Science Opportunities for West Virginia Teachers

The information below is provided as a service to science educators and is not necessarily to opinion of the WVDE; it is not intended to indicate a preference for or endorsement of particular vendors or programs. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author or organization represented and do not necessarily reflect the views of the WVDE or its employees.

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Postings of academic opportunities for students are on the Student Ops webpage, see also the Ops4Students website.   Flyers are available for advertising the Teacher Ops, Student Ops, and Science in the Arts Challenge.  Please print, post, and share the information.  

Posted August 14, 2018
Through the CodeWV Initiative, the WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education, Extension Service, and Physic & Astronomy Department are hosting an “Hour of Code” weekend Nov 30th-Dec 2nd, 2018.  WVU is inviting WV teachers and their students to visit WVU for computer science activities Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2018, and to help host a 3-hour Coding Open House for the general public on Saturday, December 1st. Apply Here!

ELIGIBILITY-  Only WV Middle and High School Teachers may apply. Teachers must bring at least 1 student with them in order to be eligible, and commit to host their own Hour of Code event at their school or for their community during the week of December 3rd-9th.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT- Note that a $500 stipend will be provided for groups of 5 people, $400 for groups of 4 people, and $300 for groups of 3 people. Lodging arrangements will be made for you ahead of time and some meals will be provided, so these stipends are meant to cover travel, additional meals, and incidentals for your group.  Stipends will be distributed directly to you (the lead teacher); note the stipend will come with tax responsibilities. First issue ($400, $300, or $200) will be distributed in late November, i.e. before you arrive at WVU. Second issue of final $100 stipend will be distributed after you have hosted your own Hour of Code at your own school or in your own community. 

  • September 21st - Due Date for this application
  • September 28 - Accepted Applicants notified
  • October 10th - Web Chat #1 at 7pm
  • November 2nd - Web Chat #2 at 7pm
  • November 30th - Travel to WVU, Welcome
  • December 1st - Opening Ceremony, Hour of Code Action Teams and Public Event!
  • December 2nd - Career Panel and Awards
  • December 3rd-9th - Host your own Hour of Code at your school
  • December 14th - Report Back 
Posted August 10, 2018
The WVU Planetarium invites you and your students, clubs, and scouts to schedule a FREE field trip!  WVU offers a variety of lessons and films that are great for all ages.  The planetarium show can be adjusted to supplement classroom instruction at the instructor’s request.
WVU offers a variety of show introductions and feature presentations to choose from. 

For more than 30 years, the planetarium at West Virginia University has inspired Morgantown and surrounding communities through the exploration of our Universe.  More than just an entertaining look at space, the planetarium features a variety of professionally created shows each year.  Each show begins with a real-time sky show pointing out visible constellations, planets and other astronomical objects.  Then, visitors receive a brief astronomy lesson, such as when and where the sun rises and sets at the beginning of each season.  Visit planetarium.wvu.educall 304-293-4961, or email to schedule a fun space-themed adventure!

The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and sustaining life on Earth. Based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, it is home to a world-class aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof.  The Academy provides many free resources which are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.  These include many short videos which can enhance or punctuate lessons.  Check out the site at .

Posted August 6, 2018
Fayetteville's Wild Weekend
You are invited to come on an adventure and discover all of the nature that Fayetteville has to offer. Fayetteville is celebrating what makes their area so wild with a nature festival from August 10th through the 12th. From educational programs designed specifically for youngsters and adults to guided hikes in the New River Gorge along with adventure activities.  Fayetteville’s Wild Weekend will offer a variety of activities and workshops for all ages and interests. Come and celebrate the features, creatures, and culture that make Fayetteville the unique place that it is.  Get up close and personal with the Snakes of West Virginia as Roy Moose kicks off our events Friday. Stay tuned for schedule updates as more events are finalized. Enjoy activities from nature paddle boarding tours to salamander talks and hikes. We will have educational nature booths set up at the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau on August 11th from 9 am to 1 pm. If you would like information on booth space or on the event email us at Fayettesville's Wild Weekend or call 304-574-1500.

Posted July 11, 2018
April 6-8, 2018 at Experience Learning’s Spruce Knob Mountain Center
The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is 72-80 hours/10-days long and is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies.

WFR is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions.  

Participants receive a SOLO WFR certification upon completion, which is good for two years. Participants can also get certified or recertified in CPR.
To register or get more details, visit For more information call: (304) 567. 2632          
Posted June 12, 2018
Registration is FREE, so secure your seat for the STEM Speaker Series, next event-  Super Cells: Building with Biology with Nina Tandon on Thursday, July 19, 2018, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers Street, Charleston.  In this keynote, Nina Tandon takes us on an eye-popping tour of the tantalizing array of inventions already being created with nature’s elemental building block, the cell. Imagine the possibilities: broken bridges that have the ability to self-heal, one-stop body-shops for human body parts that render organ donation obsolete, living looms spinning high-tech fabrics, PETA-friendly porterhouse steaks—smarter, more adaptive technologies that may form our future arsenal as we confront looming challenges. With great enthusiasm, Tandon contends that we’re entering a new technological revolution, one in which we can create smarter technologies by making cells our partners in design—often on our own steam, in collaborative biohacking labs. And, she confront the thorny questions that come with playing with the power of life. Visit Super Cells: Building with Biology to learn more.

G.L.O.B.E. Hydrology Training on July 23, 2018 8:00 am to 3:30 pm at Hamblin Hall Room 203 West Virginia State University.
Training will be in the following GLOBE Hydrology protocols:
  • Dissolved Oxygen Nitrates 
  • Conductivity Temperature 
  • Transparency pH 
  • Alkalinity Macroinvertebrates 
Teachers will receive:
  • $150.00 stipend. 
  • $200.00 in GLOBE equipment 
Click to register for the training.   For any further questions call or text: Hannah Payne at 304-553-8218 or Rick Sharpe at 304-617-6103

The West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) National Board Certification (NBC) Support Program is an in-depth professional development opportunity that allows participants to review and better understand the complete NBC standards and process. It exposes teachers to the process as well as the rigor, challenge and commitment the process entails. The Department’s NBC PD, which begins in the summer and continues throughout the school year, offers:
structured and sustained support and One-on-One support provided by expert NBC mentor or cohort support group.

For registration information, WVDE will utilize the existing WVCPD registration portal at for the two summer events. Visit CPD for information specific to National Board Certification.

National Board Certification Awareness- This session serves as an introduction to the NBC process with detailed information about the expectations and commitment required.
  • Holiday Inn Charleston West (South Charleston Holiday Inn),  June 26
  • Bridgeport Conference Center July 23
National Board Certification- This session supports educators pursuing NBC. It provides insight and strategies on the process to help educators to be more successful.
  • Holiday Inn Charleston West (South Charleston Holiday Inn), June 27-28
  • Bridgeport Conference Center, July 24-25
To get information regarding the October 2018 event, or if you have specific questions regarding the NBC process, contact Dr. Carla Warren at

Posted June 1, 2018

Project Learning Tree Educator Workshop, Canaan Valley Resort, Davis, WV, July 11, 2018

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education program that uses the forest as a ‘window on the world’ to understand our complex environment, to stimulate critical thinking and to make informed decisions. Appropriate for both formal and non-formal educators. This hands-on workshop enhances both National and State Educational Standards.

The class will be held at Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center, Davis, WV on July 11 from 9-3p.m. Registration is a must- class size is limited. You must register by July 2, 2018 by emailing or calling 304-822-4512.

Dates and Registration for Summer 2018 National Board Certification Events Now Available
The West Virginia Department of Education has assumed the role of provider for professional learning sessions to support National Board Certification awareness, certification, and renewal. For more information regarding these supports, please see the attached flyer, or contact Dr. Carla Warren, Coordinator, WVDE Office of Early & Elementary Learning, at

Posted May 4, 2018
Are You a 6-12 Grade Teacher With An Interest in STEM?

Bridge Valley Advanced Technology Center, 1201 Science Park Drive, South Charleston, WV 25303, on July 24, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Spend the day with participating in high quality STEM professional development with teams of teachers, principals and STEM business leaders. The STEMersion Seminar is designed to support teachers with free, high quality resources to incubate ideas and plans for infusing real world STEM experiences in the classroom. 

To register for the 2018 STEMersion Seminar click here.  For more information, contact Program Director Beth Bowden at 304-342-7850 or

Workshop on Supporting Three-Dimensional Learning and Teaching with New Curriculum Materials
Thursday, August 2, 2018, at AAAS Headquarters, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC.
Sponsored by Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Middle school science and high school biology teachers are invited to submit an application to attend a free one-day workshop hosted by Project 2061, the science education initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The workshop is also open to science specialists or administrators with science curriculum responsibilities. Submit your workshop application here

Led by the Project 2061 research and development team, the workshop will introduce participants to a pair of curriculum units designed to give students a coherent understanding of matter and energy in living organisms:
  • Toward High School Biology is designed for use in middle school and focuses on helping students understand what happens to atoms and molecules during the chemical reactions that result in the growth and repair of living organisms: 
  • Matter and Energy for Growth and Activity is for high school biology students and expands on the middle school unit to help students understand the relationship between matter and energy changes. The unit also explores how energy-releasing and energy-requiring chemical reactions are coupled in living systems so that organisms can carry out basic life functions. 
The workshop will demonstrate how the units tackle some common learning difficulties, including persistent misconceptions that many students have about matter and energy. Participants will also see how the units align with Next Generation Science Standards and will have an opportunity to try out some sample activities and explore online teacher resources that are available with the units.

Teams of two or more middle and high school educators are encouraged to apply, but all team members must submit separate applications. You will be notified by email if you are selected to attend. Certificates of participation in this AAAS-sponsored professional development workshop will be provided to all teachers who attend. A complimentary light breakfast and lunch will be served.

Posted May 2, 2018
Solar System Exploration Public Engagement Institute Presented by the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute:
the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the Lunar and Planetary Institute

At the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) Laurel, MD on July 23-26, 2018.

This free 4-day institute incorporates presentations by planetary scientists, a variety of hands-on activities, and tours of Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Smithsonian. All who conduct programs for children or the public are welcome to apply, including museum staff, planetarians, librarians, camp program facilitators, scout leaders, NASA Solar System Ambassadors, educators, and more!  Applications are competitive and spaces are limited. Priority will be for applicants who are newer to NASA STEM resources, applicants who reach under-served audiences, and applicants with wider reach or greater impact on audiences.  Participation in the institute and the related tours is free, and includes some lunches.
Participants will be expected to conduct and report on at least two programs that use resources, information, or activities from the Solar System Exploration Public Engagement Institute between August 2018 and June 2019.  Apply Now!  

Additional FAQs and for more information, contact Christine Shupla, Lunar and Planetary Institute, 281-486-2135 or

Posted April 23, 2018
Thanks to a generous grant funded by the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, WVSTA is accepting scholarship applications for this fall’s conference!
Current forensics teachers and preservice teachers in the middle and high school grades are encouraged to apply for scholarships to participate in forensics professional development at the WVSTA annual conference held at the Stonewall Resort on October 26-27, 2018. 
Participants will receive one night’s lodging (Friday night) and conference registration for their participation. Actual workshops will be tailored based on feedback from the applicants but could possibly include: 
  • Blood presence/blood typing 
  • Blood spatter analysis 
  • Forensic Anthropology (using bones to tell gender, height, and ethnicity) 
  • Chemical testing of unknown powders (including testing using field drug test kits) 
  • Toolmark/ballistics analysis 
  • DNA electrophoresis/genotyping 
  • Latent fingerprinting analysis 
  • Ink chromatography 
  • Glass fracture analysis 

You can apply by visiting the application link  Recipients of the scholarship will be required to attend forensics sessions, keep a conference journal, and provide session feedback.  For more information about the program contact Mark Flood, PhD at

Posted April 24, 2018
FSU High Attitude Balloon Launch on Thursday, April 26, at 11 a.m.
Fairmont State University’s College of Science & Technology invites you to a unique teaching opportunity! Aviation students at FSU are organizing a high altitude balloon launch this month as a part of their activities for their Aviation Physics course. A launch and test launch will be live-streamed through Stratostar, our partner with this project.

The balloon consists of a helium-filled weather balloon that carries a box containing a satellite link, plus a payload box that contains cameras, sensors, and a GPS tracking device. The balloon typically rises to 100,000 feet at which point the expanded balloon bursts and follows a parachute-assisted descent to a landing site where it will be recovered.

