[Science] Science Opportunities for Week of July 31, 2017

Johnson, Caren Caren.Johnson at schools.utah.gov
Mon Jul 31 12:59:42 MDT 2017


Science  Community Opportunities
July 31, 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 @ caren.johnson at schools.utah.gov<mailto:caren.johnson at schools.utah.gov>

JULY 2017

*       The Leonardo's Educator Newsletter - July 2017

*       Code Changers - Create with Technology - Jul 31 - Aug 3, Aug 7 - 10, 2017


AUGUST 2017

*       Stream Side Workshop for all educators -- August 1, 2017

*       Utah Hogle Zoo - Workshop  for 6th - 8th Teachers - August 1, 2017

*       Antelope Island Annual SpiderFest - August 5, 2017

*       Thanksgiving Point is doing an Educator Day - August 9th *** NEW THIS WEEK

*       Utah Master Naturalist Summer Field Courses!<http://extension.usu.edu/utahmasternaturalist/> - August 7 - 11

*       Canyon Country Discovery Center - Summer Camps, Bluff Utah

o   Youth Backpacking, Culture, and Service in the Abajo Mountains - Aug 6 - 12, 2017 and August 13 - 19, 2017

*       Total Solar Eclipse: Tools and Resources for Teachers - Aug 15, 2017 *** NEW THIS WEEK


SEPTEMBER

*       Teaching Climate Science Workshop - September 7, 2017***NEW This Week

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

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



OCTOBER

*       STEM Fest - October 3 - 4, 2017

*       Southern Utah STEAM Festival - October 16, 2017

*       Southern Utah STEAM Festival - October 16, 2017
MARCH 2018

*       Thanksgiving Point - ECO Challenge - March 2018

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JULY 2017
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Code Changers - Create with Technology - Jul 31 - Aug 3, Aug 7 - 10, 2017

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AUGUST 2017

Utah State University Water Quality Extension would like to reach out to all educators to offer a free training in our program Stream Side Science.
Stream Side Science is a program that enables teachers in grades k-12 to teach core curriculums in a new exciting way. Stream Side Science uses watershed concepts and hands-on stream monitoring techniques to engage students in learning about water quality issues and protection of their local streams.  The lessons provide discussion questions and classroom and field activities to lead critical thinking and research skills.  Students may apply what they learn in follow-up STEM activities.  We provide workshops to teachers to help them become familiar with watershed concepts and methods used in the lessons.
Teachers attending one of our Stream Side Science workshops receive re-licensure points from the Utah State Board of Education.  Each workshop includes an introduction to watersheds and a field trip to test water quality in the surrounding areas. Educators in attendance also receive materials that will enable them to apply the program in their classroom.
This program is a great way for educators to achieve multiple modalities in their classroom while appealing to different intelligences of students. Stream Side Science is not limited to the science department. This educational tool is great for cross-curricular activities in other content areas. There are activities with mock community forums, students can create graphs from data collected or observed, different watersheds and have students discover the history of each. Social Sciences, math, agricultural education, and other content areas will all benefit from this program when utilized in the classroom.
This is a great opportunity for educators to utilize a program that teaches students about our most precious resource, water.
Check out our website http://streamsidescience.usu.edu. Here you can review what we have to offer and the different qualities of the Stream Side Science program.
The scheduled training dates are as follows:

*       Tuesday August 1, 2017 in Salt Lake City, UT
If the above dates do not work for your schedule, but you and a small group of educators are still interested, contact us and schedule a day that works for you!
For details or questions, please contact us at summer.stout at aggiemail.usu.edu<mailto:summer.stout at aggiemail.usu.edu> or ellen.bailey at usu.edu<mailto:ellen.bailey at usu.edu>. Or, call our office at (435)797-2580.
Thank you!

