• Florida Recycles Week

    Florida Recycles Week 2021 - Broward Edition
    Recycle Relay Game Directions and Design Recycle Bin Label Contest
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    Florida Recycles Week 2021

    Inform, inspire, and empower students, teachers, and school communities to Recycle Right!

    Choose from a menu of engaging options from contests, games, pledges and more. Additionally, feel free to create and share your own ideas and lessons.


    Pledge Link: https://bit.ly/pledgerecycle

    Download the flyer (pdf of the image below with live links): Florida Recycles Week 2021

    Florida Recycles Week 2021 Flyer

    Recycle Relay Game

    Download the Recycle Relay Game Directions here

    Super Fun Sorting Videos

    Trying to get a sorting routine up and running or re-energized in your lunchroom? Check out these fun videos:

    Recycle Week Contest - Design Recycle Bin Label

    Download the Recycle Week Contest (pdf of the image below with live links) here

    Submit Contest Design Recycle Bin Label at bit.ly/browardrecycle

    Recycle Week 2021 Contest

    Recycle Week Contest Details

    1. Using an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper, show what belongs in the recycle bin. (See list)
    2. Important: All images and words must be CLEAR and easy to see from a distance.
    3. Artwork must be created by hand using crayons, pens, markers, paints, or other art supplies, except for highlighters. No cutouts, pasted on, or attached materials of any type may be used.
    4. Winning entries demonstrate the theme, are colorful and all words are clear and easy to read. Have fun and good luck!

    ALL Broward County Schools Recycle the following (regardless of the city):

    Clean Food and Beverage Containers- aluminum cans-milk & juice cartons & boxes & cartons-glass bottles & jars - plastic bottles & jars

    Mixed Paper Products - cardboard-paper-newspaper-magazines-manila folders-envelopes-junk mail - notepads

    Additional Florida Recycle Week opportunity hosted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

    Florida Recycles Week is November 15-19, occurring in conjunction with America Recycles Day, November 15. Each day of Florida Recycles Week 2021 will have its own theme that encourages and educates people on the proper way to recycle. Free webinars will be held daily at 11:00 am. Register now to attend the daily free events.

    • Monday “Take the Pledge” It’s America Recycles Day! (Nov. 15) – Visit FloridaRecycles.org to take the pledge. Presentation by Keep Florida Beautiful – sponsored by Coca-Cola Beverage Florida.

      Tuesday - “You Can Recycle Right” (Nov. 16) – What are the right items to place in curbside recycle containers: plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum and steel cans, paper and cardboard. Sponsored and presentation by Waste Management.

      Wednesday - Press Event at the Florida Capitol (Nov. 17) - DEP will be presenting a 2020 Recycling Recognition Award winner. The Recycling Partnership Foundation will also be announcing its Recycling Champion Award winners. .

      Thursday - “Recycle on the Go” (Nov. 18) – Look for recycling containers while on the road. If you can’t find a recycling bin while traveling, make sure to have a bag in your car so you can take your plastic bottles and aluminum cans home and recycle them. Sponsored and presentation by Wawa.

      Friday - “Buy Recycled” (Nov. 19) – Look for items made with recycled content when you make your purchases. Presentation by a variety of Florida companies and the Florida Beverage Association. This day is being sponsored by Publix Super Markets.

      A complete list of speakers will be available soon at FloridaRecycles.org.

  • Environmental Links

    Environmental links:

    Naturescape Broward Broward County NatureScape - https://www.broward.org/NatureScape/Pages/Default.aspx

    Broward County Parks - STEAM/Environmental Education Programs - STEAM in Parks and Schools in Parks - https://www.broward.org/Parks/Pages/STEAMinParks.aspx 

    Earth Day Challenge - https://www.earthday.org/take-action-now/#challenge

    Earth Challenge 2020 lets you gather important scientific data near you. It has two elements for you to measure — air quality and plastic pollution — with more on the way. Get the app to join other citizen scientists helping to make a cleaner, healthier planet.

    Everglades Foundation - https://evergladesfoundation.org/ Everglades

    Everglades Literacy - https://www.evergladesliteracy.org 

    Everglades National Park -

    1. Everglades Education Curriculum Materials (Google Drive)

    This is a link to our Google Drive with different curriculum materials. There are multiple guides listed by grade level K-8. Feel free to use what works best for you and your students. 

