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. Information is added to the page as it becomes available and as time allows. For postings of academic opportunities for students please visit the Student Ops webpage, see also the Ops4Students website.  

Posted May 4, 2015
Environment Matters On YouTube
The April edition of Environment Matters is now available on YouTube. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/user/WVEnvironment. Environment Matters will be available on the Library Channel sometime next week, check your local cable listings for the days and times in your area . Closed captioning will also be available Friday or Monday afternoon – sorry for the delay. Featured in this month’s show:
· Freedom Industries joins voluntary remediation program
· Voluntary Remediation Program success stories
· The new tank bill
· Spending spring break teaching environmentalism
· Air Quality Awareness week – how you can reduce your contribution to air pollution
· Marshall University’s newest building has a green roof that will also function as a living laboratory
· Make It Shine spring cleanup
· Promoting sustainability to WV tourism businesses
· Earth Day 2015

Spend a week behind-the-scenes at Smithsonian museums and research facilities for a professional development experience you won't forget. Visit our website for more information. Space is limited! Register now.  

Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) and My Ocean Sampling Day (MyOSD) & Transatlantic Ocean Science and Ocean Literacy Online Workshop - May 4 – 22, 2015
NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research announces new online professional development for educators, scientists, policy makers and the interested public.
Hosted by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.  In partnership with the European Union Micro B3 Project and the College of Exploration with support from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation  This offering is free for all participants and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In support of Ocean Sampling Day June 21, 2015 we are offering a series of online professional development programs. Join scientists and citizen scientists from around the world who will sample the ocean using a variety of methods. You can join this program by participating in MyOSD. Join the online workshop to learn more about the Ocean Sampling Day project, and learn how to participate in the Citizen Science project MyOSD. Meet the scientists involved in the project, and learn about the importance of marine microbial biodiversity, how scientists gather and analyze river and ocean water samples, and how you as a citizen scientist can be a part of this year’s OSD event. Join conversations with colleagues from around the world. http://www.coexploration.org/oe2015  Educators will have the option to earn one graduate credit.  To register go to: http://www.coexploration.org/oe2015/

Phase 2 of this online workshop (June17-June 26) is optional and will extend the conversation to document the actions of citizen scientists participating in MyOSD and to continue to develop the network.

Introduction to 3D Printing for Educators @ the Robert C Byrd Institute
Once considered a technology of the future, 3D Printing is now making its way into classrooms, inspiring students, teachers and makers to explore new ways of thinking and creating. To help prepare educators to use the innovative technology, the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) is offering a course during which teachers will design and fabricate 3D objects using computer-aided design (CAD) software and 3D printers. From June 7 - June 18, 2015, The hands-on course is presented at RCBI Huntington in partnership with the June Harless Center at Marshall University. Teachers may qualify for three graduate credit and/or CEUs.  Visit Introduction to 3D Printing for Educators for more details. 

Texas Instruments Offer FREE Webinars- visit this link to learn more.  

Posted April 20, 2015
Educators—Climate Education Week! April 18-25
Mark it in your calendars! Empower your students to take the lead now in solving climate change. Earth Day Network’s inaugural Climate Education Week will be hosted April 18-25th this year.
We need educators to equip students with the latest information.
That’s why Earth Day Network has developed an easy-to-use, ready-to-go online toolkit for K-12 students with everything you need to participate in Climate Education Week, including:
· Lesson plans
· Short videos
· Service learning projects
· Earth Day actions
…all aligned with NGSS! Each day covers a different theme, from What is Climate Change? to Solutions: Green Jobs, Green Economy. This toolkit provides educators with opportunities to incorporate climate into multiple subject areas, practice service learning, and spur action on climate issues.

Make sure to register your event on our website and join the millions taking action! If you would like to be notified as soon as the Climate Education ToolKit is released, join our Educator’s Network or check our website regularly at www.climateeducationweek.org!

Summer 2015 IPS Workshops for Graduate Credit! 
To semester hours of graduate credit is available for each workshop. Please note that because the Part 2 and Part 3 workshops meet at the same time, they cannot be taken concurrently. For additional information and a registration form, visit http://www.sci-ips.com/e_workshops.htm, email office@sci-ips.com, or call us at 888-501-0957.
      • July 12–July 17 IPS Part 1: Properties of Matter at Colorado School of Mines 
      • July 19–July 24 IPS Part 2: Atoms and Molecules at Colorado School of Mines 
      • July 19–July 24 IPS Part 3: Energy and Forces at Colorado School of Mines 
Posted April 13, 2015
Dominion's K12 Grants Available
Dominion is currently accepting on-line grant applications to encourage the development of new programs to strengthen math and/or science education in Kindergarten through grade 12 through the study of the environment or energy. Applications will only be accepted on-line.  Approximately $500,000 in K-12 educational grants will be awarded throughout seven states. Application deadline is May 15, at 5 p.m.

Focus Areas: The educational grants align closely with company priorities, specifically:
• Environmental Education: projects to develop math and/or science skills through the study of the environment.
• Energy Education: projects designed to increase students' awareness of energy efficiency and conservation, energy sources or other energy-related topics.

Eligibility: Accredited public and private elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, state agencies and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in targeted geographic areas (listed below) are eligible to apply. Visit the website for complete details, sample proposals, budget restrictions and evaluation tips and to access the on-line application.

Register and Attend Free Climate Education Regional Workshops!
NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) is collaborating with Federal, State and NGO partners to convene four climate-science workshops for formal and informal educators. Participants will hear from and interact with climate science, education and communication experts, and visit research facilities to explore foundational technologies and innovations in Earth-system research. Each workshop will focus on regional and/or topical impacts of climate change, with a goal of connecting educators and their students/audiences to the best-available, science-based information and resources about climate change.

You may register for and attend as many workshops as you wish. As there are attendance limits for each workshop, and we are advertising them nationally, please register only for the workshops you plan to attend. Availability will be on a first come first serve basis, so register early for your workshop. Participation in all workshops is free, but attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation, lodging and meals unless otherwise indicated in workshop details.

All attendees will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the workshop as well as the number of professional development hours they have engaged in.
For general question concerning all workshops contact:Peg.Steffen@noaa.gov, Bruce.Moravchik@noaa.gov, or Molly.Harrison@noaa.gov

Posted April 6, 2015
Still Time to Apply for the STEM Network Schools Grant
4 Middle/High Schools Join Forces in STEM Network
Middle/high schools with a current focus in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), are invited to apply to be part of a STEM Network School initiative. Four (4) STEM Network Schools will receive: a $30,000 grant; sustained, high quality professional development over a three year period; and support to become demonstration sites for innovative STEM practices that boost student achievement. Interested schools should submit Notice of Interest by April 17, 2015 at educationalliance.org/stem.

Posted March 31, 2015
Regardless of whether you’ve taught about Ebola, your help is needed.  
Please take 5 minutes to register for the survey.  NSTA has partnered with a national research firm and we need your help with a brief study on how teachers respond to urgent, science-related issues like Ebola.
 
As you know, K-12 teachers are critical to providing students with accurate and timely information about health-related issues. But researchers want to know:
    • How exactly do teachers respond when important and urgent issues like Ebola emerge? 
    • How do teachers decide whether to address these issues in their teaching? 
    • What types of resources do teachers draw on to design instruction?
Expedition Chesapeake: Educating a Watershed One Backyard at a Time 
Join staff from Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts for a free day of professional development using modules from Expedition Chesapeake, a ground-breaking initiative which addresses current watershed issues using the Chesapeake Bay watershed as a case-study.
  • Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Where: Fairmont University
Cross-curricular materials are designed for use in middle school and high school classrooms. Explore how to engage students using interdisciplinary lessons based on real-world scenarios which require team problem solving, and promote local connections within the students’ watershed/ community.

Participants will receive $100 stipend, a kit of classroom materials, and free access to the web-published materials. Space is limited to 30 participants who are current teachers in a middle or high school classroom. Register by contacting Lori Lauver at llauver@whitakercenter.org by Friday, April 3rd. This project was funded in part by the U.S. EPA Environmental Education Program.

Summer Descriptive Astronomy at WVU
WVU is offering a descriptive astronomy class in their Summer Session II, which runs from 6/29 until 8/7. This course is at a level suitable for advanced high-school students and has no math or physics pre-requisites. Please see this flyer for more details.

Join the SSEC and GSEHD Saturday, April 11, 2015 on the Foggy Bottom Campus of GWU for a day of free STEM-inspired professional growth and development for teachers of all grades, subjects and settings. Register for one of the 25 Classroom Intensives led by Anatomy in Clay, REAL School Gardens, Cisco Academy, Battelle, GW Buzz, TeachLive, Roots and Shoots and more, and then experience the STEMosphere® - an interactive, hands-on, minds-on STEM playground where students and their families can explore, invent, and experiment.

 

FDA Professional Development Program in Food Safety & Nutrition
The summer program is based on Science and our Food Supply, a curriculum developed under a partnership between the FDA and the NSTA. Middle level and high school science, FACS, and health educators are eligible to participate.

Selected teachers come to Washington, DC from July 19-26 for training and learn the "farm to table" process through visits to the USDA Agricultural farm, the FDA laboratories, and by performing the experiments in the teacher’s manual at the University of Maryland Microbiology laboratories.

Teachers leave the Washington training with the expectation that they will teach portions of the curriculum in their classrooms, and hold a ”train the trainer” in-service workshop for local district teachers (all additional training kits are provided by the FDA). It is vital that the principal be supportive of this program.

All travel and per diem expenses are funded by FDA. Teachers are each given a $500 stipend to purchase needed materials to perform the experiments in their classrooms and in their peer workshop. They are brought together again, at FDA's expense, to a regional NSTA Conference in December to discuss their classroom experiences with the program, and to plan for their in-service presentations to teachers within their schools and districts. Upon final completion of the program and submission of their report, teachers receive a $500 honorarium from FDA.

Through an online application process, 15 middle and 15 high school teachers will be selected to participate in this program. It is competitive. Judging is by a panel of teachers and program facilitators.  To view the curriculum, go to: www.fda.gov/teachsciencewithfood   The application is completely online at: www.teachfoodscience.org.  Deadline is April 20, 2015

Posted March 27, 2015
Earth Day Network’s Inaugural Climate Education Week Will Be Hosted April 18-25th This Year
Empower your students to take the lead now in solving climate change. We need educators to equip students with the latest information.

That’s why Earth Day Network has developed an easy-to-use, ready-to-go online toolkit for K-12 students with everything you need to participate in Climate Education Week, including:
· Lesson plans
· Short videos
· Service learning projects
· Earth Day actions
…all aligned with NGSS! Each day covers a different theme, from What is Climate Change? to Solutions: Green Jobs, Green Economy. This toolkit provides educators with opportunities to incorporate climate into multiple subject areas, practice service learning, and spur action on climate issues.

Make sure to register your event on our website and join the millions taking action!

If you would like to be notified as soon as the Climate Education ToolKit is released, join our Educator’s Network or check our website regularly at www.climateeducationweek.org!

Math Science Partnerships
Start planning for the Fall 2015 RFP! The MSP Program is intended to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. Partnerships between high need school districts and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty in institutions of higher education are at the core of these improvement efforts. Other partners may include state education agencies, public charter schools, or other public schools, businesses, and nonprofit or for-profit organizations concerned with mathematics and science education. The 2015 RFP will be released in September, 2015. http://wvde.state.wv.us/oel/math-science-partnership.php

Major (G5-16) STEM Opportunity for School Districts Starting September 2015 - Student Spaceflight Experiments Program - Mission 9 to the International Space Station  [hotlink title to http://ssep.ncesse.org]
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, and NanoRacks announce Mission 9 to the International Space Station. This STEM education opportunity immerses grade 5-16 (pre-college and 2- and 4-year college and university) students across a community in an authentic, high visibility research experience, where student teams design and propose real microgravity experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station. The program nurtures ownership in learning, critical thinking, problem solving, navigation of an interdisciplinary landscape, and communication skills – all reflective of the Next Generation Science Standards.

TIME CRITICAL: all interested communities are asked to inquire by April 30, 2015; schools and districts need to assess interest with their staff and, if appropriate, move forward with an Implementation Plan. Communities must be aboard by August 31, 2015, for a 9-week experiment design and proposal writing phase from September 7 to November 6, 2015. The flight experiment will be selected by December 17, 2015. Launch of the Mission 9 to ISS “Endeavor” experiments payload is expected in Spring 2016.

Contact: Dr. Jeff Goldstein, SSEP Program Director; cell 301-395-0770; jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org 

Posted March 26, 2015
3D Printing in the Classroom Roadshow-
There's only 1 week left until our 3D Printing in the Classroom Roadshow where you can learn to prepare students for careers in these changing industries. Enable students to discover concrete applications for the theoretical concepts taught in the classroom and solve real-world problems.
Each day has a packed agenda that includes:
  • A high level presentation on materials, technologies and techniques best suited for varying educational environments and diverse fields of study 
  • Real-world examples of how universities, research institutions, community colleges and K-12 schools have implemented 3D printing into their programs 
  • Interactive exhibits showcasing cutting-edge education and research applications 
Attendees will receive a free copy of SOLIDWORKS Student Edition. Visit 3D Printing in the Classroom Roadshow to learn more.

NOW SEEKING SCHOOLS from southern West Virginia to participate in Mountain Energy Monitors
The Mountain Institute's Mountain Energy Monitors program is a classroom-based energy efficiency program designed to teach students in grades 5-12 basic energy literacy concepts. Instructors from The Mountain Institute will deliver this STEM-based curriculum free of charge and guide students through an energy audit of their classroom. Students and teachers will have the opportunity to: learn basic energy concepts while meeting multiple CSOs, engage in energy audits of their classroom, make cost-saving recommendations at school and at home, and complete an action-based plan that educates classmates and family members about the importance of energy efficiency.

Interested teachers are welcome to contact The Mountain Institute’s education coordinator, Kellee Waddell, at 304. 567. 4034 or kwaddell@mountain.org.

NSTA Virtual Conference: STEM Today For a Better Tomorrow 
STEM programs provide the gateway for students to successful careers in these expanding and dynamic fields. If your school is looking to start or expand a STEM curriculum, then mark your calendar now for another quality all-day NSTA virtual conference exclusively on STEM scheduled for Saturday, April 25, from 10 am to 6 pm Eastern time. From the comfort of your home learn from content and pedagogical experts and share ideas with colleagues during the live chat discussions. Choose from strands for teachers and administrators that offer fresh ideas and tried and true methods that work or mix and match the sessions that will suit your needs.  To learn more and to register, visit:  http://www.nsta.org/vc

Posted March 23, 2015
Teachers Needed for the Governor's School for Math and Science
The Governor’s School for Math and Science is actively recruiting teachers for this summer’s session at West Virginia State University, July 13-26. The theme of the two-week academy is “Building a Sustainable Future,” and working with the 60 talented rising freshmen is both daunting and exhilarating. This is the first year for our school at State, and we are looking forward to having a new crop of public school teachers apply.

Interested teachers may access the application  on the Governor’s Schools website: http://www.govschools.wv.gov/pages/staff.aspx.   It’s the second teacher application….  GSMS WV State Teacher Application.pdf The form is a fillable pdf, and directions for submitting it are on the application itself. 

STEM Network Schools- 4 Middle/High Schools Join Forces in STEM Network 
Middle/high schools with a current focus in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), are invited to apply to be part of a STEM Network School initiative. Four (4) STEM Network Schools will receive: a $30,000 grant; sustained, high quality professional development over a three year period; and support to become demonstration sites for innovative STEM practices that boost student achievement. Interested schools should submit Notice of Interest by April 17, 2015 at educationalliance.org/stem. 

ASHG currently provides K-12 teachers and students with a unique resource to help bridge the gap between genetics professionals and the general public– the Genetics Education Outreach Network (GEON). Originally designed to help teachers connect with geneticists for DNA Day activities, this program has evolved into a database of nearly 650 genetics professionals that teachers (and students!) can search to request help year-round. We encourage you to celebrate DNA Day (April 25, 2015) by locating a GEON member or geneticist in your area to speak to your students, help facilitate a lesson plan from our Lesson Plan Database, or participate in another fun, hands-on activity.

Need an idea for something to do? Check out the websites below:
ASHG Lesson Plan Database: Over 20 lesson plans using the BSCS 5E instructional model
National Human Genome Research Institute: Pinterest challenge, teaching tools, and a top 10 to-do list inspired by National DNA Day
Genetic Science Learning Center: Interactive modules
Personal Genetics Education Project: Lesson plans, interactive Map-Ed, and video series

Posted March 20, 2015
Arts Alive at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Charleston, WV on Friday,April 3rd, 2015.  The Art Exhibit in the lobby begins at 6:00 p.m. and the Gala Performance is at 7:00 p.m. 

This year’s event features more than 200 pieces of exhibited art work and 20 outstanding performances from across West Virginia. The event is free and open to the public. 

To reserve your seats, please call the Clay Center Box Office at 304.561.3570. Tickets will also be available at the door. Please contact Dr. Christi Camper Moore if you have questions ccamper@k12.wv.us or extension 53231.

NASA Educational Resource Center has also added 2 NEW workshops
Space Weather (4 hours)
Students will learn about the effects of the sun’s activity and magnetosphere on earth and our technologies. Student will step into the shoes of a heliophysicist explore the 4th state of matter—plasma; search for solar activity with a solar-scopes and compare to LIVE NASA data; plot real solar data on a graph and find the relationship to solar activity, as well as learn about current NASA missions exploring space weather. The picture above is from the recent launch party (MMS), in which students explored plasma activities. Recommended age level: 5th-8th grade

Mission to Mars (3 hours)
Students will learn about the possibilities of traveling to Mars through NASA approved learning activities such as a rover challenge, exploration of the surface of Mars, and an engineering design challenges to try and precisely land a spacecraft. Recommended age level: 5th-6th grade

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a workshop, please contact Jamie Ford through email at jaime.ford@ivv.nasa.gov or phone (304) 367-8379.


Joint Project Learning Tree/Project WET workshop scheduled
Project WEThttp://www.projectwet.org/ and Project Learning Tree will be partnering for a joint workshop on Saturday, May 2, 2015, to be held at the Mineral County Health Department from 8-4. Educators will be able to register for this workshop at the Mineral STEM Festival.

Participants will engage in several hands-on activities and at the completion of the workshop they will receive the interdisciplinary curriculum guides for both programs. If you would like to attend and register for the workshop, or would like more details, please contact Linda Carnell, WV PLT Coordinator at the West Virginia Division of Forestry Romney office 304-822-4512 or email her at Linda.O.carnell@wv.gov .

Smithsonian Science Education Academies
for Teachers (SSEATs)
Go behind-the-scenes at Smithsonian museums and research facilities for a one-of-a-kind professional development experience and gain new science resources and teaching practices for your classroom. Visit our website for more information and to register! Registration closes April 17. Space is limited!



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2015 Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3),
 
the premier environmental leadership training program at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), our nation's top environmental training facility. Sc3 empowers outstanding students with the skills, knowledge, and tools necessary to address conservation and climate challenges in their schools and communities. Includes community service credit from USFWS. 

Program dates: June 21-27, 2015. Apply by April 1 for early-bird discount.  Read More HERE(link to: http://bit.ly/1frkW7B)

The Educator Climate & Conservation Colloquium, a professional development opportunity and certification program for school sustainability coordinators. Held at USFWS' National Conservation Training Center, June 28-July 3. For more information visit  http://www.greenschoolsalliance.org/professional-development


New Green School and Student/Citizen Science Partnership Will Reach Thousands of U.S. Schools
The National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools USA program and the NASA-supported GLOBE Program for student/citizen science have teamed up to increase critical student skills in environmental and earth science monitoring and measurement and action at K-12 schools. This program will go far incorporate environmental science education practices into schools seeking to become greener and more sustainable. The combined reach of these programs in the U.S. exceeds 20,000 schools.
    • NWF Eco Schools USA is a comprehensive school greening program aimed at helping K-12 schools to decrease the environmental footprints of their buildings and facilities, make their school grounds greener with gardens and outdoor classrooms and integrate environmental education into the school’s overall education programming. There are 3,150 schools enrolled in the NWF’s U.S. program and 50,000 Eco Schools globally. 
    • The GLOBE program is a comprehensive, NASA supported, environmental science and measurement program operating in 18,000 U.S. schools (27,000 globally) that teaches students basic environmental monitoring and measurement skills as part of their curriculum. In teachers students how to do environmental and earth science. In 2013-2014 U.S. students recorded nearly 80 million measurements including an important climate change monitoring protocol. 
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Water in the Western US.”
This new NWF partnership is with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research's (UCAR) Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program (based in Colorado and supported by NASA) to integrate school sustainability and earth system's observations, data collection, and action in an effort to protect and conserve wildlife and wild places. Combined, these tow programs will support long-term implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).   To learn more: http://www.nwf.org/Eco-Schools-USA/GLOBE.aspx

Free Online Course: Water in the Western US 
Why is there so much conflict over water in the American West? How do major cities and industrial agricultural systems thrive in semi-arid environments and deserts? How will tens of millions of people in the region cope with a warming climate? 

Join us on April 1, 2015 for the University of Colorado Boulder’s newest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Water in the Western US.” The course will run 4.5 weeks, accommodates flexible schedules, and requires a total of 20-25 hours to complete. 

Over a dozen experts in water management, policy, and research are contributing to the course, exploring the scientific, legal, political, and cultural issues impacting water and climate in the Western US. Building on this foundational understanding of climate and water in the West will allow students to examine the Colorado River Basin as a case study, and ultimately conclude the class with a deeper understanding of some controversial water issues faced in the American West. 

Educators can earn graduate level credit by signing up for a parallel two-credit hour course through The University of Colorado Boulder’s Division of Continuing Education ($140). Additional information on this opportunity will be provided once the course begins. 

There are no prerequisites and no requirements for the course. We hope you join us! 
Anne Gold, Associate Scientist and Science Educator, CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder 
Eric Gordon, Managing Director, Western Water Assessment, CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder

Posted March 18, 2015
Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series
Steven Squyres will join us in Charleston on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7 pm at the Geary Auditorium, Riggleman Hall at the 
University of Charleston. He is a researcher, an astronomer and the face and voice of NASA's mission to Mars.

Squyres is an energetic presenter who will tell about his role in NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover project and bring images/footage that will captive and inspire a widespread audience.  It will be a free event, but your RSVP is requested if you plan to attend. Click here to RSVP now.

Posted February 23, 2015
EPA Environmental Education Local Grants Program - $2.7 million
Eligible Entities: Any local education agency, college or university, state education or environmental agency, nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a noncommercial educational broadcasting entity as defined and licensed by the Federal Communications Commission may submit a proposal

EPA is seeking proposals that support locally focused environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship; help develop informed, knowledgeable, and responsible citizens; and encourage behavioral change that improves the environment. EPA’s priorities include developing teaching skills that focus on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, and addressing air quality by preventing pollution and increasing energy efficiency, improving indoor and outdoor air quality, reducing industrial air pollution and pollution from vehicles and engines, protecting the stratospheric ozone layer, reducing acid rain, and addressing climate change.  For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcementApplications Due: March 6, 2015.

Get an introduction to free watershed education materials developed by Whitaker Center for use in middle school and high school classrooms. Explore how to engage students in reality-based lessons and encourage students to employ problem-solving techniques and apply their newly acquired content knowledge and skills in their own backyards. Learning experiences are aligned to Common Core and NGSS.

When: Saturday, April 11, 2015; 9:00AM - 4:00PM with 1 hour for lunch
Where: Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV
Benefits: $100 stipend; free access to complete, teacher-friendly materials; leave with a kit of classroom and lab materials worth $100 

Visit http://www.dciu.org/Page/1910 for more overview and application.  Space is limited… email the registration form to Lori Lauver, Director of Education, at llauver@whitakercenter.org by Friday, April 3 to register.

The 50th annual West Virginia Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium 
will be held on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV, on April 10-11. This STEM competition is sponsored by the United States Navy, Air Force, and Army. There are three scholarships at the regional level and three scholarships in each of seven categories at the national level (www.jshs.org). We can send two West Virginia students to compete in the National JSHS, and three additional students attend the national event with travel, room, and board free of charge.

