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.
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:
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- Angie Olkey,
Instructional Support Supervisor - STEM
Instructional Support Teachers
- Megan Blitz,
- Elisabeth Bostwick,
- Katie Cooke,
- Sarah Dickson,
- Heather Ellis,
- John Farr,
- Jessica Green,
- Kristin Hunt-Noteware,
- Tami Keiser,
- Molly Liberto,
- Ben Link,
- Dave Mayotte,
- Matt Middlebrook,
- Sharla Yarnell,
- Lisa Zimar,
STEM Resource Center
- Nancy Stratton,
- Rebecca Ayers,
- Whitney Ayers,
- Faith Shepler,
Adventure Based Learning
- Becky Bowers,
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.
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.
The TPACK model can help you integrate technology into your lessons
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, firstname.lastname@example.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
The STEM Challenge for October 2016
Review the guidelines and safety videos, complete the application and email to email@example.com, 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
Download Weather Curricula for StarLab
Download the StarLab Application