Science Matters e-blast - December 23, 2010

Here are your science education resources and announcements for December 23 - January 12, 2011 provided by the Science Matters Network. These science education highlights are emailed to Key Leaders, Points of Contact and State Partners. Please forward them on to other science educators in your school.If you have questions or comments, please forward them to:

David Bydlowski

Michigan Coordinator-Science Matters Network

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Sue Campbell

MSTA Representative

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1.Leadership

"Life is change.Growth is optional.   Choose wisely."
Karen Kaiser Clark

Thank you to Herm Boatin, Science consultant and lecturer, University of Michigan-Dearborn, for contributing this leadership quote.


The Science Matters Network In Michigan


2a.Happy Holidays from the Michigan Science Matters Network

On behalf of the Michigan Science Matters Network Advisory Board and the National Science Teachers Association's Science Matters Network, I wish you and your family a wonderful and restful holiday season.Our next eBlast will be out by January 13, 2011.See you next year!!!


2b.Point of Contact Receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching

Congratulations to Nate Childers of Rochester - Michigan's Presidential Award Winner for Excellence in Science Teaching.President Obama recognized some of the Nation's finest math and science teachers last week. The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest honor that Kindergarten through 12th grade science and math teachers can receive. The awardees gathered in Washington, D.C. for the awards ceremony and four days of festivities, including a visit to the White House, professional development opportunities, and discussions with the Obama Administration.

The PAEMST award alternates each year between recognizing elementary and secondary education teachers, with the latter being honored this round. The selection process is rigorous and includes multiple reviews by scientists, mathematicians and educators, as well as the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The final teachers who are selected exemplify the highest standards of math and science teaching.

This year, 52 of the awardees are science teachers, 51 are mathematics teachers, and they represent 49 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories. In addition to the free trip to Washington, D.C. for the awards ceremony, winners also receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.


MDE, MEAP and MMC Updates


3a.Update on the Common Core Standards in Science

In an update released last week, Helen Quinn, chair of the Board on Science Education of the National Research Council (NRC), described the ongoing efforts of the 18-member study committee to revise the draft conceptual framework for new science education standards based on feedback received during the public comment period last July. At that time, more than 2,000 people responded to the online survey, and hundreds more participated in discussion groups across the country, including those conducted by NSTA. The revised draft will go through an external review process before being released some time in the spring.

Funded by the Carnegie Corporation, NRC began work early last year to develop a conceptual framework to guide the development of the next generation of science education standards. When the final framework is complete, Achieve, Inc., will begin the science standards writing process based on this framework. To read the update, visit the National Academies website at: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bose/Standards_Framework_Homepage.html


Science Humor


4a.Funny Science Teaching Experiences

Miss Jones had been giving her second-grade students a lesson on science. She had explained about magnets and showed how they would pick up nails and other bits of iron.Now it was question time, and she asked, "My name begins with the letter 'M' and I pick up things. What am I?" A little boy on the front row proudly said, "You're a mom!"

While my third-grade class was completing a writing exercise, one of the students asked me how to spell "piranha." I told him I was unsure. To my delight, he went to the dictionary to solve his problem. That's when I overheard another pupil say to him, "Why bother to look it up? She doesn't know how to spell it anyway."

The Teacher asked Little Johnny, "How can you prevent diseases caused by biting insects?"Little Johnny replied, "Just don't bite any."


Parent Corner


5a. Science Homework Help

Motivate your child to explore the sciences by providing the help he/she needs with science homework. Visit: http://www.education.com/topic/science-homework-help/

and browse resources on getting involved with your child's science homework using activities to develop his/her scientific knowledge and understanding.Featured articles include:

  • Helping Your Child Learn Science: The Basics
  • Helping Your Child Learn Science: Developing Your Child's Scientific Understanding
  • Helping Your Child Learn Science - Activities: Introduction
  • Helping Your Child Learn Science: Resource List
  • Helping Your Child Learn Science - Activities: Science in the Community
  • Developing a Love for Science: Parents Make the Difference
  • What Makes a Good Science Fair Project?

