Latest Opportunities for Teachers and Students

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  • 09 Oct 2018 7:06 AM | Dr. Leslie Suters (Administrator)

    This course is designed for school administrators, science teachers, EHS professionals, lab/facility managers, and others. Anyone who performs science demonstrations in front of students should definitely attend.  Flyer with full program schedule. Two-Day_Schedule1.pdf

    As a non-profit organization ourselves, the Laboratory Safety Institute understands tight budgets. Because we know the schools that need science safety programs the most are often the least able to afford it, we offer scholarships that allow teachers to receive a deeply reduced rate. The 2-day lab safety short course (normally $875 for industry and higher education) is available to K-12 teachers for $299.

    Laboratory Safety Institute Overview

    • Dr. Kaufman and his team has educated more than 100,000 scientists and lab personnel in 30 countries over the course of 40 years
    • Courses open eyes with real-life stories
    • Instruction is practical, designed for teaching professionals working in the real world

  • 21 Apr 2017 1:39 PM | Anonymous

    Scientists responsible for the discovery of element 177 on the Periodic Table,and its naming as tennessine, were honored by the Tennessee Senate this week. The scientists included Dr. Robert Grzywacz, Dr. Krzysztof P. Rykaczewski, Dr. James Roberto and Dr. Joseph Hamilton. The discovery of tennessine, along with elements 113, 114, 115, 116 and 118, provides evidence for the long sought "island of stability," a concept that predicted nearly 50 years ago increased stabilities and much slower rates of decay for superheavy elements with higher numbers of neutrons and protons than those previously known. The presence of tennessine on the Periodic Table is also an affirmation of our state's standing in the international scientific community" as well as the knowledge and expertise of Tennessee's scientists and technicians. The recognition comes after passage of Senate Joint Resolution 2 by both Houses of the General Assembly and the signature of Governor Haslam. It pays tribute to the discovery and the roles of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee in it.

  • 22 Mar 2017 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    You can now apply to review items for the new science assessments based on the new state science standards.  Information and links for applications can be found here.

  • 04 Mar 2017 2:23 PM | Anonymous

    The EPA, USDA, and University of Arkansas have co-authored a guidance document to help K-12 schools perform food waste audits to determine their "foodprint" and baseline food waste data. In coordination with the release of the guidance document, the World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Research & Education Foundation, and EPA are sponsoring a food waste audit program for 100 schools. The first 100 schools that enroll will receive resources and materials to support the waste audit effort. Additionally, schools that enroll in the waste audit will have the opportunity to be randomly selected to win cash prizes to help supplement extracurricular program costs.

    Food waste is one of the most significant ongoing sustainability and public health issues facing Tennesseans. An estimated 40% of all food in the US goes uneaten, 25% of water use in the country goes towards growing that uneaten food, food waste comprises 21% of the waste stream destined for landfill disposal, it squanders 31% of all croplands, and 30% of all fertilizer used. In addition to the resources lost, 15% of all households in Tennessee are considered food insecure; meaning that more than 1 in 7 people in the state lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food. By encouraging schools to enroll in this program, students will be offered an experiential education opportunity to both assess their foodprint and learn about their impacts. Other schools around the nation that have performed food waste audits have identified opportunities to support food recovery efforts, benefiting those considered food insecure by diverting resources to their highest possible use (food recovery).

    This effort is supportive of Objective 4 of TDEC's 2025 Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan, as well as the state’s role as an Endorser of the EPA Food Recovery Challenge, in which we are tasked with encouraging organizations to enroll in the voluntary reporting program where they track their progress towards food waste reduction, recovery, and diversion.

    To enroll you school in the program please visit

  • 16 Dec 2016 2:28 PM | Anonymous

    The ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant supports high school chemistry teachers as they identify and pursue opportunities that advance their professional development and enhance the teaching and learning of chemistry in their classrooms.

    High school chemistry educators teaching in U.S. or U.S. territory schools can apply to request up to $1,500 to fund professional development opportunities that will improve their professional skills and student achievement. Grants may be used for conference or workshop registration fees; travel expenses; tuition and educational expenses for new/upcoming courses; books and online instructional resources; and substitute teacher pay.

    Applications for the ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant must be submitted by January 4, 2017visit the grant website for complete eligibility details and an online application form.

    You may also be interested in the ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Grant, which supports ideas on improving the teaching and learning of chemistry at the classroom level, or the ACS ChemClubs Outreach Grant, which support chartered ACS ChemClubs in community interactions by service projects or improving science learning experiences. Questions? Contact us at or (800) 227-5558, ext. 8178.

  • 16 Dec 2016 2:21 PM | Anonymous

    Seeking middle school science teachers who:

    • enjoy the creativity in teaching

    • are eager to share ideas with colleagues

    • are excited about networking with peers from across the U.S.

    • would like financial and academic support for great ideas

    Through a grant from the National Stem Cell Foundation, The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University is pleased to offer the NSCF Scholars Program for the second year. Ten middle school science teachers will spend June 4 - 10, 2017, at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where they will engage in hands-on and minds-on science activities, connect with speakers and thought leaders in STEM education, learn with skilled science educators, and develop a creative Challenge Project for classroom implementation. Each scholar will receive a Chromebook and funding for Challenge Project supplies and materials.

