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The STEMquirer
January 2021
This Month's Headline:
Virtual Learning Resources
STEM Library Lab has redesigned a number of our services to help teachers transition (back) to virtual instruction, while keeping the spirit of inquiry-based and hands-on learning.

Other Stories this Month:
1. Under Pressure? Try this Remote Teaching Egg Demo!
2. Fall in Review - Over 2000 students impacted
3. Library Services and Announcements 
4. Free Professional Development + Grants
5. Director's Blog - Inquiry in the Age of Coronavirus
Library Updates

Virtual Learning Resources

Looking for ways to reinvigorate inquiry learning into your virtual science classroom? 

Video tutorial on virtual hands-on demonstrations

If you need a refresher on best practices for finding and structuring virtual lessons or modules, watch our workshop "So You're Remote Teaching During a Pandemic" and visit our COVID-19 Resource Listings. You find lesson and unit plans, supplemental materials, locally sourced content, and inspiration.

In this demonstration, students will use differences in air pressure to force an egg into a bottle. This demonstration only takes 10 minutes and leaves your students in awe of the laws of matter! All the materials for the demo can easily be found at home, making it great for a virtual lesson.
Check out our Facebook and Instagram for a live demo! 
Fall Impact Data
The Equipment Lending Co-op lent out:
511 items valued at 
$26,600 for local classrooms, impacting
2122 students
The Free-Store gave out an estimated:
$3765 in school supplies to
85 teachers, impacting 
1224 students
      We are still offering our annual membership to all schools in the Greater New Orleans area.  Memberships are based on the school's grade levels and student enrollment.  Limited Scholarships are available to new members, and discounts for charter networks with multiple schools. 
      For complete information about membership pricing, contact Todd Wackerman at 504-517-3584 or email at


While Phase 2 restrictions remain in place, any teacher can make an appointment between 2-5pm Mondays – Thursdays for curbside pickup. View our inventory photos to find what you need for your classroom or virtual classroom! You'll see office supplies, organizers, art supplies, resource kits, learning aids, manipulatives, and more!

Schedule an Appointment Online
Know a business with extra office supplies to donate? Call the Free-Store!
504.517.3584 Extension 2

New Sweatshirts! 
People are literally losing their heads over these incredible sweatshirts. I mean, just look at Skelly, his mind is completely blown away!

$40 covers production cost, though we welcome any additional donations! 

Comes in sizes from S to 2XL, while supplies last. 

We accept Paypal and cash.
Professional Development Opportunities

A free professional development program combining online and hands-on activities to inspire,
educate and prepare 3rd-8th grade teachers to engage students in STEM disciplines through experiential, inquiry-based investigations. 

Register Online
NSTA Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge
Lab Makeover Support Package Valued up to $15,000

Each Shell asset will recognize an outstanding elementary, middle, and high school teacher for their exemplary approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources. The Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge will showcase the work of teachers, representing their schools, who submit innovative, replicable strategies to deliver quality lab experiences with limited equipment/resources, and award teachers/schools with additional tools, resources, and rich professional development opportunities needed to support high-quality science teaching and strengthen their existing capabilities.

Deadline: 01/22/2021


$50 in preworkshop materials
Science of Energy kit
Virtual teaching tips
Louisiana state aligned curriculum

Bring computer science to your high school!

The Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS Program has expanded into New Orleans to support computer science (CS) at local high schools for the 2021-22 school year.

Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) connects classroom teachers with tech-industry volunteers to co-teach CS. Over time, teachers learn to teach CS independently to ensure that all young people are equipped for the future. Learn more and apply by February 1st, 2021:

STEM Library Lab Presents:
Engaging Teachers in LSSS-Aligned Instruction Series

SLL is offering Spring Professional Development for Science Methods to schools.  This 6 session series walks teachers through instructional practices used to facilitate inquiry based classrooms, rooted in the Louisiana Student Standards for Science. The sessions highlight distance learning and virtual options, and are aligned to the CARES Act funding provisions for schools.

Taught by a certified NSTA trainer and ACE coach/evaluator, this professional development series is right for schools looking to make their science instruction more focused and robust in 2020-2021.  The first 2 sessions are "LSSS Bootcamp" and the remaining sessions are instructional practices.

Offered virtually or live for small groups, sessions are tailored to your schools grade band (K-5, 6-8, or 9-12) and the curriculum you are using.  For more details, just email us to learn more.
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