5b.Upcoming Deadlines

January 29, 2011:Super, Science Saturday at Grand Valley State University.For more information, please Visit: http://gvsu.edu/rmsc/interchange/2010-october-super-science-saturday-462.htm


Grants


6a.Knowles High School Science Teaching Foundation Teaching Fellowship

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) is accepting applications for its KSTF Teaching Fellowships, which support America's best teachers of high school mathematics and science at the critical early juncture of their career. The award consists of $150,000 in tuition assistance, monthly stipends and support for summer professional development; regular meetings, online discussions and a structured mentor relationship for each fellow.Applicants must have a strong background in mathematics or science and demonstrate a commitment to teaching high school science and mathematics in the United States.The deadline to apply is January 12, 2011.For more information, please Visit: http://www.kstf.org/fellowships/teaching.html


6b.Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program

National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP) and Lindblad Expeditions are pleased to announce the 2011 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program. This professional development opportunity, named in honor of National Geographic Society Chairman Gil Grosvenor, will give current K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, Canada and Puerto Rico the opportunity to extend Grosvenor's legacy of excellence in geographic education. Selected educators will travel aboard the National Geographic Explorer in June and/or July, 2011 to Arctic Svalbard. Through this program, hard-working educators will be recognized for their commitment to geographic education and given a professional development opportunity to be actively engaged in finding new ways to bring geographic awareness and ocean stewardship to their classrooms or informal learning environments through a field-based experience.The deadline to apply is January 15, 2011.For more information, please Visit: http://www.expeditions.com/Grosvenor_Teacher_Fe674.asp?


6c.Herb Society of America Grant for Educators

Each year, the Herb Society of America (HAS) funds innovative projects that enhance herbal education. This grant challenges educators (formal and informal) to develop and deliver learning experiences to the public, including school systems, communities, or any public forum (electronic or person-to-person). Your project must specifically promote herbal education, beyond the usual garden activities. Learning goals and a mechanism to measure the educational outcomes are required.

The society's Grant Committee hopes to fund one or two grants for a total of $5,000. Apply by December 31, 2010, at the HSA website at: http://www.herbsociety.org/resources/educator-grants.html


6d. Upcoming Deadlines

December 31, 2010:Deadline for K-12 teachers to apply for the Captain Planet Foundation Hands-On Environmental Projects grants.For more information, please Visit: http://www.captainplanetfoundation.org/

December 31, 2010:Deadline to apply for the Herb Society of America Grant for Educators.For more information, please Visit: http://www.herbsociety.org/resources/educator-grants.html

January 4, 2011:Deadline for K-12 Teachers to apply for the Einstein Fellowship. If you have questions about the program or application, contact Program Manager Kathryn Culbertson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

January 12, 2011:Deadline to apply for the Knowles HS Science Teaching Foundation Teaching Fellowship.For more information, please Visit: http://www.kstf.org/fellowships/teaching.html

January 14, 2011:Deadline to apply for the Wildflower Association of Michigan Outdoor Classroom grants.For more information, please Visit: http://wildflowersmich.org

January 14, 2011:Deadline to apply for the Youth and Youth Educator Sustainable Agriculture Grants.For more information, please Visit: http://www.sare.org/NCRSARE/cfp.htm

January 15, 2011:Deadline to apply for the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program.For more information, please Visit: http://www.expeditions.com/Grosvenor_Teacher_Fe674.asp?

January 19, 2011:Deadline for High School Educators to apply to participate in the Mars Education Challenge with grants from $2500 -- $5000.For more information, please Visit: http://www.exploremars.org/

February 1, 2011:Deadline for grade 6-12 teachers to apply for the Toshiba America Foundation Math and Science Grants.For more information, please visit:

http://www.toshiba.com/taf/612_apply.jsp

February 2, 2011:Deadline for MS and HS teachers to apply for the Shell Science Lab Challenge.For more information, please Visit: http://shellsciencelab.nsta.org

February 23, 2011:Deadline to apply for the Toyota Tapestry Grants.For more information, please Visit: http://www.nsta.org/pd/tapestry/

