Resources for Educators

24 October 2016
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Fall Conference for Earth Science Teachers

The Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association (PAESTA) announces its fall conference taking place in Media, PA, on Saturday, November 19. This fall conference will address the need for increasing climate science content knowledge with K-12 teachers. The PAESTA Science Conference will have three invited scientists come speak to PAESTA members about the basics of climate science, how scientists are currently studying climate, the climate of Pennsylvania, and the climate and possible habitability of exoplanets. Registration is FREE (lunch included) for PAESTA members (and PAESTA membership is FREE). Contact PAESTA with any questions at paesta@psu.edu.

Deadline for registration is November 1st.

For more information »

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 the creative work of 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
World of 7 Billion Video Contest
Student filming 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
Cardinal bird and map of nesting locations by state
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.

Visit NestWatch.org »

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»

01 August 2016
Save the Rainforest logoSave the Rainforest Looking for Take Flight Fellows
High school science teachers who are interested in traveling to the tropics to learn about rainforest ecology and conservation are invited to apply for a Save the Rainforest fellowship to attend a Take Flight program in Belize, Panama or Costa Rica in the summer of 2017. Fellows will travel for free to Belize, Panama or Costa Rica and will be eligible to earn three graduate credits in education through Edgewood College.

The deadline to apply is October 1, 2016. Applications and information about the program can be requested at saverfn@cybermesa.com.

Save the Rainforest, Inc., is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Learn more »

21 June 2016
White House Student Film Festival
Know a student with big ideas for the future and who loves to make films - or wants to give it a shot? The White House Student Film Festival is back with a new theme: "The World I Want to Live In." From now through July 15, 2016, students from kindergarten through 12th grade can submit a short film. It can be fictional, animated, live-action documentary, or anything else a student dreams up. The official selections will also be featured across the White House website and social media.

Learn more and read the official submission guidelines »

06 June 2016
Denver 2016 text over illustration of mountainsCall for Posters!
Local to Global: Citizen Science Across Borders

Citizen Science equates to the collection and analysis of real data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists.

The theme of the NABT Global Perspectives Committee’s 4th Annual Poster Session is “Local to Global: Citizen Science Across Borders” and this interactive poster session will feature innovative and successful citizen science projects on Saturday, November 5th.

Each poster will highlight how its project can help teachers create collaborations between countries to explore and analyze real data, and enrich learning through the use of interdisciplinary content and global perspectives.

If you would like to submit a poster for this event, please send a title, names of author(s) with college/university/organizational affiliation(s), contact information, and an abstract (up to 200 words) to the committee secretary, Jacqueline McLaughlin at jxm57@psu.edu. Please use 2016 Global Perspectives Poster Proposal in the subject header.

The proposal submission deadline for all posters is August 31, 2016.

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 »

20 May 2016
Learn about the EPA/NEEF Water Quality Photo Contest
Have you heard about EPA and the National Environmental Education Foundation's photo contest to raise awareness about water quality across the United States? Submit photos that illustrate ways to prevent water pollution and raise awareness about the health of our waterways. Examples of activities include use of environmentally friendly products, proper disposal of wastes, watershed cleanups, and water quality monitoring of streams, rivers, lakes, and beaches. The photo contest runs through May 27, 2016. Prizes will be awarded for the top three photo entries.
Learn more and enter the challenge. »

22 April 2016
Field with wildflowers

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.
    For more information »
  • 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.”
    For more information »
  • 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
Endangered Species Day logoThe 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 websites at www.endangeredspeciesday.org.

