Brooklyn Marine Stem Education Alliance

The Brooklyn Marine Stem Education Alliance (BMSEA) is a group of 34 schools and 39 partnering organizations working collaboratively to support STEM education to youth.  it was formed in January 2015 by NYCDOE Stem and John Dewey HS to help share resources among schools and organizations. The BMSEA hosts an annual International Coastal Cleanup and It’s My Estuary Day along with several meetings and STEM PD opportunities.  Several schools are collaborating to raise trout, horseshoe crabs and oysters. Many schools compete in robotics competitions including FRC-First Robotics Competition, FTC-First Tech Challenge Competition, FLL-First Lego League Competition and Underwater Robotics-US Navy Sea Perch Competition.

BMSEA Schools and Partners

  1. John Dewey HS 21K540
  2. Rachel Carson HS for Coastal Studies 21K344
  3. Edward R Murrow HS 21K525
  4. William Grady CTE HS 21K620
  5. Fort Hamilton HS 20K490
  6. James Madison HS 22K425
  7. IS 7 31R007 Elias Bernstein
  8. IS 78 22K078 Roy H Mann JHS
  9. IS 228 21K228 David A Boody JHS
  10. IS 234 22K234 Arthur W Cunningham JHS
  11. IS 239 21K239. Mark Twain JHS
  12. IS 278 22K278 Marine Park JHS
  13. IS 281 21K281 Joseph B. Cavallaro JHS
  14. IS 303 21K303 Herbert Eisenberg JHS
  15. PS 135 18K135 Sheldon A Brookner
  16. PS 188 21K188 Michael E Berdy School
  17. PS/IS 238 21K238 Anne Sullivan
  18. PS/IS 249 17K249 Caton
  19. PS 130. 02M130 Hernando De Soto
  20. PS 237 23K237 Dr Rose B English
  21. PS 196 14K196 Ten Eyk
  22. MS 839 15K839.
  23. M88 15K088 Peter Rouget MS
  24. IS 117 09X117 Joseph H. Wade JHS
  25. M266 13K266 Park Place Community School
  26. 23K522 Mott Hall lV
  27. IS 240 22K240 Andries Hudde JHS.
  28. IS 34 31R034 Totten Intermediate School
  29. International High School 07X334
  30. Kingsborough College Early Secondary School KCESS 21K468.
  31. John Bowne HS 25Q425
  32. 20K170 Ralph A. Fabrazio school.


1.American Littoral Society NYS

2.BOP – Billion Oyster Project

3.Brooklyn Borough President’s Office

4.Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

5.Brooklyn Community Foundation

6.Brooklyn Historical Society

7.Mark Treyger, City Councilman reps Coney Island, Bensonhurst / Gravesend

8.City Parks Foundation – Coastal Classroom

9.City Parks Foundation – Partnerships for Parks 

10.Coney Island History Project

11.Coney Island Beautification Project

12.Cultural research Divers




16.Education Update

17.Forty second street development corporation  

18.FRC NYC, NYC First 

19.FIRST Robotics Mentors / Local

20.Friends of Kaiser Park

21.Gotham Whale

22.Historical Diving Society

23.Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

24.Molloy College-CERCOM

25.NWF – NYC Eco schools

26.New York Aquarium

27.NYCDOE – Dept of STEM

28.NYCDOE – District 79 – Pathways to Graduation.

29.NYC Parks Department

30.NYC Sanitation

31.NY Sunworks


33.NYIT STEM Director

34.NYU Poly School of Engineering 

35.Ocean Conservancy


37.Trout in the Classroom

38.US Navy – Sea Perch


NEWSLETTER #1 2/2015

Welcome to the Brooklyn Marine Alliance Stem Collaborative!

On behalf of JDHS Principal Kathleen Elvin, I want to thank you all for participating in our first meeting of the Brooklyn Marine Alliance STEM Collaborative! We have a great opportunity to expand current partnerships and begin new ones to create STEM pathways for student leadership & learning opportunities from kindergarten through college!  Stay tuned for our next meeting date and location.  Feel free to share ideas with me! –Lane Rosen, JDHS

Here’s a list of opportunities for connections prior to our next meeting:

