[Science] Science Opportunities for Week of January 30, 2017

Scott, Richard Richard.Scott at schools.utah.gov
Mon Jan 30 14:44:46 MST 2017

Science  Community Opportunities
January 30, 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 Karen Tolley at karen.tolley at schools.utah.gov<mailto:karen.tolley at schools.utah.gov>.

*         Utah Environmental Education Conference - April 6-8

  *   Utah Green Schools - Put your School on the Map
  *   Project Stitch - Registration ends February 1
  *   PolarTREC Antartica Expedition with Utah Science Teachers
  *   Project Learning Tree Workshop - March 11, 2017
  *   Free Online Trainings - Spring 2017
  *   Environmental Youth Award - Applications due March 1, 2017
  *   Why Birds Matter - Frontiers of Science Lecture, February 16
  *   Hugo Rossi Lecture - February 2, 2017
  *   USTA Winter Conference (ONLINE SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE) - February 10, 2017
  *   Nanoscience Research Opportunity - for Middle- and High-School Science Teachers
  *   Northern Recharge Conference - February 11, 2017
  *   Utah Multi-Tiered System of Supports 2017 Conference - Call for Proposals
  *   NAGT Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards - Nominate by May 15
  *   BYU Chem Camp - Registration now open
  *   Code.org Computer Science Discoveries Professional Learning Program
  *   The Leonardo Educator Newsletter - January 2017
  *   National Youth Science Camp - Applications due March 1, 2017
  *   Loveland Living Planet Aquarium Science Video - Do Animals Need Friends?
  *   Expanding Your Horizons Network Workshop - March 11, 2017
  *   A Fly on the Pole: 2017 Antarctic Research Expedition

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The 27th Annual Utah Environmental Education Conference will be located in the heart of downtown Logan at the elegant yet homey Bullen Center, home of the Cache Valley Center for the Arts, April 6-8, 2017. Hosted by the Utah Society for Environmental Education.

Early Bird Registration now open through February 28!! Take advantage of these great discounts and register today<https://usee.ejoinme.org/MyPages/Conference/tabid/127282/Default.aspx>!

The Call for Awards Nominations is now open!! Submit your nominations here<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/callforawards2017>. Deadline is February 15, 2017.

Our Keynote Speakers:

  *   Bora Simmonss<https://naaee.org/about-us/people/bora-simmons>, Director, National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education at University of Oregon, NAAEE
  *   Dan MacNulty<https://qcnr.usu.edu/directory/macnulty_daniel>, Widland Resources, USU

27th Annual Benefit Bash!

  *   Featuring Keynote Brett Prettyman<http://www.usee.org/events/annualconference/keynotes2017>, Trout Unlimited & Utah's Bucket List!
  *   Purchase tickets here<https://usee.ejoinme.org/MyPages/USEEAnnualBenefitBash/tabid/161168/Default.aspx>.

For more information, contact Jackie Lowry at programs at usee.org<mailto:programs at usee.org> or visit usee.org<http://www.usee.org/events/annualconference>.


Put your school on the "map!"
Be a part of a growing network with other Utah schools. We now have our Networking Map<http://www.usee.org/programs/utahgreenschools/ugs-networking-map> up on our website. Please fill out the Networking Map Form<http://www.usee.org/programs/utahgreenschools/ugs-networking-form> to be included on the map. (You do not have to be a "recognized Utah Green School to be included on the map.)

View the map here- http://www.usee.org/programs/utahgreenschools/ugs-networking-map
Fill out the form here: http://www.usee.org/programs/utahgreenschools/ugs-networking-form

Apply for Utah Green Schools today!
Apply here: http://www.usee.org/programs/utahgreenschools

What is Utah Green Schools?
Utah Green Schools is an environmental education initiative by the Utah Society for Environmental Education to recognize and inspire 21st century sustainable practices in every facet of the schools in Utah including environmental literacy, health and wellness and building facilities.

