WHO: General Public – Anticipated 40-80 Visitors (FREE)
WHAT: “Identify It Day”. – Experts help folks ID their objects (Kind like Antiques RoadShow)
WHEN: Sunday November 6, 2022. 1PM – 4PM
WHERE: Beneski Museum of Natural History (2nd Floor)
Amherst, MA: Join fellow fossil and rock enthusiasts at the Beneski Museum of Natural History for the 7th annual “Identify It Day” on Sunday November 6 from 1PM – 4PM. The program takes place on the 2nd floor of the museum. Admission is free.
Is there a mysterious fossil that you found while backpacking, or a picture of the bizarre bird in your backyard? Bring in your fossils, seashells, rocks, meteorites, feathers, leaves, or photographs of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, flowers, and insects to the Museum. Scientists will attempt to identify your discoveries while showing you some specimens from the Beneski’s greater collections. Stop by, with or without mystery objects, to see (and touch) the scientific specimens out on display. Items identified in previous years have included a whale vertebrae, dinosaur footprints & teeth, a mammoth tusk, the hip of a very large pig, an amazing man-made slag crystal, an ancient arrowhead from the Connecticut River Valley and some wonderful seashells.
Peter Crowley, geology professor notes, “The history of the Earth is long and interesting, so there is a good story behind everything that you find. If you tell us the story about how and where you found it, we can complete the story and tell you what it is and how it formed. It is fun and exciting because you never know what people are going to bring in”
The Beneski Museum located on the campus of Amherst College is home to over 200,000 specimens with nearly 2,000 on display for public viewing. There is ample parking and the building is wheelchair accessible. The Museum is open Tue-Fri from 11- 4 and weekends from 10-5. For further information call (413) 542-5054, check the website at https://www.amherst.edu/
The I am STEM – STEM I am Library includes lessons for grades PK-6. Each lesson includes five 45-minute experiences, focuses on solving problems in books and is designed to empower students to become proud problem solvers. All lessons are aligned with grade-level ELA and math/STE standards, can be done in the classroom or remotely, and use every-day & recyclable materials.
The I am STEM Library was established with funds from the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council (2020 & 2022), and is free and accessible to all educators during STEM Week and year-round.
Free online professional development sessions are available, guiding teachers on the problem-solving process and trying out a lesson with colleagues.
The STEM Education Center at WPI oversees the development and expansion of the library and training, in collaboration with STEM Education teachers and researchers.
We hope you enjoy solving problems with your students!
The NYS Emmy Award-nominated TV show, The Reading League’s Reading Buddies, will air Season 2 beginning Monday, September 12. Full episodes will be available on WCNY-PBS Monday-Friday at 12:30 pm and on the show’s YouTube channel at no cost.
Season 1 of Reading Buddies was released last September to rave reviews. In Syracuse, it quickly beat ratings for PBS’s top shows Sesame Street and Donkey Hodie. Since then, a number of PBS affiliates have picked up the show including WAPT in Alabama, WQLN in Erie, PA, and WSKG in Binghamton, NY. The show is free to PBS affiliates.
The Reading League’s Reading Buddies is an engaging foundational reading television series that cleverly teaches underlying components of skillful word reading such as phonological awareness, letter names/sounds, and blending sounds to decode words.
The show features a hilarious talking dog named Dusty who, with the help of his best human friend Dott, he’s learning a new trick – how to read! They are joined by a kazoo-talking, robot assistant named Alphabott, and an adorable cast of human Alphabotteers. Together, they form an after-school reading club where Dusty explores letters and their sounds, social-emotional learning, and whatever else sparks his curiosity or desire for snacks! Each episode features a new “Alphabadge” for Dusty to earn, marking the progress of his reading journey. Together, along with the viewers, they are the “Reading Buddies!” LEARN MORE HERE.