For the competition, students present their work orally, with the help of presentation slides (e.g. PowerPoint). In addition to the competition, students at the regional event participate in hands-on labs and other activities with college faculty and students. Please encourage your students who are involved in science fair projects to also present their work at the 2015 WV Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

Since this is the 50th year, I’d love to hear from past participants and perhaps invite some of them to participate. Please pass the word along. Interested persons can contact Associate Professor Jeanne D. Sullivan at 304-473-8125; sullivan@wvwc.edu

West Virginia University NEWBio Workshop Announcement for 2015
As part of the Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium grant, West Virginia University is again offering a week long education program related to bioenergy and bioproducts on campus at WVU. The workshop is designed for science and technology related educators (grade 6-12, in-service and pre-service teachers and extension educators) who want to learn and teach about Bioenergy systems currently used and/or under development in the United States. http://www.newbio.psu.edu/education/teachers.asp

The workshop takes place at WVU in Percival Hall from July 13-17, 2015. The workshop is free and also comes with a $300 stipend. Also, there are funds available for travel assistance (currently estimated at $200/person) for those who register early (first 10 registrants). Attendees will also receive a variety of educational kits to take with them and use in their classroom or other educational setting. Students in the course will also be able to get 3 credits of professional development through WVU.  Registration: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1671819

For more details, contact the WVU NEWBio Workshop Site Director, David DeVallance PhD, Phone: 304/293-0029, 

Exciting Day of Robotics Competitions and Demonstrations on March 28-29th. 
Whether you are an existing robotics team or are interested in getting involved in robotics, this is an event you should not miss!  Check out their website at: http://www.shepherd.edu/cmeweb/srf/
The event is hosted by the Department of Computer Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering at Shepherd University’s Butcher Center, and includes:
· FIRST LEGO League Contest
· Fire-Fighting Robot Contest
· Sumo Robot Match
· Mech-Warfare Robot Contest
Registration is required for both participants and attendees but the event is FREE of charge. Walk-in registrations are also welcome!! Pre-Register here: http://www.shepherd.edu/cmeweb/srf/reg.php

Our own WV FIRST LEGO League (FLL) AmeriCorps VISTAs Michael and Ryan will be on hand to run the FLL competition (using this year’s World Class field) and to help judge the Fire Fighting and Sumo competition.

Shepherd is a partner of the WV FLL Program and the host of an annual FLL Qualifier tournament.  If you have any questions about this event, please contact: Professor Reza Mirdamadi, Email: rmirdama@shepherd.edu Phone: 304.876.5368

WVU Forensic Science Summer Camp 
2015
The Department of Forensic and Investigative Sciences and the Next Generation Forensic Science Initiative will be hosting a forensic science summer camp for middle school (6th—8th grade) and high school (9th –12th grade) students for one week this summer. The goal of this program is to bring the crime lab to the classroom. Through hands-on, experiential learning, participants will acquire the practical knowledge and skills that forensic scientists employ in their day-to-day casework. At the conclusion of the week, participants will take their newly acquired knowledge and skills and apply them to a mock crime scene at the WVU Crime Scene Complex. Topics in these classes will include: Fingerprints, Footwear Impression Evidence, Firearm Identification, DNA, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Digital Evidence, Forensic Microscopy, and Crime Scene Evidence. *Middle school and high school camps will be held concurrently but separate from one another.
When: The camp will be held June 22-26, 2015.
Where: The first 3 days of camp will be held at Oglebay Hall on the downtown campus. The last 2 days of camp will be held at the Crime Scene Complex on the Evansdale Campus.
Time: Camp begins each day at 9:00 AM and concludes at 4:00 PM each day.
Cost: The cost is $345.00 per participant. Included in the cost will be lunch each day, a t-shirt, and a certificate of attendance.
Registration: Registration will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Each group of students, middle school and high school, will be limited to 20 students. To register go to wvu.augusoft.net, click on the “Browse Courses” button, and follow the instructions. *Registration closes May 01, 2015.
Information: For further information or questions about this program please contact Chris Bily by email at Chris.Bily@mail.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-293-9496

The 2015 Next Generation Physics Teaching Conference (http://ngpt.aaptsections.org/
Hosted at Eastern Kentucky University on Friday 13 March and Saturday 14 March, events at this meeting will highlight the connection between physic teaching, NGSS and engineering.
Conference registration includes lunch on Friday and Saturday, and for those who complete the online registration by March 9th, tickets to Friday's dinner.  Stipends are available.  

Professional development opportunities via a full lineup of workshops, including:
* Using Go!Motion in the Physics Classroom (with free Vernier Go!Motion to each pre-registered attendee)
* Building on Argumentation in Engineering
* Reverse Game Play as an Introduction to Scientific Hypothesis Testing
* Whiteboards in the Introductory Physics Classroom
* Research-based Alternative Formats for Problem Solving in Introductory Physics
* Practicum Activities That Allow Students to Self Assess
* Investigative Science Learning Environments: Resources and Help in Implementation
* VPython (GlowScript) Programming for Introductory Physics
* Pre-labs, Post-labs, Flipped Lab, JIT & Hybrid Labs – How Virtual Physics Labs Expand Student Learning Opportunities
* Using Planetary Orbits to Teach Gravity
* Reverse Game Play as an Introduction to Scientific Hypothesis Testing
* AP Physics B & C – How are teachers handling the changes?

Registered attendees can secure a spot in the half-day workshops, including the Saturday morning workshop where Vernier is giving away a Go!Motion detector to the first twenty people who sign up online.

To submit an abstract for an oral research presentation, go through the website or directly to -- http://physics.wku.edu/ngpt/abstracts/

Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers

Go behind-the-scenes at Smithsonian museums and research facilities for a one-of-a-kind professional development experience and gain new science resources and teaching practices for your classroom.
Visit our website for more information and to register! Registration closes April 17. Space is limited!

Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) American Teachers Application Information
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 (11:59 pm EST)
Applications are currently available for the 2015-2016 Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) Program.
Applications, including all supporting documents, are due by 11:59 pm EST March 18, 2015. Applications must be completed online using the online application system. Please read the application instructions carefully before beginning the application.  Apply now!

American Geosciences Institute (AGI)/ExxonMobil Exploration Teacher Leadership Academies.
Each year these week-long academies, one for K-5 and one for Middle School, help to prepare a cadre of teachers to share key ideas in the geosciences with their colleagues, students, and others.

Funding from ExxonMobil and AGI cover academy-related costs for the teachers, including travel to Houston, meals, lodging, and materials. Participants have the opportunity to interact with their peers from other states, develop skills and knowledge for teaching Earth and space science, and develop plans for presenting effective teacher workshops.

We welcome applicants from all states and school systems. While it is hoped that teachers will come as teams, so that they have support when they return to their state/schools system, that is not required. They just need to be teachers for whom it would be possible to do one or more presentations to colleagues (in their own school systems, at conferences, and so on) to help spread geoscience awareness to other teachers, in addition to their own students.
For more information , contact Ed Robeck, PhD at ecrobeck@agiweb.org.

Fourth & Fifth Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest
The West Virginia Division of Forestry and the Urban and Community Forestry Council are calling on you to showcase your students' artistic talents by participating in the 2015 West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year's theme is "Trees are…Beneficial!”

A state winner will be selected for the fourth grade and fifth grade students participating. Each state winner will receive a $30 cash prize from the West Virginia Forestry Association. In addition, an award ceremony will be held at their schools and a tree will be planted in their honor.

How can you get your students involved in this exciting contest? Simply contact me, Andy Sheetz, at andy.i.sheetz@wv.gov or (304) 382-9574, for a poster contest guide that contains educational activities. The contest is open to public, private and home schooling teachers in the Mountain State.

The deadline for all contest submissions is March 2, 2015. Only posters that meet the contest rules will be eligible for prizes. Please read the poster contest rules in the activity guide carefully to make sure your students meet eligibility requirements.  To see last year’s winning posters, visit the Division of Forestry's web site at www.wvforestry.com, under the Urban Forestry section.

There are only three weeks left to submit your students’ essays for the American Society of Human Genetics’ (ASHG) 10th annual DNA Day Essay Contest! The deadline is March 6, 2015, 5:00 pm Eastern Time.
You can submit your essays here: http://www.ashg.org/education/essaycontest/2015/submit.shtml. In honor of our 10th year running this contest, we reached out to 10 of our previous winners to find out “where are they now?”, and what advice they have for future students entering the contest. Help inspire your students by sharing these winners’ stories with your class!

PaxWorks International Science Teacher Workshop
PaxWorks will be hosting an International Teachers Workshop: Global Environmental Science using Technology (GEST) - Belize/US on July 27-August 3. Science educators of all levels are invited to join us at Belize's magnificent ocean reef and tropcial jungle.
>U.S. and Belize teachers will work alongside each other as we get familiar with the jungle, streams, and ocean reef of Belize.
>Lodging, meals, and travel in-country have been carefully chosen to guarantee a successful workshop.
>Jungle/marine guides well-versed in their fields will be with us to provide expertise.
>Earn 3 graduate credits through West Liberty University for only an additional $180.
If interested, please send cover letter and resume to Jenny Bardwell: paxworks.jb@gmail.com

The free write-ups from Flinn Scientific are available at http://www.flinnsci.com/cbpsfebruary15l
  • Chem Fax! "pH Rainbow Tube"- Create a rainbow of colors in a tube using universal indicator and a dilute acid and base. 
  • Bio Fax! "PTC Genetics"- Discover how the PTC taste-test activity can be extended to enhance your genetics unit. 
  • Physical Science Fax! "Build a Spectroscope"- Use common household materials and a holographic diffraction grating to build a spectroscope.
Posted February 12, 2015
2015 Mantis Tiller Award
Looking for a tiller for your school or community garden? The 2015 Mantis Tiller Award is accepting applications through March 6, 2015. 25 winners will be selected to receive a Mantis Tiller/Cultivator. Any nonprofit, school, or community garden is welcome to apply. Applications are due March 6th, 2015! Visit Kidsgardening.org for more details.  2015 Mantis Tiller Award Application

Last Day to Apply for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program
Applications for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program Must Be Submitted by 9:59pm ET Tonight!  Don't miss your chance to apply for the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. 100 tech-savvy K-12 educators from across the country will be selected for an exclusive, yearlong professional development program designed to reward, foster, and grow a community of educators making an impact in their classrooms. 30 Lead Innovators will also receive a Samsung Galaxy Tablet®, and will attend the PBS Digital Innovators Summit and prestigious ISTE Conference in Philadelphia. The application period ends tonight.
 
There are STEM Festivals all over the world and the Festival team has created a comprehensive Affiliate Directory and Map to help find a science festival near you! Are you a science festival organizer? Visit this link to become an official USA Science & Engineering Festival Affiliate Event! Read all of the latest Festival news here. 

Posted February 6, 2015
SUMMER 2015 PAID RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE EDUCATORS
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 will be given preference in the selection process. Internships run from May 26 through August 7, 2015. Based on the high school’s academic calendar, these dates are flexible. Compensation of $9,000 will be provided for the full nine weeks. For more information, go to the WV-INBRE website at http://www.wv-inbre.net/summerprogram 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 31, 2015.
 
For more information, contact: Valerie Watson, vwatson@hsc.wvu.edu or (304) 293-4120.

Posted February 4, 2015
There is Still Time to Comment on Policy 2520.3C 
Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science in West Virginia Schools (URL)
Until 4:00 PM February 17, 2015 Comment Online!

Science Notebooks: Making Student Thinking Visible
Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Time: 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time
A much discussed and researched pedagogical tool, science notebooks are often misunderstood. Authentic science notebooks contribute to students' conceptual understanding, enable students with an opportunity to engage in critical scientific practices, support differentiated learning, assist teachers in guiding their instruction and documenting student thinking, and enhance students' literacy skills. Join Gwen Warniment as she shares concrete and practical strategies to seamlessly integrate science notebooks into your everyday teaching. Gwen will share real examples of students' science notebooks and address questions and concerns related to using science notebooks in the classroom.
Join Gwen, an expert in the field, as she shares strategies and experience. Click here to learn more. Click HERE to Register!
Also Consider
Applications Due 2/11: PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program
Are you driving innovation in the classroom? Apply today to the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program for a chance to receive one year of FREE PD plus a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the PBS Digital Innovators Summit and ISTE Conference. 

Posted February 2, 2015
Share the Universe with Youth
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and Yerkes Observatory announce an exciting opportunity for educators who teach in an informal setting, be that as a 4-H or scout leader, a teacher who leads an after school program, or a museum/science center educator, to use and engage youth in observing the Universe with robotic telescopes located around the world, including optical telescopes in the US, Chile, and Australia, and a radio telescope here at the NRAO, Green Bank, WV!

We are holding two professional development weekends which will provide successful applicants with the experience they need to use the telescopes and facilitate observational projects with youth.  We are seeking educators who are willing to put their professional development into action with youth! No experience in astronomy required.


The Wildlife Conservation Society Webinars are a unique opportunity to learn more about global conservation efforts which affect our wildlife health, climate, natural resources, and local livelihoods. As a participant, you will learn about WCS field research and conservation work as you listen to conservation stories from our field researchers.

Our NEW series of free webinars (Starting February 2015) will be inspired by global conservation challenges. These include local livelihoods, natural resource use, wildlife health, and climate change.

Appropriate for ANYONE interested in learning more about our global conservation challenges, WCS Webinars are FREE and easily accessible through our E-Learning Portal (http://pd.wcs.org). WCS Webinars also include an additional element specific to educators wishing to learn more about how to bring these engaging topics to students. 

Register Today- Go to pd.wcs.org. Scroll down to "Available Courses" and click on the title of the webinar. You will be prompted to log-in. If you are returning to pd.wcs.org enter your existing log-in information, if you are new to pd.wcs.org follow the prompts to create a new account.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program is pleased to announce that the 2014-2015 application period for 7-12 grade mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers is now open! Please consider nominating a talented teacher or applying yourself by using the PAEMST website today. The nomination deadline is April 1, and the application deadline is May 1.

PAEMST is the highest honor the United States government bestows for K–12 mathematics and science teaching, honoring up to 108 teachers each year. Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the President, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). PAEMST's most recent cohort of awardees even had the opportunity to meet with President Barack Obama

Posted January 27,2015
International Teacher Workshop:

Global Environmental Science using Technology (GEST) – Belize/US
July 27-August 3, 2015 in Belize
Science educators of all levels are invited to join us at Belize’s magnificent ocean reef and tropical jungle.
Email your questions to: paxworks.jb@gmail.com

2016 usa-science-and-engineering-festival-dates

The 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest and only NATIONAL science festival, features nationwide contests and school programs, including our popular 'Nifty Fifty' science speaker program and X-STEM Symposium. The Festival will culminate in a Grand Finale Expo on April 16-17, 2016, with Sneak Peek Friday kicking off the weekend on April 15.  More than 350K+ attendees will celebrate science at the Expo, and engage in activities with some of the biggest names in STEM, hear stories of inspiration and courage, and rock out to science during our incredible stage show performances. Get involved by exhibiting, sponsoring, volunteering or attending! 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF FEDERAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITY (FFO)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Institute for
Middle School Science Teachers (NIST Summer Institute) Program
NIST is soliciting applications from eligible public school districts and accredited private educational institutions in the U.S. and its territories nominating middle school science teachers to participate in the NIST Summer Institute Program. The NIST Summer Institute Program will provide selected teachers hands-on activities, lectures, tours, and visits with NIST scientists and engineers at the NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The NIST Summer Institute Program will be held on July 6-17, 2015.  Electronic applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, March 13, 2015.  For more informaito, visit http://www.nist.gov/iaao/teachlearn/upload/FY15-Summer-Institute-FFO.pdf

NASA Seeks AmeriCorps VISTA to Support FIRST Robotics in WV Click Here to apply!
FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the STEM workforce in the United States through the implementation of robotic competitions including: Jr. FLL, FLL, FTC, and FRC. FIRST has agreed to sponsor a, 1-year AmeriCorps VISTA position at NASA IV&V in Fairmont, West Virginia starting ASAP! This full-time job will focus on increasing the participation in all FIRST robotics competitions and to support teams and tournaments in underserved communities within WV.

PLEASE help me identify candidates (18 years old and up) who are willing to give back to their country for a year while deferring student loans, earning a tuition stipend, and building their resume in the field of robotics while working at a NASA Facility. Preference will be given to candidates who have an undergraduate degree in K-12 education or a STEM field and/or experience with FLL, FTC and/or FRC as a student, mentor or coach.

Applications are accepted until the position is filled, but could start as early as February 17th.  If accepted, the candidates will be required to live near the NASA IV&V Facility in Fairmont, WV.

PLEASE forward the link below to potential candidates and feel free to contact me with any questions.


The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge 
is calling all students in grades 5–8 for another year of groundbreaking science exploration. This exciting competition encourages students to apply critical thinking to solve a real-world problem, and communicate their idea through a video submission. 

How can my students enter? 
To enter the competition, students in grades 5–8 are asked to create a 1–2 minute video that showcases a new, innovative solution that can solve an everyday problem. Students can enter here through April 21, 2015. 
Why should I encourage my students to participate? 
In addition to providing a unique project-based learning opportunity, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge gives students the chance to work one-on-one with a 3M Scientist during an exclusive mentorship experience. 
What kind of prizes can students win? 
The grand prize winner will be named “America’s Top Young Scientist” and receive $25,000! Ten finalists will each receive $1,000, a trip to 3M’s World Headquarters in St. Paul, MN, and the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime adventure trip to a destination such as Costa Rica.
Visit www.YoungScientistChallenge.com for more information. 

Are You One of America's Top 100 Tech-Savvy Educators?

If you are a tech-savvy K-12 educator with a passion for innovation and a desire to empower your peers by sharing strategies around digital media integration, then the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program is for you! 100 selected applicants from across the country will receive one year of free professional development, including access to virtual trainings, premium resources, special events, and a robust professional learning community. Don't miss your chance to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Applications are being accepted through February 11, 2015. 

New  K-12 Teacher Grants Program
The goal is to fund small equipment and supplies purchases and/or professional development activities (up to $400) for K-12 teachers at schools in the geographical region covered by our NWVACS Section (see image below).  All chemistry-oriented professional activities are supported, but proposals that clearly involve students or outreach to the public will receive preference. All teachers who submit grant proposals will be invited to be guests of the section at our annual spring Awards Banquet on April 28. Review of applications will begin on Friday, February 20.  Visit the links below for application information. Questions?
If need assistance, contact Dr. Erica Harvey, Fairmont State University at erica.harvey@fairmontstate.edu or 304-367-4498.  

Posted January 21, 2015
West Virginia Space Public Outreach Team (WV SPOT) visit your School or youth group! 
WV SPOT is a group of trained undergraduate and graduate students from NASA Space Grant institutions across West Virginia who have been trained and certified by the experts at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and NASA IV&V Program to deliver cutting edge STEM presentations to a wide range of K-12 students. Just visit: www.wvspot.org to book your presentation TODAY!!

How to Create a More Effective Lab Safety Program
This interesting and entertaining one-hour presentation/webinar confronts one of the more common excuses for not having or improving the lab safety program ... "it costs too much." This is simply not true. Excellent lab safety programs do not need to cost large amounts of money. Several simple lab safety program components will be presented and discussed to demonstrate this important theme. These are the critical components for an effective lab safety program.

This webinar is being provided primarily for school science teachers. Others are welcome to register and attend. If you have specific questions or issues that you wish to have answered or addressed, please send them to Jim Kaufman in advance (jim@labsafetyinstitute.org). If your question or issue is used in the webinar, you will receive a complimentary copy of LSI’s publication “Audits and Inspections”. It contains the 33 element lab safety program checklist, the evaluation criteria, and more.

Participants learn how to create a more effective lab safety program without a purchase order or requisition. You don’t want to miss this opportunity for a highly informative, worthwhile and enjoyable learning experience. Click https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3731515229433160961 to register.


WV Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup, April 6-19, 2015
The WV Make It Shine Program is a comprehensive program aimed at making WV the cleanest state in the nation. Throughout the state, groups of volunteers, businesses, community organizations and local governments are working to accomplish this goal. It is the responsibility of the WV Make It Shine Program to coordinate the effort of these people to make our state shine. The WV Make It Shine Program is involved in several events each year. The annual events are listed below.

The statewide cleanup is held during the first two weeks of April each year. During this time, volunteers can receive assistance in conducting cleanups on public lands. The resources available include gloves, bags, hauling (in conjunction with the DOH), and landfill fees. 

To be considered for cleanup assistance please submit applications by February 28, 2015. Please click on the link below for the application and details.
                                        2015 Statewide Cleanup Application (PDF)
                                        2015 Statewide Cleanup Application (Word)

PBS Is Looking for America's Most Innovative Educators
Apply today to the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator Program for a chance to receive one year of FREE PD plus a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the PBS Digital Innovators Summit and ISTE Conference. Applications are due on 2/11/15.

Register now to celebrate the SSEC's 30th Anniversary!
It's 2015 and the Smithsonian Science Education Center (formerly the National Science Resources Center or NSRC) is celebrating its 30th Anniversary!

Has it been a while since you last worked with us and you're hoping to reconnect? Or are you newly involved in a LASER project and excited to share the work happening in your region? All are welcome at the annual Regional Leaders Meeting in Washington, DC on May 14-15th.

We will celebrate the accomplishments of LASER projects across the nation with our partners, stakeholders, and friends old and new. Don't miss this chance to welcome participants of the LASER i3 program into our network and learn what the future holds for the SSEC! Our meeting will culminate with an anniversary gala at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Please visit the website for more information. Register by March 6th using coupon code "WORM" for an early bird discount of $50. We can't wait to see you!

Posted January 15, 2015
West Virginia Board of Education Places State Science Standards on Public Comment 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) today voted to place a version of the West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science (Policy 2520.3C) which is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) on comment for 30 days. The decision came after the board was made aware of concerns related to the version of the policy adopted last month.

West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science were generated from the NGSS. West Virginia was one of 26 lead states to set the NGSS. As a lead state partner, West Virginia guided the standard writing process, gathered and delivered feedback from state-level committees and came together to address common issues and challenges.

In October, the state's science standards were placed on public comment. In December, after being on public comment for 30 days, the West Virginia science standards were adopted.

"During the public comment period, we received minimal feedback," said Gayle Manchin, WVBE president. "However, it became obvious individuals were not aware of the updates made to the policy prior to the comment period. As a board, we applaud the opportunity to grow and learn. This is how we learn and how students learn. We always encourage discovery and debate."

The West Virginia science standards describe - at each grade from kindergarten through fifth grade, at middle school and at high school - what each student should know in the four domains of science: physical science; life science; earth and space science; and engineering, technology and science application.

The science standards allow students to think of science learning not as memorization of disconnected facts but as a holistic understanding of integrated concepts. The standards require students to provide evidence of their learning and will equip students with the critical thinking and analytical skills they need to be successful in college and to compete for today's most rewarding jobs.

In addition, the new standards focus on student diversity and equity. The standards also build on each other, meaning that material students learn in one year impacts what they learn in the years that follow. Lastly, when students are learning science, they are also enhancing their skills in reading, writing and mathematics.

Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science (Policy 2520.3C) will become effective in July 2016. Districts, schools and teachers will use these standards to determine their own curriculum which includes how the standards and objectives will be taught throughout the year.

To make comment on the policy, please visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/ beginning early next week. For more information contact the WVDE Communication Office at 304-558-2699.

Fairmont State University is gearing up to host two exciting events this spring:
The Regional Math, Science, and Energy Fair
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Students in RESA VII in grades 6-12 are eligible to enter.

The West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair
Saturday, March 28, 2015
West Virginia Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to enter.
Two projects will be selected to advance to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair.
Multiple cash awards will be given!
Please help us spread the word by displaying the attached flyer in your classrooms!

Reminder- NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project- Application deadline is midnight January 18, 2015
Do you want to do more than just learn about climate science? Join educators who are supporting climate resilience and apply to be a part of the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) Stewardship Community. There’s still time to apply!

In addition to having access to monthly webinars, book club discussions and Face-to-face regional workshops, educators accepted into the Stewardship Community will:
• Be eligible for mini-grants support (up to $2000)
• Be eligible to receive support for travel to attend and present at regional workshops &/or conferences.
• Have access to a community-wide participant-driven email list-serve
• Receive continuing support for evaluation for their project
• Have their completed project highlighted on a NOAA website

To learn more about this grant opportunity, visit NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project , go to http://goo.gl/jCLVnm to apply online...today

Applications Are Now Available for Teachers and Students to Apply for a Spot on the 2015 JASON National Argonaut Team!  
(Deadline for applying fixed!)
JASON Learning is seeking a diverse, creative, and adventurous group of students and educators to venture into the field with JASON researchers and serve as role models for the entire JASON community. If you think you are up to the challenge, read on!
As a JASON National Argonaut, you will embark on a life-changing journey, where you will work side-by-side with scientists and engineers during a scientific expedition. Student and Educator Argonauts will spend approximately 7 days in the field during the summer of 2015, when we'll be heading back to Cape Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas!
JASON will pay for all travel, lodging, food, and programming/equipment costs related to JASON Argonaut activities.

