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15 March 2017

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International Essay Contest for Young People

This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world. * This program is sponsored by the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and organized by the Goi Peace Foundation.

THEME:“Learning from Nature” - Modern civilization has developed through controlling nature and exploiting its resources. At the same time, we human beings are part of the natural world, and nature has many things to teach us. Scientists, philosophers, poets, and artists have all found inspiration in nature. What can we learn from nature, and how can we make use of that learning for the future? Please describe your ideas, including your own observations and experiences.

Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years of age in one of the following age categories: a) Children (ages up to 14) or b) Youth (ages 15 - 25). Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, excluding essay title and cover page. Deadline for submission is June 15, 2107.

Contest Information »

06 March 2017

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Entries Accepted for the 2017 Evolution Film Festival/Video Contest

Scientists and science educators of all stripes (students, postdocs, faculty, and full- or part-time science communicators) are invited to enter the Seventh Annual Evolution Video Competition, sponsored by the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.

To enter, please submit a video that explains a fun fact, key concept, compelling question, or exciting area of evolution research in THREE MINUTES OR LESS.

Entries may be related or unrelated to your own research, and should be suitable for use in a classroom (K-12, undergraduate, graduate - your choice). Videos should be both informative and entertaining. (In other words, no taped lectures or narrated Powerpoint presentations!) Animations, music videos, and mini- documentaries are all fair game.

The finalists will be screened at the 2017 Evolution meeting in Portland, OR. (You do not need to attend the conference in order to enter a video.)

First- and second-place winners will receive up to $1,000 and $500, respectively.

The deadline to submit your video(s) is Friday, June 2nd at 11:59 PM EDT.

For more information »

28 February 2017

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Submit Your Sessions for NABT2017!

Session proposals are now being accepted for the 2017 NABT Professional Development Conference being held at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. The NABT Conference begins the afternoon of Thursday, November 9th and concludes on Sunday, November 12th.

The NABT Conference features four days of notable speakers, informative workshops, social events and hundreds of sessions. Will one of those sessions be yours?

Submitting a session proposal is your opportunity to help shape the future of biology teaching. NABT is looking for 30- and 75-minute sessions that address a full range of biology concepts, science practices, and education research.

Proposals for education sessions are being accepted online at until 11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, March 31st (Please note the extended deadline). This is a new submission system and will require you to create a new login and password.

Questions about the 2017 NABT Professional Development Conference can be sent to or (888) 501-NABT.

For information about NABT »

02 February 2017

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Renewable Energy Teacher Summer Workshop (NEWBio)

Spend a week at the Penn State University Park campus to learn about current bioenergy research from nationally recognized faculty. Participate in inquiry-based classroom activities based on the work being done by university scientists and engineers. These classroom research projects are aligned with state and national standards.

Benefits: Travel, lodging, and meal expenses provided to all participants; $300 stipend; and, classroom materials to implement research activities.

Apply now »

26 January 2017

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Outdoor PAEE Conference Promises Connections with Nature

Registration is now open for the 2017 Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Education (PAEE) Conference on March 13th and 14th at the McKeever Environmental Learning Center, Sandy Lake, PA, and the pre-conference Project WET Facilitator Workshop on March 12. McKeever is the perfect location for Deepening Connections, Inspiring Innovation because it features nature-friendly facilities and miles of wooded trails to take workshops outdoors and to explore during breaks. The bunkhouses provide a fun and affordable on-site lodging option, or separate arrangements can be made at nearby hotels for a reduced conference rate. Visit the lodging and accommodations page to learn more. Information about conference scholarships can be found at the bottom of the registration page.

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05 January 2017

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Free Glaciology and Marine Programs for Girls Seek Applications

Inspiring Girls Expeditions is accepting applications through January 31, 2017, for free summer science and wilderness expeditions in Alaska and Washington for girls ages 16 to 17. Three teams of up to nine teenage girls and three instructors will spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers or fjords with tidewater glaciers. They’ll conduct scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, oceanographers, artists and mountaineers.

The three Inspiring Girls trips of 2017 will include Girls on Ice Alaska, Girls On Ice Cascades and Girls in Icy Fjords. They are operated through IARC and the UAF College of Natural Science & Mathematics.

