[Science] Utah Science Professional Development for the Fall

Young, Sarah Sarah.Young at schools.utah.gov
Tue Aug 28 13:47:18 MDT 2012

>From speakers, to workshops, to lectures, to surveys, we have LOTS of different opportunities to share with you regarding science education.

Take a moment to check out all of the great opportunities available in Utah below, and feel free to forward this to a friend or colleague to start the new school year off with some great experiences.

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

To subscribe to the Science Teacher mailing list for emails about Utah science events and professional development visit:  https://lists.uen.org/mailman/listinfo/science

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

UEN is sponsoring a special event for teachers and educators with Chris Emdin, a teacher, professor, scientist and HIP HOP ARTIST!  This promises to be a very unique evening unlike anything we've helped promote before!  Dr. Emdin will also be putting on an event at the NHMU the following day for the general public but the Tuesday event is geared toward teachers.

The event is on Sept. 4th, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Union Building Theater on the University of Utah campus.  Here's a map to the Union Building:  http://www.map.utah.edu/?&xmin=428011.6&ymin=4512632.5&xmax=429151.1&ymax=4513370.7&find=53&aerial=off.
About Dr. Emdin
[Description: Chris Emdin]
Christopher Emdin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as Director of Secondary School Initiatives at the Urban Science Education Center. He is author of the book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation, and also a columnist for the Huffington Post, where he writes the "Emdin 5" series. Dr. Emdin holds a Ph.D. in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science and Technology, Masters degrees in both Natural Sciences, and Education Administration, and Bachelor's degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry.
Dr. Emdin has coauthored proposals to start New York City Public Schools, taught middle school mathematics and general science, and high school physics, and chemistry. He has also been a researcher on many NSF funded research projects in mathematics and science education.
Dr. Emdin was recently awarded the "Best paper for Innovation in Teaching" by the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) and was named "Groundbreaking Educator" by Arrive Magazine. He was also awarded the Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Outstanding Dissertation and Emerging Leader Awards.
His research focuses on issues of race, class, and diversity in urban science classrooms, the use of new theoretical frameworks to transform education, and urban school reform. Dr. Emdin researches, consults, and delivers speeches on various issues in schools such as science technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, urban education, school and classroom climate, fostering dialogue in schools, and student engagement.
He is a noted public speaker on issues such as the Obama Effect on Urban Education, Hip-hop culture and education, improving STEM education, and various educational and socio-political issues related to urban youth of color.

Title: Forests of the World/Project Learning Tree workshop
Location: Redwood Nature Area
Dates: Saturday, September 8
Time: 9am-1pm
Cost: $20.00

Course Description:
Project Learning Tree's(PLT) secondary environmental education program represents a series of learning modules that deal with current environmental topics and issues. This workshop demonstrates  activities that provide students with opportunities to apply scientific processes and higher order thinking skills while investigating world forestry issues and conducting service-learning projects. Eligible for 2-3 relicensure points.

To register or for more information please contact: Charice Bourdeaux at charice at usee.org<mailto:charice at usee.org>
What: "WHY MARS MATTERS" - The first of a new quarterly lecture series called "Night School"
Where: The Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City
When: September 13 from 7-8 p.m.
Details:  The lecture will focus on "Why Mars Matters", with University of Utah geologist, Marjorie Chan. I don't know if this series would be of interest to you, other teachers or your students.  If it I would love to send you the information for each event we hold, there should be 4 a year. It's $2 to get in but if you're a member it's free.
For more information please visit: http://clarkplanetarium.org/night-school-why-mars-matters-913/
Dear Educator,

The NASA Science Mission Directorate is strongly committed to enhancing the nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. As part of that commitment, each of the four divisions within the SMD established an Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) Forum. Each Forum consists of a team of scientists and educators that coordinates activities using NASA science content, expertise, and facilities.

One of the areas on which the Forums are currently focusing is teacher professional development. In an effort to continue offering the most valuable professional development experience possible, the Forums are seeking your expert input.

Please fill in the survey found at the website listed below. The survey should take less than 20 minutes.

Thank you very much for your contribution to NASA Science E/PO Forums!

The NASA Science E/PO Forums
Cassie Soeffing, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Earth Science Forum
Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.

2012 Humans in Space Youth Art Competition
Audience: K-12 Students
Deadline: Oct. 21, 2012

NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSat Space Missions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 12, 2012

Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With New Selene Video Game
Audience: All Educators and Grade 5-Higher Education Students (Includes a Spanish Version)


2012 Humans in Space Youth Art Competition

The international 2012 Humans in Space Youth Art Competition invites students ages 10-18 to express their ideas about the future of human space exploration through visual, literary, musical or digital art.

Artwork submissions will be judged on creativity, skill and demonstration of meaning relevant to expressing "How will humans use science and technology to explore space, and what mysteries will we uncover?"

Winning art will be showcased at displays and multimedia performances worldwide from 2013 to 2014, as well as in an online gallery. Submissions must be received by Oct. 21, 2012.

For additional information and a complete list of guidelines, visit www.humansinspaceart.org<http://www.humansinspaceart.org/>.

Inquiries about this opportunity should be directed to Jancy McPhee at jancy.c.mcphee at nasa.gov<mailto:jancy.c.mcphee at nasa.gov>.


NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSat Space Missions

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2013 and 2016. These miniature spacecraft, known as CubeSats, could be auxiliary payloads on previously planned missions.

CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. These cube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long, have a volume of about one quart and weigh less than three pounds.

Proposed CubeSat investigations must be consistent with NASA's Strategic Plan and the NASA education vision and goals. The research must address aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations.

Applicants must submit proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST, Nov. 12, 2012. NASA will select the payloads by Jan. 31, 2013. Selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity. The selected spacecraft will be eligible for flight after final negotiations when a launch opportunity arises. NASA will not provide funding for the development of the small satellites.

NASA recently announced the results from the third round of the CubeSat Launch Initiative. From the first three launch initiatives, 64 payloads made the short list for launch opportunities between 2011 and 2014. They are eligible for launch pending an appropriate opportunity and final negotiations. The satellites come from 25 states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah!!!, Vermont and Virginia.

For additional information about NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative program, visit http://go.nasa.gov/puk9K2and http://go.nasa.gov/CubeSatOp.


Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With New Selene Video Game

Use your computer to journey back some 4.5 billion years, and prepare to blast away -- you're going to make a moon just like Earth's. All you need to do is to register to play the award-winning "Selene" online video game from the Center for Educational Technologies, or CET. CET is the home of NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va.

In "Selene: A Lunar Construction Game," you and your students learn about basic geological processes on Earth and in the solar system while helping educational researchers study how and when people learn through educational video games.

Funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation, "Selene" has won numerous awards, and research has shown that the game aids learning. But we need players. To register your students, email selene at cet.edu<mailto:selene at cet.edu>with your contact info and times when you would be available for a short 30-minute orientation.

New for the 2012-2013 school year is a Spanish-language version of the game. The game is open to ages 9 and up and can be played anytime, anyplace. To learn more about "Selene," read testimonials about it or see how it aligns with national and state science standards. Visit the "Selene" website at http://selene.cet.edu<http://selene.cet.edu/>.
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