Be sure to check out the resource materials »

18 March 2016
Science AAAS logo 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:

  • Entry is free and open to everyone
  • Participants can enter in one of three categories: student, professional or corporate
  • Contest winners will be featured on the Science website and will receive a year-long membership to AAAS, including a subscription to Science

For more information »

02 March 2016
Arctic Plant Phenology Learning through Engaged Science Climate Change Workshop
Between July 25-29, 2016, middle and high school teachers will spend a week at Penn State University learning about how scientists identify key phenological stages of plant growth, and how to monitor plant phenological responses to climatic warming using time-lapse cameras and mini-greenhouses. Teachers will participate in science inquiry activities which replicate the practices of scientists and the systems nature of research. With support from the APPLES team, teachers will develop a research project to implement with students in the 2016-2017 academic year, integrating research practices into the research design. The classroom research project will incorporate learning from the workshop, including arctic data collected by Dr. Eric Post and his research team, and utilizing equipment and procedures used by the researchers. This workshop is limited to 15 participants, so register early!
Apply now »

22 January 2016
2016 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards
Do you know of any local organizations that have demonstrated leadership and effectiveness, resulting in an impact on Western Pennsylvania's environment? If the answer is yes, that organization could be a candidate for a 2016 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award! Winners of the Awards will be honored at the Pennsylvania Environmental Council's (PEC) annual Pittsburgh dinner on May 26, receive a $5,000 cash award designated to the nonprofit of their choice, a commemorative award, and much more.
Full details regarding nomination »

22 January 2016
NABT2016 Denver logo Submit Your Sessions for NABT2016!
NABT is now accepting session proposals for the 2016 NABT Professional Development Conference being held November 3rd – 6th at the Denver Sheraton-Downtown in Denver, Colorado. Submitting a session proposal is your opportunity to shape the future of biology teaching by sharing your best methods, classroom insights, and cool tools at the only event designed for biology educators by biology educators.Sessions that highlight assessment and science practices are once again encouraged, as are sessions that relate to initiatives like the NGSS, AP Biology course, and implementing Vision & Change. Space in the conference program is limited. In addition to the traditional hands-on workshop or paper presentations, please indicate if your content is appropriate for alternative formats such as a poster, 10-minute mini-session, or a 5-min speed session that highlights a single resource.

Proposals for education sessions are being accepted at http://www.nabt.org/submissions/nabt2016 until 11:59pm EDT on Tuesday, March 15th. Other calls for conference submissions like poster sessions and research symposia will be announced in the coming months.

11 January 2016
SWOT - The State of the World's Sea Turtles
SWOT logoSWOT 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.
Check out website »

31 December 2015
Presidents Environmental Youth Award logo Youth award application deadline extended to January 31, 2016.
The President's Environmental Youth Award 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. Winning projects have included restoring natural habitats, starting recycling programs at school and in communities, and installing renewable energy projects. Applications are now due January 31, 2016. Encourage your students to apply soon. (http://go.usa.gov/3u7XB)

02 December 2015
Announcing the 4th Annual Pennsylvania Kidwind Challenge
Do your students have what it takes to build the most efficient, functional, and innovative wind turbine? They can try their luck at the KidWind Challenge! Be creative, have fun, and apply your knowledge of wind energy to be the best team in Pennsylvania! Open to school teams, scout teams, and individuals interested in competing (all teams must be accompanied by an adult). Date of event - Saturday, March 19, 2016.
Register your team now »

27 October 2015
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Proposals for Symposia, Workshops & Short Courses
The 3rd North America Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB) in affiliation with the Society for Conservation Biology(SCB), North American section will take place July 17-20 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will highlight advancements in many conservation disciplines, from the biological to social sciences. NACCB will especially focus on the theme of developing skills and solutions for effective science communication. These skills can play an important role in advancing science and stimulating conservation action through effective dialogue and engagement. They can help us communicate across boundaries to involve diverse communities working to sustain the Earth's biological and cultural diversity, and to implement the policy changes that make this possible.

15 October 2015
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Earth Science Week: Visualizing Earth Systems

The 2015 Earth Science week (October 11-15, 2015) focuses on the theme "Visualizing Earth Systems." This year, a series of blog posts will take readers through some tough science questions being asked and explain how visualizations are helping answer these questions. This original series is intended for readers of all ages and delves into the work of NASA scientists, visualizers and educators as they share their most exciting projects and what got them interested in visualizing Earth systems.
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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
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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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06 August 2015
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NABT Poster Session Updates & Reminders

NABT has updated the calls for two of its special programs at the NABT Conference. Please see the information below for more information.

