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.  
 
Flyers are available for advertising the Teacher OpsStudent Ops, and Science in the Arts Challenge.  Please print, post, and share the information.  

Posted August 24, 2016
Back-to-School Resources from Science NetLinks

Fall is once again right around the corner, which means it's time to get ready to head back to school. As you're arranging your classroom, planning your first lessons, and clearing out the detritus left over from last spring, set aside some time to see what offerings Science NetLinks and AAAS have to help you and your students make your next year of science a successful one.

Posted August 22, 2016
President Obama Honors Outstanding Mathematics and Science Teachers

WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama today named 213 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). These awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The educators will receive their awards at a ceremony in Washington, DC on September 8.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process at the state level. Each nomination year of the award alternates between teachers in the kindergarten through 6th grade level, and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The cohort of awardees named today represent two nomination years, one of teachers in kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms and the other in 7th through 12th grade classrooms.

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion, and are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration.  The 2014 and 2015 West Virginia PAEMST winners are listed below. 

Science
Nancy Holdsworth, New Manchester Elementary School, 2014 PAEMST for Elementary Science
Maureen Miller, Hurricane Middle School, 2015 PAEMST for Secondary Science
Mathematics
Cynthia Evarts, Orchard View Intermediate School, 2014 PAEMST for Elementary Mathematics
Sarah Snyder, Fairmont Senior High School, 2015 PAEMST for Secondary Mathematics

T
o learn more about these extraordinary teachers, please visit: https://recognition.paemst.org.  Nominations Open Fall 2016Nominations for mathematics and science teachers of grades 7-12 will open in Fall of 2016. 

Check out our fall lineup of online graduate courses from the American Museum of Natural History. Gain exciting new knowledge and powerful classroom resources with 6-week online courses co-taught by Museum scientists and classroom educators. Plus, our new website makes it easier than ever to find the courses you’re looking for and partner universities to fulfill your graduate credit needs! 

Seminars on Science courses include: The Brain; Climate Change; Earth: Inside & Out; Evolution; Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; The Ocean System; The Solar System; Space, Time and Motion; Water and more.  The next session starts September 19th. Sign up today and receive $50 off your registration fee! Use code SCIENCEMATTERS.

For more information about the program, check out Seminars on Science at amnh.org/learn.  If you have any questions, send an email to learn@amnh.org, or call us at 800-649-6715.

 

Posted August 19, 2016
3rd Science Course Requirement and CTE Courses
After a careful review of the content by both Science and Career and Technical Education teachers, the determination was made that the following CTE course will fulfill the third science course graduation requirement:

The following CTE concentration will fulfill the requirement for a third science course graduation requirement.
Advanced Careers Courses (SREB)
AC ENERGY, POWER
Courses 1–4, WVEIS 2485*, 2486*, 2487*, 2488*
*Students must pass all four courses of the AC Energy and Power Concentration to fulfill the third science course graduation requirement.

The following individual CTE courses will fulfill the requirement for a third science course graduation requirement.
CASE Courses
ANIMAL AND PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY, WVEIS 0164
PRINCIPLES OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE- PLANT, WVEIS 0166

Project Lead the Way Courses
PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING, WVEIS 2463
HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS, WVEIS 0766

Now is a great time to request for the amazing Science Public Outreach Team (SPOT) to visit your classroom!
What is SPOT?  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 experts at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and NASA to deliver cutting edge, standards-based, Science presentations to a wide range of K-12 students. In 2015-2016, SPOT ambassadors reached almost 5,000 WV students!

How do you request a SPOT visit for your school or organization?  Just visit www.wvspot.org and book your presentation TODAY! Any additional questions? Email us at spot.wv@gmail.com or call 681-404-0768.
The four STEM apps, described in the Mind/Shift article Four STEM Tools to Get Kids Learning and Exploring Outdoors get kids moving in different ways, whether by looking up at the sky, analyzing how their own bodies move, discovering unique objects to photograph, or getting muddy at their local watershed. Sure, they may not be capturing that next rare Pokémon, but these apps will still help students appreciate the diversity of the world they inhabit and connect that world to their science classrooms.
Recommendation by Dr. Jan Taylor

See also CDC's Solve the  Outbreak at http://www.cdc.gov/mobile/applications/sto/web-app.html. Students become disease detectives as they get clues, analyze data, and solve the scenario, and save lives in this fun app.  Recommendation by Ron Boyle. 

Posted August 18, 2016
ITQ Workshop for Middle School Science Teachers
A five-day professional development workshop was held at West Virginia University Institute of Technology at Montgomery from July 18 to July 22, 2016, sponsored by West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Kanawha County Schools, Raleigh County Schools, and West Virginia University Institute of Technology. Twenty-one middle school science teachers participated in the workshop. The workshop’s focus is project-based learning, which employs projects closely related to real-world applications to facilitate delivering abstract concepts. Specifically during the workshop, the participating middle school teachers learned designing engineering projects, mapping engineering projects to the upcoming Next Generation science standards/objectives, and assessing the outcomes of project-based learning.

Posted August 10, 2016
2016 WV Envirothon Teacher Training, September 19, 2016, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Holly Gray Park, Flatwoods, WV
The WV Envirothon committee is announcing an exciting opportunity for teachers interested in working with high school students on environmental issues. If you enjoy teaching environmental concepts, would like to receive a personal stipend, college credit, a grant for your school and $400.00 worth of natural resources teaching supplies, please continue reading. For information about the WV Envirothon go to… http://www.wvca.us/envirothon/ .
Schools will receive ….$200 grant to purchase equipment for environmental education (If school has multiple teams only 1 grant will be awarded to the school).
Students will receive….Opportunity to participate in a real-world, project based learning competition and meet other students from across the state.
Teachers will receive….
· $150 stipend (The stipend will be awarded to 1 teacher per team. A school can have multiple teams. The stipend can be used by the teacher to off-set the cost of the 3 hours of graduate credit but does not have to be used for that purpose.)
· 3 hours of graduate level/continuing education credit at Marshall University is available.
· A $400.00 kit of natural resources teaching supplies
To sign up for the teacher workshop click on the following link and complete and submit form… 2016 WV Envirothon Teacher Training REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 2!!!!  
For more information contact: Jason Hughes at (304) 558-2347 or jehughes@k12.wv.us

FREE Safety Courses are Available to Educators 
Over the past 30 years Flinn Scientific has successfully trained more than 100,000 high school and middle school science teachers in classroom and laboratory safety via safety seminars, safety workshops, and safety related email.  
* Earn certification or view individual videos in our High School and Middle School Safety Courses
* Learn How to Design a Safe Laboratory
* Get the facts about Science Classroom Safety and the Law
* Learn about Science Classroom Safety Court Cases
* Find answers to Frequently Asked Safety Questions
Educators may now become “Flinn Certified” in high school or middle school laboratory safety. Visit http://labsafety.flinnsci.com/Home.aspx to sign up for a free account and click on the High School or Middle School Safety Course tabs. 

Posted August 9, 2016
Implementing the WV NxGen Science Standards in 2016-17
Policy 2520.3C The Next Generation of Content Standards and Objectives for Science in West Virginia Schools  is to be implemented in the 2016-17 school year.  Visit the WV NxGen Science Standards website for details and resources for implementing the new science standards.  See also
Elementary Evidence Statements- https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7iSUWmtHwe-SnZ6ek91dm01dm8/view?usp=sharing
MS Evidence Statements-  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7iSUWmtHwe-WjRSVFBJb0NCYnc/view?usp=sharing
HS Evidence Statements- https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7iSUWmtHwe-eDhRbVoxSEtwQVU/view?usp=sharing

“On the Chopping Block” The Impacts of Global Warming and Climate Change PDF Resource
on the Mid-Atlantic Allegheny HighlandsBuilding on the 2014 and 2015 conferences in, Friends of Blackwater has just created a new scientific bibliography and updated report on the impacts of climate change and global warming on the Allegheny Highlands. 

There are scores of entries in the bibliography, containing the latest, peer-reviewed scientific information about climate change impacts - including on extreme weather, animals and plants, and the regional economy.   


50 BirdSleuth Kits
The K-12 team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is pleased to announce that we are distributing 50 BirdSleuth kits to interested educators. These hands-on BirdSleuth activities will encourage students to participate in citizen science as a way to ignite interest in science, build science process skills, and learn STEM content through hands-on activities indoors and out. Educators can apply for their choice of kits ($50-100 value) via this very simple survey: http://svy.mk/28J5vND. (Note: the application deadline is August 31, 2016.)

Updated Post August 9, 2016
Jennifer Gardy will join our Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series
on Thursday, September 8 at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston 
Tickets are free and still available.
Gardy is a senior scientist at the BC (British Columbia) Centre for Disease Control and an occasional guest host for Nature of Things, a documentary series on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her talk at our event will be: Bugs, Bones and Botany: the Science of Crime. She will talk specifically about how the natural world surrounding a crime scene can crack a cold case (think: CSI). In general, Gardy has a passion for illustrating how science is important in our everyday lives, so we know she’ll be a great addition to this speaker series. We hope you will make plans to join us!

Tickets are free but must be obtained in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chancellors-stem-speaker-series-with-jennifer-gardy-tickets-26380769592. (Don’t delay – seating is more limited in this venue.)

Posted June 7, 2016
USFS to Train Trail Volunteers in Techniques
Gray Buckles, the North Zone Wilderness/Trails Manager for the Mon National Forest will be conducting a trail demonstration and training, in Tucker County, on June 9th at 10:30 am. Please meet at Lime Rock trail head west of Douglas on Forest Road 18.

This is a hands on training that will last several hours. Please bring a bag lunch appropriate for a day on the trail and water. Dress should be appropriate for anticipated activities. We suggest boots, pants, gloves, eye protection, etc.  
Space is very limited with approximately 5 spots currently available. Please RSVP and for more detailed directions via email Brandae Mullins at outreach@saveblackwater.org.

Posted June 1, 2016

The Mountain Institute (TMI) Hosting Summer AWSM Workshop

TMI is hosting their summer Appalachian Watershed and Stream Monitors (AWSM) workshop July 11-13, at the Spruce Knob Mountain Center near Circleville, WV. This 3-day training is for classroom teachers and nonformal environmental educators who are interested in watershed science. Here's a link for more information: http://www.mountain.org/awsm


Posted May, 26, 216
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. Here is a link to the program: http://www.newbio.psu.edu/education/teachers.asp

The workshop takes place at WVU in Percival Hall from June 20-24, 2016. The workshop is free and also comes with a $300 stipend and provides a full set of program kits for your classroom. Also, there are funds available for travel assistance ($400/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.

Here is a link for registration: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1790455. For more details, contact the WVU NEWBio Workshop Site Director, David DeVallance (contact information below), or Amy Falcon (contact information below).

Posted May 18, 2016
Microsoft, in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education
Special professional development opportunities will be provided in June, 2016.  Attendees in this one day training will learn about:
      • Microsoft Innovative Educator program and how to get started on the path to becoming an Expert Trainer 
      • Skype in the Classroom and connecting with global experiences 
      • Office 365 in the Classroom including Mix and OneNote 

Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe Program
Astronomer Kevin Manning provides inspirational and exciting astronomy programs at schools for students of all grade levels that consistently receive rave reviews nationwide. He offers them as a single presentation, an all-day program with break-out sessions and hands-on activities, and even a fundraiser event. Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe is an exciting program about the universe from the very small to the very large, which directly aligns with a number of the Next Generation Science Standards and STEM. Roadmap to the Stars: the Night Sky Explained helps students learn how objects are found in the sky using celestial coordinates. For the all-day program, an evening presentation is offered that can be open to the community. Following this indoor formal presentation, all go outdoors to view celestial objects in the night sky through a powerful hand-crafted telescope, such as the rings of Saturn, craters on the Moon, etc., weather permitting. At school during the day, a solar filter (same one NASA uses) can be used to view sunspots on the sun. There are many different programs and activities available, which can be seen on his web site at http://www.lookuptothestars.com. The astronomer also offers highly effective STEM Teacher Workshops on building telescopes, the earth as a global environment, and an interdisciplinary one entitled Cosmic Images across the Spectrum.  Contact Kevin Manning at kevin@lookuptothestars.com if you have questions. 

Posted May 16, 2016
Digital Professional Learning Community Webinar for STEM–May 25, 2016 at 3:30 PM
A Digital Professional Learning Community Webinar for science, mathematics and all STEM educators is scheduled to take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on May 25, 2016. By clicking this link, you will access a PDF file that has the directions for joining the audio conference. During the webinar, there will be opportunities for participants to type in questions, and the webinar will be archived and made available at a later date. Please share the log-in directions with educators in your district interested in participating. Additional digital meetings will be scheduled monthly. For more information about the STEM Webinars or if you would like to suggests topics of interest, please contact Cindy Burke (caburke@k12.wv.us) or Robin Sizemore (robin.sizemore@k12.wv.us) in the Office of Middle/Secondary Learning or Karissa Poszywak (karissa.poszywak@k12.wv.us) in the Office of Career Technical Education.Posted May 12, 2106


West Virginia Capitol Minecraft Design/Build Contest
The Governor’s Office, in collaboration with Microsoft, the WV Department of Education and the Arts, the WV Department of Education and the West Virginia Education Alliance, is planning to organize and host a Minecraft design/build competition during the summer of 2016 for West Virginia students. The competition will involve students using Minecraft to either recreate the West Virginia Capitol or create a unique version of a new state Capitol for West Virginia. While additional contest details will be included in future Superintendent’s Updates, below is a short summary of the contest:
Contest Details:
- Open to West Virginia students in grades 3-12 (including private and home-school children).
- Entrants may enter as an individual or as a team of students.
- All entrants must register, log-in and designate a contest tract.
- Entrants should have a license for Minecraft and experience in Minecraft (or include a team member who is an experienced user).
- Projects will be judged based on:
o Recreating the West Virginia Capitol or creating a unique version of a new state Capitol for West Virginia.
o Demonstrating an understanding about the history and uniqueness of the WV Capitol building.
o Incorporating key components of a state capitol building (bicameral legislative chambers, dome, rotunda, offices for the Governor, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House, etc.).
o Showcasing graphics capability and/or creativity.
- Only one submission per student or team.
- All submissions must be received before 12 midnight on July 31, 2016.
Prizes will be awarded in three age groups: elementary, middle and high school.