For more details »

30 November 2016

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PIAEE Teacher Award Application Due March 1

The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning. Award winners receive up to $2,500 to continue their professional development in environmental education. Additionally, the teacher's local education agency also recieves up to $2,500 to fund environmental education activities and programs. Applications are due March 1, 2017.

Learn more about the PIAEE program »

30 November 2016

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Encourage K-12 Students to Apply for PEYA

The President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes K-12 students and their efforts to protect the environment. The award promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Encourage K-12 students you know who are taking action to protect the environment to apply for PEYA. Applications are due March 1, 2017.

Learn more about the PEYA program »

14 November 2016

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The Helen Fellowship at the American Museum of Natural History

The Helen Fellowship is a unique opportunity for women to spend a year immersed in teaching and research at AMNH in New York City. The Fellows will split their time between teaching and a research residency within one of the Museum’s science divisions.

The Helen Fellows contribute to curriculum and teach within BridgeUp: STEM, a computational science program for high-school aged young women and middle-school aged boys and girls from New York City. Each Fellow also conducts independent computational research under the guidance of a museum scientist whose work aligns closely with the Fellow’s interests and experience. Previous Fellows have conducted research or developed products in invertebrate zoology, data visualization, astrophysics, exhibitions, biodiversity conservation, ornithology, and herpetology.

Fellows will receive an annual salary of $70,000 plus generous benefits.

Funding is available for expenses such as conference travel and research equipment and supplies.

Applications are due by January 20, 2017.

For more information »

12 November 2016

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iNaturalist in the Classroom

iNaturalist s a citizen science project and online social network of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity across the globe. Observations may be added via the website or from a mobile application. The observations provide valuable open data to a variety of scientific research projects, museums, botanic gardens, parks, and other organizations. Users of iNaturalist have contributed over two million observations since its founding in 2008, and the project has been called "a standard-bearer for natural history mobile applications.

Why use iNaturalist?

  • Free, intuitive, east-to-use app
  • Easily capture and upload student photos to the app
  • Standardized data collection
  • Communicate and collaborate with naturalists and scientists all over the world
  • Use the project results to integrate math, science, technology, and communication to analyze findings
Get started »

24 October 2016

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Applications of Bear Research and Big Data, Good Science: Two New BioScience Talks Episodes

Two episodes of BioScience Talks podcast are now available. The October episode features a discussion with the authors of a recent paper whose interdisciplinary work highlights the changing scientific landscape, in which large data sets and new computational methods encourage a more iterative approach to science. A bonus episode focuses on bear behavior and a recent mauling by a grizzly bear in Montana.

18 October 2016

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Teacher Award Applications Now Being Accepted

Apply now for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, which recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning. Award winners receive up to $2,500 to continue their professional development in environmental education. Additionally, the teacher's local education agency will receive up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.

Applications are due March 1, 2017.

Learn about previous award winners »

29 September 2016

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New EPA Climate Education Resources

Do you know what climate change means for your state? Are you trying to help your students understand what climate change will mean for their communities? Explore new factsheets on how climate change will impact each of the 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico!

Do your students know how climate change can impact the health of people around us? Explore the connection between climate change and human health with factsheets and a quiz.

Find these EPA climate education resources »

Need more? Promote climate literacy with education resources from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Delve into the carbon cycle, climate monitoring, climate change impacts, and seasonal change with free lesson plans, videos, and activities.

Find NOAA climate education resources »

14 September 2016

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World of 7 Billion Video Contest

Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your high school and middle school classes. The contest challenges students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges: climate change, ocean health, or rapid urbanization. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 23, 2017.

*All videos must include a) how population growth impacts the issue, and b) at least one idea for a sustainable solution.

Full contest guidelines and more »

31 August 2016

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Bring NestWatch to Your Classroom to Promote Ornithology Research

NestWatch is a nationwide monitoring program designed to track status and trends in the reproductive biology of birds, including when nesting occurs, number of eggs laid, how many eggs hatch, and how many hatchlings survive. Our database is intended to be used to study the current condition of breeding bird populations and how they may be changing over time as a result of climate change, habitat degradation and loss, expansion of urban areas, and the introduction of non-native plants and animals.

