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Last updated January 20, 2015
Cal Water H20 Challenge
Cal Water H2O Challenge is a project-based, environmentally-focused
competition for classrooms, grades 4-6. Designed in conjunction
with NAAEE, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and Cal Water, and aligned
with the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation
Science Standards, Cal Water H2O Challenge offers a unique
opportunity for upper elementary teachers to facilitate their
students’ learning of standards-based content, while developing
the core understanding of environmental principles necessary
to becoming science-literate citizens. For complete details
and registration information, click
Registration deadline is January 27, 2015.
Coastal Marine Biolabs Integrative
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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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
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 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
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