Appalachian Watershed and Stream Monitors (AWSM) Summer Workshop * July 11-13, 2016 * Register HERE!
Graduate credit available! Student field-study opportunities! $5,000 Stewardship Grant opportunity!
LEARN engaging and relevant ways to apply scientific inquiry, biology, chemistry, and ecology through stream studies.
DISCUSS methods for integrating stream studies into the NGSS classroom through The GLOBE Program.
ENJOY the beautiful highlands of Spruce Mountain! Optional educational adventures include: orienteering to Spruce Knob, exploring the darkest skies in the region with our on-site observatory, canoeing on Spruce Knob Lake. Visit www.mountain.org/awsm for details or contact Kellee Waddell at kwaddell@mountain.org 304. 567. 2632

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 11 to the International Space Station


Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: May 27, 2016

Contact: Dr. Jeff Goldstein, 301-395-0770, jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education announces Mission 11 to the International Space Station. This opportunity gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low-Earth orbit on the International Space Station (ISS). One experiment in each community will be selected to fly to ISS. Mission 11 is open to school districts serving grades 5-12, informal education organizations and 2- and 4-year colleges. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than May 27, 2016.

ATTENTION: Middle School and High School Science Teachers
Would you like a workshop on how integrate inquiry into any science curriculum? The Kentucky educational Development Corporation has a 2-Day workshop for you. Argument-Driven Inquiry is not a curriculum; it is an instructional approach. Teachers can use this instructional approach to provide students with authentic and educative lab activities that will enable them to learn the core ideas, crosscutting concepts and scientific practices that they need to know to be proficient in science. Participants will learn about what ADI is -the research and data supporting its effectiveness and be the student by participating in a whole ADI lab investigation. The presenter will be an author from NSTA of the ADI books.

WHAT: Argument- Driven Inquiry Workshop 
DATES: June 28- 29, 2016 
LOCATION: KEDC CONFERENCE CENTER 904 Rose Road, Ashland, KY 41102 
TIMES: 9:00 – 4:00 
COST: $150.00 per person for 2 day workshop include all materials.

To register to attend: Please visit www.kedc.org and click on the calendar to find the event. 

Posted April 19, 2016


Advance Placement Summer Institute 
Please note the registration and lodging deadlines for the 2016 AP Summer Institutes. Lodging will not be available after the lodging deadline. 
 
Morgantown Institute: Lodging Deadline: May 12, 2016; Registration Deadline: June 8, 2016
Charleston Institute: Lodging Deadline: June 17, 2016; Registration Deadline: June 22, 2016

To register, visit www.wvcpd.org.  Please do not hesitate to contact Jenna Green with any questions you may have- Jenna.R.Green@wv.gov or (304) 558-0539 .





Invasive species overtake both ecosystems and news headlines. Historical primary sources, such as newspapers from Chronicling America, paired with modern periodicals, reveal how organisms introduced into new ecological contexts can cause unexpected consequences.


Posted April 18, 2016
Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series event with Joel Sartore
Reminder-  less than a week away from our next Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series event with Joel Sartore. It will take place next Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Clay Center.  If you haven’t made plans to attend yet, there are still general admission tickets available via the Clay Center’s box office. 

Tickets must be reserved by contacting the Clay Center’s box office in person, online at https://tickets.theclaycenter.org/public/ or by phone at 304-561-3570. Please share this information with folks in your area.  


Posted April 12, 2016
Reminder- West Virginia Implements the WV NxGen Science Standards in 2016-17
The WV NxGen Science Standards webpage has been created with information and resources to assist educators as they prepare to implement Policy 2520.3C, The Next Generation of Content Standards and Objectives for Science in West Virginia Schools in the 2016-17 school year.  

Additionally, monthly STEM Digital Professional Learning Community Webinar address topics related to the new standards.  Information about upcoming webinar is posted on this webpage and archives of previous STEM webinars are posted on the Other Links of Interest column on the left of this site. 

If you have questions about the implementation of the new science standards, please contact Science Coordinator, Robin Sizemore at robin.sizemore@k12.wv.us.

Teach with Food Science Summer PD- July 16 - 24, 2016 in Washington, DC
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 for a week's 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.

What is expected of the teachers after they leave Washington
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.

Who pays for travel expenses?
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. Upon final completion of a train-the-trainer workshop for between 15-20 teachers, and submission of a final report, teachers receive a $500 honorarium from FDA.

How many teachers come and how are they selected?
Through an online application process, 16 middle and 16 high school teachers will be selected to participate in this program. It is competitive. Judging is by a panel of teachers and program facilitators.

How can teachers learn more about the program and apply?
To view the curriculum, go to: www.fda.gov/teachsciencewithfood

The application is completely online at: www.teachfoodscience.org. Deadline is April 20, 2015 -- IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO APPLY!!!!


National Academies Press
provides resources to assist educators in implementing the NGSS. Reports are free to read or download PDFs for personal use from their website, www.nap.edu
· A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas http://www.nap.edu/catalog/13165/a-framework-for-k-12-science-education-practices-crosscutting-concepts
· Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards http://www.nap.edu/catalog/18409/developing-assessments-for-the-next-generation-science-standards
· Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards http://www.nap.edu/catalog/18802/guide-to-implementing-the-next-generation-science-standards
· Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States http://www.nap.edu/catalog/18290/next-generation-science-standards-for-states-by-states
· New - Science Teachers’ Learning: Enhancing Opportunities, Creating Supportive Contexts http://www.nap.edu/catalog/21836/science-teachers-learning-enhancing-opportunities-creating-supportive-contexts

Additionally, they have have a wealth of free resources for teaching about Ocean Science, the Arctic, Infectious Diseases, Energy, Engineering, Evolution, and more. These booklets, videos, and other materials will enhance curriculum and communicate the excitement and importance of science.

EARTH DAY - April 22, 2016 - Earth Day Action Toolkit
The Earth Day Network is proud to support your efforts with a robust Earth Day Action Toolkit. In it, you’ll find everything you need to organize an Earth Day Event event in your area, including: how to get started, how to reach out to city officials, various project ideas that are easy to implement, ways to spread the word and activate members of the community, plus what to do on the day of your event.
Earth Day Action Toolkit Contents
Earth Day History // We are Counting Down to our 50th!
Trees for the Earth
How to Get Involved
Making your Event Count
A Billion Acts of Green
Town Hall Forums
The Canopy Project
A Sample of Past Events
Climate Education Week
Faith: A Call to Action

If you are planning an Earth Day Event for 2016 and would like to become a partner with Earth Day Network, please click on this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DTtQo3CohsitNtCse4iiCsK7uKcCSEcrg6Vnt9w9Xc4/viewform. As a partner, we will advertise your event on our website, and your event may get selected to be highlighted on social media. Also, we'll send you our Earth Day in a Box organizing toolkit, our 2016 poster, as well as our logo, should you want to use it on your materials! This is all completely free, and once you sign the agreement and send us your logo, we will then send you all of our resources. You can reach us at 202-518-0044 or by email at getlocal@earthday.org.

Posted April 11, 2016
SimScientists Study of Physical Science Links - Middle Grades Science Teachers Needed! Still Accepting Applications
WestEd, a not-for-profit educational research agency, has funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct a research project, SimScientists Assessments: Physical Science Links (SAPSL), during the 2016-17 school year that aims to use technology to give students ways to explore and express their science knowledge through computer simulations of science systems. This is a great research opportunity to use innovative formative assessments that are designed to support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with your students.

Participating teachers will receive a live online webinar orientation and training (4 hours), stipends up to $1,500 for their involvement in the study as well as access to simulation-based computer formative assessments.

In order to participate, middle grades science teachers must cover Matter, Motion, Energy, and Waves units during the 2016-17 school year. All four units must be covered within the same grade during the school year, though teachers can still participate if they do a substantial review of Matter at the beginning of the year if a matter unit is taught in the previous grade, in addition to teaching Motion, Energy, and Waves. We are also recruiting a small group of teachers to try out the two end-of-year tests before the end of the current school year. Participating teachers would still be eligible to participate in the 2016-2017 study.

Please see the “SimScientists Physical Science Strand” for more information on these units: https://wested.box.com/s/wlf632d31nof0y9ygdrx5q8jtjphwspv

For answers to frequently asked questions about participating in a SimScientists study, please see our FAQs at: https://wested.box.com/s/5i5sm8qxanc6w2gsxyrdjkngo5a3copl

For technical requirements, please click here: https://wested.box.com/s/d62kkw5fs8pjv3y87g4n4lmevxe1u709
*Note: SimScientists modules are NOT supported on iPads, iPhones, or other tablets.

If you are interested in participating in either or both research opportunities, please complete an online intake survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PSLValidationIntakeSurvey

Posted April 6, 2016

Educational Resources Available through the West Virginia Recycling Coalition

The Recycling Coalition of WV, Inc. offer chances for teachers to win classroom funding prize money. Teacher Lesson Plans Align to WV Department of Education Content Standards and Objective’s (CSOs) and may be used for across–curriculum instruction. For details, visit Special Investigations and Recycling Lesson Plans and Money for Teachers

After RCWV Recycling Lessons have been used for instruction, teachers may register on the RCWV Recycling Lesson Award Application. Participating teachers will be eligible to win one of six $200 gift cards to be used to purchase instructional materials. Entries must be received by June 15, 2016. Past winners of Recycling Lesson plan classroom money are here.



WVU Next Generation Forensic Science- One Day Workshop
Attention high school teachers of forensic science. The WVU Next Generation Forensic Science Initiative is doing a one day workshop on the topic of bloodstain pattern analysis. The workshop will be held on May 14, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.   Each participating school will receive a bloodstain pattern analysis kit worth approximately $400.00. To be considered for the workshop contact Chris BIly at Chris.Bily@mail.wvu.edu for an application.  Seats will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.  Up to 2 teachers per school will be accepted. Lunch will be provided.

Posted March 30, 2016
Digital Professional Learning Community-STEM Webinar–Tuesday, April 26, at 3:30 p.m.

A Digital Professional Learning Community Webinar for science, mathematics, and all STEM educators is scheduled to take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. The primary topic for science will include the Addressing Science Literacy WV NxGen Science Standards. The primary topics for mathematics will include updates regarding resources to support the recently adopted West Virginia College-and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics. One teacher-submitted resource will be explored. The STEM coordinator will discuss STEM initiatives and opportunities.

 

By clicking this link, you will download a PDF file that has the directions for joining the audio conference. During the webinar, there will be opportunities for participants to type in questions, and the webinar will be archived and made available at a later date. Please share the log-in directions with educators in your district interested in participating. 

 

Additional digital meetings will be scheduled monthly. For more information, contact Cindy Burke (caburke@k12.wv.us) or Robin Sizemore (robin.sizemore@k12.wv.us) in the Office of Middle/Secondary Learning or Karissa Poszywak (karissa.poszywak@k12.wv.us) in the Office of Career Technical Education. 


Looking for Summer PD?  ESS Passport- An Exciting Earth and Space Science Professional Development Program 

Are you stressed out about teaching the new Earth and Space Science (ESS) standards? Were you even aware that scientists were looking for gravity waves? Do you know why there are no dinosaur fossils in WV? Are you still trying to get a handle on climate change? Would you like to enhance your knowledge of ESS content? Are you craving great hands-on activities for your ESS class? Join geoscience experts and master teachers in an exciting two-year program to earn your ESS Passport! 
  
...What you'll get. Full participation results in: 
  • $150/day stipend. (2-Year Total = $2550 ) 
  • 10 tuition waived graduate credits in physical science from Fairmont State University 
  • $450 worth of classroom supplies 
  • Workshop related expenses 
  • Free registration, substitute, and lodging for the WVSTA meeting in year one 
  • Substitute funds provided for 2 feedback meetings 
Save the Dates- June 19 to July 2, 2016 for this summer’s workshop. Visit www.fairmontstate.edu/esspassport or contact Dr. Deb Hemler at Deb.Hemler@fairmontstate.edu for more information. 

FREE Flinn Minute videos- 
Help students learn important science concepts, are available from Flinn Scientific at: www.flinnsci.com/cbpsminute24l
  • Chemistry Minute: "Wood Splints Flame Test"- This simple flame test can be used as a demonstration or student experiment--no alcohol needed. 
  • Biology Minute: "Tips for Hatching Chicks" -Hatching chicken eggs is a remarkable experience. Here are some helpful hints for a successful hatch. 
  • Physical Science Minute: "An Activity You Can't Resist" - All you need is a sheet of paper, a #2 pencil and an ohmmeter to introduce the topics of voltage, resistance, current and Ohm's Law.


Seeking middle school science teachers who:
· enjoy the creativity in teaching
· are eager to share ideas with colleagues
· are excited about networking with peers from across the U.S. 
· would like financial and academic support for great ideas

Through a grant from the National Stem Cell Foundation, The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University is pleased to offer the NSCF Scholars Program. Ten middle school science teachers will spend June 5 - 11 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where they will engage in hands-on and minds-on science activities, connect with speakers and thought leaders in STEM education, learn with skilled science educators, and develop a creative Challenge Project for classroom implementation. Each scholar will receive a Chromebook and funding for Challenge Project supplies and materials.

NSCF Scholars will share midpoint progress with their colleagues during a January follow-up meeting in Washington, D.C., and return to Western Kentucky University the following June to share lessons learned with the new Scholar class. Mentoring will be provided throughout the year by Western Kentucky University faculty.

All expenses, including travel costs, materials, mentoring and Challenge Project supplies will be covered by a grant from the National Stem Cell Foundation. Application Deadline April 15. Learn more & apply wku.edu/gifted/nscf

NASA- TEACHABLE MOMENT- Modeling Gravitational Waves
Last month, Caltech scientists made a historic announcement: For the first time, they directly detected gravitational waves, confirming an important piece of Einstein’s theory of relativity, which he published more than 100 years ago. The discovery was made possible by the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, which can detect the minuscule movement created when a gravitational wave passes by them.

In our latest Teachable Moment, JPL education specialist Lyle Tavernier, shows how you can use simple materials, such as gelatin, marbles, a mirror and a laser pointer, to turn this exciting news into a lesson in modeling that meets Next Generation Science Standards.
Read the blog

Posted March 28, 2016
Stopping an Epidemic of Misinformation: 
How K-12 Science Teachers Responded to Ebola. Preliminary Report of Results
The Stopping an Epidemic of Misinformation. Preliminary Report of Results report presents preliminary results from a survey of over 3,000 K–12 science teachers regarding their instruction related to the Ebola virus. Teachers were surveyed in the spring of 2015 following the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Results are reported separately for high school teachers, middle school teachers, and elementary school teachers. The purpose of this preliminary report is to disseminate results quickly. As such, the report includes only basic analyses and minimal interpretation. Information about who taught students about the Ebola Epidemic and who did not and why they did not, as well as how folks researched information to use to teach about the epidemic should be considered as we (WV and the US) continue to address other issues such as Zika Virus, Yellow Fever, etc.
 

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program Opportunities Abroad for U.S. K-12 Educators
Announcing the launch of the 2016 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program Online Application for U.S. K-12 educators! 
You may be eligible to participate in a unique international professional development opportunity for 2-8 weeks via the Fulbright Program!

 Through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program, U.S. K-12 teachers and educators can apply for grants to engage in 2-8 week collaborative projects abroad. Participants consult with and support projects with schools, non-profit organizations, teacher training institutions, and other educational organizations abroad. The grant award funds travel costs, lodging, meals, local transportation, and related costs.

