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

Johnson, Caren Caren.Johnson at schools.utah.gov
Tue May 30 16:23:33 MDT 2017


Science  Community Opportunities
May 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 Caren Johnson @ caren.johnson at schools.utah.gov<mailto:caren.johnson at schools.utah.gov>

HAPPENING THIS WEEK:

*       Free Webinar: Intro to Equity: Starting the Equity Conversation - May 31, 2017

*       Utah Space Grant Consortium - May 31, 2017 - June 1, 2017



MAY 2017

*       The Leonardo’s Educator Newsletter - May 2017

*       Free Webinar: Intro to Equity: Starting the Equity Conversation - May 31, 2017

*       Utah Space Grant Consortium - May 31, 2017 - June 1, 2017


JUNE 2017

*       Teacher on Public Lands (Moab) - Summer Opportunity (eight to ten weeks) - June - August 2017

*       STEM Action Invites You to Save the Date - Super Tours - June 1 - 9, 2017 --- Applications opened on April 3, 2017 - Space is limited

*       USTA Summer Endorsement Courses - June 2017 (June 5, June 12, June 18, June 25, June 26)

*       Girls go Digital - Four-Day Computer Science & Technology Camp - (June 5 - 8, June 12 - 15, June 19 - 22, July 10 - 13, 2017)

*       Project Stitch - Secondary Science Teacher Professional Development - June 5 - 8, 2017

*       Stream Side Workshop for all educators - June 6, 2017 - August 1, 2017

*       Code Changers - Create with Technology - June 12 - 15, June 19 -22, June 26 - 29, Jul 31 - Aug 3, Aug 7 - 10, 2017

*       2017 Refuges Bridge Program -University of Utah - June 12 - August 2, 2017

*       Astro Camp Ogden City School District - June 8 - July 14, 2017 (overnight camps and day camps)

*       Utah Master Naturalist Summer Field Courses!<http://extension.usu.edu/utahmasternaturalist/> - June 12 -16, June 20 - 24, July 10 - 14, August 7 - 11

*       QuarkNet Associate Teacher Institute for Physics Teachers -  June 13 - 16, 2017

*       Animal Jam and The Nature Conservancy in Utah for a Science Adventure at the GSL Shorelands Preserve! - June 15, 2017

*       Breathe Utah and the Utah Society for Environmental Education - June 24, 2017 *** NEW this Week

*       2017 K-5 - Earth Science/STEM Teacher Leadership Academies - June 25 - 30, 2017

*       Canyon Country Discovery Center - Summer Camps, Bluff Utah

o   Art and Science on the San Juan River Summer Camp - June 21 - 24, 2017

o   Earth, Water, and Sky Summer Camp - June 27 - 30, 2017

*       Hands-on training for AP Science Teachers - June 26 - 20, 2017

*       CTE-IT Workshop - June 26 - 27, 2017

JULY 2017

*       2017 Biotechnology Summer Academy for High School Students - July 10 - 14, 2017

*       Summer 2017 - Earth Science Outside for K-12 Educators - July 10 - 14 / July 17 - 21 / July 25 - 28, 2017

*       USTA Summer Endorsement Courses - July 2017 (July 10, July 25)

*       Materials Camp - July 10, 2017***NEW this Week

*       Intermountain AP Summer Institute / Davis School District Utah - July 11 - 14, 2017

*       Coding For Conservation summer camp at Utah’s Hogle Zoo - July 17 - 21, 2017

*       Aquaponics 101 Teachers Workshop in Auburn, Alabama - July 17 - 21, 2017


AUGUST 2017

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

*       Antelope Island Annual SpiderFest - August 5, 2017*** NEW this Week

*       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

*       SimScientists Crosscutting Concepts: Progressions in Earth Systems (REAL) - Middle Grades Science Teachers Needed!  School Year 2017 - 2017


SEPTEMBER

*       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

MARCH 2018

*       Thanksgiving Point - ECO Challenge - March 2018

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MAY 2017


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Free Webinar: Intro to Equity: Starting the Equity Conversation

May 31, 2017 | 11am PST (12pm MST)
The word “equity” is everywhere these days- but what does it really mean? What if it means something different to me, to my colleagues, and to my community? A crucial part of the “equity conversation” is creating meaningful opportunities for people to connect to why equity matters to them. Connecting to their “why” helps people to individually and collectively define what equity means and looks like in their own context.