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Utah Hogle Zoo - Workshop  for 6th - 8th grade teachers
This workshop is on August 1st  8 to 3 for 6-8th grade teachers and costs $20 per person. The focus of the  workshop will be to show ways to tie in phenomenon in the animal world  and conservation work with the new SEEd standards. It will also include information on how to use the Zoo as a teaching resource and the many tools we can provide for science classrooms.  Further information and registration can be found here: https://www.hoglezoo.org/event_registration/?ee=353
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Antelope Island Spiderfest - August 5, 2017

[Spider-Fest-Logo-AISP.jpg]Antelope Island Annual SpiderFest
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Bring your families out to Antelope Island on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for our Annual SpiderFest. Every year, spiders spin webs throughout the shrubs and bushes of Antelope Island. Although harmless, these spiders nevertheless evoke strong emotions in park visitors. Come and learn about these and other Utah spiders during this fun, educational event. Learn which are harmless and which to watch out for. Guided walks with spider experts, engaging talks, citizen science projects, info booths, food, and more will be available.
Cost: Free to Utah Teachers and up to 8 people in the same vehicle with Teacher ID. Present your ID at the entrance booth for free entry.
Free entry made possible through a generous donation from Westminster College, Great Salt Lake Institute


If you have questions please contact Wendy Wilson - wendywilson at utah.gov<mailto:wendywilson at utah.gov> - 801-230-6155

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Thanksgiving Point is doing an Educator Day - August 9th
Education Day
Come preview Field Trips and Outreach Programs Thanksgiving Point has to offer.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
3:00-7:00pm
Free Admission with current school identification

Educators, we value your efforts to give your students opportunities to explore science outside the classroom. During Education Day, you can experience for yourself what Thanksgiving Point has to offer your students at the Museum of Natural Curiosity, Museum of Ancient Life, Farm Country and Ashton Gardens.
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Bring your fellow educators to visit our wonderfully diverse venues to see how our exhibits and immersive environments correlate to the state standards for your grade and how our programs can support and enhance your classroom.
Educational staff will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about the following:

*       Explorer self-guided K-12 field trips

*       Explorer PLUS facilitated K-6 field trips

*       Scholarships

*       Free statewide Outreach Programs for 3rd and 8th grade

*       Career Exploration Experiences 6-8 field trips

*       ECO Challenge for high school students
Explore for yourself the spaces Thanksgiving Point has for you to get inspired to bring science to life for your students!

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Utah Master Naturalist Summer Field Courses!<http://extension.usu.edu/utahmasternaturalist/>
Utah Master Naturalist Summer Field Courses!<http://extension.usu.edu/utahmasternaturalist/>
Have you ever wanted to spend time exploring and learning about Utah's amazing natural world while receiving CEUs?  The Utah Master Naturalist Program offers summer field courses that focus on Utah's Watersheds, Deserts, and Mountains and help you gain knowledge and skills that help you teach your students.  An optional three USU CEUs are available for each class.

Mountain Adventures in Salt Lake City - August 7-11
Explore the Wasatch Mountains with Utah's Hogle Zoo educators and learn about everything from how mountains form to the different forests and wildlife that call them home.

Click here<https://extension.usu.edu/utahmasternaturalist/htm/schedule> to view the schedule and register online.

We offer partial scholarships for teachers!  Just click here<http://extension.usu.edu/utahmasternaturalist/files/uploads/UMNP_Scholarship_Application_2015.doc> to download the application form.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the Utah Master Naturalist Program.

Thank you!
Mark

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Visit the Canyon Country Discovery Center in Monticello, Utah ~ Announcing 2017 SUMMER CAMPS

The Canyon Country Discovery Center in Monticello, Utah sits at the base of the Abajo or Blue Mountains 54 miles south of Moab. Located on Highway 191 Monticello is on the way to all of southeast Utah! This beautifully crafted campus has a little something for everyone, and with self-directed exploring you can relax and let everyone discover something different!