The launch involves several phases: organizing and scheduling the launch; designing experiments that measure environmental conditions at high altitudes, and the effects of such conditions on items of interest; assembling the experiments into several payload boxes; predicting and tracking the balloon’s flight; launching the balloon and collecting the data; recovering the balloon and payload boxes; and downloading and analyzing the collected data.

On Thursday, April 19, at 11 am, FSU will conduct a tethered launch with a smaller balloon to test the payload experiments, the satellite link, and all the other equipment to be used in the main launch scheduled for Thursday April 26 at 11 am (rain date 5/3 at 11 am).

The tethered launch will be from the FSU Duvall-Rosier field, and may be followed with this link: Falcon Mission 3a:
The launch of the large balloon will be from the FSU Duvall-Rosier field, and may be followed with this link: Falcon Mission 3b:

For more information, please contact:
Siegfried Bleher (304) 367-4582 (Physics)
Travis Miller (304) 367-4246 (STEM Learning Coordinator)

Registration for the AP Summer Institute is open!
The AP Summer Institute is an intensive four-day professional development session offered in three locations in the state. Facilitated by College-Board endorsed instructors, the AP Summer Institute helps teachers enhance teaching skills and content knowledge. Many of the instructors are also AP exam readers and are able to give participants a unique perspective into student performance on the AP exam. Visit for more information.

The registration deadlines are as follows:
· Session I Musselman High School in Inwood – May 29th
· Session II University High School in Morgantown – June 5th
· Session III George Washington High School in Charleston – June 19th

GenCyber Cyber Defense Bootcamp for High School Technology Teachers
June 25-29, 2018 at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
With funding from the GenCyber program, the Department of Computer Science at James Madison University is offering a five-day bootcamp to cover the basics of
Cyber Defense for high school technology teachers. Participants will learn:
o   The basics of setting up and administering both Windows and Linux operating systems
o   Hardening techniques for both Windows and Linux hosts
o   What tools attackers commonly use to perform reconnaissance and gather useful information in preparation for an attack
o   How and why attackers perform password cracking, network sniffing, and other attacks
o   How defenders utilize intrusion detection systems, integrity checkers, network monitors, and standard utilities on both 
Windows and Linux systems that aid in incident response
If you are interested in participating, please complete an application at the following URL:  The application deadline is May 5th.  All participants selected for the bootcamp will receive a $600 stipend to cover their travel, food, and lodging costs.

Posted April 10, 2018
Digital Signal Processing in Radio Astronomy (DSPIRA) Professional Development

Are you interested in Radio astronomy and how computers are able to process the signals? The DSPIRA program (Digital Signal Processing in Radio Astronomy) provides high school teachers (grades 9-12) with hands-on experience using high-quality, open source software development tools, in both research engineering and educational settings.

The Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at WVU, the WVU Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology and the Green Bank Observatory in Green Bank cordially invite you to join our newly developed Research Experience for Teachers program. The DSPIRA program is a six-week summer program with stipend from June 25 – August 4, 2018 at WVU in Morgantown, and Green Bank. You will work in small groups to complete a research project developing a spectrometer and small radio telescope.

See here: for more information about the upcoming program, and here: to see information from the last group of participants.

Go here to complete an online application: The deadline of applications is May 1st.
Posted April 6, 2018

Pulsar Search Collaboratory  West Virginia Teachers and Students Join the Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC) 
A six-week online training session and participation in data analysis throughout the academic year through an online database. Students and teacher can communicate with students, teachers, and professional astronomers through an online forum. You will also have the chance to attend a week-long summer workshop at the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County, West Virginia and a Capstone event at West Virginia University. Teachers get to involve their students in authentic scientific research earn WVU credit and a stipend all while working with the largest telescope in the United States.  

Teachers: Complete this online application by May 1, 2018. Teachers will be accepted on a rolling basis until we are full.
 Have Questions? Need more information? Contact Sue Ann Heatherly (Green Bank Observatory) or Check out the PSC web-page at:

Posted April 5, 2018
SPACE: Space Port Area Conference for Educators July 11-13, 2018 
Kennedy Space Center, FL
Registration is now open for the first annual SPACE Conference, hosted by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation. Experience stimulating presentations from astronauts, and NASA science and engineering experts. Tour the Kennedy Space Center and surrounding facilities. Get ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content. Keep your fingers crossed for a launch to be scheduled during the conference dates! This conference is for K-12 certified educators who are teaching in U.S. schools. Attendees must be U.S. citizens.

Posted March 26, 2018
Bighorn Basin Educator Workshop: Introduction to geology and paleontology field methods, GEOSC 497/597 (2-credits)

The Bighorn Basin Teacher Workshop is a one week course in introductory field geology and paleontology with special emphasis on a portion of the Mesozoic and early Cenozoic era sedimentary rock and fossil deposits of the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming and Montana. Through daily field excursions and evening classroom sessions, students (both pre-service and in-service teachers) will be introduced to and employ various modern field techniques used by geologists and paleontologists to study the depositional and structural history of the region, paleoenvironmental change through time, and discover first-hand the fossils (including dinosaurs!) that characterize the fauna and flora of these time periods.

For more information and to apply please visit the course website at:, applications will be accepted through April 20th, 2018.

Posted March 16, 2018
A sneak peek at what’s inside the 2018 Spring Caliper
· Go Direct Motion Detector Makes a New Class of Experiments Possible
· Coding with mBot™: Self-Driving Vehicles Module
· Simple Experiments with the Go Direct Sensor Cart
· Pivot Interactives Olympian
· Aquatic Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
· Thermal Imaging of Yellowstone's Hydrothermal Features
· A New Take on Angle of Insolation
· Spotlight on New Inquiry-Based Experiment for Spectroscopy
· Investigating Intermolecular Forces Using the Mini GC Plus
· Forensic Chemistry: Analysis of a Mystery Powder
· Design-It-Clean Challenge
· myVitals: A Student Engineering Project
· Add Coding to Your Curriculum Using Scratch and Vernier Sensors
· Complete Biology Solution Using Go Direct Sensors
· Follow Up on the Great American Eclipse

Posted March 14, 2018

on March 15, 2018 at 3:00 PM EST.  6th Annual Share My Lesson Virtual Conference FREE Virtual Conference hosted by Share My Lesson-   Click here to register and learn more.

Posted March 6, 2018
Joint Project Learning Tree (PLT) and Project WET Educator Workshop, March 24, 2018
See workshop descriptions below.  The class will be held at the Mineral County Health Keyser on March 24 from 8-4. Registration is a must- class size is limited. You must register by March 15 by emailing

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education program that uses the forest as a ‘window on the world’ to understand our complex environment, to stimulate critical thinking and to make informed decisions. Appropriate for both formal and non-formal educators. Enhances both National and State Educational Standards.

Project WET (Water education for Teachers) addresses atmospheric water, surface water, groundwater, cultural and historical uses of water, and contemporary water management issues such as stormwater management and nonpoint source pollution. The activities are designed to complement existing curricula rather than displace or add additional concepts in the classroom. Enhances both National and State Educational Standards.

Appalachian Watershed and Stream Monitors (AWSM) Community Action in the Classroom Workshop on July 16 – 18, 2018 at Experience Learning’s Spruce Knob Mountain Center
The AWSM Community Action in the Classroom professional development workshop is a collaborative effort between Experience Learning and Earth Force for formal and informal educators who want to integrate civic and environmental action into their classroom.

Participants will learn Save Our Streams stream monitoring protocols and supporting standards-based curriculum that will have students engaging in fun, hands-on citizen-science.

Participants will also learn Earth Force’s Community Action and Problem Solving Process, a six-step model that combines the best of civic engagement, environmental education, and STEM. Youth work together through educator facilitation to design and implement a project to explore root causes and address a policy or practice related to the environmental issue that they identify in their community. Earth Force’s focus on civic engagement helps learners to become active participants in their communities by conducting balanced research, building strong community partnerships, and making decisions as a democratic group.

Scholarships are available! Guests are welcome to come along and enjoy scenic Spruce Knob!  Learn more and register on our website:
Posted March 8, 2018
West Virginia Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS)

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is a STEM (science, technology engineering and mathematics) scholarship competition sponsored by the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Navy. It is separate from ISEF, but strong science fair projects usually do well in the JSHS format (a 12-minute, oral presentation). The regional symposium includes a keynote speaker and practice time for presenters on Friday evening, the competition on Saturday morning, and an awards banquet. Lodging and meals are free to regional participants, so the only cost of attending the WV-JSHS is travel to West Virginia Wesleyan College. Two winning projects compete in the National JSHS, and the top three regional finalists earn scholarships of up to $2,000. A total of five students earn expense-paid trips to the National JSHS competition, and there is a teacher award to support science at the teacher’s school. The WV-JSHS follows the competition guidelines of the National JSHS except that we do not hold a poster symposium and all students compete in a single group rather than within categories. For more information, contact Dr. DeLaney or visit the National JSHS website. 
  • Fair Location: West Virginia Wesleyan College 
  • Fair Dates: March 23-24, 2018 
  • Applications due- March 21, 2018, Online application is at (Please note the extension for the date for the application.) 
  • Eligibility: Any student in grades 9-12 in a West Virginia school 
  • Contact: Tracey DeLaney, Asst. Professor of Physics,; 304-473-8330. Please notify Dr. DeLaney if your online application is not promptly acknowledged. 
  • National JSHS website:

The West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair, (WVSSEF) 
The WVSSEF is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair and follows their rules and guidelines. Please review the 2016 ISEF Rules and Guidelines for additional information. Two winning projects will receive and expense paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as well as cash awards to winning projects. 

Posted March 6, 2018
Appalachian Watershed and Stream Monitors (AWSM) Community Action in the Classroom Workshop 
July 16 – 18, 2018 at Experience Learning’s Spruce Knob Mountain Center, Circleville, WV 

The AWSM Community Action in the Classroom professional development workshop is a collaborative effort between Experience Learning and Earth Force for formal and informal educators who want to integrate civic and environmental action into their classroom. 

Participants will learn Save Our Streams stream monitoring protocols and supporting standards-based curriculum that will have students engaging in fun, hands-on citizen-science. 

Participants will also learn Earth Force’s Community Action and Problem Solving Process, a six-step model that combines the best of civic engagement, environmental education, and STEM. Youth work together through educator facilitation to design and implement a project to explore root causes and address a policy or practice related to the environmental issue that they identify in their community. Earth Force’s focus on civic engagement helps learners to become active participants in their communities by conducting balanced research, building strong community partnerships, and making decisions as a democratic group. 

Scholarships are available! Guests are welcome to come along and enjoy scenic Spruce Knob!  Learn more and register on our website:

Posted March 5, 2018

Super Cells: Building with Biology with Nina Tandon 

Register now to secure your seat for the STEM Speaker Series, next event-  Super Cells: Building with Biology with Nina Tandon on Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers Street, Charleston.  In this keynote, Nina Tandon takes us on an eye-popping tour of the tantalizing array of inventions already being created with nature’s elemental building block, the cell. Imagine the possibilities: broken bridges that have the ability to self-heal, one-stop body-shops for human body parts that render organ donation obsolete, living looms spinning high-tech fabrics, PETA-friendly porterhouse steaks—smarter, more adaptive technologies that may form our future arsenal as we confront looming challenges. With great enthusiasm, Tandon contends that we’re entering a new technological revolution, one in which we can create smarter technologies by making cells our partners in design—often on our own steam, in collaborative biohacking labs. And, she confront the thorny questions that come with playing with the power of life. Visit Super Cells: Building with Biology to learn more.

Posted February 20, 2018
Tuesday, March 20 @ 6PM
Please note the date change from February 22.
Learn about high school students using the Green Bank Telescope in Pocahontas County, WV to search for exotic stars called Pulsars.  The 35 minute film will take place in the Caperton Planetarium and Theater at the Clay Center and will be followed by discussion with the film's producers,  astronomers, and students involved in the program.   For more information visit or call 304-561-3570

K-12 WV Teacher Opportunity for FREE Computer Science Professional Learning 
Middle and High School Teachers-  Applications are currently open for the Summer 2018 Professional Learning Program.  Designed around courses Computer Science Discoveries (Grades 6-12 (Counts as Discovering Computer Science)) and Computer Science Principles (grades 9-12 (AP counts as CPD APSI and non-AP counts as Computer Science in the Modern World), the 2018 Professional Learning Programs for middle and high school teachers begins with a five-day, in-person summer workshop followed by four additional one-day workshops throughout the year. If you are unsure which program is right for you, we offer some program recommendations to help you determine the best fit for your teaching situation. 

