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  • 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


  • November 18, 2016 8:03 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce the Climate Cost Project’s 2016/2017  Witnessing Change Video Competition


    The competition gives advanced high school and college students an opportunity to document local impacts of climate change, educating themselves, their communities, and the public.


    In addition to the video contest, the Climate Cost Project provides interdisciplinary educational materials on the economics of climate change, including a specialized climate change economics game and 101 environmental economics chapter. You can find out more about the competition, and our work and mission, in the short video further below, and on our website.


    We hope to see some of your student’s submissions in the spring, and of course please get in touch with us if you have any additional questions. 


    Laurie T. Johnson, Ph.D.

    Executive Director and Co-Founder

    m: (202) 779-3109

    w: climatecostproject.org

    t: @climatecost 

    f: facebook.com/ClimateCostProject



  • November 18, 2016 7:54 AM | 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 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 02, 2016 12:14 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    This one-day course is an introduction to the Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) instructional model. Participants will first learn about the limitations of typical laboratory instruction and why ADI can help all students develop the knowledge and skills they need to be proficient in science.  Next, the participants will have an opportunity to learn about the ADI instructional model by participating in all eight stages of an actual ADI lab investigation from start to finish. The participants will then have time to reflect on their experiences during the lab investigation and ask clarifying questions. Finally, the participants will see how ADI is aligned with the NGSS and state standards for science and English language arts and learn about ways to support students during each stage of the approach.


    Date: November 8 and 9, 2016

    Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

    Place: Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA

    Register here.


    For more information contact Dan Taylor at dan@tayloreducationalmedia.com


  • November 02, 2016 11:42 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The National Ocean Science Bowl was established in 1997 to promote marine science learning through quiz competitions. Categories include biology, chemistry, geology, physics, history, economics of the world's oceans, as well as navigation, geography, and ocean-related current events.


    Want to get involve? Have Questions?


    Contact salmonbowl.nosb@gmail.com


    For more information, visit nosb.org

  • November 02, 2016 11:40 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Since 2006, 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 nearly one million dollars in scholarships to date! The contest is open to U.S. students everywhere, and is endorsed by the NASSP since 2010; the contest will award scholarships totaling $150,000 this year.

    In teams of three to five, participants solve a math modeling problem relevant to their lives in just 14 hours. Last year students explored emerging automobile technologies like car-sharing services and driverless vehicles to model new approaches to mobility, and the year before, participants quantified the cost, return, and value of a college education. See other past problems and samples for practice, as well as a freely downloadable handbook on getting started with math modeling at: http://m3challenge.siam.org/resources.

                                                         

    I invite and urge you to review the Challenge website for more details: http://m3challenge.siam.org/


  • November 02, 2016 11:30 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Come and join GEOetc as we discover the geology on the Big Island of Hawaii, Central Colorado and Acadia National Park this summer (June, July and August of 2017)!  These trips are designed for teachers to increase their Earth science content knowledge as well as to model inquiry-based practices.  You will have the opportunity to collect rock, mineral and fossil samples to take back to your classroom.  Discussions will take place to help you learn how to bring what you learned in the field to your classroom.  Teachers from all grade levels are welcome to participate and no prior Earth science knowledge is needed!  For more information, visit http://geoetc.com/field-adventures/."

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