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  • December 13, 2016 1:37 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Deepen your science content knowledge, interact with working scientists, and gain valuable resources for your classroom withSeminars on Science, the American Museum of Natural History’s online professional learning program. The 6-week online courses in the life, Earth, and physical sciences are co-taught by Museum scientists and classroom educators and are accessible on your schedule. Graduate credit is available from our university partners.


    The next session starts January 30th. Save $50 when you use code SCIENCEMATTERS.


    Courses include: Climate Change; The Diversity of Fishes; Earth: Inside & Out; Evolution; The Ocean System; Sharks and Rays;and Space, Time and Motion.


    For more information about the program, check out Seminars on Science at amnh.org/learn. If you have any questions, send us an email at learn@amnh.org or call (800) 649-6715




    The Seminars on Science Team

  • December 13, 2016 1:33 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The following scholarships are available for current HS students who will be attending OSU in the fall and majoring in engineering. 


    1.       $64,000 award over 4 years ($16K per year for 4 years) for one female 2017 HS female graduate of an OR high school who will attend OSU in fall 2017 and major in any of the 14 majors in the College of Engineering. Selection criteria: the student has a passion for “changing the world”!

     See more at: http://wme.engr.oregonstate.edu/navarrette-engineering-scholarship

    2.       $1,000 award for women who begin first year studies in electrical engineering or computer science. Must apply by Jan 15, 2017 http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/women-eecs-scholarship

  • December 13, 2016 1:29 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Attend and participate in one of our 2017 KidWind Teacher Workshops and KidWind Challenges.  The workshop (for an estimated 25 educators) is designed to introduce teachers to wind energy concepts and show them how to integrate renewable energy education into their classrooms.  The KidWind Challenge is a hands-on learning opportunity for students to apply their knowledge of wind energy and compete against their peers with their own uniquely designed and newly constructed wind turbine models.

    What is a KidWind Workshop (90-sec video)

    What is a KidWind Challenge (90-sec video)

    Educators or "coaches" don't have to be formal teachers.  Club organizers, scout leaders, and even just moms and dads have organized groups of kids grades 3-12 to participate in KidWind Challenges across the country.  Teams will compete for prizes, and the top finishers in local challenges are invited to the National KidWind Challenge to be held in Anaheim, CA, in May 2017 at the American Wind Energy Association's annual conference and trade show.

    2017 Workshops (all Saturday, 9a-3p)

    Boardman, OR

    January 7

    Ellensburg, WA

    January 7

    Medford, OR

    January 21

    Seattle, WA

    January 28

    2017 KidWind Challenges

    Boardman, OR

    March 18

    Seattle, WA

    April 1

    Ellensburg, WA

    April 8

    Ashland, OR

    April 22

     Portland, OR  April 29

    Register here: https://www.kidwindchallenge.org/events?category=all

  • December 13, 2016 1:28 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is a residential science education program that honors and challenges two graduating high school science students from each state.  

    Scientists from across the nation present lectures and hands-on science seminars and linger to interact informally with student delegates.  Delegates are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with resident staff members.  Opportunities are provided for delegates to present seminars covering their own areas of interest and research.  

    A visit to Washington D.C. permits delegates to visit some of the nation’s premier scientific, governmental, and cultural facilities.  The NYSC experience includes overnight excursions into the Monongahela National Forest featuring backpacking, rock-climbing, caving, mountain biking, and kayaking opportunities.  

    Delegates are required to participate in the camp program (June 14 - July 8, 2017) for its entirety as the fast-paced activities and remote location make travel to and from the NYSC very difficult.  More information is available online at www.nysc.org.

  • December 13, 2016 1:07 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    K-8 Oregon Science Teacher Leader NGSS Institute – Bring Back Ready To Teach Lessons For the NGSS


    The Activate Learning Science Teaching 101 - NGSS Workshop is a unique opportunity to develop school-based leaders (teachers, principals, and administrators) who can sustain the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards in grades K-8.

  • December 13, 2016 1:00 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    As the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) enriches the life science education of nearly 10,000 talented students annually. It provides the motivation, curricular resources, and skills training to take them beyond their classroom experience to the level of international competitiveness. You and your students are invited to participate in the 2017 USA Biology Olympiad (USABO). Registration is open! To register, please visit the USABO websitehttps://www.usabo-trc.org/

    Registration closes January 16, 2017. For more information on how your school can participate, contact Kathy Frame, USABO Director, at kframe@cee.org.

  • December 13, 2016 12:54 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce Washington University’s 2nd annual chemistry tournament on April 8, 2017

    The Washington University Chemistry Tournament (WUCT) is an annual chemistry competition held on Washington University’s campus in St. Louis, MO. The competition invites high school students across the nation to participate in a series of individual and team-based chemistry exams, engage with college students and faculty, and earn recognition at an awards ceremony. WUCT emphasizes real world applications of science and promotes fundamental problem-solving and teamwork skills.

    The first tournament was held in April 2016 and had 180 high school students across the nation travel to our campus. We are planning to host over 300 participants in our upcoming 2017 competition.

    Registration opens today at wuct.wustl.edu/index! For more information, visit our website or email us at wuct@su.wustl.edu.

  • December 13, 2016 12:44 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Learning computer science empowers young people to compete in the global economy and pursue careers across all sectors because it teaches students computational thinking and problem solving skills applicable in any industry. Yet, computer science is taught in only 1 of 4 high schools nationwide.

    TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) helps high schools build sustainable computer science programs by pairing trained computer science professionals – from across the tech industry – with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science in high schools throughout the US. TEALS volunteers and partner teachers create a ripple effect, impacting the students they teach, and the many students who will study CS in the future. Started in 2009 by Microsoft employee Kevin Wang who developed and ran the program in his spare time, TEALS was embraced and adopted by Microsoft in 2011.

  • December 13, 2016 12:40 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Applications are now open for the 2017 CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship!


    The competitive fellowship is for teachers and educational leaders interested in bringing public health into current middle- and high- school classrooms. It includes a 5-day summer course (July 10-14, 2017) at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA and a 1-year distance-based professional development opportunity. Applications are due February 15, 2017.


    For more information, please see the attachments or visit our website. We look forward to your application. Please share these materials with other teachers and educational leaders in your network who may be interested.

  • November 18, 2016 8:07 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge (http://m3challenge.siam.org) has become the online math modeling competition known for inspiring high school juniors and seniors to pursue STEM majors and careers, awarding over one million dollars in scholarships to date! The contest is free and open to U.S. students everywhere, and is endorsed by the NASSP since 2010. Scholarships totaling $150,000 toward the pursuit of higher education will be awarded to the top teams this year.

    In teams of three to five, participants solve an open-ended, math-modeling problem focused on a realistic issue in just 14 hours. Challenge weekend is set for February 24-27, 2017. Registration will open in November until the deadline Friday, February 17 at 4 p.m. EST sharp!


    Complete details, rules, and practice problems, as well as a freely downloadable handbook on getting started with math modeling are available at: http://M3Challenge.siam.org.

    E-mail contact: m3challenge@siam.org

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