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Population Education Facilitator Workshop

posted May 7, 2019, 1:11 PM by Mr. Stith

Population Connection will be sponsoring a Regional Facilitator-training Institute at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center in Aurora, CO on Saturday, September 28, 2019. I would like to encourage you to apply to attend. This will be an excellent opportunity for science educators to become acquainted with innovative, interdisciplinary curricula and to prepare to become volunteer facilitators for the program.


The facilitator training is open to educators who are interested in leading Population Education workshops for their colleagues at schools, universities, and conferences around the region.  Participants will include K-12 teachers, university education faculty and nonformal educators who work with teachers.


Population Connection will be covering expenses for the weekend event (Friday night lodging, meals and up to $250 travel stipend).  Participants will also receive an extensive handbook of training materials and a variety of curriculum resources.


To apply, follow this link for the application form and email it in with a current resumé or CV.  There’s also a flyer at this link with more information about the event. Please note that there is an application deadline of June 1, 2019. If you would like additional information, please contact me at the phone number or e-mail address below.  Details on our Population Education program and our Trainers Network can be found on our website, Feel free to share this information with colleagues who may be interested.


I look forward to hearing from you, and hope you can join us.




Pam Wasserman

Senior Vice President, Education

Population Connection


1-202-974-7745 (direct line)


Dissertation Assistance

posted Feb 24, 2019, 7:00 AM by Science Teachers

My name is Erica Pollock. I am a School Psychology Doctoral Candidate at the University of North Carolina. For my dissertation, I am using a survey to gain a better understanding of the perceptions of teachers regarding factors that may influence student academic achievement.


I am reaching out to teacher organizations such as yours for assistance in distributing my survey to teachers around the country. I would appreciate any assistance you could provide. I have attached documents that can be used for email/listserv, websites posts, and/or social media. 


The survey asks various questions about participants’ school environments and their views regarding the factors that may influence student academic achievement. Participation is strictly voluntary and participants may stop at any time. 


Responses are anonymous and there are no risks or benefits to participants in completing this survey. (Anonymous: there is no identifying information collected in the responses.)


The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.


At the end of the survey, participants may follow a separate link to be entered into a drawing based on chance where they will have an equal odds of receiving a $25 Gift Card. There will be 12 gift card winners. Contact information (i.e. participant’s email address) from the Gift Card drawing cannot be linked to their survey responses in any way. The information is only used to electronically deliver gift cards to the drawing winners.


Eligible participants include any pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teachers in the United States.


If you have questions, please contact me at or (919) 797-9162. 


Link to survey:


Thank you for your consideration.




Erica Pollock, SSP, NCSP

School Psychology Ph.D Candidate

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

eCyberMission deadline Feb 27, 2019

posted Jan 14, 2019, 2:38 PM by Science Teachers

eCYBERMISSION, a free web-based competition for students in grades 6–9, officially went live this week, with open registration for student teams and volunteers. Professionals are encouraged to participate as volunteers—Virtual Judges, Ambassadors, and/or CyberGuides—to help build students' interest in STEM. Find more information and register online.

AMS Materials Teacher Camps

posted Jan 14, 2019, 2:31 PM by Science Teachers

2019 Teachers Materials Camp Schedule

ASM Materials Camp Teachers Camps are held across North America. These are usually five-day camps and may be residential (requiring teachers to stay overnight at the camp), commuter (drive up) or mini-camps (one day or less).

Find out more at

2019 UW Camps for students

posted Jan 14, 2019, 1:36 PM by Science Teachers

Camp Name


Age and #




Notes for website.

Energy Summer Institute

July 14-19

Rising juniors and seniors


Katrina Clymer

Engineering Summer program

June 16-22

Rising seniors


Teddi Freedman

Healthcare Careers Summer Camp

July 7-12

Rising juniors and seniors


High School Institute

July 14-August 3

36 rising juniors

Arts and Sciences

Karagh Brummond

Native American Summer Institute


High school age

Cross Curriculum

Tim Nichols

Science Kids


Grades 5-12

Outdoor STEAM

Annie Bergman


Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival

July 17-27



Jack Chapman

Summer Music Camp


Upward Bound

June 9-July 19

Rising freshmen through seniors

College Prep

Andrea Colon

US Department of Ed grant funded.  Students must meet eligibility requirements.