    1. Everglades Mountains and Valleys Video Series

    Our Everglades Mountains and Valleys video series as a great introduction to different habitats that make up the Everglades ecosystem. Keep in mind this was designed for upper elementary and middle school students.

    1. Everglades Education For Kids

    Younger students might benefit from this section of our website for kids.

    1. Science, Research, History, and Culture

    The Science, Research, History, and Culture sections of our website may be useful to older students and adults.

    1. Life in the Everglades (Common Plant and Animal ID Guide)

    Our Life in the Everglades ID Guide will help your students identify the common flora and fauna of the freshwater slough and sawgrass prairie habitats.

    Florida Ag in the Classroom Florida Agriculture in the Classroom - https://faitc.org/  

    Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. (FAITC) is a non-profit organization that provides educational resources, grants, and other programs to help Pre-K through 12th-grade educators incorporate agricultural concepts into their core subject area classes. The goal of FAITC is to expand youth awareness and understanding of Florida agriculture and natural resources by integrating agricultural concepts into core educational disciplines and supporting programs.

    Gopher Tortoise Day - Gopher Tortoise Day website

    Green School Yards America - http://www.greenschoolyards.org/news/2020/3/20/bringing-schoolyard-outdoor-learning-home

    Seek app by iNaturalist - https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/seek_app 

    Take your nature knowledge up a notch with Seek! Use the power of image recognition technology to identify the plants and animals all around you. Earn badges for seeing different types of birds, amphibians, plants, and fungi and participate in monthly observation challenges with Our Planet on Netflix.

    iNaturalist - https://www.inaturalist.org/

    iNaturalist.org is a place where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world. It is also a crowdsourced species identification system and an organism occurrence recording tool. You can use it to record your own observations, get help with identifications, collaborate with others to collect this kind of information for a common purpose or access the observational data collected by iNaturalist users.

    Merlin Bird ID app - Free bird identification app - https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/

    Free, instant bird ID help for 5,500+ birds for North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

    NWF logo National Wildlife Federation (for Kids and Families)

    Free Access to National Wildlife Federation Resources: Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick Titles

    Packed with awesome animal facts, stories, and photos, comic adventures; wildlife puzzles, riddles, contests, and crafts. Plus, outdoor discoveries that focus on many animals perfect for ages 0-12

    • Ranger Rick – 7 and up
    • Ranger Rick Jr. – ages 4-6
    • Ranger Rick Cub – ages 0-3

    Zoobooks Titles

    Each title explores the anatomy, habitat, socialization, and ecological role of a single animal or animal group in a vibrant easy-to understand way.

    • Zoobooks – ages 6-12
    • Zoolittles – ages 4-6
    • Zoobies – ages 0-3
    • Zoodinos – ages 5-12

    Native Plant Search - https://www.regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/default.asp

    Nutrients for Life - https://nutrientsforlife.org/for-teachers/elessons/

    The Nutrients for Life Foundation is a global organization consisting of members and collaborative partners that develops and distributes science-based materials to improve plant nutrient literacy, soil health knowledge and promotes fertilizer’s role in sustaining a growing population. Plant nutrients, especially nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, are also required to keep our parks, gardens, playgrounds, sports fields and golf courses green and healthy in communities from coast to coast.

    SciStarter SciStarter - https://scistarter.org/ 

    SciStarter is the place to find, join, and contribute to science by providing people access to more than 2700 searchable formal and informal research projects and events.  But more than just a project directory, SciStarter also offers a coordinated place to record contributions and access the tools and instruments needed to participate in citizen science projects like Earth Challenge 2020. 

    South Florida’s Delaney Reynolds is featured in the new Earth Day April issue of National Geographic – Congrats to this young superstar for climate change! https://mailchi.mp/5594a6460c7d/v9vg6bg1df?e=f20e8cbf03

    Sunflower Growing Resources -  

    Growing Guide: Sunflowers

    How to Grow Sunflowers with Kids

    Water Conservation and The Water Whiz Challenge:

    The Broward Water Partnership is looking for The Water Whiz. We want to know whWater sense at you’re doing to protect water and environmental resources. The South Florida quality of life is based on water. The water we drink, swim in, water our lawns, and fill our pools, and power our lives. But water is a limited resource, so saving it is at the heart of protecting it.