NABT Biology Poster Session: The Four-Year College & University Section of NABT invites you and your students to present research and exercises on teaching and learning biology at the NABT Biology Poster Session. This event will take place on Thursday, November 12th at the 2015 Professional Development Conference. Posters will be now be divided into three categories: General Faculty, Student Competition - Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Student Competition - Mentored Undergraduate Research Competition.

Guidelines and updated instructions are available at 2015 Poster Session.

Graduate Students should also check out the recently added information on for the Graduate Student Travel Award sponsored by Vernier Software and Technology.

Global Perspectives Committee (GPS) Poster Session & Discussion Panel: The NABT Global Perspectives Committee will once again coordinate a workshop and poster session at the 2015 NABT Conference. The poster session will take place on Friday, November 13th in the exhibit hall and the workshop will take place on Saturday, November 14th. The theme for the 3rd annual poster session is Citizen Science: Conservation – Crossing Global Borders.

If you would like to submit a poster for this event, please send a title, names of author(s) with college/university affiliation(s), contact information, and an abstract (up to 200 words) to the committee secretary, Kandiss Schrader at kks15@psu.edu. Please use 2015 Global Perspectives Poster Proposal in the subject header.

The proposal submission deadline for all posters is August 15, 2015.
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23 June 2015
An Educational Bioliteracy Online Resource
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Actionbioscience.org is a non-commercial, educational web site created to promote bioscience literacy.To meet this goals the web site 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 web site 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 »

23 June 2015
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TreeVitalize Grant Funding Available

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA-DCNR) is pleased to announce two funding opportunities available through their TreeVitalize planting and inventory grant programs. Municipalities within Pennsylvania and non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply. Funding is available based on community size with the requirement of non-state matching funds.

Planting Grant Guidelines and Information
The TreeVitalize programs works to increase tree canopy cover throughout Pennsylvania communities while building citizen appreciation and support for sustaining urban forests. This program offers grants to communities and non-profit organizations to offset the cost associated with establishing new trees while including the involvement of community residents. Two rounds of funding for this program with deadlines on July 30, 2015 and January 30, 2016.

Street Tree Inventory Grant Guidelines and Information
A street tree inventory provides a community with an understanding of the composition, health, and condition of the public trees that make up the urban forest, and of the available opportunities to plant additional trees, while providing a benchmark from which a community can begin to plan for the long term management of its trees. The TreeVitalize Program is committed to the use of i-Tree Tools, through which the value of the ecological services provided by the tree cover is calculated. Once a community has been approved for an inventory grant, TreeVitalize Program staff will work with them to establish a partnership with a suitable university.

For more information or to apply »

Applicants interested in acquiring tree for communities within Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties may contact the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). TreeVitalize offers a "Tree Request" opportunity managed by the DCNR southeast TreeVitalize partner, PHS.

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.

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Use social media, new videos and graphics to spark your students' interest »
Explore an interactive map on local drinking water »

06 May 2015
Image of earthThink Globally With Global Perspective Committee's 3nd Annual Poster Session and Workshop
The NABT Global Perspectives Committee serves as a forum to enhance biology education internationally and to empower teachers and students to think more critically and creatively about a global world. With an emphasis on teaching core biological competencies and creating opportunities to exchange information, the Global Perspectives Committee is committed to:

  • Elevating pedagogical strategies to a global dimension
  • Weaving Global Sustainability into the biology curriculum using an interdisciplinary approach
  • Teaching Civic Responsibility

The NABT Global Perspectives Committee will once again coordinate a workshop and poster session at the 2015 NABT Professional Development Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. The workshop will take place on Thursday, November 12th and the poster session will take place on Friday, November 13th. The theme for the 3rd annual poster session is Citizen Science: Conservation – Crossing Global Borders. If you would like to submit a poster for this event, please send a title, names of author(s) with college/university affiliation(s), contact information, and an abstract (up to 200 words) to the committee secretary, Kandiss Schrader at kks15@psu.edu. Please use 2015 Global Perspectives Poster Proposal in the subject header.

