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We will be making updates to our STEM Materials Cooperative (which provides Science Kits to districts) for the 2023-24 school year. Please note: No changes are being made for the 2022-23 school year.

Click here to learn more about these updates

Overview

The Science team at North Central ESD is available to assist school districts in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards, selecting instructional materials, in the use of appropriate technology applications, and in providing professional development. We can provide custom designed in-services ranging from on-site for a single school, to a common location for multiple schools and levels. The North Central ESD Science team works in collaboration with the North Central ESD Math and Literacy team.

In addition, our Regional Science Coordinator who, along with the other Regional Science Coordinators, Math Coordinators and Literacy Coordinators from all ESDs, will be working together with the LASER Alliance Directors and OSPI to support the development of a statewide science network.

Complete this form to receive resources, updates, and professional development opportunities!

Climate Science

Upcoming Classes:

A BRAND NEW Climate Science — Project GLAD unit “VOICES OF HOPE”.

When researching for this unit we found ourselves so saddened and downright depressed by what is going on that we had to find THE LIGHT! As we searched for what people are doing all around the world to address climate change we found so many voices of hope.

This unit was designed for 4th – 7th grade classrooms. However, many grade levels could take parts and pieces to apply to their classrooms.  It is infused with technology connections, an amazing action plan project that will give your students the agency to make changes that will help our planet, and several science investigations that directly support each of the input charts.

This is the FIRST EVER OER (Open Educational Resource) GLAD unit!

Electrical Safety and Energy Education

Electrical energy education presentations are provided through a partnership between the Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan PUDs and the NCESD Science Department. The program serves kindergarten-5th grade, providing teaching materials for all teachers, and in-person presentations for second and fourth graders.

Second graders participate in a 30-minute assembly that introduces the idea of energy and energy transfer.  It’s a hands-on presentation, with a particular focus on electrical energy and electrical conservation.  The one hour program for each fourth grade class introduces children to hydroelectric power generation and critically important safety information about electricity.  We believe this program saves lives and supports the electrical circuit standards required in fourth grade.

Heather Stringer
Science Cadre Member – Electrical Safety
509-888-7034
heatherst@ncesd.org

Jane Schuyleman
Professional Services Team Secretary
janes@ncesd.org

Equipment Borrowing Program

Equipment Borrowing Options

The North Central Educational Service District is happy to be able to provide valuable science equipment to our schools to borrow. The Alcoa Foundation and NASA provided the grant funds to purchase these items.

The mission of the North Central Educational Service District is to provide leadership and quality service in advocating for innovative educational programs for the children and communities we serve.

List of Available Equipment

Amounts available are located within parentheses next to each item:

Terms and Conditions

  1. The amount of each type of equipment is limited.
  2. It is available to check out in one week increments.
  3. A loan agreement must be signed by the classroom teacher before any equipment will be provided.  Please download the agreement here: (NCESD Equipment Loan Agreement) or complete this online form
  4. If you choose to fill out the agreement, please return it to Jane Schuyleman at janes@ncesd.org
  5. The person/teacher checking out the equipment is responsible for picking up and dropping off:
    North Central ESD
    430 Olds Station Road
    Wenatchee, WA 98801
  6. See Jane in the Front Desk area.
  7. All equipment MUST be returned in good, clean, and working condition.

Jane Schuyleman
Professional Services Team Secretary
janes@ncesd.org

STEM Materials Cooperative Science Kits

The STEM Materials Cooperative serves our participating districts with professional development, support, and resources for using science kits. Every year, participating teachers receive a variety of Smithsonian science kits that include everything needed for a 10-15 lesson science activity based on learning goals for each grade level K-5.

Important Updates for the 2023-24 School Year

The Cooperative will see some changes starting during the 2023-24 school year (no changes will take place during the 2022-23 school year. Learn more by visiting our dedicated webpage just for updates on these changes.

2023-24 Cooperative updates

2022-2023 Science Kits & Rotation Schedule

More information coming soon about the 2022-23 rotation schedule.

Science Kit Training Opportunities

More information coming soon about training opportunities for the 2022-23 school year! Districts are encouraged to develop their own trainers who can attend a facilitator institute in June where they can develop their presentations and ask questions. Districts may also choose to contact NCESD to arrange a training. A minimum of ten teachers is required. For districts in the STEM cooperative (the professional learning cooperative, not the STEM Materials Center program) the fee is $25 per participant; all other districts will be charged $125 per participant with a minimum of 10.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few of our most commonly asked questions from teachers and districts. To see the full list of the NCESD STEM Materials FAQs please click here to view and/or download.

First, thank you for inventorying your kit upon its arrival. This critical step will help ensure your success when you go to teach your lessons. Please submit a help ticket at stemmaterials@ncesd.org. By using this system we can respond to your request regardless of which staff are available at the warehouse. We will respond as soon as possible and get you your materials. Please dispose of any non-functioning items so we can replace them during the next refurbishment cycle.

On the rotation calendar you will notice the days that kits are picked up and delivered. Please mark these dates on your calendar. If we have your current email, you will also receive email reminders prior to pick up and a reminder the week before with the specific day that your kit will be picked up. You will also find a note in your kit tote stating when the kit is due to be picked up. Hopefully between these three communications channels, missing pick up won’t happen. If it does it is your (or your districts responsibility to get the kit to our warehouse within one week. If this is not possible, we will arrange for pick up and charge the district the cost for the transport.

  • Make sure we have your name, grade level, and email address
  • Have your district’s science contact person, curriculum director, or other designee update us with their contact information
  • Please inventory your kit before and after its use
  • Use stemmaterials@ncesd.org as your first, best contact for anything related to the delivery, pick up, or materials in the kit.
  • For teaching questions, online access, or training questions, please contact janes@ncesd.org

Each school is assigned a code that you will enter at https://carolinascienceonline.com under “Join School.” Do not enter the code under “Redeem Code.” To get your school’s code, please submit your request to janes@ncesd.org and she will make sure you get the code for your building.

In most cases you will receive and email from NCESD that has the instructions and control number for you to order your living materials. If the kit is brand new and you are the first teacher using it, the coupon card may be found attached to the kit or inside the kit. It is important to remember to dispose of all living materials correctly. Do not release any living materials into the environment.

Questions? We’re here to help!

Cari Haug

Regional Science Coordinator
Tel: 509-667-7102

Jane Schuyleman

Program Admin. Assistant
Tel: 509-667-3631

Kathryn Metcalfe

STEM Science Warehouse Supervisor
Tel: 509-888-1912

The STEM Materials Cooperative Center is located at:

3306 5th Street SE, Suite E, East Wenatchee WA 98802

Science Resources

Our Science Staff


Andy Boyd

Regional Math Coordinator and Science Specialist
andyb@ncesd.org
509-665-2646

Barbara Nuxoll

Pro Serv Team Leader
barbaran@ncesd.org
509-665-2617

Cari Haug

Regional Science Coordinator
carissah@ncesd.org
509-667-7102

Jane Schuyleman

ProServ Administrative Assistant
janes@ncesd.org
509-667-3631

Kate Lindholm

STEM Education Specialist / GLAD Trainer
katel@ncesd.org
509-888-7035

Kathryn Metcalfe

Warehouse Supervisor
kathrynm@ncesd.org
509-888-1912

Lisa Monahan

STEM Coordinator
lisam@ncesd.org
509-888-7038

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