[Science] August Professional Development Opportunities

Young, Sarah Sarah.Young at schools.utah.gov
Fri Aug 3 10:29:46 MDT 2012

Hello Science Teachers!

Thank you for taking the time to sign up for the new science teacher listserve with USOE.  Below you will find several great opportunities for science professional development.  Please feel free to pass these along to colleagues who might be interested, and encourage them to sign up (https://lists.uen.org/mailman/listinfo/science).  Also, if you have opportunities that you would like to share, don't hesitate to send them my way.  Enjoy the rest of your summer, and thank you for your interest in PD.

The Leonardo - Exploration and Water Workshop
When: Thursday, August 9th and Friday, August 10th, 2012 from 9 AM - 3 PM
Where: The Leonardo in Downtown Salt Lake City

Using a cross-curricular approach we will focus on the concept of exploration while delving into the design of vehicles for space and the examination of the role of water in our understanding and exploration of earth and space. We will discover varied content and pedagogical approaches that contribute to understanding exploration.

Using NASA curriculum and the Leonardo's newest exhibit Water; Nature's Driving Force, we will build rovers, discover how water informs exploration, create art, experiment with water chemistry and learn about the new rover -- Curiosity -- scheduled to land on August 5th, 2012. Along the way you will find new ways to explore writing, art, history and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)!

Participants may receive USOE re-licensure points.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the attached registration form and return to:
The Leonardo
Attn: Education Department
209 E 500 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Or contact Erika DuRoss for additional details
801.531.9800 ext 129
eduross at theleonardo.org<mailto:eduross at theleonardo.org>
Discovery Gateway Chain Reaction Workshop
When: Friday, August 24th, 2012
                Friday, August 31st, 2012
                Friday, September 28th, 2012
                Friday, October 26th, 2012
                All workshops are scheduled to take place between 2 PM - 5:30 PM
Where: Discovery Gateway Museum in Downtown Salt Lake City

Chain Reaction was developed to support teachers through informative, hands-on science training, as well as through supplemental materials for use in the classroom. This Teacher Professional Training Development (TPD) program covers standard I of the fifth-grade science core-matter, physical changes, and chemical reactions.

Chain Reaction is free for public school teachers. It is a four-hour long workshop. Workshops are held at Discovery Gateway children's museum in downtown Salt Lake City. During the workshop, teachers will observe numerous science demonstrations and will also conduct their own experiments. Chain Reaction workshops also provide a forum for teachers to discuss their successes and struggles teaching the science core curriculum. Refreshments will be provided.

Upon completing the workshop, teachers receive a curriculum binder that includes lab worksheets and lesson plans, resources, and four points toward renewing their educator's license. Teachers will also receive a Chain Reaction kit valued at over $250 for use in the classroom.

For more information and to register, please go to:  http://discoverygateway.org/chain-reaction/
Swaner EcoCenter - Environmental Effects of Blowing Dust Presentation
When: Thursday, September 13th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: Swaner EcoCenter in Park City, UT

Please join us at the Swaner EcoCenter for a presentation by Richard Reynolds, a leading scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, on the issue of the impacts of land use and blowing dust. Funding for this presentation is through a partnership with Partners for Liveable Communities<http://www.livable.org/>, Packard Foundation<http://www.swanerecocenter.org/http:/www.packard.org/> and the Park City Community Foundation<http://www.swanerecocenter.org/http:/www.theparkcityfoundation.org/>.

