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 Tour of Yonkers Sewage Plant for Educators
Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Ever wonder what happens to water after it leaves your house? Here is your opportunity to find out. Sewage treatment is an important part of our city's health and ecology infrastructure. Disposing of and treating sewage properly prevents the spread of disease such as cholera.  In addition, sewage plants are now tapped as a source for methane which is used to run generators that power the facility.

At the sewage plant, engineers create
ideal conditions that enable naturally occurring microbes to process sewage into fertilizer within hours - much quicker than it would occur naturally. Teachers will see anaerobic digesters that are kept at 98.6 F to mimic the conditions of the human gut and allow anaerobic bacteria to break down organic matter into reusable material for farmers.

This tour will give Educators the tools to provide information to their
students about the connections between sewage treatment, engineering, the carbon cycle and public health. Come along as we "follow the flow" of sewage as it gets treated in the plant and find out what happens to the end product.

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American Museum of Natural History Educators' Evenings
An Evening for Educators with Dr. Paul Planet

Thursday, April 6, 2017
5 pm

A special evening for educators with Dr. Paul Planet, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and senior researcher at the American Museum of Natural History.  Dr. Planet earned his MD and PhD from Columbia University, and he completed his residency and fellowship training at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York. His first faculty appointment was in the division of Pediatric Infectious Disease at Columbia University.

Dr. Planet’s research program focuses on the evolution and ecology of infectious disease.  His current interests include the evolution and spread of antibiotic resistant strains, particularly community acquired MRSA, and the impact of the pulmonary microbiome in cystic fibrosis.  Dr. Planet’s laboratory uses whole genome phylogenetics, high-throughput sequencing, and bioinformatics to generate hypotheses that can be tested with basic bench research.

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Registration required by 3/06/17




National Science Teachers Association
National Conference in Los Angeles:
March 30–April 2, 2017

Sun, Surf & Science
Los Angeles Convention Center

Registered attendees of NSTA's 2017 National Conference, can take a deep dive into science/STEM education, professional learning, standards implementation, assessment, curricula, and resources/materials development at one-day Professional Learning Institutes (PLIs) are a full-day preconference sessions.







Genes in space

Inviting US students and teachers in grades 7-12 to participate in Genes

in Space 2017

Become a space DNA pioneer

Propose a DNA experiment to address real-life space exploration challenges
like microgravity, radiation, search for alien life, and more.

We invite students in grades 7 through 12 to design DNA experiments for space. Students will pioneer DNA research on the International Space Station to address real-life challenges of deep space exploration. Winners will send their DNA experiment to space! The contest is free, and does not require equipment.  Proposals will be judged solely on their creative and
scientific merit. Submission deadline is April 21st 2017.

Teachers can turn contest submissions into a class assignment that's aligned with national standards.


* Launch your DNA experiment to the International Space Station
* Present at the ISS R&D conference, Washington, D.C.
* Attend Space Biology Camp at New England Biolabs
* Receive mentorship from Harvard and MIT PhD Scientists
* Win a miniPCR DNA Discovery System for your school - 25 ways to win!
* Pioneer DNA research in space
* Participate in an authentic science experience with real-world outcomes
* Join our vibrant community of young scientists and mentors
* Gain essential skills
* Equipping your classroom with the same biotech tools aboard the International Space Station!

Genes in Space is a partnership between miniPCR, Math for America, CASIS, New England Biolabs, and Boeing.









For information on many more local activities for science educators,

visit NYAS Science Educators - Events Calendar





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