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    • 10/04/2022
    • 10/23/2022
    • Dr. Elaine Magyar, Physical Science Dept., Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908, emagyar@ric.edu

    2022 NCW Illustrated Poem Contest

    Fabulous Fibers: The Chemistry of Fabrics

    The Rhode Island Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

    Contest Deadline: October 23, 2022

    Prizes: $25.00 gift certificate for the winner in each age group.

    Contact: Dr. Elaine Magyar, Physical Science Dept., Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908, emagyar@ric.edu

    Winners of the Rhode Island Local Section’s Illustrated Poem Contest will advance to the National Illustrated Poem Contest for a chance to be featured on the ACS website and to win prizes!

    Write and illustrate a poem using the NCW theme, “Fabulous Fibers: The Chemistry of Fabrics.”

    Your poem must be no more than 40 words and in the following styles to be considered:

    HAIKU - LIMERICK - ODE - ABC POEM - FREE VERSE - END RHYME - BLANK VERSE

    Possible topics related to the theme include:

    • Natural fiber
    • Synthetic fiber
    • Chemical synthesis
    • Polymers
    • Dyeing fabrics
    • Hydrophilic
    • Hydrophobic
    • Properties of fabrics

    Entries will be judged based upon:

    Contest rules:

    • All poems must be no more than 40 words, and in one of the following styles to be considered: Haiku, Limerick, Ode, ABC poem, Free verse, End rhyme, and Blank verse.
    • Entries are judged based upon relevance to and incorporation of the NCW theme, word choice and imagery, colorful artwork, adherence to poem style, originality and creativity, and overall presentation.
    • All entries must be original works without aid from others. Poems may be submitted by hand on an unlined sheet of paper not larger than 11” by 14” or scanned and sent via email. Illustrations may be created using crayons, watercolors, other types of paint, colored pencils, or markers. The illustration may also be electronically created by using a digital painting and drawing app on a computer, tablet, or mobile device.
    • The text of the poem should be easy to read and may be typed before the hand-drawn or digital illustration is added, or the poem may be written on lined paper, which is cut out and pasted onto the unlined paper with the illustration.
    • No clipart or unoriginal images can be used.
    • Only one entry per student will be accepted; all entries must include an entry form. If the illustration is created using a digital painting or drawing app, the name of the program must be included on the entry form.
    • Acceptance of prizes constitutes consent to use winners’ first name, and entry for editorial, advertising, and publicity purposes.
    • Artistic Merit - use of color, quality of drawing, design, and layout
    • Poem Message - fun, motivational, inspiring about yearly theme
    • Originality Creativity - unique, clever and/or creative design
    • Neatness - free of spelling and grammatical errors


    ncw-poem-contest-entry-form-2.pdf



    • 10/05/2022
    • 01/09/2023
    • www.paemst.org

    Call for Nominations!

    The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics teaching. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of STEM education. Since 1983, more than 5,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to STEM education. Up to 108 teachers are recognized each year.

    Presidential Awardees receive:

    • A certificate signed by the President of the United States
    • A trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities
    •  A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation • Access to a network of award-winning teachers from across the country

    Who Can Nominate? Anyone—principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public—may nominate exceptional science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics teachers.

    NOMINATION DEADLINE: January 9, 2023

    Who Can Apply? Secondary school science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics teachers (7–12) can apply this year. Elementary school teachers (K–6) will be eligible to apply during a future cycle.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 6, 2023

    To nominate or apply, visit: www.paemst.org The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


    • 10/27/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • East Bay Educational Collaborative

    Introducing Tinkering Labs from Lab-Aids: A Fun STEM kit for Grades K-5 !

    Host: East Bay Educational Collaborative

    Presenter: Stephanie Wallace, NGSS Science Expert, Lab-Aids 

    When: Thursday, October 27, 2022 4-6 pm

    Where: East Bay Educational Collaborative Main Training Room

    Address: 317 Market St. Warren, RI

    Cost: FREE!

    Registration Deadline: Monday, October 17, 2022

    Registration link:https://ebecri.libcal.com/calendar/STEAM/tinker22

    Certificate: PD Science Training Hours Certificate available for MA and RI participants

    STEM Themed Door Prizes and more! 

    Contact for More Information

    Kathy Eller, EBEC Director of Client Services and Science Specialist kathryn.eller@ebecri.org

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    What would happen if you let your students use real tools to solve real challenges? How do you incorporate STEM into your days that are full of other content lessons? We know STEM lessons can be a powerful tool for engaging your students in science, teamwork, literacy, and more. They are also a great way to build confidence and capture the interest of students who may struggle with more traditional content and methods of instruction. On October 27th, we are excited to offer a free opportunity for you to get first-hand experience with how to incorporate STEM into your classrooms and check out new resources from our partners at Lab-Aids!

    All attendees will receive an introductory STEM lesson and resources they can use with their students, a Design Process classroom poster, and two sample lessons from Tinkering Labs that are great for small groups. Additional STEM themed door prizes will be given out too! Join us for the best 2 hours of PD of your fall!

    Lab-Aids has recently partnered with the innovators at Tinkering Labs to create a new elementary STEM Module. With Tinkering Labs, your students can create their own inventions using real wood, real hardware, and real motors. They will learn STEM through project based design challenges that allow them to wonder, test, invent (and yes, play!) while learning important physical science and engineering core ideas, such as force, motion, electricity and energy. The Tinkering Labs STEM curriculum was designed for grades K-5 by a team led by Gever Tulley (https://www.ted.com/talks/gever_tulley_life_lessons_through_tinkering), founder of the award-winning, independent Brightworks School in San Francisco. This hands-on workshop challenges participants to make a vehicle to move a toy or other small object using motors, wheels, wires and other equipment. The module includes 10 engineering design challenges in the Electric Motors Catalyst, a STEM curriculum for grades K-5 that comes complete with equipment, lesson plans, assessments, embedded support for ELA, and is fully aligned to NGSS. The program is distributed exclusively by Lab-Aids.

    All attendees will receive an introductory STEM lesson and resources they can use with their students, a Design Process classroom poster, and two sample lessons from Tinkering Labs that are great for small groups. Additional STEM themed door prizes will be given out too! Join us for the best 2 hours of PD of your fall!



    • 03/18/2023
    • 03/23/2023
    • RISEF Email risef@mindless.com

    RISEF 2023 is getting ready for another great year of promoting authentic student research. If you are interested in students participating in real-world research, which can address any of the NGSS practices and cross-cutting processes, then RISEF is for you. Schools can have clubs, individual students, or entire buildings participate in the process.

    Our facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/USRI50.

    Our email is risef@mindless.com.

    Feel free to get in touch.

    RISEF is open to all RI school students (including homeschooled) from grades 6-12.

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