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Penn State Space Grant: Educator Workshop

Amazing educator workshop program that I have done myself!  Great experience for any teacher!  A MUST DO opportunity.

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  1. ELEMENTARY

    1. 2011 IGES Art Contest

    MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL

    2. eCYBERMISSION Competition

    3. Student Science Literacy Workshop

    4. Youth Incentive Awards

    5. 2011 DIME and WING Competitions

    6. 2012 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest

    K-12 CONTENT RESOURCES/OPPORTUNITIES

    7. Earth Science Week Contests Announced for 2011

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

    8. NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project

    9. Explore “Five Centuries of Flight” at the NASTAR Center

    10. Introduction to Nanotechnology Webinar

    11. Sustainable Energy Education: Teacher Training Workshop

    12. Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association (PSTA) Convention at Hershey, PA

    13. Hands-on Introduction to Nanotechnology Workshop for Educators

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    14. Teacher Town Hall Web Chat with Brian Williams

    15. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring

    16. Understanding Gender Equity Issues in STEM Education

    17. A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas

    18. A Chance to Win $50,000 for Your School

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    ELEMENTARY

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    1. 2011 IGES ART CONTEST

    Grades 2-4

    Entries due November 7, 2011

    http://www.strategies.org/artcontest

    We invite young scientists and artists to explore the wonderful world of weather!

    Weather is all around us! Start investigating, draw a picture showing what you learned and enter your work in the 2011 IGES art contest. “Wonders of Weather” is the 16th annual art contest held by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Arlington, VA. The contest supports national education standards for grades K-4.

    The first-, second-, and third-place artists will receive $100, $75, and $50 Visa giift cards, respectively, framed color certificates and their artwork will be showcased on IGES’s website. For all entrants, certificates of participation will be available online as PDF files for teachers and parents to download and print.

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    MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL

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    2. ECYBERMISSION COMPETITION

    Grades 6-9

    Registration deadline: Dec. 16, 2011

    http://www.ecybermission.com

    A free, U.S. Army sponsored science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competition is geared toward increasing students’ interest and participation in STEM education. Open to students in grades six through nine, eCYBERMISSION is a fun and educational competition that challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and applying the scientific method to find a solution.

    Students on winning teams are awarded up to $8,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, and the top 16 finalist teams are invited to the Washington, D.C. area for the all-expenses-paid National Judging and Educational Event.

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    3. STUDENT SCIENCE LITERACY WORKSHOP

    Biomedical research continues to make amazing advances in alleviating human and animal disease and suffering. This workshop brings students into a biomedical research facility to meet the following objectives:

    · increase awareness of the benefits (to both humans and animals) of the use of animals in biomedical research

    · increase understanding of the humane and responsible use of animals in research

    · provide participants the opportunity to interact with science

    This workshop is free and includes presentations and interactive discussions with researchers, a tour of laboratory and animal facilities, and materials to bring back to the classroom.

    Currently scheduling for the 2011-2012 school year in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas. Other locations can be scheduled by request. Contact us to schedule a workshop: psbr@psbr.org.

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    4. YOUTH INCENTIVE AWARDS

    Grades 7-12

    November 1, 2011

    http://www.coleopsoc.org/default.asp?Action=Show_SocietyInfo&ID=Youth

    The Coleopterists Society, an international organization of professionals and hobbyists interested in the study of beetles, has established a program to recognize young people studying beetles. The Society provides monetary prizes for winners. Check out their web site for additional information.

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    5. 2011 DIME AND WING COMPETITIONS

    Deadline: Nov. 1, 2011

    http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/DIME.html.

    NASA announces two opportunities for students to design and build an experiment to be conducted in a NASA research drop tower. The Dropping In a Microgravity Environment, or DIME, competition is for students in grades 9-12. Students in grades 5-8 are encouraged to participate in the “What If No Gravity?”, or WING, competition.

    Four teams in the high school DIME competition will be invited to visit NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and operate their experiments in the drop tower. Four additional teams will send their experiments to Glenn for the drop tower staff to operate them.

    The winning WING teams will have their experiments operated in the same drop tower by the NASA drop tower staff.

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    6. 2012 NASA SPACE SETTLEMENT DESIGN CONTEST

    Grades 6-12

    Deadline: March 15, 2012

    http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/.

    Design a space settlement! Space settlements are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to being on the moon or other planets. Designing a space settlement involves physics, mathematics, space science, environmental science and many other disciplines.

    The NASA Space Settlement Design Contest is for 11-18-year-old students from anywhere in the world. Individuals or teams may enter. Grades 6-8, 9-10 and 11-12 are judged separately, except for the grand prize. All participants will receive a certificate.

    For more information about the NASA Space Settlement Design Contest, visit the web site.

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    K-12 CONTENT RESOURCES/OPPORTUNITIES

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    7. EARTH SCIENCE WEEK CONTESTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2011

    Oct. 9-15, 2011

    Earth Science Week 2011 Photography Contest

    Open to All Ages

    http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/photography/index.html

    The American Geological Institute is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2011. Photographs should focus on the topic “A World of Change in My Community.” The contest is open to any resident of the United States. Participants should submit pictures that show how their areas are influenced by environmental changes. Entries may be submitted electronically or by mail. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Entries are due Oct. 14, 2011.

