About STEM Education
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Program Information
The innovative STEM service delivers ongoing regional trainings that will increase teachers' content knowledge, capacity to integrate subject areas, and address NYS Learning Standards with student engaging strategies and inquiry methodology.

The dedicated GST BOCES Instructional Support Teachers provide job embedded classroom support that encompasses a variety of assistance such as curriculum development, leading activities, and materials management.
The Science Center is pleased to offer a variety of Technology kits to all our districts participating in CoSers 512 & 525.

Please visit: https://scict-gst.opalsinfo.net/bin/home to view the list of kits we have to offer.

Download the Program Information documents here:
Strategic Plan Download Strategic Plan
STEM Staff List
GST BOCES STEM Staff Contact Information

Instructional Support Teachers

STEM Resource Center

Adventure Based Learning

Science Information
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Updated (April 2020) assessment time-line for the NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards aligned assessments

New science standards are grade by grade now K-5 (No longer Grade-band K-4)

  • June/2021 - last administration of Grade 4 Science
  • June/2022 - No Grade 4 Science test administration & last administration of the 8th grade science test aligned to the 1996 standards.
  • May/June 2023 - New Elementary Science Test, will assess grades 3-5 science standards & new Intermediate Science Test, will assess grades 6-8 will be administered.
  • June 2024 - the Regents Exams in Earth and Space Sciences and Biology will be administered
  • June 2025 - the Regents Exams in Chemistry and Physics will be administered

For more information visit: http://www.nysed.gov/curriculum-instruction/science-learning-standards

The California Academy of Sciences has a great virtual field trip to a kelp forest. This fits wonderfully with the Living Systems kelp forest investigation, specifically touching on producers, consumers, food chains, and energy flow. There is a short video, script, and guiding questions.

https://www.calacademy.org/educators/
take-a-virtual-dive-in-a-kelp-forest

Regents Lab Requirements for 2020-21 School Year video Download PDF
Curriculum Materials are available in our new STEM File Library. Click here or use the link in the left navigation bar to go to https://filesafe.gstboces.org/secure/stem/index.cfm.
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Click the images to download the schedules.
Click here if your student is having difficulties accessing their online Fossweb class. Get the Student Help for FossWeb (PDF).
Safety Data Sheets for FOSS units
Sheets from Grades K-2
Grade K - Animals 2x2
Grade K - Materials and Motion
Grade K - Trees and Weather
Grade 1 - Air and Weather Next Gen
Grade 1 - Plants and Animals
Grade 1 - Sound and Light
Grade 2 - Insects and Plants
Grade 2 - Pebbles, Sand and Silt Next Gen
Grade 2 - Solids and Liquids Next Gen

Sheets for Grades 3-5
Grade 3 - Motion and Matter
Grade 3 - Structures of Life 2nd Edition
Grade 3 - Structures of Life Next Gen
Grade 3 - Water and Climate
Grade 4 - EiE Rocket Design
Grade 4 - Energy
Grade 4 - Environments Next Gen
Grade 4 - Magnetism and Electricity
Grade 4 - Matter and Energy
Grade 4 - Soils, Rocks and Landforms
Grade 5 - Earth and Sun
Grade 5 - Environments 3rd Edition
Grade 5 - Living System
Grade 5 - Mixtures and Solutions Next Gen

Sheets for Grades 6-8
Grade 6 - Diversity of Life Next Gen
Grade 6 - Electromagnetic Force
Grade 6 - Weather and Water 2nd Edition
Grade 6 - Weather and Water Next Gen
Grade 7 - Diversity of Life 2nd Edition
Grade 7 - Earth History
Grade 7 - Populations and Ecosystems 2nd Edition
Grade 8 - Chemical Interactions 2nd Edition
Grade 8 - Gravity and Kinetic Energy
Grade 8 - Planetary Science
Grade 8 - Waves
The Science Center
The Greater Southern Tier BOCES Science/STEM Resource Center provides comprehensive, packaged science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) kits to elementary, middle and high school classrooms in participating school districts. This service provides complete curriculum packages and materials that meet New York State Science Learning Standards. We also package curriculum and kits to meet the needs of integrated STEM Classes. These kits include: VEX Robotics, Underwater Robotics (Remotely Operated Vehicles) Low Tech Engineering, Forensics and Nanotechnology. This service provides access to materials, and curriculum so that teachers can improve the teaching and learning in science. These all inclusive kits contain everything needed for a positive, hands-on, inquiry-based science lesson or unit.

The GST STEM/Science Resource Center (Co-Ser 527) service works in concert with the GST BOCES Regional STEM Program STEM Curriculum Mentor Service (Co-Ser 525). This STEM Mentor Service provides comprehensive monthly professional development and job embedded support on an FTE basis to teachers that enables them to implement the units and kits provided through the Science Center as intended.
Materials Request Form - click here
Broken/Missing Pieces Request Form - click here
Implementation Rollout Plan (XLSX) - download file
NYS Science Learning Standards (PDF) - download file
Preschool Fairytale Curriculum (PDF) - download file
StarLab - click here for information regarding safety and reservation guidelines
Technology Information
An image with clickable resources. Visual Cues Sheets for Online Learning Fun Attention Getters for Transitions Virtual Class Jobs and Badge (PowerPoint) Visual Cues for K-2 Students
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Sometimes issues with sites like Edpuzzle etc. can be resolved just by clearing cache and cookies in the Chrome Web Browser. This PDF shows you how.
This PDF document explains how to use the Interactive Whiteboard feature in Zoom. Get the Zoom Whiteboard feature (PDF).
Collection of Microsoft Office Materials via OneDrive and Office365
Robotics Information
Upcoming Robotics Events for the 2020-2021 School Year
Virtual Vex Regional Robotics Competition & Exhibition May 2021 - via Flipgrid - Download May Vex Packet
Virtual Regional Underwater ROV Competition - June 8, 2021 - via Flipgrid - Download June ROV Packet

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Engineering Information
Advanced Based Learning
GST BOCES Adventure Based Learning - a few pictures of ABL Activities
Stem Challenges

GST BOCES STEM Challenges are monthly opportunities to incorporate additional STEM related topics in your classroom. They can be done as a class, in small groups, or individually, as well as in school or at home. We encourage teachers to make that decision based on what works best for his/her students. The STEM Challenges are directed towards all grade levels, encouraging students to apply what they know and investigate to answer the questions they may have.