The proposal submission deadline is August 15, 2015.
Visit NABT website »

29 April 2015
NESCent/HHMI/SSE 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 Fifth Annual Evolution Video Competition, sponsored by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE). 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.

The finalists will be screened at the 2015 Evolution meeting in Guarujá, Brazil. (You do not need to attend the conference in order to enter a video.) The deadline to submit your video(s) is SUNDAY, MAY 31st, 2015 (11:00 PM, EST).

For more information »

29 March 2015
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Naturalist Outreach Workshop Opportunity for Undergraduate Educator

This 2.5 day NSF-funded professional development workshop on October 10 -12, 2015 for faculty and college educators will help you organize a course in how to do effective scientific outreach, develop an outreach program, provide guidance on how to host a large community science outreach event, and help you engage with K-12 teachers and museums. The workshop will be delivered by science outreach experts from Cornell University's Naturalist Outreach Program, the Sciencenter, and Museum of the Earth at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. The workshop, 3-nights hotel, and meals are free to participants. Applications will be accepted until June 10, 2015 at https://blogs.cornell.edu/outreachworkshop/apply. All successful applicants will be notified by July 15, 2015. A deposit of $300 will be required to reserve a space in the workshop. This deposit will be returned upon completion of the workshop.
For more information »

 

25 March 2015
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Teacher Workshop: Pushing the Limits of Weather Forecasting - Relationship to Climate Change

Join Meteorology professors and researchers Drs. Steven Feldstein and Sukyoung Lee, in collaboration with Penn State CSATS science educators, in this NSF funded grant in Climate and Large-Scale Dynamics. Teachers will become immersed into the practices scientists use to perform and understand medium-range weather forecasts. Gaining relevant research experience along with collaborating with science educators, teachers will be able to translate this information into classroom lessons aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards that emphasize student learning about the practices of scientists.
For more information »

20 March 2015
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Celebrate EE Week April 19 - 25

Sponsored by Samsung and the National Environmental Education Foundation, National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) will be held April 19 – 25 and is the nation's largest celebration of environmental education. It is held each spring around the time of Earth Day to inspire environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. This year, EE Week looks at how science can help us better understand the natural world with the theme Surrounded by Science, part of our continuing series on Greening STEM. Make EE Week part of your plans this spring with tools and resources available for environmental learning throughout the year!
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14 March 2015
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2015 Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop. This professional development program will provide advanced doctoral students and early career faculty with the resources needed to advance their practice of community engaged scholarship. As a preconference to the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference, this year's workshop will begin on Sunday, September 27, at Penn State. Applications are due by Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
Submit your application »

11 March 2015
NOAA
New Funding Opportunity from NOAA's Office of Education
NOAA's Office of Education (OEd) has issued a request for applications for projects designed to strengthen the public's and/or K-12 students' environmental literacy to improve community resilience to extreme weather events and environmental changes. Successful projects will advance NOAA's mission and build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community's location. Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have total budget requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project.

The deadline for applications to this funding opportunity is 11:59:59 pm EDT on April 13, 2015.
Read the full funding announcement »

05 March 2015
PAEMST logoKnow 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 (www.paemst.org). 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.

For more details on citizen science opportunities at National Park Service (NPS) RLCs, please visit the following links:

10 February 2015
Share Your Best Science Practices in Providence
NABT logoThe education community has long recognized that to increase science literacy, students must learn to think more like scientists. As a result, the emphasis in curriculum design has shifted from inquiry-based to science practices. Vision and Change, AP Biology, and the Next Generation Science Standards all highlight science practices as an integral component of student-centered instruction. The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) invites you to share your best methods and modalities to help students think like scientists at the 2015 NABT Professional Development Conference which will be held November 11th – 14th at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island.. Your science practice can have broad applications, or may be tied to a single core concept, big idea or core idea. In addition to the traditional hands-on workshops or paper presentations, NABT will consider sessions for alternative formats such as posters, 10-minute mini-sessions, and speed sessions where a single resource is highlighted. Deadline for session proposals is 11:59pm EDT on Sunday, March 15th.
Submit a session proposal »