The priority application period closes on March 30th, and we’ll review applications on a rolling basis. We look forward to reviewing your application!

Elementary School Teachers- We welcome elementary school teachers to sign up year-round for our no-cost, high-quality one-day professional development workshops for Computer Science Fundamental courses from an experienced computer science facilitator.

For more information visit, email:, or call: 304-293-5030.

Posted February 12, 2018

Genes in Space™ Challenge @
We invite students in grades 7 through 12 to design DNA experiments that address challenges in space exploration

Propose a Polymerase Chain Reaction experiment in space
Utilize the International Space Station as a testbed for deep space exploration 

The reward
Launch your DNA experiment to the International Space Station (ISS)
Receive mentorship from Harvard and MIT PhD scientists
Present your ideas at a leading space science conference
Attend Space Biology Camp
Win miniPCR DNA Discovery System™ for your school, travel awards, and more.

Posted February 2, 2018

Make It Shine Earth Day Celebration, April 19, 2018

The WV Department of Environmental Protection’s Make It Shine program will hold its annual Earth Day celebration  from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  on Thursday, April 20, 2018, at the Clay Center in Charleston.  
Approximately 20 educational displays and activities promoting Earth Day, environmental education, resource conservation and environmental stewardship will be available to individuals and school groups. In addition to several DEP divisions, among those expected to take part in Earth Day this year are the Three Rivers Avian Center with its birds of prey; the Dept. of Agriculture; the Division of Forestry; and the Division of Natural Resources.

This event is open to the public. To register a school group to attend, or for more information regarding this event, please contact Terry Carrington, WV Make It Shine program at (800) 322-5530, or by e-mail at . Registration forms for schools and exhibitors may also be found at .

Posted February 1, 2018
Earth and Space Science (ESS) Passport 
- an amazing professional development program which has been funded for three years by the Math Science Partnership (MSP) Program allocated by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). Selected science teachers will receive a stipend along with 10 tuition-waived graduate credits in physical science from Fairmont State University for participating in the program with a cohort for two years.  ESS Passport participants are trained in ESS content, WV Next Generation Science Standards (WV NxGen & NGSS), engineering design, and best pedagogical practices.  During the two years teachers are provided with classroom materials and activity guides to assist in the implementation of activities.  Teachers attend two summer workshops (Green Bank Observatory with Earth and space science content specialists and Fairmont State University with NASA IV&V Educator Resource Center).  Visit for more information OR advance to the following link to apply:

Pulsar Search Collaboratory
 - A six-week online training session and participation in data analysis throughout the academic year through an online database. Students and teacher can communicate with students, teachers, and professional astronomers through an online forum. You will also have the chance to attend a week-long summer workshop at the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County, West Virginia and a Capstone event at West Virginia University. Teachers get to involve their students in authentic scientific research earn WVU credit and a stipend all while working with the largest telescope in the United States.  Learn more - Apply online -

2018 Earth Science/STEM Teacher Leadership Academy
The American Geosciences Institute invites school administrators to nominate teachers for the 2018 American Geosciences Institute (AGI)/ExxonMobil Exploration Teacher Leadership Academies. Nominated elementary and middle school teachers can apply to attend a week-long academy at which they which they learn Earth science content, explore hands-on STEM activities, and gain real-world science experiences. These academies prepare teachers with geoscience teaching techniques, resources, and tools that they can share with their colleagues and students. 

These academies will be held in Houston for elementary school teachers June 24th – through June 29th and for middle school teachers July 22nd through July 27th. Academy-related travel, lodging, and subsistence costs will be covered by a grant from ExxonMobil. There is space for up to 24 participants and it is encouraged that teams of two or four to attend from each state or school district.   Please send names and e-mail contact information for nominees to Juliet Crowell, Education Programs Manager, American Geosciences Institute, at Please use the subject line “K-5 Teacher Leader Academy Nominee” or “Middle School Teacher Leader Academy Nominee.”

SET Sail STEM Educator Training Workshops - are offered on-site at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Training focuses on the use of project-based learning in topics such as engineering design, chemistry, physics, math, robotics, programming, biology, and SeaPerch.  A week-long training is offered two times during the summer, with additional one-day workshops offered each year in September and February.  Advanced registration is required, and is posted on the Applications page in August and January.

Every year the American Radio Relay League (the US national ham radio organization) offers an all-expense paid training in wireless technology to teachers and the teachers also receive equipment for their schools. The teachers do not need to be ham radio operators. The Teachers Institute has provided teachers at all grade levels with tools and strategies to introduce basic electronics, the science of radio, space technology and satellite communications, as well as weather science, introduction to micro-controllers and basic robotics in their classrooms.  The curriculum is designed for motivated teachers and other school staff who want to learn more about wireless technology and bring that knowledge to their students.  Learn more -

Maury Project Workshop for Oceanography Educators

This American Meteorological Society (AMS) workshop is for precollege teachers and supervisors who teach, or supervise the teaching of, units with significant oceanography content. Participants learn the physical foundations of oceanography, explore how these concepts can be employed in the classroom, and prepare workshops for teachers in their home regions to disseminate these ideas. Participants attend a two-week training workshop at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland, July 8–20, and learn from USNA faculty members, NOAA scientists, and other professional science educators. They receive graduate credit, a $600 stipend, lodging, meals, travel funds, tuition, and instructional materials. After the workshop, they conduct training sessions for precollege teachers in their home regions, supported by AMS. Teachers who are interested in promoting minority participation in science are particularly encouraged to apply (deadline March 19). See Maury Project Workshop Details.

Project ATMOSPHERE Workshop 
The AMS offers this hybrid workshop for K–12 teachers who teach science courses with atmospheric content and their supervisors. The workshop introduces participants to the latest
technologies for sensing, analyzing, and forecasting weather and how to incorporate them in the classroom.Before the on-site workshop, participants complete online learning modules on atmospheric science. Then during July 15–21 at the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) Training Center in Kansas City, Missouri, teachers participate in lectures, tutorials, hands-on lab exercises, field trips, and
seminars led by NWS and NOAA personnel. Participants receive graduate credit, a $300 stipend, lodging, meals, travel funds, tuition, and instructional materials. Afterward, they are expected to conduct training sessions for precollege teachers in their home regions, supported by AMS. Teachers and supervisors interested in promoting minority participation in science are particularly encouraged to apply (deadline March 26).  Visit Project ATMOSPHERE Workshop 


EinsteinPlus Summer Workshop- 
This one-week intensive workshop for Canadian and international high school teachers focuses on modern physics, including quantum physics, special relativity, and cosmology. Participants will learn about the latest developments in physics from expert researchers, take lab tours, and interact with like-minded individuals from around the world. Session topics include: 
• innovative teaching strategies suitable for all areas of physics;
• quantum physics: wave-particle duality and the electron double-slit experiment;
• Geographic Positioning Systems (GPS) and relativity;
• dark matter as an application of uniform circular motion; and
• measurements of Planck’s constant using a simple electronic circuit
EinsteinPlus will take place July 8–14 at the Perimeter Institute in Ontario, Canada. Those interested in conducting follow-up activities with teachers at home are particularly encouraged to apply (deadline April 2).  See EinsteinPlus for details. 

Climate Generation’s Institute for Climate Change Education
Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing science, critical thinking, and problem solving about climate change into the classroom. Hear from experts and scientists on their research on climate science and climate change solutions. Engage with hands-on activities that help bring climate change concepts into your educational setting. Explore Climate Generation’s Next Generation Climate curriculum, a six-lesson, interdisciplinary, middle school climate change curriculum that has students investigate the cause of the global temperature change, research the major repercussions of climate change, and find out how they can monitor and minimize those repercussions. The institute will be held at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, June 26–28. Clock hours and graduate credits are available. Refer to Climate Generation’s Institute for Climate Change Education.

Penn State Interdisciplinary Materials Research Experience for Teachers
This six-week program provides hands-on research experience for STEM teachers, who are paired with faculty mentors in materials chemistry, physics, and nanotechnology. From June 25 to August 3, teachers engage in demonstrations, seminars, workshops, and activities, and do research that has applications to bioengineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics, optoelectronics, physics, and the life sciences. Fellows present their research at a mini-symposium afterward. K–12 preservice and inservice teachers are eligible; participants receive a $6,000 stipend, housing, and travel expenses, though inservice teachers get $5,000. Apply by April 15 at Interdisciplinary Materials RET.

GEEO Teacher Travel Programs 
The Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) sponsors these programs enabling teachers to study abroad and share their experiences with students when they return home. Programs are available in locations worldwide, including Argentina/Brazil, Armenia/Georgia, Balkans, Bangkok to Hanoi, Camino de Santiago, Colombia, Eastern Europe, India/Nepal, Galapagos, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Madagascar, Morocco, Multi-Stan, Paris to Rome, Peru, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka and Maldives, and Vietnam and Cambodia. Participants can earn graduate and professional development credit.
GEEO travel programs are open to K–12 teachers and university faculty, school administrators, and retired educators. Friends and family members may accompany participants. Trips last for 7 to 23 days. Detailed information is available at  Apply by June 1.

NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium LiftOff Institute 
This institute for science teachers takes place June 24–29 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The workshop features hands-on, inquiry-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities and opportunities to work with NASA scientists and engineers. Teachers of grades 4–12 with one year of teaching experience, a willingness to share information with others, and U.S. citizenship are eligible. The program is free for Texas teachers. Apply online by March 30 at NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium LiftOff Institute.

DIG Field School K12
At the Discoveries in Geosciences (DIG) Field School, K–12 teachers work alongside scientists at an active geological and paleontological research site in Hell Creek, Montana. Thirty teachers will collect fossils, analyze data, construct explanations with evidence, and contribute to knowledge in the field. Teachers also get lesson plans, resources, and access to field samples for use in their classrooms, as well as increased confidence in their ability to teach Earth science and evolution. The field school provides food, scientific equipment, lodging, and transportation after teachers arrive in Hell Creek; continuing education credits are also available. Apply by March 31consult

Posted January 31, 2018

American Electric Power Teacher Vision Grants- 
 These grants go to preK–12 teachers who live or teach in American Electric Power (AEP) service areas in West Virginia. Grants of $100 to $500 fund projects with an academic focus that improve student achievement; those with an emphasis on science, math, technology, electrical safety, energy, or the environment are preferred. Teachers who have attended an AEP Workshop for Educators, participated in the National Energy Education Development project, or are affiliated with an AEP school–business partnership receive priority. Apply by February 23 at

ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award K12- The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) honors a teacher who is age 35 or younger as of July 15 and uses technology to improve teaching and learning. The awardee will receive free registration to the ISTE Conference and Expo, up to $1,000 in travel expenses, a $1,500 cash prize, and a one-year ISTE membership. Nominate yourself or a colleague by February 28 at 

ISTE’s Kay L. Bitter Vision Award- This award recognizes one preK–2 teacher who uses technology with students in innovative ways. The honoree will receive free registration to the ISTE Conference and Expo, up to $1,000 in travel expenses, and a one-year ISTE membership. Nominate yourself or a colleague by February 28see  . 

Dominion Energy Environmental Education and Stewardship Grants - These grants go to public and private K–12 schools and nonprofit organizations in areas Dominion Energy serves in West Virginia and other states. Grants of up to $50,000 are available for short-term environmental projects with measurable results; K–12 schools get up to $5,000. Projects should educate students about environmental stewardship, help protect and preserve natural habitats, or improve open spaces and make nature more accessible. Apply by March 1; visit

Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s Thomas J. Brennan Award H Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s (ASP) $500 award goes to an exceptional high school astronomy teacher who’s committed to classroom or planetarium education and training other teachers. Colleagues and students can nominate any high school astronomy teacher, or an individual who has made an impact on high school astronomy teaching, in North America. The honoree will receive a check and a plaque at ASP’s Annual Awards Meeting Banquet. Letters of nomination are due by March 1; visit .

Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators - 
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes outstanding K–12 environmental education teachers. Up to two teachers from each of the EPA’s 10 regions, in different states, will be chosen.  Awardees receive $2,500 to further their professional development, and their local education organization receives $2,500 to fund activities and
programs to support the teacher. K–12 educators at public schools are eligible; applicants must have a current teaching license and at least five years of teaching experience, including three years of teaching environmental education. Apply by March 1 at .