Each STEM Challenge includes a PDF handout that incorporates the Challenge specifics, including submission details and deadlines. Any questions about STEM Challenges can be directed to our email, stem@gstboces.org.

The STEM Challenge for February/March 2021
The STEM Challenge for December 2020/January 2021
The STEM Challenge for October/November 2020
The STEM Challenge for February/March 2020
The STEM Challenge for December 2019/January 2020
The STEM Challenge for October 2019
The STEM Challenge for May/June 2019
The STEM Challenge for April 2019
The STEM Challenge for February/March 2019
The STEM Challenge for December/January 2019
The STEM Challenge for November 2018
The STEM Challenge for October 2018
The STEM Challenge for Summer 2018
The STEM Challenge for May 2018
The STEM Challenge for April 2018
The STEM Challenge for March 2018
The STEM Challenge for January/February 2018
The STEM Challenge for December 2017
The STEM Challenge for November 2017
The STEM Challenge for October 2017
The STEM Challenge for September 2017
The STEM Challenge for Summer 2017
The STEM Challenges for May/June 2017
#1 How Clouds Make Rain
#2 How Liquids Impact a Magnet
The STEM Challenges for April 2017
#1 Dissolving Peeps for Grades Pre-K to 2nd Grade
#2 How Strong is an Eggshell? for 3rd Grade and Up!
The STEM Challenge for March 2017
The STEM Challenge for February 2017
The STEM Challenge for January 2017
The STEM Challenge for December 2016
The STEM Challenge for November 2016
Download Data Form Download Details
The STEM Challenge for October 2016
StarLab Portable Planetarium
To reserve the StarLab:
Review the guidelines and safety videos, complete the application and email to stem@gstboces.org, and reserve the star lab through your district's GST BOCES Instructional Support Person. The Science Center will then be in contact to arrange pick up and return timelines.
*Maximum length of reservation is 5 days!

Requirements and Safety:
Room requirements are 25 square foot indoor space with a ceiling at least 10.5 feet tall. The maximum capacity of the Star Lab dome is 27 people. Additional materials that are needed but not included with the star lab are a long extension cord and several flashlights. When picking up and returning the Star Lab please keep in mind that it consists of three containers. The heaviest box is the one holding the projector: about 40 lbs which includes the Astronomy and More notebook. The dome weighs about 45 lbs. contained in a duffle bag and the fan and case container weighs about 22 lbs.

Links to important StarLab Videos:
StarLab Safety Video

StarLab Setup Video

Taking Down the StarLab Dome

Entering and Exiting the StarLab

Emergency Exit Video


Downloadable Documents:
Download Weather Curricula for StarLab
Download the StarLab Application


Welcome to GST BOCES STEM Education
The STEM Challenge for February/March 2021
Robotics Events for the 2020-2021 School Year
Virtual Vex Competition via FlipGrid - December 17, 2020
Virtual ROV Competition via FlipGrid - January 12, 2021 - Cancelled

Upcoming Robotics Events for the 2020-2021 School Year
Virtual Vex Regional Robotics Competition & Exhibition May 2021 - via Flipgrid
- Download May Vex Packet
Virtual Regional Underwater ROV Competition - June 8, 2021 - via Flipgrid
- Download June ROV Packet

Click the image below to view some video from a recent competition.
Click here to download the Navigating PD Tracker PDF


Our Mission, Vision, Outcomes, and Beliefs

To re-energize, revitalize and refocus attention, interest and understanding of the embedded importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to life-long learning and success. To create a regional STEM "pipeline" that results in college, and career ready students that are rich in STEM and 21st century skills.

A continued collaborative effort among regional school districts, colleges, and businesses will be essential in supporting this mission.

Our region will be a model in generating math, science, technology and engineering interest, excitement and marketable skills.

  • - Significant increase in STEM capable high school graduates;
  • - Implementation of STEM programs that reduce achievement gaps and enhance student mastery of Common Core Standards and 21st century learning skills;
  • - Implementation of a STEM support network that leverages regional assets and partnerships to meet a student's personal learning needs and delivers continuously improving teacher effectiveness, proactive leadership, aligned curriculum/instruction/assessment and interlocking community engagement;
  • - Delivery of engaging STEM career and college pathways which include additional certifications for high school graduates.

  • - A continuum of engaging STEM career and college pathways and additional certifications for high school graduates are necessary to create greater relevance/meaning and marketable skills for students earning high school diplomas;
  • - Improving K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math instruction through a trans-disciplinary, inquiry and project-based approach to instruction and curriculum development is essential to meeting the STEM mission;
  • - Professional development and job embedded support structures for teachers to be facilitators of the National Core Standards in a real world and virtual online environment is necessary;
  • - An extended learning experience for students and teachers through a "Summer of Innovation" third semester of study is critical in meeting the STEM Project Team's mission, vision and expected outcomes.

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