March 2019: You, Me, and ISTE Lesson Plan Competition

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Deadline: on or before 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Sunday, March 31st, 2019

Teachers! ORISE wants to send core content (Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Social Studies) teachers to ISTE! Find a colleague with whom you would like to travel to ISTE. Together, you will submit two lesson plans, one in each of your content areas. The lessons will be scored together to encourage collaboration and peer editing. Teachers can be from different subject areas, grade levels, or even different states!

Prizes:

Two Pairs of teachers will win all-expenses paid trips to the ISTE National Conference in Philadelphia, PA, including (for each teacher):

  • Conference entrance
  • 1 year ISTE membership
  • Travel
  • Lodging
  • Per Diem for food

Details:

  • Interested educators are invited to submit an original lesson plan to https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/YouMeandISTE.aspx by 8 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 31, 2019.
  • Each teacher will need to submit their information, but only one teacher should submit the lesson plans.
  • To avoid plagiarism, please a submit lesson plan that you have written. We understand that many activities are developed by other teachers; just make sure that you put your own spin on the activity.
  • Lesson plan may focus on any topic as long as the lesson plan is from a core content area (Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Social Studies).
  • Lesson plans should include the following:
    • lesson title
    • teacher name and school
    • target grade level
    • time required for lesson
    • standards/objectives
    • materials required
    • instructional steps for introduction, activities, and closure
    • assessment strategies
    • differentiation strategies
  • Lesson plans will be scored using a rubric, and the 2 highest scoring lesson pairs will be announced late April!
  • Teachers must teach in the United States, a U.S. Territory, or a DoDEA school to be eligible to win.
  • Teachers are eligible to win 2 ORISE competitions in a 12 month period.

If you have any questions, please contact STEMEd@orau.org.

Note: 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, so please submit in an editable format (Not PDF).

To view the current ORISE lesson plan library, visit https://orise.orau.gov/stem/k-12/curriculum-for-the-classroom.html.

Upcoming Competitions

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    Deadline: on or before 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Tuesday, April 30th.

    K-5 Teachers! Here’s an opportunity for you to win Osmo Genius Kits, iPads, Coding Games, or Code and Go Mice for your classroom! In honor of Drop Everything and Read April 12th, ORISE wants to see your most engaging and hands on lesson plan that integrates science and literacy! Three K-5 teachers will win kits for their classroom!

    Prizes:

    K-5

    • Winner: 2 Osmo Genius Kits + 2 iPads + 2 Awbie Coding Games + 10 Chris Ferrie Books
    • Runner-up: 1 Osmo Genius Kit + 1 iPad + 1 Awbie Coding Game + 1 Coding Jam Game + 10 Chris Ferrie Books
    • Judges Choice: 2 Code and Go Mice + 10 Chris Ferrie Books

    Details:

    • Interested educators are invited to submit an original lesson plan to https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/ScienceLiteracyCompetition.aspx by 8 p.m. EST on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
    • To avoid plagiarism, please a submit lesson plan that you have written. We understand that many activities are developed by other teachers; just make sure that you put your own spin on the activity.
    • Lesson plan may focus on any topic as long as the lesson plan incorporates students using a makerspace.
    • Lesson plans should include the following:
      • lesson title
      • teacher name and school
      • target grade level
      • time required for lesson
      • standards/objectives
      • materials required
      • instructional steps for introduction, activities, and closure
      • assessment strategies
      • differentiation strategies
    • Lesson plans will be scored using a rubric, and the winners will be announced late May!
    • Teachers must teach in the United States, a U.S. Territory, or a DoDEA school to be eligible to win.
    • Teachers are eligible to win 2 ORISE competitions in a 12 month period.

    Note: 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, so please submit in an editable format (Not PDF).

    To view the current ORISE lesson plan library, visit https://orise.orau.gov/stem/k-12/curriculum-for-the-classroom.html.

Previous K-12 STEM Lesson Plan Competitions

  • ORISE is sending four teachers to the National Science Teachers Association Conference or the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference!

    Congratulations to the winners:

    • 1st place: Charles Canestaro, Cortland Senior High School, Cortland, NY
      Lesson Plan: Europa Rover Landing System Project
    • 2nd place: Alicia Miller, Lewiston Elementary School, Evans, GA
      Lesson Plan: Sand Sleuths
    • 3rd place tie: Julie Pepperman, Heritage Middle School, Maryville, TN
      Lesson Plan: Surviving Extinction
    • 3rd place tie: Sarah Jackson, Lenoir City Intermediate/Middle School, Lenoir City, TN
      Lesson Plan: Roller Coaster Math
  • makerspace logo

    The December Teacher contest will be a social media contest to win one of six 3D printers. Be sure to follow Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education on Facebook and @ORISEconnect on Twitter see how to enter. The contest launches on December 8th!