Schools, districts and organizations often name “equity goals”. But in order to set -- let alone reach -- equity goals, you need to create conditions for people to make sense of what equity means, why it’s important, and how to approach it together. Working with equity at the center requires people to authentically bring who they are and their life experiences to the table. This isn’t always easy in a professional setting, but it is a necessary part of getting people ready to lead for equity.

Join National Equity Project Sr. Associates Mark Salinas and Colm Davis as they share some of the why, what, and how of NEP's experience in initializing equity conversations in service of transforming the life trajectories of historically underserved youth and families. In our view - equity is a process, not just an outcome. Gain new insights and some concrete tools for getting the equity conversation started in your context.

Register today or share with your network!<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?NationalEquityProjec/8b040d1a58/a2376ced88/c36b3a0db5>

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Utah Space Grant Consortium - May 31, 2017 - June 1, 2017


                [* Free for teachers  * All grade levels are welcome, but material mostly for jr/sr high   * Lunch provided  * Re-licensure points available  * Located at Granite District Office, Salt Lake City, UT]
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Day 1:    May 31, 2017 9:00-2:30pm
“Antarctica-Earth’s Amazing Dry Desert”

Byron Adams, Department of Biology, Brigham Young University

The Dry Valleys of Antarctica are the coldest, driest deserts on Earth, home to some of the most extreme ecosystems on the planet.  The mean annual air temperature is -27.6°C, winds are often rated at hurricane forces, and it receives less than 3cm of precipitation (snow) per year. The sun rises and sets only once a year; for half the year it is in complete sunlight, the other half in complete darkness.  Life in the Dry Valleys is microscopic, restricted to the soils, glaciers, ephemeral streams and permanently ice-covered lakes.  Although biodiversity is low, these ecosystems are completely functional and provide a natural laboratory for exploring the limits of life.  Accordingly, the Dry Valleys provide the closest thing to Martian habitat that can be on Earth.  The permanently ice covered lakes and subglacial lakes have similar environments to those of Enceladus ad Europa.
                In his presentation, Byron will describe the different ecosystems of Antarctica, the organisms that inhabit them, the unique adaptations that allow them to persist there and how they are currently responding to climate variability.  He will also discuss ongoing work that uses Antarctic ecosystems as analogs for astrobiology.

Day 2:   June 1, 2017 9:00-2:30pm

“Physics is for Everyone”

Duane Merrell, Department of Physics, Brigham Young University

Join Duane in a day of physics fun.  Work on engaging students with rocket launchers, racer cars and even hot air balloons.  This is a hands-on workshop that will be inside and outside.

Register for one or both days online at:  http://tinyurl.com/spacegrantworkshop

Questions?  Email swood at graniteschools.org<mailto:swood at graniteschools.org>


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JUNE 2017

TEACHER ON PUBLIC LANDS (MOAB) - Summer Opportunity

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.

Southeastern Utah Teachers on the Public Lands Description
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Canyon Country District Office is looking for an educator to apply for the Teacher on the Public Lands - Hands on the Land (HOL) Program.

The Teachers on the Public Lands program was developed by the BLM’s Hands on the Land program and the University of Colorado (UC) Denver to provide professional development opportunities for teachers and educators by placing them as “interns” at the selected BLM HOL site.