UW Teton STEM Academy

July 13-20

24 rising sophomores and juniors

Journey to Mars

Chip Kobulnicky


WY 5-Tools Documents

posted Jan 14, 2019, 1:24 PM by Science Teachers

Documents developed during WY 5-Tools Workshops with BSCS facilitator Cindy Gay can now be found a the WSTA Quick link (located on the right hand side of this page) or access the documents here.
For more information about this work, contact


posted Jan 8, 2019, 7:51 AM by Science Teachers

This program is a 10-month online pedagogy-based professional development that focuses on the three Dimensions in the Next Generation Science Standards: Scientific Practices; Cross Cutting Concepts (especially “Cause and Effect” and “Structure and Function”), and Core Ideas (Life Sciences) and on expanding teacher skills in three major areas: 1) Updating Teacher Content and Pedagogy Knowledge; 2) Understanding the Research Process; and 3) Applying Six Star Science in the Classroom. Fellows receive stipends for completion of their online work. Online Teacher (OT) Fellows participate in a dynamic and interactive virtual learning community that focuses on exploring effective teaching strategies, understanding the research process, and enhancing classroom materials.
Application deadline: February 4, 2019
More info on the program can be found at:

Active Learning Grant

posted Dec 14, 2018, 3:31 PM by Science Teachers

Active Learning Center (ALC) Grant:  The ALC grant program leverages classroom space to implement new teaching practices, centering on student focus and collaboration. Up to 15 grant recipients will have the opportunity to install one of four learning environments featuring Steelcase Education's state-of-the-art furniture and technology. "Research has shown that active learning environments positively impact student engagement," said Sean Corcorran, General Manager of Steelcase Education. "Our 2015 grant recipients have already seen improvements in student focus, and we are eager to partner with more educators who are committed to providing inspiring environments in order to enhance student learning." New this year, technical and trade schools are eligible to apply for the ALC grant, in addition to grades six through twelve, colleges and universities. Schools are also permitted to submit applications for library and media center spaces this year. Steelcase Education will award up to 15 schools with a new classroom, valued at $62,000. As part of the ALC program, grantees receive training from Steelcase leaders on best practices for the new technology and furniture. Grantees will also participate in a community of practice with fellow grant recipients to share insights and best practices. Deadline: February 1, 2019.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in STEM Teaching

posted Dec 14, 2018, 3:28 PM by Science Teachers

Do you know a 7-12 grade teacher who provides excellent mathematics or science instruction to his or her students? Then please consider nominating him or her for one of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Anyone—researchers, parents or members of the general public—may nominate a 7-12 grade teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website ( To submit a nomination, you only need the teacher’s contact information.


PAEMST is the highest honor the United States government bestows for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. Since 1983, more than 4,400 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 March 1, 2019. The Application Deadline is May 1, 2019 for teachers (K-grade 6). If you know more than one teacher deserving of this award, you may submit more than one nomination. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves at


Please consider nominating outstanding mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers today!

WY Science Bowl

posted Dec 14, 2018, 3:19 PM by Science Teachers

The Wyoming Regional High School Competition is currently scheduled for Saturday, February 2nd, 2019. Please let me know if there are other events scheduled this weekend that might conflict with our event. We might be able to change the date in order to gain more teams to participate in this year's competition. 

We have several ways of keeping in touch with each other. Here is a list of all the ways to reach us or find information:
  • Our website,, has competition information, contact info, links to NSB's website, and volunteer info.
  • You can also find us on Facebook, @wyrsb. We mainly use this account to promote the competition to find volunteers and share our Amazon Smile link. 
  • This Google Group, WyoScienceBowl. We can have discussions about the competition and any questions you may have here.
  • If all else fails, email or call me. My contact info is at the bottom of this post.

2019 WyRSB Competition Location:
Kelly Walsh High School
3500 E. 12th St.
Casper, WY 82609

Team registration opened on October 1st. A school can register up to two teams, Team 1 (first registered team) and Team 2 (second registered team). Teams will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis determined by the date/time stamp when their registrations were submitted, with first registered teams taking precedence over second registered teams, with the goal of as many different schools participating as possible.

To register your team(s), or to find more information about the National Science Bowl, please visit their website: The National Science Bowl will take place April 25th-29th, 2019 in Washington, DC. The team that wins the Wyoming competition will get to travel to DC for Nationals!

Volunteers are always needed and welcome! If you know anyone who would like to volunteer for the 2019 Wyoming Regional High School Competition, please direct them to our website to sign up (direct link: Even if the folks that want to volunteer work at your school or have students attending your school, they can still sign up as we have ways of avoiding conflict of interest. Additionally, we are currently working on creating an online training course for each volunteer position involved with the competition rounds (Moderator / Timekeeper / Scorekeeper). This will make training a lot easier for busy schedules and not be limited to the Casper area.

I'm working off of a semi-old list of contacts, so if you know someone that would like to bring a team to this year's High School competition and are not already in this group, please send me the best email to reach them at and I will see if they want to join this WyoScienceBowl group.

Samantha Phillips
c: (720) 250-6033 (text or call OK)

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