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    Classroom Makerspace Lesson Plan Competition

    In October, teachers shared a lesson plan incorporating the use of a makerspace into their content area class. First place winners in each category were awarded a Makerspace Easy Pack, an Invention Easy Pack, and a Tool Kit Easy Pack. Second place winners in each grade band were awarded a Makerspace Easy Pack, and second place winners in each grade band were awarded a Makerspace Basic Supply Easy Pack! See the full list of winners below:

    Winners Grades K-6:

    1 st place: Cheryl Burchett, Beaumont Elementary School, Knoxville, TN
    Lesson Plan: Iggy Peck Bridge Design and Build Challenge

    2 nd place: Rebecca Van Duker, Griffin Creek Elementary School, Medford, OR
    Lesson Plan: 3,2,1 Natural Disaster

    3 rd place: Kelly Carey, A.Z. Kelley Elementary School, Antioch, TN
    Lesson Plan: Diving into Makerspace (with Sharks!)

    Winners Grades 7-8:

    1 st place: Donna Widner, Oliver Springs Middle School, Oliver Springs, TN
    Lesson plan: The Cell Membrane: The Gatekeeper of the Cell

    2 nd place: Amy Haney, Oliver Springs High School, Oliver Springs, TN
    Lesson Plan: MakerSpace: Developing Franken Toys

    3 rd place: Sonya Hatfield, Oliver Springs High School, Oliver Springs, TN
    Lesson Plan: Wind Turbines

     

  • drone on! logo

    In September, teachers shared with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education their best hands-on STEM lesson plans for the opportunity to win drones for their classrooms. Frist place awarded a  set of Parrot mini-drones and accessories. Second- and third-place winners received one Parrot mini-drone. In all, there were entries from teachers in 10 different states and Japan. See the full list of winners below:

    Prizes:

    Grades 7-9

    Grades 10-12

  • kids can compute logo

    In August, teachers shared how they were using Raspberry Pi for a STEM lesson. Winners will be announce mid-September and will receive a Pi-Top modular computers for their classrooms.

    Congratulations to our winners!

    Amanda Callahan-Mims, Spring Hill Elementary School, Knoxville, Tennessee

    Gary Cipinko, King Arts Academy, Evanston, Illinois

  • 3D learning logo

    In this contest, teachers had the opportunity to submit a lesson plan that integrates 3D printing into their classroom. Congratulations to our winners!

    Prizes:

    Grand Prize:  Lauren Wilmoth, Biology, Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge TN

    View Lesson Plan: Ozobot Meets 3-D Printing (Art Challenge grade 6-9)

    2 nd Place:  Allison Pattion, Pre-K, Dunbar Elementary, Memphis TN

    View Lesson Plan: How Do Shapes Make Pictures?

    3 rd Place:  Andrea Grossart, Biology, Addison Trail High School, Addison IL

    View Lesson Plan: Bio-engineering for a Cure!

    Judge’s Choice:  Holly Randa, Grade 6-8, Jonathan Edwards Classical Academy, Whites Creek TN

    View Lesson Plan: 3D Printed Egyptian Alphabet Stamps & Clay Cartouche

  • Fun with the Sun logo

    In May, teachers were invited to submit a lesson plan that related to solar energy! Congratulations to our winners!

    K-6 th Grade Category:

    • First place: Jessica Everitt, 4 th grade, Hardin Valley Elementary School
    • Second place: Sally Suttle, 1 st grade, Grand Oaks School
    • Third place: Kelli Harvey, 4 th grade, Petros-Joyner Elementary School

    7-12 th Grade Category:

    • First place: Lesley Brinkmann, Physical Science, Northeast High School
    • Second place: Jane Lyengar, Business & Information Technology, Mount Vernon High School
    • Third place: Stephanie Sluss, Chemistry, Oliver Springs High School
  • In April, teachers shared how they put the “M” in STEM by submitting STEM lesson plans that explicitly address mathematics standards.

    Congratulations to our winners!

    Elementary School Category

    • First place:  Jennie Wright, 4 th grade, Sullins Academy
    • Second place: Nancy Holloway, K-5, Kingston Elementary School
    • Third place:  Jessica Chambers, 2 nd grade, Pi Beta Phi Elementary School

    Middle School Category

    • First place: Sarah Hampton, 8 th grade, Sullins Academy
    • Second place: Donna Budynas, 6 th grade, Hutchison School
    • Third place:  Charles Canestaro, 8 th grade, Cortland Junior-Senior High School
  • In January,  we asked teachers how they are planning to integrate Olympic-themed math or science lessons into their classrooms.

    Congratulations to our latest winners!

    Science Category

    Mathematics Category

  • In October, our extreme weather lesson plan competition asked educators to tell ORISE how they are integrating current extreme weather events into classroom lessons.

    Congratulations to our grade-band winners!

    Amy Kennedy, third grade, Glenwood Elementary School
    View lesson plan: Saving Our Community from Rising Water

    Donna Widner, seventh grade, Oliver Springs Middle School
    View lesson plan: Weather Alert! Did We Do That?

    Christi Ridley, environmental science/biology, Seymour High School
    View lesson plan: Extreme Weather: Hurricanes

  • Our very first lesson plan competition asked educators to submit an original STEM lesson covering a topic of their choice. These lesson plans can be found on the Curriculum for the Classroom page.

    Congratulations to our winners!