Who Should Apply
  • Student Argonauts must be 14 or 15 years old by June 1, 2015, and have participated in JASON in some capacity. Student applicants also must have a committed sponsor to assist them through the Argonaut experience.
  • Educator Argonauts should have at least five years of experience working with students, have plans to continue as an educator in the 2015-2016 school year, and have used JASON in an educational setting.
Ideal Argonaut candidates will:
· Demonstrate a strong interest and ability in science
· Possess excellent leadership and/or teamwork skills
· Be self-motivated, creative, and adventurous, taking personal initiative to meet challenges and overcome obstacles
· Possess excellent communication skills and be comfortable in front of a camera
· Participate in field activities which may be outdoors and/or strenuous in nature; activities, locations, or conditions may include, but are not limited to:
o snorkeling
o swimming
o boating
o small/confined spaces
o heights
o adverse weather conditions (temperature extremes, precipitation, wind, etc.)
· Be comfortable with the idea of being on a plane/boat and/or have prior experience on a plane/boat
· Possess or be able to obtain a passport and be willing and able to travel to an international location

How to Apply
Applications are being accepted now, with a deadline of Monday, February 16, 2015. Argonaut selection will be finalized in late March, and all applicants will be notified of their status in early April.For more information and to apply, visit the 2015 Argonaut page on the JASON website. Because of the rigorous nature of the Argonaut Program, the application process is extensive and will take some time to complete. The earlier you start, the better!  Questions regarding the JASON National Argonaut program can be sent to argo@jason.org.

Posted January 14, 2015
AP- Become an AP Reader- Exchange ideas with fellow AP teachers.
For more than 50 years, AP® has partnered with high school AP teachers and faculty at colleges/universities to prepare students for success in higher education. By participating in the AP Reading, college-level faculty and high school teachers help ensure that AP Exams continue to measure a student’s ability to master college-level work.

Join more than 12,000 college faculty and AP teachers who convene annually to score answers to free-response questions from students around the world. This is a unique opportunity to attend the very best Teacher Professional Development that exists today in education.
Apply now to score AP Exams at the AP Reading!
You’ll receive:
· A stipend, lodging, and meals
· Reimbursement for travel expenses
· Opportunities for professional development hours and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available to high school teachers
Approved applicants will remain eligible for appointment to future AP Readings for six years and are not required to reapply each year. If you previously applied and/or are currently an approved AP Reader, you do not need to reapply.

Posted January 13, 2015
MU to Sponsor Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is a nonprofit organization developed 30 years ago to improve the quality of science education for students.  The Science Olympiad consists of interscholastic competitions for students in grades 6th-12th.  It is a way to provide recognition of outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers as teams from all 50 states compete at the Regional, State and National levels.

WV winning teams qualify to compete in the National Tournament in May, 2015  If you are wondering What a Tournament is like; visit the link and watch the video.  Contact John Winfrey (winfreyj@marshall.edu) to learn how to involve your students!

Posted December 22, 2014

The West Virginia Science Regional Bowls Expanded to Include Middle Schools
The West Virginia Science Bowl Regional coordinating committee is proud to announce that the 2015 WVSB Regional competition has been expanded to include participation by up to 16 Middle School teams. Registration is open until January 9, 2015 for the regional event that takes place Feb 6 & 7 on the West Virginia University campus in Morgantown. To register for the event, please visit the National Science Bowl webpage here: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/middle-school/middle-school-regionals/west-virginia-regions/west-virginia-regional-middle-school-science-bowl/

The National Science Bowl is a U.S. Dept of Energy sponsored educational outreach program targeting high school and middle school students nationwide and featuring a quiz-style academic competition. The West Virginia Science Bowl Regional is one of more than 60 regional qualifying competitions for high school teams nationwide, with winning teams being awarded an expenses paid trip to the National Science Bowl in Washington D.C (April 30-May 4, 2015). This is the 25th year for National Science Bowl, the 24th year of NETL participation in West Virginia, the 2nd year that the event has been co-hosted/co-sponsored by WVU, and the 1st year that a middle school event has been supported by NETL. The WV event includes 24 high school teams and 16 middle school teams, reaches more than 300 students at more than 60 schools from across the state, and includes more than 100 NETL and community volunteers.

The quiz-style tournament format pits teams in head-to-head round robin matches, with the WVSB Regional champion representing WV at the National competition. Teams answer questions in academic categories including

Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Energy, Mathematics, and Physics. In addition to the quiz portion, the 2015 WVSB will feature an information fair with state university exhibitors, exciting hands-on engineering competitions (SuGObot), and technical challenges sponsored by educational non-profit TEKids.

Please contact the regional coordinators with any questions regarding this event. We hope to see your team at this exciting STEM-enrichment competition in February!

Posted December 17, 2014
Cubes in Space (CiS) provides students a no-cost opportunity to design and compete to launch an experiment into space! Utilizing formal or informal learning environments, students and educators will be exposed to engaging content and activities in preparation for the design and development of an experimental payload to be integrated into a small cube (Cube). These Cubes will be launched into space via sounding rocket from NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA in late June 2015 and is open to international students ages 11-14. A second flight opportunity is on a high altitude balloon launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility at Fort Sumner, NM in September 2015 and is only open to students ages 11-18 who are United States citizens.

Leveraging the excitement of space exploration, students and educators will learn about the methodology for taking an idea from design through to the review process. Throughout the experience, students will acquire key 21st century skills necessary for success in a highly connected, global society.  Registration for CiS closes January 12, 2015.

2015 Cubes in Space Mission Patch Design Contest
To celebrate the 2015 CubesInSpace (CiS) program we are challenging students to design a CiS Mission Patch for each of our launches. The CiS program will engage students and teachers from around the world to design unique experiments, that must fit into a 40mm cube to be launched either into space on a sounding rocket from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Wallops Flight Facilty in Virginia, USA, or via on a high altitude balloon launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility at Fort Sumner, NM. This challenge will require them to use teamwork and creativity to design an experiment worthy of space flight.

These same skills will be required for the designer of the winning mission patch - as their creation must represent the essence of the CubesInSpace program and the efforts of the young men and woman who are putting together the experiments, see details and web link above.  All submissions must be received on or before April 17th, 2015.

Posted December 16, 2014
Rigorous and Research-based Science Standards Approved

The West Virginia Board of Education adopted amendments to its science standards during its monthly meeting in Charleston. After being out on public comment for 30 days, the West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science (Policy 2520.3C) will become effective in July 2016. 

West Virginia was one of 26 states chosen to lead a national effort to set Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). As a lead state partner, West Virginia guided the standard writing process, gathered and delivered feedback from state-level committees and came together to address common issues and challenges.

West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science were generated from the national NGSS. The standards are not a curriculum. Districts, schools and teachers will determine their own curriculum, including how the standards and objectives are taught throughout the year.

The West Virginia science standards describe - at each grade from kindergarten through fifth grade, at middle school and at high school - what each student should know in the four domains of science: physical science; life science; earth and space science; and engineering, technology and science application.

The science standards allow students to think of science learning not as memorization of disconnected facts but as a holistic understanding of integrated concepts. The standards require students to provide evidence of their learning and will equip students with the critical thinking and analytical skills they need to be successful in college and to compete for today's most rewarding jobs.

In addition, the new standards focus on student diversity and equity. The standards also build on each other, meaning that material students learn in one year impacts what they learn in the years that follow. Lastly, when students are learning science, they are also enhancing their skills in reading, writing and mathematics.

For more information about Policy 2520.3C visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/ or contact the WVDE Communication Office at 304-558-2699.

Posted December 12, 2014
Earth Science Teaching Award: See the Webcast

With just over a month left to apply, now is the time to go online and view a new webcast about the prestigious Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching. The free, two-minute webcast provides an overview of the competition. To view the webcast, visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/webcasts/EdRoy2015.

AGI has expanded the eligibility requirements. In addition to U.S. teachers, instructors in the United Kingdom may compete. The program, a major part of Earth Science Week, recognizes one full-time teacher from kindergarten to eighth grade, or the U.K. equivalent, for leadership and innovation in Earth science education.

To enter the 2015 competition, applications must be postmarked by January 20, 2015. The winner will receive a $2,500 prize and a travel grant of $1,000 to attend the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conference in March 2015 in Chicago to accept the award. To learn more, U.S. teachers should visit http://www.americangeosciences.org/education/awards/roy

NEON NASA Educator Opportunities-
Future Engineers 3D Printing in Space Challenges
NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) have partnered to launch the Future Engineers 3D printing in space education challenge for K-12: “Design a Space Tool”.

We’re challenging the students of today to become the future creators and innovators of tomorrow by inspiring their creativity and imagination with the ultimate space challenge — designing their very own space tool to be printed on the first-ever 3D printer aboard the International Space Station.

Blast off with us and get involved today! http://www.futureengineers.org/ POC: Carol Galica, NASA Advanced Exploration Systems.

Upcoming NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars – December, 2014
EPD Webinar - NASA Engineering Design Challenges
Event Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014 04:30:00 PM EST - 05:30:00 PM EST
Audience: Audience:

Engineering Design is a topic that spans across each grade level in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Explore Engineering Design the NASA way. This webninar will focus on NASA Engineering Design Challenges (EDC) and the Engineering Design Process (EDP) that can easily be integrated into your existing classroom curriculum. We’ll explore NASA EDC’s that can be utilized in life science, earth science, physical science and mathematics. Join us to learn about some great NASA EDC resources that can create excitement in Engineering Design for your students.

EPD Webinar - Scale of Discovery
Event Date: Friday, December 12, 2014 04:00:00 PM EST - 05:00:00 PM EST
Audience: Audience: K-12 In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
What does it take to make a NASA mission happen? It takes a team of people – scientists, engineers, pilots, technicians and many others – using critical thinking and problem solving skills to get spacecraft from the planning stages to their destination. Come explore the applications of scale with hands-on, standards-aligned science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities and interactive multimedia. Engage with examples from our universe as you apply scale to distance, time, size, models, and more. 

EPD Webinar - Solar System Scale: Modeling and Kinesthetic Inquiry
Event Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 06:00:00 PM EST - 07:00:00 PM EST
Audience: Audience: K-12 In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
Understanding scale is one of the most difficult concepts for students in science/math. Teachers explore the misconceptions about the scale of the solar system by physically creating a model of the Earth/ Moon system. Prediction, estimation, measuring, debate, research are all components of this lesson.

EPD Webinar - Solar System and the Periodic Table
Event Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014 07:00:00 PM EST - 08:00:00 PM EST
Audience: Audience: K-12 In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
Learn about our solar system and how it relates to the periodic table of elements. Take a trip beginning at the center and reach out to the outer boundaries of our solar system. Do you have trouble understanding the Periodic Table of Elements? This standards-based workshop will teach you basic principles of what the table represents by using our solar system as an exciting basis for understanding.

Call for Proposals- Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between May 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is December 15, 2014. Proposal information and documents can be found at www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact.

The Opportunity- Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students and educators to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session.

An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in contact dates and times.

Amateur Radio organizations around the world, NASA, and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe sponsor this educational opportunity by providing the equipment and operational support to enable direct communication between crew on the ISS and students around the world via Amateur Radio. In the US, the program is managed by AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) and ARRL (American Radio Relay League) in partnership with NASA.

More Information- Interested parties can find more information about the program at www.ariss.org and www.arrl.org/ARISS.

For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of Information Sessions go to http://www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact. Please direct any questions to ariss@arrl.org.

The 3 FREE Activities for Science Teachers-
Free Write-ups described below are available at: http://www.flinnsci.com/cbpsdecember14l
Chemistry: "Benzoic Acid Blizzard in a Bottle"
Make a chemistry snow globe using this fun, seasonal demonstration of solubility and saturation. The snowy precipitation that appears inside this globe is actually a precipitate!
Biology: "Decoding Genetics"
Get students up and out of their chairs and actively involved in this simulation of transcription and translation--a fun way to learn how the genetic code works!
Physical Science: "Balloon Rocket Blastoff"
This hands-on, inquiry-based activity enables students to experiment with Newton's third law of motion by launching balloon rockets across the classroom.

Posted December 9, 2014
Gustav OHAUS Award Applications Due 12/31/14
For over 40 years OHAUS has been recognizing innovations that have the potential to improve science teaching at all educational levels. Each year one winner receives an all-expense paid trip to the NSTA National Conference, a cash prize and free OHAUS product for their school. Is 2015 your year?  Learn more and download the application 

Posted December 4, 2014
The SCIENCE OLYMPIAD is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, increasing student interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers. These goals are achieved by participating in Science Olympiad tournaments and non-competitive events, incorporating Science Olympiad into classroom curriculum and attending professional development workshops. Click here for information about the WV State Science Olympiad.

Posted December 3, 2014
REAL WORLD SCIENCE—YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW
How Necessity Creates Innovation in Science and Technology
July 19-24, 2015 in New Orleans, LA
The National WWII Museum is excited to announce a week-long professional development opportunity to take place in the summer of 2015 for middle school science teachers. Twenty eight teachers from across the country will come to New Orleans to experience hands-on how necessity, knowledge, perseverance and skill lead to inventions, innovation, and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), just like in World War II.  

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The seminar application is open to any science teacher (public, public charter, private, and parochial) with between 2 and 10 years of teaching experience in 5th-8th grade science, and who will be teaching a science course to students in the same age group in the 2015-2016 school year. Applications will be evaluated through a competitive process that will include information on teaching experience, a short written statement, and two letters of recommendation. Two spots will be reserved for qualifying Louisiana teachers.

COST: This seminar is supported by a grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Teachers will receive free room and board in New Orleans, a travel stipend, and all seminar materials free of charge.  JANUARY 5, 2015: Application period opens and MARCH 6, 2015: Application period closes.  Visit http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/education/for-teachers/summer-teacher-seminar.html for more details. 

10th Annual DNA DAY Essay Contest
Each year, the American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) poses a new essay question on a different genetics-related topic for students in grades 9-12. This year’s question focuses on the evolving definition of a gene: 

2015 Question
In 1969, Jonathan Beckwith, James Shapiro, and Lawrence Eron isolated the first gene, the Lac Z gene from E. coli. At that time, genes were thought to be discrete, contiguous segments of DNA that coded for functional protein products. Using our current understanding of the human genome, choose a phenomenon related to gene structure, products, or regulation that expands this definition of a gene. Explain the phenomenon and provide three specific examples of it in the human genome.

Teachers may submit up to six student essays for each of three classes. First-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $1,000, $600, and $400, respectively, and 10 honorable mention awardees will each receive $100. Teachers of winning students will receive lab equipment grants of equivalent value! Our submission site will open on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, with essays due by Friday, March 6, 2015. 

If you are interested in participating in this contest, please share this information with your teacher.  Details are available at DNA Day Essay Contest

Posted Dec 2, 2014
NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project- 
What It Is and How You Can Join...
Join Us For A Webinar On December 8, 2014 At 7:30 PM Eastern Time
Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/366519970
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
Do you want to:
  • learn more about climate science,
  • become part of a science learning community?
  • join other educators who are supporting climate resilience?
Then you should become a NOAA Climate Steward!
NOAA's Climate Steward Education Project (CSEP) provides formal and informal educators with sustained professional development, collaborative tools, and support to build a climate-literate public that is actively engaged in climate stewardship. CSEP also provides support for educators to execute climate stewardship (mitigation or adaptation) projects to increase understanding of climate science, and practical actions to reduce the impact of climate change. The project is part of NOAA’s portfolio of activities to strengthen ocean, climate, and atmospheric science education. There are two levels of involvement.

Level I. If you are only interested professional development opportunities in climate science and have no interest in doing a stewardship project.

Level II. If you are interested in professional development opportunities and:
  • Mini-grant funding up to $2000.00 to develop and implement a climate stewardship project.
  • Travel stipends/reimbursements to attend and present at regional workshops &/or national conferences
  • Special professional development opportunities
  • CSEP contests with monetary and educational resource prizes
Find out more about NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project and what it has to offer you at this informational webinar. 

Robotics Teams From Across WV Students Will Be Competing at the State Tournament 
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $16 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC ) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC ) for Grades 7-12; FIRST LEGO League (FLL ) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism, a key component of FIRST, is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. In the 2014 World Class Challenge, children from over 80 countries will

identify a problem, create an innovative solution, and share their research when they answer the question, “How could we improve the way someone learns…” To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.

The number of teams in WV have grown from 68 last year to 102 teams this year necessitating Regional Qualifiers for the first time in our State’s history as the growth of the FLL robotics STEM challenge continues to expand. Teams competed in one of five qualifying tournaments in the month of November. Sites include WVU Jackson’s Mill 4-H Camp, BridgeValley Community and Technical College, Shepherd University, West Virginia University, and the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University. 

The FLL State Championship will be held at Fairmont State University’s Falcon Center on Dec. 6th. The FLL World Class competition is open to the public from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. This event promises to rival sporting events in enthusiasm from the audience and participants.

Also, the public will be able to view innovative solutions to the Jr. FLL challenge Think Tank, ages 6-9. They will demonstrate through LEGOs how to solve real-world problems that relate to the field of education and present posters showing what they have learned during their project. Teams from FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition will be on hand to demonstrate the types of robots that the FLL students can advance to build and compete with in FTC and FRC competitions.

Sponsors of this year’s challenge are the NASA WV Space Grant Consortium, the Bharti Family, and NASA’s IV&V Robotics Alliance Project.

Free copy of "Don't Be Shocked -- Electrical Safety," 
Science Department Safety Training Notes from Flinn Scientific entitled "Don't Be Shocked -- Electrical Safety," is available at: http://www.flinnsci.com/sndecember14l

Posted November 19, 2014
WV Sustainable Schools Awards and Grant Program

The WV Sustainable Schools (WVSS) application process is now open. In its fourth year, WVSS will again recognize schools that offer sustainability education to boost academic achievement and community engagement; save energy and reduce costs in their facilities; and protect health and foster wellness for students and staff. The application to become a WV Sustainable School is available at https://wvde.state.wv.us/sustainable-schools/application.html. WVSS was developed under the framework of the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program (http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html). To be nominated as a U.S. Green Ribbon School, WV schools must first apply to the WV Sustainable Schools program. All public and private schools are invited to apply—the application deadline is January 6. For more information about the state and federal programs, or to access the intent to apply form, please visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/sustainable-schools/ or email sustainableschools@wvde.state.wv.us.

This year, grant opportunity is being offered to help schools move toward sustainability. Visit the Sustainable Steps program page at https://wvde.state.wv.us/sustainable-schools/awards-and-criteria.html. If you have questions about the West Virginia Sustainable School Program, please contact Robin Sizemore at robin.sizemore@k12.wv.us.

Posted November 18, 2014
STILL TIME TO APPLY
Albert Einstein Fellowship Program Applications Due November 20
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program is currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Fellowship Year. Program applications are due by 5:00 pm EST, November 20, 2014, and must be submitted through an online application system.
The AEF Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to STEM education program and/or education policy efforts. Read the 2015-16 application announcement for full details.
Triangle Coalition for STEM Education is seeking individuals to assist in the peer review of the 2015-16 candidate applications for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program. All eligible applications are subject to external peer review as part of the process to select the most outstanding, qualified applicants. Critical to the integrity and quality of that peer review process is the participation of volunteer experts as reviewers. Reviewers with expertise and experience in a variety of areas related to STEM education are needed. Learn more in the Call for Reviewers.



2015 Outstanding Biology Teacher
Do you know a great biology teacher who deserves to be recognized by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) for West Virginia’s Outstanding Biology Teacher Award?

Each year, NABT), through its Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA), attempts to identify an excellent biology instructor in each of the 50 U.S. states; Canada; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico, and overseas territories. Nominations of worthy candidates by NABT members and friends help us to recognize those individuals whose outstanding work in the classroom qualifies them for this award.

Pearson, the OBTA program sponsor, gives each awardee a special award. The recipients also receive a microscope through the generosity of Leica Microsystems, Inc. Award winners and their schools also receive certificates, as well as public and professional recognition. Recipients receive a year’s complimentary membership in NABT and NABT honors Outstanding Biology Teacher Award recipients at a special ceremony in conjunction with its national conference.

Current biology/life science instructors (grades 7-12) with at least three years public, private, or parochial school teaching experience are eligible for nomination to this award. A major portion of the nominee’s career must have been devoted to the teaching of biology/life science. NABT membership is not a requirement. Unsuccessful candidates may be re-nominated. OBTA winners are ineligible for 10 years after selection.

Following your nomination, we will contact each nominee in March. These nominees will complete a form summarizing their professional experience, academic background, and education philosophy and provide four recommendations from colleagues familiar with their teaching effectiveness. Classroom observations and/or videotapes are important steps in the evaluation process.

Colleagues, administrators, students, the teacher/candidates themselves, or anyone competent to judge the candidate’s teaching effectiveness can nominate an effective biology teacher in West Virginia for this award.

The form for nomination available at http://goo.gl/jj2Qtc. Nominations should be returned by March 1, 2015 to:        
Steve Beckelhimer, STEM Coordinator
Marshall University JH 124
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755

NOVA PRESENTS
Killer Landslides Airing Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at 9 pm on PBS. (Check local listings)
Access other NOVA resources by clicking here.

Posted November 17, 2014
Smithsonian Science How Webcasts

Smithsonian Science How delivers real-world science into classrooms through free, interactive, live webcasts and supporting classroom resources. The 25-minute programs feature the research and personalities of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, providing your students with positive STEM role models, information about science careers and pathways, and connections to current research.

Teachers are encouraged to use our science education resources to maximize the learning potential of the Smithsonian Science How webcasts! This is a new and unique resource that taps the learning power of our curriculum while aligning with standards.


It's Not Too Early to Start Planning for Next Summer's PD-
Subject: $1000 Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest PD Workshop
Get your explorer on and apply for a scholarship to explore the Amazon rainforest next summer!
Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest + Machu Picchu
The July 1-11, 2015 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use:
    • 21st Century Instruction: 5E Lesson Design ~ Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ STEM 
    • Inquiry Protocols & Resources: Project Learning Tree ~ Cornell Lab of Ornithology ~ & More! 
    • Global and Cultural Perspectives: Service Learning ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education 
Join Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree (PLT); Lilly Briggs (Cornell Lab of Ornithology), Christa Dillabaugh, Amazon Rainforest Workshops; and Dr. David Pearson, Wildlife Travellers’ Guide to Peru; and work side-by-side with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:
    • Participate in citizen science projects and inquiry based field studies on a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the most biologically diverse environments on the planet. 
    • Spend a day in an Amazon village as you explore the complexities of sustainability and the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children. 
    • Work with fellow educators to explore strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating STEM education, inquiry-based learning, and sustainability science education into your classroom. 
PLT Certification, BirdSleuth resources and 50 ASU PD Hours included. Academic Credit and Machu Picchu Extension optional. $1000 scholarship deadline March 1, 2015. Program cost is $1240 + air for scholarship recipients. Space is limited! Register early to secure your spot!

Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at: http://www.amazonworkshops.com/educator-academy.html .  Contact christa@amazonworkshops.com or 1-800-431-2624 for more information.

West Virginia Teachers: Win Ca$h to Purchase Instructional Materials for Your Classroom!!!
As an educational outreach, the WV Recycling Coalition has developed lessons for West Virginia teachers so they and their students may recognize materials which may be recycled, realize decomposition eventually restores some materials back to the soil, develop an understanding of the solid waste management practices related to recycling, incineration, sanitary landfills and hazardous waste disposal, and consider the role engineers play in solid waste management.

Teachers using the Recycling Lesson Plans in their classes may enter a drawing and win $200 for their class.
Lesson titles and the lessons are available online at http://wvrecycles.org/WVAMRREC.htm

Additional recycling related educational resources from the Marion County SWA 2014 Solid Waste, Sustainability, and STEM Workshop in collaboration with NASA IV&V Educator Resource Center are available on the Marion County Solid Waste Authority Pinterest site at http://www.pinterest.com/marioncoswa

To get involved with your local solid waste authority, check out the WV Solid Waste Management Board list of WV Solid Waste Authorities http://www.state.wv.us/swmb/SWA/SWAList/SWAList.htm

NGSX: Cyber-enabled Support for Teacher Investigation of the Shifts in Classroom Teaching Required by NGSS.