 Teachers may travel to: Botswana, India, Mexico, or Vietnam. Click here to view individual project summaries for details on program opportunities.

CLICK HERE TO START YOUR APPLICATION TODAY
Application deadlines: April 18, 2016 for Summer 2016 programs & May 9, 2016 for Fall 2016 programs
Eligibility Requirements: www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org/eligibility-short-term
Application Info: www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org/how-to-apply-short-term

Posted March 23, 2016
Recycling Coalition of West Virginia (RCWV) Recycling Lesson Award Application 2015-16

Teachers using the Recycling Lesson Plans in their classes may enter a drawing and win $200 for their class. Lesson titles are listed below and the lessons are available online.
* Don't Waste the Moment- research the amount of waste generated in the school cafeteria.
* One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure- research the cost of waste disposal and possible savings when recycling and composting.
* Waste Not, Want Not- investigate and make decisions about composting.
* Reclaiming and Replacing- investigate what happens when landfills get filled and propose solutions.
* Recycling Investigations with informational text and investigation prompts,

After RCWV Recycling Lesson(s) have been used for instruction and teachers provide the information below, they will be eligible to win one of six (6) $200 gift cards to be used to purchase instructional materials. While all teachers and students are welcome to use the RCWV lesson, only teachers of students who are registered and attending West Virginia schools will be eligible to win gift cards. Teachers may submit one entry for each class lesson. So if a teacher presents the material to five periods or classes and assigns two of the assignments the teacher may submit ten entries (or 5 classes times 2 assignments from the teacher equals 10.) Teachers shall specifically identify the class for which the application is applied, see examples below. Entries must be received by June 15, 2016. All decisions are final, and complete rules can be found on the website at wvrecycles.com.

If you have difficulties submitting information on this form or questions about the lessons, please contact Paul Hayes at Paul.F.Hayes@wv.gov or Robin Sizemore at robin.sizemore@k12.wv.us.

Posted March 22, 2016
STEM Digital Professional Learning Community- Save the date- Tuesday, April 26, at 3:30 p.m. 
A Digital Professional Learning Community Webinar for science, mathematics, and all STEM educators is scheduled to take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.  By clicking this link, you will download a PDF file that has the directions for joining the audio conference. That webpage has an available URL- https://wvde.adobeconnect.com/teaching_learning , which takes a person to the log in page. A person may log-on with a user name and password or as a guest. 

On the date of the next webinar, a new series of slides will be made available. During the webinar, there will be opportunities for participants to type in questions, and the webinar will be archived and made available at a later date. Please share the log-in directions with educators in your district interested in participating.

Link to the March 15, 2016 STEM Digital Professional Learning Community Conference Webinar.  There were no follow-up questions during this session.  Please share the link with educators in your area.   https://wvde.adobeconnect.com/p2kx9dzcp45/

Posted March 21, 2016

The "Top 20" general safety rules in this month's free Safety Training Notes
from Flinn Scientific provide a strong foundation for improving lab safety in schools.

A free copy of "General Safety Rules for Science Teachers" is available at: www.flinnsci.com/snmar16l

Please share this and every edition of Flinn's Science Department Safety Training Notes with science teachers and future science teachers in your area. The tips and guidelines in each edition provide ongoing training that helps teachers prevent accidents in school science labs.


SimScientists Study of Physical Science Links - Middle Grades Science Teachers Needed! 
WestEd, a not-for-profit educational research agency, has funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct a research project, SimScientists Assessments: Physical Science Links (SAPSL), during the 2016-17 school year that aims to use technology to give students ways to explore and express their science knowledge through computer simulations of science systems. This is a great research opportunity to use innovative formative assessments that are designed to support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with your students.

Participating teachers will receive a live online webinar orientation and training (4 hours), stipends up to $1,500 for their involvement in the study as well as access to simulation-based computer formative assessments.

In order to participate, middle grades science teachers must cover Matter, Motion, Energy, and Waves units during the 2016-17 school year. All four units must be covered within the same grade during the school year, though teachers can still participate if they do a substantial review of Matter at the beginning of the year if a matter unit is taught in the previous grade, in addition to teaching Motion, Energy, and Waves. We are also recruiting a small group of teachers to try out the two end-of-year tests before the end of the current school year. Participating teachers would still be eligible to participate in the 2016-2017 study.

Please see the “SimScientists Physical Science Strand” for more information on these units: https://wested.box.com/s/wlf632d31nof0y9ygdrx5q8jtjphwspv

For answers to frequently asked questions about participating in a SimScientists study, please see our FAQs at: https://wested.box.com/s/5i5sm8qxanc6w2gsxyrdjkngo5a3copl

For technical requirements, please click here: https://wested.box.com/s/d62kkw5fs8pjv3y87g4n4lmevxe1u709
*Note: SimScientists modules are NOT supported on iPads, iPhones, or other tablets.

If you are interested in participating in either or both research opportunities, please complete an online intake survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PSLValidationIntakeSurvey

Posted March 16, 2016
AP REGISTRATION OPENS
Advanced Placement (AP) * is a nationally recognized program sponsored by the College Board™. It provides high school students an opportunity to take college-level courses and receive college credit before entering college. The West Virginia Center for Professional Development (WVCPD) provides West Virginia teachers with the professional development needed to enhance instruction and effectiveness in the AP classroom. In addition, the Center offers a suite of AP resources, services and support designed to expand equity and access to AP in West Virginia. WVCPD maintains a close working relationship with the College Board to achieve its AP goal of connecting more students to post-secondary success through rigorous instruction.

Click here for more information and to register.  Email Contact Karen Linville Karen.linville@wv.gov or Jenna Green Jenna.R.Green@wv.gov or call 304-558-0539 or 800-982-7348 if you have questions. 


Announcing a new course to get your students hooked on computer science!
Creative Coding through Games and Apps is a first-semester course for introduction to programming designed for secondary grades. Students learn how to code by working in a real software development environment to design, program and publish mobile apps and games. Learning to code by creating real products, students discover how to make amazing things and have an impact on their world. The course can be delivered with success by any teacher, regardless of computer science background, and includes all necessary materials for teacher prep, lesson plans, presentations, student assignments, homework, projects and tests.

Computer Science Professional Development Training Workshop- will occur during the KidStrong Conference at the Charleston Civic Center on June 21-22, 2016. Microsoft is offering a two-day, in-person workshop for teachers who plan to teach Creative Coding through Games and Apps in a classroom setting this school year. The workshop will take teachers through a condensed version of the Creative Coding course and emphasize hands-on experience with the curriculum. No prior experience with coding and/or teaching coding required.

Click here to preregister for the CCGA Professional Development training: Space in the training is limited. Teachers who preregister for the training will be sent a code to allow them to register on the KidStrong Conference site in April. A course evaluation package for Creative Coding through Games and Apps is now available at http://aka.ms/creativecodingeval. The full course is available at http://aka.ms/creativecoding.

Join the one-hour webinar on Thursday, March 17, at 4pm Eastern to explore how primary sources can support problem- and project-based learning in science classrooms.

Posted February 29, 2016
Policy 2510 on 30 Day Public Comment
At the February 2016 West Virginia Board of Education meeting Policy 2510 was placed on a 30 day comment period. Attached is an overview of some of the key proposed revisions. The entire policy may be accessed at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/.

POLICY 2510 - Assuring the Quality of Education: Regulations for Education Programs (URL) Until 4:00 PM March 14, 2016- Comment Online!

Posted February 26, 2016
FREE INTRO TO CODING PROGRAMS
Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science should be part of core curriculum, alongside other courses such as biology, chemistry or algebra.  It's FREE; try it today : ) 


SCRATCH
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.
INFO FOR PARENTS         INFO FOR EDUCATORS

Posted February 25, 2016
MACCHE Offering Financial Assistance for School Chemical Cleanouts in the Mid-Atlantic Region

The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (MACCHE) at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, with financial assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 (EPA) is now accepting applications for school chemical cleanout funding.

MACCHE offers consultation and education in children’s and reproductive environmental health and serves the Mid-Atlantic region as one of ten federally funded Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) in the U.S. (http://kidsandenvironment.georgetown.edu).

The funding awards for these school chemical cleanouts will be used to remove potentially hazardous chemicals from K-12 schools and provide chemical management criteria to prevent future accumulations of excess, dangerous chemicals. MACCHE and Region 3 EPA anticipate funding a total of three to five schools. Applicants must be in EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Region, which includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The maximum award per school chemical cleanout is $5,000. Applications will be accepted until March 18. Awardees will be announced in May, and the cleanouts should be scheduled to take place during June – August 2016.

To receive an application, please fill out the brief details in this link or share this link with interested parties: http://goo.gl/forms/fYaQnSCbm0

Questions? Please feel free to contact Emma Pennea, Center Manager at ep600@georgetown.edu or 1-866-622-2431.

Posted February 19, 2016 
Announcing ESS Passport- An Exciting Earth and Space Science Professional Development Program
Are you stressed out about teaching the new Earth and Space Science (ESS) standards? Were you even aware that scientists were looking for gravity waves? Do you know why there are no dinosaur fossils in WV? Are you still trying to get a handle on climate change? Would you like to enhance your knowledge of ESS content? Are you craving great hands-on activities for your ESS class? Join geoscience experts and master teachers in an exciting two-year program to earn your ESS Passport! 
 
...What you'll get. Full participation results in:
  • $150/day stipend. (2-Year Total = $2550 ) 
  • 10 tuition waived graduate credits in physical science from Fairmont State University 
  • $450 worth of classroom supplies 
  • Workshop related expenses 
  • Free registration, substitute, and lodging for the WVSTA meeting in year one 
  • Substitute funds provided for 2 feedback meetings 
Save the Dates- June 19 to July 2, 2016 for this summer’s workshop. Visit www.fairmontstate.edu/esspassport or contact Dr. Deb Hemler at Deb.Hemler@fairmontstate.edu for more information. 
 
Pulsar Search Collaboratory
Would you like to become more involved in astronomical research with the Green Bank Telescope? We wanted to let you know of a special opportunity for high school students and teachers to join the Pulsar Search Collaboratory! http://pulsarsearchcollaboratory.com/home/join-the-psc/

The Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC), (NSF awards: 1516512, 1516269) partners the National Radio Astronomy Observatory with West Virginia University and 10 additional institutions of higher learning to provide high school students and their teachers with opportunities to practice 21st Century Skills while conducting world class research in pulsar astronomy. PSC club members join an international team of scientists who are analyzing hundreds of terabytes of data collected by the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope for the purpose of discovering new pulsars!

Join now! Please contact Maura McLaughlin (maura.mclaughlin@mail.wvu.edu) with any questions!



WV STEM Challenge: Win $2,500 for your classroom!

The Education Alliance is pleased to announce our 2nd Annual STEM Challenge! The contest kicked off on National Digital Learning Day and one West Virginia teacher will win $2,500 for his/her classroom simply by helping their students try coding for 1 hour. Even if you've never tried coding, this challenge is for you!
Resources to help you get started and contest details are available by visiting our website at EducationAlliance.org/STEM



code.org
Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science should be part of core curriculum, alongside other courses such as biology, chemistry or algebra.  It's FREE; try it today : ) 

Posted February 12, 2016
Assessment of Physics Teaching Needs for West Virginia High Schools
In December, the following was posted on the Superintendent’s Weekly Update and posted on the WVDE Teacher Ops webpage. The response rate to our survey was 36%. This response rate is too low to draw valid conclusions. West Virginia State University is making the survey available again for those who did not respond. The goal is to have a response rate of >70%. Your response is greatly appreciated.

A recent position paper of the American Physical Society presents research showing that the two best course predictors of success of high school students in science and engineering fields are taking calculus and/or physics in high school. Members of the Physics and Education Department of West Virginia State University want to determine whether colleges and universities in West Virginia with science education programs should initiate certification programs such as Physics/General Science and Physics/Chemistry.

County superintendents are being asked to encourage their high school principals to complete this brief survey, because new programs must be approved by on-campus committees, college-university administrators as well as the Higher Education Policy Commission and the WVDE. Stakeholders want to know if the principals of WV high schools need more qualified Physics teachers. Please e-mail your high school principal(s) with this link http://goo.gl/forms/X1AolF2NR0 pasted in the e-mail and request the principals complete this survey. The time you take to support this survey could increase West Virginia’s students’ success in science and engineering fields. 

Posted February 11, 2016
Here are the links for the January 28, 2016, STEM Digital Professional Learning Communities Archive and the Q & A document which was created in response to the questions we received during the call. Please share these resources with folks in your area, and if you have difficulties accessing the resources, let me know.

The next STEM Digital Professional Learning Communities Webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24, at 3:30 p.m. Information for connecting to the webinar and about the topics which will be addressed during the will be forthcoming. We hope you will be able to attend. 
 
The West Virginia Bridge Design and Build Contest (Contest Code: WVSW) is a statewide contest intended to conduct outreach to middle school and high school students in the area of engineering, specifically civil engineering. The contest primarily covers bridge design, but teams invited to the Final Round will also have the opportunity to compete in a bridge building contest.

The WV Statewide Contest runs from February 1, 2016 until April 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm. In order to be entered into this contest, teams must add the Local Contest Code WVSW to their EEBDC account. Additionally, individuals must register for the WV Statewide Contest at www.wvbridgedesignandbuildcontest.com. This will ensure that the correct contact information is available to select the finalists.

Attention K–5 teachers: Now is the time for you and your students to enter the DuPont Challenge Science Writing Competition–Elementary Division. The deadline is Tuesday, March 1, at 11:55 pm Pacific Time. The first 100 teachers to enter will receive a free copy of the e-book Animals That Fly and Birds That Don't from Britannica Digital Learning. See the complete list of awards

Still Time to Nominate Elementary Science Nominees for Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
Every year the White House awards at least one worthy science and math teacher from every competing state, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This year elementary teachers are being recognized, and the details of the award may be found on the National Science Foundation funded site for the award (www.paemst.org). Click here to view a map with the number of PAEMST Science recipients from WV counties.
Our secondary winners from 2013 were: 
· Pete Karpyk, Weir High School, Ohio County
· Eric Kincaid, Morgantown High School, Monongalia County

Our most recent winners from the 2012 elementary cycle:
· Gabrielle Rhodes- Union Elementary, Upshur County
· Barbara “Tootie” Black- West Teays Elementary School, Putnam County

These teachers each received $10,000 and all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC for the recognition ceremony where they met the president.

The deadline for nominations is quickly approaching (April 1, 2016). It only takes a few minutes to nominate a teacher if you have their name, their school, and an email address. Teachers must
· Teach K-6 in a public or private school (and teach science as part of their curriculum)
· Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
· Be a full time employee of a school and teach 50% of the time
· Have 5 years of experience in science prior to this school year
· Not received the award previously

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Deb Hemler, the WVSTA PAEMST Coordinator, at Deb.Hemler@fairmontstate.edu if you have questions or need assistance nominating a teacher.

