SCIENCE FAIR IS ON......
The Cobb/Paulding Regional Science Fair being held at Smitha Middle School will be held as scheduled.
Mystery Science Comes to CCSD
Great News! Cobb County School District has partnered with Mystery Science to offer a free trial to all teachers in the district through June 2020. Sign up for your free account here: https://mysteryscience.com/start?district_id=78067 using your school email address. If you've already signed up for Mystery Science, clicking the link will associate your account with your district's account. Your feedback on the lessons will be shared with our district as part of the evaluation of the curriculum.
Mystery Science lessons are open-and-go. Simply gather a few common materials and you can start teaching right away. Each Mystery begins with a question that is explored through engaging video and stimulating discussion questions. Through video-guided hands-on investigations, students solve the Mystery. To see how easy Mystery Science is to use, view this short guided tour https://mysteryscience.com/gettingstarted?wvideo=ozhk8931ui
If you have any questions, please contact Mystery Science at firstname.lastname@example.org
The CCSD 2019-2020 Innovation Academies application is now open through September 10th . School administrators are encouraged to complete an application for interdisciplinary teams of teachers at the same school. Innovation Academies include Arts Integration, HIP (Humanities in Practice), GIS (Geographic Information Systems), STEM, and the new PBL (Problem Based Learning) Space Academy. Additional information, academy dates, applications, and an online magazine showcasing some of these groups can all be found at this link or on the attached flyer: http://cobbinnovationacademies.weebly.com/. The district will cover the cost of substitute teachers.
Are you interested in having your students participate in Georgia Tech's Inventure Prize? Teacher workshops are designed for educators of all age groups interested in implementing the K-12 InVenture Prize curriculum. These one-day forums, led by experienced K-12 InVenture Prize teachers, will provide an overview of the K-12 InVenture Prize, introduce the curriculum, offer first-hand knowledge of how to institute the curriculum for your specific age-group, provide teaching strategies and review the timeline for participating in the program.
Teacher workshops are open for teachers of any subjects including STEM, Humanities and the Arts. Whether you are a new K-12 InVenture Prize educator or a seasoned one, you are welcome to register for upcoming Workshops in your area. Click here for more information.
GaDOE 3-D Science Online PL Course
Are you interested in learning more about 3-D science this summer? The GaDOE just released an online professional learning module to introduce teachers to 3-D science and provide sample instructional strategies to use. The module is designed to take between 1-2 hours and can be completed in segments or all at once. Download registration instructions here.
Summer Science Professional Learning
The Cobb County Science Department is pleased to offer science-specific professional learning sessions for elementary, middle, and high school teachers at STEMaPalooza this June 18th-20th at Kennesaw Mountain High School. These sessions cover everything from 3-D science instruction and assessment to science literacy. More information and registration details are available at http://www.stemcobb.com/stemapalooza.html. Additionally, for those teachers who are interested, a 2-day intensive workshop with Project Wet, Wild, and Learning Tree is available on June 18th-19th. Sign up here: http://www.stemcobb.com/special-registration-workshops.html.
There are also many PL opportunities for teachers through our local university and community partners:
June 12-13- University of West Georgia- SunPower for Schools Solar Workshop
June 24-27- Georgia Tech/CEISMC- AMP-IT-UP 6th Grade Science workshop
Continue to check our website for the most up-to-date list of workshops!
4th Year Science Course Standards Survey
The Georgia Department of Education welcomes your feedback and comments regarding this survey opportunity to review the proposed Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) for 12 high school science courses: Astronomy, Botany, Ecology, Entomology, Epidemiology, Forensic Science, Geology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Meteorology, Microbiology, Oceanography, and Zoology.
The survey will be posted for 30 days beginning May 10, 2019 through June 10, 2019. The survey will close at 5:00 PM EDT June 10, 2019.
To access the survey, please visit https://www.georgiastandards.org/Pages/Science-GSE-Courses-Survey.aspx
Thank you for providing your feedback and comments regarding the Standards Precision Review process. If you have questions regarding the survey or standards, please contact Amanda Buice, Science Program Manager, Georgia Department of Education at email@example.com.
Join teachers from around the state for the 2019 Georgia BioEd Institute Summer Biotech Immersion program, sponsored by UCB, Inc. from June 3-7, 2019 at Paulding County High School. Get the skills and confidence you need to provide meaningful biotech laboratory experiences for your students.
Led by Marc and Tricia Pedersen, the 2017 and 2019 Georgia Bio Teachers of the Year, participants will practice everything from preparing solutions and using sterile technique, to extracting DNA, transforming bacteria, running PCR and ELISA, and more, all in the context of Georgia's bioscience industry and careers.
Participants will receive a $300 stipend, plus lunch daily. Space is limited. Applications are due by May 8, 2019. For more details and to submit an application, visit the online application page at: https://gabio.formstack.com/forms/sbi2019
The 2019 Middle School Marine Science (MS)2 Summer Workshop is accepting registrations from middle school earth and life science teachers interested in exploring the topic of marine science as it connects to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The workshop will be held at the Marine Institute at Sapelo Island and will involve hands-on activities. Teachers will also be introduced to 1-week ready-to-use classroom modules created by Georgia Tech with support from the National Science Foundation* and the ECOGIG project. Through lectures by faculty, break-out discussion and lesson planning sessions, and hands-on lab and field exercises, the 4-day course (July 14-17, 2019) will disseminate teaching modules developed around cutting-edge marine science. Modules consist of lesson plans and project learning exercises that address key marine topics, such as ocean food webs, oil spills, and ocean salinity and oxygen shifts in response to global change. Click here for more information.
NASA’s App Development Challenge (ADC) provides an opportunity for middle and/or high school students to demonstrate the practice of coding and app development. In this ADC, students work in teams to develop an app that visualizes three minutes of simulated test data in support of the upcoming Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) flight test.
In June 2019, NASA will launch a full-stress test of the Orion spacecraft’s Launch Abort System (LAS), called Ascent Abort-2, which will demonstrate the LAS can send Orion and its crew a safe distance from a failing rocket if an emergency arises during ascent to orbit. This flight test is a critical step to demonstrate Orion’s safety as NASA leads the next steps of human exploration into deep space.
In Round 1 of this challenge, participants will have the opportunity to chat with NASA subject matter experts to learn tips on how to make the app the best it can be. Teams will then post videos of their app designs online for consideration by NASA to use in future missions. In Round 2, teams with favorable submissions advance to present their app in an interview with NASA engineers working on the AA-2 flight test. After this round, NASA will select student team/s for an all-expenses paid trip to a NASA field center in early summer, 2019.
The challenge begins on March 13, 2019 and Round 1 participation concludes with video submissions on May 1, 2019.
For more information, download the flyer here.