July 2019: Social Media Contest

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Deadline: on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, July 31st.

Teachers! Are you ready for more prizes? Throughout the month of July, we want to know what does/can inquiry based learning look like in YOUR classroom that may be different from another classroom! To enter the contest, comment your answer on this Facebook post, and fill out the survey below!

Prizes:

THREE randomly selected teachers will receive a Back-to-School Stash! This prize includes 15 scissors, 18 Post-It Notes, 48 Elmer’s glue sticks, 12 assorted Paper Mate felt tip pens, 12 assorted retractable Sharpies, 2 rolls of correction tape, 12 black Paper Mate felt tip pens, 1 Expo Dry Erase System (which includes 8 assorted chisel tip, 4 assorted fine tip, 1 bottle of board cleaner, 1 dry eraser, and 1 carrying case), 8 assorted Expo markers, 12 large fine tip Sharpies, 1 large bottle of Expo white board cleaning spray, 24 medium binder clips, 1 10 drawer cart, 2 Post-It easel pads, and 1 ORISE Yeti tumbler!!!

Details:

  • The contest closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
  • 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.

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

  • August Social Media Contest

    Deadline: on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Saturday, August 31st, 2019.

    Teachers! Summer social media contests are still in session! Throughout the month of August, we want to know how has inquiry based learning benefited your students? Or if it is new to you, how do you imagine inquiry based learning benefiting your students? Come back on August 1 to enter!

    Prizes:

    FIVE randomly selected teachers will receive a 3-D Printer!

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

    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 Competitions

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    Teachers! School may be out, but summer social media contests are just beginning! Throughout the month of June, we want to know what does inquiry based learning look like in science and math classrooms!

    Congrats to our June Social Media Contest winners Stephanie Schlimgen, Crystal Bigham, and Wendy Smith!

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

  • ORISE participated in the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) National Conference. To enter, teachers submitted their best STEM lesson plan. 

    Winners:

    1st Place: Lydia Tate, Bolivar Middle School, Bolivar, MO
    Lesson Plan: The Power of Waves

    2nd Place: Alicia Miller, Lewiston Elementary School, Evans, GA
    Lesson Plan: Fossil Recovery Team

    3rd Place: Tammy Guthrie, Hellstern Middle School, Springdale, AR
    Lesson Plan: What can I do as a student to make a positive impact on the environment?

  • For May, ORISE wanted to see your best science or math review game. The activity covered the materials with which you are preparing your students for end of year assessments. 

    1st Place Winner: Linda Bugg, Bess T. Shepherd Elementary, Chattanooga, TN 
    Lesson Plan: Escape Room Science Review

    2nd Place Winner: Kim Nickell, Midway Middle School, Kingston, TN
    Lesson Plan: Buzzword Review Game

    3rd Place Winner: Katherine Kirby, John Early Middle School, Nashville, TN
    Lesson Plan: Clue-ology

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

    To view the current ORISE lesson plan library, visit https://orise.orau.gov/stem/k-12/curriculum-for-the-classroom.html
  • DEAR logoIn honor of Drop Everything and Read April 12 th, ORISE asked to see teachers most engaging and hands on lesson plan that integrates science and literacy! 

    Winner: Greta Shipman, Green Acres Elementary, Smyrna, GA
    Lesson Plan: Seeds All Around Us

    Runner-up: Rachel Cahill, Penn-Mont Academy, Hollidaysburg, PA
    Lesson Plan: Can You Help Me?

    Judges’ Choice: Kellene Colin, Kay Carl Elementary, Las Vegas, NV
    Lesson Plan: Rapunzel Needs Your Help!

     

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    In March, ORISE four teachers to ISTE! These teachers submitted two lesson plans, one in each of their content areas. 

    Congratulations to the winners:

    • 1 st Place Winners: Michael Buerstner and Peter Lauzon, Irmo, SC

      Lesson Plans: Point and Non-Point Water Pollution and Freshwater Environment Assessment

    • 2 nd Place Winners: Barbara Dunham and Mildred Henderson, Birmingham, AL

      Lesson Plans: Anemometers on the Move and Incredible Matter

     

  • 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:

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

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

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

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

    Winners Grades 7-8:

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

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

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

     

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    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

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    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

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    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)

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

    View Lesson Plan: How Do Shapes Make Pictures?

    3rd 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

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    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, 4th grade, Hardin Valley Elementary School
    • Second place: Sally Suttle, 1st grade, Grand Oaks School
    • Third place: Kelli Harvey, 4th 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, 4th grade, Sullins Academy
    • Second place: Nancy Holloway, K-5, Kingston Elementary School
    • Third place:  Jessica Chambers, 2nd grade, Pi Beta Phi Elementary School

    Middle School Category

    • First place: Sarah Hampton, 8th grade, Sullins Academy
    • Second place: Donna Budynas, 6th grade, Hutchison School
    • Third place:  Charles Canestaro, 8th 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!