    • Contact Ms. Dai Ousheng, NYCDOE’s Workforce Development Coordinator for D79 Pathways to Graduation. She is looking to form partnerships with schools & organizations that are willing to host high school interns.
    • Stay tuned for more information re: Spring collaborative planning opportunity for a marine education “It’s My Park” Day at Kaiser Park Waterfront / Coney Island Creek featuring several organizations including Gene Ritter from Cultural Research Divers and City Parks Foundation. It’s My Estuary Day on May 30th.
    • Interested in raising Trout in the Classroom contact Ms. Lillit:
    • Mark your calendars for NYCDOE STEM Institute for teachers: April 7,8,9
    • Interested in starting a robotics program? Contact Norm Sutaria:
    • Billion Oyster Project – Want to be a part of growing an oyster garden to clean the Hudson River?:
    • Join the NYSMEA (New York State Marine Education Alliance), at the American Museum of Natural History‘s Special Exhibition: Nature’s Fury SUNDAY January 25th. Meeting at 10AM: (All are welcome!) in the Katherine W. Davis Classroom, 2nd Floor, followed by a networking pizza lunch. 1:00 PM: Special tour of the Nature’s Fury Exhibit – learn about volcanoes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and more! 2:30 PM: IMAX Sharks Movie 3:15 PM: Explore the museum on your own. You MUST RSVP to reserve your ticket. Guests should join NYSMEA to attend (family rate available).  Need to join NYSMEA or renew membership?  Click here. Questions? Email Lane Rosen, NYSMEA President
  • Seaperch underwater robotics training day. The teacher training day will be Saturday, January 24th, 8:30am – 4pm at John Dewey High School. Lieutenant Commander Fourte and Chief Freddie McAbee will be holding training for those who are competing in the NYC Seaperch Regional Competition on Saturday, March 28th at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. You and a colleague are welcome to this event where we will build the Seaperch robot. Please dress comfortable due the fact that we will be drilling PVC pipe, and using tools throughout the day. The attached “Memorandum of Understanding” needs to be signed by your school principal. Also attached is a brief page about Seaperch. The USNavy will supply the robot for you to build and a tool bag to take with you. Please RSVP via email Chief Freddie McAbee,, Cell #901-900-3266


Additional Information that you may find interesting:


Bulletin #2: Brooklyn Marine Alliance STEM Collaborative:

We made the news! Beautiful article written about the STEM meeting:


Mark Your Calendars:

  • Our Next Meeting will be at Rachel Carson High School on Thursday, March 12th at 10:00 AM. Rachel Carson High School is located at 521 West Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11214. Rachel Carson HS of Coastal Studies features a new $1.3M State of the Art Marine Biology Laboratory.
  • It’s My Estuary Day” on May 30th at Kaiser Park Waterfront / Coney Island Creek featuring our schools and several organizations including Gene Ritter from Cultural Research Divers and Partnerships for Parks. Current schools in our Brooklyn Marine Alliance STEM Collaborative:
    • 20K490, FHHS, Ft. Hamilton High School
    • 21K228 IS 228, David A. Boody
    • 22K278 IS 278, Marine Park
    • 21K281, IS 281 Cavallaro
    • 21K540 JDHS, John Dewey High School
    • 21k525 Murrow High School
    • 21K188 PS188, Michael E. Berdy
    • 21K344 Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies
    • 14K196 PS 196 Ten Eyck
  • 21K620 William E. Grady Career and Technical Education High School



Sea Perch training at JDHS took place on Saturday, January 24th. The US Navy SeaPerch team is working individually with schools who could not make the training due to the inclement weather.


New school to the Brooklyn Marine Alliance STEM Collaborative (BMA)!  Join me in welcoming Grady High School who already participated in SeaPerch training and has signed up for the Billion Oyster Project (BOP)!


The JDHS First Robotics Team is looking for a sponsor, if anyone has any leads, please email Lane Rosen.


JDHS Robotics Club and Marine Biology teachers along with the USNavy are looking to host a robotics STEM PD on Brooklyn Queens Day for teachers. If you are interested, please email Lane Rosen.


Student Opportunities:

  • Department of Environmental Protection Launches 29th Annual Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest. View the 2014 Winning Submissions on DEP’s Flickr Page


The DEP is excited to announce the launch of the 29th annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest.  Second through twelfth grade students attending public, independent, charter or parochial schools (or who are home-schooled) in New York City and in the East and West of Hudson Watersheds are invited to create original art and compose poetry that reflects an appreciation for our shared water resources.  Entries will be accepted online until March 1, 2015 and a ceremony honoring all student participants will take place in May.