Posted February 8, 2016
Safety Reminder Message and Resource
Together with the Joint Board-Council Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS) of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Flinn Scientific is committed to increasing outreach efforts that will raise awareness and advocate safety training to prevent accidents in school science laboratories.  Their mutual goal is to promote safety training and safety training opportunities that provide procedures and techniques to enhance safety for teachers and students. They believe training is the key to accident prevention.

This semester educators are encouraged to visit http://www.flinnsci.com/MethylSafety16 that provides access to essential safety training and procedures for working with methyl alcohol and other flammable liquids. Here you will also find a link to a bulletin by The United States Chemical Safety Board (CSB) entitled, "Key Lessons for Preventing Incidents from Flammable Chemicals in Educational Demonstration."

Flinn Scientific and the CCS share the CSB belief that methyl alcohol accidents can be prevented when teachers receive safety training that covers safety practices including:
  • Remove methyl alcohol and all flammables containers from the demonstration area.
  • NEVER add more alcohol to a demonstration (i.e. a burning flame) once it is underway. Even if it appears the flame has burned out, NEVER add more alcohol.
Please get proper training and work with your colleagues to promote year-round safety awareness. Following proper procedures when conducting all experiments will help your school maintain an accident-free learning environment.

Posted February 5, 2016
SAVE THE DATES- Regional and State Robotics Competitions for 2016
10 FLL Jr. Expos and FLL Qualifiers 
November 5, 2016: BridgeVallley CTC, S. Charleston; WVU-P, Parkersburg; and RCBI, Huntington
November 12, 2016: New River CTC, Lewisburg; Jackson’s Mill 4-H Camp, Weston; Concord University, Athens; and RCB National Aerospace Education Center, Bridgeport
November 19, 2016: WVU/MARS, Morgantown; Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, and Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling

WV State Championship- December 3, 2016: Fairmont State University, Fairmont

Contact: Todd Ensign, Director, NASA IV&V Robotics Alliance Project, todd.ensign@ivv.nasa.gov or visit www.WVRoboticsAlliance.org to learn more.


Posted February 1, 2016

GRANT OPPORTUNITIE$ BELOW-
American Electric Power Teacher Vision Grants
These grants go to pre K–12 teachers who live or teach in areas served by American Electric Power (AEP) in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Grants of $100 to $500 are available for projects with an academic focus that improve student achievement; those with an emphasis on science, math, technology, electrical safety, energy efficiency, or the balanced study of energy and the environment are preferred.

Priority is given to teachers who have attended an AEP Workshop for Educators, participated in the National Energy Education Development project, or are affiliated with an AEP school–business partnership. Apply by February 26 at http://bit.ly/TCM6nl.

Monsanto Fund Grants
To encourage the growth of farming communities nationwide—as well as support the communities in which Monsanto employees live and work— the Monsanto Fund invests in education programs across rural America. Grants are available for K–12 schools, libraries, science centers, and academic enrichment programs. Proposed projects might include science and technology fairs, family science nights, robotics programs, and school gardens.

Grants of up to $20,000 are available. Apply by February 29. Applicants must request an invitation code prior to applying at http://bit.ly/TrUVgr.

ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) presents this award to a teacher who is age 35 or younger as of July 15 and uses technology in the classroom in creative and innovative ways. The honoree will receive a complimentary registration to the ISTE Conference and Expo, up to $1,000 in travel expenses, a $1,500 cash prize, and a one-year ISTE membership. Nominate yourself or a colleague with a curriculum vitae (CV), letter of support, and one-to two-minute video by February 29 at http://bit.ly/1BoX2Wv

ISTE’s Kay L. Bitter Vision Award
This award honors Kay L. Bitter, an early childhood educator for more than 20 years who used cutting-edge technology with her students. The award recognizes a preK–2 teacher who uses technology with students in exciting and innovative ways. The honoree will receive a complimentary registration to the ISTE Conference and Expo, up to $1,000 in travel expenses, and a one-year ISTE membership. Nominate yourself or a colleague with a CV, letter of support, and lesson plan by February 29; see http://bit.ly/1BoXIeF.

 Association of American Educators Classroom Grants

These grants of up to $500 fund a variety of classroom projects and materials, including books, software, calculators, audiovisual equipment, and lab supplies. Full-time educators who have not received a scholarship or grant from the Association of American Educators (AAE) in the last 18 months are eligible, though AAE members receive additional consideration. Teachers in Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Oregon, and Washington compete for state-specific funds and complete a separate application. Apply by March 1; consult http://bit.ly/LC3Evc .


This year’s contest, sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics, asks high school students to consider whether they should defer predictive testing for adult-onset conditions until adulthood because of the impact the results could have on their formative years. Students choose a genetic test, explain how it works and how definitive its results are, then defend their position. Essays should include at least one citation and provide substantive, well-reasoned arguments that demonstrate an understanding of the genetic concepts involved. The first-place winner receives $1,000 and a $1,000 genetics-materials grant for his or her teacher. Second-place winners get $600; third-place, $400; and 10 honorable mentions, $100 each. Teachers or administrators may submit up to six student essays from up to three classes after verifying that they are original work. Essays are due by March 11. Visit http://bit.ly/1JdGh9V .


Posted January 28, 2016
SUMMER 2016 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 may be given preference in the selection process. Internships run from May 23 through July 30, 2016. Based on the high school’s academic calendar, these dates are flexible. Compensation of $9,000 ($1000/week) 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. The directories may be viewed online at their appropriate link and the application may be filled out online under the “Application link”. Deadline for application is March 31, 2016.

For more information, contact: Valerie Watson, vwatson@hsc.wvu.edu or (304) 293-4120.

Posted January 27, 2016
National Sustainability Teacher's Academy

Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives is pleased to announce its second annual National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy in Tempe, Arizona this summer. This professional development opportunity is available to pairs of middle school teachers (interdisciplinary pairs are a plus) from the same school or district. ASU is hoping to recruit teachers from across the nation.

The goal is to help middle school teachers learn how they and their students can become agents of change in their schools and communities, though problem- and solution-based activities in sustainability science.

Teachers will learn about sustainability from expert scientist from ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability, and will receive a comprehensive collection of lesson plans and teaching materials to implement in the classroom.

Workshops dates are - June 20-24, 2016 First Workshop and July 18-22, 2016 Second Workshop

Each teacher who attends will receive a $1000 stipend. Costs of meals, housing, and travel are covered as well.  Application deadline- April 1, 2016.  For more information please see the webpage: https://sustainabilitysolutions.asu.edu/programs/teachersacademy/


Physics Toolbox: Data Collection with Student Smartphones

The Lab Out Loud podcast guys love data collection, so they're thrilled to welcome Chrystian and Rebecca Vieyra to the show. Working as an app developer and high school physics teacher, this husband and wife team developed Physics Toolbox—a suite of apps that use the built-in sensors inside smartphones to replace expensive probeware. Listen to the show to hear more about Physics Toolbox and how it can be used to easily collect data in your classroom.

 

The latest Flinn Minute videos described below are available at: www.flinnsci.com/cbpsminute22l

Chemistry Minute: "Supersaturation Tower"
Students' curiosity will grow with this fun supersaturation and crystallization demonstration.
Biology Minute: "Caring for Daphnia"
These little creatures are great for introducing scientific skills and conducting experiments. Follow these tips to maintain healthy, active cultures.
Physical Science Minute: "Heat Convection of a Gas"
Here is a simply ingenious way to demonstrate the air currents created when hot air rises and cooler air sinks.

Multidisciplinary Environmental Education through Experiential Learning
8-day International Teacher Workshop: August 6-13, 2016 in Belize
Educators of all levels and content areas are invited to Belize’s magnificent ocean reef & tropical jungle.
Belize is a wonderfully diverse country in Central America, home to Mayan, Creole, Latino, Garifuna, and many other ethnic groups. The country encompasses the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world and tropical jungles. English is main language. 

Engage with professionals in environmental education through experiential learning in beautiful, diverse Belize. In tropical jungle & ocean reef settings, you will develop your own education research questions based on your home classroom needs. You will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of contemporary issues, discuss curricula and concerns with an international team of educators, and compare the anthropological impact on the environment of Belize and your home region. The experiential learning process incorporates elements of self and group reflection, fundamental concepts of communication and conflict resolution skills, to ensure a deeply personal and interpersonal connection to the concepts we explore. Cost: $1850 + airfare + insurance. Graduate credits available. For more details: www.paxworks.org

Posted January 25, 2016
Outstanding Biology Teacher Award Nomination
(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.

Visit OBTA or contact OBTA Director, Steve Beckelhimer, at sbeckelh@k12.wv.us for more information or to nominate a teacher. The general deadline for nominations is March 1, 2016.
NYSF Center for STEM Education (formerly Canaan Valley Institute) 494 Riverstone Rd. Davis, WV 26260

Posted January 21, 2016
$20,000 Project Lead The Way Verizon Grant Opportunity!

A new $20,000 two-year grant opportunity, made possible by Verizon, will support the implementation of two PLTW Gateway units – Introduction to Computer Science 1 (ICS 1) and Introduction to Computer Science 2 (ICS 2) – at middle schools (6-8 grade) for the 2016-17 school year. Schools across the country with a free and reduced lunch population of 70 percent or more are eligible to apply. The Verizon-PLTW ICS school grant opportunity officially opened Friday January 15th! The competition will close on March 31st, and award notifications will be sent no later than April 15th. This is a very competitive grant, so please apply as soon as possible! Details of the grant and the application can be found here. If you have any questions, please email us at Verizon@pltw.org or feel free to contact your PLTW Director of School Engagement, Alana Parks aparks@pltw.org.

Posted January 20, 2016
Office of Middle/Secondary Learning Announces Digital Professional Learning Communities for Science, Mathematics, and STEM Educators

A digital professional learning communities for science, mathematics and STEM educators is scheduled to take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016. The focus of this meeting is related to mathematics and science. The primary topics for science will include the implementation of Policy 2520.3C, the Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science in WV Schools, which be implemented in the 2016-17 school year; a website with resources related to the policy and preparation for the Earth and Space Science course. The primary topics for mathematics will include an introduction to the recently adopted West Virginia College-and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics and the resources developed in partnership with WVU. There will be opportunities for participants to type in questions, and the webinar will be archived and made available at a later date. The URL for this webinar is: https://wvde.adobeconnect.com/stem/. Please share the attached log-in directions with educators in your district interested in participating. Additional digital meetings will be scheduled in the near future. For more information, contact Cindy Burke (caburke@k12.wv.us) or Robin Sizemore (robin.sizemore@k12.wv.us) in the Office of Middle/Secondary Learning or Karissa Poszywak (karissa.poszywak@k12.wv.us) in the Office of Career Technical Education.


The West Virginia Space PublicOutreach Team (WV SPOT) inspires an appreciation of STEM and STEM careers in K-12 students through the delivery of interactive presentations by undergraduate students that highlight cutting edge space science and engineering research in the Mountain State. They offer standards-based, interactive slide-show presentations that last about half an hour, with additional hands-on options available for you to customize their visit to your needs.  Presentations are geared toward middle school level but are easily adapted for younger or older audiences. They also provide pre- and post-visit information to help you make the most of your students’ WV SPOT experience.  Visit WV SPOT for more information. 
 
Need More Microscopes in Your Classroom? Here's One Way to Do It. 
Build Your Own Microscope @ PBS http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/DIY-microscope.html# 
Learn how to reveal the tiny creatures living in a puddle using your smartphone, poster tack, and a laser pointer in this episode of Gross Science.

Posted January 16, 2016
2016 Engineering Encounters Bridge Design Competition Local Contest: The Bridge Designer Challenge at BridgeValley  
The Bridge Designer Challenge at BridgeValley CTC uses free online bridge design software from Engineering Encounters to get kids involved in a creative design competition. The 2016 Bridge Designer Software can be downloaded at http://bridgecontest.org/resources/download/. Teams of one or two students in grades 6th-12th can enter the national competition at http://bridgecontest.org and join the local BridgeValley contest by entering code WVCE. The contest is open from January 11 to April 15. Winners from the local Bridge Designer Challenge at BridgeValley contest (code WVCE) will be invited for to the final round competition in May to compete for prizes. For information contact, Melissa Thompson, Outreach Director, BridgeValley melissa.thompson@bridgevalley.edu 304-205-6734




WV Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
 will be celebrated on Thursday, February 25 in Charleston at the Columbia Pipeline Group Auditorium. BridgeValley CTC invites 8th grade girls to attend. Space is limited. 9:00 -1:30 and lunch is included. Schools may bring up to 16 girls each. Activities include a panel discussion, meet/greet with industry women, a design competition, and more. For information and to register contact, Melissa Thompson, Outreach Director, BridgeValley melissa.thompson@bridgevalley.edu 304-205-6734.




January's free activities are available at: http://www.flinnsci.com/cbpsjan16l
Chem Fax! "Whoosh Bottle"
It's a chemistry favorite for demonstrating combustion. Students are amazed by the dancing flames in a plastic jug. With the safety information provided, teachers can safely perform this popular demo.
Bio Fax! "Introduction to Electrophoresis"
The tested techniques and tips will help teachers and students successfully run DNA samples on agarose gel.
Physical Science Fax! "Land versus Water"
Teachers can help students understand the concept of specific heat by relating it to a hot sunny day at the beach. If you've ever made a high-stepping dash across foot-scorching sand to reach the relief of cool water, you've experienced specific heat!

Posted January 12, 2016
Middle School Teachers: Enter the Bright Schools Competition and WIN!
The Bright Schools Competition is a FREE, project-based STEM learning opportunity for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades to examine the link between light and sleep. Get your teams of 2 to 4 students together, follow 4 simple steps, and get started today. Competition registration is open; the final project submission deadline is January 29.

Posted January 8, 2016
There is Still Time to Nominate an Outstanding Elementary Science or Math Teachers for the 
PAEMST
Do you know a K-6 teacher who provides excellent mathematics or science instruction to his or her students? Then please consider nominating him or her for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. Anyone—researchers, parents, or members of the general public—may nominate a K-6 teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website (www.paemst.org). To submit a nomination, you only need the teacher’s contact information.

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

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

The Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2016. The Application Deadline is May 1, 2016 for elementary school science or math teachers (Grades K-6). Secondary school teachers (Grades 7-12) are eligible to apply in 2017. If you know more than one teacher deserving of this award, you may submit more than one nomination. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves at www.paemst.org.