Posted November 5, 2014
West Virginia STEAM 
A series of videos designed to inspire middle and high school students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics have been produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting with help from the West Virginia Department of Education.
Topics include:
AGI Accepting Applications for 2014 Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is accepting applications for the Edward C. Roy Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching. Given annually, this award is presented to one full-time K-8 teacher in the U.S. or U.K. whose excellence and innovation in the classroom elevates students' understanding of the Earth and its many processes.

The winner of the Edward C. Roy Award will receive a $2,500.00 cash prize and an additional $1,000.00 travel grant to attend the National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference in Chicago in March 2015. To be eligible, applications must be postmarked by January 10, 2015.

The Edward C. Roy Award is given in honor of Dr. Edward C. Roy Jr., a strong and dedicated supporter of Earth science education. A past president of AGI and former chair of the AGI Education Advisory Committee, Roy was a lifelong supporter of teachers and students of all ages.

For more information on requirements, application procedures and deadlines, please visit http://www.americangeosciences.org/education/awards/roy.

Posted November 3, 2014
FREE EVENT- Chancellor’s Speaker Series
The WV Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research to host Alexandra Cousteau, the granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau.  In line with her family’s legacy, she will speak on leadership through the lens of exploration & invention Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at 7:00pm at the WV Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV. More details and RSVP link at wvresearch.org.

The Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center is having an Open House-Saturday November 8, 2014, 1pm – 4pm for Campus Visitation Day. Pierpont Community and Technical College and Fairmont State University have the only FAA certified school in the State. For more information on the 2-year programs offered through Pierpont: http://www.pierpont.edu/schoolofbat/academics/aviation-maintenance-tech-program For more information on the 4-year programs including flight training:http://www.fairmontstate.edu/collegeofscitech/academics/aviation-technology-program

Please contact Thomas A. Stose, Director/Senior Professor, Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center Fairmont State University | Pierpont Community & Technical College, 1050 E. Benedum Industrial Drive, Bridgeport, WV 26330, 304-367-4800 or Annette Schorr Aschorr@fairmontstate.edu Or Annette.schorr@pierpont.edu for additional information. 

Please click here for directions: http://www.fairmontstate.edu/aboutfsu/maps-and-directions/robert-c-byrd-national-aerospace-education-center. You leave not with just a job, but a career that will always allow you to soar new heights!

Are you looking for funding?
It's not too late to apply for the PASCO & NSTA STEM Educator Award! The award recognizes excellence and innovation in the field of STEM education at the middle school and high school levels. Winners will receive a cash award, a travel stipend to attend the NSTA national conference in Chicago next year, and thousands of dollars in PASCO equipment! Learn more, and apply today!

Applications Deadline for the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy extended to November 16th! 
By visiting www.sendmyteacher.com, third-, fourth- and fifth-grade teachers can apply to attend a week-long, all-expense paid professional development program that equips them with new ways to inspire their students in math and science. Join the more than 4,000 teachers nationwide who have attended since 2005. You can nominate a teacher at www.sendmyteacher.com, or encourage them to visit the site themselves and apply. The deadline to apply has been extended to November 16th! Don’t let this opportunity slip away! Please share it with the teachers in your school today.

NEON - NASA Educators Online Network ANNOUNCEMENTS- Upcoming NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars – October/November, 2014
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA Education Specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom. Visit the NASA EPD website for more information and to register for any of the webinars.

K-2 NASA Education Series - Part 3: Science
Event Date: Monday, October 27, 2014 6:30 PM EDT - 7:30 PM EDT
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades K-2.
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
K-2 NASA Education Series - Part 3: Science. This webinar is Part 3 of a three part series designed to guide Elementary teachers (PreK-5) to some of the NASA Elementary Resources. The science segment of the series will look at different lesson plans and teacher guides available as pdf files or interactive websites. The resources are designed to be implemented in the Elementary classroom. NASA's educational materials focusing on Life Science, Earth Science and Physical Science will be explored. Resources will address the NGSS standards as well as Engineering Design and Problem Based Learning. While this webinar is presented as a part of a series, participation in the other webinars of the series is not required.

High School Space Math
Event Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 6:00 PM EDT - 7:00 PM EDT
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades 9-12.
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
High School Space Math is a presentation designed to introduce High School educators to some of the resources from NASA education and help them make the critical linkage between Mathematics and Science in the classroom. Educators will understand how to utilize NASA unique resources and content to reinforce mathematics skills while engaging students in hands on activities.

The Human Body: Challenges of Living in Space
Event Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 6:30 PM EDT - 7:30 PM EDT
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades 5-8.
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
Explore the effects of microgravity on the human body. Learn how research on the International Space Station relates to us here on Earth. Understand the detrimental effects that living in space has on the body and why this knowledge is essential for human missions to Mars. During this webinar you will also engage in a informative and fun inquiry activity for students to do in your classroom.

LRO Measuring the Temperature of the Moon
Event Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:00 PM EDT - 7:00 PM EDT
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades 5-9.
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
The Diviner Lunar Radiometer instrument featured on the 2009 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is designed to measure surface temperatures on the moon, even during an eclipse! Stay current with lunar content and join NASA Research Scientist, Dr. Paul O. Hayne, to discuss lunar eclipse observations up close and personal. LRO Education Specialist, Andrea Jones, will provide classroom resources for grades 5-9+ educators. Please bring any related science questions to this live session.  
Guest Presenters: Dr. Paul O. Hayne, Geophysics and Planetary Geosciences, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory & LRO Education Specialist, Andrea Jones

Mass vs. Weight: What's the Big Difference Anyway?
Event Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:30 PM EDT - 7:30 PM EDT
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades 5-8.
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
Mass and weight have very different meanings and often incorrectly used. This workshop will explore mass and weight, along with forces and motion, utilizing NASA curriculum which integrates education video filmed on-board the International Space Station (ISS) by the astronauts, NASA online resources, Newton’s Laws of Motion, and STEM inquiry activities. Come experience and enjoy this “heavy-duty" topic.

Know Your Earth Series-Part 1: Studying Earth's Changes
Event Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 4:00 PM EST - 5:00 PM EST
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades K-2.
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
Know Your Earth Series is a two part series designed to help educators understand NASA’s newest Earth Science Missions and how to utilize their educational resources.
In Part 1: Studying Earth’s Changes, participants will get an overview of Earth Science at NASA and the educational opportunities offered by NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, one of the oldest launch sites in the world located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Planet Earth is an ever-changing world that NASA continues to explore in order for societies to meet the challenges of the future. Join this webinar to learn more about how you can play a part in bringing NASA Earth Mission activities to life within the walls of your classroom. While this webinar is presented as a part of a series, participation in the other webinars of the series is not required.

Know Your Earth Series-Part 2: From Satellites to Students
Event Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014 4:00 PM EST - 5:00 PM EST
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades K-2.
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
Know Your Earth Series is a two part series designed to help educators better understand NASA’s newest Earth Science Missions and how to utilize their educational resources. In Part 2 – From Satellites to Students, participants will receive information from NASA experts on satellite missions including the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM), Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) and Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellites. Discover various resources and hands-on activities that have been developed to help your students learn about Earth Science and how these missions will benefit society. While this webinar is presented as a part of a series, participation in the other webinars of the series is not required.

NEW- EarthKAM–Teaching Students How To Take Pictures of the Earth
Event Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 6:30 PM EST - 7:30 PM EST
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades 6-8.
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
Educators will examine NASA's Sally Ride EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students) program and learn how to teach students to schedule images of the Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) using NASA's EarthKAM camera! There is a Fall 2014 EarthKAM missions scheduled November 18 – 24, 2014. Educators must register in order to participate in EarthKAM missions. Middle school students around the world will have the opportunity to remotely operate an electronic still camera from the International Space Station (ISS). This is a unique educational opportunity for students to operate a science instrument in space. Learn how to use the entire EarthKAM image collection and other accompanying hands-on EarthKAM related education resources. Use the images and educational resources to enhance learning and address Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

NEW- Launch America: Human Space Exploration Beyond Boundaries
Event Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 4:30 PM EST - 5:30 PM EST
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades 5-8.
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
U.S. astronauts once again will travel to and from the International Space Station (ISS) from the United States on American spacecraft. By encouraging private companies to handle launches to low-Earth orbit -- a region NASA's been visiting since 1962 -- the nation's space agency can focus on getting the most research and experience out of America's investment in the ISS for deep space missions, including human flights to Mars. In this NASA STEM webinar, we'll utilize this new Launch America collaboration to "launch" students' interest and excitement in forces, motion and energy by exploring rockets to integrate exciting lessons that include designing, building and launching simple rockets while recording, analyzing and graphing data. This webinar will also integrate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into teaching strategies that will help guide educators to "blast off" into an exciting learning journey.

NEW- MAVEN: Red Planet – Read, Write, Explore!
Event Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 5:30 PM EST - 6:30 PM EST
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades 3-5.
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
Join us as we look at the MAVEN mission to study the Martian atmosphere and a set of educational activities called Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! The resources include six standards-based science lessons incorporating reading, writing and art activities for grades 3-5. Participants will learn about the MAVEN mission, get an overview of the resource activities and engage in a discussion about classroom implementation.

NEW- NASA's New Horizons Mission: Pluto Up close and Personal
Event Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 4:30 PM EST - 5:30 PM EST
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades 5-8.
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
Pluto has always been widely unknown and an interesting mystery. First a planet, then not. Why was it "demoted"? What is Pluto? How is Pluto both different and alike from other objects in our solar system? These are some of the questions investigated by NASA's first, upcoming robotic mission to Pluto, New Horizons. This webinar will discuss these questions by exploring the New Horizon mission, NASA STEM education curriculum and online resources. Pluto has fascinated us, and students, since it was first discovered. Join us in this webinar to learn exciting ways to bring the fascination of Pluto into your classroom, while also integrating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into your curriculum.

Challenger Learning Center Available for Experiential Learning Scenarios
Academic year 2014-2015 is well underway and the staff at the Challenger Learning Center is ready to help you make this the best year ever! Distance learning is a great way to provide problem solving simulations and collaborative work environments.

Please check out the current list of e-Missions™ and e-Labs™ that are provided for grades 3-12 at www.e-missions.net. Each mission scenario includes a wide range of lesson plans/materials that have been aligned with state/national standards; ready to use in the classroom. On mission day, your students will become engaged in a real-life scenario; they will use math skills and apply science knowledge to solve real world problems in a very dynamic way via video conference with us at Mission Control.

**********FEATURED MISSION ***********
Fire Scene Investigation (FSI) – reduced this year
$300/mission (instead of $550)
To see the teacher resources, click here: http://www.e-missions.net/fsi/

To realize all the benefits of these programs, schedule a FREE Teacher Training mission for you and your group of teachers for any mission. Teacher Training and student missions can easily be scheduled on-line at www.e-missions.net; you determine the best date/time.

We value each of you and your commitment to quality education. Our staff at the Challenger Learning Center is “standing by” ready to help you bring these exciting distance learning experiences to your students. Kathleen Frank and the team at the Challenger Learning Center look forward to flying with you soon! If you have questions, please contact Kathleen Frank at kfrank@cet.edu.
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Call for Peer Reviewers
Volunteer to review the 2015-16 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program applications.  Triangle Coalition for STEM Education is seeking individuals to assist in the peer review of the 2015-16 candidate applications for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program. The AEF Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K -12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena in Washington, DC. Fellows spend 11 months working in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to STEM education programs and/or education policy efforts.

All eligible applications are subject to external peer review as part of the process to select the most outstanding, qualified applicants. Critical to the integrity and quality of that peer review process is the participation of volunteer experts as reviewers.

Reviewers with expertise and experience in one or more of the following areas are needed:
  • Advancing STEM education 
  • Teaching and learning in STEM 
  • Reviewing education-related fellowship applications and/or grant proposals 
  • Management and/or execution of federally sponsored STEM education programs 
  • STEM leadership at the regional, state and national levels 
  • Knowledge of STEM education policy at the federal and/or state level 
Selected reviewers must be available to review up to 8 application packets between the end of November 2014 through early January 2015. Applications will be made available to reviewers through an online review system. Each application will require approximately 2 hours for thorough evaluation and scoring.

K-12 STEM educators who are applying or plan to apply for the 2015-16 AEF Program are not eligible to review applications. To volunteer to be a peer reviewer, please provide your information to Triangle Coalition for STEM Education through the online site at www.trianglecoalition.org/einstein-fellows/reviewers by 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 20, 2014.  Inquiries for further information may be directed to Anthonette Peña: apena@trianglecoalition.org, (703) 516-5963.

You Be The Chemist Challenge
Get your students excited about chemistry with a free, national academic competition for Grade 5-8 students. The Challenge tests students' knowledge of chemistry concepts, scientific theories, and laboratory safety in an engaging, interactive format. Please visit http://www.chemed.org/ybtc/challenge/ for all details and how to participate.

Vernier Engineering Contest
Vernier Software is currently accepting applications for its Engineering Contest, which recognizes STEM educators for introducing students to engineering concepts and practices through innovative uses of Vernier sensors. Each award will consist of $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend either the 2015 NSTA STEM conference or the 2015 ASEE conference. Three awards will be given: one for middle school, one for high school, and one for college. Please visit http://www.vernier.com/grants/engineering/ for details. Remember, Vernier sensors are compatible with your TI calculators!

Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy
This Academy is a one-week, all-expenses-paid professional development program for teachers of Grades 3-5. Participants will learn interactive ways to inspire their students in math and science. Now, you have the chance to let your 3-5 grade teachers know how special they are by choosing them for a chance to go to a cool math and science camp next summer. You can nominate any deserving teacher you know by visiting http://www.sendmyteacher.com/. Lots of teachers have participated from GA, AL and more.

Captain Planet Foundation Grants
This Foundation funds and supports hands-on environmental projects for students. The objective is to encourage innovative programs that empower students around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their local communities. Grant amounts range from $250 to $2,500. Deadlines for submitting grant applications are September 30 and January 31. For more information, please visit http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants/.

Understanding Geometry Grants
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Improving Students' Understanding of Geometry Grant seeks to enable students to better appreciate and understand an aspect of geometry that is consistent with the council's principles and standards for school mathematics. Projects should include applications of geometry to art, literature, music, architecture, nature or other relevant area; they may also integrate the use of technology into the teaching of geometry. For 2015-2016, grants with a maximum of $4,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching grades PK-8. Projects are to be completed between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016. Please visit http://www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=198#912 and check out the many other grant opportunities advertised through NCTM. Apply for this one by November 7, 2014.











Posted October 30, 2014
Sustainable Steps Small Grant

West Virginia Sustainable Schools (WVSS) is pleased to announce the Sustainable Steps Small Grant. All West Virginia public and private K-12 schools are eligible to apply for a grant up to $500 to implement a new project that will help the school advance in at least one of the three objectives of WVSS -
  • integrating environmental and sustainability education into the curricula,
  • fostering healthy school environments, and
  • reducing facility environmental impact and improving energy efficiency.
WVSS anticipates funding four projects during 2015. Applications are due January 30, 2015. All questions regarding the Sustainable Steps Small Grant should be directed to Alyssa Hanna at 304.259.4739 ext. 257 or Alyssa.Hanna@canaanvi.org.

POLICY 2520.3C Out for Comment
The Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science in West Virginia Schools policy is out for comment until 4 p.m. on November 10, 2014.  Visit the State Board Policies webpage to view and comment on the policy.  

Posted September 24, 2014
Still Time to Make Plans for the GREEN APPLE Day of Service? 
Home
The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Be sure to check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, read about last year's impactfind an event in your area and register your 2014 project today!

Birds are migrating, leaves are changing, and the school year is in full swing. The Special Fall Edition of Bird Sleuth K-12 eNewsletter shares FREE resources, webinars, grant opportunities, and training opportunities that will help energize your teaching this fall and beyond! 

NEON - NASA Educators Online Network Announcements- 
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA Education Specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom. Visit the NASA EPD website for more information and to register for any of the webinars.
Water, Water, Everywhere
Event Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
This webinar is for elementary teachers to learn about Earth's water. Where did water come from? What is it? Can we make water? We will review Earth's water cycle and share a variety of resources for teaching the water cycle. Partcipants will be given the opportunity to explore an engineering challenge that is easily implemented into the classroom and is aligned with NGSS.

Earth by the Numbers – Accessing NASA Data
Event Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 7:00 p.m. EDT
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Learn about the latest data from NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission, and how you can access precipitation and other remote sensing data about Earth to use with your students. You will receive training on how to use the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server and the Giovanni data portal, as well as other sources of NASA data and visualizations.

GPM - Studying Precipitation from Above Earth
Event Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014 7:00 p.m. EDT
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
This webinar is for all teachers who would like to learn about how NASA is able to study Earth's Water Cycle. We will share information on NASA's mission, Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM), show the various resources that have been developed to teach students about the water cycle, weather and climate, satellite engineering and instruments, and how this information will be used to help society.

Engineering Design in the Classroom, Part 1: An Introduction
Event Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Engineering Design in the Classroom is a three part webinar series designed to help teachers incorporate engineering design as a problem solving method and cross-cutting concept in their classrooms using NASA educational resources. In “Part 1: Engineering Design - An Introduction,” participants will explore the Engineering Design Process (EDP) and its application to real world problem solving. Participants will also learn about problem identification, brainstorming, NASA design challenges and other NASA STEM classroom resources. Engineering Design is a common topic across each grade level in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and an important concept in understanding our world around us. While this webinar is presented as a part of a series, participation in the other webinars of the series is not required.

Future EPD Webinar Events :
· Engineering Design in the Classroom, Part 2: Implementation – 10/1/2014
· Engineering Design in the Classroom, Part 3: Assessment – 10/2/2014
· Food For Thought: Space Food and Nutrition for the Classroom – 10/7/2014
· Earth System Science Series, Part 1: Weather Vs. Climate – 10/14/2014
· K-2 NASA Education Series, Part 1: Literacy Components – 10/21/2014
· Earth System Science Series, Part 2: Remote Sensing – 10/22/2014
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Posted September 19, 2014 
Blackwater Falls Astronomy Weekend 2014 

The Kanawha Valley Astronomical Society will host the 25th annual Astronomy Weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park on Sept. 26th. For details visit http://www.kvas.org/uploads/2/8/7/6/2876915/astronomy_weekend_2014..pdf.


Ward’s Science Online Professional Development- 
Microscope Cleaning, Care and Maintenance 
Wednesday, September 24, 4:00 p.m. EST, Presented by: Joyce Dorsey, Ward’s Science in-house Microscope Expert. Register here. 



Tune in to the FREE live, interactive events to inspire kids to pursue STEM careers! Next week's live STEM role model event features Jendai Robinson. Jendai is pursuing her PhD in chemistry at the University of Cincinnati. She also spends a lot of time in the labs at NASA Ames Research Center, where she's a NASA Jenkins Fellow. Her research involves developing biosensors that can detect toxins better than anything we have available on the market today.  Want to learn more about her work and career path? Visit Jendai Robinson and plan to join Jason Learning next Thursday, September 25th at 1:30 pm Eastern to connect with Jendai and ask her your questions.

Oct. 3, 2014 starting at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), Advantage Valley and
Marshall University, the design challenge will reward makers who submit their creative, new inventions to our panel of judges during the festival at RCBI, located downtown at the corner of 4th Avenue and 11th Street.
 
The West Virginia Makes festival celebrates creativity and innovation in all forms. Hobbyists, inventors, enthusiasts, students and other makers will compete with their new creations for prizes of up to $1,000. Judges will review participants’ new creations and award prizes in five categories. The challenge kicks off Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. at RCBI Huntington. Registration is free and easy; call 800.469.RCBI (7224) or register below.
 
“Advantage Valley is pleased to partner with RCBI in this new event to help spur innovation and creativity across the region,” said Chris Slaughter, Chairman of Advantage Valley. “Our region offers leading-edge training and equipment in the area of 3D Printing, and showcasing these Additive Manufacturing assets as part of National Manufacturing Day is well timed.”
 
"Manufacturing Day should inspire everyone," said Weber. "Our festival will focus on motivating makers and creators, and tap individuals who want to participate in the surging growth of Additive Manufacturing technology with 3D Printers. RCBI is excited to encourage and reward the inventors and makers who can, and will, benefit from the resurgence of manufacturing."
 
Creators in five categories will be awarded up to $1000 during the WV Makes Festival, which will be immediately followed by networking and interaction. Participants who earn prizes will be introduced as design challenge winners during the 12:30 p.m. presentation at RCBI Huntington. Click here to register : http://www.rcbi.org/wvmakes/registration/
 
Are you teaching science with minimal lab equipment? The Shell Science Lab Challenge gives you an opportunity to share your exemplary approach for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000! Log on to this interactive web seminar to learn more and get tips for submitting an application.  
You will need to be logged-in to the NSTA Learning Center to register. Contact webseminars@nsta.org if you have questions.

Join FREE upcoming webinar: 
"Technical Problem Solving with Vernier Sensors and TI-Nspire Technology"
Encourage students to think like scientists and engineers with TI‑Nspire™ technology! In this webinar, you will learn about teaching and learning resources that engage students in inquiry and exploration of concepts that cut across science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) domains. Explore how TI-Nspire™ technology and Vernier data collection sensors enable students to investigate problems; collect, analyze, and interpret data; and design and evaluate solutions by engaging in evidence-based discourse.

This event will be helpful for educators who are looking for STEM resources or are participating in Science Olympiad’s Technical Problem Solving event. By enabling students to explore the world around them using the same practices that scientists and engineers use, see how TI-Nspire™ technology supports your efforts in the classroom, lab, and field. Register here. 

Posted September 17, 214
Recent headline, Chemistry lab fire at Strive Prep school sends 4 students to hospital with burn injuries,” prompted re-posting some information about lab safety.
Flinn Scientific, Inc. provides FREE resources addressing General Laboratory Safety at http://www.flinnsci.com/teacher-resources/safety/general-laboratory-safety.aspx
There is no WVDE policy for laboratory safety; laboratory safety is a local issue.  Each science class/course in WV Policy 2520.3 and WV 2520.35 has objectives addressing laboratory safety with language such as in:
 
  • SC.O.K.1.06- Students will use safe and proper techniques for handling, manipulating and caring for science materials (e.g., follow safety rules, maintain a clean work area, or treat living organisms humanely). 
  • SC.O.PS.1.1- Students will implement safe procedures and practices when manipulating equipment, materials, organisms, and models. 

Please share this information with science teachers in your area.  Please be especially mindful about providing laboratory safety training for new science teachers at your school; the teacher at the Strive Prep School was doing a methanol demonstration and was a first year teacher.  

STEM Rocket Camp Opportunity for TARC teams
This year’s Challenge: launch 1 raw hen egg “the astronaut” to an altitude of 800ft. and
then back to the Earth in 46-48 seconds - completely uncracked! The trick is you have to safely return the portion of the rocket carrying the egg and altimeter with a single parachute. The rest of the rocket has to return separately but safely using a recovery device of your choice. Are you ready for the challenge?
 
The Team America Rocketry Competition (TARC) is an extra-curricular hands-on project-based learning program modeled around the aerospace industry’s design, fabrication and testing processes. Acting as engineers students, 7th grade and up, will need to design a rocket that can compete nationally. Technologies such as RockSim and Pro/Engineer 3D CAD software and 3D printing capabilities become essential in building a competitive rocket. In support of TARC, NASA’s IV&V ERC is hosting a 2-day rocket camp October 11th and 12th for new or returning TARC teams at NASA’s IV&V facility in Fairmont, WV.
 
You and your team of 2-3 students will:
• Build and launch a variety of model rockets,
• Explore rocket stability and forces on a rocket
• Receive training on RockSim, a rocket design and simulation software package that allows you to build and test-fly rockets on a computer before beginning the build phase,
• Design your own rocket components using Pro/Engineer 3-D CAD software,
• Print out custom rocket parts on the ERC’s 3-D plastic printer,
• Learn to use a clinometers and a digital altimeter to track your rocket altitude,
• Learn from experts at NASA and the WV Rocketry Association.
You and your team will experience all the above plus build and launch a complete TARC-ready rocket by the end of camp.
This unique opportunity is for the coach and 2-3 students to attend together, learning side-by-side. The coach will be responsible for transporting the students to NASA each day and will serve as a chaperone.
 