We have strongly aligned our program to the well respected, nationwide programs of Green Schools Alliance<http://www.greenschoolsalliance.org/home>, Project Learning Tree GreenSchools<https://www.plt.org/greenschools/> and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE<https://naaee.org/>).

Why Utah Green Schools?

  *   Reduce operational costs of your school
  *   Promote health and education of students
  *   Provide students leadership and mentoring opportunity
  *   Conserve limited resources
  *   Strengthen your community
  *   Connect to your environment
  *   Create a stronger state EE Network among schools & community partners
Please visit usee.org<http://www.usee.org/programs/utahgreenschools> or contact Jackie Lowry at programs at usee.org<mailto:programs at usee.org> if you have any questions or would like more information.


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PolarTREC Antarctica Expedition with Utah Science Teachers

Josh Heward is a life science teacher at Timpanogos High School. He is currently participating as a research team member on the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological research program. The team has spent the next 4 weeks conducting research on how soil organisms (nematodes, tardigrades and rotifers) and ecosystems respond to climate-driven environmental changes. Josh is one of the teachers selected through a nationwide search to participate in PolarTREC, an educational research experience in which K-12 teachers participate in polar research, working closely with scientists as a pathway to improving science education. You can follow his expedition at https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/tough-tardigrades

The blog will include information about the science, field work and lifestyle of scientists at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. It will have lots of information about how ecological field research is conducted in Antarctica with an emphasis on nematodes and tardigrades.

If you have questions regarding this resource please contact them using their contact information on the blog.


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Applications are now being accepted for the PEYA program.
Applications are due March 1, 2017.
[President's Environmental Youth Award]

The President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation's youth.
Each year the PEYA program honors a wide variety of projects developed by young individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school), summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations to promote environmental awareness. Thousands of young people from all 50 states and the U.S. territories have submitted projects to EPA for consideration. Winning projects in the past have covered a wide range of subject areas, including:

  *   restoring native habitats
  *   recycling in schools and communities
  *   construction of nature preserves
  *   tree planting
  *   installing renewable energy projects
  *   creating videos, skits and newsletters that focused on environmental issues
  *   participating in many other creative sustainability efforts
Evaluation results consistently demonstrate that participation in the PEYA program is frequently a life-changing experience for many of the young people and their project sponsors.
Watch a video on past winners!


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Birds play critical roles for ecosystems and human well-being worldwide.  Birds consume pests, pollinate flowers, disperse seeds, scavenge carrion, cycle nutrients, and modify the environment in ways that benefit other species.
However, the ecological importance of birds and the economic value of their services are not widely appreciated, and many face extinction due to climate change, habitat loss, and introduced species.

By studying birds' ecological functions and ecosystem services, we can understand the environmental consequences of bird declines and extinctions for ecosystems and for the people that benefit from birds' services.


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The USTA Winter Conference Schedule is now available online at: https://2017ustaconferencea.sched.com/
Early Registration has closed but registration is still available at http://utsta.org

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Dear Earth Science Education Enthusiasts -

It is time to celebrate the amazing Earth Science teachers around the USA and in the American Southwest, I am hoping that you can help me find those exemplary teachers who deserve some recognition. As members and leaders in the Geoscience Education community, I am reaching out to you all hoping that you will nominate an exceptional Earth Science teacher who works in Utah, Colorado, Arizona and/or New Mexico. I would love to be able to find teachers in each state to recognize.
As a Colorado earth science teacher and former OESTA winner, I have had the opportunity to celebrate the geosciences in my community. I know other Outstanding Earth Science Teachers who have been able to bring distinction to our science, to education, and to their communities. You can learn more about this award at http://nagt.org/nagt/awards/oest.html.
Your help is needed to stimulate the nomination of the best possible candidates for the honor. If you know a teacher in your state who deserves to be nominated please be sure to complete the form at http://nagt.org/nagt/awards/oest-nom.html by May 15th.
It is very important to document the qualities considered outstanding with attachments, which clearly corroborate the statements in the nomination. Teachers of earth science courses and teachers performing as outstanding earth science teachers in the integrated Science courses are eligible for nomination.