Posted January 7, 2016
Are you a science teacher succeeding in providing exemplary lab instruction with minimal equipment and resources? The Shell Science Lab Challenge offers you a chance to compete to win a school science lab makeover, valued at $20,000, by sharing your creative approach. Middle and high school science teachers (grades 6-12) in the United States and Canada who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources are encouraged to apply! The extended deadline is January 19, 2016 at 11: 59 PM

All winners will receive Ward’s Science lab equipment, Shell cash grants, NSTA memberships, and support to attend NSTA Conferences on Science Education. The grand prize winner and four national finalists will be honored at a special banquet and ceremony NSTA's National Conference on Science Education in Nashville on April 1, 2016. For more information about the Challenge, begin your application at http://www.nsta.org/shellsciencelab or for more information email shellsciencelab@nsta.org.

Summer Teacher Seminar- REAL WORLD SCIENCE—YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW
How Necessity Creates Innovation in Science and Technology- July 17-22, 2016 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 2016 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 2016-2017 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.

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.
http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/education/for-teachers/summer-teacher-seminar.html

Posted January 6, 2016


Before you order acids for use in the laboratory, you'll may want to review "Acid Safety," this month's Science Department Safety Training Notes from Flinn.  Your free copy of "Acid Safety" is available at www.flinnsci.com/snjan16.  Please share the Lab Safety information with teachers in your area.

Visit http://www.flinnsci.com/teacher-resources/emails/2016/safety/ for a list of monthly Science Department Safety notes.



Posted January 5, 2016

International Teacher Workshop: August 6-13, 2016 in Belize  
Multidisciplinary Environmental Education through Experiential Learning- Educators of all levels and content areas are invited to Belize’s magnificent ocean reef & tropical jungle.  Visit for www.paxworks.org details 



Spring 2016 Online Classes Offered through Concord University and Paid for by the West Virginia Geographic Alliance
  
The only cost to the students will be the 30.00 application fee to Concord University. Classes are scheduled to begin around the first week of February 2016. If interested, please contact Sherri Mitchem @ smitchem@k12.wv.us

For an application to enroll for graduate classes, visit http://www.concord.edu/graduateThere is a description of classes offered and at the top of the page where you can follow a link to an application for the class. If information is not there or link is broken, please contact Wendy Bailey at Concord University to register. http://www.concord.edu/graduate/master-education/apply

Classes are facilitated through Blackboard and you will need a Concord user ID in order to be enrolled in the Blackboard classes. Some returning students will already have a Concord ID number. 1-800-344-6679 -or- 1-304-384-6223 Fax: 1-304-384-5398 E-mail: masters@concord.edu  

Physical Geography with S. Mitchem smitchem@k12.wv.us
Introduction to Physical Geography is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of the earth’s environment and its components and the interrelations among the various environmental elements; provide a general education that assists students to think critically, and to apply the basic knowledge, skill, and principles of physical geography to everyday life and their chosen careers.

Human Geography for Teachers with Dr. J. Hagen hagenj@marshall.edu
The study of World Geography focuses on the relationships among people, places, and environments that result in geographic patterns on the earth. The students will use geographic methods to compare and analyze landforms, climates, and natural resources, as well as cultural, political, economic, and religious characteristics of the world regions. Students will use a variety of interdisciplinary sources, both primary and secondary, such as maps, pictures, and documents to learn about the geography of different world regions.

Learning with Maps with Dr. T. Sink sinkt@concord.edu
517 Learning with Maps. (3) This course is designed to prepare teachers to introduce K-12 students to maps and mapmaking. The course develops an understanding of grade-appropriate cartographic material and cartographic teaching techniques. The course also focuses on implementing methods for teaching the construction of maps. A third emphasis of the course involves exploring methods of using maps to communicate a variety of central environmental and social topics. Finally, in addition to cartographic techniques, students will learn principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and GIS teaching methods.

January Newsletter


Free online Stanford course, “Reading to Learn in Science”, will be offered from January through April by Professor Jonathan Osborne.
For details on the course and examples of strategies go to https://ed.stanford.edu/news/teaching-students-read-science-textbooks?utm_source=educator&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=november-december-2015

According to a 2009 policy information report published by the Educational Testing Service, eighth grade students who said they engaged with their science textbooks almost every day, either in class or for homework, scored significantly higher on National Assessment of Educational Progress tests than peers who said they read textbooks never or hardly ever.  Yet for many students, textbooks on chemistry, biology and physics are not easy reads. The hefty volumes tend to be loaded with dense paragraphs, unfamiliar jargon and puzzling charts. As Jonathan Osborne, Kamalachari Professor of Science Education at Stanford, notes, “Even children who learn to read quickly – devouring books or blogs, novels or news stories – often seem to struggle with scientific prose.”  Fortunately, Osborne says, there are some effective strategies that K-12 science teachers can use in their classrooms to help students get the most out of the difficult texts. The veteran science educator soon will be sharing some of those proven teaching methods, and the research behind them, in a free open online course, or MOOC, called Reading to Learn in Science.

Posted December 28, 2015
A Workshop for Teachers: Explore STEM Concepts Related to Zip Lines
March 5th, 2016 from 10am – 4pm at North Marion High School
Using “science sock monkeys” and a classroom-located zip line, teachers will explore math, science, and engineering design principles related to riding a traditional outdoor zip line. Each school that is represented will receive one take-home kit of materials so that the teachers can install a science sock monkey zip line within the school. The knowledge and experience gained from this workshop will allow teachers to develop and deliver STEM based modules that they can adapt to fit their individual classrooms. To learn more visit the teacher resource tab on http://zipline.wvu.edu/. For questions and registration information please contact: Andrew.Hoover@mail.wvu.edu.

Posted December 21, 2015
CI 647 "Science/Mathematics Applications for Nutrition/Energy" is 100% on-line (asynchronous).
The course targets middle and secondary science and mathematics teachers as well as grades 3 and above elementary teachers who are looking for ways to make their courses more real world as well as integrate the learning of science and mathematics. Topics make explicit connections to the Common Core Mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards and include food composition, energy balance, garden-based learning, and environmental issues. More about the course and registration details can be downloaded at http://cils.wvu.edu/r/download/222910 .

NOTE: Individuals who are not WVU graduate students must first apply to WVU to become non-degree graduate students: https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=wvugrad . Assistance as needed for registering may be obtained at 1-800-253-2762 .

 
1001 Lab Safety Questions: What Every High School Science Teacher Should Know 
The Laboratory Safety Institute invites all science/education organizations and individuals to contribute what they believe are the important questions that high school science teachers should be able to answer. We ask not only for the question but also for the correct answer and the resource reference which help readers to better understand why the answer is correct.

LSI believes that there are two myths in science education: the administrator’s myth and the student’s myth. They go like this. The Administrators’ Myth: They went to school for a long time and studied science. They will make sure that students are not harmed. 
The Students’ Myth: They went to school for a long time and studied science. They will make sure that students are not harmed. 
In the spring of 2015, the Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI) completed a survey of US State and Territory Departments of Education. Only one question was asked. “Do you have any written requirements to become a certified science teacher in your state or territory?” Only 8% said yes (100% participation).

Faced with increasing concern that children and administrators can’t count on new science teachers having sufficient knowledge about science safety, LSI is now “crowd-sourcing” this collection of question, answers, and resources.
 We hope that prospective science teachers, the colleges and universities that help to educate them, and current science teachers will use this collection of question to grow both their knowledge and appreciation of safety in science education.  Want to test your Lab Safety Intelligence Quotient (LSIQ)?  Try answering the questions in this collection.
 We hope that every reader will want to contribute a question and challenge the answers wherever appropriate.  Questions may be multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank, essay, etc.
Life has nine hazards: Chemical, Physical, Biological, Mechanical, Radiation, Hi-Lo Pressure, Noise, Electrical, and Stress. We will divide the questions into these nine categories and add a few more for good measure, as needed.

Everyone contributing a question which is accepted for publication will receive an electronic copy of the full collection and an acknowledgment (unless you wish to remain anonymous).   If you are interested in volunteering to serve on an editorial board, want more information, or wish to submit Q&A’s, please contact me: 508-574-6264 or email jim@labsafetyinstitute.org.

Posted December 16, 2015
Science Bowl Opportunities for Middle School Students
The West Virginia Science Bowl (WVSB) Regional Coordinating Committee is excited to announce the opening of the 2016 National Science Bowl, and wants your Middle Schools’ science and math students to participate! The National Science Bowl is sponsored by the U.S. Dept of Energy and features a tournament-style academic competition challenging students in the fields of science and mathematics.

The National Energy Technology Laboratory and West Virginia University are once again proud to host the West Virginia Science Bowl Regional on Friday, Feb 5 and Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 at the Mountainlair on WVU’s main campus in Morgantown, WV. The 2016 field will include 24 High School teams and 16 Middle School teams. Last year’s event brought more than 150 student participants onto the WVU campus and included activities such as a SuGO robotics tournament, Minecraft LAN parties, a college information fair, planetarium shows, and a dinner reception at the WVU Law School. A copy of the full program for the 2015 event is attached.

Teams consist of four student competitors, one student alternate, and one or more coaches. Participation rules, sample questions, and general information may be found at the National Science Bowl website (http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/ ). The winner of the WVSB Regional will receive a 5-day (April 28-May 2, 2016) expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to represent West Virginia in the National Science Bowl competition held at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The WVSB winning team will also take possession of the traveling trophy for one year, a banner for their school, and other individual prizes.

MIDDLE SCHOOL: To participate in the West Virginia Science Bowl Regional, teams must register at the NSB website here: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/middle-school/middle-school-regionals/west-virginia-regions/west-virginia-regional-middle-school-science-bowl/ . Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis determined by the date/time stamp when registrations were submitted. Schools submitting more than one team for participation are subject to a staggered enrollment rule described on the enrollment page. There is a small registration fee of $50.00.

Regular updates and information will be shared through our event webpage and Facebook page, which can be accessed at: Webpage: http://wvsciencebowl.org/ and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WVRegionalScienceBowl.

If you have any questions regarding the Science Bowl events, please contact your RESA Coordinator, or either of the WVSB Coordinators- Kirk Gerdes at Kirk.Gerdes@netl.doe.gov or Jen Robertson at Jen.Robertson@mail.wvu.edu. The U.S. Department of Energy and West Virginia University are very proud to sponsor the Science Bowl and we look forward to your participation. 

National Energy Education Development (Project NEED) Workshop- Beckley, WV January 29, 2016
 The Mountain Institute and Project NEED are teaming together to offer a free energy education workshop perfect for all K-12 educators, STEM, Environmental Science and CTE educators. Register to receive: Hands-on classroom materials, curriculum aligned with NGSS, a great professional development opportunity, lunch, and substitute reimbursement. Register today! http://www.need.org/calendar_list.asp or contact Wendi Moss at wmoss@need.org or by calling 1.800. 875.5029.
 
 
Posted December 15, 2015
 
 
Posted November 30, 2015
2015-2016 WV Project Lead the Way Conference March 11, 2016, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM at the Erickson Alumni Center, WVU, Morgantown 
 Bring a TEAM from your school! All math, science, and career and technical teachers as well as counselors and administrators are encouraged to attend this event. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) solution in over 6,500 schools across the U.S. It offers effective programs for high school (Engineering, Biomedical Science, and Computer Science), middle school (Gateway to Technology), and elementary school (Launch) and is designed for the middle 80% of the student population. CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS (CEU) are offered for this event.
 
 
At the WV PLTW Conference, you will meet administrators, counselors, teachers, and students from WV schools who have implemented the PLTW curriculum, as well as others who are considering implementing PLTW in the near future. You will also hear from representatives of PLTW, WV Department of Education, NASA IV&V, and WVU faculty and students regarding the role PLTW plays in preparing students for engineering school and careers. The Keynote speaker is Dr. James Denova, Vice President, The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.
 
 
Also, please take a moment to nominate a teacher for the West Virginia Project Lead the Way Teacher of the Year Award. You may nominate a teacher by clicking HERE
 
Posted November 24, 2015
Urgent Message about Sharing Documents on OneDrive
 Please watch and share with your colleagues. https://mix.office.com/watch/usy7psxdb12g
 
PAEMST Nominations and Applications 2015-2016 Open.
There are outstanding science and mathematics teachers in every school system throughout our state. Help us identify and recognize these hard-working educators by nominating them for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Nominated teachers must have completed 5 years of K–12th-grade teaching prior to this year and currently be teaching K-6th grade mathematics or science (including computer science). Please go to the PAEMST website (http://www.paemst.org) to complete an online nomination form.
 
Posted November 23, 2015
Announcing the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Twelfth Flight Opportunity - SSEP Mission 10 to the International Space Station, Starting February 22, 2016
 
STEM opportunity for school district, even an individual large school, to engage typically 300 (grade 5-12) students in real microgravity experiment design (design of experiments for a 'weightless' environment) with one experiment in each participating district selected to fly to the International Space Station (ISS). SSEP provides STEM Project-Based Learning through immersion in an authentic research experience.
 
Posted November 19, 2015
Teaching Endorsements and Professional Learning for the WV Earth and Space Science Course
 With the implementation of Policy 2520.3C in the 2016-17 school year, WV instructors who are certified to teach the current ninth-grade physical science course will be considered certified to teach the required new ninth-grade Earth and space science (ESS) course, course code 6201. Additionally, teachers with an Earth and space science endorsement will be eligible to teach the course. In order to be appropriately certified to teach the ESS course, educators must hold one of the following endorsements: 2500, 2600, 2700, 2710, 2800, 2900 or 2910.
 
Recognizing that teachers eligible to teach the course may have varying levels of expertise and training, specifically related to Earth and space science, the West Virginia Department of Education will provide multiple resources designed to support teachers in preparing to implement the new science course. Resources include both online and regional-based (in-person) professional development and technical assistance. Once available, information regarding these resources will be shared via the Superintendent’s Weekly Update, the WVDE Science listserv, and the Teachers Ops website.
 
Most recently, the West Virginia Science Teachers Association hosted their annual conference in Flatwoods on November 5-7. There were 273 educators in attendance–an increase of 96 participants over last years’ conference. The increase in participation is attributed to the West Virginia Space Grant Consortium (WVSGC) K-12 Grant (which funded 29 teachers, 11 preservice teachers, and three Earth and space science instructors from 21 counties and 4 higher education institutions) and professional development provided for the newly adopted WV Next Generation Science Standards (WV NxGen). WVSTA included targeted strands on environmental science (sponsored by the WV Environmental Education Association) and earth and space science (sponsored by WVSGC) to assist in the professional development of teachers on the new 9th grade science WV NxGen standards.
 
WVSTA will be planning additional professional development on WV NxGen standards at its next conference at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown on November 3-5, 2016.

2015 Official Multiple List
The West Virginia Board of Education approved the 2015 Official Multiple List for Music K-12, Science K-12, and Visual Arts K-12 Instructional Materials. The list can be found at: http://wvde.state.wv.us/materials/. If you have any questions about this, please contact Becky Butler, Assistant Director in the Office of Middle/Secondary Learning at rbutler@k12.wv.us or 304.558.5325.