A coach can be a science, math, technology, or vocational teacher, parent, or professional, but you must be able to commit to the following:
• Attending the entire camp October 11th (session 1: 9AM-5PM; session 2: 6:30PM-9PM) and October 12th (9AM-5PM) with the students,
• Register a team at http://www.rocketcontest.org this November
• Meet with your team at least once a week (during or after school) from the date the challenged is released until submission of your qualifying launches (approx. 5 months),
• Ensure your team (at least the 2-3 students) attend the sanctioned launches that will be hosted by the NASA’s IV&V ERC in February and March 2015 (dates TBD).
• Confirm your team submits their qualifying launches to TARC.

To apply, complete the “October Sky” TARC Camp form. If you have any questions, contact Jaime Ford atjaime.ford@ivv.nasa.gov or 304-367-8379.   If you would like more information about TARC, you can also visit their website at www.rocketcontest.org

Posted September 16, 2014

$500 Grant Opportunity for the Challenger Learning Center
Thanks to Commander Kathleen Frank at the Challenger Learning Center there is great news for teams looking for funding to visit her center, run an e-Mission, support your FIRST robotics or Team America Rocketry Challenge team, or to support other STEM projects. .. The American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space Systems Technical Committee and the AIAA Space Transportation Technical Committee, in cooperation with the Challenger Center, are once again offering several $500 grants to elementary and secondary school teachers for use in procuring programs and supplies for engaging STEM education. For more information on contest details and past winners, visit the AIAA Special Stem Grants for K-12 Teachers site to learn more.
 
A Workshop for Teaching the Teacher: STEM Education Utilizing Forensic Science
 In Morgantown, WV on November 15, 2014,  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM 
The Workshop will provide teachers with a unique opportunity to learn fundamental forensic science concepts and the techniques to deliver these concepts to their students. Using the same forensic science equipment that is used in forensic science laboratories and by crime scene investigators, teachers will gain practical knowledge and experience in fingerprint identification and footwear impression evidence. This knowledge and experience, along with a take-home resource kit of supplies, will allow teachers to develop STEM based modules of instruction that they can adapt to their individual classrooms.  Each participant will receive a Forensic Science kit for their classroom ($500 value).  
Space is Limited! Deadline for application is October 10, 2014. For more information and an application contact: Chris.Bily@mail.wvu.edu
 
Posted September 12, 2014
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2014/2015 Contest
From now until October 31st, we are accepting applications from teachers in all disciplines representing grades 6-12, and there’s no limit to the number of teachers that can enter from each school. All applicants will have a chance to win a share of $2 Million in technology and prizes for their school. Prizes will be awarded at each stage of the competition, from the 255 State Finalists to the final Five National Winners. Entrants must answer a few, simple questions about their school and STEM education at www.samsung.com/solve. One school per state will win a technology kit to produce a video addressing the challenge, “Show how STEM can be applied to help improve your local community.”
 
In appreciation for submitting your ideas to Solve for Tomorrow, we will be awarding the first 5,000 teachers who apply a select self-paced teacher development course from PBS TeacherLine. At Samsung, we know how much work educators put into motivating and leading their students and we want to say thank you.
 
In addition to the above mentioned, we will be awarding five teachers in every state including D.C., two Galaxy tabs. There will also be one winner from each state that will receive $20,000 technology package for their school.
 
Fifteen National Finalists will receive a trip to attend our first ever pitch event, where they will present their video to a panel of judges. Finally, the selected five National Winners will also be invited to attend a celebratory event in Washington D.C. in addition to winning $120,000 technology package for their school.
 
We’ve also added three additional chances to win with the Environmental Innovation Award, Math Makes-it-Work Award and the Civic Engagement Award.
  
STEM Teaching Innovations Wanted… and Rewarded    
Enter your innovative lesson plan, hands-on activity, app, or other idea for the Sally Ride-Deloitte Award for Teaching Innovation in STEM.
Ira Flatow (NPR’s Science Friday), Rene McCormick (National Math and Science Initiative), and former NASA astronaut Sandy Magnus are among the judges reviewing submissions: 1st prize is $5,000 + a Sally Ride Site License, and there are more than $8,000 in additional prizes, too.  Learn more.
 
 Sally Ride EarthKAM Soars Again
 
Guide students in hands-on investigations as they direct a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of the Earth. Use EarthKAM images to teach about erosion, climate change, the water cycle, and more. It’s a great way to get students excited about STEM topics and careers. And it’s free. The next Sally Ride EarthKAM missions are scheduled for October 20-25 and November 17-22.  Sign up today!
 
Posted September 10, 2014
PhET Provides FREE Simulations and Webinar to Share Teacher Experiences
PhET provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena for free. We believe that our research-based approach- incorporating findings from prior research and our own testing- enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world.

Join Conifer Chemistry Teacher and PhET K12 Specialist Trish Loeblein as she presents her personal story of how and why she uses 35 PhET-based activities in her chemistry classroom - for demos, formative assessments, homeworks, hands-on-sim activities, and paired with physical labs. As a power-user who has been using PhET for over 10 years in her classroom, Trish will share her strategies, course planning documents, lessons, and student handouts for regular and advanced chemistry.

The newly established American Association of Chemistry Teachers (http://teachchemistry.org) will be sponsoring this as a *free* webinar - open to everyone, including non-members. (Note: Archive will only be available to members.)

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Time: 7 PM, Eastern Daylight Time

2015 Clean Tech Competition Challenges High School Students to Feed the World 
If you are wanting to inspire you students with real world engineering problems, direst them to the Clean Tech Competition, a unique, worldwide research and design challenge for pre-college youth. The program encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. Each year, the Clean Tech Competition addresses an issue that is grounded in core technological competency areas and focuses on the next great engineering challenges. The competition is designed to foster a deeper understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related concepts, recognize outstanding talent, and prepare the next generation of globally competitive innovators. Registration Opens November 17, 2014, visit Clean Tech Competition for more information. 
 
Posted September 9, 2014
Bird Sleuth- Professional Development That's Fun!
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology loves introducing educators to birds and our wonderful resources. Where ever you are, you may join one of the free "Feeding our Feathered Friends" webinars or take the popular "Soar through the Standards" online course. Check events list to discover the opportunities available near you. You'll learn something, and enjoy it too!  The Bird Sleuth September 2014 Newsletter is available online.  
 
 
Register Now for Fall Phenology Professional Development Courses 
Registration is open for 2014 fall online professional development courses. Space is limited, so act now! Fall courses begin on October 7th. Learn how to engage your classes and visitors in our seasonal campaign, Fall Into Phenology, or prep your lesson or outreach plans to include Project BudBurst. If you are looking for an opportunity to teach science via authentic research, now is the time to sign up.
 
All courses are geared towards K-12 Formal Educators and Informal Educators. Optional graduate level continuing education credits are available. Register at www.citizenscienceacademy.org Questions? Email: CSAregistrar@neoninc.org
  
High Interest NonFiction Apps- Try one for FREE? 
KIDS DISCOVER'S suite of nonfiction apps offer an immersive, multi-modal learning experience that is sure to engage and excite your students. Features such as HD video, 360° virtual tours, and select audio narration make learning even the most complex topics a pleasure. Apple has selected 12 of KIDS DISCOVER's apps as Best Apps in Education. Students and teachers have found that apps by KIDS DISCOVER boost engagement and interest in learning core curriculum topics such as Cells, the Constitution, Matter, and Geography. See for yourself!
 
CK-12 Provides Open-Source (FREE) Content and Technology Tools!
CK-12 provides open-source content and technology tools to help teachers provide learning opportunities for students globally. Free access to high-quality, customizable educational content in multiple modalities suited to multiple student learning styles and levels will allow teachers, students and others to innovate and experiment with new models of learning. CK-12 helps students and teachers alike by enabling rapid customization and experimentation of teaching and learning styles.
 
Vaccines- Calling the Shots
Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago—whooping cough, measles, mumps—are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children’s shots. NOVA’s “Vaccines—Calling theShots” takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, hear from parents wrestling with vaccine-related questions, and shed light on the risks of opting out.  
 
See also- The Autism-Vaccine Myth
 
How do we know that vaccines don't cause autism, and what do we know about what does contribute to the condition?
 
How do we know that vaccines don't cause autism, and what do we know about what does contribute to the condition?
 
Posted September 4, 2014 
 
16th Annual Capital City Pumpkin Drop Event 
Thursday, October 16, 2014 
Appalachian Power Park Charleston, WV
School Check-in opens at 9:00 a.m.
Drop Competition starts at 9:45 a.m.
Poster Judging at 11:00 a.m.
Awards Ceremony approx. 1:30 p.m.
HOSTED BY: BridgeValley Community & Technical College

Posted September 3, 2014
School Lab Accidents Make News: Safety Training Needed 
See CHEMICAL USED IN SCIENCE CLASS TRIGGERS EVACUATION, HAZMAT SCARE AT THE HOCKADAY SCHOOL. Continuous, comprehensive laboratory safety training can prevent laboratory accidents. Flinn Scientific provides Science Department Safety Training Notes- Safety First is No Accident is the first edition of the 2014-15 school year. The September edition is Prevent Tragic Accidents with Flammable Liquids which reviews essential safety practices.  The free resources are available for download and print. Please discuss safety at your department meetings and share this information with teachers at your school and in your local area.
 
 
Posted September 2, 2014
Environment Matters
The latest edition of Environment Matters is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/WVEnvironment
 
Posted Aug 28, 2014
Two New All Girls Robotics Teams for FIRST LEGO League (Grades 4th-8th) 
NASA and FIRST are offering support in starting two new all girls robotics teams for FIRST LEGO League (grades 4th-8th) in the state of WV. Each of the two all girl teams will receive a new EV3 LEGO robot and software package ($430), which will be considered a "loan" from NASA pending your team registers and participates in a qualifying tournament. One of the coaches will be required to sign a contract to this effect. Our team from FIRST is also extending one-on-one training for your new all girl team. If you are interested in starting an all girls robotics team in WV, please fill out the LEGO Ladies Grant Application by September 12th. You will be asked to explain your need and how starting a FLL team will inspire your girls to better develop an interest in STEM. WV LEGO Ladies Grant Application
 
 
Need more information regarding FIRST LEGO League? Visit http://www.firstlegoleague.org Direct all questions to:
NOAA Ocean Exploration Webinar for Educators –
Our Deepwater Backyard: Exploring Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts 2014 on September 2, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Space is limited.  Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/781558250
For more details about NOAA Ocean Explorer resources, visit their website.   
 
 
Posted August 25, 2014
 
Increase Teacher Skills with FREE Fall Webinars from TI 
Develop your skills – at your pace and strengthen your standards-aligned curriculum by attending the Teachers Teaching with Technology™ (T³) webinars this fall. Led by T³™ Instructors, our fall lineup addresses a variety of critical topics to suit your specific education needs. Attend live with interactive Q&A or learn at your pace with the on-demand sessions. It’s up to you! Make this fall semester a success with the T³™ webinars. View full webinar descriptions and register here. 
 
Win $5,000 for Your School 
Have a STEM teaching innovation? Your school could win $5,000 and a Site License. The Sally Ride-Deloitte Award for Teaching Innovation in STEM recognizes educators who have developed new ways to ignite student interest in STEM topics and careers. $15,000 in cash and other prizes await! Learn more.
 
WV Jr. FLL Training Opportunities!!!  FIRST robotics and NASA IV&V ERC would like to invite you to attend a WV Jr. FLL Training.
What is Jr. FLL?
Jr. FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for students Kindergarten to 3rd grade, which is designed to capture young children’s curiosity and excitement surrounding science and technology -- and teach them valuable teamwork and life skills while doing something awesome! The challenge features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination.
 
Who is Invited?
This training is designed for coaches only and will prepare new coaches for the Jr. FLL experience. The training will include an overview of Jr. FLL, what to expect during the season, how to run a team, and training with LEGO robotics.
 
All are welcome to attend. Furthermore you may be eligible* for additional assistance through a hardship grant that would provide a loaned robotics base kit and/or paid registration fee under the condition that you attend a Jr. FLL expo in West Virginia.
  • September 26, 2014, 4PM-8PM located at the NASA IV&V ERC in Fairmont, WV
  • September 27, 2014, 12PM-4PM located at the Berkeley Co. Library in Martinsburg, WV
  • Location and time for southern WV will be announced soon!!!
What’s the Catch?
You will be expected to meet with your team regularly and attend 1 or 2 qualifying tournament (Nov. 15 or 22 depending on location). You are also invited to the FLL state championship event on Dec. 6 at Fairmont State University. The qualifying events and state championship are free of charge to Jr. FLL teams. Your students will love the experience of a FIRST event and will be able to see FLL events compete as well.
 
How do we Apply?
Fill out the Registration Form . Make sure to fill out all sections of the form including the Hardship Grant. You will be contacted by September 12 to let you know if you are accepted. (If the link doesn't work copy/paste the https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oPhyO2P8IqF1pQvsQsmyr48xFVuLyme5WICKO4cSnFY/viewform?c=0&w=1 URL into your browser window).
 
Please direct all questions to: FIRST Senior Mentor Jaime Ford at 304-367-8379 or jford@usfirst.org or FIRST AmeriCorp VISTA Michael Lyden at 304-367-8299 or mlyden@usfirst.org
   
Posted August 21, 2014
West Virginia Science Teachers Association
Reminder- this year's conference will be at Glade Springs Resort located in Daniels in Raleigh County, West Virginia, on November 6-8th, 2014. Visit the WVSTA webpage for information about pricing, lodging, pre-conference workshops, and tours.  Make plans to share your great ideas by submitting a session, learn new strategies, and stay current on policies affecting science classrooms.  Don't forget to get your professional leave paperwork completed.  See you soon!
 
Skynet Junior Scholars- extended  registration deadline for online training
Skynet Junior Scholars is a national youth science program that allows young people to conduct astronomy investigations with world-class telescopes in the US, Chile, and Australia with a simple internet connection. The program is intended for middle school and older youth in 4-H clubs, afterschool, and other informal education programs.
 
The Skynet Junior Scholars workshops are designed for informal educators and youth leaders who hold out‐of‐school‐time programs for middle school and high school youth. Neither a science or astronomy background is required. This 6‐week workshop will give you practice in operating world‐class telescopes, build your confidence in leading astronomy activities, and give you the tools to guide your youth through an exploration of our Universe. Each participant will receive a free toolkit of materials for hands‐on astronomy activities.
 
The online workshop lasts 6 weeks (September 8-October 17) -- about 18-20 hours of time commitment over that time. There will be a 1 hour online webchat each week that is in real time. The timing of these will be announced after the participants have indicated the best time for them. While the program will do their best to accommodate everyone’s schedule, the webinars will also be recorded if you are unable to attend. There will be activities from the toolkit to try each week in between the webchats.
 
COST: free! Hands-on materials are provided.
For more details and registration information go to: http://www.gb.nrao.edu/sjsworkshop/
 
NASA ERC Provides STEM Fun for Students!
It is the beginning of the school year, which means it is time to start thinking about opportunities you would like your students to experience. At NASA’s IV&V Educator Resource Center we can provide a workshop that is hands-on, collaborative, and STEM rich. It will be an experience your students will remember. It is never too early to begin scheduling school field trips for the 2014-2015 school year!!! In fact, the sooner you schedule the better I am able to make sure you get the desired date that would suit your classroom needs.
 
The ERC offers 6 student workshops for grades 5th-8th at NASA’s IV&V location in Fairmont, WV which include Planetary Geology, Model Rocketry, Aviation, Living & Working in Space, Robotics, and the Electromagnetic Spectrum. We are excited to announce that our newly expanded classroom and new student lab can accommodate up to 25 students!!!
 
Note: Portions of the Aviation workshop are weather dependent, therefore are only scheduled in the early autumn, late spring, and summer months.
 
FIRST LEGO League Robotics
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an excellent competition that promotes hands-on scenarios within the STEM career field and utilizes collaboration, proportional mathematics, and higher level critical thinking skills to successfully program a robot to perform a task. If you think a robotics team would help your classroom achieve the above goals and would like more exposure to the NXT robots and Mindstorms programming, our robotics workshop would be perfect. Your students will gain exposure to basic programming which includes sensors. For more information regarding FLL robotics visit http://www.firstlegoleague.org/
 
Team America Rocketry Challenge
The rocketry workshop is an brilliant way to begin an interest in model rocketry within your classroom and a great kick start for TARC. Your students will learn the basics of rocket anatomy, physics principles such as Newton’s Laws and forces on a rocket, engage in rocket simulator technology, and successfully launch a rocket that they build themselves. For more information regarding TARC visit: http://www.rocketcontest.org/
 
Real World Design Challenge
In our aviation workshop your student will learn about Bernoulli’s Principle, Newton’s Laws and surface controls & forces on an airplane through hands-on activities. They will also learn about the engineering world of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) work conducted by NASA. Your student will apply their new knowledge by designing an airfoil to test in our wind tunnel and by successfully flying a model airplane. For more information regarding RWDC visit: http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org/
 
One Step Further?
Is your STEM team ready for the next step of innovation? The ERC is equipped with 3D Pro/Engineer CAD software and a 3D Printer for rapid prototyping. WV students from Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), and high school engineering classes have begun utilizing this equipment to give their teams a high tech advantage. Your team can too!
 
Contact Student Outreach Coordinator Jamie Ford via email jaime.ford@ivv.nasa.gov  or phone (304 367-8379) to discuss your programming needs. The catalog of NASA ERC programs is available here.  
 
THE FINE PRINT… 
    • The NASA ERC student workshops last 3-5 hours depending on the workshop requested and takes place at NASA’s IV&V facility. 
    • Group can choose any time frame between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m Monday-Friday. However there are exceptions such as but not limited to Afterschool groups, Scouting Troops, and Clubs. Call me to discuss other possibilities. 
    • Groups should be a minimum of 8 students with a maximum of 24 students. 
    • Educators are required to chaperone and provide transportation, as well as lunch for their students.
WV School Garden Symposium
The WV School Garden Symposium will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Christ Church United Methodist, Charleston, WV. The event will include 12 high-quality workshops to choose from and lots of take home resources and bring together educators who support garden based learning to share experiences, ideas, and resources, in order to strengthen and promote garden-based learning in WV.  STARS credit and CEU certificates will be available. You will learn get resources and leave with valuable experience in the following areas: teaching children to be gardeners, harvesting and preparing food safely, and looking at special interest areas within gardening that will allow you to begin or continue to grow your own school garden. Lunch will be provided along with networking opportunities and resources that will get you excited to dig in the dirt!  Come join us and invite your colleagues to learn more about gardening with kids! http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wv-school-garden-symposium-registration-12434290297 
 
National Climate Assessment (NCA) Teaching Resources Available
The National Climate Assessment offers a wealth of actionable science about the causes, effects, risks and possible responses to human-caused climate change. NOAA, the NCAnet Education Affinity Group, and members of the CLEAN Network have developed a series of guides for educators that focus on the regional chapters of the Assessment Report, helping to unpack the key messages of each region and point to related, high-quality online resources.
The NCA also contains information that will help educators and students gain a deeper understanding of climate science through the Our Changing Climate section and Climate Science Supplement. The content in the NCA is useful and relevant for integration of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into science education. In these new standards, educators are asked to integrate engineering design into the structure of science education by raising engineering design to the same level as scientific inquiry when teaching science disciplines at all levels.
For example, throughout the NCA, particularly in the Adaptation and Infrastructure sections, educators can find information on climate-related problems and solutions, including those that draw on engineering design. Finally, the Decision Support Section provides information on how decision makers across the country are using climate information to prepare for the impacts of climate change that affect where they work and live.
 
 
 
 
 
 PBS LearningMedia has a new look for the back-to-school season! It’s now engaging resources for your classroom, find lesson planning inspiration, and tap into our trove of professional development tips and tools. For instant access to our library, simply create a free account and log in! easier than ever to access timely and log in.  
 
Posted August 12, 2014
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program Now accepting applications for 2015-2016 Fellowship Year-  
Applications are due by 5:00 pm EST, November 20, 2014. 
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to STEM education program and/or education policy efforts. Program applications are due November 20, 2014, and must be submitted through an online application system.
 
To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens, be a current employed full-time in a U.S. public or private elementary or secondary school or school district, and must have taught full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years in a STEM discipline.
Federal sponsors have included the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The DOE sponsors up to four placements in U.S. Congressional offices.
The AEF Program is managed by the DOE Office of Science, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, in collaboration with the Triangle Coalition for STEM Education and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.
Information about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program, including eligibility requirements, program benefits, application requirements, and access to the online application system can be found at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/.  For any questions, please contact the AEF Program at sc.einstein@science.doe.gov.
 
Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program 
Announcing the launch of the 2015-2016 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program Online Application for K-12 teachers!
Are you a U.S.:
 
• Primary and/or secondary classroom teacher?
• Guidance counselor?
• Curriculum specialist?
• Curriculum head?
• Talented and Gifted coordinator?
• Special Education coordinator?
• Media specialist/librarian?
You may be eligible to participate in a unique international professional development opportunity for 3-6 months through the Fulbright Program!
 
By conducting educational research abroad, U.S. teachers gain new skills, learn new instructional methods and assessment methodologies and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Teachers also have the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures and international education systems that will enrich their U.S. schools and local communities with global perspectives.
 
Teachers may travel to: Botswana, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.  *Additional countries are still pending and will be added to the website in the coming weeks.
 
START YOUR APPLICATION TODAY: https://dafulbrightteachers.org/  Application deadline: November 5, 2014
Eligibility Requirements: www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org
 
This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education.
 
 
PASCO STEM Educator Awards for Middle & High School STEM Teachers 
The PASCO STEM Educator awards, sponsored by PASCO scientific, in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association, recognize excellence and innovation in the field of STEM education at middle school and high school levels.
 
Eligibility: The applicant must be a 6–12 STEM educator. Individuals must have a minimum of 3 years teaching experience in the STEM fields, who implement innovative inquiry-based, technology infused STEM programs. One middle level and two high school level recipients will be awarded annually.
Award: A total of 3 awardees will be selected annually. Each awardee will receive up to $1000 to cover travel expenses to attend the NSTA national conference and be part of a STEM share-a-thon workshop, a $500 monetary gift, and a $5000 certificate for PASCO scientific products. The recipient of the award will be honored during the Awards Banquet at the NSTA national conference.  Download an application or apply click http://www.nsta.org/docs/awards/STEMEducator.pdf

New River Hummingbird Festival Oak Hill, WV on August 23 
Join internationally known hummingbird expert Dr. Bill Hilton Jr. for a hands-on discovery experience of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the Lively Family Amphitheater in Oak Hill, WV on Saturday, August 23, from 8 am to noon.  . Hilton will capture, band, and release hummingbirds while sharing secrets of their feeding, nesting, migration, behavior, and how you can design a “Hummingbird Habitat” in your backyard or school grounds!  FREE ADMISSION ~ donations welcome.  To learn more, visit http://www.birding-wv.com/hummingbird-festival.html.  
 
Additionally, NASA’s GLOBE Program has wonderful educational resources and activities to teach elementary students about the migratory patterns of the Ruby Throated Hummingbird, which can be found at: http://www.globe.gov/web/elementary-globe/seasons/story-book.
 
Posted August 6, 2014
NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars 
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA Education Specialists to learn about activities, educator guides, resources, and teaching strategies to bring NASA into your classroom. Visit the NASA EPD website for more information and to register for any of the webinars.
Some of the Future NASA Events
 
· Engineering in the Classroom Part 1: Introduction to the Engineering Design - 8/5/2014
· Engineering in the Classroom Part 2: Water Filtration - 8/6/2014
· Engineering in the Classroom Part 3: Long Term Engineering Projects - 8/7/2014
 
  
Calling all Teachers for Grades 6-9- Registration Now Open for the 2014–2015 eCYBERMISSION Competition  
Science teachers and the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) are on a mission to increase student interest in STEM education through the eCYBERMISSION program! Administered by NSTA, eCYBERMISSION is an online learning competition for students in grades six through nine. The competition challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and using scientific practices or the engineering design process to find a solution. Students can win on a state, regional, and national level, with national winning teams receiving up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity. 
 
Registration is now open for the 2014–2015 program year. Students registered by November 5 will receive a FREE STEM Research Kit, which includes a notebook, flash drive, and pencil. 
 
For more information, visit the competition website or contact eCYBERMISSION Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237) or via email at missioncontrol@ecybermission.com. The deadline for registration is December 17, 2014.
 