Get Out and Grow School Garden Sweepstakes- This contest is open to school gardens that encourage hard work and healthy eating. One gold prize winner will receive $15,000 for a new or improved school garden and a visit from a TEAM USA Olympic athlete; a silver winner will receive $5,000; and 20 bronze winners will get $500. School administrators and food service directors at K–12 schools are eligible. To enter, go to and explain in 250 characters or fewer why a new or improved school garden would benefit your students. Enter by March 11.

Braitmayer Foundation’s K–12 Education Grants- The foundation provides these grants for innovative practices in K–12 schools. Of particular interest are curricular and school reform initiatives and professional development opportunities for teachers, especially those that encourage people of high ability and diverse backgrounds to enter or remain in the profession. Grants of up to $35,000 are available. A proposed budget and proof of 501(c)(3) status or other tax-exempt ruling letter are required. Apply by March 15 at .

Carton 2 Garden Contest- This contest rewards preK–12 schools that creatively repurpose at least 100 milk or juice cartons for their gardens.  One grand-prize winner will receive a prize valued at $5,000. Three others will receive prizes valued at $2,500 in these areas: STEM, Sustainability, and Health and Wellness. And 10 others—five from middle or high schools and five from elementary schools—will receive award packages valued at $1,000 each. Schools don’t need an existing garden to apply. Submit entries by April 16. Register and get free seeds and tips to start your garden at the

bioGraphic for Educators- Infographics, data visualizations, and videos at make great interactive learning resources for middle and high school students and science teachers. Produced by bioGraphic, the California Academy of Science’s multimedia magazine, the resources highlight plant and animal survival strategies observed in nature and promising approaches to sustaining life on Earth. Learn from a bumblebee’s flight in the video Bumper Bees; discover how giant sequoia trees transport nutrients from root to crown in the infographic The Making of a Giant; or read leveled news articles highlighting current research on the behaviors of dolphins, crested guan, green sea turtle, alpine frog, and other animals.

The Waystation Network-  K–12 students and educators of all ages interested in Monarch butterfly migration will appreciate this website. Created by Monarch, the site provides support for schools and educators with pollinator gardens or who want to incorporate a study of monarchs into the curriculum. Find curriculum, gardening tips, background information on monarchs and other insects, monarch-related Student Challenges to spark classroom discussion, and DirectAction steps to take for monarch conservation. Visitors to can also read the Waystation blog and  register for a project newsletter.

A Guide to the Energy of the Earth- In this animated lesson produced by TEDEd Originals, educator Joshua M. Sneideman examines the many ways in which energy cycles through our planet, from the Sun to our food chain to electricity and beyond. Targeted for grades 9–12, the lesson is divided into four sections: Watch, which presents the animated video content; Think, which offers a set of 10 open-ended and multiple-choice questions on the topic; Dig Deeper, which highlights additional web resources about energy; and Discuss, which enables students to share what they’ve learned or ask questions in an online forum. Find this lesson and other TEDEd Originals at

Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) Resources- The NGSA Collaborative— a multi-institutional group of education researchers and technology developers from the University of Illinois at Chicago, SRI International, Michigan State University, and the Concord Consortium—has developed classroom-ready online assessment task sets in physical and life sciences for grades 6–8. The  interactive online assessments feature videos and simulations, authentic scenarios, drawing tools, and scaffolds and can be used during instruction to garner good evidence that students are building proficiency with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) performance expectations. The physical science assessment task sets address the topics Chemical Reactions and Energy; the life science assessment task sets address the topics Photosynthesis, Biological Transformations of Matter and Energy, Ecosystem Interactions, and Transfer of Matter and Energy in Ecosystems. Learn more and preview the task sets at

On Bird Hill Educator’s Guide- E The book On Bird Hill (Yolen 2016) introduces K–2 students to the world of birds and shows them what happens when chicks hatch. An accompanying Educator’s Guide and website produced by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s BirdSleuth program presents interdisciplinary, standards-based activities to extend students’ learning from the text. Reenact a chick’s hatching with pantomime in Retellings and Reenactments; play Baby Bird Run!, a true/false tag game, to reinforce new bird understandings; create a realistic habitat for birds in Habitat Designers; learn about the diversity among bird nests in So Many Nests and Build a Nest; and feel a shell-less egg (an egg soaked in white vinegar) in Bouncing Baby Bird. The website provides background information, digital content, and supplementary activities to complement the printable guide. Visit

Anchoring Phenomena for Middle Level- Looking for help in shifting to NGSS–supported science instruction? Check out these real-world anchoring phenomena and supporting materials, developed by Vermont educator Wendy Moore for seventh- and eighth-grade physical and life science units. The anchoring phenomena—which reflect a range of resources including still images, video clips, demonstrations, and student investigations—are the foundation for NGSS–supported units in Forest Ecology, Light and Color, Evolution by Natural Selection, Static Electricity, Air Pressure/Phases of Matter, Density, Photosynthesis, and more. See .

AAPT eMentoring-  The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) offers an online mentoring program to connect new physics teachers with physics teachers who are familiar with the available resources and how and when to use them. Novice teachers also can access an Instant eMentor if assistance is needed within 24 hours. To learn more and participate as a mentor or mentee, visit .

STEMRobotics-  Portland State University’s online repository for robotics educational materials is for K–12 teachers, after-school program coaches, college/university faculty, students, and parents interested in learning or teaching about robotics, including computer science. The site features complete curricula (with lessons, assessments, instructor guides, and more) and individual resources (e.g., videos, lectures) to guide robotics use in the classroom or home. Many resources involve the LEGO Education materials; for example, a search of the keywords “LEGO MINDSTORMS” generated more than 1,000 hits, highlighting everything from tutorials to videos. The site features links to other organizations with robotics resources, including several offering opportunities for students to compete in robotics tournaments. See

Carbon: Transformations in Matter and Energy (CTIME) curriculum- Created as part of the CTIME project —a collaborative effort of scientists, teachers, graduate students, and IT specialists to refine K–12 frameworks and assessments for learning progressions that lead to environmental science literacy—these NGSS–supported teaching units for middle and high school science levels focus on processes that transform matter and energy in organisms, ecosystems, and global systems: combustion, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, digestion, and biosynthesis. Four units—Systems and Scale, Plants, Animals, and Decomposers—examine matter and energy in flames and individual organisms. The Ecosystems and Human Energy Systems units address carbon and energy at ecosystem and global scales. Each three-week unit includes formative assessments, hands-on investigations supported by videos, molecular modeling activities, animations and simulations of carbon-transforming processes and carbon cycling, posters, and graphic organizers. See the website

Feed the World Curriculum- The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association offers learning modules for high school students that explore topics in agriculture, such as biotechnology in farming, energy and ethanol, limits of food production, soil and sustainability, and water quality. Each module centers on a guiding question and includes teacher background, downloadable lessons, and digital extras (e.g., related videos, handouts, and information about careers in the field). Visit the website .

Educators May Become “Flinn Certified” in High School or Middle School Laboratory Safety. 
Over the past 30 years Flinn Scientific has successfully trained more than 100,000 high school and middle school science teachers in classroom and laboratory safety via safety seminars, safety workshops, and safety related email.  Visit to sign up for a free account and click on the High School or Middle School Safety Course tabs. 

Special care is required when using Bunsen burners and hot plates. The use of flames and heat--often needed to conduct science experiments and demonstrations--presents serious safety concerns. Your October issue of Science Department Safety Training Notes from Flinn Scientific provides essential tips and guidelines to help reduce burns and accidents.  To view and print "Bunsen Burner and Hot Plate Safety" please go to:

Posted January 25, 2018
2018 Challenge: Map WV
Register your students for the 2nd Annual MAP WV contest!  Student teams design interactive GIS maps of West Virginia and compete across the state to win prizes.  Ten teams will win $100 and the chance to compete in the national ESRI Map Competition for U.S. Schools.  Your final map must be submitted no later than 3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time on April 30, 2018.  For more information , visit this link 2018 Challenge: Map WV.

Posted January 24, 2018
WVDE e-Learning for West Virginia Educators Spring 2018 Course Schedule : Class Dates: Mar 07, 2018 to Apr 24, 2017 : Registration Dates: Feb 01, 2018 to Mar 06, 2018, visit for more information.  

Posted January 23, 2018
2018 WV Envirothon - April 19-20, 2018 Jackson’s Mill, Weston, WV

The West Virginia Envirothon is a conservation education program and competition for students in grades 9 through 12. The West Virginia Envirothon focuses on five subject areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and a current environmental topic. By participating in the Envirothon program, students learn about West Virginia's diverse ecosystem and how they can help conserve and protect it for future generations. Teams consist of 5 members and a teacher. The top 5 winning teams have scholarship awards available and the winning team is automatically entered into the NCF- Envirothon competition. Many teams are able to enter the competition at little to no cost! Follow the link below to find out more. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 1, 2018!!

West Virginia Student Science Symposium
Friday., April 13, 2018, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Educator Resource Center (ERC), NASA IV&V Facility, 100 University Drive, Fairmont, WV 26554

Webinar for Teachers: Monday, Feb 5, 3:30-4:30 pm [link:]
• Register student research teams by Mar 16, 2018
• Travel scholarships for teachers & student teams

Find out more at:

Research Experience for Teachers (RET) - "Digital Signal Processing in Radio Astronomy”
Are you interested in Radio astronomy and how computers are able to process the signals? The DSPIRA program (Digital Signal Processing in Radio Astronomy) provides high school teachers (grades 9-12) with hands-on experience using high-quality, open source software development tools, in both research engineering and educational settings.

The Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at WVU, the WVU Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology and the Green Bank Observatory in Green Bank cordially invite you to join our newly developed Research Experience for Teachers program. The DSPIRA program is a six-week summer program with stipend from June 25 – August 4, 2018 at WVU in Morgantown, and Green Bank.   You will work in small groups to complete a research project developing a spectrometer and small radio telescope.

See here: for more information about the upcoming program, and here: to see information from the last group of participants.   Go here to complete an online application:

Posted January 22, 2018
PAEMST Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2018. The Application Deadline is May 1, 2018

Do you know a K-6 teacher who provides excellent mathematics or science instruction to his or her students? Then please consider nominating him or her for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. Anyone—researchers, parents, or members of the general public—may nominate a K-6 teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website ( To submit a nomination, you only need the teacher’s contact information.

PAEMST is the highest honor the United States government bestows for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. Since 1983, more than 4,100 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108 teachers may be recognized each year.

Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events, professional development opportunities, and policy-maker meetings, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

The Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2018. The Application Deadline is May 1, 2018 for elementary school teachers (Grades K-6). Secondary school teachers (Grades 7-12) are eligible to apply in 2019. If you know more than one teacher deserving of this award, you may submit more than one nomination. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves at

Please consider nominating outstanding mathematics or science teachers today!

Posted January 11, 2018
Stanford's analysis suggests EE provides a wide array of benefits for K-12 students—
and environmental knowledge is just the tip of the iceberg.

Experts at Stanford University systematically searched the academic literature and analyzed 119 peer-reviewed studies published over a 20-year period that measured the impacts of environmental education for K-12 students. The review found clear evidence that environmental education programs provide a variety of benefits. Not surprisingly, the studies clearly showed that students taking part in environmental education programming gained knowledge about the environment. But learning about the environment is just the tip of the iceberg.

Studies in the review demonstrated that environmental education has led to a number of positive impacts, from improving academic performance, to enhancing critical thinking skills, to developing personal growth and life-building skills including confidence, autonomy, and leadership. In addition, a number of the studies showed that environmental education increased civic engagement and positive environmental behaviors. For more information, visit

Apply Now to FY 2018 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program
The program provides opportunities for qualified U.S. educators and administrators to participate in short-term seminars abroad mainly on topics in the humanities and social sciences for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Upon their return, participants are expected to develop and disseminate a curriculum project and to share their broadened knowledge and understanding of the host country (ies) with students, colleagues, civic and professional organizations, and the public in their respective home communities. If you would like to learn more about out program, please visit:

Posted January 10, 2018
Would you like the opportunity to involve your students in an authentic research project? Would you like to earn WVU credit and a summer stipend for your participation? Would you like to use the largest telescope in the United States to search for exotic stars called pulsars? Have no fear, the Pulsar Search Collaboratory is here!

The WVU Department of Physics and Astronomy is looking for new participants for our NSF funded program. The program involves a six-week online training session and participation in data analysis throughout the academic year through an online database. Students and teachers can communicate with students, teachers, and professional astronomers through an online forum. You will also have the chance to attend a week-long summer workshop at the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County, West Virginia and a Capstone event at West Virginia University. We can support travel funding and offer stipends for student participation.

Please check out this video to get an idea of what the project is all about. And apply online if you are interested in learning more! The next online workshop begins February 1 with a Q/A session with teachers.

