[Science] Science Opportunities for Week of February 22

Gamble, Adrienne Adrienne.Gamble at schools.utah.gov
Fri Feb 26 17:01:52 MST 2016

Science  Community Opportunities
February 22, 2016

Here is some new Utah Science information AND great opportunities for our community! Check out the experiences below to become more engaged in the science community around us.

*         Teachers On The Public Lands: Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite

*         Upcoming Science Opportunities from The Living Planet Aquarium

*         Virtual Conference on Climate Science in the Classroom on March 12th!

*         Polar Bear Challenge with Hogle Zoo

*         Looking for candidates from outside Granite School District to apply for West Lake STEM Junior High - closes March 4th

*         Craft Lake City Survey - please check it out!

*         Mummies Exhibit Closes March 6th!  See it today!

Scroll down for details....

Teachers On The Public Lands: Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite
Moab, UT

Join the Bureau of Land Management team in protecting our public lands and promoting hands on learning through some of the United States' most treasured paleontological and geological resources...become a Teacher on the Public Lands.

More information here: http://www.handsontheland.org/

Responsibilities include:

Conduct independent research on varied topics for the purpose of developing resource education programs. Learn about public lands resources.

Complete a final project that includes development of curriculum-based learning activities relevant to both public land resources and the teaching needs of their school district or organization.

Complete the online course "Experiential Learning in the Parks" offered by the University of Colorado - Denver. Upon completion the educator will receive 3 graduate course credits. All fees and tuition are covered by the Teachers on the Public Lands Program.

Work at HOL sites in roles mutually agreed upon by the educator and the local HOL site manager.

Develop activities based on their experience to use in their school districts or learning facilities, and at the HOL outdoor classroom.

Mentor BLM staff on lesson development, partnering with schools, and other educational components.

Work to understand and support resource management efforts and articulate them in their schools/districts.

When: approximately 8 - 10 weeks between June and August 2016
What: 160 hour field experience with the BLM; completion of an online graduate level class in experiential education.
Compensation: $2200 stipend
Where: Moab BLM Field Office

In addition the Teacher on the Public Lands will be introduced to the Bureau of Land Management as a whole and experience the agency's mission firsthand. Around once a week the educator will get a chance to get out in the field with different specialists (wildlife biologists, geologists, hydrologists, BLM law enforcement rangers, range specialists, outdoor recreation planners and others). It will be a great way to see and explore the unique values in the BLM Canyon Country District Office. The educator will receive on the ground, firsthand, well-rounded job experiences to see how BLM manages the Public Lands. It is then encouraged that the educator take those experiences back into the classroom and teach their students what their summer position of being a Teacher on the Public Lands consisted of.

To apply, or for additional information, please contact the HOL Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite Manager, ReBecca Hunt-Foster, at rhuntfoster at blm.gov<mailto:rhuntfoster at blm.gov> or at (435) 259-2179.

Upcoming Science Opportunities at the Living Planet Aquarium

Utah's Unique Environments is a FREE workshop correlated to the state science core. The workshop focusses on Utah's desert, forest, and wetland environments as well as inquiry-based instruction and science literacy. Teachers who attend will receive practical, hands-on training that translates directly to the classroom.

Every teacher who participates in a Utah's Unique Environments workshop receives lunch or dinner, a free lesson guide, and a classroom materials kit with field guides, hand lenses, insect collection jars, binoculars and more.


March 14, 2016
Box Elder/Cache School District
4:30-7:30 PM
Box Elder School District Office

March 15, 2016
Cache/Logan/Rich School Districts
4:30-7:30 PM
Cache County School District Office

April 26, 2016
Duchesne/Uintah/Daggett School Districts
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Maeser Training Center

April 27, 2016
Carbon/Emery School Districts
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Carbon School District Office

To register for any of the above workshops, please fill out the form at:
OR email melissa.h at thelivingplanet.com<mailto:melissa.h at thelivingplanet.com>

Second, we have an opportunity for high school students.

The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is now accepting applications for our summer youth volunteer program: Marine Educators in Training (MET). The MET volunteer program is for high school students who are interested in a career in marine biology, environmental education, or the natural sciences. MET volunteers help to create and conduct LLPA summer camps.

If you have a student you feel would be a good candidate, please encourage her or him to apply here:


The MET program application is on the right with the Application Link at the bottom of the page. It's not very obvious, so you can always refer them to melissa.h at thelivingplanet.com<mailto:melissa.h at thelivingplanet.com> if they have trouble. Thank you for your help and for encouraging the scientists of tomorrow!