Cheryl L.B. Manning B.S., M.S. Earth Sciences - Geology
NBCT - Honors Earth/Space, AP Environmental, Honors Chemistry
National Earth Science Teachers Association President 2016-2018
Science Education Consultant
clbmanning at mac.com<mailto:clbmanning at mac.com>


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Check out this new and exciting opportunity to incorporate Computer Science curriculum in your classrooms.

The Code.org Computer Science Discoveries Professional Learning Program is an intensive professional learning program for middle school educators who are interested in teaching Code.org's CS Discoveries course either as a semester offering (with an option of a full-year offering). Any teacher with a current teaching license can integrate CS Discoveries into the current Creative Coding 7-8 grade<http://schools.utah.gov/CTE/it/Course-Information.aspx> class.  This program is designed to prepare educators to provide high-quality instruction based on the CS Discoveries curriculum<https://code.org/educate/csd>, tools and approach to students in their classrooms. We are now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Professional Learning Program for Utah! If you would like more information on CS Discoveries, please go to this link<https://code.org/educate/professional-learning/cs-discoveries>.

If you, or a teacher you know, would like the opportunity to be part of the Utah's Cohort for CS Discoveries, please apply at this link<https://goo.gl/forms/o2luoNcKYI6Z7DJd2>.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Brandon Jacobson at brandon.jacobson at schools.utah.gov<mailto:brandon.jacobson at schools.utah.gov> or myself.

Ashley Higgs
CTE K-8 Educational Specialist
Utah State Board of Education
250 East 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-4200

Phone:  801.538.7594
Fax:  801.538.7868




National Youth Science Camp  - Apply by March 1, 2017

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New Loveland Living Planet Aquarium (LLPA) Science Video Episode - "Do Animals Need Friends?"

This month's LLPA Science Video Podcast episode focuses on friendship and symbiosis. Friendship contributes to better emotional and physical health in humans. But does this hold true for animals? Do animals need friends? Explore why some animals group up together, discover how having "friends" could help them survive, and learn how different relationships benefit animals in their natural environments.

Utah Core Alignment:

*         Science - 3rd grade: Standard 2, Objective 2

*         Science - Biology: Standard 1, Objective 1 & 3

*         6th Grade SEEd Standard 6.4.2

*         8th Grade SEEd Standard 8.1.3
This video is available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPmGz_oOig8&index=8&list=PLeCbYASfpaM_R3XZPG3nFPHTW6Gor3S_n or on the Utah Education Network website at http://www.uen.org/loveland/.

Please subscribe to our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0XXG6uPeLiU38BKN0i9BIg


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A Fly on the Pole: 2017 Antarctic Research Expedition<http://www.aflyonthepole.com>


I am currently deployed at Palmer Station, Antarctica and I want to invite you and your school (or institution) to follow our outreach website called A Fly on the Pole. Funded by the National Science Foundation, we are studying the largest land animal in Antarctica...any guesses? It's a wingless fly!

As an educator, I am thrilled for the opportunity to help you and your students connect with this extraordinary experience! I will be updating the blog portion of the website daily - with breathtaking photos, movies, and personal accounts of our Antarctic expedition. There are also a variety of educational resources on the site for PreK-12 educators.

Please leave a comment on the blog so I know you are following along! There is also a webpage for educators called "Subscribe" to receive A Fly on the Pole updates. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook @aflyonthepole.




Natalie Harr Ylizarde

Doctoral Student
Teaching, Learning, Policy, and Leadership (TLPL)
Science Education
University of Maryland, College Park
ylizarde at umd.edu<mailto:ylizarde at umd.edu>


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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