Participating in NestWatch is easy and just about anyone can do it, although children should always be accompanied by an adult when observing bird nests. Simply follow the directions on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website to become a certified NestWatcher, find a bird nest using helpful tips, visit the nest every 3-4 days and record what you see, and then report this information. Your observations will be added to those of thousands of other NestWatchers in a continually growing database used by researchers to understand and study birds. Simply put, without your help it would be impossible to gather enough information to accurately monitor nesting birds across the country. And while you are contributing extremely valuable information to science, you and your students will learn firsthand about birds and create a lifelong bond with the natural world.

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18 August 2016

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NAAEE Publications

Looking for insights on developing Environmental Education activities that lead to meaningful behavior change? Want to figure out which evaluation method will help increase the effectiveness of your program? North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) publications provide the targeted information you need to enhance your knowledge and skills as an environmental educator. As a member, you'll get a discount on these valuable resources.

Visit NAAEE website »

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24 May 2016

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Discover your Ecosystem with EnviroAtlas

Looking for an interactive tool to interest your students in data mapping and ecosystems? Introduce them to EPA’s EnviroAtlas. EnviroAtlas can help provide students with the background and context to understand the ecosystems surrounding them. An interactive map provides data on ecosystem services, biodiversity, and demographics. The Eco-Health Relationship Browser demonstrates the links between ecosystems and human health. EnviroAtlas users can access, view, and analyze diverse information to better understand the potential impacts of various decisions.

Find a case study on using EnviroAtlas in the classroom »

22 April 2016

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Celebrate Earth Day!

In 1970, San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. McConnell chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose April 22. Millions of people participated, and today Earth Day continues to be widely celebrated with events on both dates.

The most common practice of celebration is to plant new trees for Earth Day. Teachers, here are some additional ideas:

  • The Earth Day Network works with tens of thousands of partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. »
  • The National Environmental Education Foundation's 12th annual National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), sponsored by Samsung, encourages and celebrates environmental learning through EE events and projects across the country. EE events are led by formal and informal educators from various disciplines and include participants aged 1-100. This year’s theme is “Greening STEM: Rooted in Math.”

    Environmental Education Week »
  • The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and they want everyone to join the party! On 16 days in '16, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. National Park week is April 16 – 24 and is a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite. The park service also has a number of resources available to educators at all levels, including virtual park visits.

    For more information »
  • The Old Farmers Almanac is a website that contains weather forecasts, tide tables, planting charts, astronomical data, recipes, and articles on a number of topics, including gardening, sports, astronomy, and farming. The Almanac also features anecdotes, a section that highlights activities for Earth Day 2106!

    For more information »

31 March 2016

Plan Ahead for Endangered Species Day

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The 11th Annual International Endangered Species Day will be on May 20, 2016 and offers biology, ecology and other science teachers an ideal opportunity to educate students at all levels about the importance of protecting threatened and endangered plant and animal species. In addition to classroom discussions, there are several ways you and your students can participate in Endangered Species Day, such as:

  • Plan a school-wide Endangered Species Day fair with exhibits.
  • Arrange a special display in the school library or cafeteria.
  • Invite a local expert to speak to the school/class.
  • Work with a community/environmental group on a habitat restoration project.
  • Attend an event at a local zoo, aquarium, botanic garden or other location.

You can plan events earlier in May or on Endangered Species Day itself. Once a specific activity is planned, the class can register it on the Endangered Species Day website.

Learn more »

18 March 2016

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Video Contest Invites You to Share Data Stories

Science is excited to announce its first data visualization video contest, Data Stories, which will be open for submissions between March 7 and April 15, 2016. They are seeking 90-second videos that tell captivating visual stories based upon scientific data. Here is some basic information about the contest:

For more information »

11 January 2016

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SWOT - The State of the World's Sea Turtles

SWOT is a partnership among Oceanic Society, the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group (MTSG), Duke University’s OBIS-SEAMAP, and an ever-growing international team of local organizations, scientists and conservationists.Together, this powerful group—the SWOT Team—seeks to create a permanent global network of specialists working to accelerate the conservation of sea turtles and their habitats. Everything that SWOT produces, from the database and maps to the conservation tools and reports, is built upon individual inputs by SWOT Team members' data, expertise, and creativity. A must see site for K-16 educators with powerful teaching and learning tools. classroom.

