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Two Wipro Science Education Fellows from New Rochelle Public Schools - Claudia Gianserra and Scott Misner - continue Leadership in STEM!

IBM Scientists Teach IEYMS Students Engineering

The goal was to see how many breaths it took to push a small, wind-powered car with mint Lifesavers for wheels across six feet of classroom floor. Some of the designs in Claudia Gianserra's seventh-grade class at Isaac E. Young Middle School exceeded expectations.  "Nine feet in two breaths!" IBM scientist Brian P. Gaucher said as Team 3's design sailed easily over the masking tape finish line. "Nice job!"

The exercise - creating a vehicle from straws, paper, paper clips and the round hard candies - was one of several activities led by Gaucher and six other scientists from IBM on their 19th annual visit to IEYMS. 

"The lesson beautifully models the state's Next Generation Standards for science," said Gianserra. "We try to make a connection between what we're learning and real life. The goal is to design, test the design and improve the design."

Dr. Scott Misner brings Marine Biology Club down to Long Island Sound!

A group of 15 middle school students participated in a marine biology program at Isaac E. Young Middle School in New Rochelle NY, where students took 10 walking trips to the Long Island Sound to study and conduct research.  Students (1) measured water salinity, (2) turbidity, and (3) sketched wild life. They got to meet and work alongside Dr. Meghan Marrero of Mercy College, who wrote the textbook on Marine Science.

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MISTI Cohort 1 shares tips for the first year of teaching!

MISTI Scholars Kimberly Whyte, Ashley Montana, and Cindy Dionizio share inside tips for handling first-year teaching problems Each works in a high-needs school, but they discussed varying approaches to school culture in public versus charter schools.

STEM Master Teacher Fellow Johanna Vasquez has a "Trashion Fashion Show"

Johanna Vasquez, a 4th grade teacher from Trinity School in New Rochelle, had her students create fashion from recyclable materials



Leana Peltier

Leana Peltier, New York Wipro SEF Cohort I Fellow and current District Coordinator of Tarrytown, was awarded nearly $10,000 in university and private funding to conduct a vertical professional learning community (V-PLC) with teachers in her district. Eight teachers of grades kindergarten through twelfth are participating in this program during the 2018-2019 school year and meet once every three weeks. This is the second year of the program. The team’s work is focused around understanding and implementing inquiry strategies of teaching and learning and the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices. Through this grant, Leana supports and facilitates a space that allows elementary, middle and high school science teachers to share and reflect on best science practices and provide content understanding in science. The teachers take turns facilitating demonstrations and activities and then work in groups of two (an upper grade teacher with a lower grade teacher) to co-plan their lessons. Another phase of this Science PLC is classroom observations. The elementary teachers visit a high school classroom and each high school teacher visits an elementary classroom. The observers take notes and then debrief the lesson at a meeting where the group follows a feedback protocol. When they have completed the program, they will earn in-service credits or a stipend for their participation. Leana is currently a doctoral student in Teachers College Columbia University’s Science Education program.