    Tag us on Facebook @ConservationPays with #WaterWhiz, a photo, and a short description.

    Not on Facebook? No problem! Upload a photo on our website and a description of how you’re a #WaterWhiz.

    From EPA WaterSense: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/watersense-kids#tab-4

  • STEAM Resources

    STEAM Mystery Bag and Coding and Robotic STEM Challenges K-12

  • Brochures and Flyers

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  • Fabulous Events that the STEM+Computer Science Staff Presented and Provided Resources

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    Join our Yammer Groups and keep up to date info that we send out: 
    Environmental Stewards - Broward Schools

    Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) (January 17, 2020):
    Hands On STEAM Application of Computer Science
    Lead Presenter: Rebecca Malones
    Co-Presenter: Sheryl Arriola
    2020 Makey Makey Activities Links
    Makey Makey Interactive Board Activities

    Florida League of Middle School (October 18, 2019): 

    PBL Portal - Solving Authentic Problems in Middle Grades and Green PBL Opportunities, Recognition and Rewards

    Presenters: Sheryl Arriola, Rebecca Malones, Cindy Griffin
    Presentation: STEM + CS PBL Environmental Presentation
    2019 Broward PBL Portal SciStater one pager rev 05102019.pdf
    2019 Environmental PBL Resources.pdf
    2019 Projects on Broward Portal.pdf

    Redefining the Block: Minecraft in the Curriculum
    Presenters: Erik Leitner, Belinda Beckford
    Presentation: education.minecraft.net
    Handout: https://browardschools.instructure.com/courses/123/pages/minecraft-education-edition

    2019 Gifted Symposium (September 26, 2019)

    Handouts: Minecraft Info and Lever with Linkage Activity; Minecraft Info and Simple Lever ActivitySeed Dispersal Engineering Design Project

    JDETF Presentation (April 6, 2019) - Empower Your Content with STEM & Computer Science
    Presenters: Erik Leitner, Sheryl Arriola, and Rebecca Malones
    Handout: JDETF Handout (STEM+CS Integration)
    Micro:bit in Makerspace presentation: bit.ly/microbitsway
    Makey Makey Presentation
    Presenter Information

    2018 Gifted Symposium
     (Nov. 2, 2018) -
    "Empower your Content with STEM & Computer Science"  - Lisa Milenkovic, Sheryl Arriola, Debra Thomas, Annmargareth Marousky, Cynthia Griffin, Erik Leitner, Rebecca Malones, Justin Feller – Applied Learning – All Levels, SCI, STEM - STEM, especially computer science, is integrated throughout every aspect of daily life, yet often, in isolation in the school day. Engage students and empower your lessons by integrating STEM and computer science into all content areas. This presentation will provide hands-on centers that dem2018 Gifted Participants onstrate simple and inexpensive ways to engage and enrich students in content through explorations in STEM and computer science. Explore augmented reality, computer coding, robotics, and sensory integration in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music and physical education. Also included are tips for deliberate attention to empathy and social-emotional learning opportunities through the integration of design principles.  Participants at the Gifted Symposium are shown on the right playing with the banana piano and cereal box guitar with Makey Makey.

Contact Information

  • Applied Learning: STEM +CS

    600 SE Third Avenue

    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301

    Phone: 754-321-1880

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    Dr. Lisa V. Milenkovic


STEM+CS In the News

  • The P3 Eco-Challenge online application is now accepting nominations of all your environmentally conscious schools, educators, students, custodial and non-instructional staff!  More info at P3 Eco-Challenge. The online applications are now via Canvas! 

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  • Watch NBC’s Education on 6 as reporter Ari Odzer visited Beachside Montessori Village Pre-K-8 to do a story on the school’s Food Recovery program, which allows students to donate uneaten food and drink items to the homeless instead of throwing them away.  Click here to see the story (this link will take you outside of BCPS)

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  • Students from Westglades Middle School learned all about hurricanes from the Weather Rangers' exercise at the Broward Emergency Operations Center.  Watch BECON's coverage of this event at https://becontelevision

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