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31 December 2015

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Join the ECOLOGY Global Network™

The ECOLOGY Global Network covers every avenue of today’s environmental dynamics tied all together into an integrated media delivery system. This ecology hub and pipeline creates a global community for the interactive exchange, application and consumption of information across all educational, business, consumer and entertainment platforms. Affiliates throughout the world represent their communities and the myriad of ecology topics and themes on The ECOLOGY Global Network™ via contributions from their regions and nationalities. Students, scientists, filmmakers, consumer experts, educators, government officials and NGOs, among many others, have a neighborhood in the Ecology Global Community. The ECOLOGY Global Network® is for everyone on all levels and in all walks of life. It provides access from any place on planet Earth, the place in which we live… our global community.

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06 October 2015

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Strengthening Science and Technology Education

Penn State's Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) facilitates mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships between K-12 schools and Penn State science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) researchers and outreach professionals, with the goal of helping to strengthen science and technology education. This spring, CSATS will be adding workshops for 6-12 grade teachers!

Register for a workshop now »

10 September 2015

Take Part in Citizen Science in Africa

Gorongosa National Park’s researchers deployed motion-activated trail cameras to discover and catalog animal species in the park. Hundreds of thousands of photos were collected and now scientists need your help! Join WildCam Gorongosa, an online citizen science platform, to identify the animals captured in these photos and contribute to this important research. WildCam Gorongosa was made in partnership with HHMI Biointeractive and the Gorongosa Restoration Project.

Get involved »

08 September 2015

Citizen Science through the Xerces Project

The Xerces Society provides a number of projects that let you and your students contribute directly to the science of invertebrate conservation. Participate in the Xerces Society current projects tracking declining bumble bees, dragonfly migration in North America, and monarch butterfly populations in California. You will also find partner efforts to better understand the conservation status of bees, butterflies, dragonflies, and more.

Learn more »

28 August 2015

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Study Coral Reef Damage in American Samoa

Here is a helpful classroom activity for high school students. Steve Palumbi has been doing research on the corals around Ofu Island in American Samoa for years. He is trying to determine why these native corals can withstand ocean temperatures that, in other coral species, would lead to coral bleaching. Along with graduate student Megan Morikawa, Palumbi is testing whether these heat-resistant corals can be transplanted to reefs that have been damaged or destroyed.

Download the accompanying worksheet (PDF) for students to complete as they watch a video.

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23 June 2015

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An Educational Bioliteracy Online Resource is a non-commercial, educational website created to promote bioscience literacy. To meet this goals the website provides peer reviewed articles by scientists, science educators, and science students on issues related to six bioscience content areas: environment, biodiversity, genomics, biotechnology, evolution, and science policy.

In addition, information is provided for educators, that explains how the use of issues in biological sciences teaching is firmly rooted in an inquiry-based approach to bioscience education. The site also offers tips on how to teach with issues. The website provides ready to use original lessons and resources to enhance issue based bioscience teaching. Up-to-date external links are provided at the bottom of each article to help the reader "learn more" about or "get involved" in the issue. Much of the sites content is also available in Spanish.

More information »

02 June 2015

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Clear Protection for Clean Water

Today, in an historic step for the protection of clean water, EPA and the U.S. Army finalized a rule under the Clean Water Act to more clearly protect the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources.

Clean water and water ecology are topics of special interest to many environmental educators. Students of all ages understand the importance of clean water in their own lives. Local watersheds provide opportunities to connect students to nature. Learn more about protecting clean water with these resources.

Visit the website » Interactive map on local drinking water »

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05 March 2015


Know excellent teachers? Nominate for Presidential Teaching Award

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Anyone—researchers, parents, or members of the general public—may nominate a 7th-12th grade teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website ( To submit a nomination, you only need the teacher's contact information.

Nomination form »

26 February 2015

Citizen Science Opportunities

Many Research Learning Centers (RLCs) across the United States provide opportunities for the public to actively participate in scientific data collection in an increasingly popular pastime known as citizen science. Citizen science engages volunteers of all ages, some with little or no prior scientific training, in collecting scientific data related to important issues faced by the parks.

