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Last updated June 26, 2014

Energize Schools San Diego

Energize Schools San Diego is a partnership between Strategic Energy Innovations and San Diego Gas & Electric that provides high schools students and teachers with support to reduce energy bills and impact on the environment while empowering student learning and leadership. Energize Schools San Diego is proud to announce the following opportunities offered at no-cost. Energize Schools Teacher Trainings are a professional development opportunities for teachers, offering teachers hands-on technical training for sustainability education. The San Diego School Energy Conservation Competition will award $500 to the top 3 schools who achieve the greatest energy reduction during the competition, April 18th to May 8th. The San Diego High School Green Careers Conference allows students to present to and learn from their peers and industry professionals on sustainable designs, enterprises, and projects. Please click the links for more information or to sign up or visit the Energize Schools San Diego Website. For questions contact Graham Shepard at Graham@seiinc.org or 415-507-1797.

Eco Challenge Poster Contest

Hey kids! Don't miss your chance to be an Honorary Bat Kid at an Angels Baseball game this year! In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the County of Orange, we are looking for young artists to create artwork showing what the next 125 years will look like if we all take the Eco Challenge!

Bat Kid Experience Includes:

  • Pre-game meet & greet inside Angels dugout
  • Four tickets to watch the game
  • Official Bat Kid uniform
  • Professional photo on the field
  • And much more!

Submit your entry by June 30th, 2014 and one lucky winner from each of Orange County's Supervisorial Districts will become an Honorary Bat Kid during an Angels home game in 2014!

For contest rules and restrictions, click here.

Coastal Marine Biolabs Integrative Biosciences Program

Coastal Marine Biolabs (CMB) is now accepting applications for the Integrative Biosciences Program, an immersive, research-based residential experience for junior and senior level high school students. Developed and led by academic researchers, the program provides a unique opportunity for students to work alongside scientists to conduct authentic and interrelated field and laboratory studies that bind scientific concepts and innovative technologies from a variety of seemingly unrelated disciplines (e.g. ecology, environmental science, neuroscience, genetics, molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, environmental chemistry, applied mathematics, and biomimetics). The program is hosted at CMB, a research-based science education organization located in Ventura Harbor, CA. For more information and application guidelines, please visit: http://www.coastalmarinebiolabs.org/program/overview.html. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis.

National Youth Science Camp

The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is an innovative summer science honors program for two high-achieving high school students from each state in the nation and others from around the world. This residential experience is held in a rustic setting in West Virginia’s eastern mountains. Delegates travel to and attend NYSC at no expense. This has been true throughout the history of the camp so that selectees can attend regardless of their financial status. The National Youth Science Camp honors, rewards, and encourages excellence in science by offering hands-on small-group learning experiences, a provocative lecture series, and an outdoor adventure program. Visiting scientists are invited based on their reputation as leaders in their fields and on their ability to share up-to-date research with the delegates. The atmosphere at the NYSC is engaging and supportive. Music, frisbee and casual encounters with nature abound. Guests, staff, and delegates have time to relax and discuss ideas over meals or while on the hiking trail. The entire camp population travels to Washington D.C. for a senate luncheon and quality time at the museums on the Mall. Selection is by appointment from each state. Contact Amy Turnipseed in the Office of the Secretary of Education, aturnipseed@ose.ca.gov, 916-324-6845.

Bacteriofiles - Free Podcast!

A free podcast to help spark interest in students in science and microbiology. Bacteriofiles reports on exciting news about bacteria, microbes and viruses. It explains the connection between the research and how it may affect our lives. These interesting and entertaining podcasts present science in a way that may inspire high school students to consider science as a career choice! You an view the podcast and download recent episodes at http://www.bacterofiles.blogspot.com.

Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students (LiMPETS)

LiMPETS is an environmental monitoring and education program for students, educators, and volunteer groups throughout California. This hands-on program was developed to monitor the ocean and coastal ecosystems of California's national marine sanctuaries to increase awareness and stewardship of these important areas. Through research-based monitoring and standardized protocols, students develop their problem solving skills, gain experience using tools and methods employed by field scientists, and learn to analyze data. Approximately 3,500 teachers and students along the coast of California are collecting rocky intertidal and sandy beach data as part of the LiMPETS network. Find out how to join this free environmental monitoring program at http://limpetsmonitoring.org.

Ocean Guardian Program

The purpose of the NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Ocean Guardian Programs are to encourage teachers and students to explore their natural surroundings to form a sense of personal connection to the ocean and/or watersheds in which they live. • Students can make a difference by becoming a member of our Ocean Guardian Kids Club. • Teachers can get their classroom involved in environmental conservation at their school or in their community to be an Ocean Guardian Classroom. • Everyone can download a free copy of the Ocean Guardian Activity Book to learn more about the ocean and why its important through word searches, games, and coloring pages. Find out more about the Ocean Guardian Programs at http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/ocean_guardian_prog.html.

Health Jobs Start Here

Help your students think ahead! HealthJobsStartHere.com offers free tools for California science teachers and students. Direct your students to HealthJobsStartHere.com for information about salary and work environment, links to training programs, scholarships and volunteer opportunities and advice from real healthcare workers on our Facebook community. Depending on location and availability, HealthJobsStartHere.com also has volunteer health care workers who can speak to your class about their jobs. Get in touch at Partner@HealthJobsStartHere.com for more information.

InventNow.org

InventNow.org encourages students to explore and discover their own innate inventiveness and interests in space, sports, design, and entertainment. The site features ordinary children creating inventions to solve everyday problems. Check out http://www.inventnow.org/.

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