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  • 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/."

  • September 28, 2016 11:35 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Bat Week is October 24-31, 2016

    Learn all about bats with the Bat Squad! – eight amazing kids from across the USA excited to share their knowledge about bats and experiences with conservation!


    Each of the four webcasts consist of 15-minutes of amazing, action-oriented footage streamed live from BatWeek.org, each with matching classroom activities geared towards Next Generation Science Standards. 


    Visit BatWeek.org for more information and mark your calendars to tune in for the Bat Squad! webcasts during Bat Week! 


    For more information, contact Micaela Jemison (mjemison@batcon.org). 


  • September 28, 2016 11:21 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Discover Seminars 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 developed by the Museum’s world-class scientists and accessible on your schedule. Gain exciting new knowledge and powerful classroom resources this fall and earn graduate credit from one of our university partners.


    The  next session starts October 31st. Sign up today and receive $50 off your registration fee!  Use code SCIENCEMATTERS.


    Seminars on Science courses include: The Brain; Climate Change; Earth: Inside & Out; Evolution; Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; The Ocean System; The Solar System; Space, Time and Motion; Water and more.


    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 us at 800-649-6715.

  • September 28, 2016 11:19 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest + Machu Picchu

    The July 1-11, 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use: 

    • 21st Century Instruction:  5E Lesson Design ~ Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ STEM 
    • Inquiry Protocols & Resources:  Project Learning Tree ~ Cornell Lab of Ornithology ~ & More!
    • Global and Cultural Perspectives:  Service Learning ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education

    Join Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree; Dr. Nancy Trautmann, Cornell Lab of Ornithology;  Dr. David Pearson, Wildlife Travellers’ Guide to Peru; along with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:  

    • Participate in citizen science projects and inquiry based field studies on a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the most biologically diverse environments on the planet.
    • Spend a day in an Amazon village as you explore the complexities of sustainability and the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children.
    • Work with fellow educators to explore strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating STEM education, inquiry-based learning, and sustainability science education into your classroom. 

    PLT Certification, BirdSleuth resources and 50 Arizona State University PD Hours included. Academic Credit and Machu Picchu Extension optional.  $1000 scholarship deadline February 1, 2017.  With Scholarship, Academy Program fees are $1395 + air.  Space is limited to 30 educators - Register early to secure your spot!


    Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at: http://www.amazonworkshops.com/educator-academy.html


    Contact christa@amazonworkshops.com or 1-800-431-2624 for more information.

  • September 28, 2016 11:17 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    During the National Week of Making, the Digital Harbor Foundation announced the Innovation Access Program and is providing a free 3D Printer and 3D Printing workshop to an educator from each state. They will be accepting applications from interested educators throughout the summer. To learn more and apply, please visit dhf.io/iap

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