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 »

18 January 2015
Apply soon for Environmental Education Grants from EPA
Two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) under the 2014-2015 Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program are now open. EPA is seeking grant proposals to support EE projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship. Successful applicants will submit projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques.
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10 January 2015
Operation BioenergizeME logo 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.
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10 January 2014
Hikers on Ice
Girls on Ice Program
Girls on Ice is a unique, FREE, wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year two teams of 9 teenage girls and 3 instructors spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and the alpine landscape through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, ecologists, artists, and mountaineers. Programs set in Alaska (June 19th-30th 2015) and Washington State (July 13th-24th 2015). Applications due by January 31st 2015.
To apply »

08 January 2014
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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28 December 2014
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Funding Available for Education on Marine Debris Prevention

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Debris Program (MDP) is seeking to fund projects that will lead to the prevention of marine debris in marine and coastal environments through the implementation of dedicated education and outreach activities. Read NOAA's blog or visit the MDP Funding Applicant and Grantee Resources Page for more information. Applications due on January 15, 2015.
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22 December 2014
La Paz Community School in Costa Rica Seeks Secondary Science Educators
La Paz Community School is a non-profit prek-12 dual language IB World School located on the northwest coast of Costa Rica in the province of Guanacaste. The La Paz hiring committee is seeking a grade 10-12 Science Instructor with specific expertise in Biology and Environmental Sciences. The position begins January 5th, 2015. Applicants should have a diverse array of professional experiences both inside and outside of the classroom in various areas of the sciences. Interested educators should be those who can effectively engage students across grade levels to experiment, inquire, and actively learn about the sciences through both practical and theoretical experiences.
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10 December 2014
Ocean Exploration
Science Communication Fellowship

The Ocean Exploration Trust's Science Communication Fellowship (SCF) Program immerses formal and informal educators in the Nautilus Corps of Exploration and empowers them to bring ocean exploration - specifically in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) - to a global audience via the Nautilus Live website. Fellows share accounts of ocean science, expedition operations and daily life with audiences through live audio commentary and question-and-answer sessions from aboard the ship. Through participation in live interactions with student groups and public audiences, Fellows also engage people of all ages in real-time exploration. Science Communication Fellows then bring their expedition experience back to their own classrooms, organizations and communities in the form of engaging lesson plans and activities centered around their time at sea aboard Nautilus and other vessels.
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09 December 2014
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2015 Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) Application
The Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) an international program in which students and teachers from the U.S., Denmark and Greenland travel to Kangerlussuaq and then to Summit Station to work alongside scientists both on and off the ice sheet. Any current 11th grade student who is a U.S. citizen (or permanent resident) with a strong interest in the natural sciences and a passion for learning may apply. Participants are expected to interact as an international team and communicate their experience in public formats such as newspaper articles or on-line reporting. JSEP encompasses two programs, the Kangerlussuaq Science Field School and the Science Education Week.
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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
Masters of Arts in Teaching Program
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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.
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03 October 2014
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Civil Discourse and Civic Engagement with Planet Education - Course Activities for all Disciplines

You are invited to participate in a networking and learning opportunity focused on empowering faculty, students, staff, and communities through applied learning. Speakers will describe national initiatives to engage students and the community in clean energy options, climate destabilization solutions, and making connections across the political spectrum. Sponsored by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC),this online gathering will occur on October 16th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm Eastern and will feature learning activities that can be used in any course to help students engage more in their learning.
Register today »

14 September 2014
BioInteractive
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 »

10 September 2014
The Polar Center
Polar Science: A Teachers Guide to Climate Change Workshop

If you are a 7th-12th grade teacher, you will want to attend this FREE Polar Science Teacher Workshop on Friday, January 30, 2014 from 8am - 4 pm at The Pennsylvania State University. ACT 48 credits are provided. Free parking and lunch are provided. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to bring their students to campus for Polar day (Friday, March 20, 2015) with school bus/van expenses paid by The Polar Center.
Registration is FREE! Space is limited, 24-30 spots available.
Register here »

03 September 2014
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The Marine Education Fellowship, sponsored by Ecology Project International, brings a select group of educators into the field every year for 8 days of field-science education.

