Three K-12 teachers will receive an iPad and class set of Plickers

Oct 9, 2017

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Extreme weather events shake our world: hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, flooding and others. The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education wants to reward educators who are best integrating current extreme weather events into classroom lessons.

Three grand prize winners of the ORISE lesson plan competition will receive an iPad and a class set of Plickers, a set of cards teachers can use with an app to poll students for answers to questions and to collect data.

“Examples of the kinds of lesson plans we’re looking for might include the economic impacts of extreme weather, how weather events are forecast, the effects of extreme weather on nature and people, as well as climate and atmospheric science,” said Marie Westfall, section manager for ORISE K-12 STEM education programs. “We want teachers to think outside the box.”

Interested educators are invited to submit their extreme weather lesson plans to by 8 p.m. EST on Monday, Oct. 30. Lesson plans should include all resources and attachments, including standards, background information, worksheets, answer sheets, etc. Include name, lesson title, lesson grade level and name of school.

Lesson plans submitted for the competition may be shared with other educators via the ORISE website. Plans are subject to revision and edits by ORISE staff before they are shared. Lesson plans will be sorted by K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade bands and judged using a rubric. One grand prize will be awarded per grade band. Grand prize winners will be announced in December 2017.

For more information about the ORISE lesson plan competition, visit To view the ORISE lesson plan library, visit


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The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) asset that is dedicated to enabling critical scientific, research, and health initiatives of the department and its laboratory system by providing world class expertise in STEM workforce development, scientific and technical reviews, and the evaluation of radiation exposure and environmental contamination. 

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