This project will last approximately eight to ten weeks between June and August 2017 and includes a 160 hour field experience with the BLM and complete on of an online graduate level course in experiential education. Upon successful complete on of the course and field experience the educator will receive a $2200 professional development s pend. The educator will also receive a full waiver of the UC Denver course credits and tech fees. Lodging may be available for early applicants. All office work is based out of Moab, Utah.

The major outcome of the TPL educators’ field experience will be to work with BLM staff to build the Canyon Country District Paleontology Program education and outreach efforts through the development of a Paleontology specific Scouting activity. This scout activity would be available to all school age children and would involve the completion of a regionally specific paleontology lesson that would teach both science concepts and site stewardship. We wish to utilize our various paleontology public lands sites within our district as outside laboratories, where we teach stewardship, monitoring, and site-based science. The lessons will meet the Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) in the Utah State Science Core Curriculum for K-12 audiences.

Responsibilities include:
* Conduct independent research on varied topics for the purpose of developing resource education programs. Learn about public lands resources.
* Complete projects that include 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 three 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.

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.

The Canyon Country is located in southeastern Utah. The areas geology consists of rocks ranging in age from Paleozoic (Pennsylvanian) through Late Mesozoic (Late Cretaceous) sedimentary units. Triassic - Cretaceous units are highly fossiliferous, containing plants, animals and trackways. Many classic geological features and global tourist destinations are nearby, such as Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Deadhorse Point State Park, and the La Sal Mountains. The Moab Area is enjoyed by the local population as well as visitors from the United States and many foreign countries. Over two million visitors each year enjoy the spectacular desert landscape, along with climbing, biking, hiking, and off‐highway‐vehicle opportunities.

The BLM is the largest administrator of public lands in the West. It adheres to the policy of multiple uses, thereby providing recreational opportunities, protection for paleontology sites, and the management of natural resources, including wildlife. In 2009 the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act was passed, instructing the Secretary of the Interior to manage and protect paleontological resources on Federal land using scientific principles and expertise, and to develop plans to increase public awareness about the significance of paleontological resources.

HOW TO APPLY:
Submit resume and brief cover letter stating your interest to the Canyon Country District Paleontologist, ReBecca Hunt-Foster, at rhuntfoster at blm.gov(link sends e-mail)<mailto:rhuntfoster at blm.gov>. Call (435) 259-2179 for questions.

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Save the Date!

Super Tours 2017



Intermountain Healthcare, the Utah STEM Action Center, and the Utah State Board of Education have teamed up to provide Utah high school teachers with an opportunity to experience STEM careers. Learn through hands-on activities at 4-5 industry/education sites during your choice of our free, two-day tours.



Super Tour Dates

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Northern Utah- June 5 and 6

Salt Lake Valley- June 8 and 9



Teacher Teams

Apply in teams of 3-5, representing at least three different STEM subjects from the same school



Teacher Incentives

Receive a $200 stipend and earn relincensure points upon completion of one lesson plan inspired by the Super Tours



Applications open Monday, April 3rd at 8:00 am. To apply, please visit stem.utah.gov/supertours<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=48883406&msgid=460707&act=SERC&c=750988&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fstem.utah.gov%2Fsupertours%2F>. Space is limited, so don't wait!



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USTA Summer Endorsement Courses:

USTA offers week-long endorsement courses over the summer months in partnership with Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, and Southern Utah University.  All courses are taught by highly qualified instructors that have experience in K-12 classrooms like yours.  The classes are designed to be hand-on and inquiry based so that teachers can learn the lessons/techniques and take them back to use in their classrooms.

Each class lasts for only one week (usually Monday to Friday) and most cost $550 for current USTA members ($250 more for Non-current USTA members).  This cost covers the price of the instructor, class location, supplies, food (lunch and snacks), and university credit recording fees.  The Astronomy & Geology courses held at the UVU Capitol Reef Field Station will cost an additional $100 for overnight lodging and meals.  Students in all other courses are required to find their own housing if necessary.  REMEMBER, most principals are happy to cover the cost of summer courses and credit fees if it a necessary part of an SAEP or if teachers approach them early and can show them how it will help their school's science department and students.  Don't be scared to ask, the worse that can happen is you are told "not this year".

