[Science] Science Opportunities for Week of August 21, 2017

Johnson, Caren Caren.Johnson at schools.utah.gov
Mon Aug 21 08:19:52 MDT 2017


Science  Community Opportunities
August 21, 2017

Here are some great science opportunities for our community! Check out the experiences below to become more engaged in the science community around us.  If you have anything you would like to have included in this weekly e-mail, send the information to Caren Johnson at caren.johnson at schools.utah.gov<mailto:caren.johnson at schools.utah.gov>

BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL FOR TEACHERS:

Greetings from Johnson Canyon.



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The Happy Scientist

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AUGUST 2017

*         The Leonardo's Educator Newsletter - August 2017

*         Field Trips and Teacher Development - discovery gateway the children's museum of Utah - August 2017 ***NEW This WEEK

SEPTEMBER

*         Teaching Climate Science Workshop - September 7, 2017

*         Utah Youth Environmental Summit (Utah YES) at the Alta Ski Resort! - September 15 - 16, 2017

*         E.C.O. Challenge at Thanksgiving Point - September 21, 2017 ***NEW This WEEK

*         Archaeology opportunity for high school students and teachers this fall - September - October, 2017

OCTOBER

*         STEM Fest - October 3 - 4, 2017

MARCH 2018

*         Thanksgiving Point - ECO Challenge - March 2018

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Field Trips and Teacher Development - discovery gateway the children's museum of Utah

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SEPTEMBER

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Utah Youth Environmental Summit (Utah YES) at the Alta Ski Resort!

Dear STEM Educators,

We wish to invite your students to the first annual Utah Youth Environmental Summit (Utah YES) at the Alta Ski Resort! The Utah Youth Environmental Summit is a forum for environmentally conscious students to gain the skills and social networking opportunities to lead our state in environmental justice and sustainability initiatives.

*         Date & Time: Sept 15-16, 2017, 4pm Friday to 4pm Saturday

*         Location: Alta Ski Resort- Albion Grill

*         Cost: $5:00/person

(Limited to a maximum of 5 students and 1 chaperone/school)

Our summit will consist of workshops, guest speaker presentations, and outdoor excursions to gain a greater appreciation of Utah's natural wonders and a resolve to keep them from harm.
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E.C.O. Challenge at Thanksgiving Point - September 21, 2017


Good afternoon, educators!


Thanksgiving Point's education department is pleased to announce E.C.O. Challenge Career Day coming up this September 21st! Our Explore, Create, Observe (E.C.O.) Challenge is a STEM program that invites high school students to address real-world environmental challenges on both a local and global scale.


What is E.C.O. Challenge? In the fall, students attend a career day to meet professionals working in science and engineering careers from state agencies, industry, and non-profit organizations. Teens learn the needs or problems in these fields, and undertake a related "challenge."  Students spend the next several months designing and prototyping solutions using a variety of disciplines. From producing short films to inventions that aid in conservation, students select unique and authentic ways to contribute their ideas and solutions. Prizes are awarded to help schools provide real world environmental science programs in the coming year. We invite you to participate and join the E.C.O. Challenge!


Why Participate?  E.C.O. Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for young minds because it is designed to inspire students' critical-thinking skills and civic engagement; as well as showcase the students' abilities to local industries and agencies. Furthermore, it enables educators to connect to a network of educational resources and hands-on learning opportunities. Contestants also have an opportunity to win prizes and recognition for both student and school achievement.


How do I participate? To get started, please submit a school registration form to Thanksgiving Point here<https://www.thanksgivingpoint.org/education/educators/eco-challenge-form/>. You may participate in the Career Day in the fall and/or the Challenge showcase in the Spring.


What are the Prizes/Awards? The top-scoring high school (by average of points awarded) will receive the 2017-2018 E.C.O. Challenge Award.The three top-scoring schools are awarded $1,000 (1st), $500 (2nd), and $250 (3rd) to support environmental programs and initiatives at their school. Participating students and teachers also receive E.C.O. Challenge T-shirts (featuring the winning design of the T-shirt Design Challenge.)


This event is a great opportunity to enrich your students' education. More information on the challenges can be found here<https://www.thanksgivingpoint.org/media/2184/2017_eco_challenge_poster.pdf>.  Don't miss out! Accept your invite by emailing us back at challenge at thanksgivingpoint.org<mailto:challenge at thanksgivingpoint.org>, or give us a call at 801-768-7480. We look forward to hearing from you this week!