Posted January 5, 2018

Digital Professional Learning Community Webinar for STEM – Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 3:30 pm.
A Digital Professional Learning Community Webinar for science, mathematics, and all STEM educators is scheduled to take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Robin Sizemore will give updates for science teachers and students and explore some NASA resources related to science standards. Cindy Burke will give updates and share a resource for mathematics teachers. And, Jessica Austin will share STEM updates.

By clicking this link, you will access a PDF file that has the directions for joining the audio conference. During the webinar, there will be opportunities for participants to type in questions, and the webinar will be archived and made available at a later date. Please share the log-in directions with educators in your district interested in participating. Additional digital meetings will be scheduled monthly. For more information about the STEM Webinars or if you would like to suggests topics of interest, please contact Cindy Burke (, Robin Sizemore (, or Jessica Austin, (

Links to previous Digital Professional Learning Community Webinars may be found on the Office of Middle/Secondary Learning website near the bottom of the page at

Dr. Bryan Watts, the director of the Center for Conservation Biology Featured Speaker
The speaker for the Monday, January 8, 2018, meeting of the Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club will be Dr. Bryan Watts, the director of the Center for Conservation Biology, located in Virginia. Bryan is a native of St. Albans who has become a prominent ornithologist who travels the world to conduct research on birds and advocate for conservation. 

The title of his talk is, Hitting the Waterbird Lottery. He will talk about the major recovery since the 1960s of the Big 5 fish-eating birds found in the Chesapeake Bay area - bald eagles, osprey, blue herons, brown pelicans, and double-crested cormorants. He will also discuss "new chapters that have begun to emerge over the past decade related to these recoveries."

The meeting will be at the South Charleston Public Library at 6:30 and is open to all.

The National STEM Scholars Opportunity for Middle School Science Teachers.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 class of the National STEM Scholar Program, a program designed specifically for middle school science teachers inspiring the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) pioneers nationwide. Applications are open now by visiting The deadline to apply is February 1.

The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) partners with The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Science and Mathematics and The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University (WKU) to fund ten scholarships each year for middle school science teachers working to transfer a passion for science to students in this age group. Research shows that students who get excited about STEM subjects in middle school are the ones who will take those courses in high school and major in them at the college level.

National STEM Scholars receive advanced education in the development of STEM projects for classroom implementation, spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education and build a national network of colleagues for information sharing. STEM Scholar classrooms also have an opportunity to speak with astronauts on the International Space Station during the school year and work directly with providers of space technology education nationwide.

Scholars are selected based solely on the merit of questions answered in the application. The selection committee is not provided with names or locations of teacher applicants. Each scholarship recipient receives the following:
  • Advanced education and leadership professional development on the campus of WKU June 3-9, 2018. All expenses – travel, lodging, meals – are included 
  • A notebook/tablet (Chromebook or similar) to facilitate ongoing collaboration 
  • A credit of up to $2,500 for technology and supplies to implement a classroom Challenge Project 
  • Sponsored attendance at the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Conference in St. Louis in April 2019. All expenses – registration, travel, lodging, meals – are included 
  • Year-long mentorship and support provided by Western Kentucky University faculty 
Click here to learn more about the National Stem Cell Foundation. If you have questions or would like more information, contact Julia Link Roberts at (270-745-6323).

Posted January 4, 2018
The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office has released details of the FY18 Chesapeake Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program funding opportunity. A total of roughly $1,000,000, subject to appropriations, may be available to fund 8-10 new projects.  Applications are due by March 9, 2018. The full Federal Funding Opportunity is now available; it includes comprehensive information about eligibility and the application process.

B-WET supports programs that provide hands-on environmental education about issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay watershed for students and related professional development for educators who serve formal K-12 audiences.
FY18 grants will focus on expanding the reach of Chesapeake B-WET into school districts that have never received funding for systemic programs. More information about applying for this grant opportunity, including districts that are eligible under this announcement, can be found on the "Applying for a Grant" website.

Informational webinars, which give potential applicants the opportunity to learn about the program priorities and application process, will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, and Friday, January 12, 2018. Please register online.

Information on the B-WET Chesapeake program, including examples of education partnerships that have been funded to date, is available.  If you have questions about this opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact Shannon Sprague - NOAA Federal,  

Opportunity to Participate in NIH -funded Project
There is an opportunity for West Virginia high school teachers to participate in the field testing of an NIH-funded project about infectious disease and receive a free Challenger live simulation and stipend.
We are looking for high school teachers teaching grades 10-12 biological science (biology, anatomy & physiology, microbiology, etc.) to field test a new live simulation (Pandem-Sim) run out of the Challenger Learning Center in Wheeling.  Teachers receive a free simulation, free teacher training on running the sim, and $150 stipend for participating in the evaluation component. (Teachers and students complete pre-and post test surveys.)
If you are interested or have questions, please contact Manetta Calinger or Debbie Tyrrell at
Posted December 21, 2017
Over the years, many of us have participated in valuable professional development at the Green Bank Observatory. This is a good time to share your experiences and influence decisions which are being made about the GBO.

As many of you know, the GBO has been going through a process called an Environmental Impact Review, through which the National Science Foundation is evaluating the impact of different future modes of operation of the telescope. They have recently released their report, which you can find at this page, which recommends keeping the facility open but with reduced funding. Over the next year, they will set a funding profile that will determine how much telescope time is available for projects like the PSC on the telescope. We think that telescope should be as close to fully funded for open skies astronomy research as possible and would like to show NSF that the impact, both scientifically and in terms of student training and development, is huge.

We are asking for your help to get this message across to NSF. They are accepting comments from the community at, with the subject line "Green Bank Observatory". These letters should focus not so much on science, though of course it can be mentioned, but more on the importance of the telescope to student training/outreach/economic development/student recruitment/etc. Letters must be received by January 8. It can be even one short paragraph if that's all you have time for - the main thing is for NSF to receive a LOT of letters about the GBT demonstrating broad support.

If you need advice drafting letters of support, contact Maura McLaughlin,

Posted December 18, 217

Project BudBurst is on a mission – to get you outside taking a moment to observe how plants in your community change with the seasons. When you share your observations with us, they become part of an ecological record. Spending time outside with plants is calming, educational, and just plain fun.  For more information, visit
Project BudBurst Homepage or the December Newsletter

Posted December 15, 2017
The Stanford NGSS Assessment Project (SNAP) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for two free hybrid online/face-to-face courses that will run January-March, 2018. 

Performance Assessment in the NGSS Classroom: Implications for Practice
This course guides teams of educators in learning to analyze performance assessments and student data for evidence of progress toward NGSS goals, and in using these analyses to guide instructional decisions. Course instruction is delivered through 4 online video sessions. Course assignments are completed during two 2-3 hour face-to-face meetings with colleagues from a school or district. This course takes approximately 10 hours to complete. Sign up here.

Developing Instructionally-Embedded Performance Assessments in the NGSS Classroom
This course guides teams of educators through SNAP's process of developing a three-dimensional performance assessment for NGSS.  The instruction is delivered through 3 online video sessions that support groups through each step of developing a high-quality assessment. Two or more development teams meet to provide peer feedback during two 2 hour face-to-face sessions. Course length is highly variable. Sign up here.

Posted December 14, 2017
West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest for 4th and 5th Grade Students 
The theme for this year’s contest is “Trees are…Tropical!”.  The contest is open to all fourth and fifth grade students.  The contest is sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Forestry and the Urban & Community Forestry Council. 

The poster contest information is available via download on the Division of Forestry website at this link- Arbor Day Information.  All the documents you need are posted including a guide that contains educational activities. The contest is open to public, private and homeschooling teachers in West Virginia. 

The deadline for all contest submissions is March 1, 2018.  Only posters that meet the contest rules will be eligible for prizes. Please read the poster contest rules carefully to make sure your students meet eligibility requirements. 

If you have any questions concerning the 2018 West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest.  Please contact Andy Sheetz via email at or 304-382-9574.

Posted December 12, 2017

Please take 5-10 minutes to complete WV Environmental Education Survey 2017-18 , it will help the Cacapon Institute get a wider picture on who is working on environmental education and what is available to students across the state.

For the purpose of the survey, environmental education is any teaching about the natural world and relationships between living and non-living elements and systems in the environment including study of rivers, agriculture, forestry, water cycle, natural resources, human impacts (e.g., waste management, land and water uses) etc.

Costa Rica Professional Development June 7, 2018 – June 16, 2018
Climb a volcano, hike in a rainforest, and search for monkeys at the beach — Earn CE/PD or college credit while enjoying the essential highlights of Costa Rica and the integration The GLOBE Program protocols, receiving GLOBE certification (if needed) within climate change and educational exchange in the tropics. Begin in the lush lowland rainforest of Selva Verde, continue to Arenal Volcano to discover geological history, and witness the unique coastal biodiversity inhabiting Manuel Antonio National Park. Enjoy opportunities for cultural exchange with the local communities throughout our experience.

Program goals:
*  Increase understanding and awareness of climate, including the broad and integrative nature of climate, the role of climate in shaping community, and the difference between climate and weather. 
*  Increase understanding of and ability to conduct science research focused on climate. 
*  Improve student awareness through collaborations among students, teachers, and scientists that are focused on understanding the Earth as a system. 

For more information visit or contact the trip leader directly at

Posted December 11, 2017

WV-INBRE program will provide funding for nine-week biomedical science research internship positions for high school science educators. A maximum of 5 internships will be available. HSTA teachers or teachers from HSTA-affiliated schools may be given preference in the selection process. Internships run from May 29 through July 31, 2018. Based on the high school’s academic calendar, start dates are flexible; however, employment dates end July 31, 2018. Compensation of $9,000 ($1000/week) will be provided for the full nine weeks, or $1000 for each 40 hour week worked. For more information, go to the WV-INBRE website at and click on “For High School Educators Information”. 

More information will be provided about the program and you will be able to view the Mentors Abstract Directories for researchers at WVU and Marshall University and at the WV-INBRE’s partner institutions. These directories can be viewed online at their appropriate link and the application can be filled out online under the “Application link”. Deadline for application is March 16, 2018.   For more information, contact: Valerie Watson, or (304) 293-4120.

Full-time STEM Afterschool Expansion VISTA
AmeriCorps VISTA’s mission is unique in that it specifically focuses on poverty alleviation. VISTA members perform “behind-the-scenes work” for their site – this is a wonderful opportunity to share with university alumni or students who are graduating early to build skills and experience in developing resources, program evaluation, and partnership building. A detailed description of the position can be found here: . If you have any questions about the position, please contact Susan Gamble at the West Virginia Statewide Afterschool Network at

Information about the AmeriCorps VISTA program as a whole can be found here:

Registration for the 2018 Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition is open and waiting for the students of West Virginia. 2017 saw 26 different nations had teams sign up to be a part of the Competition and with your help, we can continue to grow that number in 2018, but we can’t do it alone. Since registration opened we already have four nations and 13 teams! Small so far but off to a great start! This is a wonderful opportunity for the high school students the West Virginia Department of Education serves to showcase their knowledge and passion for STEM to solve a very real issue the entire world is facing: Climate Change.

· The 2018 Challenge: “Solving Climate Change” asks students to develop a clean technology solution to the many problems associate with climate change.
· Teams consist of 1-3 students, are assisted by a Team Leader (i.e. parent, teacher, or mentor), to develop a written proposal.
· No limit to the number of teams per school!
· There is no entry fee.
· Online registration is open here!
· First Round Paper Submissions are due April 20, 2018.
· 10 Finalist Teams will be selected, given a $200 (USD) stipend and matched with a Mentor to help them prepare a Prototype and presentation for the Finalist Event.
· Finalists compete for the $10,000 (USD) grand prize and a ‘Continued Mentorship’
· Final event to happen at Stony Brook University, New York, USA July 13, 2018!

Posted December 5, 2017

Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol
West Virginia teachers and their students are invited to attend Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol (URDC), an educational event taking place on Friday February 16, 2018 (8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) at the West Virginia State Capitol Building Rotunda in Charleston, West Virginia. This event features over 80 research posters presented by undergraduate students attending colleges (e.g., WVWC, Glenville, Bethany) and universities (e.g., WVU, Fairmont State, Marshall) throughout the state of West Virginia. The event is free and open to the public.

The event provides an unparalleled peer mentoring opportunity for West Virginia students. If you have any questions , please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at or (304)293-9354.