This event is FREE!  For more information or to rsvp, please call 435-649-1767 x0 or email swanerecocenter at usu.edu.<mailto:/swanerecocenter at usu.edu>

National Science Foundation STEM Smart Workshop (REGIONAL WORKSHOP)
When: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Cox Pavilion, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

[Description: The National Science Foundation cordially invites you to a regional workshop]

STEM Smart: Lessons Learned From Successful Schools

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cox Pavilion, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The meeting will highlight issues in the report from the National Research Council, "Successful K-12 STEM Education<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTIwODAxLjk0NzA0ODEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTIwODAxLjk0NzA0ODEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjkyNDU1NiZlbWFpbGlkPWRpYW5hLnN1ZGRyZXRoQHNjaG9vbHMudXRhaC5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPWRpYW5hLnN1ZGRyZXRoQHNjaG9vbHMudXRhaC5nb3YmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&100&&&http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13158>," with special focus on technology to promote K-12 STEM learning and teaching. It will include breakout sessions on projects, resources and initiatives that align with the report's evidence base on effective instruction, access to high quality STEM for all students, and building supportive infrastructure. In addition to NSF-supported work, presenters will be drawn from local/regional partnerships and well-recognized STEM Schools. Networking opportunities will be available for participants.

Featured Speakers:

Pamela O'Neil, National Science Foundation

Thomas Piechota, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

James Guthrie, Nevada State Department of Education

Video addresses by Senator Harry Reid and NSF Director Subra Suresh

Jerry Valadez, California State University

Bill Penuel, University of Colorado, Boulder

Marcia Linn, University of California, Berkeley

Come learn about current research, programs, and resources for improving STEM education in sessions with national STEM education experts.

Register at Successfulstemeducation.org<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTIwODAxLjk0NzA0ODEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTIwODAxLjk0NzA0ODEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjkyNDU1NiZlbWFpbGlkPWRpYW5hLnN1ZGRyZXRoQHNjaG9vbHMudXRhaC5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPWRpYW5hLnN1ZGRyZXRoQHNjaG9vbHMudXRhaC5nb3YmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&101&&&http://successfulstemeducation.org/content/nevada-event-registration>.

Questions regarding the workshop? Email successfulstemed at edc.org<mailto:successfulstemed at edc.org>.

No registration fee.

First-come, first-served.

Seating limited.

Team participation encouraged.

For more information about past and future NSF regional workshops, and to learn about the NRC report, visit successfulstemeducation.org<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTIwODAxLjk0NzA0ODEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTIwODAxLjk0NzA0ODEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjkyNDU1NiZlbWFpbGlkPWRpYW5hLnN1ZGRyZXRoQHNjaG9vbHMudXRhaC5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPWRpYW5hLnN1ZGRyZXRoQHNjaG9vbHMudXRhaC5nb3YmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&102&&&http://successfulstemeducation.org/>.

Brought to you by:

Honorary Host: Senator Harry Reid, Majority Leader, and

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Free NASA Webinars for K-12 Educators
Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout July 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Exploring Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-12)
Aug. 9, 2012, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, or STEM-G, with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps. NASA curriculum products, missions and other resources will be utilized to demonstrate an inquiry-based teaching strategy to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it.

Kepler Mission: Searching for Earth-like Planets (Grades 6-12)
Aug. 13, 2012, 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss NASA's Kepler Mission.  Kepler has been in space for three years searching for planets that are orbiting stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Participants will learn how transits are used to find planets and determine their sizes and distances from the stars they orbit.

Living and Working in Space (Grades K-5)
Aug. 16, 2012, 10 - 11 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson will introduce teachers to some of the obstacles humans face while traveling in space. The webinar will review the major difficulties and concerns of adapting to the space environment, from everyday living and personal hygiene to safety.

"Flying to Mars... In an Airplane?" (Grades 3-9)
Aug. 16, 2012, 4 - 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brian Hawkins will present an overview of the Mars Science Laboratory mission with its Curiosity rover and explore the proposed Aerial Regional-Scale Environmental Survey of Mars, or ARES, mission. ARES is also known as the Mars Airplane. Two hands-on activities will be demonstrated during this session.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through August 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle at nasa.gov.

Sarah Young
Utah State Office of Education
Science Specialist
sarah.young at schools.utah.gov<mailto:sarah.young at schools.utah.gov>
250 East 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT  84114-4200

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For student STEM opportunities in Utah please visit: http://stem.uen.org/

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