All course are scheduled but depend on enrollment.  (10 participants is the minimum number to run a course, so encourage your friends and colleagues.)

UPCOMING EVENTS
*       USTA/PTRA Summer Professional Development and Endorsement Course - Physics 2 2017<http://utsta.org/event-2422902>
05 Jun 2017 9:00 AM Brigham Young University, Provo Utah N-106 Eyring Science Center
*       STEM Elementary Endorsement Course: Forces<http://utsta.org/event-2506724>
05 Jun 2017 9:00 AM Brigham Young University, Provo Utah N-106 Eyring Science Center
*       Summer Professional Development and Endorsement Course - Chemistry 1<http://utsta.org/event-2492548>
12 Jun 2017 8:00 AM Westlake High School, Saratoga Springs
*       STEM Elementary Endorsement Course: Engineering Practices<http://utsta.org/event-2506739>
12 Jun 2017 9:00 AM Brigham Young University, Provo Utah N-106 Eyring Science Center
*       USTA/PTRA Summer Professional Development and Endorsement Course - Astronomy 2017<http://utsta.org/event-2422887>
18 Jun 2017 8:00 AM UVU Field Station, Capitol Reef National Park
*       Summer Professional Development and Endorsement Course - Physical Geology 2017<http://utsta.org/event-2422897>
25 Jun 2017 8:00 AM UVU Field Station, Capitol Reef National Park
*       STEM Elementary Endorsement Course: Matter<http://utsta.org/event-2506733>
26 Jun 2017 9:00 AM Brigham Young University, Provo Utah N-106 Eyring Science Center
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Girls go Digital - Four-Day Computer Science & Technology Camp - (June 5 - 8, June 12 - 15, June 19 - 22, July 10 - 13, 2017)
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Project Stitch - Secondary Science Teacher Professional Development


Utah State University has received a federal grant to investigate the use of E-Textiles within middle and high school science classrooms titled Project STITCH.  The grant provides Professional Development and E-Textile materials to teachers allowing them to infuse their science classrooms with innovative ways to meet the Core Standards.

Participating teachers will receive a $250 honorarium and over $2,000 in classroom supplies for the projects that they will be implementing as a result of the project.  This professional learning will provide teachers with the understandings and tools to connect e-textile learning from the project with the Science Core Curriculum.  Teacher will spend 4 days (June 5-8, 2017) working together with project staff.

The attached flyer provides additional information to share with colleagues as appropriate.  Registration is based on a first come registration basis. Please contact Dr. Colby Tofel-Grehl, who is the Principal Investigator of this project for inquiries or to register for this opportunity. You can reach her at: email (colby.tg at usu.edu<mailto:colby.tg at usu.edu>) or by phone 435-797-1342.

There is no cost to your district, schools, or for teachers to participate, however we will ask for a letter of support from participating schools/districts.  The project covers all classroom supplies for participating teachers to teach half their classes with the new curricular materials and half as they have traditionally done. This approach will allow us to provide districts and teachers with specific analysis as to what method is working best for specific teachers and schools.

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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 June 6, 2017 in Cedar City, UT

*       Tuesday June 27, 2017 in Lehi, UT

*       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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Code Changers - Create with Technology - June 12 - 15, June 19 -22, June 26 - 29, Jul 31 - Aug 3, Aug 7 - 10, 2017

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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.

Watershed Investigations in Logan - June 12-16
Explore the Logan River Watershed from the mountains all the way down to Great Salt Lake!  Learn about mapping watersheds, water quality testing, and Great Salt Lake ecology.

Watershed Investigations in Salt Lake City - June 12-16
Spend a week with Utah’s Hogle Zoo educators learning about the watersheds of the Salt Lake City area and how they influence the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem.  Gain skills in watershed evaluation and amphibian monitoring.