Posted November 4, 2015

West Virginia Science Teachers Association Conference will be at the Flatwoods Days Inn & Suites on November 5-7.  The Registration Portal for the is OPEN! This year it will close 1 week prior to the conference on October 29th to allow us to print name tags, etc. On-Site registration will be available in person. Pricing is based on four user types. To learn more about pricing, visit our page on Pricing and Registration.
 
Policy 2520.3C, The Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science in West Virginia Schools, will be the main topic in this year’s WVSTA Conference as educators prepare for the changes which will be implemented in the 2016-17 school year.  Sessions will include preparations for the new freshmen Earth and Space Science course, appropriately addressing content literacy, accessing resources, and understanding the new standards, to name a few.
 
WV Teachers Receive Awards from the Recycling Coalition of West Virginia
West Virginia educators received classroom money for using education resources provided by the Recycling Coalition of West Virginia in the 2015 school year, those teachers are: Amy Mortensen, of Liberty High School in Clarksburg - $200; Sarah Black, of Hurricane High School - $400; Elizabeth Gallaher, of Capital High in Charleston - $400; and Jennifer Sites, of Petersburg Elementary - $200. These teachers adapted the lesson plans in a variety of ways to make the lessons appropriate for their grade level and course of study.
 
The Coalition has developed free educational outreach lessons to teach students about materials that can be recycled; to help them 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. The lessons align to West Virginia’s Content Standards Objectives, address content literacy, and may be used for across-curriculum instruction. Lessons may be modified in order to be grade level appropriate and used at different grade levels.
 
For more information about the resources and application process, please visit wvrecycles.com. Entries for the 2016-17 school year must be received by June 15, 2016.
 
 
Posted October 23, 2015
Attention 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Teachers
 The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is a one-week all-expense-paid intensive professional development program for third- through fifth-grade teachers. The Academy offers a five-day program designed to provide third- through fifth-grade teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in science and math.
 
Last year, only 10 WV applied for the Exxon Mobil Teachers Academy.  Please take the to nominate someone or apply for the Academy.  Application Deadline is November 20, 2015.  
     Teachers- Click here to complete an application.


Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow contest– 
Schools have a chance to win a share of $2 million in technology and prizes in this STEM-based education competition !  The challenge is for teachers and students to use STEM creativity and ingenuity to solve a problem within their community. Prizes will be awarded at each stage of the competition; from the 255 State Finalists to the final five National Winners. Application deadline 10-30-2015.  To enter, just answer a few short questions on our website: www.Samsung.com/Solve
 
In addition to the above mentioned, we will be awarding five teachers in every state including D.C., two Galaxy tablets. There will also be one winner from each state that will receive a $20,000 technology package for their school.
 
Fifteen National Finalists will receive a trip to attend our pitch event, where they will present their video to a panel of judges and will win a minimum of $40,000 in technology. Finally, the 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.
 
As an additional bonus this year, our supporters at BrainPOP are contributing a free collection of STEM-themed content that teachers can utilize as they craft their submissions around their regularly-scheduled curriculum!
 
Posted October 16, 2015 
West Virginia Science Bowl - Middle and High School
 The West Virginia Science Bowl (WVSB) Regional Coordinating Committee is excited to announce the opening of the 2016 National Science Bowl, and wants your High School and Middle Schools’ science and math students to participate! The National Science Bowl is sponsored by the U.S. Dept of Energy and features a tournament-style academic competition challenging students in the fields of science and mathematics.
 
 
The National Energy Technology Laboratory and West Virginia University are once again proud to host the West Virginia Science Bowl Regional on Friday, Feb 5 and Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 at the Mountainlair on WVU’s main campus in Morgantown, WV. The 2016 field will include 24 High School teams and 16 Middle School teams. Last year’s event brought more than 150 student participants onto the WVU campus and included activities such as a SuGO robotics tournament, Minecraft LAN parties, a college information fair, planetarium shows, and a dinner reception at the WVU Law School. A copy of the full prom for the 2015 event is attached.
 
Teams consist of four student competitors, one student alternate, and one or more coaches (usually a science or math teacher). Participation rules, sample questions, and general information may be found at the National Science Bowl website (http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/ ). The winner of the WVSB Regional will receive a 5-day (April 28-May 2, 2016) expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to represent West Virginia in the National Science Bowl competition held at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The WVSB winning team will also take possession of the traveling trophy for one year, a banner for their school, and other individual prizes.
    • HIGH SCHOOL: To participate in the West Virginia Science Bowl Regional, teams must be nominated by the Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) serving the county in which the team is enrolled in high school, or (for home schooled students only) the county in which the team members reside. Please contact your RESA coordinator to express your team’s interest in participating in the local competition. A complete list of RESA contacts and competition information can be found on the WVSB Regional website (http://wvsciencebowl.org/ ). 
    • MIDDLE SCHOOL: To participate in the West Virginia Science Bowl Regional, teams must register at the NSB website here: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/middle-school/middle-school-regionals/west-virginia-regions/west-virginia-regional-middle-school-science-bowl/ . Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis determined by the date/time stamp when registrations were submitted. Schools submitting more than one team for participation are subject to a staggered enrollment rule described on the enrollment page. 
Regular updates and information will be shared through our event webpage and Facebook page, which can be accessed at: Webpage: http://wvsciencebowl.org/ or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WVRegionalScienceBowl (don’t forget to ‘Like’ us!)   If you have any questions regarding the Science Bowl events, please contact your RESA Coordinator, or either of the WVSB Coordinators- Kirk Gerdes Kirk.Gerdes@netl.doe.gov or Jen Robertson 
 
 
 
Marshall University’s College of Science is bringing the Science Olympiad to West Virginia for its second year. The opportunity is for students in grades 6 through 12.  
The Science Olympiad, which organizers say is the “nation’s most exciting K-12 science competition,” will take place in West Virginia Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, on Marshall University’s Huntington campus. Winners of the West Virginia competition will travel to the University of Wisconsin-Stout, for the national tournament in May.  For more information, visit http://www.huntingtonnews.net/123058
 
 
The Competitive Application for the Shell Science Teaching Award Web Seminar from Oct 14, 2015, has been archived and is available here.   Visit the link to learn how you can win $10,000 for your outstanding work as a science educator. The Shell Science Teaching Award recognizes K–12 science teachers in the United States and Canada who have had a positive impact on their students, school, and community through exemplary classroom science teaching. Learn more and download an application.
 
 

This week, Lab Out Loud hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler chat with Derek Muller, creator and host of Veritasium: An Element of Truth, to answer the questions so many science teachers have about videos. Listen to Lab Out Loud to learn about Muller's work with Veritasium (a YouTube channel of science and engineering videos featuring experiments, interviews, demos, and other cool science topics) and get great tips on making good science videos.
 
Posted October 6, 2015
 
 
Travel the world, earn professional development credit, and bring global understanding into your classroom! 
Founded in 2007, Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 1300 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. With GEEO educators can earn professional development credits while seeing the world. GEEO's trips are 7 to 21 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. In addition to amazing tour leaders, many of the programs are accompanied by university faculty that are experts on the destination. GEEO also provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators, administrators, retired educators, as well as educators’ guests.
 
GEEO is offering the following travel programs for 2016: Bali/Lombok, Bangkok to Hanoi, China, Costa Rica, Eastern Europe, The Galapagos Islands, Greece, Iceland, India/Nepal, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Peruvian Amazon, Peruvian Andes, Portugal/Spain, Heart of the Silk Road, Southern Africa, Southern India, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Vietnam/Cambodia, Western Balkans, Peru (Winter Break), Israel (Spring Break), Moorish Spain (Spring Break), and Morocco (Spring Break). The registration deadline is June 1st, but space is limited and many programs will be full well before the deadline.
 
 
Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at www.geeo.org. GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll-free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9 AM-9 PM EST.
 
Posted September 30, 2015
 
Earlier this year, President Obama launched the Every Kid in a Park Initiative to get every child outside to learn about the rich history and natural wonders of our federal lands and waters. Beginning September 1st, Every Kid in a Park (EKiP) grants every 4th grader in the country and his or her family free access to these places for one year. Fourth graders can download their special passes on the Every Kid in a Park website. “Experiencing the great outdoors is important for students as they learn key concepts in STEM, history, and civics,” said Secretary Duncan. “By visiting our federal lands and waters, students can hone critical thinking and collaboration skills through engaging, project-based learning – all in a real-world context. They can also build lifelong wellness practices and learn how to better protect our nation’s most precious resources through the joy of connecting with nature.” Educators and parents interested in taking advantage of this special teaching and learning opportunity can find activities, trip planning tools, safety and packing tips, and other helpful information.
 
Get Students in Gear Like Your Favorite Team with the Healthy Habits Contest from Major League Soccer!   Get students started with this fun contest today!
What? Have students create a fun, short video or essay about how they and their friends stay active and healthy!
Who? Kids 7-14 in the U.S. and Canada and kids 13 and 14 in the province of Quebec.
When? Starting September 28! The contest runs through November 13, 2015.
Why? For a fun way to meet Common Core State Standards - such as CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.4 and CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.5 - and a chance to win great prizes! 
 
The grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and MLS jersey.
The teacher/mentor nominated by the grand prize winner will earn a $250 gift card for school supplies
Two runners-up will each receive a $500 scholarship and MLS jersey
Seven semifinalists will each receive an MLS jersey
Teachers/mentors nominated by the runners-up and semifinalists will each receive a $50 gift card for school supplies. 
 
Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2016 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 15 countries throughout the world. New in 2016 are courses in Galápagos and Paraguay. http://EarthExpeditions.MiamiOH.edu/15-16_news 
Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. http://GFP.MiamiOH.edu/15-16_news 
 
Project Dragonfly also offers graduate courses and the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree co-delivered by premier learning institutions in Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, New York, Phoenix, San Diego and Seattle. The AIP master's takes place on-site and near AIP Master Institutions and through web-based learning communities. http://AIP.MiamiOH.edu/15-16_news. Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.
 
 
Save the date, March 31–April 3, 2016: The NSTA National Conference will be held in NASHVILLE at the new venue everyone's talking about, Music City Center! This grand event is something you MUST consider for the highlight of your professional development in 2016. Registration is NOW OPEN!  Click here for more information and to register.
 
 
Posted September 18, 2015
 
DSIRE
DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. 
 
Posted September 16, 2015
Understanding Climate Science with Kitchen Tools? 
It's Easy! And FUN!  You Do Not Want to Miss This!
On Saturday October 17, 2015 Tom Rodd will lead an interest group on "kitchen" climate science as part of "Climate Change: Science, Impacts, Preparedness, Communication, and Solutions."
 

Go to www.alleghenyclimate.org for registration and more details.  Questions or comments?  Please contact Conference Coordinator, Brandae Mullins 304-345-7663 x5 (office) 304-881-9016 (cell) brandaem@alleghenyclimate.org.

$1000 Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest PD Workshop
Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest + Machu Picchu
 
The July 1-11, 2016 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; Lilly Briggs, Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Dr. David Pearson, Wildlife Travellers’ Guide to Peru; along with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:
  • Participate in citizen science projects and inquiry based field studies on a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the most biologically diverse environments on the planet.
  • Spend a day in an Amazon village as you explore the complexities of sustainability and the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children.
  • Work with fellow educators to explore strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating STEM education, inquiry-based learning, and sustainability science education into your classroom.
 
PLT Certification, BirdSleuth resources and 50 Arizona State University PD Hours included. Academic Credit and Machu Picchu Extension optional. $1000 scholarship deadline February 1, 2016. Program cost is $1375 + air for scholarship recipients. Space is limited! 
 
Posted September 15, 2015
Teacher Energy Education Workshop (Grades 4–12)
 
Educatos are invited to attend a free one-day energy education workshop. Hosted by energy4me® and the Society of Petroleum Engineers, this workshop will be held during the SPE Eastern Regional Meetin at Waterfront Place on Wednesday, October 13, 2015 from 0800–1500.
 
Particpants will receive comprehensive and objective information about the scientific concepts of energy and its global significance while discovering the world of oil and natural gas exploration and production.  For more informaiotn , visit Morgantown Teacher Workshop.  Space is limited. Register before the 2 October deadline.
 
 
Enter Now for a Chance to Win the 2015–2016 Shell Science Lab Challenge
Are you a science teacher succeeding in providing exemplary lab instruction with minimal equipment and resources? The Shell Science Lab Challenge offers you a chance to win a school science lab makeover, valued at $20,000, by sharing your creative approach.
 
Middle and high school science teachers (grades 6–12) in the United States and Canada who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources are encouraged to apply! The deadline for submissions is December 16, 2015.
 
All winners will receive science lab equipment, Shell cash grants, NSTA membership, and support to attend NSTA Conferences on Science Education. The grand-prize winner and four national finalists will be honored at a special banquet and ceremony at NSTA's National Conference on Science Education in Nashville, March 31–April 3, 2016. Click here for more information about the Challenge or to download an application.
 
 
Posted September 14, 2015
 
The West Virginia Envirothon committee is hosting a teacher workshop October 9, 2015 in Braxton County. Teachers attending workshop, training a high school Envirothon team, and competing in the 2016 WV Envirothon will receive a $150.00 stipend, $200.00 school grant, and three hours of continuing education credit. For registration link and more information go to http://www.wvca.us/envirothon/ .
 
 
Posted September 10, 2015
Registration for the 24th annual Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program—the world's largest K–12 student science competition—is now open. The deadline for all project submissions is February 1, 2016.
 
Through the competition, teams of 2 to 4 students are challenged to research scientific principles and current technologies as the basis for designing innovative technologies that could exist in 20 years. Students simulate real scientific research to outline how they plan to test their ideas and create mock websites to illustrate concepts. Student participants will have a chance to win a number of great prizes, including $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds (at maturity). Canadian winners receive Canada bonds purchased for the equivalent issue price in Canadian dollars. And to celebrate ExploraVision's 24th anniversary, the top 24 teachers who submit 24 eligible online entries will receive a Toshiba tablet.
 
Teachers can learn more information by visiting the frequently asked questions page on the competition website. Follow ExploraVision on Twitter at @ToshibaInnovate or like ExploraVision on Facebook.
 
Free Online Interactive Physical Science Program
 
Teachers now have access to EVERFI’s online science program at no cost. EverFi’s content experts created this innovative program to meet state science standards in a fun and engaging way. Twenty-four West Virginia districts utilized EverFi’s programs last year with great success.
 
The EverFi Hockey Scholar brings 5th-7th grade science concepts to life through the sport of hockey at no cost to schools.  Watch the Hockey Scholar – Math & Science video to lean more and click here to demo all of the no cost learning programs available at EverFi.  
 