National Park Service website »

18 January 2015

Virginia Bald Eagle Nest Locator

The Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) has created a Google Maps application to allow users to locate documented eagle territories (and 24 other species of birds) in Virginia. CCB encourages the use of their data sets in wildlife conservation, management applications, and educational purposes, but as a professional courtesy they ask that data users read and agree to the full terms of our Data Use Agreement. This is a great resource for lesson plans that utilize authentic data!

Visit CCB website »

10 January 2015

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Bioenergy Educator Toolbox

Bioenergy Technology Office's (BETO's) education and workforce development base camp for students and educators and anyone seeking to better understand the promises and challenges in developing a thriving bioeconomy. Offering a variety of lesson plans, resources and materials to teachers.

Visit Educator Toolbox »

08 January 2015

World Library of Science

Online resource for science learning offering library of Articles and eBooks, as well as digital tools that support the creation of online communities. Additional resources for teachers are available.

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17 November 2014

2014 HHMI Holiday Lectures Now Online

Are we witnessing a sixth mass extinction? What factors threaten ecosystems on land and in the sea? What are researchers doing to try to conserve biodiversity and ecosystems such as tigers in Asia and coral reefs around the world? What tools do we have to avoid a global catastrophe? In six half-hour lectures, three leading scientists describe the state of biodiversity on our planet and how to face the great challenges that lie ahead.

The newest installment of the HHMI Holiday Lecture Series, BIODIVERSITY In the Age of Humans features Anthony D. Barnosky for the University of California, Berkley, Elizabeth A. Hadley from Stanford University, and Stephen R. Palumbi, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University as they talk about learning from past extinctions, habitat loss and conservation, and what humans can do preserve our natural world.

BIODIVERSITY In the Age of Humans »

03 November 2014

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Masters of Arts in Teaching Program

Learn to teach Earth and Space science with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, in the first urban teacher residency program offered by a museum. The Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program includes a fully paid teaching fellowship that combines coursework, mentoring, and real-world experience. Apply now to start your new life inspiring the next generation with science.

For more information »

14 September 2014


Celebrating Biodiversity, Big and Small

Kick off the new academic year with some amazing new resources that explore biodiversity on our planet and how to sustain the environment for future generations. Many of them were produced through a partnership between Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.

Visit BioInteractive website »

24 July 2014

Consider Starting a DIY Club or Classroom!

DIY is the best way for kids to get skills, meet others who share the same passions, and generally be awesome. Every member has their own portfolio where they share what they make and do, and earn embroidered skill patches for completing sets of challenges.

The big idea is that anyone can become anything just by trying. And it's free to join us. Hundreds of thousands of kids already have! If you're a middle school teacher, consider starting a DIY Club or DIY Classroom.

DIY website »

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12 May 2014


Exploring the Environment: Global Climate Change Modules

Using climate science models and NASA satellite images and data sets, students apply problem-solving methods and scientific inquiry skills to address six-related scenarios.

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05 April 2014

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AAAS Project 2061 Needs Field Testers

AAAS Project 2061 is developing assessment items to measure elementary, middle, and high school students' understanding of ideas about energy and recruiting teachers willing to field test multiple-choice test items with their students in Spring 2014. You are invited to participate in field testing these assessment items, and criteria is below:

  • Students must be in 4th-12th grade
  • Test may be administered online or in paper format
  • Test should take no more than a single class period

The registration deadline is April 9, 2014 and please visit AAAS News for information and registration.

AAAS Science Assessment Website »

25 January 2014


Enter Your Students In International Carbon Footprint Challenge

You and your students are invited to participate in the February 2014 International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC). This innovative program fosters communication among students across the globe and can spark visionary solutions to global environmental problems using an innovative social learning network. In the ISCFC, secondary school students first measure the impact of their transportation, home energy, food, and personal purchase choices using a student-oriented carbon footprint calculator, with results calibrated for every country in the world. ISCFC teachers then share class data with classes around the globe and use the social learning network to engage students in meaningful and in-depth international conversations about carbon footprints and possible solutions to shared environmental problems. As students scrutinize their own carbon production they look for ways to minimize their impact.

Try out the footprint calculator »

21 December 2013

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USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) Registration Now Open

Teachers and your students are invited to participate in the 2014 USA Biology Olympiad (USABO). As the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USABO enriches the life science education of thousands of talented students each year.