March 15, 2011:Deadline for K-12 teachers to apply for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.For more information, please Visit: http://www.wecanchange.com/


Student Contests, Challenges, and Opportunities


7a.Galileoscope Observing Contest

Galilesocope users, take note! The National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) and the National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO) announce the opening of three Galileoscope Observing Contests. The contests are open to students in grades 12 and under. There are two categories in each contest: Sketches and Images. The first two targets are the Moon and Jupiter. These contests run through January 21, 2011. A third contest, "Galileo's Choice" is also now open for observing other objects and concludes in April. NESTA will maintain an ongoing Galileoscope Image Gallery of entries as the contests progress. Prize packages will be awarded by NOAO and will include a number of items such as a book, poster and a planisphere. Winners will receive publicity through the NESTA web site and also have their work published in the Earth Scientist. Full contest details may be found at: https://www.nestanet.org/cms/content/galileoscope-observing-contests


7b.National Youth Science Camp 2011

Do you know GREAT senior science students in Michigan?If so, please let them know of this opportunity to work with our country's other finest seniors at the:

National Youth Science Camp 2011

Two high school seniors from Michigan will receive a full scholarship to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds.The nearly month-long experience includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation; overnight camping trips into the Monogahela National Forest; and a visit to Washington D.C.The selected delegates must not only demonstrate academic achievement in science, but also show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.

The NYSC experience is offered at no cost to its participants, so that selected delegates may attend regardless of their financial status.Contributions to the National Youth Science Foundation® allow delegates to participate in this "once in a lifetime" experience.Educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging, and round-trip air passage on scheduled airlines are provided free of charge.Delegates arrive in Charleston, West Virginia, on Thursday, June 30, and depart on Sunday, July 24, 2011.The NYSC is held near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia, within the Monongahela National Forest.Application forms are available on the NYSC website at: http://www.nysc.org

and must be submitted directly to the following address:

Kevin Richard

Science Education Consultant

Michigan Department of Education

PO Box 30008

Lansing, MI 48909

Applications must be received by Friday, January 21, 2011.


7c.Young Naturalist Award

The Young Naturalist Awards is an inquiry-based science competition for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science.Students plan and conduct their own scientific investigation, one that will include observations, questions, predictions, trips into the field to gather data, and analysis.Essays are due March 1, 2011. A panel of judges will review each essay, and twelve winners, two from each grade, will be chosen. Winners will receive cash awards. In May 2011, they will be invited, along with a parent or guardian, on an expense-paid trip to New York City to attend an award ceremony at the Museum.For more information, Visit: http://www.amnh.org/yna


7d.Science Saturdays at UM-Ann Arbor

In collaboration with the Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis, the IDEA Institute invites High School Students to join in on four Science Saturdays.Each Saturday will be filled with chemistry investigations and touring Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan Campus.The total cost for attending all four Science Saturdays is $80.This includes all activities, transportation from a location close to you, lunch, and give-aways.The day begins with pick-up at 9:00 AM and ends with bus departure at 4:30 PM.The dates for the Science Saturdays are:

January 8, February 12, March 19 and April 9.

A Science Saturday application is available by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at: http://www.ideainstitute.umich.edu


7e.My Favorite Teacher Contest

Students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, in English on 8.5" x 11" white paper) sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. Each entry should be submitted with the entry form and a parent or legal guardian must sign the entry form acknowledging that they have read the Official Contest Rules.

Participating schools will collect the essays and provide them to their local Barnes & Noble store representative. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 18, 2011. Winners are selected, and the local store and community celebrations begin!For more information, please Visit: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/my-favorite-teacher/379002376/?


7f.NASA Future of Flight Art Contest

NASA's Future of Flight Art Contest invites students to imagine what spaceships, rockets or aircraft will look like 100 years from now. High school and college students from all areas of study are encouraged to enter. Artists are encouraged to collaborate with science and engineering students. Any full-time student can enter, regardless of major or area of study. Team entries are accepted, but team size is limited to eight students.

Entries will be accepted in the following categories: two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, digital (including music and video) and literature (poetry and short stories). Entries will be evaluated on creativity and artistic qualities. Prizes include awards and exhibit opportunities. Entries are due April 15, 2011.