Any teacher or school interested may obtain a free school registration code for this turnkey resource by contacting Mike Oliver at moliver@everfi.com.   Please share this information with educators in your area. 
What are the major components of the standards? What do the colors represent? What is a performance expectation? These are just a few of the questions about the NGSS architecture that NSTA staff members Ted Willard and Cindy Workosky answer in an article appearing in the September issues of NSTA's K–12 journals. The article— along with a video highlight—is the second in a special year-long series focused on the NGSS. Visit the NGSS@NSTA Hub to read this and other NGSS articles. 
 
NSTA Web Seminars in September
NSTA Web Seminars are free, 90-minute, live professional development experiences that use online learning technologies to allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts, NSTA Press authors, and scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NSTA partner organizations. Register Today!
Posted September 2, 2015
The Return of Forensic Science Saturdays- please share this information with your students
 
The West Virginia University Next Generation Forensic Science Initiative will be offering educational opportunities in different aspects of forensic science to middle school and high school students throughout the school year. All classes are taught through hands-on, laboratory based activities. Each class will conclude with a case study. The final class titled You Crack the Case will be open to students who participated in at least five classes; this final class will let students apply their accumulated knowledge to a mock crime scene at the WVU Crime Scene Complex. For more information contact Chris Bily by email at Chris.Bily@mail.wvu.edu or by phone at (304) 293-9496.

Fall 2015 classes offered online through Concord University and paid for by the WVGA. 
 517 Learning with Maps. (3)
This course is designed to prepare teachers to introduce K-12 students to maps and mapmaking. The course develops an understanding of grade-appropriate cartographic material and cartographic teaching techniques. The course also focuses on implementing methods for teaching the construction of maps. A third emphasis of the course involves exploring methods of using maps to communicate a variety of central environmental and social topics. Finally, in addition to cartographic techniques, students will learn principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and GIS teaching methods. Contact sinkt@concord.edu if you have questions about this course.
 
523 Southeast Asia. (3)
This course provides students with an in depth study of SE Asia and surrounding countries. It approaches SE Asia from the perspective of environments, culture and geo-politics. Contact sshome@concord.edu if you have questions about this course.
 
Classes are scheduled to begin mid-September.  Please contact Wendy Bailey at Concord University to register at masters@concord.edu, or call 1-800-344-6679 -or- 1-304-384-6223, see also http://www.concord.edu/graduate/master-education/apply
 
You will need to enroll in blackboard for either class. The professors should be able to assist with this. If you need any help or information, contact Sherri Mitchem at smitchem@k12.wv.us 
 
Additionally, WVGA website and is a great way to keep up on the happenings of the alliance and learn more about becoming a member. http://www.wvgeographicalliance.org/
 
 
September Newsletter
 
 
Math-letes rule! Fit, healthy kids do better in school, especially math
(CNN)  The familiar saying that exercise is good for the body and mind may be especially true for children. Kids who are physically fit actually have differences in their brain structures that might allow them to do better in math, according to a new study.  Click here to read more.  
 
Posted August 31, 2015
 
 

Green Apple Day of Service
The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, 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 impact, find an event in your area and register your 2015 event today!
 
 
Apply for the 2016 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy
 
The school year has only just begun, but if you're a third- to fifth-grade teacher, it's not too early to think about your summer plans! The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, a partnership among professional golfer Phil Mickelson, ExxonMobil, NSTA, and Math Solutions, will take place at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, in July 2016. Applications are currently being accepted! 
 
 
This unique program provides third- to fifth-grade teachers with an all-expense-paid, week-long professional learning experience that equips them with new ways to inspire their students in math and science. For more information and to apply to the Academy—or nominate a fellow teacher—go to www.sendmyteacher.com. Please share this with the teachers in your school today and join the almost 5,000 teachers nationwide who have attended since 2005.
 
Posted August 28, 2015
 
West Virginia Science Teachers Association Conference will be at the Flatwoods Days Inn & Suites on November 5-7.  The Registration Portal for the is OPEN! This year it will close 1 week prior to the conference on October 29th to allow us to print name tags, etc. On-Site registration will be available in person. Pricing is based on four user types. To learn more about pricing, visit our page on Pricing and Registration
 
 
 
 
Accessing Energy Information and Resources
 
Increasing energy literacy is a culmination of public listening sessions and expert input from the consortium of federal agencies and recognized energy partners that make up the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The materials were first made available in December 2014, by a joint statement from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Center for Science Education and the American Geosciences Institute. Each organization has brought its own element to these materials to provide a comprehensive and exciting overview to energy literacy.
 
By adding #EnergyLiteracy and #Energia people can continue the dialogue on social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and various blogging platforms. People can ask experts questions, find additional resources and meet other people fascinated by the role energy plays in society. To access the Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education website go to: http://energy.gov/energyliteracy.
 
Posted August 25, 2015
Announcing "Climate Change: Science, Impacts, Preparedness, Communication, and Solutions" Public Conference
 
October 16-18, 2015 at Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, West Virginia
At this science-based program, a wide range of experts will discuss the ecologic, economic, and human impacts of climate change; the solutions we can use to meet this challenge; and more. See details and a complete speaker list and register at www.alleghenyclimate.org.
 
Scholarship assistance is available to help students and teachers attend; contact Conference Coordinator Brandae Mullins, brandaem@alleghenyclimate.org, 304-345-7663 x2, 304-881-9016.
 
Posted August 21, 2015
17th Annual Capital CityPumpkin Drop
At Appalachian Power Park, Charleston, WV on Thursday, October 15, 2015
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.  Registration opens September 1!  
REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL HERE: http://tinyurl.com/pumpkindrop2015 SPACE IS LIMITED. 
 
Posted August 17, 2015
Ocean Treasures-  Fabulous photos and resources are available at the Ocean Treasures Memorial Library.
 
 Posted August 14, 2015
NSTA has issued its Call-for-Entries for the 2015–2016 Awards Program
 
The annual NSTA Awards and Recognition Program recognizes exceptional and innovative science educators created in 1973. The NSTA Awards and Recognition were created to raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in the science education field.
 
All entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on 11/30/2015, via online submission with the exception of the Shell Science Teaching Award whose deadline is 11/18/2015. Entry fees are free.  A distinguished panel of professional science educators will gather in Washington, DC, the weekend of 1/16/2016 to select the winners from an anticipated 500 entries. To be eligible for consideration, all work must be current and cumulative as applicable.
 
The NSTA Awards and Recognition recipients will be honored during a black-tie dinner gala on 4/1/2016 in Nashville, Tennessee, at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education.
 
For more information or to receive an NSTA Awards entry packet, contact Amanda Upton, the NSTA Awards and Recognition Program liaison, at 703.312.9217 or awards@nsta.org, or apply online below.
 
Posted August 13, 2015
Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science in West Virginia Schools
 
Educators are reminded that Policy 2520.3C The Next Generation of Content Standards and Objectives for Science in West Virginia Schools will be implemented in the 2016-17 school year. The delay in implementing the policy is to allow time for the adoption of new instructional materials aligned to the new standards. The new instructional materials will be in classrooms in time for the 2016-17 school year. The delay in implementation also allows time for RESAs and counties to prepare professional learning. And, it allows time for teachers to become aware of the changes in the science policy and take advantage of professional learning opportunities.
 
Counties may begin to implement the new standards earlier than the 2016-17 school year, but they must be mindful that the West Virginia General Summative Assessment for the 2015-16 school year will be in grades 4, 6, and 10 for science and will be aligned to the current polices- Policy 2520.3 for science in grades K-8 and Policy 2520.35 for high school science.
 
Policy 2520.3C Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science in West Virginia Schools
(PDF, external); (Word, external)  Effective July 1, 2016: This policy will take effect on July 1, 2016.
 
If you have questions, please contact the Science Coordinator Robin Sizemore at robin.sizemore@k12.wv.us .

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 experts at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and NASA IV&V Program to deliver cutting-edge, standards-based, STEM presentations to a wide range of K-12 students. In 2014-2015 SPOT ambassadors reached over 3,200 WV students! 
 
 
How do you request a SPOT visit for your school?  Just visit www.wvspot.org and book your presentation TODAY!  Any additional questions? Email us at spot.wv@gmail.com or call 304-456-2338.

The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
NOBCChE is proud to announce our 2015 K-12 Science Competitions. All of the information regarding the conference agenda and accommodations is available on www.nobccheSTEMwkd.com.
 
The National NOBCChE STEM Weekend event will be held on September 24-26, 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel at Sea World in Orlando, FL. Student participation is free and registration is open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Slots are beginning to fill up and space is limited. Registration deadline is August 21.
 
Activities will include:
    • Science Fair for middle and high school students. Projects previously submitted to other fairs are welcome. 5th graders can participate as well. 
    • Science Bowl featuring 4-person teams from the local area and around the nation competing for awards and recognition. 
    • Stem Festival featuring hands-on science activities for students and the general public to explore Science, Engineering and Math. 
    • College Fair and Scholarship Panel discussions 
 
Rules for participation in the Science Fair or Science Bowl as well as parental consent forms can be found in the embedded hyperlinks or by navigating through the NOBCChE STEM weekend site.
 
We are calling for students, science educators, college recruiters, sponsors, and volunteers!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself (Science Fair lead) or Steven Thomas (STEM Weekend Chair) at sdthomas25@gmail.com.
 
Posted August 11, 2015
The West Virginia Department of Education announces the 2015-16 West Virginia Sustainable Schools (WVSS) program.  In its fifth year, WVSS will again recognize schools which exemplify a commitment to sustainable practices in the facilities, as well as integrate those practices into the curriculum and community. WVSS has been 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, West Virginia schools must first apply to the WVSS program.  All public and private schools are invited to submit a letter of intent to apply by September 18, 2015.  By sending a letter of intent, schools are under no obligation to continue with the application process, but they will be offered technical assistance through the application process.  The application to become a WVSS is available at http://wvde.state.wv.us/sustainable-schools/application.html.  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
 
 
 
 
Posted August 5, 2015
RCBI and a group of statewide partners present the 2015 West Virginia Makes Festival, a celebration of ingenuity and creativity. The Oct. 2 event will feature a Design Challenge for makers of all ages as well as special exhibits and tours.
The celebration event, held at the Heritage Farm Museum and Village, is open to everyone. In addition to a Design Challenge, the 2015 West Virginia Makes Festival will feature 3D Printing, some of your favorite local food vendors, special exhibits, attractions, and tours. Registration details are online.
 
 
Posted July 24, 2015
Free Water Science Workshop in Charleston on Saturday, August 1, 2015
 
The non-profit Friends of Blackwater is partnering with the Wheeling-based education group, Capstone Group Inc., to host a WV Water workshop on Saturday, August 1 in Charleston at Asbury Methodist Church, 501 Elizabeth Street, from 8:30 to 11:30 AM. The program will cover basic water treatment and ecology and also the role of climate change impacting water quality issues. Experts from West Virginia University will discuss their water-related research. Teachers will collaborate with the visiting experts to create classroom lessons based on the technical information presented. . Information for teachers interested in receiving either continuing education credit or graduate credit is available on the Capstone Group website: http://capstonegroupinc.wix.com/capstone-group-inc. Teachers are asked to register in advance for this workshop online at: http://wvu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eWFaB52C1IiIFpz.
 
Posted June 24, 2015
Next Generation of Content Standards and Objectives for Science in West Virginia Schools
 In April 2015, the West Virginia Board of Education adopted Policy 2520.3C The Next Generation of Content Standards and Objectives for Science in West Virginia Schools. The new policy is to be implemented in the 2016-17 school year. County and school educators will want to begin becoming familiar with the new policy; it is available on the WVDE Policy webpage:
   
Policy 2520.3C Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science in West Virginia Schools
(PDF, external); (Word, external)
Effective July 1, 2016: This policy will take effect on July 1, 2016.
 
New instructional materials will be adopted and available for the implementation of the new science standards. Counties may begin to implement the new standards earlier than the 2016-17 school year if they choose, but they must be mindful that the West Virginia General Summative Assessment for the 2015-16 school year will be in grades 4, 6, and 10 for science and will be aligned to the current polices- Policy 2520.3 for science in grades K-8 and Policy 2520.35 for high school science.
 
If you have questions, please contact the Science Coordinator Robin Sizemore at robin.sizemore@k12.wv.us or Early Learning Coordinator Teresa Hammond at thammond@k12.wv.us.
 
The WV Robotics Alliance at the NASA IV&V Facility in Fairmont
 
One final request is being made for applications to serve your country for a year by teaching robotics to underserved communities in our great state. Beyond the intrinsic benefits to volunteerism and helping others, you will be provided a living stipend, earn college tuition, gain valuable work experience in STEM education, and build your resume by working alongside the best NASA-STEM outreach team in Appalachia (in my mind at least). To get a glimpse into our VISTA program here at NASA, check out the FIRST newsletter attached.
 
To apply, please send a 1-page resume and a cover letter by the 7th of July to: todd.ensign@ivv.nasa.gov
 
In your cover letter, please answer the question, “Why do you want to be a FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA?”.
 
Applicants must be 18 or over, a US Citizen, be willing to re-locate to the Fairmont area, have reliable transportation, love working with children, and enjoy travelling. Preference will be given to applicants with some experience in robotics or education. If accepted, you will start by attending a training by the AmeriCorps Program in Atlanta on August 17-20.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Todd Ensign at Todd.Ensign@ivv.nasa.gov.
 
 
SSERVI STEAM Workshop
 
NASA is looking for 15 - 20 middle school teachers interested in learning more about small bodies in the solar system (e.g., moon, Phobos, Deimos, asteroids and comets). Sponsored by two teams from the Solar System Exploration Virtual Institute (SSERVI)*, we will be designing and creating new education activities in STEM with an Arts infusion (visual and language arts). Travel and a small stipend will be provided.
When: August 2-5, 2015
Where: University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
 
Chancellor's STEM Speaker Series, July 16 at 7 p.m. 
Renowned theoretical physicist, Dr. Leonard Mlodinow  will speak at at the West Virginia Culture Center Theater in Charleston. Make plans to join us!  Taylor Books will sell copies of a few of Dr. Mlodinow’s books, and he’ll be available for a short time after the presentation for a book signing if you’re interested.
 
Click here to read more about Dr. Mlodinow. If you plan to attend, your RSVP is requested. Click here to RSVP or call our office at 304-558-4128. (If you’ve already RSVPd with me, please accept my thanks – and I look forward to seeing you there!)
 
Please forward this email to your friends, family, and colleagues and share our social media posts. We hope to fill up the Culture Center theater for this event – which promises to be very engaging and interactive!
 