To participate, students undergo two rounds of challenging exams, which results in twenty Finalists being invited to a residential training program to learn advanced biological concepts and exacting lab skills at Purdue University, the Home of the USABO National Finals. Ultimately, four students qualify to represent the USA at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO), a worldwide competition involving student teams from over sixty countries.

Visit the new USABO website »

12 November 2013

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Environmental Concern (EC) Workshops

The following EC courses are designed for formal and non-formal educators who are interested in learning more about wetlands, and who would like to bring the excitement of wetland education into their classroom. No courses in your area? No problem. We can bring all of the courses to you - contact the education department to learn more. Need a specific wetland course? No problem. We can create a custom course to meet your needs.

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands introduces participants to wetland ecology through a study of the three parameters of wetlands: vegetation, soils and hydrology. Participants will also learn about wetland functions and values by utilizing K-12 cross curricular, inquiry based activities. Leave with a wetland resource guide with over 50 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities in lesson plan format, and ideas for student action projects.

Rain Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms is a one-day course that introduces educators to the concept of rain gardens and their value as schoolyard habitats. Participants will understand how rain gardens benefit the environment by improving the watershed and how they can be used as an extension of the classroom. Participants will leave with the basic knowledge of how to plan, design and implement a rain garden from start to finish.

POW! The Planning of Wetlands exposed participants to the step-by-step process for creating or enhancing wetlands on school grounds or within the community. POW! guides participants through wetland design and construction with the goal of utilizing the habitat as an outdoor classroom. Leave with cross curricular activities that allow students to participate in the design, installation, and monitoring of a schoolyard wetland habitat.

Apply now »

28 August 2013

Climate Change LIVE!

The U.S. Forest Service, Prince William Network and partners bring climate learning to you through our series of webcasts, webinars, and online climate education resources! This distance learning adventure will provide an amazing collection of science-based, climate education resources and programs, aligned to national science education standards, which are gathered from 17 federal agency and NGO partners! The ClimateChangeLIVE electronic field trips are a way to learn about climate change science directly from climate experts and educators and to have the chance to interact with them during the ClimateChangeLIVE webcasts and on social media!

Register today »

14 August 2013

Green House Effect Video and Animation by HHMI

An excellent explanation for high school and college students of how the sunlight that warms Earth is re-emitted as infrared radiation and absorbed by greenhouse gases to cause warming on Earth.

BioInteractive website »

03 August 2013


Earth Systems Research Laboratory of NOAA offer CarbonTracker

CarbonTracker is a CO2 measurement and modeling system developed by NOAA to keep track of sources (emissions to the atmosphere) and sinks (removal from the atmosphere) of carbon dioxide around the world. CarbonTracker uses atmospheric CO2 observations from a host of collaborators and simulated atmospheric transport to estimate these surface fluxes of CO2. The current release of CarbonTracker, CT2011_oi, provides global estimates of surface-atmosphere fluxes of CO2 from January 2000 through December 2010. Take the tutorial to learn more about how you and your students can calculate carbon dioxide uptake and release at the Earth's surface over time from an 'atmospheric point of view.'

Visit NOAA now »

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25 April 2013

Final NGSS Released

The final version of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) has been released. Based on the NRC Framework for K–12 Science Education, these new science education standards are designed to provide a cohesive approach to K–12 science instruction. Integrating science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts, the NGSS were developed to effectively build science comprehension and understanding of engineering concepts from kindergarten to graduation.

Explore NGSS »

14 April 2013

Latest HHMI Holiday Lectures Available On DVD

Get ready to celebrate Earth Day with a new holiday lectures DVD from HHMI. Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future, HHMI's 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science, featuring Andrew Knoll, Naomi Oreskes, and Daniel Schrag, discussing the history of life on Earth and present-day concerns about climate change, is now available for pre-order in the HHMI online catalog. Visit and click on the blue "Order" button to reserve your free DVD copy today.

03 January 2013

Announcing The American Gut Project

The recently completed Human Microbiome Project and other microbiome projects worldwide have laid an important foundation for understanding the trillions of microbes that inhabits each of our bodies. However, opportunities for the public to get involved in such research have been limited. Now, American Gut gives anyone an opportunity to participate and to compare the microbes in their gut to those in the guts of thousands of other people in the US and elsewhere and link these patterns to detailed diet & lifestyle information provided by each participant. American Gut is a project built on open-source, open-access principles. The data are for the good of understanding and will be shared both with participants and the larger, interested public – including any biology teacher!