  
Posted August 4, 2014
The July edition of Environment Matters is now available on YouTube. 
 
Visit https://www.youtube.com/user/WVEnvironment.  Featured in this month’s show:
 
  • Tank demolition begins at the Freedom Industries site
  • DEP Selenium Study (lots of cool underwater video courtesy Kevin Seagle)
  • A conversation with DEP Environmental Advocate Wendy Radcliff
  • Williamson one of six winners (out of 250 applicants) of this year’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health prize.
  • Cleanup efforts at the annual Ohio River Sweep
  • Environmental Independence Day
Posted July 30, 2014
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What Are You Planning for the GREEN APPLE Day of Service? 
The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Be sure to check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, read about last year's impactfind an event in your area and register your 2014 project today!

Forestry Education and Career Information Available 
A uniquely focused Forestry Guide tailored to those exploring forestry careers is available at the
FIRESCIENCEONLINE site. Additionally, a West Virginia Guide is available which provides career and education information, such as- a list of schools and programs from the U.S. federal government National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), interviews with fire experts in West Virginia, income tables in West Virginia for Firefighters, Fire Inspectors / Investigators, and Fire Service Supervisors, and a full section dedicated to Public Service Careers. All guides from the organization are no-cost and may be accessed by anyone.
 
Posted July 29, 2014
GIS Updates
 
Posted July 28, 2014
HOW AND WHERE SCHOOLS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS CAN TAP INTO $2 BILLION IN PRIVATE RESOURCES TO CONNECT TO THE HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND NETWORK
SCHOOLS: 
Adobe - Adobe will deliver creative tools in the form of free software, and teacher professional development, to Title I schools across the United States - with the goal of helping youth express their creativity and build their skills for future success. Click http://edex.adobe.com/connected to complete the application form to apply for free software from Adobe.

Apple - Apple is inviting economically disadvantaged schools where 96 percent or more students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches to apply for a ConnectED grant. Invited schools will have until June 20 to let Apple know if they intend to apply. Final applications are due July 25.

With an Apple ConnectED grant, Apple will provide iPads, Macs, and the very best educational content students need to personalize learning and inspire their best thinking. Apple will also provide Apple Professional Development, giving teachers the training they need to implement these powerful tools.  Click http://www.apple.com/education/ to learn more.

AT&T - AT&T has committed to provide a broad array of services that enable a comprehensive tablet-based education capability to 50,000 middle and high school students in Title I districts. Schools and districts can apply now for this AT&T Aspire program.

Click http://about.att.com/csr/aspire/connected to learn about the application parameters and to apply for comprehensive tablet-based education capability from AT&T Aspire.

Autodesk - Autodesk, a designer of leading advanced software products in design, drafting, and engineering, has committed to expand the company's "Design the Future" program to be available to every secondary school in the country in 2014. The program, which offers 3D design software, project-based curricula, training, and certification, will help secondary school teachers teach critical problem-solving and technical skills in demand, in high-paying STEM fields like engineering and architecture.  Click http://www.autodesk.com/campaigns/design-the-future-us/home to learn about "Design the Future" and register your school.

Esri - Esri will provide free access to ArcGIS Online Organization accounts - the same GIS technology used by government and business - to every U.S. K-12 school in America. These allow users to map and analyze data, create and share content, and collaborate in the cloud - via computers, tablets, or smartphones, anytime, anywhere connected.

This commitment expands on Esri's successful program in pilot schools at all levels across the country, and will allow students to do projects of unlimited content, from global to local, so that they can build community, as well as build knowledge and skills for college and career. Click http://connected.esri.com/  to learn more about Esri and download a request form.

Microsoft - Microsoft created a new affordability program open to all U.S. K-12 public schools to connect 99 percent of America's students to the digital age within five years. The program includes options for schools of all sizes and with varying levels of need for cost, technology, and services.

This program includes a range of discounted partner and Microsoft devices built with Windows 8.1 Pro; communication and collaboration tools with Office 365 Education; teacher training and resources through the Microsoft Educator Network; ad-free search with Bing in the Classroom; broadband as a critical and resources for fundamental technology skills through Microsoft IT Academy for up to 2,000 high-needs academic institutions and their educators, students, and staff with digital curriculum and certification.  Click http://www.pil-network.com/ for full details on Microsoft commitments.  

Prezi - Prezi has committed to provide EduPro, a program for creating memorable presentations, licenses for high schools and all educators across America. Click here to learn more about Prezi and theirConnectED-related software.  Click https://eduprezi.wufoo.com/forms/z1y9wubs1ujaac4/ to fill out a form to receive updates on Prezi's ConnectED commitment in presentation software, and to be notified when applications will begin to be accepted.

Sprint - Sprint has committed to provide high-speed wireless broadband service for up to 50,000 students at schools across the country starting in August 2014 and over the next four years. Click http://ecenter.custhelp.com/app/landing_page/ConnectED_lp?ECID=vanity:connected to submit an application for participation in Sprint's ConnectED commitment. Upon selection, the applicant will receive additional information, including a secure website to manage their account.  

Verizon - Verizon is investing up to $100 million in cash and in-kind services over the next three years to reach more than 1,000 schools across the U.S.  In partnership with the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) and Johns Hopkins University, the Verizon Foundation is launching the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy - a virtual, moderated professional development course offered to teams of educators for free. Course modules are designed to help teachers, administrators and tech coaches implement effective mobile learning initiatives in their schools and classrooms.  Click http://responsibility.verizon.com/learning-academy to receive more information about the program.

TEACHERS: 
Adobe -Adobe is providing a range of free teacher training and curricular resources from the Adobe Education Exchange and Adobe Youth Voices. Click http://edex.adobe.com/professional-development/ to access Adobe's teacher resources.                                   

Autodesk - Autodesk, a designer of leading advanced software products in design, drafting, and engineering, has committed to expand the company's "Design the Future" program to be available to every secondary school in the country in 2014. The program, which offers free 3D design software, project-based curricula, training, and certification, will help secondary school teachers teach critical problem-solving and technical skills in demand, in high-paying STEM fields like engineering and architecture.  Click http://digitalsteam.autodesk.com/for-educators/professional-development to directly connect with teacher training or professional development resources from Autodesk.

Esri - Esri will provide free access to ArcGIS Online Organization accounts - the same GIS technology used by government and business - to every U.S. K-12 school in America. These allow users to map and analyze data, create and share content, and collaborate in the cloud - via computers, tablets, or smartphones, anytime, anywhere connected.

This commitment expands on Esri's successful program in pilot schools at all levels across the country, and will allow students to do projects of unlimited content, from global to local, so that they can build community, as well as build knowledge and skills for college and career. You can start learning even before your school has access to its free software.  Click http://k12statelicense.maps.arcgis.com/home/ for an instruction manual, ready-to-use maps, and career info.

Microsoft - Microsoft created a new affordability program open to all U.S. K-12 public schools to connect 99 percent of America's students to the digital age within five years. The program includes options for schools of all sizes and with varying levels of need for cost, technology, and services.

This program includes a range of discounted partner and Microsoft devices built with Windows 8.1 Pro; communication and collaboration tools with Office 365 Education; ad-free search with Bing in the Classroom; broadband as a critical component to connected learning through Microsoft's nonprofit partner EveryoneOn; student training and resources for fundamental technology skills through Microsoft IT Academy; and more.  Click http://www.pil-network.com/ for full details on Microsoft commitments.

O'Reilly Media- O'Reilly Media, through a partnership with Safari Books Online, has committed to provide educational content and tools such as technology books and publications, for free, to every school in America. This commitment can provide students at a range of grade levels with the technological skills they need to be prepared in a globalized, digital economy.

Starting in January 2015.   Click https://www.safaribooksonline.com/connected to sign up for on-demand access.

Prezi - Prezi has committed to provide Edu Pro, a programfor creating memorable presentations, licenses for high schools and all educators across America. Click here to learn more about Prezi and their ConnectED-related software commitments.  Click https://eduprezi.wufoo.com/forms/z1y9wubs1ujaac4/  to fill out a form to receive updates on Prezi's ConnectED commitment in presentation software, and to be notified when applications will begin to be accepted.

Verizon - In partnership with the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) and Johns Hopkins University, the Verizon Foundation is launching the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy - a virtual, moderated professional development course offered to teams of educators for free. Course modules are designed to help teachers, administrators and tech coaches implement effective mobile learning initiatives in their schools and classrooms. Click https://eduprezi.wufoo.com/forms/z1y9wubs1ujaac4/ to receive more information about the program.

 
 The NSTA New Science Teacher Academy is a yearlong program focused on encouraging and supporting early-career science educators. Two leading U.S.-based organizations committed to strengthening the quality of science education in the U.S.—Lockheed Martin and the Bayer USA Foundation—are supporting the new science teachers selected as fellows for the 2014–2015 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy.

Selected fellows will participate in a host of science-related activities and professional learning opportunities, including:

    • A yearlong, discipline-specific mentor
    • Access to facilitated, web-based curriculum devoted to content and classroom pedagogy
    • Membership with full benefits in NSTA
    • Opportunity to participate in a variety of web-based professional learning activities, including web seminars
    • Attendance to the 2015 National Conference on Science Education in Chicago, including paid expenses for air travel, lodging, meals, and registration
    • Attendance at a Professional Development Institute

Fellows will be selected on the basis of several criteria, including showing evidence of a solid science background and displaying a strong interest in growing as a professional science educator.

According to a 2003 study by Richard Ingersoll, nearly 50% of beginning teachers leave their jobs in the first five years. The NSTA New Science Teacher Academy endeavors to use mentoring and other professional development resources to support science teachers during the often challenging, initial teaching years and to help them stay in the profession. Since its inception in 2007 the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy has provided high-quality professional learning opportunities to nearly 1000 science teachers nationwide. To learn more and apply, click here.  

There is still time to take a deep dive into the NGSS this summer and learn more about the Next Generation of Science Standards. Check out NSTA's NGSS video collection from the 2014 National Conference on Science Education. Five videos—presented by NGSS writers, state science supervisors, assessment experts, and others—feature sessions on NGSS curriculum planning, classroom instruction, resource evaluation, connection to Common Core, and assessment. See video highlights of the sessions here. NSTA members are invited to access session videos for free by first logging in to the NSTA Learning Center. Not yet a member? Join here. NSTA has made one session available to all on the NSTA Learning Center site.
 
Update- NEON - NASA Educators- Educator Professional Development Webinars
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA Education Specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom. Visit the NASA EPD website for more information and to register for any of the webinars.
 
Earth Science Part 1: Blue Marble
Event Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:00:00 PM EDT
Audience: Grades 5-8 In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
  
During this 60-minute webinar will use matching game activities to introduce students to the geologic processes on Earth and how they are used to better understand other planetary bodies.
  
Earth Science Part 2: Where are We?
Event Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:00:00 PM EDT
Audience: Grades 5-8 In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
During this 60-minute webinar educators will use the matching game introduced in part-one to concentrate on a direct comparison between Earth and its next closest neighbor Mars.
 
Earth Science Part 3: Our Earth- Exploring with a View from Space
Event Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:00:00 PM EDT
Audience: Grades 5-8 In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
During this 60-minute webinar educators will explore our Earth, utilizing the unique perspective of space observations,with a focus on satellite images and astronaut observations.
 
Earth Science Part 4: EarthKAM - Taking Pictures of the Earth from Space
Event Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 7:00:00 PM EDT
Audience: Grades 5-8 In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
 
During this 60-minute webinar educators examine the NASA's Sally Ride EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students) program, https://www.earthkam.ucsd.edu/ and learn how to teach students to take pictures of the Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) using NASA's EarthKAM camera.
 
Posted July 19, 2014
2014 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) Summer Camp, August 4-5th, 2014
 Hosted by: NASA IV&V ERC, Fairmont, WV-  This year’s Challenge: launch 1 raw hen egg to an altitude of 800ft. and then back to the Earth in 46-48 seconds - completely uncracked! The trick is you have to safely return the portion of the rocket carrying the egg and altimeter with a single parachute. The rest of the rocket has to return separately but safely using a recovery device of your choice. Are you ready for the challenge? To design a rocket that can compete nationally in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), technologies such as RockSim and Creo 3D CAD software is essential. In support of TARC for students 7th grade and up, NASA’s IV&V ERC is hosting a 2-day rocket camp August 4th and 5th for new or returning TARC teams at NASA’s IV&V facility in Fairmont.
 
You and your team of 2-5 students will:
• Build and launch a variety of model rockets,
• Explore rocket stability with a NASA model rocket expert,
• Be trained on RockSim, a rocket design and simulation software package that allows you to build and test-fly rockets on a computer before beginning the build phase,
• Design your own rocket components using Creo 3-D CAD software,
• Print out custom rocket parts on the ERC’s new 3-D plastic printer,
• Learn to use a clinometers and a digital altimeter to track your rocket altitude,
• Learn from experts at NASA and the WV Rocketry Association.
 
You and your team will experience all the above and receive FREE materials.
• A software license for RockSim
• An altimeter for your rocket
• One complete TARC ready rocket that your team will build during our camp.
 
This unique opportunity is for the coach and 2-4 students to attend together, and learn side-by-side. The coach will be responsible for transporting the students to NASA each day and will serve as a chaperone.
 
A coach can be a science, math, technology, or vocational teacher, parent, or professional, but you must be able to commit to the following:
• Attending the entire camp August 4th (session 1: 9AM-5PM; session 2: 6PM-9PM) and August 5th (9AM-5PM) with the students,
• Register a team at http://www.rocketcontest.org this November (we are seeking sponsorship to cover this expense),
• Meet with your team at least once a week (during or after school) from the date the challenged is released until submission of your qualifying launches (approx. 5 months),
• Ensure your team (at least the 2-4 students who attend the camp) attends the sanctioned launches that will be hosted by the NASA’s IV&V ERC in February and March, 2015 (dates TBD).
• Confirm your team submits their qualifying launches to TARC.

PLEASE respond ASAP if you are interested, available, and have 2-5 students you think are worthy of this awesome experience.  To apply, complete the TARC Summer Camp form.  If you have any questions, contact Jaime Ford at jaime.ford@ivv.nasa.gov or 304-367-8379.

Get the SPARKvue APP for FREE
The new SPARKvue allows you to connect sensors and collect data on the Chromebook™. SPARKvue also supports iPad® and Android™ tablets, netbooks, and Windows® and Mac® computers. PASCO serves up the latest version of SPARKvue, its award-winning science learning application that combines rich standards-based content, data collection, visualization, analysis, and assessment into one seamless environment. The new expanded framework allows students to perform sensor data analysis – at school or home, with opportunities for student reflection using journal snapshots of work as well as written observations – all with the touch of a finger. 
  
Posted July 15, 2014
West Virginia Science Teachers Association
 This Years Conference is at Glade Springs, November 6-8th, 2014. 
Start drafting your session descriptions and getting your professional leave paperwork completed. See you soon!
  
Win a FREE Round-trip Ticket to an NSTA Area Conference
 Teachers can apply for a round trip travel award to any one 2014 NSTA Area Conference on Science Education:
Sponsored by Southwest Airlines, 36 round trip airline (only) tickets will be awarded to 36 science educators attending any one of the 2014 fall area conferences.
   
To register to win, write a 150-word essay on what science content, teaching strategy, technique, or topic you are most interested in learning about at the conference and why. Please include your name, school, address, email, and phone number along with your essay—if you fail to submit any of this information your essay will be disqualified. 
 
E-mail your entry to swtravelscholarship@nsta.org . The deadline is 5 pm EDT on August 8. The winners will be notified August 15!
 
2014-2015 NSTA Teacher Awards Program Kicks Off
Every year more than 50 extraordinary K–12 teachers, principals, professors, and other science education professionals—committed to making a difference in science, technology, engineering, and math teaching and learning—are recognized and rewarded for their exceptional contributions to the STEM education community. This year, NSTA is offering 19 different award programs that are administered by the Association and funded by various corporations and organizations. Many of the awards recognize teachers for their development and implementation of unique science programs and curricula, while others honor individuals who show outstanding leadership and dedication to the profession. The NSTA awards offer recognition and a multitude of prizes for educators. Prizes include cash awards and grants, school supplies and materials, and trips to our national conferences. For more information about the NSTA Teacher Awards Program or to download an application, click here. The submission deadline for most of the awards is November 30, 2014.
 
Connecting Literacy and Science with NGSS and Common Core
Wednesday, August 6, 2014  10 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET
  • NSTA member price: $79
  • Non-member price: $99

This informative and highly interactive daylong experience will enable you to further your understanding of the NGSS, learn to make better use of the science--‐literacy connections in your instruction, and collaborate with colleagues around the country. To learn more about this event and to register, visit the web address below!  http://learningcenter.nsta.org/VirtualConference


 The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) elevate engineering design to the level of disciplinary core ideas, alongside the disciplines of physical, life, and Earth and space sciences. Join presenter and NGSS writer, Cary Sneider, and learn what concepts are central to an understanding of engineering design, the relationships between engineering practices and engineering core ideas, and what instruction might look like in the classroom. Register now for this FREE web seminar on July 15 (3:30 to 5 pm EDT).
 
Save the date for two more NGSS web seminars: The Nature of Science in NGSS, Tues., July 22, and Evaluating Resources for NGSS: The EQuIP Rubric, Tues., July 29, both from 3:30 to 5 pm EST. Learn more.
 
NEON - NASA Educators- Upcoming Educator Professional Development Webinars
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA Education Specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom. Visit the NASA EPD website for more information and to register for any of the webinars.
Rockets: Exploring Forces, Motion and Energy with a Blast
Event Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. EDT
Audience: Grades 5-8 In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
Attend this 60-minute webinar to learn how to launch students interest in forces, motion and energy to the next level through the use of rockets.
 
Solar System and the Periodic Table
Event Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014 2:00:00 PM EDT - 3:00:00 PM EDT REPEATED at 7:00 PM EDT
Audience: Grades 3-12 In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
 
 During this 60-minute webinar you will journey from the center to the outer boundaries of our solar system and discover that the periodic table is everywhere!
 
Space Mathematics Series- Part 1: Linking Math and Science
Event Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7:00:00 PM EDT
Audience: Grades 5-8 In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
 
Attend this 60-minute webinar for part 1 of this exciting 2 part series. Linking science and math participants will discuss the use of science as a vehicle for mathematics instruction.
 
Space Mathematics Series- Part 2: Active Math
Event Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2014 7:00:00 PM EDT
Audience: Grades 5-8 In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
Attend this 60-minute webinar for part 2 of this exciting 2 part series. Active Math will explore how to use inquiry to reinforce mathematics skills.
 
Earth Science Part 1: Blue Marble
Event Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:00:00 PM EDT
Audience: Grades 5-8 In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
 
 During this 60-minute webinar will use matching game activities to introduce students to the geologic processes on Earth and how they are used to better understand other planetary bodies.
 
Earth Science Part 2: Where are We?
Event Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:00:00 PM EDT
Audience: Grades 5-8 In-service, Pre-service, Informal and Home School Educators
URL: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/admin/show-event-catalog
 
 During this 60-minute webinar educators will use the matching game introduced in part-one to concentrate on a direct comparison between Earth and its next closest neighbor Mars.

For more information about these webinars and to register online, visit the Educator Professional Development website.

Educator Resource Repository
Do you need ENGAGING & EXCITING lessons that satisfy your state’s education standards? If the answer is ‘YES,’ click here to browse/search lesson activities in the NEON Resource Repository.
 
 Posted July 8, 2014
National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its first National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property on August 10-14, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.

This multi-day professional development training opportunity is designed to help middle and high school teachers incorporate concepts of making, inventing, and intellectual property creation and protection into classroom instruction.   Participants are expected to implement lessons learned from the Institute into their schools and school districts in an effort to support development of a STEM/Innovation- learning ecosystem.   The Institute is open to teachers nation-wide.  Apply to be a part of this exciting cohort.   Travel and lodging expenses will be covered for teachers who are traveling more than 50 miles to the venue in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations and USPTO travel policy, Space is limited.  Apply today!   Application deadline is July 14, 2014.

Volunteers Needed at the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition
As many of you know, NASA IV&V’s Robotics Alliance Project supports robotics tournaments and teams throughout West Virginia.  On August 1-2, one of our FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) NASA House Teams #2614, the Mountaineer Area RoboticS (MARS) program the Mountaineer Area RoboticS program will be hosting at least  25 high school robotics teams from across North America at an event on the WVU campus. This event will be at the WVU Rec Center and will be the world's first endurance robotics competition. Teams will compete for 26 hours and 14 minutes in the same competition that was the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition, called Aerial Assist. Details of the event can be found at http://www.marsfirst.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/WVRox_Flyer_Final.pdf . These teams, travelling to Morgantown from across the nation, will feature some of the top STEM interested high schools in North America. If you have never seen a FIRST Robotics competition, here is a link to a match played by MARS (team 2614) at the recent World Championships http://www.thebluealliance.com/match/2014new_qm147 (MARS is playing on the blue alliance in the match).
 
 To pull off this event, MARS will need LOTS of volunteers over the span of the event. Nearly every volunteer position is "unskilled", so you do NOT need prior FIRST Robotics experience to help out.  For those with FIRST experience, MARS will also need judges, so not every role involves working with the robots . The estimate that MARS will need 100 volunteers to will work 4 hour shifts (those willing to work multiple shifts are, of course, very welcome).
 
 Because the event involves youth under 18 and because WVU wants to be pro-active in keeping these great kids safe, volunteers will have to go through a fairly painless background check and children safety quiz.  Volunteers should go to the online registration form, register, and make sure to write in the days and hours you are available by Friday, July 11, 2014.  If you experience trouble with the link above, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser: https://urwvu.wufoo.com/forms/wv-rox-registration/ Please contact Earl Scime if you are available to volunteer- escime@wvu.edu or (304)293-5125.  
  
NASA Training on “Robots and Ratios”
Spread the word about NASA Training on “Robots and Ratios”- Educators learn to program LEGO robots using MINDSTORMS NXT-G software.  Proportional mathematics involving  ratios and fractions  is an important math component of this workshop.  A variety of sensors such as sound, light, and touch are used to create programs that allow the robot to move autonomously through a particular environment.

Educators will learn to engage students in your classroom, afterschool program, or club (including scouting or  4-H) will learn to work as teams to enable their robot to solve tasks and challenges.  The ERC Robotics Kits use hands-on activities to keep students actively engaged as they learn math, science and  21st Century skills. Workshop participants will be provided with additional resources and information such as how to start a robotics team and how to enter competitions such as the FIRST LEGO League competition.

The training is also offered
  • Saturday, August 16 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Mineral County Health Department in Keyser, WV. Registration is due August 7.  Contact Margaret Miltenberger, m.miltenberger@mail.wvu.edu, for application information.
  • Sunday August 10 at the Morgantown Learning Academy from 10 am – 4 pm.  To register, click HERE*.
Earth Science Week 2014 will be celebrated October 12-18, 2014
 
View a new webcast detailing three new contests that are being conducted as part of Earth Science Week, the annual worldwide celebration of the geosciences! Find the "Contests of Earth Science Week 2014" webcast online now for viewing at your convenience.

This free webcast, narrated by AGI Outreach Assistant Katelyn Murtha, provides an overview of guidelines for photography, visual arts, and essay contests. The tutorial includes online links, which viewers can click during the presentation to review detailed guidelines.

Each year, many science teachers encourage students to participate in the visual arts contest, open to students in grades K-5, or the essay contest, which is open to those in grades 6-9. The photography contest is open to all ages. The roughly four-minute tutorial includes information on prizes and recognition.

Reaching over 50 million people annually, AGI leads Earth Science Week in cooperation with the geoscience community as a service to the public. Each year, community groups, educators, and interested citizens organize celebratory events. Earth Science Week offers the public opportunities to discover the Earth sciences and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth. To view this webcast, please visit: http://www.earthsciweek.org/webcasts/.

Posted June 26, 2014

LEGO® Summer Programs for Students
Young Builders
 
July 21 to July 25, 2014 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Set up a world of DUPLO® - Large blocks, gears, mosaics, animals, trains, and more
Playground, stores, parks and zoo, homes and work places and transportation to get to them all.
5 -8 years old
Limit: 15 students. Cost: $69
Robotics- FIRST LEGO® League Education
 
July 28 to August 1, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(Lunch provided.)
Students program LEGO® Robotics to perform tasks. Great prep for FIRST® LEGO® League!
Students participate in small - team design projects while fostering an understanding of science and physical principles for robotics and computer programming in using LEGO® Mindstorms NXT-G. Students will learn to use mathematics instead of guessing and checking to get the robots to complete mazes, sensors to get the robots to explore their environment, and all the aspects of the FIRST LEGO League competition. Projects are structured to allow students in small groups to work in an open-ended, investigative environment while having fun.
Available to Students in Grades 4th up.
Limit: 24 Students. Cost: $99 (Scholarships may be available).
 
