ANNOUNCING PLANT CAMP 2019
The University of Florida/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants is looking for 24 science and environmental educators interested in attending Plant Camp 2019. Applications are encouraged from teachers fourth through twelfth grades as well as environmental educators working in other areas (eg, nature centers, preserves, extension, 4-H, master naturalists, etc.)
This 5-day workshop, from June 10-14, 2019, is designed for educators interested in learning more about the 130-plus invasive plant species invading Florida’s natural areas and neighborhoods as well as the native flora and fauna that make our state so unique.
Hands-on field and lab experiences will strengthen background knowledge and confidence for teaching this subject, while also providing 40 hours of professional development credit. There is no cost for the workshop and lodging and most meals are provided. * Watch this short video for more information on Plant Camp.
The workshop is an annual event of the Florida Invasive Plant Education Initiative, made possible by the Invasive Plant Management Section of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in partnership with UF/IFAS.
Applications will be accepted starting today and are due by February 17, 2019. CLICK HERE to complete the online application.
For more information, please contact:
Dehlia Albrecht, Education Initiative Coordinator
UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants · 352.273.3665 · email@example.com
*There is no fee for the workshop. Lodging and most meals are provided.
Earth Science Educator Workshop
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Target Audience: Formal and informal educators for grades K-8
Overview: Explore the impacts of increasing global temperature on glaciers and sea level using real satellite data from NASA alongside special guest scientists from JPL. Discover ways to turn these resources into engineering, math and science lessons for students. Finally, learn to use the engineering design process to develop water-filtration and recycling systems to minimize our adverse impact on the water cycle.
- This workshop is not available online; you must be physically present to participate.
- Please bring a tablet or laptop, if possible.
- This workshop is limited to educators at U.S.-based institutions and organizations.
- Note: Due to Mars InSight landing events, the venue may need to be moved. If any complications arise, you will be notified one week in advance via phone or email.
Questions? Call the Educator Resource Center at 818-393-5917.
Can't attend the workshop? Explore these standards-aligned lessons and resources online.
- Water Filtration Challenge – Students work in teams employing an iterative design process to design and build a water filtration device using commonly available materials.
- Lessons in Sea-Level Rise – What is sea-level rise and how does it affect us? This "Teachable Moment" looks at the science behind sea-level rise and offers lessons and tools for teaching students about this important climate topic.
This free workshop is offered through the NASA/JPL Educator Resource Center, which provides formal and informal educators with NASA resources and materials that support STEM learning.
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Plus! Explore standards-aligned lessons from NASA/JPL Edu all about Mars InSight!
Once again the non profit, CEDAM International is offering
a unique scholarship opportunity for marine educators to participate in field work during the summer. Our 2019 scholarship recipient will be funded on a one-week scuba diving trip to Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. This trip is run by the well-respected marine conservation organization REEF.org. We have been granting the scholarship for 18 years now.
Your Florida Association of Science Teachers Facebook page seems like a good place to share news about the scholarship. We hope you can post the information below to your members.
Here is a brief description:
CEDAM International announces its 2019 Scholarship recipient will join a fish survey trip to Bonaire on July 27 to August 3. This scholarship, awarded annually, enables a qualified educator to participate in a REEF.org field trip. Participants have the opportunity to collect data, attend training sessions and interact with REEF staff members and local partners. This is a unique hands-on learning experience. Applicants must be certified scuba divers and professional educators in grades 1-12.
Here is the link for details and an application form:cedaminternational.org/lloyd-bridges-scholarship/
Thank you in advance for helping us get the word out about the scholarship.We appreciate any mention in your newsletters or web site. We think it is a wonderful opportunity for your members.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Chair, CEDAM International
1104 Dukes Parkway West
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Hello, Florida Association of Science Teachers —
We would like to share our upcoming event with you in the hopes you will share it with your members, as this opportunity should directly appeal to them. The University of Florida Health Cancer Center is hosting a free conference for middle and high school teachers in Florida. Here are the details, and our flyer is attached:
The University of Florida Health Cancer Center is pleased to invite you to attend a free two-day conference, highlighting current research and promoting cancer awareness, for science teachers in Florida.
As a participant, you will hear about cutting-edge research taking place at UF and connect with scientists, physicians, and students to engage in a dialogue about community health and well-being.