The American Gut project represents a unique teaching moment for the interested public that bridges genomics, biology, and ecology in an open-source citizen science platform. As the data becomes available, it will be shared with everyone, but especially with the hope that educators will take the opportunity to utilize the information for lesson plan and module development in the classroom. The coordinators of American Gut welcome the opportunity to assist in any way they can (again, the data and results of the study will be available to everyone).

Take a few minutes to watch Jonathan Eisen's TED Talk and a Year in the Life of Eric Alm's microbiome - very much worth the time.

15 December 2012

Podcasts: CreatureCasts

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) features podcasts from several sources. CreatureCasts are creative and engaging video podcasts created by the Dunn Lab at Brown University. CreatureCasts use video, art, animation and creativity to tell stories focused on zoology. Many of these engaging pieces are available on EOL taxon pages.

Visit the CreatureCast Blog »

24 November 2012

Canisius College Ambassadors for Conservation

Resources and activities to thoroughly engage your students in wildlife knowledge, and conservation efforts and advocacy. And, much more!

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01 November 2012

New App Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the U.S.

EPA has launched a new app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. Available at, the How's My Waterway app and website uses GPS technology or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies. The release of the app and website helps mark the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which Congress enacted on October 18, 1972, giving citizens a special role in caring for the nation's water resources.

Read more about App »

27 August 2012

STEM SCOUTS - Ignite Your Talent

STEM Scouts is a collaborative effort pooling the talents and resources of universities, government agencies, corporations, and individuals to engage students in an ever-expanding series of high-interest activities that develop the skills and interest enabling success in STEM-related careers.

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12 August 2012

Teaching Students About Climate Change

It's a long, hot summer and the perfect time to think about teaching your students about climate change. Climate Change From Pole to Pole: Biology Investigations offers timely, relevant, biology-based case studies and background information on how to teach the science of climate change. Six field-tested activities, which build on four content chapters, give students the opportunity to solve real-life scientific problems using guiding questions, graphs and data tables, short reading assignments, and independent research.

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26 July 2012

Teaching the Nature of Science: A Sample Unit Plan

What it is and what it is not! Scientific Method? Always right? How should we teach science. All High School Teachers should read this and think about what is being addressed and how they teach in their classes.

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Resources 2012

14 May 2012

Radioactive Wolves

What happens to nature after a nuclear accident? And how does wildlife deal with the world it inherits after human inhabitants have fled? The historic nuclear accident at Chernobyl is now 25 years old. Filmmakers and scientists set out to document the lives of the packs of wolves and other wildlife thriving in the "dead zone" that still surrounds the remains of the reactor.

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24 April 2012

Pictures: Nature Yields New Ideas for Energy and Efficiency

Drawing inspiration from schools of fish, termite mounds, and the photosynthesis of leaves, new technologies seek to produce cleaner, more efficient energy through biomimicry.

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11 March 2012

AAAS Science NetLINKs

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has revamped its educational website, Science NetLinks. You can find K-12 lesson plans, check out the science history calender to learn about important historical dates, and stay abreast of the latest science news. Looking for ideas for the after-school science club you advise? The website can also help you with planning new activities for Earth Day (April 22); National Chemistry Week (October 14-20); National Engineers Week (February 19-25); and even Earth Hour (March 31), the annual international event designed to raise awareness about global climate change.

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15 February 2012

Tracking Change Over Time

The US Geological Survey provides a free lesson plan, with satellite images of Earth from space, to get students excited about studying the changing earth. Intended for grades 5-8.

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16 January 2012

Species news from IUCN

The IUCN Species Prgramme produces, maintains and manages the Red List of Threatened Species. Learn more about endangered species and what efforts are being made to ensure their survival.

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04 January 2012

NASA/ESSEA Climate Change Education Modules Available Online

NASA's support for the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) has resulted in the development of shared K-12 educational resources - including modules and courses - that are based on NASA climate science and data. Also provided is a section entitled, Inquiry Strategies to Use in Your Classroom.

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