Posted December 1, 2017

WV Coding Challenge -  
Students will win $8,000 in prizes 

Calling all students! Even if you have never tried coding, this challenge is for you. The contest will run from December 1, 2017 to January 25, 2018. The winning West Virginia students in PreK through 12th grade will receive a $500 gift card from either Walmart or Amazon. Students can enter by following three simple steps: follow us on social media, create your own coding project, and show us! Visit: to help you get started.

Posted November 30, 2017
Computer Science Education Week is December 4-10, 2017. Visit for resources as well as to sign up for the hour of code event.

Remake Learning Days (May 17-25, 2018) is a nine day celebration showcasing activities and events that make West Virginia a recognized national leader in innovative teaching and learning. The Education Alliance is offering grants of $250 - $1,000 for schools, districts and non-profit organizations to host an event during Remake Learning Days. Remake Learning Days events should create future-ready, hands-on, relevant and engaging educational experiences for kids and their families, caregivers and educators. Events can feature STEM, STEAM, maker and other technology-enhanced learning opportunities in West Virginia. Visit to apply by January 5, 2018.

For more information contact Emily Pratt at 304-342-7849 or

Posted November 22, 2017

Posted November 15, 2017
The July 1-11, 2018 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for formal and informal science educators.   Highlights include:
*  21st Century Instruction: 5E Lesson Design ~ Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ STEM 
           *  Inquiry Protocols & Resources: Vernier Software & Technology ~ Celestron Digital Microscopes 
    *  Global and Cultural Perspectives: Service Learning ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education 
    *  NEW! A specialized track for HS bio and environmental science educators with a focus on sustainability, conservation, and field work with the Maijuna indigenous community 
    *  Work side-by-side with scientists and researchers on citizen science projects and field studies. 
    *  Explore the ¼ mile long ACTSPeru Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the world’s most biologically diverse environments. 
          *  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. 
Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at:
Contact program director, Christa Dillabaugh at or 1-800-431-2624 for more information.

There are many activities on the Cacapon Institute’s Potomac Highlands Watershed eSchool website, the most popular are the “Virtual Stream” (click on the net after picking a stream site) where students can practice WV Save Our Streams benthic macroinvertegrate identification, and “Stream Cleaner” to see how conservation best management practices reduce non-point source pollution.

Posted November 7, 2017

Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program and Art Contest for K-12
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic art- and science-based curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program encourages students to explore their natural world, invites them to investigate biology and wildlife management principles and challenges them to express and share what they have learned with others.

A four-part curriculum guide with activities and resources can be used as a year-round study plan to assist students in exploring science in real-life situations. Using scientific and wildlife observation principles, students are encouraged to communicate visually what they have learned through an entry into the Junior Duck Stamp Art ContestContest entry and reference forms are available for download at Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest.  If you have questions about the Junior Duck Stamp Program in West Virginiacontact: Autumn N. Starcher, or call 304/743-7151.  Entries to the West Virginia state contest must be post-marked to the Cabell County WVU Extension Service Office by March 15, 2018.  

 Posted October 31, 2017
Do you want to put want to put knowledge into action with your students or your community and make positive impacts on your local environment?  Then join the NOAA Planet Stewards 2018 Stewardship Community! Selected educators meeting project requirements will be eligible for:
  • Up to $2500 to carry out an environmental stewardship action project. 
  • Travel reimbursements to attend select workshops and/or national conferences following the successful completion of a planet stewardship project. 
Apply NOW!  Applications will be accepted until midnight November 27, 2017.

If you are a current member of the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project Stewardship Community (and have previously received funding to carry out a stewardship project) and are interested in extending your project or conducting another/related stewardship project during the 2018/2019 academic year, you MUST reapply to the Planet Stewards Education Project this year.  To learn more, go to the NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project Web Site or contact,, or

2018 West Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl®
WV Middle School Science Teachers - Registration is now open for the 2018 West Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl® competition scheduled for Friday, February 9, at the West Virginia University Mountainlair in Morgantown. For information or to register your middle school team, click here, review the Regional Event Information, then click on “Coach Registration - Register Your Team Here” on the top right on the webpage. Coaches can create an account or login if an account has already been established. For additional information and/or service, please contact Jenny Bowman 304-285-5243, go to the WVSB website, and/or watch the video.

Posted October 19, 2017
The Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS)  has partnered with National Academy of Engineering and four other national organizations the past three years on the development of (LE).  The National Academy of Engineering announced a new collaboration with TeachEngineering with many additional resources added to the LE collection.  With the emphasis on engineering in the WV Next Generation Science Standards, teachers will find these websites to be useful.  Visit the links below to explore these resources. 

GEEO Helps Teachers Explore the World!
Travel the world affordably, earn professional development credit, and bring global understanding into your classroom!   GEEO is offering the following travel programs for 2018: Argentina and Brazil, Bangkok to Hanoi, Colombia, Camino de Santiago, Eastern Europe, The Galapagos Islands, Greece, Iceland, India and Nepal, Madagascar, Ireland, Armenia and Georgia, Paris to Rome, Multi-Stan, Sri Lanka and The Maldives, Morocco, Peru, Vietnam/Cambodia, and, The Balkans.

Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll-free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9 AM-9 PM EST.

Posted October 18, 2017
The WVU Next Generation Forensic Science Initiative is doing (2) one day workshops on the topic of bloodstain pattern analysis for high school teachers. The workshops will be held on February 3, 2018 and February 10, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the WVU Crime Scene Training Complex. Each participating school will receive a bloodstain pattern analysis kit worth approximately $300.00. Each workshop will be limited to ten teachers from ten different schools. To be considered for the workshop contact Chris Bily at for an application. Seats will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Lunch will be provided.

Posted October 17, 2017

TI offers many opportunities to support your STEM initiatives including the new TI-Innovator Hub Rover putting math & science in motion through coding this robotic vehicle.  TI connects all areas of STEM while providing technology and classroom resources and professional development.
Check out:
  • Inspiring Generation STEM – 100’s of free STEM related activities 
  • TI-Innovator Technology – engage students in basic coding, engineering design, open-ended STEM projects with activities & technology that is plug-and-play, ready to use with TI-84CE / TI-Nspire CX handhelds & software. 
If you have questions, please reach out to Michelle Grooms, Education Technology Consultant, Texas Instruments, Inc at |m.614.306.1455|

 Posted October 12, 2017

The National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) provides an almost month-long STEM and outdoors experience like no other. This includes presentations on cutting edge science, directly interacting with presenters in an informal setting, as well as, opportunities for outdoor adventures that include caving, mountain biking, climbing, backpacking and kayaking. Two high achieving STEM high school seniors per state are selected by merit through an online application process to attend this amazing three week+ program FREE of charge (air travel is included!). The NYSCamp is planned for June 27 - July 21, 2018. 

Online applications are open from November 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018 at 6:00pm EST. Students may apply at To get a sense of this experience, visit

Teachers - nominate/recommend a student to apply - send them to 

Bird Club Presentation, Monday, Oct 16., 6.30 at the South Charleston Library
All are welcome to join the Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club at the South Charleston Library on Monday, October 16, 2017. 
Author and Naturalist Bill Beatty will discuss his work with Eastern Screech Owls as well as antidotes from his new book "Rainbows, Bluebirds and Buffleheads."

Posted October 10, 2017
The WVDE announces it is accepting applications for the West Virginia Sustainable Schools (WVSS) Program. 
WVSS is a recognition program for schools that exemplify a commitment to sustainable practices in the facilities as well as integrate those practices into the curriculum and community.  All public and private schools in West Virginia will be invited to apply for this state and national recognition. Applying to the WV Sustainable Schools award program is the first step in your eligibility as a US Green Ribbon School nominee.  All schools interested in being recognized as a WV Sustainable School should send a letter of intent to

Applications to receive recognition as a WV Sustainable School must be submitted as indicated by the deadline below.  The WV Sustainable Schools advisory council will review the applications and announce awards. Up to four schools and one county will then be nominated to the USDE for the Green Ribbon School awards.  The USDE expects to award approximately 50-75 awards. Additional information about the WV Sustainable Schools and U.S. Green Ribbon Schools criteria can be found here.

Applications are December 22, 2017, visit for more details or direct all inquiries to

Posted October 4, 2017

West Virginia Youth Environment Program Fall Newsletter

Posted October 3, 2017
Dr. Pat Obenauf Scholarship for the WVSTA Conference
Teachers and pre-service teachers are encouraged to apply for the Dr. Pat Obenauf Scholarship. Dr. Obenauf was a leading supporter of science education for a long time. WVSTA would not be here without her guidance over decades. To share her love for science education with others, this scholarship will pay the registration for one teacher and one pre-service teacher. To apply for this scholarship, answer the following:
** why you want to attend the conference,
** how you think it will help in your classroom, and
** how you will share your knowledge gained at the conference with others.
Send this via email to Linda Fonner (

Posted October 2, 2017

The Education Alliance is asking teachers and community organizations to add STEM programs, events, clubs, camps, or activities to an online searchable directory at Each EcosySTEM opportunity you include is entered into a random drawing of $2,000 in prizes. See the attached document for further details. (Dates October 2 – December 1, 2017)

WV Science Public Outreach Team (SPOT) - request a science ambassador to visit your school!

Want to have a cool college role model visit your school to talk about science that's happening right here in West Virginia? THE SPOT program has ambassadors from WVU, Fairmont, Marshall, WV State, WV Tech, Shepherd University, and WV Wesleyan College who are trained to deliver standards-based science presentations and hands-on activities to schools around the Mountain State. 

The SPOT ambassadors are awesome: mostly science and education students who have been specially trained in science communication
"The Invisible Universe" presentation focuses on radio astronomy, detailing new discoveries by West Virginia students and professors (ex: through the Pulsar Search Collaboratory)
"Water: The Source of Life" focuses on West Virginia's water resources and invites students to be stewards of our environment (ex: joining Save Our Streams)
Hands-on activities are optional additions to the presentations, designed for groups up to 30 students 

Check it out and fill out an online request! Payment of $50 to cover travel is requested, but we can work with you if your school cannot afford this.  If you have questions, email

Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest- $1100 Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest PD Workshop 
The July 1-11, 2018 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 ~ NGSS ~ 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; Kristie Reddick, The Bug Chicks; along with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:
  • Work side-by-side with scientists and researchers on citizen science projects and field studies on the ACTSPeru Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the world’s most biologically diverse environments. 
  • Explore conservation and sustainability via hands-on workshops with indigenous communities. 
  • Spend a day in an Amazon village and explore the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children. 
  • Work with fellow educators and develop strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating standards-based inquiry, STEM, and sustainability education into your classroom. 
PLT Certification, BirdSleuth, and other resources included. Academic Credit and Machu Picchu Extension optional. $1100 scholarship deadline February 1, 2018. With a 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:  Contact Educator Academy Director, Christa Dillabaugh, for more information: Email: // phone: 1-800-431-2624.

 Posted September 20, 2017

2018 Science In the Arts Challenge
Science and art are everywhere, and the interdependence of the subjects is undeniable. The Science in the Arts Challenge has been created to encourage high school students to consider, research, and present information about relationships between the two seemingly different subjects. This year’s Science in the Arts Challenge will be at the Charleston Civic Center during the West Virginia Social Studies Fair on Friday, April 27, 2018.

High school students may submit an entry for a visual arts product which they have created to represent Science in the Arts. Students must create a two- to three-minute video presentation that shows a timeline or tell the story of the artwork being created. In the video, the student should explain why the piece was selected to represent Science in the Arts, what the piece means to the student personally, and how science was used to create the art or the materials used to create the artwork; see the 2018 Science in the Arts Challenge Rules and 2018 Science in the Arts Challenge Rubric. The video must include the student creating the visual artwork and the student explaining the science process used to create an artwork and/or demonstrating an understanding the science of the materials used to create the artwork. 

An online application must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018.  For more information, visit the Science in the Arts webpage. 

Posted September 18, 2017
SciJinks is all about weather! Short for Science Hijinks, we are a joint NOAA and NASA educational website that puts fun and adventure into learning about weather, satellite meteorology, and Earth science. We are geared toward middle- and high-school aged kids and their educators.

We’ve got informative articles that answer important questions about weather, timely stories about weather in the news, profiles of fun weather jobs, mobile and web games about satellites and technology, exciting videos, and tons of downloadable content.

We’ve also got a great cast of character’s getting into their share of SciJinks themselves. You can follow their tales as they get into all sorts of mischief. Check back regularly to see what they are up to!
Recommended SciJinks lessons include: 

It's time to "Fall into Phenology" with Project BudBurst! For this and other fall themed ideas visit the Project BudBurst September Newsletter website.