Last year, nearly 700 New York City and Watershed students from 68 schools submitted either original poems or artwork about NYC water, including paintings, collages, three-dimensional models, photography, animation and videos of dance performances, public service announcements and songs.  In May they were honored at a ceremony at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College where the artwork and poems were displayed.  For this year’s contest, teachers, parents and students can visit to view the contest guidelines and resource materials, submit entries online, see past winners, and learn more about New York City water.

DEP’s Water Resources Art and Poetry program helps raise awareness about the importance of clean, high-quality drinking water, and what it takes to maintain New York City’s water supply and wastewater treatment systems.  The 2015 contest will focus on four central themes that incorporate STEM disciplines:

  • Water, A Precious Resource: To highlight the importance of the quality of our tap and harbor water.
  • The New York City Water Supply System: To understand the history of the NYC drinking water system and watershed protection.
  • The New York City Wastewater Treatment System: To examine how the City cleans nearly 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater every day.
  • Climate Change and Water Stewardship: To bring attention to our changing climate and the importance of understanding effects on our water resources.


Entries will be judged based on creativity in interpreting one or more of the contest themes, accuracy of information, originality, and skill.  An impartial panel of judges will review the entries and select one art and one poetry winner from each category (grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12).

DEP manages New York City’s water supply, providing more than one billion gallons of water each day to more than nine million residents, including eight million in New York City. The water is delivered from a watershed that extends more than 125 miles from the city, comprising 19 reservoirs and three controlled lakes. Approximately 7,000 miles of water mains, tunnels and aqueducts bring water to homes and businesses throughout the five boroughs, and 7,500 miles of sewer lines and 96 pump stations take wastewater to 14 in-city treatment plants.

Please contact with questions.

Teacher/Administrator Opportunities:

NYS STEM Education Collaborative Conference – Summer 2015:  The NYS STEM Education Collaborative website may be found at:  The log-in page for presentations is:  The registration page for the conference (vendors, attendees, etc.) may be found at:

STEMteachersNYC, an affiliate of the American Modeling Teachers Association, conducts workshops on modeling instruction and other topics related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics teaching (with a current emphasis on physics, chemistry and physical science). If you complete this survey, we will send an invitation to join our group to the email address you provide in the survey. The invitation will come from Please address questions to Fernand Brunschwig, , Science Education Program, Columbia Teachers College.

See attached application and cover letter for the following opportunity:

NASA GSFC, Office of Education is currently seeking certified high school teacher applicants for a two semester STEM Education internship research opportunity located at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in NYC to support the NYCRI (New York City Research Initiative) program. Applicants must commit to participating in both the spring and summer internship program to be selected for this award. This is a paid internship opportunity for High School Teachers to work directly with NASA scientists whom are participating in the NYCRI (New York City Research Initiative) program. Please forward the application to any high school teachers or organizations whom you feel would like to participate in this program.  Application deadline: 02/13/15 / Stipend for both summer semesters: $6K.

NYCRI SRI start date: June 27th  – TBD (may be modified) / NYCRI SRI end date: August 15th – TBD (may be modified) / Send your application directly to Rita Barley:

Biology Education Workshop for High School and Middle School Teachers / Deadline: March 1 / Event: July 2015 The Department of Biological Sciences at Hunter College, with funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will be offering High School and Middle School Teachers a Summer Workshop in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology during July 2015. Teachers who earn a grade of B or above can receive a $3,000 stipend or four graduate credits. Upon successful completion of the program each teacher receives $2,200 towards equipment and supplies for their school. Teachers are also required to participate with their students in two Science Fridays during the academic year, one at The American Museum of Natural History and the second at Hunter College. Applications are due March 1, 2015, and selected applicants are then interviewed by the program steering committee. Additional information and application forms may be obtained by contacting the Program Administrator, Mr. Dan Kleinman, at  or (212) 772-5297.

NYU Polytechnic is proud to announce the availability of two NSF-funded Research Experiences for Teachers professional development opportunities this summer at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering based on timely STEM-related topics: mechatronics and cyber security. Over six weeks, middle school and high school teachers will receive training in either mechatronics or cyber security and conduct research alongside faculty and students in an NYU SoE lab. After completing the program, teachers will be equipped to bring new and enriched STEM curriculum and after-school programming back to their students and schools, with the ultimate aim of expanding opportunity for students in STEM-related studies and careers.  For program details and application instructions, please read more Here:

USNavy Summer SET Sail: STEM Educator Training: July 6-9 or July 13-16 Information / Video / Application / Website: