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  • 25 Jul 2017 8:57 PM | Anonymous


                                                   Youth Incentive Award



    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 has pledged to provide up to $600 each year for the Youth Incentive Award Program.  The Junior award is a monetary grant of $200 and the Senior award is $400.  Award recipients also will receive up to $200 (Junior) and $400 (Senior) of equipment credit from the BioQuip Products catalog. In addition to monetary and BioQuip grants, award recipients will each receive a one year subscription to the society journal, The Coleopterists Bulletin

    This is for children of grades 7-12 only.

     

                                        The objectives of the Youth Incentive Award are to:

     

     * provide encouragement and assistance to young beetle enthusiasts (grades 7-12).

     

      * promote the study of beetles, the most diverse group of insects, as a rewarding lifelong avocation or career.

     

     * provide opportunities for young people to develop important life skills such as leadership, cooperation, communication, planning and conducting a scientific study, grant writing and managing funds.

     

     * provide some financial support to enrich activities or projects.

     

    A Youth Incentive Award Committee from the Coleopterists Society will evaluate the applications and will select up to two winners annually; one each in junior (grades 7-9) and senior (grades 10-12) categories.  The selection committee invites proposals for topics such as field collecting trips to conduct beetle species inventories or diversity studies, attending workshops or visiting entomology or natural history museums for special training and projects on beetles, studying aspects of beetle biology, etc.  The proposed activities or projects will be evaluated on their degree of creativity, educational benefit to the applicant, scientific merit, feasibility and budgetary planning.  This Award is for proposals by individuals only.  Each applicant is strongly encouraged to find an adult advisor (teacher, youth group leader, parent, etc.) to provide guidance in proposal development, but the proposal MUST be written by the applicant.  The Coleopterists Society would also be happy to assist in establishing contacts between youth and professional Coleopterists.

     

    Additional details and application forms for The Coleopterists Society Youth Incentive Award Program can be obtained from: Dr. David G. Furth; Entomology, NHB, MRC 165; P.O. Box 37012; Smithsonian Institution; Washington, D. C. 20013-7012 (phone: 202-633-0990, FAX: 202-786-2894, email: furthd@si.edu).  Also check The Coleopterists Society WebPage: http://www.coleopsoc.org/default.asp?Action=Show_SocietyInfo&ID=Youth

     

    Applications for this year must be submitted by 1 November 2017.


  • 19 Jul 2017 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    NEON - NASA Educators Online Network

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

    Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

    The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

    July 18, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: Guest Scientist -- High-Altitude Ballooning (Grades K-12) -- Get an overview of high-altitude ballooning during eclipses with Bernhard Beck-Winchatz from the STEM Studies Department at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Beck-Winchatz has worked on several NASA projects using weather balloon flights that provide affordable access to a spacelike environment for student research. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/263980

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    July 19, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: Building Your Own Eclipse Equipment for Your Classroom on a Budget (Grades K-12) -- Learn how to build inexpensive models to teach solar eclipse concepts in the classroom. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/263974

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    July 20, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: What, When, Where, How and Safety (Grades K-12) -- On Aug. 21, 2017, most Americans will experience their first total solar eclipse in almost 40 years. What is a solar eclipse? Where will the eclipse be visible? When will the eclipse occur? How can the eclipse be viewed safely? This webinar will explore these questions using some of the many NASA resources and classroom lessons supporting this solar event. Learn about the important safety of properly viewing the eclipse with your students. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/263468

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    July 24, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: Dr. Madhulika Guhathakurta, Guest Scientist (Grades K-12) -- As a singular event of national scale and with a global audience, the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, will be a landmark event for a new generation. Where will you be? In this webinar, participants will be able to connect with the lead program scientist for NASA's "Living With a Star" initiative, Dr. Madhulika Guhathakurta. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/263957

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    July 25, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: Shadows (Grades K-12) -- On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible across the continental U.S., the first in almost 40 years! Participants in this webinar will learn about shadows and the upcoming solar eclipse. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/254223

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    July 26, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET: Earth, Moon and Sun -- Modeling the Solar Eclipse (Grades K-12) -- Participants will explore hands-on and inquiry-based resources related to the solar eclipse. Learn how to bring STEM challenges and the adventure of space exploration to students in the classroom. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/237946

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    For the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development webinar schedule, go to: http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/

  • 18 Jul 2017 4:09 PM | Anonymous

    Each year the Wendell G. Mohling Foundation pays the way for one KATS member to the national NSTA convention.  The applicant must have  taught science for at least two years and not previously attended a national NSTA convention.  The application deadline is September 1, 2017. The application and detailed eligibility guidelines can be accessed by going directly to wendellmohlingfoundation.com.  (Information forwarded by Carol Mohling on July 18.)

  • 18 Jul 2017 3:31 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Colleagues,

     

    NSTA is offering one last webinar to help you and your school colleagues prepare for the upcoming August 21st solar eclipse.  Join astronomy educators Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz, authors of the NSTA publications Solar Science and When the Sun Goes Dark, as they discuss when and where the eclipse will be best visible,  a variety of ways to observe the eclipse safely, how to learn what’s happening around the country on August 21st, and some of the citizen science taking place that you can share with your students throughout the year.  Also, find out when and where the NEXT eclipse to cross the U.S. will be visible (HINT: it’s only seven years away.)