For more information about the NASA Future of Flight Art Contest, Visit: http://artcontest.larc.nasa.gov/


7g.Get Green Video Contest for High School Students

Planet Connect, a portal for high school students to learn more about the environment, announces the 2011 Get Green video contest.In partnership with the Leaders of Environmental Action Films, the Get Green Video Contest is asking U.S. high school students to Show Us Your Ocean Connection.Participating students will create a video and show us how their everyday actions impact the ocean, whether they live on the coast or a thousand miles from the sea. Winners will receive cash and other great prizes from Samsung, including the new Galaxy Tab and an HD Camcorder. Contest entries will be accepted through February 23, 2011. Visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZibmTuMo8A0

to watch the contest promo video, or check out the contest details at: http://www.planetconnect.org/2011getgreen


7h. Upcoming Deadlines

December 31, 2010:Deadline for K-12 Students to apply for the President's Environmental Youth Award.For more information, please Visit: http://www.epa.gov/peya

January 5, 2011:Deadline to apply for the Mars Education Challenge.For more information, please Visit: http://www.exploremars.org

January 11, 2011:Deadline for HS students to apply for the Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Awards Competition.For more information, please Visit: http://www.conradawards.org/

January 15, 2011:Deadline for the RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge.For more information, please Visit: http://www.nasarealworldinworld.org

January 21, 2011:Deadline for high school seniors to apply for the National Youth Science Camp.For more information, please Visit: http://www.nysc.org

January 29, 2011:Super, Science Saturday at Grand Valley State University.For more information, please Visit: http://gvsu.edu/rmsc/interchange/2010-october-super-science-saturday-462.htm

January 31, 2011:Deadline for MS and HS students to enter the DuPont Challenge Science Essay Contest.For more information, please Visit: http://thechallenge.dupont.com

February 1, 2011:Deadline for 5-8 students to enter the National Spaced Out Sports Design Challenge.For more information, please Visit: http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/spacedoutsports

February 2, 2011:Deadline for K-12 students to enter the ExploraVision Competition.For more information, please Visit: http://www.exploravision.org/

February 4, 2011:Deadline for High School Teams to register for the USA Biology Olympiad.For more information, please Visit: http://www.usabo-trc.org/registration.php?s=tr

February 18, 2011:Deadline for High Schools to register to participate in the Michigan Envirothon.For more information, please Visit: http://macd.org/about-envirothon.html

February 23, 2011:Deadline for High School Students to enter the Get Green Video Contest.For more information, please Visit: http://www.planetconnect.org/2011getgreen

February 28, 2011:Deadline for 5th - 8th Grade students to enter the 2nd Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge.For more information, please Visit: http://wlmr.nasa.gov

March 1, 2011:Deadline for MS and HS students to enter the Young Naturalist Award Contest.For more information, please Visit: http://www.amnh.org/yna

March 1, 2011:Deadline for boys and girls aged 8-18 to enter the EngineerGirl! Essay Contest.For more information, please Visit: http://www.engineergirl.org/?id=13161

March 7, 2011:Deadline to apply to participate in the American Society of Human Genetics 6th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest.For more information, please Visit: http://www.ashg.org/education/dnaday.shtml

March 15, 2010:Deadline for 6th - 12th Grade students to enter the NASA Space Settlement Design Contest.For more information, please Visit: http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest

March 18, 2011:Deadline for students to enter the My Favorite Teacher Contest.For more information, please visit;

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/my-favorite-teacher/379002376/?

April 11, 2010:Deadline for 9-12 Grade Students to enter the 2011 Thacher Environmental Research Contest.For more information, please Visit: http://www.strategies.org/ThacherContest

April 15, 2011:Deadline for High School Students to enter the NASA Future of Flight Art Contest.For more information, please Visit: http://artcontest.larc.nasa.gov


K-12 Science Teachers


8a. Help BSCS Develop a Diabetes Education Curriculum

As you probably know from reports on various news programs, type 2 diabetes is becoming a serious health problem. BSCS recently received funding from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at NIH to develop complimentary curriculum materials about type 2 diabetes for students in grades K-12. They will be developing seven inquiry-based curriculum units that will include both print and web-based activities.As BSCS gets started on this project, they would like your help. They want to know what would make the materials more useful for you as a classroom teacher. They also want to learn more about what people currently think about diabetes.

