Science

"Our job is not to prepare our students for something; Our job is to help students prepare themselves for anything" - Spencer & Juliani (Empower)

PocketLab Experiment of the Month: The NGSS Seismic Basketball Challenge

In this lab activity, students place a PocketLab Voyager on the floor and drop a basketball from above their heads. PocketLab Voyager's accelerometer records the seismic waves from each bounce. Based on the collected data, students are challenged to find the original height from which the basketball was released. 

Bonus Challenge: Lab groups can swap data and try to determine the release point of the other groups' basketball

The Gaia Project is a non-profit charitable organization with the mission to empower youth to take action on climate change through education.

Check out some great programs offered by The Gaia Project:

Grade 3-5:

Trash Tracker (coming soon!)

Collect, measure, and find solutions to reduce your school’s waste footprint!

Energy Engineers

Introduce your students to terminology, mathematics and science-based principles related to energy production, transportation and use by humans

 
Grade 6-8

Energy Detectives

Investigate how to reduce energy consumption in and around your school

The Energizing Lab (coming soon!)

Introduction to renewable energy generation and smart consumption through hands-on stations and activities.

 

Grade 9-12

Electrify your Ride

Explore an electric car to learn about sustainable transportation and the smart energy grid

Sustainability in Action

Use experiential learning skills to investigate your school’s carbon footprint

 

 

Posted: August 26, 2019

Welcome back! Hopefully the summer gave everyone a chance to recharge and get excited about starting a fresh year. 

To help us better support you this year in your Science teaching, please take 3-5 min to fill out this information form: Science 2019-2020

The Science section of STEM North is meant to help organize important information and resources that are valuable to teachers.  As well, this section will be updated regularly with new information and resources as they become available.  Science is an inquiry-based/problem-solving environment.  It is important to keep this in mind and to always be learning about ways that we can engage and empower our students. If there is something in particular you are looking for, you can use the search function in the top right hand corner of this page.  On your right after you search, you will see that you can then filter according to grade level, topic, skill, etc.

Resources and information found on this site include:

-        Lesson Guides

-        Formative assessment resources

-        STEM Fair resources and information

-        Links to helpful science sites such as Smarter Science

-        Provincial Assessment information and resources

-        and more!

If you are looking for information that cannot be found here, or would like to talk about other support for your teaching, please contact Krista Hamilton at Krista.hamilton2@nbed.nb.ca

Looking forward to a great year in Science!

Krista Hamilton

Science Lead ASD-N

Grade 3-8 Science Lesson Guides 

What are Science Lesson Guides?

With the shift in focus of science education in recent years, EECD has created Science Lesson Guides to offer teachers a set of guides based on the curriculum document.  Science Lesson Guides are designed so that teachers can start at the beginning of the document and each lesson builds on the next. All outcomes from the curriculum are accounted for and the learning takes place in the suggested order.  The guides have worksheets and rubrics for each lesson for teachers to use for Assessment purposes

Posted: April 12, 2019

An assortment of files containing practice questions for the provincial science skills assessment in grade 4.  The best practice is doing science activities, it is also important to practice reading the types of questions asked on the provincial assessment.

Practice questions shared from ASD-E and ASD-W.  The best practice is doing science activities, it is also important to practice reading the types of questions asked on the provincial assessment.

An assortment of questions to practice for the provincial assessment on science skills.  The best practice is doing science activities, but it is also important to practice reading the types of questions asked on the provincial assessment.

Posted: February 18, 2019

We are pleased to announce information regarding our upcoming ASD-N STEM Fests taking place in March 2019.

 

There will be two STEM Fests, one in Bathurst and the other in Miramichi.  Documents (safety instructions, resources, judging rubrics, etc.) have been updated and posted to http://stemnorth.nbed.nb.ca/science/page/stem-fest-project-documents.  Registration information is available as well at http://stemnorth.nbed.nb.ca/science/page/stem-fest-2019-registration-and-information Dates, schedule and locations are below.  

 

Once again, K-2 students will have designated participation spots and there are resources on STEM North to help at this grade level.

 

Parents are encouraged to stay and participate with their child.

 

Bathurst/Campbellton/Dalhousie area STEM Fest

Event Date: Saturday, March 16th 2019

Location: Terry Fox Elementary, Bathurst

Registration Deadline:  Thursday, March 14th 2019 (Registration is now live)

 

Miramichi/Rexton area STEM Fest

Event Date: Saturday, March 23rd 2019

Location: James M. Hill High School

Registration Deadline: Thursday, March 21st 2019  (Registration is now live)

 

 

 

Activity  

9:30-10:00 

Project arrivals and set up 

10:00-10:20 

Welcome, introductions and instructions 

10:30-11:15 

Judging and Activity Rooms

11:15-12:00 

Judging and Activity Rooms 

12:00-12:30 

Lunch (pizza for students/teachers/volunteers) 

12:30-1:15 

Judging and Activity Rooms

1:15-2:00 

Judging and Activity Rooms

2:00-2:40 

Public Viewing (while Judges meet) 

2:40-3:00 

Presentation/Door Prizes/Closing  

*students will be assigned a group letter for judging

 

Maximum number of projects (with a max of two students per project) per grade that can be registered from your school:

K-2: 4 projects

3-5: 8 projects

6-8: 8 projects

9-12: 8 projects

 

The project judging will take place throughout the day and students will participate in STEM-related activities when not being judged.  

 

We are looking forward to another great year of celebrating our students’ accomplishments at STEM Fest 2019!

The NGSS classroom resources database has many lessons and activities that have been vetted by the NSTA as well as user submitted materials.  http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx

The NGSS is more than a resource or someone's opinion on science education; it is the result of years of research and collaboration among education leaders and professional researchers.  If you would like help with any of these, or other activities, contact the district STEM team.

Croft students in grades 4 and 5 are participating in a STEM enrichement that will culminate with the STEM Projects to be displayed at the ASD-N Elementary STEM Fair.  In this session we learned the design process by building the tallest house of cards.  Students evaluated their designs and offered feedback to other groups and redesigned based on new discovery.

View the image gallery - http://stemnorth.nbed.nb.ca/science/gallery/house-cards-activity

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