Nature Inspired Teacher Training
CraftWorks at Cool Spring, Eastern Panhandle Conservation District, Potomac Valley Audubon Society, WV Department of Environmental Protection, and the WV Division of Forestry have teamed up for Eastern Panhandle educators. For the first time, these organizations and agencies will be offering an accelerated professional development opportunity designed especially for educators. Participants will enjoy the benefits of not one, but three nature-centered teaching certifications with accompanying curriculum for each program, not to mention you’ll have a great time learning innovative and fun hands-on activities. This exciting event will be held on June 30th from 8:30 – 6pm at Historic Fisherman’s Hall located at the northeast corner of South West and Academy Streets in Charles Town, WV. Registration is limited to 40 participants and will fill up fast, so register today at http://potomacaudubon.org/event-1938586 or by emailing terri@wvcraftwork.org. There is a small $5.oo fee to attend. This training is great for all grade levels but is primarily geared to k-8 educators. JCS participants will receive Staff Development hours for attending.
 
The three programs that will be presented are:
 
Project WET, led by Kim Maxwell, Project WET Coordinator, West Virginia DEP, is an international, interdisciplinary water education program for educators. Project WET makes water education FUN and helps educators meet their objectives in an innovative way. Project WET activities are interdisciplinary, hands-on, and engaging to make water education fun for students and teachers.
 
Project WILD, led by Ellen Murphy, Program Director for Potomac Valley Audubon Society, and certified volunteer trainer for Project WILD with WV Division of Natural Resources, is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students. Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world.
 
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is co-sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Forestry and West Virginia Forestry Association. Filled with opportunities to build critical thinking skills, incorporate technology, and use differentiated instruction, this program encourages kids to make informed and responsible choices about the world around them.
 
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Terri Burhans at 910-238-0247 or by email at terri@wvcraftworks.org or visit http://potomacaudubon.org/event-1938586.
 
Energy Speaks Teach the Teachers Seminar
 
Energy Speaks’ Teach the Teachers seminars are targeted to educate middle and high about the oil and natural gas industry, so they can in turn prepare students interested in the field. At these seminars, teachers participate in several activities and interact with industry representatives.
 
Activities include an industry overview, young professionals’ panel, industry panel and a lunch discussion. All panels and discussion are led by industry representatives with a complete knowledge and understanding of the industry. Lunch will be provided. The workshop will be held June 29 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the RESA 3 facility in Dunbar.  Visit https://wvabepd.wufoo.com/forms/rylatii1uac1rw/ to register. 
 
Posted June 1, 2015
Modeling Workshops
 
Sixty Modeling Workshops in physics, chemistry, biology, and middle school science will be held this summer, in 20 states. Modeling Workshops thoroughly address most aspects of science teaching, including integration of teaching methods with course content. Workshops incorporate up-to-date results of science education research, best instructional materials, use of technology, and experience in collaborative learning and guidance. Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program by the U.S. Department of Education.
 
Posted May 29, 2015
West Virginia Water Workshop
Teachers will learn from a hydrologist, environmental engineer, and science educaors how they can incorporate studies of the movement, availability, the chemical properties, biological interactions, and the physical processes that govern the water cycle into their classroom curriculum.
 
Featured hydrology and environmental engineering experts will describe water management practices to preserve watershed ecology and ecosystems. Teachers will have opportunities during the workshop to practice using these models to describe, test, and predict watershed and water quality changes caused by seasonal, climate changes, and anthropogenic such as urbanization, natural resource extraction. The workshop will give teachers opportunities to work in teams to apply the hands-on activities and conceptual models provided by the scientists to adapt the material presented into lessons and lab activities for their students.
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Charleston Office of the Friends of Blackwater
501 Elizabeth St., Charleston, WV 25311
Tel: 304-345-7663
Registration: Teachers are asked to register for the workshop online at: http://wvu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eWFaB52C1IiIFpz
A registration fee of $15 covers the cost of lunch and materials provided at the workshop. Graduate or continuing education credit is available for teachers upon request. For more information about the West Virginia Water Workshop is available on the Web at: http://capstonegroupinc.wix.com/capstone-group-inc
 
Posted May 22, 2015
Policy 2520.3C NEXT GENERATION CONTENT STANDARDS AND OBJECTIVES FOR SCIENCE IN WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOLS will be implemented in the 2016-17 school year. 
The Policy 2520.3C is available on the WVDE Policy webpage.  Resources for the classroom and professional development are available at the NSTA website, see NGSS@NSTA, and on the Achieve website, see Next Generation Science Standards.   
 
Robotics Opportunities in WV
NASA IV&V Robotics Alliance and Fairmont State University are the coordinators of the VEX Robotics Competition in West Virginia. One of the greatest things about VEX is that it is designed to be used in classroom settings during the school day in addition to being the platform for the middle-high school competition which is coordinated by the non-profit Robotics Education Competition Foundation. http://www.vexrobotics.com/vex/competition/ One of the most common questions we receive is about training and curriculum. . . so I have some GREAT NEWS!!!
 
West Virginia University is the lead institution for training schools on the nation’s premier Pre-Engineering program called Project Lead The Way (PLTW). While the courses are by not free, they are led by engineering faculty and are authorized by the national PLTW program. The best news is that you do NOT have to be a current PLTW school to participate.
 
Attached is a list of the summer training for PLTW being offered at WVU in Morgantown this summer. Of special interest is the training on VEX, which is titled “Automation and Robotics: VEX” which will be held on campus June 22-26, 2015. The tuition is $1,200; and Room & Board for the week (at a nice hotel in Morgantown) is $600.
 
If you have questions about this course, please contact Dr. Robin Hensel, at Robin.Hensel@mail.wvu.edu.
If you’d like to start a VEX middle or high school team, contact Todd Ensign at Todd.Ensign@ivv.nasa.gov.
 
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is the largest youth robotics competition in WV for students ages 9-14.
REGISTER FOR WV FLL BOOT CAMPS HERE The deadline to register for a camp is 11:59 p.m. EST June 15, 2015. With 10 tournaments spread across the state this coming season, it also has the greatest number of strategic partners who help bring the program to you in Charleston Fairmont, Green Bank, Huntington, Lewisburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Shepherdstown, Weston, and Wheeling. 
To help facilitate the growth of new FLL teams in underrepresented areas of West Virginia, the Educator Resource Center (ERC) at NASA IV&V will be hosting 6 FLL Boot Camps throughout the state of West Virginia during the summer of 2015. With each Boot Camp hosting 5 new teams, this program expects to increase our state enrollment by 33%!
 
What are Boot Camps? Boot Camps are intended for 1-2 adults and 2-3 students (max. of 5) who are forming a new (rookie) FLL team. These intensive, two day camps will cover all of the basics your new FLL team needs to start programming, researching, and talking to judges. In addition, all teams that agree to compete in the 2015-2016 FLL season - Trash Trek - will receive a free EV3 Education Core Set, an EV3 Expansion Set, and programming software ($500/team value).
 
What is the Schedule? Camp will begin promptly each day at 9:00 a.m. daily and end at 5:00 p.m. Adults from each team are responsible for their students' behavior and well-being.
 
What is the cost? Boot Camps are offered at no cost to a Rookie teams thanks to our sponsors. One coach will be required to sign a contract agreeing to register the team with www.USFIRST.org ($225), purchase a playing field ($75) plus register for a qualifying tournament ($50) in exchange for the free robot and software.
 
Where are the Boot Camps held?
1. National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Green Bank, July 13-14
2. Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, July 16-17
3. Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, July 20-21
4. New River Community and Technical College, Lewisburg, July 23-24
5. Robert C. Byrd Institute, Huntington, July 27-28
6. West Virginia University-Parkersburg, Parkersburg, July 29-30
 
Fine Print: Space for Boot Camps is very limited; all attendees will be selected on a first-come first-serve basis. If a camp is full, you may proceed with the application to be placed on a waiting list. For specific questions, please contact erc@ivv.nasa.gov
  
Small Satellites for Secondary Students (S4) and Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) Summer Camp
 The Department of Physics and Astronomy at WVU, the WV Space Grant, STEM Enterprise, NASA IV&V ERC, and the WV Rocketry Association have teamed up to offer a tremendously exciting summer camp opportunity for teams of students and their coaches this July 13-17th at WVU in Morgantown. http://wvrocketry.org/s4-and-tarc-summer-camp 
 
Apply Now: ONLINE APPLICATION (Space is limited)
Who: Middle and High School teams. A team is defined as a 1-2 coaches (teachers, parents, mentors) and a group of 3-5 students. (If a group has more than 5 students, they must apply as two "teams".) While no experience is required, this program is intended as a follow up to a team's participation in TARC.
When: July 13-17. Most days are 9am-5pm but we will start at 10 am on Monday and plan to end at 3pm on Friday.
Where: The camp will be held on the WVU downtown campus in White Hall, home of the Physics and Astronomy Department.
What: Small Satellites for Secondary Students (S4), is a NASA sponsored initiative developed by Sonoma State University in California http://s4.sonoma.edu where youth learn to solder and build atmospheric science and GPS experiments to be launched on a balloon or small rocket. In the process the students learn to build advanced electronic circuits, solder, program a microprocessor, and test the system before using it.
Cost: Thanks to our generous sponsors*, this program is being offered for FREE but teams will have to cover their own travel, meals, and lodging expenses as needed. In addition, there is an optional module of the S4 that our budget cannot afford for the teams that allows live telemetry (radio communication). This optional module costs approx. $100 if you choose to add it onto your payload.
Contacts: Dr. Dimitris Vassiliadis dimitris.vassiliadis@mail.wvu.edu / (304) 293-4920 or Todd Ensign todd.ensign@ivv.nasa.gov / (304) 367-8438 ONLINE APPLICATION
 
INTRODUCTION TO 3D PRINTING FOR EDUCATORS 
 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. 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
Course Syllabus & Objectives
10 class sessions – Summer 2015 – 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (80 direct contact hours)
Instructor – Steve Beckelhimer and selected trainers
Computer lab – Robert C. Byrd Institute, Huntington, West Virginia
The cost for the course is $1,454, which includes all training materials, payable by check, credit card, or school purchase order prior to the start of class.  
 
For more information, call Lucinda Curry at 800.469.7224 or email lcurry@rcbi.org.
 
 
Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series
Please visit the WV Higher Education Policy Commission Division of Science and Research web page at http://wvresearch.org/ for information about the Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series and share the information with folks in your area.  They are FREE to the public.  
  
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The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is bringing about transformative changes in teaching and learning at every level. To make this important transition, it is vital that K–12 teachers of science—including elementary teachers—and school and district leaders have opportunities to participate in professional learning to understand the changes or shifts in the NGSS and to learn how to apply them in the classroom. Strategies are needed for adjusting teaching approaches, making important cross-curricular connections, and assessing student learning. Learn more here.

 

Harvard Medical School Professional Development for High School Teachers
Personal Genetics in the High School Classroom: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues
This three-day interdisciplinary training for teachers will be an introduction to personal genetics and its impact on society. We create interactive lessons that engage students in discussions about the potential benefits and implications of knowing more about your DNA, as well as ways in which they could be impacted. We combine accurate scientific content with the real-world impact on people and the choices they may face.
Topics to be covered: Advances in personal genetics, the intersection of athletics and genetics, genetics and aggression/complex human behavior, reproductive genetics, low cost genetic testing, the history of eugenics and future of genetics, crime and DNA, and critical thinking as it applies to assessing genetic risk factors.
9:00am – 3:30pm, July 28 - 30, 2015, oston, MA
Earn 18 PDPs for the three-day session
Cost: $50 (early bird price until 5/31/15); $60 beginning 6/1/15 (scholarships available)
To register, click here. For more information, click here or email Lauren Tomaselli at ltomaselli@pged.med.harvard.edu, or call (617) 432-1797. Visit our website at www.pged.org for more information about our project.
FREE Pollinator Initiative Packets 
Some of the USDA-NRCS offices have the Pollinator Initiative packets available to hand out to the public. Essentially, it is a variety of Burpee seeds that were selected to help pollinators (honeybees, etc.). They were approved and now have them to give away. If any groups are interested, might pass it along to check out their local USDA NRCS Service Center and contact their local Public Outreach Specialist.  Here is a link to the USDA Service Centers: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/wv/contact/local/
 
The West Virginia Youth Environmental Program provides a challenge and an opportunity to the youth of our state to participate in environmental projects within their communities. To learn more about the program, click here. To enroll in the program, click on the YEP logo above. To view the latest edition of the YEP newsletter, click here

JASON National Educators' Conference is coming up soon! 
Be sure to register ASAP to reserve your spot -- and secure Early Bird pricing -- for the biggest JASON community event of the year!  Register Now >
 
This 2 ½ day event is a unique opportunity to obtain key resources and develop critical skills for bringing high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education to your teachers and students. Through a combination of hands-on workshops, targeted breakout sessions, engaging speakers, and networking opportunities, you will learn how to:
· Motivate and inspire students to pursue STEM education
· Incorporate hands-on, inquiry-based lab investigations
· Integrate technology and multimedia into learning scenarios
· Deliver differentiated instruction for the success of all students
· Employ effective reading strategies for science content
· Develop the science content knowledge necessary for effective instruction
 
 Project BudBurst Newsletter available here. 
 
HHMI BioInteractive News available here.
   Previous issues of HHMI BioInteractive News are available here.  
 
 
Posted May 20, 2015
Appalachian Watershed and Stream Monitors Summer Workshop – July 13 -15
 
The Appalachian Watershed and Stream Monitors (AWSM) program has been engaging teachers and students in field-based citizen science for over twelve years. The summer workshop provides educators with the opportunity to learn STEM-based stream monitoring techniques, become familiar with GIS data collection curriculum, and collaborate with other educators and professionals on project-based learning ideas. The cost is $60 and includes room, board, materials and the beautiful scenery of Spruce Knob, West Virginia’s highest point. Scholarships and travel reimbursements are available. Graduate credit is also available. Register today or contact Kellee Waddell, at 304. 567. 2632 or kwaddell@mountain.org for more information.
 
 
It’s that time of year again. NSTA’s New Science Teacher Academy is accepting application for the 2015-16 academic year. U.S. science teachers, who will be entering their second through fifth year of teaching and whose schedule is a minimum of 51 percent middle or high school science, are encouraged to apply. NSTA Fellows—whose participation in the Academy this year is being funded by Lockheed Martin—receive a comprehensive membership package, online mentoring, and a variety of web-based professional learning activities. Fellows will also receive financial support to attend and participate in NSTA’s 2016 National Conference on Science Education in Nashville. The application and most comprehensive information about this program can be found on the Academy web page.
 
 Still time to apply for the Sustainable Steps - Environmental Literacy Planning grant! 
The Mountain Institute, in partnership with WV Sustainable Schools, will award up to $2,000 to three WV county school systems that are interested in developing environmental literacy projects or plans or have existing plans that could be revised or improved. The application deadline has been extended to Friday, May 29, 2015. Please visit https://wvde.state.wv.us/sustainable-schools/sustainable-steps.html or contact Vicki Fenwick-Judy at vfenwick@mountain.org for more information. Proposal development assistance can be provided so please email Vicki Fenwick-Judy.
 
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