Best regards,

Allyson Jennings-Johnson

Thanksgiving Point Education Intern


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Archaeology opportunity for high school students and teachers this fall

Utah Science Educators:
We would like to invite you and your high school students to take part in a volunteer-based archaeological excavation happening in Nine Mile Canyon (outside of Price, Utah) this fall. If you're looking for a highly unique and memorable field trip experience for your students involving geology, ecology, anthropology, history, and so much more, this is it! Arizona State University has been working in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management Price Field Office, Moab-based Montgomery Archaeological Consultants, the Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance, and Utah State University Eastern's Prehistoric Museum to offer these rare opportunities to Utah high school students and the greater public.

Here's a quick snapshot of what's involved:
*  Hands-on, experiential STEM education and community service opportunity
*  Six consecutive 2 or 3-day weekends of camping and archaeology (each group only needs to sign up for 1 weekend), September through October, 2017
*  Work in small groups of about 10 people alongside professional archaeologists
*  Take part in the excavation and discovery of artifacts in a pit structure in archaeologically famous Nine Mile Canyon!
To learn more or sign up, you please visit our website: http://ninemilevolunteer.weebly.com<http://ninemilevolunteer.weebly.com/> or contact Jada Lindblom at jada.lindblom at asu.edu<mailto:jada.lindblom at asu.edu>.
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 OCTOBER


STEM Fest - October 3 - 4, 2017



ATTENTION: Principals, teachers, and administrators,

Have you signed your school up to attend STEM Fest?! Come and be a part of the most unique gathering ever assembled in Utah! Enjoy exciting hands-on experiences with science and technology that will spark your student's imaginations and give them a peek into their future career opportunities right here in Utah. Your kids will have so much fun, they may not even realize that they're learning! More than 100 hands-on experiences to visit!



Follow the link below to register your students to attend. You can also apply for transportation reimbursement. Bus funding will be provided on a first come, first served basis...so don't wait!




October 3-4, 2017

8:30 - 3:00 p.m.

5th-10th Grades



October 3, 2017

Open to the public (all ages)

2 p.m. - 8 p.m.





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MARCH 2018

Thanksgiving Point - ECO Challenge
Dear Middle & High School Teachers,

On behalf of Thanksgiving Point, we formally invite you and your students to be involved in the Explore, Create, Observe (ECO)  Challenge during the 2017/2018 school year!
What is the ECO Challenge?
The ECO Challenge is a multidisciplinary, environmental education program designed to give high school students, grades 7th-12th, the opportunity to learn about green careers and how they can make a difference in their communities. By appealing to their innate sense of creativity and curiosity, ECO Challenge invites students to investigate difficult environmental challenges, devise imaginative and effective responses, and take action to address them.
Beginning in the Fall of 2017, students are invited to our Green Careers Day, where they can meet professionals working in science and engineering careers from state agencies, industry, and non-profit organizations. They learn about the needs of these groups related to the challenge and spend the next several months designing and prototyping solutions to address the challenge in ways that make sense to them. From producing public service announcements to inventions in aid conservation efforts, students selected unique and authentic ways to contribute their ideas and solutions. In the spring, students present their prototype products to industry representatives and compete for prizes that help their schools provide real-world environmental science in the coming year.
Last year was a resounding success, with more than 700 students participating from 15 different schools across the state. One student comments:
"The ECO Challenge showed me that a lot of people in the world care for the environment, and that I wasn't alone or trying to help something that was impossible to save."
We are really looking forward to next year and are excited for what we have planned to make ECO Challenge 2017/2018 an even bigger success! Green Careers Day is planned for September 21, 2018, so be sure to mark your calendars for the beginning of this program.
If you would like to know more about the ECO Challenge or would like to sign up your school/classroom, please reach out to Lindsey McBride, Community Experiences Coordinator, 801.768.7480 or challenge at thanksgivingpoint.org<mailto:challenge at thanksgivingpoint.org>.
We hope you will immerse your students in an authentic, hands-on environmental science program!


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 Please note:  These are opportunities that have been requested to be shared with the Utah science teacher community.  The Utah State Board of Education has not specifically vetted or endorsed the programs shared.  Any concerns or questions should be directed at the organizations associated specifically with the event.

Ricky Scott
K-12 Science Education Specialist
Utah State Board of Education
richard.scott at schools.utah.gov<mailto:richard.scott at schools.utah.gov>
250 E. 500 S.
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah  84114-4200
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