Deserts at Antelope Island State Park - June 20-24
Spend a week exploring the desert ecosystems of Antelope Island State Park!  Gain a rare in-depth knowledge of the island from the park managers that you can share with your students.

Watershed Investigations in Park City - July 10-14
Spend a week at the beautiful Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter in Park City, just a short drive from SLC.  We’ll explore from the Uintas all the way down to Great Salt Lake!

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


Mark

Mark Larese-Casanova
Extension Assistant Professor
Utah Master Naturalist Program Director
435-760-6146
utahmasternaturalist.org<http://utahmasternaturalist.org>

Dept. of Watershed Sciences
Utah State University
5210 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT  84322-5210
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QuarkNet Associate Teacher Institute for Physics Teachers -  June 13 - 16, 2017
Dear Colleagues,

Idaho State University will be hosting a QuarkNet Associate Teacher Institute June 13 - 16, 2017.

QuarkNet is a professional development program funded by the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Energy. The institute at ISU will be a 1 week residential workshop.  It will bring together physics teachers from the Western Region who wish to learn about particle physics, and transfer that experience to the classroom for the benefit of their students.
Lodging, a meal allowance, travel, and stipends are provided.

Participants will be trained in the use of a cosmic ray detector (CRD) system.  Each participant will be loaned one of these systems for the 2017-2018 academic year with the expectation that it will be used to involve students in cosmic ray experiments.

A portion of the institute will be devoted to planning coordinated cosmic ray experiments to be conducted during the 8/21/17 total solar eclipse.

Once you get involved in the program, participation each following summer is encouraged.  Active QuarkNet fellows are encouraged to apply to "boot camps" held at Fermilab and CERN each summer.  We usually send one or two of our fellows to one or both of these each year.  ISU graduate credit will also be offered. For more information on the program and instructions on how to apply, see http://physics.isu.edu/QuarkNet/.

I    Idaho State University Physics to Host Particle Physics Workshop to Train Secondary Education Teachers.


S   Secondary educations teachers from throughout the western United States are gathering at Idaho State University June 12-16 to learn about particle physics so they can better teach the fundamentals science to their students. The teachers are participating in QuarkNet 2017 Associate Teacher Institute, a professional development program funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy, which is offered at ISU by the Department of Physics.  The institute is a one-week residential where teachers will have the opportunity to work with physicists with the goal of transferring that experience to the classroom for the benefit of their students.  “Idaho State University holds a unique place among western universities,” said Steve Shropshire, ISU physics professor and institute director. “ISU’s physics program boasts close ties with the Idaho National Laboratory, the Idaho Accelerator Center and other ISU research centers. These ties provide the opportunity to do cutting-edge research in related areas. This institute allows us to share our knowledge with teachers, so they can better teach the fundamental principles of physics to their students.” When they leave the camp, each teacher is loaned a particle detector system that they can use at their schools to involve students in cosmic ray experiments in collaboration with hundreds of other classrooms across the United States and with scientists at national labs.  One or two teachers each year spend also spend one to two weeks for additional research experience at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory at Batavia, Illinois, or CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research located near Geneva, Switzerland. “We’ve offered this program for years and received great feedback,” Shropshire said. “Loaning the particle detector systems and allowing students to participate in cosmic-ray experiments has been very popular and it is an effective way to get students excited about a STEM field.”

QuarkNet is a professional development program funded by the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Energy. The institute at ISU will be a 1 week residential workshop.  It will bring together physics teachers from the Western Region who wish to learn about particle physics, and transfer that experience to the classroom for the benefit of their students.


Lodging, a meal allowance, travel, and stipends are provided.


Participants will be trained in the use of a cosmic ray detector (CRD) system. Each participant will be loaned one of these systems for the 2017-2018 academic year with the expectation that it will be used to involve students in cosmic ray experiments.