They have designed short online surveys to help them gather information. These surveys should take less than 15 minutes and do not require any preparation. In fact, they don't want you to prepare-it will be more helpful to get your responses based on your current knowledge and teaching experience. The surveys are anonymous. They are not asking for any information that will identify you as an individual.Also, they would like to hear what your students have to say! They have provided three grade-range student surveys below to help them find out what students know and think about diabetes. As with the teacher surveys, the student surveys are brief and anonymous. If you have your students respond to the surveys, you might want to review the information on the first screen with them before they begin answering questions.

Please click on the appropriate link below:

Teachers of Grades K-6: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7GMTMP2

Teachers of Grades 7-8: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7GHL5DQ

Teachers of Grades 9-12: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DZDNVLG

Students in Grades 3-6: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7HBR6W3

Students in Grades 7-8: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7P8LYBH

Students in Grades 9-12: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7PVXHSV

Thank you for sharing your input and your time. Please submit your survey responses by January 10, 2011. They will thoughtfully review all responses and use the information to develop the most effective curriculum materials we can.


8b.Investigate the Reasons for the Seasons

In the Mystery Class global game, students search to uncover the secret locations of ten "mystery" sites hiding around Earth. To guide the investigation, students track changes in day length at the mystery sites and at their hometown, and use other "clues" along the way. As they take this journey, students unlock the essential questions behind the reasons for seasons and the dramatic changes in day length that result. The game starts on January 31, 2011. Find information for observing Earth's daily and seasonal cycles as well as lessons, activities and journals on the game's Website at: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/mclass


8c. Watch the Construction of the International Space Station

In this International Space Station (ISS)Assembly diagram, students can watch the Space Station come together, piece by piece, from 1998 until 2008. The links at the right of the diagram will take students to information about each stage of the Space Station's growth.Please visit: http://i.usatoday.net/tech/graphics/iss_timeline/flash.htm


8d. Celebrate the International Year of Chemistry

The theme of the International Year of Chemistry 2011 is "Chemistry - our life, our future."The goals of this year of global celebration are to:

  1. Increase the public appreciation of chemistry
  2. Increase the interest of young people in chemistry
  3. Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
  4. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Madame Curie's Nobel Prize and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies.

Check out all the excitement at the International Year of Chemistry website at http://www.chemistry2011.org


8e. Geography Trivia from Space Contest

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is currently living aboard the International Space Station. During his six-month stay in space, Kelly will have the opportunity to see and photograph various locations on Earth. In fact, part of his job is to capture a kaleidoscope of geographic spots used for scientific analysis of our planet.Using these pictures, astronaut Kelly wants to test your knowledge of the world through a geography trivia game on Twitter. Kelly will tweet a picture and ask the public to identify the place depicted in the photo. The first person to correctly identify the place will win an autographed copy of the picture.The first image in the geography contest was posted on Nov. 15, 2010. Kelly plans to continue posting contest photos throughout his mission. He is currently scheduled to return from the space station in March 2011.

To play the geography trivia game and to get other updates from Kelly throughout his mission, follow his twitter account at: http://twitter.com/stationcdrkelly

For more information and for complete rules for the Geography Trivia From Space Contest, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition25/geo_trivia_contest.html


8f. MSELA Meeting at MSTA

Join the Michigan Science Education Leadership Association for an exciting evening at the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.You will enjoy a delicious buffet meal and the opportunity to network with other science education professionals, learn more about MSELA PD grants, hear updates from MDE State Officials and attend a horticultural tour.The date of the dinner is Thursday, February 24, 2011.The deadline to register is February 4, 2011.For more information, please Visit: http://www.MSELAnow.webs.com


8g. The 111th Christmas Bird Count

From December 14 through January 5, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.   To learn more and to participate, please Visit: http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count