METs are part of a summer camp team consisting of one volunteer and two educators. METs will meet regularly with summer camp staff to help plan, prepare, and create content for a specific summer camp. METs will not only assist during their camp, but also lead activities of their own design.  MET volunteers who excel in the program may receive a special invitation to participate in the adult volunteer program.
Selection for the MET program will begin at the end of February with interviews being held in March.
Age/Education/Application Requirements

  *   14-18 years old
  *   Applicants must be enrolled in a high school at the time of application
  *   Submit three personal references with application
  *   Attend an interview with the LLPA staff
  *   Qualified participants will have excellent communication skills, the ability to effectively utilize feedback, and a love for the natural world and teaching children
Time Commitment

  *   Day-long orientation training held in March
  *   Three, 1-2 hour coordinating meetings from April to May held at the aquarium after school hours
  *   Projects as assigned completed at home
  *   Participation in at least 1 summer camp-four consecutive, 8-hour days from June to early August

Virtual Conference on Climate Science in the Classroom on March 12th!

A great professional development opportunity from NSTA & NOAA!



Virtual Conference
Saturday, March 12
10 AM - 3 PM ET

Join NSTA, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), for the Climate Science in the Classroom virtual conference<http://www.mmsend53.com/link.cfm?r=835994581&sid=89980932&m=12106706&u=NSTA&j=32390968&s=https://learningcenter.nsta.org/events/vc.aspx> that will feature climate scientists and education specialists who will share both their knowledge about climate science as well as classroom-ready resources that educators can use with their students.


Attend the virtual conference to:

  *   Explore the evidence for climate change and its impact

  *   Learn about specific education tools and strategies that educators can use to bring climate science awareness to the classroom

  *   Ask questions of climate experts

  *   Engage in dialogue with science educators from across the country and the world
View the conference agenda here<http://www.mmsend53.com/link.cfm?r=835994581&sid=89980934&m=12106706&u=NSTA&j=32390968&s=http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/online_courses/VC_160312.aspx?page=details>

$63 for NSTA members and $79 for nonmembers

A certificate of attendance is available for purchase for $9.95
All who register will receive access to the conference archives to watch later on demand!


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Polar Bear Challenge with Hogle Zoo

Utah's Hogle Zoo is pleased to announce the Polar Bear Challenge is now a statewide event! Just in time for International Polar Bear Day, we are launching this year's Polar Bear Challenge. Polar bears and people want the same thing - a healthy planet. The Challenge let's teachers and students explore ways they can make a difference to the planet by making small changes in their daily lives and lowering their impact on the planet's natural resources. The Zoo is challenging you and your classroom to make those changes for at least 21 days (the time it takes to start a new habit). Classrooms that make the greatest differences will receive prizes from the Zoo. Even if your class isn't the grand prize winner, you will benefit polar bear conservation efforts by participating. To learn more or to register for the Polar Bear Challenge visit  http://uhzpolarbearchallange.org/

Chris Schmitz
Education Curator
Utah's Hogle Zoo
2600 E Sunnyside Ave.
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
cschmitz at hoglezoo.org<mailto:cschmitz at hoglezoo.org>

Looking for candidates from outside Granite School District to apply for West Lake STEM Junior High - closes March 4th

Dear STEM Community,

Granite School District is now looking for candidates from outside our district to apply for West Lake STEM Junior High.  The posting closes March 4th.  We are remodeling the building and the principal Tyler Howe is a wonderful administrator with a great vision for STEM education.
The internal/external posting for science positions at West Lake STEM is located at:  https://hr.graniteschools.org/View_Position.aspx

We've also attached a brochure for potential teacher candidates.

Thank you!

Sarah Young
STEM Liaison

Tyler Howe
West Lake STEM Junior High

Craft Lake City Survey

Hello Everyone,

We are hoping to expand Craft Lake City's educational programming beyond the realms of adult education and workshops. If you are unfamiliar with our organization, here<http://craftlakecity.com> is our website, and our mission aspirations are to promote educational opportunities for both local entrepreneurs and our community, through monthly workshops as well as our yearly DIY Festival-held at Gallivan Plaza since 2009.

Craft Lake City would like to become a resource for supplementary, STEM and arts based education in the classroom, and we are hoping to see how we can integrate that by working with educators, hence the specific survey. We plan to align our programming with the current state core curriculum, and we are asking your assistance in providing educators with this survey so that we can gather and find a way to address specific needs. In order to communicate with Utah educators, I am hoping that you can include the link to this survey and information in your next newsletter to educators. It would be so wonderful to be included and to provide this opportunity for students.

Here is the link to the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-UqmhQdJUqiomY681iTBMMyi4P_9UMjkZQ4SzqMXpp0/viewform

There is also an opportunity for teachers to win passes (4) to this year's 8th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival when they complete the survey.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions for me regarding our survey or organization.


Mesun Choi

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Mesun Choi
Communications Coordinator

Craft Lake City
351 W Pierpont Ave Ste 4B, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
P: 801.906.8521 | F: 801.487.3928
CraftLakeCity.com<http://craftlakecity.com> | facebook.com/Craft.Lake.City<http://facebook.com/Craft.Lake.City>

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