we-are-all-stemSTEM Newsletter

December 2, 2016


In this edition, check out…

…the Just for Teachers section:

  • International “Hour of Code” Week (Dec 5 – 9, 2016):
  • Many summer opportunities for professional development
  • Submit your nomination for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

… the Students section:

  •    7th & 8th grade girls’ Hackathon sponsored by Pathways to Technology on Saturday 12/17.

In The News:

  • December 2016 NGSS Now Newsletter



Just for Teachers

  • Logo of CODE.org    International “Hour of Code” Week is Dec 5 – 9, 2016: Take the pledge!!Please join in taking the CSforAll K12 School Pledge!  Once you take the pledge, your school will be included in an upcoming White House Fact Sheet announcing new actions in support of CSforAll during CSEdWeek (Dec 5-11, 2016).Fun Fact:Currently, 34 States have participated in the CSforAll K12 School Pledge! IL has the most number of responses with 83 pledges, while the District of Columbia has the largest % of schools participating with 3%. Plenty of room to get your state at the top of the leader board! Share with your networks! http://bit.ly/2gyHUWpEncourage schools/colleagues in CT to make the pledge! Share on your social media! Use the following template.[SCHOOL/DISTRICT NAME] believes that every K-12 student should have access to a computer science education! We took the @CSforAll#CSEdWeek pledge to show our support! Did you? Submit your pledge bytoday, Friday (12/2), to have your school/district be listed in an upcoming White House announcement. http://bit.ly/2gyHUWp


  •  paemst

    The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching.  Anyone–principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public–may nominate exceptional mathematics or science teachers who are currently teaching grades 7–12 for the 2016-2017 award year. Teachers may also apply directly at www.paemst.org.

    The Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2017 and the Application Deadline is May 1, 2017, for secondary school teachers (grades 7–12). Elementary school teachers (grades K–6) will be eligible to apply during a future cycle.


  • NSF logo Want to bring an AP Computer Science Course to your school??Get more information about a free 4 week summer program.

    When: Thursday, December 8, 2016

    Time: 6:15pm 7:45pm

    Where: Southern Connecticut State University Science Building, SCI 222

    501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515



  • #M Science Applied To Life Summer TWIST program3M is recruiting secondary Science, Math, and Tech Ed teachers for their summer 3M TWIST program. In this 6 week program teachers learn about industry and develop the ability to provide students with knowledge about the broad scope of STEM careers in industry.Program dates: June 19-July 28, 2017

    Applications due: January 17, 2017,  at go.3M.com/twist_application

    Additional information is available on the flyer.


  • liftoff LiftOff 2017 Summer Institute

    The deadline for receiving applications is April 14 and should be submitted through the online system:   http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/liftoff/

    For additional information contact:

    Margaret Baguio
    Phone: 512-471-6922
    Fax:  512-471-3585




  • Attention 7th and 8th Grade Girls:


  • Girls 7-8th grade, are invited to attend a free one day hackathon at Pathways Academy of Technology & Design where they will be working with computer science mentors to create technology for social good by helping local community organizations.All required technology will be provided as well as breakfast and lunch!

    Free transportation from your school for groups of 5 or more girls with a chaperone. Contact Pauline Rivera at privera@hartfordschools.org



  • cassini Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay ContestOpen to students in grades 5-12. Students are to write a 500 word essay that must be submitted by the teacher.
    The 2016-17 essay contest topics:

1.  The ice plumes at the south pole of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus
2.  The lakes of Titan
3.  The hexagon at Saturn’s north pole

Students will justify their choice as to which one they think would potentially yield the best science.   Winners and their classes are invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Inquiries about the contest should be e-mailed  to:  scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov

The Cassini mission’s website can be found at http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov

Deadline February 24, 3pm

For more information follow the link.  http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/educ/scientist-for-a-day/




Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge is a mathematical modeling contest for high school juniors and seniors. Through participation, students experience what it’s like to work as a team to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints, akin to those faced by professional mathematicians working in industry.



In the News:

  • ngssnow
    Clink on the link for the 8 things you need to know about the NGSS for November.





Dr. Sandra Inga & Ms. Andrea Greene