The campus is filled with challenging and creative experiences to get your family energized and back on the road within 2 -3 hours. Travelers can stop in for free to explore 1.5 miles of campus trails, play in the outdoor nature playscape filled with sloping hills, tunnels, and outdoor music instruments.  Perch on our swings for a view of the high plateau. Pack your lunch and eat in the many pavilions with outdoor restrooms provided. Pay a $9 adult and $6 children admission and take advantage of the 15+ hands-on learning exhibits, youth bouldering wall, and outdoor science programs or reading nook with puppets for imagination play. Pick up small puzzles or games, perfect for the car, in their gift shop. The Discovery Center also has a night sky astronomy programs to view the sky through a variety of telescopes, including a 14" telescope observatory!

Campus Programs<http://www.fourcornersschool.org/learn/campus-programs>
Teachers are welcome to schedule a date for our education staff to engage your students in nature and science learning. School programs are from one to two hours of engaging, imaginative, creative, FUN.  Schools can visit the <http://www.fourcornersschool.org/> Canyon Country Discovery<http://www.fourcornersschool.org/> Center or request an Outreach Team to attend your school! Contact: edoutreach at fourcornersschool.org<mailto:edoutreach at fourcornersschool.org>

Student Outreach<http://www.fourcornersschool.org/learn/student-outreach>
Student outreach programs align with Common Core State Standards, and provide teachers with NGSS and inquiry-based techniques to enhance student learning. Activity kits include student supplies, equipment, data analysis worksheets, handouts, and supplemental materials for students' and teacher/s. Programming reflects the core ideas of NGSS that include the physical, life, earth, and space sciences, as well as science and engineering.

Check out our custom premier trips for the San Juan River running from May - September 2017. Join in yoga, music, and photography through this majestic waterway with a relaxing float on passenger rafts (no paddling required). Enjoy casual camping accommodations, and mouthwatering prepared meals. Schedule a private tour with a member of the education team for a fun interactive hike in Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep, Natural Bridges, and Bears Ears National Monuments located near by! Destinations can include, hiking to ruins and rock art, geologic arches and bridges, or specialize your hike with a guided experience for plants, animal tracks/sign, geology, and cultural history. Kayak the San Juan River for exclusive river views and fun excursions to archaeology sites along the river! Custom guided adventures are limited; book today to reserve your adventure scout!

Youth Backpacking, Culture, and Service in the Abajo Mountains<http://www.fourcornersschool.org/adventure/multi-day-river-trips/item/369-youth-backpacking-culture-and-service-in-the-abajo-mountains-two-sessions>
Backpack through one of Southern Utah's best kept secrets with unique geologic features and vistas overlooking the labyrinth of canyons in Canyonlands National Park and Cedar Mesa. We will visit rock art panels left hundreds of years ago by the Ancestral Puebloan people, hike 4-6 miles per day with backpacks, and retire each night to a cozy tent under a brilliant sky full of stars. Along the way, learn more about the forces that created these soaring mountains, the ancient seas that left the sandstone wonderland below, and the humans and animals that have called this area home. The highest point within the range is Abajo Peak at 11,360 feet (3,463 m) and this area provides the unique ability to traverse from high alpine tundra through several life zones all the way to Utah's stark red desert. Includes ages 12 -18.
$750
Wednesday, August 6-12 and August 13-19, 2017
Bluff, Utah

www.fourcornersschool.org/adventure<http://www.fourcornersschool.org/adventure>

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Total Solar Eclipse: Tools and Resources for Teachers
Learn: about engaging students in the August 21st Total Solar Eclipse with UEN's Teacher Solar Eclipse Resource Page @ uen.org/solareclipse17

Do: attend the live Webinar Tuesday Aug. 15th at 1pm - Register @ https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED51D985854F31 With your registration and attendance you will receive a U.S. Postal Service Solar Eclipse Commemorative Stamp!

Watch the Solar Eclipse live Monday August 21st on UEN-TV - if you miss it, don't worry we'll rebroadcast again at 9pm.

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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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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

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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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.





stem.utah.gov<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=48883406&msgid=462636&act=SERC&c=750988&destination=https%3A%2F%2Fstem.utah.gov%2F>







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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!




 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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