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AFT Science Cadre 

Meet the AFT Science Cadre

The AFT Science Cadre began its voyage in 2011 with the mission of bringing teacher voice to the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The crew selected to carryout this mission came highly recommended by their local and/or state federation president for their leadership and expertise in teaching science across all grade levels and disciplines.

Once this mission was accomplished, the cadre was charged with elevating the importance of science education for ALL students and creating professional learning opportunities and resources for teachers. They have presented at the AFT’s bi-annual TEACH Conference, designed science-related brochures and model lessons exemplifying 3-dimensional learning outlined in the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Core Ideas.

Be sure to check out the lesson plans created by the AFT Science Cadre for Amazon Studios new film, "The Aeronauts." You can also enter to win a private screening of the film for you and up to 100 students and educators and a one-year Amazon Prime membership. 

(For more information about the AFT’s work around science education and STEM policy recommendations, contact Melanie Hobbs ([email protected]) in the educational issues department.)

You can learn more about each team member by clicking here.

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The Aeronauts Lesson for Upper Elementary: Hot Air Balloon Engineering Design Challenge
  • Science
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
NGSS
Check out The Aeronauts lesson for upper elementary for a fun way to engage your students in learning. Overview: Engineering Design Challenge Using...
Layers of the Atmosphere for Upper Elementary
  • Science
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
NGSS
Overview: Students will engage with information from books and other reliable media to learn about the layers of the Earth's atmosphere. Learning...
The Aeronauts Lesson for Middle School: Hot Air Balloon Engineering Design Challenge
  • Science
  • Middle School
NGSS
Overview: Engineering Design Challenge Using only the materials provided, student teams will design and create a hot air balloon that will lift off...
Cloud Elevation Lesson for Upper Elementary
  • Science
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
NGSS
Overview: Students will investigate how clouds are formed, at what elevations they occur and how they can help predict the weather. Driving Question...
Human Impact on the Environment
NGSS
Humans depend on the living world for the resources and other benefits provided by biodiversity. But human activity is also having adverse impacts on...
The Aeronauts Lesson for High School: Hot Air Balloon Engineering Design Challenge
  • Science
  • High School
NGSS
Check out The Aeronauts lesson for high school for a fun way to engage your students in learning about aeronautics, atmospheric pressure, and...
Easy Ways to Use Science Simulations for Digital Inquiry
Join Elizabeth Buckholtz, Julie Campbell (two members of the AFT Science Cadre ), and Share My Lesson as we explore how to collect and analyze...
It’s All About the Beaks
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Standards aligned
All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move...
Seed Dispersal
AFT Science Cadre 
Updated: 
2018
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Standards aligned
Plants make seeds that can grow into new plants, but if the seeds just fall to the ground under the parent plant, they might not get enough sun,...
Weather Instruments Lesson for Upper Elementary
  • Science
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
NGSS
Overview: Students will learn about a variety of weather instruments and also will be given materials to design and build a working anemometer...