     

    Register now to reserve a spot in this FREE web seminar at http://learningcenter.nsta.org/eclipse to get suggestions for ways to explain eclipses and the science behind them, plus observing techniques that work in small or large group situations. 

     

    We look forward to interacting with you during the webinar.

     

    Dennis and Andrew

     

     

    "Work hard to find something that fascinates you. When you find it you will know your lifework" -- Richard Feynman

     

    Dennis Schatz

    Senior Advisor, Pacific Science Center

    Field Editor, Connected Science Learning, an online journal of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)

    Informal Science Director, NSTA Board of Directors

    P (206) 218-8946 | F (206) 443-3631 | schatz@pacsci.org | www.dennisschatz.org
  • 13 Jul 2017 10:20 PM | Anonymous

    NEON - NASA Educators Online Network

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

    Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

    The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

    July 11, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. ET: Lunar Phases and Student Misconceptions (Grades 2-8) -- To prepare for the total solar eclipse in August, explore the astronomy behind lunar and solar eclipses. Presenters will demonstrate activities that prepare classes to view the eclipse and will share lesson plans that explain the connection between the phases of the moon and the eclipse. And participants will learn how to clear up common spatial misconceptions students often have about eclipses. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/261973

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    July 13, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. ET: Lava Layering: Making and Mapping a Volcano (Grades 5-8) -- Participants will be introduced to an activity that focuses on interpreting geologic history through volcano formation and excavation. Baking soda, vinegar and play dough are used to model fluid lava flows. Various colors of play dough identify different eruption events. The activity challenges students to construct a model of a volcano, produce lava flows, observe, draw, record, and interpret the history and stratigraphy of a volcano produced by other students and make the connection between the life cycle of a volcano and see these features on Earth and Mars.mRegister online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/261971

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    July 17, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: Edible Experiments/The Great American Eclipse / Eclipse Book Reviews (Grades K-12) -- Explore resources for making edible models to teach about lunar and solar eclipses. Browse websites with hands-on activities on subjects such as protection from UV rays. Learn about a collection of children's literature to use for studying the eclipse. These activities will be great for summer camps and back-to-school events before the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/263976

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    July 18, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: Guest Scientist -- High-Altitude Ballooning (Grades K-12) -- Get an overview of high-altitude ballooning during eclipses with Bernhard Beck-Winchatz from the STEM Studies Department at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Beck-Winchatz has worked on several NASA projects using weather balloon flights that provide affordable access to a spacelike environment for student research. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/263980

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    July 19, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: Building Your Own Eclipse Equipment for Your Classroom on a Budget (Grades K-12) -- Learn how to build inexpensive models to teach solar eclipse concepts in the classroom. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/263974

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    July 20, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: What, When, Where, How and Safety (Grades K-12) -- On Aug. 21, 2017, most Americans will experience their first total solar eclipse in almost 40 years. What is a solar eclipse? Where will the eclipse be visible? When will the eclipse occur? How can the eclipse be viewed safely? This webinar will explore these questions using some of the many NASA resources and classroom lessons supporting this solar event. Learn about the important safety of properly viewing the eclipse with your students. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/263468

  • 05 Jul 2017 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    NEON - NASA Educators Online Network

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

    Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

    The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

    July 3, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: The Mechanics of Eclipses (Grades 5-12) -- Participants in this webinar will get an overview of the “Sun, Earth, Moon” system and the basic mechanics of how and why eclipses occur. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standard ESS1. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/242601

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    July 5, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Assessing Student Work During an Engineering Design Challenge (Grades 5-12) -- Participants in this webinar will learn about assessment strategies and NASA resources for classroom engineering design projects. Specific applications of these strategies will be discussed. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/242606

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    July 6, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: NASA Engineering Design Process 101: An Introduction to Classroom Application (Grades 4-12) -- Explore the engineering design process and its application to real-world problem solving. Also explore NASA design challenges and other NASA STEM classroom resources. Engineering design is a common topic across each grade level in the Next Generation Science Standards and an important concept in understanding the world around us. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/254193

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    July 11, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. ET: Lunar Phases and Student Misconceptions (Grades 2-8) -- To prepare for the total solar eclipse in August, explore the astronomy behind lunar and solar eclipses. Presenters will demonstrate activities that prepare classes to view the eclipse and will share lesson plans that explain the connection between the phases of the moon and the eclipse. And participants will learn how to clear up common spatial misconceptions students often have about eclipses. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/261973

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    July 13, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. ET: Lava Layering: Making and Mapping a Volcano (Grades 5-8) -- Participants will be introduced to an activity that focuses on interpreting geologic history through volcano formation and excavation. Baking soda, vinegar and play dough are used to model fluid lava flows. Various colors of play dough identify different eruption events. The activity challenges students to construct a model of a volcano, produce lava flows, observe, draw, record, and interpret the history and stratigraphy of a volcano produced by other students and make the connection between the life cycle of a volcano and see these features on Earth and Mars.mRegister online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/261971
  • 23 Jun 2017 9:13 PM | Anonymous

    The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) has a long history of providing excellent resources and professional development for teachers, and they have just published the Teacher-Friendly Guide™ to Climate Change.   This book includes both the basics of climate change science and perspectives on teaching a subject that has become socially and politically polarized. The focus audience is high school Earth science and environmental science teachers, and it is written with an eye toward the kind of information and graphics that a secondary school teacher might need in the classroom.