The conference will take place at the University of Florida Cancer and Genetics Research Complex in Gainesville, FL, and includes a social event at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. There is no charge to attend the conference or social event. However, registration is required and attendance is limited. Complimentary accommodation at the UF Hilton Conference Center will be provided for attendees traveling from outside of Alachua County. Attendees must register by July 1.
Conference Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1674459072608403/
Conference FAQ video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX3ICvy5op4
Join us for a FREE educator workshop to learn an exciting activity you can use to teach youth about natural resource management, invasive species and civic engagement!
When: January 18, 2019
Where: Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2232 NE Jacksonville Rd, Ocala, FL 34470
Registration deadline: December 15, 2018, or when space is full.
Lakeville: A Natural Resource Management Activity is a curriculum unit that teaches students the role native, non-native, and invasive species play in ecosystems and the social significance of these ecosystems. Students are challenged to make management decisions, taking the perspectives of various stakeholders in their community into account as they attempt to address the problem of invasive species. Students then assess what effect their decisions will have on the ecosystem.
This workshop will provide hands-on training for educators to learn all components of the Lakeville activity, from initial preparation through assessment.
· Earn 6 PDP’s
· Free resources and materials
· Door prizes
· Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided
· Open to all educators, both formal and non-formal
· No cost to attend!
Limited space available. Register now to secure your space!
Dear Middle Grades Science Teacher,
WestEd, a not-for-profit educational research agency, has funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct a research project, SimScientists Games, during the Spring of the 2018-19 school year that aims to use a new genre of games as formative assessment resources designed to collect evidence of learning during gameplay and reinforce middle grades life science concepts and investigation practices for ecosystems. The games are intended to provide engaging activities for understanding and investigating the science system components, roles, interactions and population dynamics of all ecosystems. Teachers will be able to monitor students’ progress and results using secure web-based tools that accompany the games. Researchers hope the games will help students learn and provide timely information teachers can use to help students in more targeted ways. We are seeking teachers to participate in this research study.
Participating teachers will receive a live online webinar orientation and training (up to 4 hours), stipends up to $1,200 for their involvement in the study, as well as access to simulation-based computer formative assessments.
In order to participate, middle grade (6th, 7th, and 8th) science teachers must be planning to teach a unit on Ecosystems starting after April 1, 2019, and be willing to use two suites of SimScientists simulation-based embedded modules as well as two educational games or offline Reflection Activities, a benchmark assessment, and pre and posttests for a total of seven class days during their Ecosystems unit in their classroom. The Pilot testing would need to occur during the Spring of the 2018-19 school year, with the Ecosystems unit and all study activities starting after April 1, 2019.
Study participation also involves: sending home consent forms with your students, scoring your student benchmark responses, attending a half day online training webinar, and completing an end of unit survey, and phone interview (if selected).
Please see the “SimScientists Games Strand” for more information on this unit: https://wested.box.com/s/q4xd6g5x50vkoosfoz5nn7oe7e5avl50
For technical requirements, please click here: https://wested.box.com/s/8zptuhr3obazhii5h2s3mkqdcvqieuj5
*Note: SimScientists modules are NOT supported on iPads, iPhones, or other tablets.
For answers to frequently asked questions about participating in a SimScientists study, please see our FAQs at: https://wested.box.com/s/yqt3vnwwu05zkog3o73tvt3a7nvajb31
If you are interested in participating in this research opportunity, please complete an online intake survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GamesPilot2IntakeSurvey
Please forward this email to any middle grades (6th, 7th, and 8th) science teachers who you think might be interested in this opportunity.
To learn more about this project, please see the FAQs or email Melissa Rego at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the best chance of participating, please complete the survey by September 14, 2018. SimScientists studies are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Thank you for your support!
Implementation Coordinator and Research Assistant - SimScientists
National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington Virginia 22201
WHAT IS SCIENCE MATTERS?
Science Matters is an initiative of the National Science Teachers Association promoting quality science education, through the sharing of information, resources, and professional development opportunities. Each state has a Science Matters Coordinator whose primary role is to be the point of contact for distribution of science resources and opportunities to the state network.
Opportunities shown below were compiled by Mary Lou Lipscomb (IL) and aligned to FL needs by Marsha Winegarner (FL)
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