    Earth Science Week 2011 Visual Arts Contest

    Open to Students in Grades K-5

    http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/visualarts/index.html

    The American Geological Institute is sponsoring a visual arts contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2011. Artwork should focus on the topic “Picturing Our Ever-Changing Earth.” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original two-dimensional visual arts project that shows ways in which Earth’s air, water, land and living things change over time. Entries are due Oct. 14, 2011, and must be submitted by mail.

    Earth Science Week 2011 Essay Contest

    Open to Students in Grades 6-9

    http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/essay/index.html

    The American Geological Institute is sponsoring an essay contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2011. Essays should focus on the theme “How Change Shapes Our Planet.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay no more than 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries may be submitted electronically or by mail. The deadline for submitting entries is Oct. 14, 2011.

    If you have any questions about any of these contests, please e-mail the Earth Science Week staff at info@earthsciweek.org.

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    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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    8. NASA ENDEAVOR SCIENCE TEACHING CERTIFICATE PROJECT

    NASA Endeavor is an approximately 18 month online fellowship program in which Fellows earn 15 graduate credits and a Certificate in STEM Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Endeavor Fellows take 5 blended (live and asynchronous) online courses in STEM content and pedagogy, and become part of a prestigious network of STEM-oriented educators from across the country.

    In-service and pre-service applications are being accepted now until October 31st. For more information and how to apply, please visit: http://www.us-satellite.net/endeavor/about.cfm

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    9. EXPLORE “FIVE CENTURIES OF FLIGHT” AT THE NASTAR CENTER

    Workshop Date: Nov. 8, 2011

    Hands-on STEM specific curriculum is fun, interactive and easy at the National AeroSpace Training And Research (NASTAR) Center in Southampton, PA. On Tuesday, November 8, 2011, The NASTAR Center will offer its brand-new teacher professional development program “Five Centuries of Flight.”

    In this one-day workshop, participants are presented with an activities-based curriculum for teaching the histories of aviation and space flight from Leonardo da Vinci to the International Space Station. Participants will construct a variety of models that represent significant accomplishments and plot historical events on a timeline. Portions of the curriculum delve into the impact of technology on society. Teachers will leave with a package of materials that will allow them to use these activities with their students.

    For more information, and for a NASTAR Educator Professional Development Registration Form, contact Greg Kennedy at (215) 355-9100, X1512, or email gkennedy@nastarcenter.com.

    13. The NACK center offers a live webinar, hosted by MATEC NetWorks, every month to engage and educate teachers interested in learning more about nanotechnology related topics.

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    10. INTRODUCTION TO NANOTECHNOLOGY WEBINAR

    September 30, 2011

    1:00 p.m. Eastern time

    http://www.nano4me.org/educators.html#contenttop

    During this webinar, issues of what is nanotechnology and why the nano-scale is so unique will be addressed. The history of nanotechnology will be overviewed as will its present and future contributions to society.

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    11. SUSTAINABLE ENERGY EDUCATION: TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOP

    October 13, 2011

    Register by Oct. 5, 2011

    Location: Central IU 10, Clinton Room, 345 Link Road, West Decatur, PA 16878

    Cost: Free (lunch provided)

    Act 48 Credit Hours: 6

    Target Audience: 6th – 12th grade teachers of energy-related curriculum (science and vo-tech)

    Teachers will gain knowledge and hands-on experience with renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to introduce Energy Smart Schools, Solar Energy, and Wind Energy to the classroom. The workshop is FREE and participants receive six Act 48 credit hours, lunch, and over $170 of teaching resources including: a functional model wind turbine, a solar energy kit, a multimeter, books, DVDs, a resource binder and flashdrive.

    Presenter: Citizen Power – a PA Department of Education Approved Provider

    by contacting Luann Boulton at Central IU 10 at 814-342-0884 x3055 or http://www.ciu10.org/Page/552

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    12. PENNSYLVANIA SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION (PSTA) CONVENTION AT HERSHEY, PA

    December 1 – 2, 2011

    The theme of the meeting is “Science is the Essence of STEM.” Dr. Vikram Kode Iyengar, from Villanova University, will be the keynote speaker on Thursday evening, speaking on his research topic on sexual selection in the animal kingdom.

    PSTA works hard to offer a high quality professional development experience for PA science teachers. With school budgets so tight, where else could you go to get quality workshops, exciting key note speakers, informal forum with science leaders, and at least 50 exhibitors with their latest materials and equipment? Please plan on attending!

    You can download registration forms from http://www.pascience.org (click on the conference tab).

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    13. HANDS-ON INTRODUCTION TO NANOTECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS

    Join us and explore the world of nanotechnology. Participants will learn about the growing applications of nanotechnology in many industries including the biotechnology, MEMS, optoelectronics, chemical, and nanoelectronics industries. The basics of nanofabrication processes and tools will be covered and emphasized through processing labs held in the class 10 cleanrooms of the Penn State Nanofabrication Facility and the CNEU Teaching Cleanroom.