Posted September 14, 2017
Margaret Denison Fall Nature Walks at Kanawha State Forest
Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall! Choose from a series of guided hikes on a variety of topics led by knowledgeable naturalists during the Margaret Denison Fall Nature Walks. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase following the hikes. All proceeds go to the forest foundation to support forest activities.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., at the Nature Center/pool area. There are 12 walks to choose from, all beginning around 9 a.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children under age 16. Due to building renovations, there will be no lunch items offered, but a limited number of home baked cookies will be available for purchase.

Following the nature walks, starting at 1:00 p.m., the Three Rivers Avian Center will present the “Wings of Wonder” program, featuring educational raptors, owls, hawks and an eagle. Open to the public without charge. Donations to the Forest Foundation or TRAC are welcomed.  For more information about events at the Kanawha State Park and other WV State Parks, click here.  

Posted September 13, 2017
1 YEAR VISTA POSITION at the the NASA IV&V Robotics Alliance Project in Fairmont! 

FIRST(For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and AmeriCorps are sponsoring a 1-year VISTA position in partnership with Fairmont State University and the NASA IV&V Robotics Alliance Project in Fairmont! 

This full-time position will be focused on increasing the participation in all FIRST robotics competitions and to support teams and tournaments in underserved communities within WV.  Applicants must be 18 or over, a US Citizen, be willing to re-locate to the Fairmont area, have reliable transportation, love working with children, and enjoy travelling. Preference will be given to applicants with some experience in educational robotics, K-12 education, or a STEM field. 

Beyond the intrinsic benefits to volunteerism and helping others, you will be provided a living stipend, earn college tuition, gain valuable work experience in STEM education, and build your resume by working alongside a team of NASA education specialists. 

To apply, please send a 1-page resume by Oct. 31 to: with the subject line “VISTA”. We will be filling the position on a rolling basis, so don’t wait till the deadline if you are interested. The position must be selected before Nov. 7, and will begin on Nov. 27th right before our state championship!   In your email, please answer the question, “Why do you want to be a FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA?”. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Todd Ensign at  

Poster September 7, 2017
Don’t miss out on your chance to win awesome prizes in the #GenSTEMcontest. With two ways to play, it’s easy to get in the game.  


Participate in the photo challenge portion for a chance to win:*

  • ·     Your choice of TI graphing calculator
  • ·     A $500 gift card
  • ·   A trip for two to visit Texas Instruments headquarters in Dallas, Texas, to help develop a STEM Behind Cool Careers classroom activity
1.  Snap a photo of something you’re into - like a favorite hobby or dream job – and show how STEM is in it too
2.  Post to your public Twitter or Instagram account by September 25, 2017, with #GenSTEMcontest

Not feeling photogenic? Take a fun quiz and find your STEM style for a chance to win your choice of TI graphing calculator.
What's your STEM style? Take this quiz to find out! Share your results on social media and complete a short form for a chance to win a TI graphing calculator. 

There’s still time to enter the photo challenge ... or take the quiz ... or do both ... once a day, every day – but hurry, because it all ends on Friday Sept. 25, 2017.

*Terms and conditions apply. See full contest rules here

Similar to National Coding Week, the
GLOBALMATHPROJECT idea is to “bring joyous uplifting mathematics to the world” (quote from James Tanton) during the week of October 10-17th. The Global Math Project is a collaboration among math professionals from around the world – that includes us!!! Teachers guides and more are already available for Global Math Week!!!

Check out the explanatory video about the Global Math Project. Taking part in this global phenomenon is easy! Already tens of thousands of teachers and students, from over 77 (probably higher now) countries, have signed up for Global Math Week. You can contact the project at The Global Math Project is hosted by the American Institute of Mathematics. 

You can register at the Exploding Dotes website. You can also contact James directly at
¡Hola! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month issue of Bright Ideas which recognizes the vibrant culture and the contributions of Latinos with Smithsonian collections, lessons, and activities.  Start with the  blog post for an introduction to Hispanic Heritage Month, or review the featured collections in different subject areas. Each collection shows the range of Latino resources available in the Lab and ways to incorporate them into your classroom. Here you will find both ancient traditions and contemporary people and practices. 

 Posted August 30, 2017

Recycling Coalition of WV Continues to Reward Educators for Using Recycling / Environmental Classroom Resources

In 2013, the Recycling Coalition of WV, a nonprofit environmental group, teamed up with the West Virginia Department of Education to develop a series of lesson plans aligned to the West Virginia content standards while incorporating information about recycling and environmental issues. Each year, since that time, the Recycling Coalition has rewarded educators for using the classroom resources. To be eligible to win, the teacher simply incorporate the lesson plans into their course work and submit their entry. Participating teachers must be register online by June 15, 2018, to be eligible to win one of six $200 gifts which are to be used to purchase instructional materials.

If you are a teacher and you’re looking for something different to offer your classes and win $$$ in the process, go to Clink on Information on West Virginia Recycles Day Activities and follow the links for West Virginia Teachers. For more information, contact Paul Hayes at 304-926-0448 or .

Posted August 28, 2017 
Resources for the 2017 School Year
Citizen Science Toolkit- Developed by the California Academy of Sciences, this 50-page guide for K–12 educators is designed to integrate citizen science projects into classroom curricula or after-school programming. The toolkit presents lessons, readings, and worksheets that communicate the value of citizen science and cultivate a sense of empowerment when conducting science investigations. The toolkit addresses all aspects of choosing, planning, conducting, and expanding the learning from citizen science projects and features advice for conducting citizen science projects with students of all ages, including children younger than age 13. In addition, model case studies describe successful citizen science projects at various schools. See

Nitrogen From the Atmosphere booklet from the National Atmospheric Deposition Program describes the importance of nitrogen in our landscape and its movement through natural systems. The document—appropriate for teachers of all levels and students in grades 9–12 and college—focuses on nitrogen from the atmosphere and discusses the basics of nitrogen science, the different chemical forms present, the sources of nitrogen, and the cascade of effects from nitrogen fertilizers and other uses. The booklet also includes helpful infographics and a glossary. Refer to

Virtual Reality Tour: Journey to the Birth of the Solar System. A Quanta magazine recently published a virtual reality (VR) tour of the birth and evolution of the solar system that could be useful to science teachers of all levels and their students. It can be viewed as a 360-degree video on YouTube or Vimeo, but it is even better as an immersive experience in a VR headset like Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard. Narrated by theoretical physicist David Kaplan, the video shows how the Sun, Earth, and other planets originated. Access the video along with basic viewing instructions at

Climate Change Narrative Game- Make climate change personally relevant and understandable to high school students (grades 9–12) through the lessons and activities in the University of South Florida’s CHANGE curriculum. The futuristic, place-based curriculum addresses global climate change and its potential long-term effects through narrative stories, role play, and simulations based on scientific data. The curriculum examines the effects of climate change on marine science environments; unit titles include Ocean Exploration; Marine Geology; Marine Chemistry; Estuaries; Populations: Producers; Populations: Invertebrates; Populations: Vertebrates; and Capstone: Apollo Beach. Learn more at

ChemReaX Simulation App-  This chemical reaction simulation app makes it easy to create virtual labs for advanced high school chemistry students and undergraduates (grades 11–16). With thermodynamic properties for more than 1,200 chemical species, students can construct a virtually unlimited variety of chemical reactions or choose from more than 80 predefined reactions. The app simulates a given reaction from initial conditions to a final equilibrium state and accurately models the effects of concentrations, temperature, and pressure. Access information, tutorials, and a set of virtual lab exercises exploring Le Chatelier’s Principle (i.e., law of equilibrium), chemical kinetics, phase change, solubility and precipitation, and other chemistry topics at

Paleontological Research Institute’s Teacher-Friendly Guide Series- If you are looking to strengthen your knowledge of Earth systems science? Check out these educator guides from the Paleontological Research Institute. Targeted for high school Earth and environmental science teachers (grades 9–12), and designed to support teachers in introducing challenging environmental science concepts in the classroom using familiar organisms and landscapes, the guides explore climate science, geology, and two perspectives on evolution (e.g., using bivalves as a model organism and using the maize plant). Each guide discusses the big ideas related to the topic, then presents chapters explaining the topic’s key aspects in more detail. Access the guides at

STEM Spotlight: Scientific Modeling-  This short video from the Education Development Center presents a conversation with leading education researchers about what scientific modeling looks like and why it’s important for K–12 science classrooms.  The website ( also features curriculum and other resources, developed by National Science Foundation–funded projects, that support modeling in science education for a range of grade levels and subjects. High-Adventure Science (for middle and high school levels), for example, offers interactive, computer-based Earth system models integrated into five-day curriculum units on energy, climate, freshwater availability, land management, air quality, and the hunt for extraterrestrial life. In addition, it has stand-alone interactives exploring air pollution, groundwater movement, land management, fracking, planet hunting, and climate change.  MoDeLS, a curriculum unit for grades 5–6, provides opportunities for students to develop and revise models of how water moves (evaporation and condensation) in a solar still.

Energy, a Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers (EMAT)- This online course for high school science teachers features high-quality classroom videos, content animations, and interactive learning experiences on various energy topics. Teachers are encouraged to take the course to deepen their personal understanding of key energy concepts, but they can also use the course resources in their own classrooms to improve their instruction and become more effective at teaching complex energy concepts and engaging students in energy issues. Six forms of energy are addressed in the course: coal, nuclear energy, wind, geothermal energy, biofuels, and solar energy. For more information, consult

The Am I Like You? Teacher’s Guide- Excite young students (grades K–3) about birding and observing nature with the activities in this educator’s booklet from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s
BirdSleuth program. Take a neighborhood bird walk, move like a bird (e.g., fly, walk, swim, soar, or hop), play “Birdy Says,” eat with a “beak” (e.g., toothpicks, clothespins, straws, or tweezers), or make pine cone birdfeeders for the schoolyard or backyard. In addition, the website has videos of bird behaviors and other digital content that complement the printable guide. Find the guide at

The WikiWatershed Toolkit is designed to help middle, high school, and college educators and students—as well as citizens, conservationists, municipal decision-makers, and researchers—advance their knowledge and stewardship of fresh water. Developed by the Stroud Water Research Center, the toolkit enables users to share watershed-model scenarios, watershed- monitoring data, and watershed- management stories as an open, collaborative community. Through the Model My Watershed and Model Micro Site Runoff apps, students analyze real land-use and soil data in their neighborhoods and watersheds; model stormwater runoff and water-quality impacts using professional-grade models; and compare how different conservation or development scenarios may affect
runoff and water quality. Learn more and access archived training webinars for educators on the toolkit at the website

#ProjectPhenomena- Want to learn more about phenomena-based instruction in Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) classrooms? See Teachers
can access an annotated database of more than 50 science phenomena, including Mercury’s Transit Across the Sun; An Ocean Predator’s Travel Patterns Across the Pacific Ocean; Magnet Interactions; The World’s Fastest Runners: Slowed Down and Up Close; and other engaging occurrences or events. Each entry features a brief description of the phenomenon, suggestions for classroom use, key
Disciplinary Core Ideas, and a targeted grade level (among grades 3–12). The website also presents the criteria required for selecting phenomena useful for NGSS instruction. Once teachers are familiar with the criteria, they can submit additional phenomena to the database.

Posted August 23, 2017
WV Envirothon Teacher Training Day – September 25, 2017 at Holly Gray State Park, Braxton County 9 am -3 pm
The WV Envirothon committee is announcing an exciting opportunity for teachers interested in working with high school students on environmental issues. If you enjoy teaching environmental concepts, would like to receive a personal stipend, college credit and a grant for your school to purchase natural resources teaching supplies, please continue reading. For information about the WV Envirothon go to… . Teachers will receive the following: a $200 grant for their school, a $150 stipend and 3 graduate credit hours (if desired) if the teaching day is attended a full team is brought to the 2018 WV Envirothon. Complete registration by following: 2017 WV Envirothon Teacher Training. RSVP by September 8th. Contact Jason Hughes for more information (304) 558-2347 or

Free Online Interactive Physical Science Program
Teachers now have access to EVERFI’s online science program at no cost. EverFi’s content experts created this innovative program to meet state science standards in a fun and engaging way. Twenty-four West Virginia districts utilized EverFi’s programs last year with great success.