8h. Win the Ultimate School Assembly

Imagine a day of Discovery at your school complete with engaging science demonstrations, hands-on activities and thrilling special surprises. Enter often to improve your chances of winning the Ultimate Cool School Science Day! For your school, sponsored by Siemens.Entries will accepted through February 24, 2011.The winner will be announced on or about March 8, 2011.For more information, please Visit: http://siemensscienceday.com/enter_sweepstakes.cfm


8i. National Environmental Education Week

National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is an annual celebration of teaching and learning about the environment. Held each year the week before Earth Day - April 10-16, 2011 - EE Week provides educators with resources to promote K-12 students' understanding of the environment. This year, EE Week will focus on the theme Ocean Connections, providing resources, teaching tools, lesson plans, webinars, and activities to help teachers and students across the country explore their connections to and dependence upon the ocean. Learn more at: http://www.eeweek.org


8j. Upcoming Deadlines

January 1 - December 31, 2011:International Year of Chemistry.Please Visit: http://www.chemistry2011.org

January 6, 2011:Deadline to apply for the Japan-US Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development.For more information, please Visit: http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/ESD/Application

January 4, 2011:Deadline for K-12 Teachers to apply for the Einstein Fellowship. If you have questions about the program or application, contact Program Manager Kathryn Culbertson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

January 15, 2011:Deadline for K-12 teachers to apply for the 2011 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award.For more information, please visit: http://www.amfcse.org/Alan%20Shepard%20Award/alan_shepard_award.htm

January 17, 2011:Deadline to apply for the Bette and Roger Gay Scholarship at the Detroit Zoo, to participate in the Adopt-A-School visit to Peru.For more information, please visit:

http://www.detroitzoo.org/adoptaschool

January 31, 2011:Deadline to participate in the Mystery Class Global Game on the Seasons.For more information, please Visit: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/mclass

February 4, 2011:Deadline to register to attend the MSELA at MSTA meeting at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI.For more information, please Visit: http://www.MSELAnow.webs.com

February 21 - March 6, 2011:GLOBE at Night-Orion Campaign.For more information, please Visit: http://www.globeatnight.org

February 24, 2011:Last day to enter to win the Ultimate School Science Assembly.For more information, please Visit: http://siemensscienceday.com/enter_sweepstakes.cfm

February 25-26, 2011:MSTA 58th Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, MI.For more information, please Visit: http://msta-mich.org

March 10-13, 2011:NSTA National Conference in San Francisco, CA.For more information, please Visit: http://www.nsta.org/conferences/2011san/?lid=tnav

March 15, 2011:Deadline for K-12 teachers to apply for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.For more information, please Visit: http://www.wecanchange.com/

March 16-18, 2011:MACUL Conference at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI.For more information, please Visit: http://macul.org

March 22 - April 4, 2011:GLOBE at Night-LEO Campaign.For more information, please Visit: http://www.globeatnight.org

April 10 - 16, 2011:National Environmental Education Week.For more information, please Visit: http://www.eeweek.org


High School Science Teachers


9a.NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to design and build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter up to two teams. The race will take place April 1-2, 2011, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.Teams must register by Feb. 1, 2011.

For more information about the competition and to register online, Visit: http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov/index.html


9b.Opportunity for Female Juniors to Work Alongside Female NASA Engineers

WISH wants female high school juniors to participate in a pilot project. Selected applicants will compete to participate in a summer 2011 workshop at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. There they will work alongside female NASA engineers and interns and collaborate in hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The WISH Flier explains how to apply.

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/WISH_Flier.html


9c. Human Exploration Project Series for Grades 9-12

This series of curricular units focus on themes that NASA engineers and scientists -- as well as future generations of explorers -- must consider when planning future human explorations into space. This includes such themes as Energy and Power, Transportation and Lunar Plant Growth Chambers (the STS-118 Design Challenges).