    This workshop is designed for: Post-Secondary, Secondary Science, Technology, and Vocational-Technical Educators; Guidance Counselors; School Administrators, and others. The workshop registration fee is $500. Financial support to attend the workshop may be available if you are community/technical college faculty member at an associate degree granting community or technical college, or you are a faculty member at a baccalaureate degree granting institution working with a community/ technical college and your institution does not have NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) funding that could support your participation in this activity.

    http://www.nano4me.org/educators.html#contenttop is the website link to the workshop. I also attached the workshop application.

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    GENERAL INFORMATION

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    14. TEACHER TOWN HALL WEB CHAT WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS

    September 25, 2011

    http://educationnation.com

    Join NBC News Anchor Brian Williams for the LIVE Teacher Town Hall web chat at 10 AM (CT) on Sunday, September 25 and tell decision-makers about YOUR experiences in the classroom. What works? What doesn’t? How are you making a difference? Join the discussion and be entered to win gift certificates to the Scholastic online Teacher Store!

    Watch Brian Williams’ video invitation to America’s teachers: http://youtu.be/tjffBZg0Rc4

    Register for the online web chat and discussion with fellow teachers and make your voice heard today at http://educationnation.com

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    15. PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS, AND ENGINEERING MENTORING

    Deadline: October 5, 2011

    http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5473&org=HRD&from=home

    Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring

    Outstanding STEM mentors and mentoring programs, particularly those that work with individuals who are historically underrepresented in these fields (such as women, minorities, and people with disabilities), are recognized annually through Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). In addition to Presidential recognition, PAESMEM recipients receive a $10,000 honorary award and a trip to Washington D.C. to participate in recognition events, meetings with policy leaders, and professional development workshops.

    Recognize a mentor or mentoring program today by submitting a nomination. U.S.-based organizations, companies, and U.S. citizens and permanent residents from the academic, government, non-profit, and private sector are all welcome to apply. Nominees must demonstrate (1) At least five years of outstanding mentoring to a significant number of people who may not otherwise have participated in STEM fields and (2) Mentoring of students at the K-graduate level or early career scientists, mathematicians, or engineers who have completed their degrees within the past 3 years.

    NOMINATE: To submit a nomination or learn more about the awards, visit the web site.

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    16. UNDERSTANDING GENDER EQUITY ISSUES IN STEM EDUCATION

    Course: October 5 – November 22, 2011

    https://www.regonline.com/opennhfall2011

    The NH e-Learning for Educators Project and the STEM Equity Pipeline Project have developed an online professional development course to inform teachers and administrators about issues of gender equity in STEM and about ways to increase the opportunities for girls and women in STEM programs.

    Using resources from the STEM Equity Pipeline Project, participants will explore the issues surrounding equitable academic opportunities for girls and women in the STEM areas, become familiar with processes to build, support, and sustain the involvement of girls and women in STEM courses and career pathways, and design a plan for improving gender equity throughout their schools, districts, or SAUs.

    Districts may register cohorts of teachers at reduced cohort registration rates. For more information on cohort rates, visit http://www.opennh.org or contact the NH e-Learning for Educators Project Coordinator, Stan Freeda, 603.271.5132, Stanley.Freeda@doe.nh.gov.

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    17. A FRAMEWORK FOR K-12 SCIENCE EDUCATION: PRACTICES, CROSSCUTTING CONCEPTS, AND CORE IDEAS

    Science, engineering, and technology permeate nearly every facet of modern life and hold the key to meeting many of humanity’s most pressing challenges, both present and future. To address the critical issues of U.S. competitiveness and to better prepare the workforce, Framework for K-12 Science Education proposes a new approach to K-12 science education that will capture students’ interest and provide them with the necessary foundational knowledge in the field.

    Framework for K-12 Science Education outlines a broad set of expectations for students in science and engineering in grades K-12. These expectations will inform the development of new standards for K-12 science education and, subsequently, revisions to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development for educators..

    Framework for K-12 Science Education is the first step in a process that will inform state-level decisions and provide a research-grounded basis for improving science teaching and learning across the country. The book will guide standards developers, curriculum designers, assessment developers, teacher educators, state and district science administrators, teachers, and educators who work in informal science environments.

    A prepublication copy can be downloaded for free at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13165.

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    18. A CHANCE TO WIN $50,000 FOR YOUR SCHOOL

    Deadline: October 17, 2011

    http://www.PowerABrightFuture.com/NSTA

    The Clorox Company’s Power a Bright Future school grant program gives kids the power to grow and transform through playing, creating, and exploring inside and outside the classroom. Nominate your school by October 17 for the chance to win a $50,000 grand-prize grant to help fund a new or ongoing program. Schools also have a chance to win $25,000 grants in each of the Play, Create,or Explore categories. One school will also receive a special judges’ choice grant of $25,000.

    For more information and to nominate your school, visit http://www.PowerABrightFuture.com/NSTA.

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