    NSCF Scholars will share midpoint progress with their colleagues while attending the National Science Teachers Association annual meeting in March 2018 in Atlanta. Mentoring will be provided throughout the year by Western Kentucky University faculty.

    All expenses, including travel costs, materials, mentoring and Challenge Project supplies will be covered by a grant from the National Stem Cell Foundation.

    Application Deadline January 9
    Learn more & apply at

  • 07 Dec 2016 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    This program is a 10-month online pedagogy-based professional development that focuses on the three Dimensions in the Next Generation Science Standards: Scientific Practices; Cross Cutting Concepts (especially “Cause and Effect” and “Structure and Function”), and Core Ideas (Life Sciences) and on expanding teacher skills in three major areas: 1) Updating Teacher Content and Pedagogy Knowledge; 2) Understanding the Research Process; and 3) Applying Six Star Science in the Classroom. Fellows receive stipends for completion of their online work. 

    Online Teacher (OT) Fellows participate in a dynamic and interactive virtual learning community that focuses on exploring effective teaching strategies, understanding the research process, and enhancing classroom materials.  Application deadline: January 31, 2017

    More info on the program can be found at:

    Kristine Vowels
    Project Assistant, K-12, PST & LifeSciTRC

    Watch a video on the reasons to attend EB.

  • 12 Oct 2016 1:30 PM | Anonymous
    The July 1-11, 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use:  
    • 21st Century Instruction:  5E Lesson Design ~ Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ STEM 
    • Inquiry Protocols & Resources:  Project Learning Tree ~ Cornell Lab of Ornithology ~ & More!·        
    • Global and Cultural Perspectives:  Service Learning ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education

    Join Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree; Dr. Nancy Trautmann, Cornell Lab of Ornithology;  Dr. David Pearson, Wildlife Travellers’ Guide to Peru; along with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:  

    • Participate in citizen science projects and inquiry based field studies on a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the most biologically diverse environments on the planet.
    • Spend a day in an Amazon village as you explore the complexities of sustainability and the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children.
    • Work with fellow educators to explore strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating STEM education, inquiry-based learning, and sustainability science education into your classroom.

    PLT Certification, BirdSleuth resources and 50 Arizona State University PD Hours included. Academic credit and Machu Picchu extension optional.  $1000 scholarship deadline February 1, 2017With a scholarship, program fees are $1375 + air.   Space is limited to 30 educators! Register early to secure your spot!

    Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at:

    Contact or 1-800-431-2624 for more information.

  • 12 Oct 2016 1:11 PM | Anonymous

    The 2016 TSIN Mini-grant Program, sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority, is designed to fund STEM learning projects in Tennessee classrooms and schools. Since 2012, TVA has given back more than $1 million to advance STEM activities in Tennessee, including this latest $60,000 gift to the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network to fund these classroom grants. Apply Here

    About the Minigrants:

    Eligible applicants are teachers or school administrators in grades K through 12 in schools located in Tennessee.

    Grant funding may be used to purchase STEM instructional materials and equipment, which must then become local school resources.  Some examples of allowable STEM instructional materials and equipment include: a) Science and Engineering kits (FOSS, DELTA, Engineering is Elementary, etc.);  b) Books or ebook licenses for teachers and students; c) Instrumentation for classroom use such as balances, microscopes, cameras, math manipulatives, rock samples, magnifying glasses, beakers, etc.;  d) Technology for classroom use such as Chromebooks, scientific calculators, GPS units, weather stations, etc.  Please note that the allowable materials and equipment eligible for request are restricted to EXCLUDE: a) furniture (bookshelves, carts, tables, whiteboards, etc.); b) consumable supplies (crayons, markers, erasers, paper, glue, etc.); and c) cash or gift cards.  Additionally, grants may not be allocated for travel, lodging, transportation, meals, salaries, food, general office supplies, sports, or educational activities unrelated to STEM.

    Grants may be requested in the following amounts: $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000

    The application window opens October 12, 2016 and closes November 11, 2016. Applicants will be notified on or before November 23, 2016.

  • 02 Sep 2016 5:57 PM | Anonymous

    Our non-profit, the GO3 Project, focuses on citizen science and air pollution monitoring.  We share instruments with students and citizens so that they can accurately measure ground level ozone, black carbon, CO2, CO, NO2, and particulates and share their data on Google Earth. 

    We would like to invite you to attend the international conference we will be hosting in Estes Park, Colorado from September 26th – 28th called Best of Both Worlds.  The conference is focused on Environmental Education (EE) and will feature talks about the state of EE in countries from around the world. 

    The conference will include:

    • Keynote addresses by Paula J. Ehrlich, President and CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation (speaking on the Half-Earth Project); and Prof. Jimmy Adegoke, award-winning climate scientist.
    • STEM-focused interactive workshops, including mobile air pollution monitoring, aerial mapping, greening your school, and wildlife monitoring.
    • Networking with conference participants from Malaysia, Brazil, South Africa, Uganda, and more.
    • One PD credit hour through the Colorado School of Mines.
    Please visit for more information and to register.  We hope to see you in September!!


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