New York Biology
              Teachers Association
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There is no fee for this activity, but space is limited.

Registration is required.

in cooperation with Gateway National Recreation Area

Explore the Beach for Mating Horseshoe Crabs
See a species that has existed for approximately 240 million years.  While rare in the world, they can be found in the NYC area.

Horseshoe Crab Sightings
 THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015
    4:00 - 6:30 PM   

Gateway National Recreation Area
Belt Pkwy Eastbound between Knapp St. and Flatbush Ave

Led by Alan Ascher, Science Educator

A Spring Field Trip For Teachers And Others To Explore The Salt Marsh, Observe The Annual Horseshoe Crab Mating  And Meet Some Of The Other Marsh Inhabitants. No Experience Required. This Beach Walk Has Been Taking Place For Over 25 Years.

There Are Some Exciting Changes That Have Occurred Since Superstorm Sandy. Observe These Changes And See If They Have Had An Impact On The Horseshoe Crab Population.

Individual students who accompany a teacher or parent are welcome to attend.
Dress casually. Old sneakers recommended.  You will be walking approximately ¾ mile round trip. Limited facilities at site.

DIRECTIONS:  Plumb Beach is located along the eastbound Belt Parkway between Knapp Street (exit 9) and Flatbush Ave (exit 11).  Bus transportation is available on Knapp Street. You can also walk the bike path from Knapp Street or Flatbush Avenues. We will meet in the parking area in front of the round building. 


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There is no fee for this activity.

Registration is required.
Mālama Honua
Worldwide Voyage Educator Institute

Saturday, May 16, 2015
  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A half-day professional development workshop for teachers in the NY area to find ways to work together with Hawaiʻi counterparts toward a sustainable future, using lessons learned from the Worldwide Voyage.

Join us for this special event that will introduce you to the history of voyaging and Hōkūleʻa, the mission and vision of the Worldwide Voyage, and the tools and resources for educators that are currently being compiled and shared. We will cover the basics of using Google tools and other resources to communicate and collaborate classroom-to-classroom, canoe-to-classroom and educator-to-educator to find ways to work together to grow an international network of learners involved in the effort to care for our Island Earth.

This is envisioned as the first of a series of opportunities for educators to build  a community of sharing that will help schools and organizations to adopt the values of the voyage and take action to help us shift towards a more positive and sustainable future.

        *Registration fee will be refundable only upon on-site attendance or exchangeable for a Polynesian Voyaging Society t-shirt (available only at the workshop).
    For questions about this workshop, please email John-Mario Sevilla at

    School administrators and other education leaders – please let us know if you are interested in and available for a Worldwide Voyage East Coast planning meeting on May 17, 1-5 p.m.
    Presented by Hālāwai, NYU Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education, & Polynesian Voyaging Society

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There is no fee for this activity, but space is limited.

Registration is required.

New York Hall of Science
Crime Scene Investigation Toolkit
Online Professional Development Series

May 26 – June 29, 2015


Register for a free, online professional development series and give your students an engaging way to apply content knowledge to real-world situations. This five-part series will show you how to incorporate NGSS and Common Core-aligned argumentation practices into your classroom.

This online program consists of five sessions, which run from May 26 – June 29. This program will provide a great opportunity to learn and collaborate with educators around the country. Sessions will focus on introducing students to Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning, building digital portfolios, applying science to real-world situations, and engaging in scientific argumentation. Participants will learn about best practices in STEM education through the lens of newly developed student-centered investigations related to chemistry, biology, physics, ecology and earth science. In addition to these investigations, participants will be provided with assessment strategies, supporting readings and videos, and opportunities for moderated discussions with other educators.

Upon completion of the program, each participant will be awarded a stipend of $200.

The series is open to high school educators throughout the country. Participation is limited to 30 teachers.
The deadline for applications is Friday, May 1, 2015.

Teachers will need to check in once per week to access new materials. By the end of the course, teachers will have completed 30 hours of professional development.
(5 hours per week done at their own pace).
Week 1: May 26- June 1
Week 2: June 2- June 8
Week 3: June 9- June 15
Week 4: June 16- June 22
Week 5: June 23- June 29

For more information, please contact Alison Howell at or (718) 683-9398.

Optional videoconferencing sessions will be held on the following Wednesdays: May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17 and June 24. These sessions will be approximately one hour in length.

World Science Festival
5 Days.
50 Events.
May 27-31, 2015
New York City

In just eight years, the World Science Festival has become a can't-miss-it New York City cultural event, sparking curiosity in every corner of every borough. The Festival returns this year at the end of May, when hundreds of thousands will gather for a glorious five-day celebration of science.

The 2015 Festival will feature more than fifty engaging events of all types, including mainstage programs and intimate salons where the world's top scientists discuss big ideas, a special series of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, youth and family offerings like Cool Jobs and apprenticeships, and perennial favorites like Stargazing and the Flame Challenge, in which scientists attempt to answer big questions for an audience of eleven-year-olds. (This year's challenge is: "What is sleep?")

It all culminates in the Ultimate Science Street Fair, an outdoor extravaganza taking over Washington Square Park and the surrounding area on Sunday, May 31.

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World Science Festival
Calling all Science Enthusiasts!

Now Accepting Applications for Festival Volunteers
from May 27–May 31, 2015

Be part of the world’s largest and most prestigious science festival.

Meet and network with science  enthusiasts from all over the globe.

Receive exciting appreciation awards for outstanding service to the Festival.

Help educate fellow community  members on exciting innovations in the field.

The World Science Festival returns to New York City, May 27–May 31, with more than 50 extraordinary events and performances  designed to make the esoteric understandable and the familiar fascinating. Now in its eighth year, the 2015 Festival brings together many of the world’s leading scientific minds with renowned artists and influential thinkers for a five-day celebration that, through discourse  and debate, conversation and performance, allows everyone—kids and adults, novices and enthusiasts—to experience science in a unique and thrilling way.

Visit for more information and to submit an application.

There is no fee for this activity, but space is limited.

Registration is required.


Professional Learning Conference
For Educators by Educators

June 4, 2015

Hudson High School of Learning Technologies
New York City

The mission of EDxEDNYC 2015 is to build best practices, network with other innovative thinkers within New York City and to continue conversations around student engagement and inquiry. This conference is for educators by educators, with a focus on fostering discussion, questioning, reflective leadership and design-thinking within our schools.

American Museum of Natural History

NYC Teachers Chancellor's Day
Professional Development 2015

Using Museum Resources to Support K-12 Science Education

June 4, 2015
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

This professional development day is designed for teachers who want to strengthen their ability to use Museum resources to teach science. 

Participants will have the opportunity to chose from a range of breakout sessions that will utilize the Museum's digital, print, and exhibition resources to connect with the science curriculum in ways that are engaging for students.

Grades K-12

Cost: $35 per participant includes continental breakfast, lunch and Museum resources.

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For information on many more local activities for science educators,

visit NYAS Science Educators - Events Calendar

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