The EverFi Hockey Scholar brings 5th-7th grade science concepts to life through the sport of hockey at no cost to schools.  Watch the Hockey Scholar – Math & Science video to lean more and click here to demo all of the no cost learning programs available at EverFi.  
Any teacher or school interested may obtain a free school registration code for this turnkey resource by contacting Mike Oliver at   Please share this information with educators in your area. 

Posted August 11, 2017
Maura McLaughlin of West Virginia University will join our Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series on Thursday, September 14 at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater (on Summers Street in downtown Charleston).

In a talk titled Waves of the Future: How Gravitational Waves are Transforming Research and Education in West Virginia, McLaughlin, an astrophysicist at West Virginia University (WVU), will discuss WVU’s involvement in the recent discovery proving evidence of ripples in space-time one hundred years after Albert Einstein first predicted their existence. Her ongoing research involves looking for distortions in radio waves emitted by large celestial objects known as pulsars. This presentation will focus on how this research is not only putting West Virginia on the research map but also how it is positively affecting education in the Mountain State.

In case you aren’t familiar, this Speaker Series, which most recently featured, The Brain Revealed with Columbia University’s Carl Schoonover, is organized by our Division with support from a federal grant from the National Science Foundation. The goal of the series is to promote the importance of research and the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields to all West Virginians.

Tickets are free but must be obtained in advance. Click here for tickets.

Posted August 9, 2017
The Great American Solar Eclipse- Partial Eclipse in WV

The Great American Solar Eclipse will be a total eclipse for some during its coast to coast path across the United States on Monday, August 21, 2017. In West Virginia, about 90% of the sun will be covered- a greater percentage will be covered in the southern parts of the state, less in the northern parts. The eclipse will begin in Huntington at about 1:01, but will not begin in the eastern panhandle until about 1:10 p.m. Visit the Time and Date website and type the name of your town or a town near you to get more specific information about when the eclipse will occur in your area. The site also includes an animation of what to expect and when to expect the various phases of the eclipse. Additionally, WVU has compiled a list of resources on a website to assist educators in preparing for and teaching about eclipses, see The Great American Solar Eclipse.

IMPORTANT SAFETY MESSAGE- The human eye is very sensitive, and exposure to direct sunlight can damage the eye. Never are we more tempted to look directly at the sun than during a solar eclipse. Students should be cautioned about looking directly at the sun; fortunately, there are several options for viewing a solar eclipse safely. Visit the NASA How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely site for details. Links to safety videos are also included on the WVU Great American Solar Eclipse web site as well.

Posted August 7, 2017
Discovery Education, is providing teachers and students nationwide a host of engaging digital resources to help them experience the Great American Eclipse on August 21, 2017 and integrate this unique learning opportunity into classroom instruction. These multimedia resources will serve as catalysts for the inquiry process and ignite students' natural sense of curiosity and wonder.

There are four unique ways to experience the Great American Eclipse with Discovery Education: 1. Watch it live on August 21, 2017 from 1:17 – 1:23 PM ET (10:17 – 10:23 AM PT) 2. Join the live Twitter chat August 21, 2017 between 1-3 PM ET (10 AM-12PM PT) Chat with @DiscoveryEd using #CelebrateWithDE 3. Access On-Demand Video and Classroom Resources with your Discovery Education login. 4. Host a viewing party. All these resources and additional information can be found at

Posted August 4, 2017
One important goal of MIT BLOSSOMS is to encourage teachers around the world to explore and sample the many excellent teaching and learning resources that are today available for free online. While it may be difficult for a busy teacher to spend time sorting through these myriad websites to identify those of quality, we feel strongly that bringing these resources into the classroom can deepen and strengthen a curriculum.

On these pages, we have attempted to list resources that would be of value to teachers around topics of science, math and engineering. Some we have used ourselves, while others were recommended to us by both teachers and students. We encourage you to look them over! Also, please send us information on any websites that you have found useful and that you can recommend to other teachers. And finally, do let us know of problems you have with any of these postings. Visit or you can contact us at BLOSSOMS@MIT.EDU

Posted August 2, 2017
The Great American Solar Eclipse Is Coming!

On August 21st, from about 1-4pm, West Virginians will be treated to a solar eclipse of up to 90% coverage of the Sun by the Moon. Engage your students and community! 

The WVU Department of Physics and Astronomy and WVU Extension, with the help of the Green Bank Observatory and the West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, are bringing the Great American Eclipse to West Virginia!  Our intention is for this page to be a "one-stop shop" for West Virginians-  There are a lot of eclipse resources out there, but we have picked the ones that we think are most relevant to the Mountain State. Much of the content in our videos comes from these websites below. Feel free to browse on your own, too! 

Posted July 25, 2017
Are you looking for ways to engage and inspire your students next school year? The Society for Science & the Public is eager to announce the following science education opportunities: ​
Sign up for the Research Teachers Conference Lottery!  The Society will select 200 teachers to come to Washington, DC, October 13 – 15, 2017 for a weekend of sharing best practices and troubleshooting challenges involved in leading students in science research. High school teachers of all experience levels will be selected for this all-expenses-paid, peer-led professional development opportunity.
Enroll your school in Science News in High Schools for free!  Receive integrated, dynamic science journalism and ready-to-use, standard-aligned teaching content through our Science News in High Schools program. Regeneron is funding the participation of 4,000 public high schools during the 2017-18 school year. Spots are filling up fast, so fill out the Science News in High Schools interest form today to sign up.
Tell your students about the Regeneron Science Talent Search!  Do you know a rising high school senior with an extraordinary science research project? Help us spread the word about our competition that recognizes the future leaders of the scientific community and awards more than $3 million each year to deserving students and supportive schools. The application opens on August 1. Sign up here to learn more. 

Posted July 17, 2017
The National Youth Science Foundation
The mission of the National Youth Science Foundation is to inspire lifelong engagement and ethical leadership in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related professions. Programs are provided at the National Youth Science Center at 494 RiverStone Road. Davis, WV 26260. Visit the links below to learn more. 
*  National Youth Science Camp is a residential science education program for young STEM enthusiasts the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country (two are selected to represent each state and Washington, D.C.) are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.
*  Youth Science Discovery Experience is an exciting opportunity for West Virginia 8th Grade Students to experience Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in a fun and engaging way. For more information, please email or call 304-205-9724 x94. John Giroir (Director, National Youth Science Camp) Also, see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Also, you can download a summary document here: YSDE – Field Trip
*  Youth STEAM Institute is a new summer program produced by the National Youth Science Foundation. The Youth STEAM Institute will provide groups of 24 students an opportunity to enhance their experience, confidence, and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) through small-group projects guided by a mentor.

Posted July 12, 2017
JoVE is the world’s premier producer and publisher of video resources for scientific research and education. Our newest resource, JoVE Science Education, is a library of over 500 videos in science, medicine, and engineering. With these easy-to-follow demonstrations, we provide science faculty in high schools across the United States with a first-of-its-kind streaming video resource that increases student comprehension while helping teachers introduce new concepts.

PDF correlations to each state’s standards (as well as AP Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Science) are available upon request to help teachers better integrate Science Education into their classroom.

To learn more about the cost of the resource and value JoVE Science Education could bring to your school, visit or contact our High School Account Manager directly at

Posted July 11, 2017
The WV Make It Shine Teacher of the Year

In an effort to promote environmental stewardship and education in West Virginia, the WV Department of Environmental Protection is proud to sponsor the Environmental Teacher of the Year Award. Winners will be chosen in the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.

Each winner will receive a $500.00 personal award, a $1000 award to be used in promoting STEM programs in their school, and an invitation to the Association of WV Solid Waste Authorities Annual Awards Banquet on October 23, 2017 at Pipestem State Park (includes one night lodging) to receive their award. To nominate yourself or another, please submit an application packet. All entries must be received by September 15, 2017.

A direct link to the application, including instructions, may be found at: For more information contact Terry Carrington, Make It Shine Coordinator, at, or 304-926-0499 ext. 1359. 
Posted July 10, 2017

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Posted June 30, 2017
Enrollment for the Fall 2017 edition of Skype a Scientist is now open! Visit to sign up for fall. Use the For Teachers link for more information and to register.

Posted June 20, 2017
WVSTA Conference- WV Scholarships for Teachers-  
The WVSTA conference will be November 2-4 at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling.
* Are you a life science or environmental science teacher or pre-service teacher? WVSTA recieved a grant from the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium which will support 40 scholarships to our 2017 conference. Priority is to first time conference attendees and under-represented counties. Easy application. APPLY ONLINE NOW! -
Teachers and pre-service teachers are encouraged to apply for the Dr. Pat Obenauf Scholarship. Dr. Obenauf was a leading supporter of science education for a long time. WVSTA would not be here without her guidance over decades. To share her love for science education to others, this scholarship will pay the registration for one teacher and one pre-service teacher. To apply for this scholarship, answer the following questions. Send via email to Linda Fonner - ( by Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.
· why you want to attend the conference,
· how you think it will help in your classroom, and
· how you will share your knowledge gained at the conference with others.

Posted June 8, 2017
***** Evidence Statements *****
The evidence statements were designed to articulate how students can use the practices to demonstrate their understanding of the Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) through the lens of the Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs)  and thus, demonstrate proficiency on each Performance Expectation (PEs). The evidence statements do this by clarifying:
  • How the three dimensions could be assessed together, rather than in independent units
  • The underlying knowledge required for each DCI
  • The detailed approaches to science and engineering practices
  • How crosscutting concepts might be used to deepen content- and practice-driven learning
Given the shift to three dimensional learning, it is important to note that “minimum proficiency” on the standards is higher than for most previous standards, and will not look the same.

The evidence statements were not created to:
  • Be used as curriculum
  • Limit or dictate instruction
The West Virginia Next Generation Science Standards have different numbers that the standards in the documents linked below. 

The Experience Learning's first online newsletter, The Source, is available now. 
Albert Einstein once said, "The only source of knowledge is experience." Because of friends and supporters like you, we are providing authentic experiences for thousands of youth (and adults too!) every year. We are excited to share with you here the stories that make our organization unique and build knowledgeable citizens for the future. Don't hesitate to reach out to us--or even better yet, come visit! Enjoy reading about our recent experiences.  Visit for more information about Experience Learning, including Summer Camps, Workshops, and other outdoor education opportunities

The Alice Ferguson Foundation provides a free program that works with middle and high schools to take students out to field studies at the national parks.  If teachers attend the 3 day training and take students out to do field studies they are eligible for a $300 stipend.  Bus reimbursements are offered for schools if needed. For questions, contact Heather Zdobysz Assistant Program Manager, 301.292.5665 or  See details below. 
Summer Teacher Institute - Western Region – 06/27/2017 - 06/29/2017 at All Day 
* Apply here: Summer Teacher Institute Application Form
* June 27-29 2017 at different national parks; 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
* Maryland teachers may earn 1 MSDE credit upon completion
* $300 Stipend earned upon completion of institute, and participation in a BTW field study by December 1, 2017 (stipends will be issued December 2017)
* Deadline: June 15, 2017 or until registration is full

Summer Teacher Institute - Western Region – 08/08/2017 - 08/10/2017 at All Day
* August 8-10, 2017 at different national parks; 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
* Maryland teachers may earn 1 MSDE credit upon completion
* $300 Stipend earned upon completion of institute, and participation in a BTW field study by December 1, 2017 (stipends will be issued December 2017)
* Deadline: August 1, 2017 or until registration is full.

Teaching and Learning Tools for Middle Grades through High School Science

Create opportunities for learning in which students get to think like scientists by exploring and analyzing the world around them every day.  Prepare students for success in school, college and careers with lessons and project-based activities that promote understanding of key concepts in middle grades and high school science.  Visit Motivating Tomorrow's Scientists to learn more. 
Try TI technology free for up to two weeks.  TI offers a unique program to educators who are training other educators on how to integrate TI technology in the classroom. Educators may borrow TI equipment at no cost to use in a workshop/session for in-service or pre-service teachers, for use at a conference or for evaluation before purchasing. More details about the program can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions.  Visit TI Technology Loan Request Form to learn more.

Project BudBurst June Newsletter 
Project BudBurst is on a mission – to get you outside taking a moment to observe how plants in your community change with the seasons. When you share your observations with us, they become part of an ecological record. Spending time outside with plants is calming, educational, and just plain fun.

Project BudBurst participants make careful observations of the timing of leafing, flowering, and fruiting phases of plants (plant phenophases) throughout the year. Spring, summer, fall, and winter phases are all valuable. We have two protocols, Single Reports and Regular Reports that you can follow to record your observations. Scientists and educators can use the data to learn more about how plant species respond to changes in climate locally, regionally, and nationally.