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  • 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

  • September 28, 2016 11:14 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The Six Star Science OT is a 10-month online professional development program that focuses on the three Dimensions in the Next Generation Science Standards and expanding teacher skills in three major areas: 1) Updating Teacher Content and Pedagogy Knowledge; 2) Understanding the Research Process; and 3) Applying Six Star Science in the Classroom.

    Online Teacher (OT) Fellows participate in a dynamic and interactive virtual learning community that focuses on exploring effective teaching strategies, understanding the research process, and enhancing classroom materials.  Fellows receive a stipend for completion of their online work and graduate credit is available 

    Application deadline: January 31, 2017  More info on this program can be found at: www.frontiersinphys.org

  • September 07, 2016 9:17 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Help is needed for stuffing and passing out program materials, and checking in presenters on Wednesday, November 9 from Noon-7pm. Volunteers are also needed Thursday and Friday, November 10-11 for 2-hour shifts from 7am - 5pm, and on Saturday from 7:30am - noon.

    Volunteers who work 7-15 hours will receive a 50% discount on registration.  Working 16+ hours gets you a complimentary registration.  Hours do not need to be consecutive to qualify. Sign up to volunteer here!

    If you have questions, please contact Stephen Scannell at: scannell@gresham.k12.or.us, or call 503-512-0231.

  • September 07, 2016 9:14 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The goal of the EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science will be to identify high-quality lessons and units that are designed for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Building on the work of the EQuIP peer review panels for mathematics and English Language Arts, the science peer reviewers will evaluate lessons and units in their area of expertise and, collectively, will cover grades K-12. Any lessons and units that are determined to be of high quality will be publicly shared via www.nextgenscience.org so that educators and curriculum developers across all states and districts can benefit from these materials. 


    1. Interested persons must complete this online application. (Application period is Sept. 6 - Sept. 23, 2016)
    2. Applicants will receive an email containing two grade-banded science lessons to review and one copy of the new EQuIP Rubric for Science (Version 3) to use as they evaluate both science lessons. 
    3. Applicants must submit their completed EQuIP rubric reviews for consideration. (Due no later than Sept. 23, 2016)
    4. Accepted applicants will be notified of their selection as a peer reviewer. (By Oct. 21, 2016)
    5. Selected peer reviewers must confirm their commitment and interest. (No later than Oct. 25, 2016)
    More information about this opportunity can be found here.

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