A portion of the institute will be devoted to planning coordinated cosmic ray experiments to be conducted during the 8/21/17 total solar eclipse.


Once you get involved in the program, participation each following summer is encouraged. Active QuarkNet fellows are encouraged to apply to "boot camps" held at Fermilab and Cern each summer.  We usually send one or two of our fellows to one or both of these each year.  ISU graduate credit will also be offered. For more information on the program and instructions on how to apply, see http://physics.isu.edu/QuarkNet/.<http://physics.isu.edu/QuarkNet/>


Thank you for your time and consideration.      -Steve

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Animal Jam and The Nature Conservancy at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve - June 15, 2017

Join Animal Jam and The Nature Conservancy in Utah for a Science Adventure at the GSL Shorelands Preserve! Explore Utah's unique environments and learn about free science resources!

All participants will receive a copy of the Wild Explorers Science Adventure Book <http://www.blurb.com/b/7693041-animal-jam-wild-explorers-science-adventures>  and refreshments.

See the flyer for more details. Event is limited to 30 participants - contact alex at wildworks.com<mailto:alex at wildworks.com> to RSVP by June 10th.

Interested in more events like these? Sign up for Animal Jam's Educator Newsletter<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9qDun7mwOdfkR3uxF3f1aAC7EoknVHaelMLRovip-s4VG3w/viewform?usp=sf_link>. Sign up by June 10th to be entered to win a copy of the Wild Explorers Science Adventure book and some Animal Jam giveaways for your classroom.

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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!

Art and Science on the San Juan River Summer Camp<http://www.fourcornersschool.org/adventure/multi-day-river-trips/item/379-art-and-science-on-the-san-juan-river-summer-camp>
Join artist and art instructor Kate Nickols along with our own Four Corners School staff for a creative journey down the San Juan River of Southern Utah. Along the way we will explore ancient Puebloan archeological sites, soak up the beauty of the canyons, and capture the glory of the canyon through artistic expression. Includes ages 12 -18.
$610
Wednesday, June 21 - 24, 2017
Bluff, Utah

Earth, Water, and Sky Summer Science Camp <http://www.fourcornersschool.org/adventure/multi-day-river-trips/item/60-earth-water-sky-summer-science-trip>
Spend three days of hands-on learning with a geologist, astronomy educator from Clark Planetarium, and art teacher from Monticello High school. The camp provides opportunities for student’s, from the Four Corners Region, to learn about astronomy, the night sky, geology, desert rivers, and much more. They will learn while floating twenty-six incredibly scenic miles of the San Juan River in southeastern Utah. Explore one of the most inspirational and classic settings possible for learning about the geologic, astronomical, natural and cultural history of the area. Includes ages 12 -18.
$535 per student
$150 for Four Corners area students from San Juan Counties in Utah and New Mexico, Montezuma County Colorado and Apache County Arizona. These students are grant funded through the Bureau of Land Management.
Tuesday, June 27 -30, 2017
Bluff, Utah

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

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Breathe Utah and the Utah Society for Environmental Education - June 24, 2017
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Hands-on training for AP Science Teachers - June 26 - 20, 2017
WKU The Center for Gifted Studies

This one-week institute is designed for high school teachers who are presently teaching or preparing to teach College Board Advanced Placement classes. Numerous courses are offered for both beginning and experienced Advanced Placement teachers.
Click the link below to register

https://account.collegeboard.org/login/login?DURL=https://cbsso.collegeboard.org:443/idp/nwKOE/resumeSAML20/idp/startSSO.ping&appId=348&idp=EPL

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“CTE-IT Workshops

You are invited to a 2 day workshop that I am teaching this summer on June 26-27. I will be teaching coding using Code.org's App Lab and the BBC's Microbit. You can sign up in OnTrack at https://usbe.truenorthlogic.com/U/P/Channel/-/Guest/Login. Search for "Microbit" under Professional Learning and it comes up to workshops called "CTE-IT Workshops", under that select the section called "Coding with App Lab & Microbits" and then register.