The Marine Education Fellowship is primarily designed for high school teachers. However, 8th grade teachers, college professors, school administrators, and travel program coordinators are welcome to apply. Ideal candidates will have a strong background in science education and will be committed to providing experiential learning opportunities for their students. Applicants must have plans to continue teaching after their participation in the Fellowship, and past participating Fellows are ineligible to reapply. Accepted Fellows pay a $250 tuition fee by Oct. 31, 2014 to secure their participation. All in-country expenses for the fellowship are covered by EPI except international airfare. In-country transportation, meals, lodging, instruction and activity fees are included at no extra cost. To apply, please visit http://www.ecologyproject.org/get_involved/mefenroll.
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31 August 2014
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Join NE-ASTE in New York, NY on October 16-17, 2014

The Association for Science Education Teachers (ASTE) is an international association of science teacher educators, scientists, science coordinators and supervisors, and informal science educators who prepare and provide professional development for teachers of science at all grade levels. CHANCE is proud to announce the 2014 Northeast Region Association for Science Teacher Education (NE-ASTE) meeting. The conference will be held in NYC with events hosted at Teachers College and the American Museum of Natural History from the afternoon of Thursday, October 16th through early evening, Friday, October 17th. The deadline to submit proposals and for advanced registration is October 1st.

Multiple hotel options and new fee structures are in place encourage the entire science teacher education community to attend.
Registration and details »

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 »

21 July 2014
Society for Conservaion Biology
Apply to be a Smith Fellow!

The Society for Conservation Biology is pleased to solicit applications for David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowships. The deadline to apply for a 2015 Smith Fellowship is 12 September 2014. These two-year postdoctoral fellowships in conservation research enable outstanding early-career scientists to improve and expand their research skills while directing their efforts towards problems of pressing conservation concern. Please visit the proposal page of the Smith Fellows website to learn about eligibility criteria, proposal guidelines, and the application process. The Smith Fellows Program is a partnership between SCB and the Cedar Tree Foundation. Questions about the program may be directed to Program Coordinator Shonda Foster.
Please visit the proposal page»

07 July 2014
Carnegie Foundation Workshops
Improvement Science Workshop

November 5-7, 2014
Carnegie Foundation Headquarters, Stanford, CA

Getting Ideas Into Action Learn how to use an approach to educational problems proven successful in other industries for decades. Carnegie's Improvement Science Workshop is designed for people on the front lines—principals, counselors, operations staff, teachers, and advisors—who are interested in integrating improvement into their organization. Getting Ideas Into Action, designed for small teams, is a three-day workshop, followed by three post-workshop webinars. It will help teams solve an organization problem by applying the principles and tools of improvement science. This "learning by doing" event will build your capability to effectively implement and integrate improvement methodology within your organization. Participation by groups of 2-5 people working on the same project is strongly encouraged.
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22 June 2014
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AAAS Project 2061 Needs Reviewers For Green Schools Energy

AAAS Project 2061 is seeking input from science educators on their interest in a Green Schools Energy curriculum for the middle grades. The Project 2061 research team has developed an outline that describes what a Green Schools Energy course might look like and invites you to review it, provide your comments, and complete a brief online survey. As an incentive, reviewers will become eligible for a drawing to win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Mary Koppal at (202) 326-6643 or mkoppal@aaas.org.
To participate in the review »

22 June 2014
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Register Today For The Life Discovery Conference

You are invited to the 2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Education Conference being held October 3-4, 2014 at San José State University, California. This year's theme is Realizing Vision and Change, Preparing for Next Generation Biology. Discover ideas that are suitable, scalable, and adaptable to implement to meet:

  • K12 Next Generation Science Standards and
  • Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education.
Conference Highlights include: more than 70 workshops and sessions across 3 tracks and 3 cross-cutting topics; keynote pwith Janet Carlson, Susan Singer, Rodolfo Dirzo; lunch date with HHMI's Biointeractive Team; facilitated networking sessions; Education Share Fair—late-breaking proposals now accepted!!
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27 May 2014
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Are you an early-career high school teachers who is passionate about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and is dedicated to challenging and supporting all students? If so, the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) Teaching Fellowship could help you succeed in ways they've never imagined. Through its comprehensive five-year Teaching Fellowship, beginning high school teachers become part of a community of U.S. educators committed to leading from the classroom and becoming change agents in education. KSTF Fellows receive stipends, funds for professional development, grants for teaching materials, and opportunities for leadership and mentoring.

Applications for 2015 Teaching Fellowships will be accepted until 12:00 a.m. PST on October 29, 2014.
Apply to be a fellow »

12 May 2014
NASAExploring 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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27 April 2014
Call for Proposals: Biology Education Research Symposium
Cleveland 2014 NABT logoAll life sciences education researchers, from elementary to graduate levels, are welcome to participate in the 6th Annual Biology Education Research Symposium. This popular event will be held on Thursday, November 13th at the NABT Professional Development Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

You are invited to submit a proposal to present your research in biology education during this refereed session. All papers will go through double blind peer review and accepted papers will be presented during the symposium and published online in the 2014 Proceedings. The format will be a traditional presentation for papers by individual or co-authors lasting 15 minutes each with an additional five - ten minutes for questions.

The Annual Biology Education Research Symposium is coordinated by the NABT Four-Year College & University Section's Biology Education Research Committee. The proposal submission deadline is midnight on June 15, 2014.
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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 http://www.aaas.org/news/teachers-needed-science-assessment-field-tests for information and registration.

Visit AAAS Science Assessment Website»

23 March 2014
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Science in the Classroom (SiTC) Needs Contributing Editors!
SitC is a collection of annotated research papers and accompanying teaching materials designed to help students understand the structure and workings of professional scientific research. The editor of SiTC is looking for volunteers to help write content for the Science in the Classroom page. As a Contributing Editor you will have the opportunity to share your science knowledge with aspiring scientists and to contribute to the enhancement of STEM education by making Science papers accessible to a diverse audience.
Read more about this opportunity »

23 March 2014
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17th Annual Summer Institute for Teachers -
Teaching Contemporary Global Issues

Presented by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in collaboration with Duquesne University, this unique event will help teachers to update their content knowledge, access resources necessary to prepare students for their futures, and create innovative lesson plans and curricula. Specially, this three-day workshop will provide:

  1. information on contemporary global issues;
  2. a framework for looking at international issues that reflects their highly complex and interrelated nature;
  3. additional resources which teachers can access to enhance existing curricula and to support understanding of global issues throughout the academic year;
  4. and, methods of integrating new knowledge into lesson plans and other experience-based classroom activities designed to enhance the effectiveness of world affairs education.
Continuing Professional Education Credit and/or graduate credit available.
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15 March 2014
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EECapacity Project Needs Professors of Education
The EECapacity Project is seeking professors of education in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin who would like to bring environmental education to their work with pre-service teachers. The EECapacity Project is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and strives to build capacity for environmental education, especially in urban areas. If you would like to join the EECapacity Project, you will be reimbursed up to $800 to cover your conference registration fees and travel expenses so that you can attend the North American Association for Environmental Education Conference in Ottawa, Canada, October 8-11, 2014. For more information contact Sue Gentile at sgentile@antioch.edu
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26 February 2014
EPA EE Update - Final Week for Teacher Award Applications
EPA logoApplications for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators are due on February 28! The award recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive this award.
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25 January 2014
ISCFCEnter 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. The next session of the ISCFC will begin the week of February 3, 2014.
Try out the footprint calculator »

