[Science] Science Opportunities for Week of August 28, 2017

Johnson, Caren Caren.Johnson at schools.utah.gov
Mon Aug 28 08:42:14 MDT 2017


Science  Community Opportunities
August 28, 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.



I hope your school year is starting off well.  To help with that, I am offering a $10 discount on individual subscriptions and renewals from now through September 1.  To get the discount, log in to your account, and go to:  https://thehappyscientist.com/content/basic-subscription



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If you already have a subscription, this will add one year to your existing subscription.  If you run into any problems using the coupon code, please let me know.



Have a wonder-filled day!



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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

SEPTEMBER 2017

*         Thanksgiving Point Home & Online Education Day - September 6, 2017***NEW THIS WEEK

*         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

*         High School Opportunities with University of Utah Chemistry Department - September 23, 2017 ***NEW THIS WEEK

*         Fall ACS Chemistry Festival - September 30, 2017 ***NEW THIS WEEK

*         Project Learning Tree, Air Quality Theme, Thanksgiving Point, Lehi - September 30, 2017 ***NEW THIS WEEK

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

OCTOBER 2017

*         STEM Fest - October 3 - 4, 2017


NOVEMBER 2017

*         Project Learning Tree, Air Quality Theme, Logan City Hall, Logan - Nov 11, 2017 ***NEW THIS WEEK

*         Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program Application is open - Application Deadline is NOVEMBER 16, 2017***NEW THIS WEEK

MARCH 2018

*         Thanksgiving Point - ECO Challenge - March 2018


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AUGUST 2017



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

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SEPTEMBER

Thanksgiving Point Home & Online Education Day - September 6, 2017

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JOIN US for Home and Online School Education Day


Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

10:00am-3:00pm

or

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Ashton Gardens are closed in February

Twice a year Thanksgiving Point offers a home and Online School Education Day. Enjoy facilitated educational activities in each of our venues designed to give students opportunities to discover scientific concepts for themselves. Come explore the curious wonders of the Museum of Natural Curiosity or roam thorough the dinosaurs in the Museum of Ancient Life. Meet the animals at Farm Country or choose to visit the stately gardens at the Ashton Gardens!

You will NOT need to preregister for Home and Online School Education Days. Just show your state certification upon arrival at the registration table in the lobby of the Museum of Natural Curiosity, Museum of Ancient Life, or Ashton Gardens to be approved for the special rate of $6 per person. Check in at Farm Country to be approved for the special rate of $4 per person.

 * Staff will be on floor facilitating SOME explorer PLUS K-6 field trips

 Explore what Thanksgiving Point has for you and get inspired to bring science to life for your students!

*if you wish to attend on a different date, please see the information under 'Preschools, Clubs, Camps, and community Groups' and pre-register for your selected date.
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WSU Teaching Climate Science workshop announcement:
Click Here To Register<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeiNOZTbeIXSyGlgpl9ivTpwrW45Yzj00gEWNKkoAIbcWPX0Q/viewform?c=0&w=1>

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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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High School Opportunities with University of Utah Chemistry Department - September 23, 2017
The University of Utah Chemistry Department is hoping to build better connections with High School Chemistry Teachers across the state to inform both teachers and students of opportunities available to them. If you are interested please use this link to give/update your inormation- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeS70pYA71q7ePSH2sI7791b6EVLzf_l-Mici2u4aRjjiKnbA/viewform?usp=sf_link Thank you!

The fall teachers workshop at the University of Utah will be held from 8:00 AM to noon on September 23rd in room 4630 of the Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry on the University of Utah's campus.  We will start with a lecture by Dr. Michael Morse on "Modern Materials".  Afterwards we will take a short break for a snack.  Then Dr. Roger Kugel, past Chief Reader for the AP Chemistry test, will talk to us about results from the most recent AP Chemistry test.  There will be several announcements from Dr. Atwood about programs at the the University of Utah.  Then we will have lunch before everyone heads home.  There is no cost to teachers.  All you have to do is get to the U by 8 AM and head home near noon.  We hope that you can come join us. Please RSVP using this link- https://goo.gl/forms/l2zJ9A0GEyamzI212 no later than Wednesday, September 20th at 5pm.
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Fall ACS Chemistry Festival - September 30, 2017
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Project Learning Tree, Air Quality Theme, Thanksgiving Point, Lehi - September 30, 2017


Thanks to a generous UCAIR grant, this workshop is available for FREE. Value of workshop is $35.

September 30, 2017, 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.

Location: Thanksgiving Point, Lehi
Eligible for USBE Credit

For More Information: link

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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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NOVEMBER 2017
Project Learning Tree, Air Quality Theme, Logan City Hall, Logan - November 11, 2017


Thanks to a generous UCAIR grant, this workshop is available for FREE. Value of workshop is $35.

November 11, 2017, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Location: Logan City Hall, Main Conference Room, 290 N 100 W, Logan
Eligible for USBE Credit

For More Information: link

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Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program Application is open - Application Deadline is NOVEMBER 16, 2017
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) program is now accepting applications. Applications are due November 16, 2017 8:00 PM Eastern Time. More information and applications can be submitted at: https://science.energy.gov/wdts/Einstein

Program Overview
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in Federal agencies or in U.S. Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts. At the end of the Fellowship, educators are prepared to return home, equipped with access to a national network of education leaders and programs, a better understanding of the challenges and possibilities in STEM education, and a renewed passion for teaching, ready to make significant contributions to their schools and school districts.

Current sponsoring agencies include: the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The DOE sponsors up to four placements in congressional offices.

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Act (Fellowship Act Public Law 103-382, Improving America's Schools Act of 1994) was signed into law in November 1994 and gives the DOE the responsibility for managing the program. The DOE Office of Science's Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) manages this program for DOE in collaboration with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and other partners.

Some outstanding contributions of past AEF Program Fellows include:

*         Designing new elements of national STEM education programs;

*         Implementing major components of national STEM education programs;

*         Initiating collaborations and partnerships among Federal agencies;

*         Drafting legislation and advising on policies that seek to improve K-12 education in the United States;

*         Creating web-based science education tools; and

*         Establishing and evaluating national and regional programs centered on school reform and teacher preparation in STEM.

Please go to their site for information, applications, and questions - https://science.energy.gov/wdts/Einstein
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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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