for educators, teachers, and the public. CityScience was pleased to contribute to the Harbor Literacy Points as a member of the Harbor Education Task Force. Download the Harbor Literacy Points by clicking here!
Happy Last Day of School
The 2013-2014 school year was an exhilarating period of growth and education…especially in the greenhouse at PS 114. CityScience was lucky enough to work with PS 114 in an afterschool program utilizing their basement greenhouse. Although it has been out of commission for a long time, CityScience helped reestablish the wonderful potential in the basement greenhouse. Working with first, second, and third graders, coaches at CityScience led classrooms that not only learned about worms, compost, seeds, and flowers, but got their hands dirty by interacting with these topics head-on. Students made their own compost, dissected seeds and flowers, and even grew their own radish plants. Classrooms in the greenhouse at PS 114 surely have the potential to grow in the future.
Even though this program is over and the school year has ended, learning shouldn’t end. We hope everyone has a fun and memorable summer and takes time to enjoy and explore the outdoors. Thank you for every school, student, and educator we worked with this school year.
School Year In Review
With the school year wrapping up we want to reflect on our progress with STEM education in New York City. We are proud to have served more than 690 students for more than 48,370 hour and 478 teachers for more than 2,599 hours in the 2013-2014 school year alone! Since our founding we have served more than 1591 students and 755 educators for 72898 and 6199 hours respectively. Take a look at the graphs to see our progress! In the future we hope to push the boundaries even further helping more students, partnering with more teachers, and serving schools for more hours than ever!
Hunts Point Landing Summer Event Series
There are tons of activities at Hunts Point Landing this summer! Come check out CityScience at Hunts Point Landing June 21st and July 12th for some family fun!
STEM Education Weekend
At Friday’s educator workshop, CityScience joined many of NYC’s best STEM organizations to provide teachers with an opportunity to learn about quality, long-term professional development programs available throughout the city. Special thanks to NYU Steinhardt and the Jhumki Basu Foundation for bringing together so many highly motivated educators. Events like these are essential to building a pipeline of confident educators who are supported in and view teaching STEM in New York City as a sustainable career.
Clippings: Urban Omnibus
According to former Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott, “In 1960, there were 18 career and technical education schools, then called vocational schools, citywide. In 2002, there were still 18. Today, there are 46.”
The New York Architectural League’s Urban Omnibus features CityScience in their article The City in the Classroom: Career and Technical Education in NYC Schools, which discusses the current state of Career and Technical Education, detailing its reinvention and growth. Check out this article to see what CityScience has to say about Career and Technical Education programs and how this affects STEM education today.
Learning From Sandy
Students at Mazel Day School returned to hurricane Sandy to learn about tides and the phases of the moon. While enjoying Oreo cookies to demonstrate the phases of the moon, students explored the hurricane’s effect on the barrier islands and increasing storm’s intensity.
STEM Resource Fair
The STEM Resource Fair will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. at Barnard College’s Diana Center, 3009 Broadway (at 117th St). As a participant at the fair, your organization will be assigned a table to showcase and/or demonstrate your programs, distribute materials, and generate a list of programs with whom you can potentially collaborate.
We are thrilled to invite CityScience to showcase your programs and services at the Partnership for After School Education’s (PASE) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Resource Fair. This fair is part of PASE’s program, Taking Root: Strengthening STEM in Afterschool, which is funded by the Pinkerton Foundation and is designed to set a foundation to fundamentally expand the capacity of afterschool programs to provide STEM programming. PASE will be inviting attendees from its network of 1600 programs.
The goal of this event is to provide afterschool program staff an opportunity to connect with STEM-focused programs and cultural institutions and learn about the wealth of educational activities and resources these organizations offer.
21st Annual Little Red Lighthouse Festival
Come and celebrate the revitalization of Fort Washington Park, a true collaboration of community-based organizations and neighborhood residents on Saturday, October 12th 2013 from 12-4pm in Fort Washington Park. For the second consecutive year CityScience joins NYRP and dozens of community groups to celebrate Manhattan’s lone lighthouse and the engineering of the George Washington Bridge. The event offers activities for the entire family with the opportunity to feel the forces of compression and tension by building a human suspension bridge, taking a tour of the lighthouse, enjoying live entertainment, hay rides, and making arts and craft projects.
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