 Contact Casie McGee at mcgee6@marshall.edu for more information or to save your seat!
NOTE: Fees are used to cover snacks, lunch at the Marshall Cafeteria, and consumable supplies.  
 
 
Posted June 25, 2014
Summer is time to check out FREE resources for the classroom- 
PBS Education
 PBS LearningMedia, is a digital media service designed to inspire teaching and enhance classroom learning. With a library of over 80,000 lesson plans, videos, and interactive games - finding trusted content has never been easier!

BioInteractive-
 Howard Hughes Medical Institute provides BioInteractive- a FREE resource for science teachers and students, including animations, short films, apps, and archives from past workshops.  Visit their Educational Materials website for details.  
 
JUST RELEASED - Einstein Fellows: Best Practices in STEM Education
 If you are looking for a great summer book, something to add to your professional library, or to use in a STEM education methods course, give "Einstein Fellows: Best Practices in STEM Education" a look. Einstein Fellows is a book written by teachers for teachers or teachers in training. Collectively the authors have more than 400,000 hours of practice in the art of teaching STEM. Each chapter provides the research evidence in which the practice is grounded, implementation strategies, and ideas on modification for integration across disciplines.
 
 
Smithsonian Offers Courses- 
Energy: Past, Present, and Future Course- July 13-18, 2014
As our planet's population continues to grow and energy needs increase it will become crucial that we teach students how to prepare for the energy needs of the future. This academy explores the history of energy development and use in the United States, current energy needs, and alternative energy sources for the future. Topics will include fossil fuels, solar power, wind power, nuclear energy, and alternative energy sources. Each day participants will engage with scientists, curators, engineers, and educators at the Smithsonian and other local venues. Participants will engage in hands-on content sessions that take them behind the scenes, and will learn of current research in sustainable energy resources.  
 
 Earth's History and Global Change Academy/ July 27-August 1, 2014
Global climate change will impact the lives of all inhabitants of our planet and is becoming a key issue taught in our classrooms. This academy looks at change from the perspective of the history of Earth from its formation through the origin of life. Topics will include planetary processes, volcanism and plate tectonics, the oceans and atmosphere. Each day participants will engage earth scientists at the Smithsonian and elsewhere in hands-on content sessions that take them behind the scenes and explore current research on our planet's past environments.
 
These course are recommended for teachers of grades 5-12.  Click here for more details and to register.  Registration closes soon.

Posted June 13, 2014

MIT+K12 Videos are made for students by students.

MIT students to write and host webisodes about their favorite science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics for kids and kids-at-heart, webisodes that are free and accessible to anyone in the world. They seek to entertain and engage just as much as they seek to educate, meaning our episodes are more than simply lessons. These videos show a side of science different from what you might find in a textbook – everything from the physics of invisibility cloaks to motor control in humanoid robots – and make the resources that are unique to MIT more accessible and visible to a global audience. Most importantly, they’re hosted by MIT students who showcase a diverse set of interests, personalities, and backgrounds; who are relatable and fun and who dismiss the misconception that science is only for an elite and isolated population
 
 
Posted May 28, 2014
NASA IV&V and Fairmont State University are offering two unique summer institutes for educators: APPLY HERE
 
Elementary GLOBE K-4 Educator Institute (grades K-4): July 8-11, 2014
 
Elementary GLOBE is an exciting and fun-filled program that emphasizes basic literacy skills while providing science, geography and math skills. The class will be presented by Pam Casto (NASA IV&V) and Karen Davis (GLOBE Trainer). Five modules cover these skills as students read storybooks and do hands-on research activities to cover water, soil, seasons, clouds, and Earth as a System. Contents are aligned with national science, geography, literacy, and math standards. Educators of K-4th grade students will receive 4 days of training and materials to implement the program in their classrooms, schools, and learning institutions. The educators will lead their students to do authentic science research that will benefit not only their own content knowledge development but that of scientists around the globe. Lunch will be provided and a limited number of dorm rooms and dinner at FSU have been reserved for those traveling too far to commute.
Space Weather Reporting Educator Institute (grades 5-12): July 21-25, 2014
 
Space Weather Reporting will be held at the NASA Facility in Fairmont. The class is presented by Dr. Amy Keesee (WVU, Physics) and Todd Ensign (NASA IV&V ERC). Educators will be able to earn Graduate-Level Professional Development credit (through Fairmont State University). Each educator will receive access to a Space Weather text book copious NASA educational resources, a free LEGO model of the MMS spacecraft and will be certified to borrow a classroom set of solar telescopes and iPads which will allow you to easily integrate and complete the activities you will be trained on. On Thursday, we will trip to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD to visit the Visitor Center's Science on a Sphere, Space Weather Data Center, and view spacecraft being assembled. Lunch will be provided and a limited number of dorm rooms and dinner at FSU have been reserved for those traveling too far to commute.
If the above link doesn't work for any reason, copy/paste this URL into your browser:

 APPLY FOR 2015 GLOBAL HIGH SCHOOL PRIZE
 
Realize Your School's Energy and Sustainability Dream--  The prestigious Zayed Global High School Prize awards $100,000 to five high schools annually for the purpose of realizing an energy or sustainability project. Submission Deadline: July 14, 2014. https://www.zayedfutureenergyprize.com/en/prize-categories/global_high_school_prize/
 
Posted May 27, 2014
Esri ArcGIS Online Organization subscriptions available to ALL US K-12 schools at no cost. 
For months, Esri has been laying the groundwork to launch a new effort. Today, Tuesday May 27, around noon Eastern time, the "GO" button will be pressed by the White House. There will be more info in coming days, but here is what you need to know: Esri is making ArcGIS Online Organization subscriptions (for instructional use) available to ALL US K-12 schools at no cost. These open up ArcGIS Online far beyond just a public account, by permitting more control of sharing, access to more data, engaging much more powerful analyses, supporting apps like Collector or Explorer, integrating with ArcMap and Microsoft Office, enabling login to Community Analyst, and lots more, with still more on the way.
 
Also, Esri is recharging the effort to galvanize GIS professionals to become geomentors for local schools. Our friends at GISCIare promoting this to the GIS professionals in their network. Our friends at National Geographic are working to encourage schools and educators to look for ways to turbocharge their work by integrating support from these GIS professionals. As T3G alums, you are "front line visible" on the Esri K12 statewide license map, and may be contacted by local reporters for comment. Some of you have recently shared stories with me, or screenshots, or videos of your work with students. We want to alert every single school to the power of what you have discovered and experienced -- that students of all ages can use ArcGIS Online to build content background, problem-solving strategies, and key skills that will engage them in the community and support them in college and career with unlimited opportunity.
 
Please look at http://connected.esri.com. Share this address with others. Explore the ConnectED page -- in its entirety! -- and see how you can help others get started. A new document awaits teachers everywhere: the ArcGIS Online Skillbuilder, which can help educators and kids see quickly where they are and where they can go, and move from geographically unaware to an AGO novice to an effective user, ready to become a geoanalyst with an Organization account. With summer training events just around the corner for so many of you, please explore these and think about how you can take your efforts to the next level, and help save the world.
 
 Join Biotech Entrepreneur, Larry Feinberg, for a free, live interactive webcast May 29 at 1:30pm Eastern
 
Larry Feinberg started out as a high school science and Spanish teacher.  Today, he has a PhD in microbiology and is CEO of a biotech startup company that he founded to help solve the some of the world's biggest sustainability problems. Connect with Jason Learning then to ask Larry your questions about his biotech venture and his STEM career path! Live STEM Career Q&A with Larry Feinberg
 
  Jason Learning is currently accepting pre-submitted text and video questions for this event!
 
Sending in a question in advance increases the likelihood that we'll include your question in the live program. Just use the form on the event page to get it to us.
Can't watch the event live?
 
All of JASON's live events are recorded, archived, and posted to their respective event page soon after the event ends, so you can watch at your convenience.  If you know you'll be watching later, be sure to pre-submit questions -- you'll still have a great chance of having your question answered in the program!
And there's more where that came from...
 
A listing of all of the upcoming and archived Jason Learning live events can be found at www.jason.org/live.
 
WV Public Broadcasting Curriculum Team Sought
WV Public Broadcasting is seeking two middle school teachers (one social studies, and one science) to plan and design lessons which incorporate the Inspiring West Virginians and the STEAM Careers series.  Requirements and stipend details are provided in the WV Public Broadcasting Application document.  If you have questions, please contact Margaret Miller at mmiller@wvpublic.org.  Application deadline is June 10, 2014 at 4 p.m. 
 
Posted May 19, 2014
Shell Science Lab Challenge- Take Advantage of the Time You Will Have this Summer to Prepare to Win the Shell Science Teaching Award or a $20,000 Science Lab Makeover
Are you succeeding in science lab instruction with minimal equipment?  Shell Science Lab Challenge gives you an opportunity to share your exemplary approach for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000!  Application for 2014–2015 coming soon!  The Shell Science Teaching Award provides all an expense paid trip to the NSTA Conference for three finalists and awards $10,000 as a grand prize.  
  
Posted May 15, 2014
Save the Date for the WVSTA Conference
This year's West Virginia Science Teachers Association will be on November 6-8, 2014, at Glade Springs.  Save those dates on your calendar; as additional information about presenting sessions, registering for the conference, and making reservations becomes available, it may be found at the WVSTA website.  

Citizens Ambassadors’ Program Offers Travel to Cuba 
 Save the date! People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs (Ambassador Programs, Inc.) is working with Page Keeley to plan a Science Education program to Cuba, slated for November 7-15, 2014. More details, including the preliminary itinerary, are available at www.peopletopeople.com/PageKeeley. Be on the lookout for more information soon.
 
Call 877.787.2000, or email citizens@peopletopeople.com, for more details or to confirm your interest. Since availability is limited, we can take early pre-enrollments to give you the best opportunity to reserve your space before it's gone. 
Under license (CT-2013-305247-1) by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, you can legally travel to Cuba with Ambassador Programs, Inc. (People to People Ambassador Programs) if adhering to the guidelines outlined on the delegation's website.
 
  Posted May 14, 2014
Recycling Lesson$- There i$ $till time to be eligible to win $200 for your cla$room $upplie$: )
 As an educational outreach, the West Virginia Recycling Coalition (WVRC) has developed lessons for West Virginia teachers so they and their students may recognize materials which may be recycled, realize decomposition eventually restores some materials back to the soil, develop an understanding of the solid waste management practices related to recycling, incineration, sanitary landfills and hazardous waste disposal, and consider the role engineers play in solid waste management. Visit http://wvrecycles.com/WVAMRREC.htm; upon using WVRC lessons in your class, you may be eligible to win $200 for classroom materials.
 
NASA Educational Resource Opportunities
 I cannot believe summer is just around the corner. It is time to start thinking about opportunities you would like your students to experience. Please remember, it is never too early to begin scheduling school field trips for the 2014-2015 school year!!! The sooner you schedule the better you will be able to get the desired date you would like.
   
STEM challenges for Scouting, 4-H or Afterschool programs
he ERC offers 6 student workshops at NASA’s IV&V location in Fairmont, WV which include Planetary Geology, Model Rocketry, Aviation, Living & Working in Space, Robotics, and the Electromagnetic Spectrum.  Contact Jaime Ford, Student Outreach Coordinator for the ERC to discuss adapting one of the 6 workshops to fulfill requirements your scouts, club members, or students may need to obtain a badge or patch.
 
FIRST LEGO League Robotics http://www.firstlegoleague.org/
Interested in your students becoming a participant in a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics team and would like more exposure to the NXT robots and Mindstorms programming. Our robotics workshop would be perfect for you. Your potential team will gain exposure to basic programming which includes sensors. By the end of the workshop, your students will be able to successfully complete a maze challenge through basic programming.
 
Team America Rocketry Challenge http://www.rocketcontest.org/
What better time to experience rockets than in the summer when the skies are clear and the weather is perfect? Your students will learn the basics of rocket anatomy, the physics principles (such as Newton’s Laws and forces on a rocket) of rocketry, engage in rocket simulator technology, and successfully launch a rocket that they built themselves.
 
Real World Design Challenge http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org/
In our aviation workshop your student will learn about Bernoulli’s Principle, Newton’s Laws, Conservation of Energy, and surface controls & forces on an airplane through hands-on activities. They will also learn about the engineering world of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) work conducted by NASA. Your student will apply their new knowledge by designing an airfoil to test in our wind tunnel and by successfully flying a model airplane.
 
One Step Further? Ability One Design Challenge 
Is your STEM team ready for the next step of innovation? The ERC is equipped with 3D Creo CAD Engineering software and a 3D Printer for rapid prototyping. Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), and the Ability One Design Challenge (A1) students here in WV have begun utilizing this equipment to give their team a high tech advantage. Your team can too! Check out the inspiration video below on how an A1 team here in WV took their engineering design challenge one step further.
 
See the ERC Email Catalog and contact Jaime Ford, Student Outreach Coordinator for the ERC via email or phone (304 367-8379) to discuss how he may with your programming needs.

Still time to apply- Seeking 65 Master Trainers- May 16, 2014 deadline
 NEA is recruiting applicants for 65 Master Teacher positions to create lessons aligned with current, adopted science standards for the 2014 – 2015 school year. These Master Teachers will be exceptional instructors currently teaching elementary, middle school or high school science. They have track records of supporting student learning; they are proven architects of student-centered lessons; they are demonstrably grounded in 21st century STEM skills; they are capable and confident with technology; and they are ready to serve as ambassadors for the NGSS.
 
The NEA/BetterLesson Master Teachers will receive a $15,000 stipend, and the priority application deadline is May 16, 2014. Sorry for the short turnaround, but the agreement with them was just finalized and they are working to extend the deadline one week.
Below are links to resources to assist with recruitment.
 
First is a 4 minute Science MTP screencast which explains both the program and the application process. This message targets staff colleagues to provide information helpful in spreading the word. (Better than an hour-long webinar, right!?)
 
Next is a 90 second Master Teacher Cartoon with much the same information and targeting potential applicants.
There is also a Master Teacher Flyer to print, copy, and share.
Finally, here is a link to the Master Teacher Application itself
If you are interested and have questions, please contact Bill Raabe, Senior Director, National Education Association, Phone: (202) 822-7169, E-mail: braabe@nea.org
 
FlipCon14 is June 23-25, 2014, in Mars, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh.  
 Since you work/live within driving distance of the conference site and are a member of the Flipped Learning Network's Ning, we want to offer you $50 off the registration fee to (help) pay for your gas to the onsite event. Bring a group and receive even deeper discounts. Enter DriveFC14 when prompted for a discount code on the registration page.

 

If you can't attend onsite, take advantage of the virtual conference where all of the keynotes and half of the sessions will be streamed live and available after the event.  

 

Hear from dozens of beginning and experienced flipped educators as they share their stories of how they got started, lessons learned, tips to start, and what to do next.   

For the complete online interactive program, click here.

 

To read more about the conference, register and reserve your hotel room, click here.  For more information contact the 

FlipCon14 planning team at info@flippedlearning.org
 
Texas Instruments Summer PD

Want to learn more about integrating TI technology into your classroom? We have the workshop for you! Designed for educators who are implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS), Science and Engineering Practices, or for those who want to integrate TI technology in the classroom, the Teachers Teaching with Technology™ (T³) Summer Workshops will show you how to incorporate technology in your lessons. Led by a certified T³ Instructor, TI summer workshops offer an invaluable learning opportunity, with hands-on activities you can use right away and TI technology included in the registration cost. Registration starts at $125 per person. (TI technology received is dependent upon the focus of the workshop attended).
Please visit http://education.ti.com/en/us/pd/in-your-area/2014-summer-workshops for more info. Early Bird and Pre Service discounts are available
 
Posted May 8, 2014
The 2014 Appalachian Watershed and Stream Monitors (AWSM)
 Professional development workshop will be held July 14-16 at the lovely Spruce Knob Mountain Center. Immerse yourself in water quality monitoring techniques and the wonders of headwater streams and ecosystems.
Topics and activities to include (details TBA):
  • "Save our Streams" stream monitoring protocols
  • Watershed PBL curriculum workshop
  • GIS mapping and practical classroom applications
  • BWET grant collaboration session
  • AWSM program enrollment and information
  • Special guest speaker
  • Sunset social and celebration
  • Fly fishing workshop
Space is limited so click here to register today! SCIENCE MASTER TEACHER PROJECT
 The NEA has partnered with BetterLesson (BL) to launch a Science Master Teacher Project for the 2014-2015 school year. BL is currently looking for science teachers who:
·         have a passion for the Next Generation Science Standards
·         are NEA members ready to “share what works” in their classrooms
·         want to share their great lessons next year and receive $15,000 for their work

To find more information and apply, check out BL’s opportunities page. If you’d like to schedule a phone appointment to speak about this opportunity, please do so here

Smithsonian Science Education Center Summer Professional Developments
National Science Education Leadership Development Forum Supporting Scientific Practices: K-8 Students Arguing, Explaining, and Modeling, July 26, 2014, Westin Alexandria, VA
 
Discover new ways to connect science and literacy while learning more about the Next Generation Science Standards. Dr. Leema Berland and Dr. Katherine McNeill will lead an exploration of modeling and argumentation techniques for the classroom. Learn more.
International K-12 Science Education Strategic Planning Institute July 27- August 1, 2014, Westin Alexandria, VA
Are you a teacher, administrator, parent, scientist? Are you concerned about the state of science education in your local schools? Gather your colleagues, bring your thinking hats, and come find out how our LASER model can inform a sustainable strategic plan to change that. Learn more.

NASA IV&V 2014 FLL ROOKIE TEAM Boot Camps
 FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year-olds, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills while doing something awesome! NASA is helping to GROW the FLL program in WV by sponsoring "Rookie" teams. This a brand new team OR a brand new group of students OR a brand new school that has NOT participate in FLL before. Priority will be given based on need.
We are seeking two adults (teachers, parents, scout/4-H leaders, or mentors) who will commit to coach a NEW FLL team for the 2014-15 season.
 
For this boot camp, you also need to recruit 3 students (between the ages 9-14) who can attend both days of the training, but you may recruit up to 10 students in total who are willing to participate on the team. (Sorry we don’t have space to accommodate your entire team at the boot camp.)
 
Each participating team will receive:
  • 1 FREE Robot and programming software ($430 value)*
  • 2 days of free training (priceless)
Your team will be responsible for raising the funds for the:
  • FLL registration ($225)
  • Field Setup ($75)
  • Tournament registration fees ($25 for the qualifier and $50 for the championship).
Please indicate which event is preferred:
  • June 9-10, 10 am - 4pm at the NASA IV&V ERC, Fairmont, WV
  • July 16-17, 10 am - 4pm at the NASA SEMAA Lab, Beckley, WV
  • August 6-7, 10 am - 4pm at the Kanawha 4-H Offices, Charleston, WV
What’s the Catch?
 
You will be expected to meet with your new team a minimum of once a week during the 2013 season (Aug-Dec) and you are required to attend your qualifying tournament (Nov. 15 or 22 depending on location) and hopefully the state championship event on Dec. 6 at Fairmont State.
 
How do we Apply? Fill out the form located HERE. You will be contacted by May 15th to let you know if you are accepted. (If the link doesn’t work copy/paste the URL below into your browser window). https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGFLWTJWem1kVDNjeWpPeG9DOU5MRGc6MA#gid=0
 
Direct all other questions to Todd Ensign at 304-367-8438 or todd.ensign@ivv.nasa.gov
Flinn Safety Training Notes: Chemical Cleanout and Disposal
 
Is "Lab Cleanup" on your to-do list? Before tackling this end-of-the-year job, make sure to share this edition of Flinn Safety Training Notes entitled "Chemical Cleanout and Disposal" with your entire department. This practical advice will help you avoid expensive and unsafe pitfalls.
 
To access your free copy of "Chemical Cleanout and Disposal," please go to: http://www.flinnsci.com/snmay14
Hopefully, the 10 Safety Training Notes we published this school year helped you improve lab safety. This summer you can continue your safety training online with the free Flinn Laboratory Safety Course. If you have already taken the course, please encourage your colleagues to take it and receive certification. To learn about the course go to: http://labsafety.flinnsci.com
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, and NanoRacks announce Mission 7 to the International Space Station. This STEM education opportunity immerses grade 5-14 students across a community in an authentic, high visibility research experience, where student teams design and propose real microgravity experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station. The program nurtures ownership in learning, critical thinking, problem solving, navigation of an interdisciplinary landscape, and communication skills – all reflective of the Next Generation Science Standards, and reflective of the skills needed by professional scientists and engineers, and the skills desired by 21st century employers.
 
Each participating community will be provided a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single experiment, and all launch services to fly it to Space Station in Spring 2015, and return is safely to Earth for student harvesting and analysis. A 9-week experiment design competition in each community, held September through November 2014, and engaging typically 300 students, allows student teams to design and formally propose real experiments vying for their community's reserved mini-lab on Space Station. A formal 2-step proposal review process, mirroring professional review, will determine the community’s flight experiment. Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design. Additional programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a Learning Community Model for STEM education. This includes a local art and design competition for a Mission
Patch to accompany the flight experiment to Space Station. SSEP therefore provides for a community-wide STEAM experience.
TIME CRITICAL: all interested communities are asked to inquire by May 30, 2014; schools and districts need to assess interest with their staff and, if appropriate, move forward with an Implementation Plan. Communities must be aboard by September 3, 2014, for a 9-week experiment design phase September 8 to November 7, 2014, and flight experiment selection by December 17, 2014. Flight of the selected experiment to ISS is expected in Spring 2015.
Contact: Dr. Jeff Goldstein, SSEP Program Director; 301-395-0770; jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org

The kickoff date to register FIRST LEGO League teams is May 5th 2014!
FIRST® will be retiring its current Team and Event Registration system (TRE) and will migrate FLL team registration to TIMS (Team Information Management System), the common platform for all FIRST® Programs.
Starting in the 2014 FLL season and going forward, FIRST will be collecting the team registration fees while LEGO Education (formerly PITSCO) will be collecting for any competition materials purchased. Due to this process change we want to request that all organizations using a Purchase Order as their main payment type are prepared. Please assure that FIRST® (First in Recognition of Science and Technology) is added to your purchasing systems as an approved vendor if it doesn't already exist. You can download FIRST's W-9 form from this link: www.usfirst.org/sites/default/files/uploadedFiles/Robotics_Programs/FLL/w9-for-FIRST.PDF
QUESTIONS???
Registration and FLL program management questions be directed to FIRST® 1-800-871-8326 or fllteams@usfirst.org.
Payment questions should be directed to: ar@usfirst.org 603-666-3906 x563.
Product ordering questions should be directed to LEGO Education, 1-800-362-4308 or support.education.us@lego.com and all U.S. product payments be sent to:
 
WEST VIRGINIA Tournament Series! Block off these dates NOW:
November 15: Qualifying Tournaments at Marshall University in Huntington, BridgeValley CC in Charleston, and the Jacksons Mills Conference Center in Weston (for 4H teams)
November 22: Qualifying Tournaments at West Virginia University in Morgantown and Shepherd University in Shepherdstown
December 6: State Championship Tournament at Fairmont State University, Fairmont
 
Want to host a WV scrimmage? We are seeking sites to host FLL scrimmages and we are suggest a date of November 1st . There are already 2 locations identified but we would like to have at least 5 locations.  To register, go to: http://www3.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/fll  If you are interested and have questions, please contact me at: todd.ensign@ivv.nasa.gov.

