Latest Opportunities for Teachers and Students

  • 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 12:36 PM | Anonymous

    Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
    June 26th- July 1, 2017

    This Educator Training Workshop offers pre-service, middle and high school teachers, curriculum specialists, administrators, and informal educators the opportunity to learn how to plan and execute future educational field study courses for their students at BIOS. Between June 26th- July 1st, 2017, up to 12 participants will take part in this educational workshop and explore themes for potential future visiting groups such as:

    • Oceanography and Marine Science: including lab and STEM activities, coral reef exploration, and low tide collection of certain species.
    • An introduction to cutting-edge Glider technology, and how these underwater robots can revolutionize ocean studies and student involvement in the classroom.
    • Island Ecology and Geology: Nonsuch Island conservation of rare and threatened species (including the Cahow) and habitats.
    • Bermuda and U.S. History: Colonization of St George’s, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War.   
    • Scientific Exploration Past and Present: William Beebe, global climate initiative and AUV gliders.

    During the 6-day workshop at BIOS, attendees will be provided with an overview of local attractions and the way in which these can be integrated into future educational experiences for students. Participants will explore Whalebone Bay, Cooper’s Island, and Fort St. Catherine, and highlights such as Nonsuch Island, the beautiful North Rock, the city of Hamilton, and the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo. Participants will get to know local Bermudian terminology, get a unique perspective on the historic town of St George’s, and learn more about the geography of Bermuda.
    Enrollment for this educational workshop is limited to 12 participants, tuition fee is $1,100. The 2016 Educator Training Workshop Application Form can be found here.

  • 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.

  • 07 Dec 2016 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    About ExploraVision

    More than just a student science competition

    Since its inception in 1992, more than 350,000 students from across the United States and Canada have participated in Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision. It's a fun and engaging program that can inspire a lifelong love of science, technology and innovation for students and teachers alike.

    What is ExploraVision?

    The ExploraVision competition for K-12 students engages the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM. ExploraVision challenges students envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology.

    ExploraVision is a science competition that goes beyond the typical student science competition and into what it takes to bring ideas to reality. A teacher will sponsor and lead his/her students as they work in groups of 2 – 4 to simulate real research and development. A teacher will guide his or her students as they pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles. Past winners have envisioned technologies ranging from a hand-held food allergen detector to a new device to help people who have lost limbs regain movement in real time. To download an ExploraVision brochure, please click here.

    Who can participate?

    ExploraVision is designed for K – 12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels. The competition is open to students enrolled in public, private or home school in the United States and Canada. See our full eligibility requirements here.

    - See more at:

  • 01 Dec 2016 9:36 PM | Anonymous
  • 25 Oct 2016 6:35 PM | Anonymous

    Do you want to do more than just learn about climate change? Join educators across the United States supporting climate resilience. Apply NOW to join the NOAA Climate Stewards 2017 Stewardship Community. 

    Selected educators who meet project requirements will be eligible for: 

    • Up to $2000 to support the execution of a climate stewardship action project.
    • Travel reimbursements to attend select workshops and/or national conferences - following the successful completion of a climate stewardship project.
    • Special professional development opportunities.
    • Monetary and educational resources.

    Applications are being accepted until midnight November 20, 2016. 

    If you are now a member of the Stewardship Community, received funding to carry out a climate stewardship action project and are interested in extending your project for the 2017/2018 academic year, or interested in conduct another or related stewardship project during the 2017/2018 academic year, you MUST reapply this year.  

    To learn more about this opportunity and apply, go to the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project Web Site

    Questions? Contact:

  • 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!!


  • 22 Jul 2016 11:04 AM | Anonymous

    Link from the state website of Science Standards:

    2017-2018 Textbook/Curriculum Materials Adoption

    2018-2019 Standards Implementation

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