Coding with App Lab and Microbits
Section Number:

84287
Section Title:

Coding with App Lab and Microbits
Section Notes:

This is a 2 day workshop in which coding basics are introduced using Code.org's App Lab and the BBC's Microbit processor to introduce the coding of hardware or the Internet of Things (IoT). Using Code.org's App Lab the 1st day - basic structures of coding, including: sequences, basic calculations, screen design, loops, conditionals, asset creation, events, turtle graphics, functions, teamwork & scrum, cloud storage, linear functions, big data, etc. App Lab can be used to create apps that can be published and shared to run on any computer, tablet, or smart phone with a modern browser. A Code.org account is needed. http://code.org/applab The 2nd day will involve the programming of the BBC's microbit. http://microbit.org It is a small hardware processing device. The entry level to start programming is one the lowest available of any device, but the device contains a 32 bit processor, 25 LED display, 2 programmable buttons, etc. USBE 1.0 Credit is available for this training.
Date:

June 26, 2017 - June 27, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Section Cost:

Free
Instructor(s):

Carl Lyman - carl.lyman at outlook.com<mailto:carl.lyman at live.com>
Address:
  Diamond Fork JHS
50 North 900 East
Spanish Fork, UT 84660

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Summer 2017 - Earth Science Outside for K-12 Educators

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USTA Summer Endorsement Courses:

USTA offers week-long endorsement courses over the summer months in partnership with Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, and Southern Utah University.  All courses are taught by highly qualified instructors that have experience in K-12 classrooms like yours.  The classes are designed to be hand-on and inquiry based so that teachers can learn the lessons/techniques and take them back to use in their classrooms.

Each class lasts for only one week (usually Monday to Friday) and most cost $550 for current USTA members ($250 more for Non-current USTA members).  This cost covers the price of the instructor, class location, supplies, food (lunch and snacks), and university credit recording fees.  The Astronomy & Geology courses held at the UVU Capitol Reef Field Station will cost an additional $100 for overnight lodging and meals.  Students in all other courses are required to find their own housing if necessary.  REMEMBER, most principals are happy to cover the cost of summer courses and credit fees if it a necessary part of an SAEP or if teachers approach them early and can show them how it will help their school's science department and students.  Don't be scared to ask, the worse that can happen is you are told "not this year".

All course are scheduled but depend on enrollment.  (10 participants is the minimum number to run a course, so encourage your friends and colleagues.)

UPCOMING EVENTS
*       Summer Professional Development and Endorsement Course - Secondary Science Instructional Methods 2017<http://utsta.org/event-2422915>
10 Jul 2017 8:00 AM Oak Canyon Jr. High, Lindon
*       STEM Elementary Endorsement: Nature of Science and Engineering 2017<http://utsta.org/event-2506711>
10 Jul 2017 8:00 AM Oak Canyon Jr. High, Lindon
*       STEM Elementary Endorsement Course: Energy<http://utsta.org/event-2506734>
25 Jul 2017 9:00 AM Brigham Young University, Provo Utah N-106 Eyring Science Center



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Intermountain AP Summer Institute / Davis School District Utah - July 11 - 14, 2017

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Utah’s Hogle Zoo is offering an exciting new summer camp!

9TH - 10TH Grade


Code for Conservation (Ages 14-15)
July 17 - 21, 2017 9:00AM to 4:00 PM

Join us for Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s first ever coding camp for beginners! Enjoy the full zoo camp experience with animal encounters and behind the scenes tours, while learning about the world of coding. Work with a partner to create conservation games through the visual block-based scripting language of the app TaleBlazer. Zoo computers and other technology devices will be provided for camp use.

https://store.hoglezoo.org/WebStore/shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=CAMPS&C=CAMP9TH10TH

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Aquaponics 101 Teachers Workshop in Auburn, Alabama - July 17 - 21, 2017 ***NEW this week


Auburn University in conjunction with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and the MS/AL Sea Grant Consortium are offering a crash course in aquaponics and aquaculture.  This will be the 19th year we have offered such a course and thought it would be of interest to North Carolina science, math and career technology teachers.   We have had teachers from as far as CA, OR, CT, AZ, and MA to attend the workshop and it has consistently received excellent reviews and the teachers are eligible for continuing education credit.