Computer Science for High Schools Online http://googlecs4hsonline.org/
 
“West Virginia University Institute of Technology is proudly launching the first on-line CS4HS (Computer Science for High School) Workshop. The entire workshop will be on-line. The workshop is free of charge. The contents delivered are aligned with NGSS and CSTA Standards. Workshop period: July 19th to August 17th The primary focus of our online workshop is to construct a scalable platform to instruct fundamental knowledge and skills of Computer Science to high school teachers. Our 2014 Google CS4HS Workshop is open to high school teachers in USA and Canada who are interested in professional development in the discipline of Computer Science. By attending the 2014 Google CS4HS online workshop, the participants would learn about fundamental knowledge of Computer Science; they would get hands-on training on various pedagogical tools; they would be exposed to state-of-the-art computing technologies; and, they would have opportunities to discuss with university educators on how to prepare high school students (particularly those from minority groups) for college majors related to computer/computing. The workshop offers two tracks: software track and hardware track. Participants can select either or both tracks. Both tracks include multiple theoretical sessions (online lectures through CourseBuilder), hands-on sessions (live labs through Google Hangout), and discussion sessions (to answer participants questions). Specifically, the software track focuses on algorithm development and Java programming, and the hardware track presents comprehensive description of typical computer hardware architecture and configuration.”

The Challenger Learning Center is hosting an e-TechTeach™ workshop at Wheeling Jesuit University on August 6, 2014.
 
This workshop, called “FLIPday”, is for educators of all grades and subjects who are interested in learning how to FLIP their instruction and implement meaningful technology into their classroom.
 
The keynote address will be given by author and flipped classroom expert, Aaron Sams. Lunch will also be provided by us. Please see the attached Registration Form for more information. We have limited seating, so complete/return the reservation form to reserve your space today!
 
Learn more about e-TechTeach at: www.e-techteach.com We hope you will join us on FLIPday! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Kathleen Frank kfrank@cet.edu 

Xperience Stem- Colorado Convention Center Denver, Colorado July 29 - Aug 1, 2014
 
The Xperience STEM Conference is a 3 1/2 day conference that includes both a conference and 2 experiences. The STEM Gala and Inspire Me! Film series are included in your ticket price if you choose so. Click here for more information. 
 
Posted May 5, 2014
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week : )   Thank you for all you do.  
 
Science Humor : )
When I was in the still class, I loved telling science jokes. I never thought a joke was too nerdy to interject as a mnemonics or serve to lighten a lesson. This link provides a collection of sciences jokes, I hope you have fun using them in your classrooms : ) http://www.popsci.com/article/science/neutrino-walks-through-bar-and-more-science-jokes-twitter?dom=PSC&loc=recent&lnk=3&con=a-neutrino-walks-through-a-bar-and-more-science-jokes-from-twitter
 
Posted April 29, 2014
Solar Car Challenge
 There is no better way to start your own solar car team than by helping judge a Solar Car Challenge. Please contact Dr. Lehman Marks, Solar Car Challenge Foundation at LehmanM743@aol.com if you would like to be a part of this year's event. Judges Training begins Friday, July 18th. Visit www.solarcarchallenge.org to learn more.

Google Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) Workshop in the summer of 2014
 West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) is proudly launching a Google Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) Workshop in the summer of 2014. The workshop will be delivered entirely online from July 19 to August 17, 2014. The primary focus is to provide fundamental knowledge and skills of computing to high school teachers. The 2014 Google CS4HS Workshop is free and open to high school teachers in the United States and Canada who are interested in professional development in the discipline of computing. By participating in this online workshop, educators will:
  • receive free training in a user-friendly environment with 24/7 technical support;
  • gain fundamental knowledge of computer science through online lectures, discussion sessions and live labs in Google Hangout through one or both of two tracks: software and hardware;
  • discover state-of-the-art computing technologies through collegiate-level instruction from terminal degree faculty with extensive teaching and computing experience;
  • receive tools and resources to better prepare high school students for college majors related to computers/computing; and
  • learn content aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) standards.
Some educators will be selected for post-workshop activities where they will apply CS4HS knowledge in their respective classrooms. These selected participants could be eligible for a $150 stipend upon submitting a final report.
 
For more information, visit our website at http://wvutech.edu and click on Google CS4HS Online Workshop for High School Educators under the “featured” heading on the right of the webpage.
Posted March 26, 2014
eTech Program Opportunity- FREE of Charge!
 Opportunity to conduct the e-Tech Teach program for teachers at the WV RESA’s. The cost of the program is $800; however, we would like to conduct a pilot program at the RESA’s free of charge.
 
Attached is a description of the program and you can check out the website at http://www.e-techteach.com. Take advantage of this program at the RESA level. If you are ready to schedule an event with us, you may do so using the attached reservation form. Please let me know if you are able to participate; our grant time constraint is that the program must be conducted some time before November, 2014.
 
If you have any questions about the e-Tech Teach program or scheduling; please contact Liz, our e-Tech Teach curriculum expert: Liz Meredith lmeredith@cet.edu
Marshall University is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 TREK Program.
 
This is a PAID research program open to local High School science teachers, as well as a student of their choice. For six weeks over the summer, teacher and student participants will gain valuable research experience working alongside Marshall University professors. Teachers participating in TREK will also attend three online graduate courses through WVU that will enhance their research experience, guide them through classroom implementation, and deepen their understanding of the ethics of science.
 
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 TREK Program at www.marshall.edu/trek. If you would like to participate, be sure to submit your application ASAP (space is limited). The deadline for applying is April 11, 2014.
 
TREK Testimonial:  “I have been a part of the TREK program the past two summers and have absolutely enjoyed the experience. I believe that it has given my students some insight into real research and helped them prepare for the transition to college. I have already had a couple of students approach me about being part of the TREK program and I still use what I have gained within my classroom. I am glad that it is being offered for another year and hopefully for many years to come. What a great thing you all are doing at Marshall, WVU and WVSU.” –James Coble, Spring Valley High
 
Questions? Contact Contact Avia Huisman, Outreach Coordinator for the Marshall University College of Science by phone (304)696-3987 or email huisman@marshall.edu or visit us online at www.marshall.edu/TREK.
 
TREK also has programs at West Virginia State University and West Virginia University.
June 7, 2014 Conference at Blackwater Falls State Park: "Climate Change and the Highlands: What's at Stake -- What's at Risk?"
 
In West Virginia's beautiful Allegheny Highlands, rising global temperatures are putting the region's distinctive high-mountain economy and ecology at serious risk from the impacts of climate change. Climate change impacts valuable forests, streams, wildlife -- and humans. Iconic landscapes like Canaan Valley, and beloved creatures like "Ginny" the West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel, are at serious risk.
 
On Saturday, June 7, 2014, the West Virginia conservation group Friends of Blackwater will host a day-long public conference at Blackwater Falls State Park -- featuring a wide range of distinguished speakers on the impacts of climate change on West Virginia's Allegheny Highlands region. Property owners, scientists, and all citizens who care about the Highlands are invited to attend this important event at beautiful Blackwater Falls. Learn and discuss what we know -- and what we need to know -- about climate change and the Highlands.
 
More information and details about the June 7 Conference, including a speakers list, is available at www.wvalleghenyclimate.org . Save until April 15 with "Early Bird" registration! Please feel free to share this message with anyone who you think may be interested.
 
For more information contact Project Director Tom Rodd thomasrodd@hotmail.com

American Geosciences Institute - Earth Science Teacher Leadership Academies - Houston 2014
 Once again, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is currently recruiting master teachers for its fully-funded, annual Earth Science Teacher Leadership Academies. This year we have added a middle school academy as shown below. Please see the online links for complete details and the application processes:
K- 5: Earth Science Teacher Leadership Academy - June 22-27, 2014 - http://geocntr.org/?p=1254
Middle School: Earth Science Teacher Leadership Academy - July 20-25, 2014 - http://geocntr.org/?p=1263
As before, we are recruiting teams of four lead elementary or middle school teachers per state from around the country. If you have West Virginia teachers you think would be interested and would benefit from the week-long experience, would you please circulate the announcement to them?
In previous years, Ann Benbow from AGI has circulated this request for your kind assistance. Ann has now moved on to become the Executive Director of the Archaeological Institute of America. A new appointment to fill her role at AGI will be made soon. In the meantime, I am the point person for this program. Rest assured that the instruction, PD pedagogic style and content of these academies will remain as before.

Announcing the 2014 Science Education Institute and Leadership Forum!
 Please join the Smithsonian Science Education Center on July 26 for the 2014 Leadership Development Forum. We'll explore the themes of modeling and argumentation guided by two leading researchers in the field. Discover new ways to connect science and literacy in the classroom and beyond while learning more about the NextGen Science Standards. Visit the website http://www.ssec.si.edu/leadership-development-forum for more information and check back soon to register.

50 SUMMER MODELING WORKSHOPS NATIONWIDE
 Save the date! June 28-30, 2014 The first Annual Modeling retreat at Camp Tontozona, Payson, Arizona
Modeling Workshops in high school physics, chemistry, biology, and junior high physical science will be offered this summer in many states. Most workshops are two or three weeks long. Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program by the U.S. Department of Education. Modeling Workshops thoroughly address most aspects of high school science teaching, including integration of teaching methods with course content. Workshops incorporate up-to-date results of physics and science education research, best high school curriculum materials, use of technology, and experience in collaborative learning and guidance.
 
Participants are introduced to the Modeling Method as a systematic approach to design of curriculum and instruction. The name Modeling Instruction expresses an emphasis on making and using conceptual models of physical, chemical, and biological phenomena as central to learning and doing science. Mathematics instruction is integrated seamlessly throughout each course by an emphasis on mathematical modeling.
 
In each workshop, content for an entire semester course is reorganized around models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials and work through activities alternately in roles of student or teacher. Teachers use computers as scientific tools to collect, organize, analyze, visualize, and model real data.
 
Website: http://modelinginstruction.org/teachers/workshops and Workshop descriptions: http://www.phystec.org/pd/?set=Modeling For more information, Contact Wendy Hehemann American Modeling Teachers Association Modeling Workshop and Outreach Coordinator, wendy@modelinginstruction.org or 480-854-4764 http://modelinginstruction.org/
 
Your Input is requested by The Foundation for Technology and Engineering Education (FTEE)
 A study has been commissioned to determine to what extent students in United States public schools practice "doing" in their elementary, middle, and high school courses. For the purposes of this study, the definition of "doing" is:
 
A tactile/hands-on process of problem solving starting with human needs and wants that leads to the principles of innovation such as designing, making/building, producing, and evaluating.
 
We ask that you respond to 3 demographic questions and answer Yes or No to 13 statements dealing with "Doing Based Learning." The survey will not take longer than 5 minutes to complete. The statements are based on the Next Generation Science Standards, Standards for Technological Literacy, and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Your input will not affect what you are currently teaching. There are no correct or incorrect responses. We are trying to determine what types of activities your students do in class. A space is provided for you to make comments, if you choose to do so.
 
This survey is totally voluntary. Your answers will be anonymous and can't be tracked back to you. Please complete this survey before April 15, 2014 to be eligible for an iPad Mini drawing that will be held no later than April 30, 2014. If you would like to participate in the drawing, follow the prompt at the end of the survey.
 
Thank you in advance for your assistance. If you have any questions or concerns, please address them to Johnny J Moye, Ph.D., DTE, jmoye@iteea.org.

NASA IV&V Seeks Americorps VISTA to Support FIRST Robotics
 
FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit organization, started by inventor Dean Kamen, which runs the Jr. FLL, FLL, FTC, and FRC robotics competitions worldwide. They have agreed to sponsor two, 1-year Americorps VISTA positions at NASA IV&V in Fairmont, West Virginia! This full-time job will focus on increasing the participation in all FIRST robotics competitions and to support teams and tournaments in underserved communities within WV.
 
PLEASE help me identify candidates ages 18 and up who are willing to give back to their country for a year while deferring student loans, earning a tuition stipend, and building their resume. Preference will be given to candidates who have with an undergraduate degree in K-12 Education or a STEM field knowledge and/or experience with FLL, FTC and/or FRC as a student, mentor or coach.
 
Applications are due by April 10th, and if accepted the candidates will be required to live near the NASAIV&V Facility in Fairmont, WV and begin work on May 1st, 2014.
 

American Association of Chemistry Teachers Program for K-12 science teachers-
 Launching September 2014 (see www.acs.org/aact). Program for K-12 science teachers, intended to be a source of curricular & pedagogical resources customized to the member, a periodical, and opportunities to network. $50 per year dues. Members are NOT ACS members, but they can become affiliates.

 

Other resources available from the ACS:

·         ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Grant - awarded to high school chemistry teachers seeking funds to support ideas that transform classroom learning and encourage student development.

·         ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship - awarded to professionals in the chemistry field pursuing a master's degree in education or teacher certification to teach high school chemistry.

·         ACS Science Coaches - Partners K-12 teachers with ACS members who share their expertise and enthusiasm for science while supporting science teaching and learning in a local school.

·         Chemistry in the Community - a first-year high school chemistry textbook that explores the fundamentals of chemistry through societal issues.

·         ChemCom Teacher Workshops - enhances understanding of the textbook above, providing instructional tips and techniques for student lab investigations and classroom activities.

·         ChemMatters - a high school magazine that reveals chemistry at work in everyday life.

·         Inquiry in Action - A book and a companion website (www.inquiryinaction.org) which covers basic physical science concepts through inquiry-based activities to guide upper elementary and middle school students through the study of matter.

·         Inquiry Matters Workshops - offers upper elementary and middle school teachers a variety of tools and ideas to explain chemical concepts through modeling, reasoning and collaborative learning.

·         Kids and Chemistry - a community based program that brings together scientists and children to do hands-on science activities.  Volunteers include ACS members, ACS Student Chapters and corporate groups.

·         middleschoolchemistry.com - free online guide to teaching chemistry at the middle school level.

·         Science for Kids Website - This online resource (www.acs.org/kids) features over 140 fun and engaging science activities for students.

 

Posted February 28, 2014

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
 The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. During the 2013-2014 school year, administrators, fellow teachers, and parents can nominate an elementary (Grades K-6) teacher for the award. Teachers may also self-nominate to apply. Online nomination forms and eligibility requirements are available now. Learn about the entire process at https://www.paemst.org/award_process/view 
 
Global Education
Here is a great opportunity to start globalizing your classroom. The Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) Program provides a year-long professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers from the United States to participate in a program aimed at globalizing teaching and learning in their classrooms. The program includes an international travel experience for teacher-participants. Applications are being accepted for the 2014-2015 cohort. www.irex.org/tgc 
 
“As a 2013-2014 participant, I am happy to answer questions about my experience,” says Mary Sue Burns mburns@access.k12.wv.us, Pocahontas County High School

2014 Lunar Workshop for Educators 
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission is sponsoring a workshop for science educators of students in grades 6-9. This workshop will focus on lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolving with new data from current and recent lunar missions. The workshop will take place July 14-18, 2014, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Participants will receive a $200 
stipend to help offset travel expenses. For more information, please visit: http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/ 
 
3D Printing Technology in the Classroom/NASA Museum in a Box 
In a collaboration with NASA Independent Verification and Validation’s Educator Resource Center, the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing and Marshall University’s June Harless Center are conducting a one-day workshop on April 5, 2014, to deliver training on the NASA Museum-in-a-Box program as well as offer information about the role of 3D printing in K-12 classrooms. All sessions will be strongly linked to Next Generation Science Standards.
 
The workshop will be conducted Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the RBCI Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in South Charleston, W.Va. RCBI is located on the Marshall University Graduate College campus at 100 Angus E. Peyton Drive in South Charleston. Classroom teachers, after-school educators and pre-service teachers are all invited to participate.
 
Successful completion of the course will permit you to borrow a $1,000 classroom kit of aviation activities from NASA to cover the lessons in the Museum in a Box educator guide (http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/mib.htm). Additionally, each classroom educator will be permitted to submit a limited number of student designs to be produced on RCBI and NASA’s 3D printers.
 
Lunch will be provided. A limited number of seats in this workshop is available to teachers at no cost. To register, go to http://goo.gl/eCMIpK or call 800-469-7224.

Upcoming Webinar on NSF Funded Research Assistantships for High School Students and Research Experiences for Teachers MARCH 12 
On Wednesday, March 12 from 3 - 4 pm EST, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, Steve Griffin Ph.D., will be facilitating a webinar hosted by the NSF and promoted in Education Week that will focus on these opportunities. Please join him in investigating these prospects and what they can do for your students and teachers. You can register for the webinar here (http://bit.ly/1oTC5i9 ) BEFORE March 5, 2014.

Project Learning Tree Educator Training! April 4, 2014 – Harrison County Park and Recreation Center, Clarksburg, WV 
The WV Project Learning Tree (PLT) Committee is holding a training session for educators interested in learning hands-on multi-disciplinary activities that will enhance their overall curriculum. The training will include instruction in the Environmental Education Activity Guide plus the secondary module “Focus on the Forest.” See attached document.

Energize Yourself and Your Students! ASM MATERIALS CAMP® 2014 
Attend a one-week professional development workshop this summer – at no cost to you!
 
Over 40 locations throughout the U.S. & Canada! Check locations online: www.asmfoundation.org or http://www.asminternational.org/foundation/teachers/teacher-material-camps/schedule
 
Who should attend? High school general science, chemistry, physics, math and technology teachers & Middle school physical science teachers
 
Why attend? Learn how to engage your students using simple, low-cost experiments that you can integrate into your existing lesson plans. Help your students discover career opportunities in science and engineering.
 
Graduate credits available! Two (2) graduate credits available (at participant’s expense) through the University of Missouri-Kansas City at $250. (This is optional.)
 
 
For more information contact Jeane Deatherage, Administrator of Foundation Programs at jeane.deatherage@asminternational.org;

Deep-sea Discoveries in the Atlantic Onboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: An Online Workshop to Advance Transatlantic Ocean Science Literacy March 3 – April 4, 2014 
Hosted by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, In partnership with The College of Exploration
 
During the 2013 field season, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer explored a variety of seafloor features and biological communities among largely unexplored canyons in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean, providing new information about how these canyons change over time and revealing hot spots for biodiversity. From July to August, an interdisciplinary team of scientists together with ocean educators and the public were able to observe in real time imagery from the deep Atlantic using NOAA’s new remotely-operated vehicle Deep Discoverer. This workshop will focus on mission discoveries, including the importance of deepwater canyons, their associated deep-sea corals, newly-discovered cold methane seeps, and Mytilus Seamount. Join keynote speakers, ocean explorers, scientists, ocean science educators and others interested in learning more about the deep Atlantic as you gain access to online teaching resources, ROV highlight videos, multimedia resources and join in conversations with colleagues from around the world.
 
Participants will have the option to earn one graduate credit from Ashland University during the first 3 weeks of the workshop. To register, please visit: http://www.coexploration.org/oe2014/, PDF of workshop flyer attached. This offering is free for all participants and is available 24 
hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
Flinn Safety Notes: Inquiry Safety and NGSS 
Please share this edition of Flinn's Safety Notes at your next department meeting because all science teachers need to be aware of the safety responsibilities that come with the integration of student-directed inquiry activities. To view and/or print your copy of Flinn's Science Department Safety Training Notes, "Inquiry Safety and the Next Generation Science Standards," please go to: http://www.flinnsci.com/snfebruary14

Teachers Helping Teachers Teach Inquiry Science: Just ASK. February Update 
We're sending out our most recent Just ASK Newsletter as a part of our update. You can read the February Newsletter at http://jusstaskateacher.com/joomla/charles/ASKnewsletters/ASKnewsletter201402.pdf or on our website.
You may read previous newsletters on our website or at the following URLS

Posted January 31, 2014
West Virginia Chemical Leak Mapping Tool 
Downstream Strategies has developed a free web mapping application to help support planning and educational efforts in response to the Freedom Industries chemical leak. This is a dynamic mapping application that will be updated periodically as new data are provided.
 
Citizens, media, scientists, decision makers, and all others are welcome to use the application. Under the Layers tab, users will find various social, economic, and natural resource information, such as data on household income, emergency facilities, schools, wetlands, and more. Users have the option of changing the basemap layer to satellite imagery, topographic maps, or street maps. Users may also print maps to PDF or image formats.
 
If there are other datasets that you feel would be helpful to add, or if you have any questions about the application, please contact Ben Gilmer at bgilmer@downstreamstrategies.com or at 304.292.2450

Recycling Lessons 
As an educational outreach, the West Virginia Recycling Coalition (WVRC) has developed lessons for West Virginia teachers so they and their students may recognize materials which may be recycled, realize decomposition eventually restores some materials back to the soil, develop an understanding of the solid waste management practices related to recycling, incineration, sanitary landfills and hazardous waste disposal, and consider the role engineers play in solid waste management. Visit http://wvrecycles.com/WVAMRREC.htm; upon using WVRC lessons in your class, you may be eligible to win $200 for classroom materials.

Newsletter from the Environmental Research Center at West Virginia University http://erc.davis.wvu.edu/news/current_newsletter 

AGI Announcements- 
Alexandria, VA - The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that the theme of Earth Science Week 2014 will be "Earth's Connected Systems." This year's event will promote awareness of the dynamic interactions of the planet's natural systems.
 
Earth Science Week 2014 learning resources and activities will engage young people and others in exploring the ways that geoscience illuminates natural change processes. By deepening our understanding of interactions of Earth systems -- geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere -- Earth science helps us manage our greatest challenges and make the most of vital opportunities.
 
"With this theme, Earth Science Week cuts to the core of Earth science and what it means to society," says Geoff Camphire, AGI's Manager of Outreach. "The interactions of Earth systems are at the heart of our most critical issues, from energy and the environment to climate change and emerging economic realities. No matter where we come from or where weÕre going, we all need to understand EarthÕs connected systems."
 
Reaching over 50 million people annually, AGI leads Earth Science Week in cooperation with its sponsors and the geoscience community as a service to the public. Each year, community groups, educators, and interested citizens organize celebratory events. Earth Science Week offers the public opportunities to discover the Earth sciences and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth.
 
Earth Science Week is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey; the AAPG Foundation; the National Park Service; NASA; Esri; National Geographic; the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration; the Geological Society of America; and the American Geophysical Union.
 
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Earth Science Week 2014 will be celebrated October 12-18. For more about this week and ways to get involved -- including newsletters, local events, and classroom activities -- please see the Earth Science Week web site at http://www.earthsciweek.org/.
 
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The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment.

Posted November 25, 2013
Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Site for Applications is Now Open 
Please go to www.paemst.org to nominate a worthy elementary teacher (K-6). If you are honored with a nomination, please be sure to confirm your nomination using the email you receive! Remember you may nominate yourself!

Win Cash to Purchase Instructional Materials for Your Classroom!!! 
As an educational outreach, the coalition has developed lessons for West Virginia teachers so they and their students may recognize materials which may be recycled, realize decomposition eventually restores some materials back to the soil, develop an understanding of the solid waste management practices related to recycling, incineration, sanitary landfills and hazardous waste disposal, and consider the role engineers play in solid waste management.
 
Click Here for the RCWV's "Recycling Lesson Plans", Click here for "Recycling Investigations Lesson", Click here for Recycling Lessons Award Application 2013 – 14.   For more information contact Paul F. Hayes, West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board (304) 926-0448 ext.1673

FREE Veterinary DVD’s 
The American Veterinary Medical Association with the help of GlaxoSmithKline, is providing free veterinary DVD’s to show to students interested in the veterinary field. The Agency for Instructional Technology is distributing these DVD’s.
 
Please share this link (http://avma.ait.net) with anyone you know that might benefit from this offer. Feel free to contact us at info@ait.net if you have any questions. To request more than 1 set please specify the desired quantity in the “comments” section on the form! 
 
WV Annual Art Contest for Computer Safety 
The Office of Information Security Controls and Compliance, from the West Virginia Office of Technology and Department of Administration, is coordinating the State’s participation in a national K-12 Computer Safety Contest to encourage young people to use the Internet safely and securely. This is the 3rd year West Virginia will compete in this contest, which is sponsored by the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). On behalf of our office, I am honored to invite you and your students to participate in this contest.
 
The contest is open to all public, private and home-schooled students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The top three winners from each of West Virginia’s grade groups (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) will be sent to MS-ISAC for entry into the MS-ISAC National Poster Contest. Winning entries of the National Contest will be included in the MS-ISAC 2014 Calendar, which is distributed to every state in the country as part of the MS-ISAC Cyber Security Awareness Toolkit. Entries received may also be used in other national, regional and state cyber and computer security awareness campaigns. All participants will receive a certificate of participation and the top 9 state finalists will win prizes. Individuals who win at the national level receive additional prizes from MS-ISAC. (See attachment)
 
More information and entry forms may be found at: go.wv.gov/artcontest or feel free to contact me at Danielle.n.cox@wv.gov.
 
Posted October 4, 2013
Challenger Learning Center has added 12 new programs and enhanced many others- 
Check out the assortment found at www.e-missions.net.
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