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Last updated: December 4, 2013
The Clean Tech Competition
is a global research and design competition for high school
students. This year's theme, "A Solution to Pollution,"
challenges teams of students to develop a clean energy technology
solution to a specific pollution problem of their choice.
The competition is open to students around the world, there
is no entry fee, and the ten finalist teams will be given
a stipend and paired with an expert mentor to build a prototype
of their solution. This is a wonderful opportunity for teachers,
after-school program providers, and parents to help students
gain real-world skills and participate in project-based learning.
The website for the program is www.cleantechcompetition.org.
Team registrations are due February 7, 2014.
San Francisco Bay Area high school students are invited
to participate in an exciting, challenging, and fun-filled
event: The 2014 Brain Bee. There are two locations for the
local competition; students can select which one they wish
to participate in:
- Stanford Brain Bee to be held on Saturday, January 18,
2014, from 1:00pm--5:00pm, at Stanford University, or
- East Bay Brain Bee to be held on Sunday, January 19,
2014, at Cal State East Bay
What is the Brain Bee?
These Brain Bees are local qualifying rounds of the International
Brain Bee (IBB), a neuroscience competition exclusively for
high school students ages 14-18. The Brain Bee involves both
a written component and a live oral Q&A session. In addition
to the competition, students will have the opportunity to
attend a presentation by a neuroscientist and speak with Stanford
and Cal State professors and students from the medical, biosciences,
and neuroscience fields.
The IBB motivates students to learn about the brain, captures
their imagination, and inspires them to pursue neuroscience
careers in order to help treat and find cures for neurological
and psychological disorders. There are currently about 150
Local Brain Bee coordinators in 30 countries worldwide that
conduct competitions annually. The winner of each Local Bee
is invited to attend the National Brain Bee (NBB) competition
in his or her own country, and the winner of each NBB is invited
to compete in the International Brain Bee Championship.
No previous neuroscience knowledge required! Contestants
should study the 2012 edition of Brain Facts, a 96-page primer
available for free at http://www.brainfacts.org/about-neuroscience/brain-facts-book/.
Answers to ALL test questions can be found in this booklet,
with the exception of questions that are reserved for tiebreakers.
Great prizes to be won and registration is free!
More info about Stanford Brain Bee at http://oso.stanford.edu/programs/125-stanford-brain-bee
and Cal State East Bay Brain Bee at https://sites.google.com/site/bayareabrainbee/.
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, email@example.com,
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.
Mojave Max Emergence Contest
California's Mojave Max is a real desert tortoise who lives
at The Living Desert in Palm Desert, California. When the
weather turns cold, desert tortoises brumate; this is a reptilian
form of hibernation. The Mojave Max Emergence Contest campaign
is designed to increase understanding about how desert ecosystems
work and especially how the desert tortoise and other native
organisms are affected when ecosystems change. Desert tortoises
are California's state reptile; they are also listed on federal
and state endangered species list as threatened. Students
can go on-line at http://www.deserttortoise.gov
and register their guess for when Mojave Max will emerge from
her burrow for the first time. Winners and their classes or
groups will receive prizes.This year the contest is also including
eligibility for prizes to youth groups and scouts as well
as students enrolled in public, private, and registered home
schools in the following counties: Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los
Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and
Ventura. The contest will remain open until Max emerges from
her burrow. Students in grades 1-12 may enter the contest.
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 ourFacebook
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 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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