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01 January 2014
Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program Now Accepting Applications
The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow (GTF) program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions. This opportunity is designed to give current K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, Canada, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico the opportunity to extend Grosvenor's legacy of excellence in geographic education. Through the program, exemplary educators are recognized for their commitment to geographic education and are given the opportunity to be actively engaged in finding new ways to bring geographic awareness to their classrooms or informal learning environments through a field-based experience.
Apply today »

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December 21, 2014
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
Environmental Concern (EC) Workshops

EC Workshops logo 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»

7 October 2013
Announcing the CSATS Saturday Science 2013‐2014 Workshops!

All workshops are FREE to teachers and include a free continental breakfast and lunch. Act 48 credits are available for $10.00 and each workshop is held at Penn State – University Park from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm. Workshops are aligned to the PA Science and Technology, and Engineering Education Standards and the NGSS. Center for Science and the Schools The Pennsylvania State University (CSATS) thanks the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium for their generous financial support of these workshops. Check out all the offerings and register soon!
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22 September 2013
Conservation Classroom Resources

Conservation Magazine in the Classroom
Open a world of ideas in your classroom with educational tools based on stories from Conservation, an award-winning science magazine published by the University of Washington. These classroom resources include discussion questions, downloadable worksheets, multidisciplinary project ideas, and additional reading for advanced high school and undergraduate students. Article topics include climate, energy, oceans, food, policy, and international conservation. Explore the archive at: http://conservationmagazine.org/educators/

21 September 2013
8 Educational Apps for Virtual Field Trips
With more and more schools providing iPads to students, you might want to check out these educational apps that allow students to take virtual field trips.
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10 September 2013
Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Seek Students To Solve Environmental Issues In Sixth Annual 'Siemans We Can Change The World Challenge
As global environmental challenges increase, the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education are looking to our country's future leaders and problem-solvers for innovative solutions. Since 2008, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge has tasked K-12 students, under the guidance of an advisor, with identifying an environmental issue in their classroom, school or community and creating a replicable green solution for the chance to earn more than $300,000 in scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, and more.
Take the challenge»

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
NOAA LogoCarbonTracker 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.'
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04 June 2013
Global Warming and the Freshwater Crisis
Here's an informative web site that offers links to many reputable sources that provide information and activities for students and teachers to learn about global climate change, and how climate change is affecting our world's water supply. Ways for students to lesson global climate change and to prevent water pollution in their lives are also given.
Website»

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 www.BioInteractive.org 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. You might also check out (though it will take more minutes), Rob Dunn's book, The Wild Life of Our Bodies.

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.
View CreatureCasts on EOL »
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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 http://watersgeo.epa.gov/mywaterway/, 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»

10 Sep 2012
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowships
The KSTF Teaching Fellowships support, sustain and inspire exceptional young men and women committed to making a difference as teachers.
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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.

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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Playing With Ecology
A card game based on interacting species aims to get children interested in real plants and animals.
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17 June 2012
Coral Reef Interactive
Have fun exploring a fictional island and coral reef, while exploring impacts on this ecosystem.
Explore »

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.
Watch video»

26 April 2012
Gulf Spill Pictures: Ten New Studies Show Impact on Coast
Bottlenose dolphins off Louisiana's coast are severely ill, while deep-sea corals show signs of tissue damage—just two findings in a slew of studies two years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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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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21 April 2012
Habla español?
Aprenda más acerca del Día del Planeta Tierra y de lo que usted puede hacer para ayudar a proteger el medio ambiente. Escuche los podcasts ambientales. Inscrbase para recibir un consejo por correo electrnico en abril.
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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.
Learn more!

27 February 2012
Nature Video Collections
Watch web exclusive clips from behind the scenes of Frozen Planet.

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.
Download the resources and lesson plans

31 January 2012
International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge
Get your students and classrooms involved with this international challenge to increase awareness of carbon footprints and climate change! Students can learn to calculate their personal carbon footprint, compare it to students' footprints worldwide, and discover what they can do to reduce their impact on global climate change.
Join the Challenge!

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.
View the ESSEA website to view modules »