We would like to ask for your assistance in helping to get the word out about this great opportunity.

Attached is the flyer for the workshop or you can go directly to the online information at
http://www.aces.edu/dept/fisheries/education/Teacher%20Workshop/Aquaponics101Workshop.php

Registration for the workshop is through Auburn University and can be completed using this link:
https://mell-base.uce.auburn.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=C170617&Publish=ANYWAY

Registration is limited, so don’t delay.


P.J. Waters
Extension Aquatics Specialist
118 North Royal Street STE 800
Mobile, Alabama 36602
251.438.5690 Office
334.703.5012 Cell Phone
waterph at aces.edu<mailto:waterph at aces.edu>
www.aces.edu<http://www.aces.edu/>
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AUGUST 2017

Utah Hogle Zoo - Workshop  for 6th - 8th graders
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

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.
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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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SimScientists Crosscutting Concepts: Progressions in Earth Systems (REAL) - Middle Grades Science Teachers Needed!  School Year 2017 - 2017 --- Deadline May 5, 2017

Dear Middle Grades Earth Science Teachers,

WestEd, a not-for-profit educational research agency, has funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct a research project, SimScientists Crosscutting Concepts: Progressions in Earth Systems (REAL), during the 2017-18 school year. This project aims to use technology to give your students ways to explore and express their science knowledge through computer simulations of science systems. The project uses innovative formative assessments to support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with your students. We are seeking teachers to participate in this research study.

Participating teachers will receive a live online webinar orientation and training (up to 4 hours), stipends up to $1,500 for their involvement in the study, as well as access to simulation-based computer formative assessments.

In order to participate, middle grades science teachers must cover Geology (i.e., erosion, weathering, and plate tectonics), Climate & Weather, and Ecosystems topics during the 2017-18 school year. All three units must be covered within the same grade during the school year, though teachers can still participate if they do a substantial review of Ecosystems during the 2017-2018 school year if an Ecosystems unit is had been taught in the previous grade. Additionally, teachers can participate if the Ecosystems content is taught even if it is not called Ecosystems, in classes such as Human Impacts, Biomes, or other similar topics. The research focus of this project is on Crosscutting Concepts. As such teachers must provide ongoing instruction during the school year that incorporates the Scale, Energy and Matter, and Systems crosscutting concepts.

Please see the “SimScientists Earth Science Strand” for more information on these topics: https://wested.box.com/s/7eckkkgk9kwsnikzdwhgbu2aby4zitps

For answers to frequently asked questions about participating in a SimScientists study, please see our FAQs at: https://wested.box.com/s/mzlntgpbqjlxbsen5vgdovcdapc8b70s

For technical requirements, please click here: https://wested.box.com/s/88cao026eeyc88xrjxqx4045dp7tj3m8
 *Note: SimScientists modules are NOT supported on iPads, iPhones, or other tablets.

If you are interested in participating in this research opportunity, please complete an online intake survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/REALPilotIntakeSurvey

*Note: if the links above do not work, please copy and paste them into your browser.

Please forward this email to any middle grades science teachers who you think might be interested in this opportunity. To learn more about this project, please see the FAQs or email Melissa Essinger at messing at wested.org<mailto:messing at wested.org>. For the best chance of participating, please complete the survey by **Friday, May 5th2017**

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,
Melissa Essinger
Implementation Coordinator and Research Assistant - SimScientists
messing at wested.org<mailto:messing at wested.org>
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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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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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