The Samsung Climate Superstars Challenge will take place from October 21 to 31 and is aimed at middle school students (grades 6-9). Registration opens on October 14. Classrooms that complete a set number of tasks during this period will be entered into a drawing to win free tablets, courtesy of Samsung.

By participating in the Climate Superstars Challenge, we believe students will not only become more environmentally conscious, they will learn the value of working together to tackle the complex ecological issues of the future. And a handful of new tablets will certainly make a positive impact on student engagement in the classroom!

 


The Black Hole PIRE project is offering a live course taught by two scientists and members of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), the global collaboration behind the first-ever black hole image announced in April 2019. This course will be provided free of charge to classrooms (grades 8-12) around the country. This presentation will introduce the EHT, explain the motivation for taking an image of a black hole, and highlight the technological and algorithmic advances required to obtain the image. This will be offered on November 21, 2019.

In addition to the live course, the EHT scientists will provide four corresponding lesson plans and activities that focus on teaching Kepler's laws, developing intuition for gravitation and planetary orbits, and data analysis. These complete lessons plans are completely optional but suggested for classroom instruction the three days prior to the live talk (i.e. Monday-Wednesday). The fourth lesson plan provides the opportunity for students to apply what they have learned. This will be a hands-on group project where students will use real astronomical data to measure the mass of the black hole at the center of our galaxy.

This teaching module will address Next Generation Science Standards, particularly HS-ESS1-4 Earth's Place in the Universe. All material will be geared towards grades 8-12, and is completely free. The live talk will be self-contained and will not require completion of the accompanying lesson plans.

The link for teachers to register is here: http://bit.ly/BlackHoleScience





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Name the Next NASA Rover

NASA invites U.S. students to submit essays to name NASA's next Mars 2020 rover. K-12 students will have until November 1 to submit their rover name and a short essay (maximum 150 words) to explain the reasons for their selected name. Learn more here and here


Registration for Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Is Open

Registration is now open for the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition, launching the 28th year of the world's largest K-12 science competition! Student participants will have a chance to win a number of great prizes, including $10,000 U.S. Series EE Saving Bonds (at maturity). Learn more and register by February 10, 2020



Dear NOAA SciJinks Partners,

Are you planning an Earth Science celebration for children this season? Use SciJinks as a resource to provide stickers, bookmarks, or temporary tattoos to your attendees at no cost!
 

If you are planning an event for the public and would like some materials from NOAA SciJinks/NASA Space Place, please fill out our materials request form*.
 

We offer these materials in the hope that educators and the children they work with are able to benefit from the free NASA/NOAA resources that are offered to them.
 

Thank you for your time. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Sincerely,

GOES-R Program Outreach Team

In partnership with NASA Space Place and NOAA SciJinks


FREE 5th grade sea turtle curriculum 


In 2017, a colleague and I completed our 5th grade sea turtle curriculum (a companion to our 3rd grade manatee and 4th grade whale/dolphin curricula). As part of the curriculum, we wrote a book, called "One in a Thousand: Those Amazing Sea Turtles. The UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore ended up publishing the book almost one year ago. A pdf version of the book and all lesson plans are free and can be downloaded from http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/flagler/marine-and-coastal/environmental-education/. The printed version of the book is available for $15 from http://ifasbooks.ifas.ufl.edu/p-1398-one-in-a-thousand-those-amazing-sea-turtles.aspx, and a 20% discount is offered for bulk purchases. These books will also be for sale at the UF/IFAS Bookstore booth at the 2018 FAST conference. Check it out there!


Maia

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Maia McGuire, PhD

UF/IFAS Extension Florida Sea Grant Agent

150 Sawgrass Road

Bunnell, FL 32110


Free 2018 Back-to-School Bulletin Board from NASA/JPL
 

Back to School With Free Materials and More From NASA/JPL Edu

Launch back into STEM with these back-to-school resources from the Education Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Explore the links below to sign up to receive free classroom bulletin board materials, see how people at NASA respond to the age-old, student question, "When are we ever going to use this?" and check out lessons and activities tied to the latest NASA missions and science. 


Free 2018 Back-to-School Bulletin Board from NASA/JPL Free 2018 Back-to-School Bulletin Board from NASA/JPL - Sign up to receive free classroom bulletin board materials from NASA/JPL all about hurricanes, clouds, weather, Earth science – and the satellites that study them. Available while supplies last.
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NASA Answers When Are We Ever Going to Use This? NASA Answers 'When Are We Ever Going to Use This?'- We asked people at NASA/JPL: What grade-school STEM lessons help you build space robots, make discoveries about planets, and explore the solar system and beyond?
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STEM Lessons from NASA/JPL Edu STEM Lesson Collection - Explore our catalog of standards-aligned lessons and activities tied to the latest NASA missions and science.
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STEM Activities for Students from NASA/JPL Edu STEM Activities for Students - Students can make their own moon-phases calendar and 3-D glasses holder, watch videos and more, all while learning about space and science with NASA.
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NUTRIENT NEWSLETTER
Tips and ideas for teaching plant and soil science
August 2018 
Fun with the Plant Nutrient Team Book 2 is now available
For those of you that remember the original Fun with Planet Nutrient Team Book that was geared towards grades K-5, there are now some new resources that are more grade specific for the younger students. The fun NPK characters explain the three macro nutrients that plants need to grow in a kid-friendly way. This activity book introduces plant nutrients in a variety of activities such as dot-to-dot, word puzzles, coloring, mazes, matching pictures, and experiments. Book 1 is for Grades K-1, while the Book 2 is geared towards age appropriate activities for the 2nd and 3rd grade audience.

New "How Do Plants Grow?" Poster
Farmers work hard to grow healthy crops to feed the growing world population.  As crops use the nutrients in the soil during the growing season, farmers are tasked with replacing those nutrients each year to grow another healthy crop.  By using the 4R Nutrient Stewardship guidelines, farmers have a clear path of what fertilizer needs to be added at certain times of year, from the correct source at the right rate.  The "How Do Plants Grow" poster helps to explain the 4R guidelines in a way that students can easily understand.  

NET Teacher Membership Participation Needed
Farmers work hard to grow healthy crops to feed the growing world population.  As crops use the nutrients in the soil during the growing season, farmers are tasked with replacing those nutrients each year to grow another healthy crop.  By using the 4R Nutrient Stewardship guidelines, farmers have a clear path of what fertilizer needs to be added at certain times of year, from the correct source at the right rate.  The "How Do Plants Grow" poster helps to explain the 4R guidelines in a way that students can easily understand.  

Nutrients for Life Ambassadors
The Nutrients for Life Foundation is proud to introduce the new Nutrients for Life Ambassador Program.  By becoming an NFLF Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to become a spokesperson for the Nutrients for Life curriculum and materials. Ambassadors will provide other educators with information about the importance of soil science in their classrooms through their own personal experiences.If you are interested in becoming a Nutrients for Life Ambassador learn more now. 

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