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/HEP_Engineering.html


9d. Upcoming Deadlines

January 14, 2011:Deadline for high school teachers and students to submit papers and application materials for the 47th Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at WSU.For more information, please Visit: http://education.wayne.edu/ted/JSHS/

February 1, 2011:Deadline for High School Students to register for the NASA Great Moonbuggy race.For more information, please Visit: http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov/index.html

February 18, 2011:Deadline for HS teams to register for the Michigan Envirothon.For more information, please Visit: http://www.michiganenvirothon.org

April 15, 2011:National DNA Day.For more information, please Visit: http://www.ashg.org/education/dnaday.shtml

May 12-13, 2011:Michigan Envirothon at the Ft. Custer Environmental Training Center near Battle Creek, MI.For more information, please Visit: http://macd.org/about-envirothon.html


Middle School and High School Science Teachers


10a. Learn About Energy in a High-Tech World

The interactive Oil Refining: A Closer Look gives students an opportunity to learn how oil is transformed from its "raw" state to more useable forms. An introductory movie offers background on how petroleum came to exist in the first place and why it can be used as a source of energy. Students then can run the distillation and treatment processes that change crude oil into everything from gasoline to roof tiles. Please Visit: http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/energy/interactive/index.php


10b. You Are Invited to Join the Climate Stewards Education Program

Help build a climate-literate public that is actively engaged in climate stewardship activities. The goals of this program are to provide educators with sustained professional development, collaborative tools,and support to build a climate-literate public that is actively engaged in climate stewardship activities. As part of this growing network, you will:

  • Increase your content knowledge in climate and related sciences
  • Increase your ability to identify and use scientifically credible resources and processes
  • Help your students engage in active environmental stewardship activities

What will you have to do as part of the project?

  • Complete at least 15 hours of professional development training in climate science and educational applications starting in the winter of 2010-2011. Many opportunities will be available including online and face-to-face seminars, symposia, short courses, and mini-conferences.
  • Participate in monthly teleconferences and online learning communities.
  • Develop and implement a stewardship project that may include service learning, classroom projects, community projects, or classroom curriculum infusion.
  • Share ideas, findings, and recommendations concerning resources and implementation.

E-mail Bruce.Moravchik@noaa.govby December 31, 2010. Only 50 new educators will be accepted this year.


10c. Upcoming Deadlines

December 31, 2010:Deadline to apply to participate in the Climate Stewards Education Program.For more information, please send an email to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

January 23, 2011:Deadline for MS and HS teachers to apply for the Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa.For more information, please Visit: http://www.iie.org/toyota

January 24, 2011:Deadline for MS and HS teachers to apply for the Frontiers in Physiology Professional Development Fellowship.For more information, please Visit: http://www.frontiersinphys.org

March 15, 2010:Deadline for 6th - 12th Grade students to enter the NASA Space Settlement Design Contest.For more information, please Visit: http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest

April 2, 2011:Deadline to nominate a MS or HS teacher for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.For more information, please Visit: http://www.paemst.org


Middle School Teachers


11a. Upcoming Deadlines

February 25, 2011:MEECS Training Workshops at the MSTA Conference in Grand Rapids, MI.For more information, please Visit: http://www.michigan.gov/dnreworkshops


Elementary and Middle School Science Teachers


12a. Upcoming Deadlines

January 5, 2011:Deadline for Elementary and Middle School Teachers to apply for the Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching Award.For more information, please Visit: http://www.agiweb.org/education/awards/ed-roy/

February 16, 2011:Deadline for 5th - 8th grade students to enter the Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors Contest.For more information, please Visit: http://rubberbandcontest.org/


Elementary School Teachers


13a. Great Set of Science Resources Online

Are you looking for experiments, science fair ideas, research, videos, or do you have questions about science?If you do, please Visit: http://www.sciencebob.com/index.php


14.December Contest Winners

In December, we gave away five $10 SubWay gift cards.Here is a list of the winners:

Rebecca Field, Kolb Elementary School - Bay City Public Schools

Peter Youngblood, Trenton High School - Trenton Public Schools

Lynnea Roon-- Kelloggsville Public Schools

Linda Ruth Wichers, Seaholm HS - Birmingham Public Schools

Kari Simon, St. John's High School - St. John's Public Schools

Congratulations to all of the winners. If you did not win, keep trying. Next month may be your lucky month.


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