     You can download a free pdf of the book or purchase a hard copy here .  A brief description and excerpt from the book (first chapter) are in a Geological Society of America blog post  here .

     In addition, PRI has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to send the Teacher-Friendly Guide™ to Climate Change to teachers at public high schools across the country. You can join in this campaign or let your friends and family know about it by going to http://bit.ly/TeachClimateScience .

     Regards,


     

    Ingrid H. H. Zabel, Ph.D.

    Climate Change Education Manager

    Paleontological Research Institution | Museum of the Earth | Cayuga Nature Center

    (607) 273-6623, ext. 22

    priweb.org


  • 21 Jun 2017 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    Hello,
    I hope you are having a great summer break. I have had so much fun meeting so many of you over the past couple of months during professional development events!

    Please find our KSDE Science Newsletter for June 2017 using the link below. There are a lot of resources linked in this issue including a few for the upcoming solar eclipse. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.

    https://www.smore.com/uw6ye

    Lizette Burks, Ed.D.
    Science Education Program Consultant
    Career Standards & Assessment Services
    (785) 296-8108
    lburks@ksde.org
  • 20 Jun 2017 8:24 AM | Anonymous

    Media Contact:
    Natalie Anderson
    Communications Coordinator
    Phone: (785) 320-4350
    Email address: nataliem@ksu.edu

    Deadline for ag foundation teacher of the year award fast approaching

    MANHATTAN, Kan. - JUNE 18, 2017 - The application deadline for the 2018 Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year and Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) Foundation for Agriculture Regional Excellence in Teaching awards is fast approaching. The awards honor Kansas teachers who excel at incorporating agriculture into their everyday classroom curriculum. Applications are due June 30, 2017


    All K-12 district-certified Kansas teachers who currently engage in integrating agriculture into a non-vocational agriculture classroom setting are eligible for the award. Applications will be evaluated on creativity and utilization of agricultural information, interdisciplinary approach, advancement of educational standards and student impact. 


    The Teacher of the Year award winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom (NAITC) convention, sponsored by High Plains Journal and AG am in Kansas. KFB regional award winners will receive their choice of a $600 scholarship to attend the NAITC convention or a $200 cash prize. The 2018 NAITC conference is slated for June 26-29, 2018 in Portland, Maine.


    The Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year award has been in place since 2008. The award honors the late Janet Sims, an educator for more than 30 years and a strong agriculture advocate. Sims served on the KFAC board of directors from 2005 until her passing in 2007. 


    Applications can be downloaded on the KFAC website at www.ksagclassroom.org by clicking on Teachers and Teacher of the Year. Application deadline is June 30, 2017.


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    About Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

    The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. KFAC was founded in 1982 as part of a nationwide initiative to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies. For more information, visit www.ksagclassroom.org or call (785) 320-4350.
  • 14 Jun 2017 9:27 PM | Anonymous
    Educators will be "ahead of the curve" with information from the 2017 Galaxy Forum to be held Saturday, August 19, at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Topics for this free event will be:


    "Lord of the Rings--the Cassini Mission to Saturn" will be given by Todd Barber.  Barber has been NASA-JPL's lead propulsion engineer on the Cassini mission since 2002.  Cassini has orbited Saturn for 13 years. In its aptly named "Grand Finale" Cassini swoops between Saturn and its innermost ring ending in the probe's crash into Saturn on September 15, 2107. What has Cassini revealed over the years?  What kind of close-ups, what kind of details, what do we hope to learn from this final mission? Barber is a Wichita native and Southeast High School grad.


    "The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: What, When, Where, Why?" As a primer on this unique event, Dean Stramel, professor of chemistry at Fort Hays State University, will look into  why this is such a big deal that people travel all over the globe to see it. What is the science behind it?  What are the logistics to watching it?  This will be information teachers can take directly into their classrooms on Monday morning--eclipse day.


    "Mars: Through the Eyes (and Lasers) of  Curiosity" will begiven by Sarah Lamm. A Kansas State senior, she has spent two summers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico working with data from Curiosity's ChemCam instrument (it's the part that looks like the head and eye of Curiosity.) Her team's studies about the presence of manganese, an indicator of the presence of liquid water, has important implications for the habitability of  Mars. She will share these and other  findings and what they mean.  Sarah, a Colby native, is a great illustration of what young Kansans are doing in the space sciences.


    The 2016 Galaxy Forum will be Saturday, Aug. 19, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson

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    The Galaxy Forum is free. Students and the public are also welcome.  Though not required, teachers are urged to register to help with count for materials preparation.  Continuing education credit available. Register with name and number attending to jeanettesteinert@att.net or contact@adastra-ks.org
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