Daily Archives: February 1, 2012

2012 Thacher Environmental Research Contest for High School Students – Deadline April 16, 2012

2012 Thacher Environmental Research Contest – Grades 9-12 (Due April 16)

From the movement of Hurricane Irene up the east coast of the United States to images of ice receding in polar regions, scientists and decision-makers rely upon satellites and other observing instruments to understand the extent and impact of environmental changes. The 2012 Thacher Environmental Research Contest, held by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, provides students grades 9-12 the opportunity to conduct innovative research on our changing planet. Students must demonstrate the best uses of the latest geospatial tools and data.

The best projects will receive cash awards in the amount of $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place. Individuals or teams of up to four students may submit entries. Winners will also be featured in an Encyclopedia of the Earth article. In addition to the student prizes, teachers, or adult “coaches” of the winning students will receive a $200 Amazon gift card. For more information, please visit http://www.strategies.org/education/index.aspx?sub=education&sub2=scholars&sub3=scholars2012.

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops for Higher Education Educators and Students

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops for Higher Education Educators and Students (May 5, June 9-10)

The Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops for Higher Education announces a series of educator workshops for astronomy educators. The goal of these workshops is to familiarize participants with research-validated active engagement teaching strategies and assessment materials, as well as how to implement them in their college courses. Participants will learn how to create productive learning environments, beginning with a brief review of research on the nature of teaching and learning. Participants will spend most of the workshop in the roles of student, instructor and critical friend to practice implementing new strategies learned. Advanced levels are available for those who have participated in previous CAE workshops. To learn more and register, visit http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/workshops/index.cfm.

  • May 5 – Oceanside, Calif. – Regional Teaching Exchange on Implementing Lecture-Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy
  • June 9-10 – Anchorage, Alaska – Improving the College Introductory Courses Through Active Engagement: A Tier I (Introductory) Workshop (Fee)
  • June 10 – Anchorage, Alaska – NASA CAE Tier II (Advanced) Special Topics Workshop: Using Technology in the Classroom (Fee)

Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for High School Teachers – Deadline April 13, 2012

Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for High School Teachers (Apply by April 13)
(Apply by April 13; July 23-28, San Francisco, Calif.)

ASSET, a science and curriculum institute for high school science teachers, offers an interactive and content-rich program, with presentations by leading astrobiology researchers from the SETI Institute, NASA, and California Academy of Sciences. Participants will receive the Voyages Through Time curriculum (http://www.voyagesthroughtime.org/). All expenses are covered through grant funds. Two person teams or single person applications will be accepted. For more information and to register, visit http://www.seti.org/seti-educators/asset.

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Planetary Science Summer School for Post-Graduates/PhD Students – Deadline March 28, 2012

NASA 24th Annual Planetary Science Summer School for Post-Graduates/PhD Students (Apply by March 28)
(Apply by March 28; June 18-22 and July 16-20)

NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for it’s 24th Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will hold two separate sessions this summer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. During the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. By the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design, cost and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. For more information, visit https://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm.

Free Plant Phenology and Climate Change Online Course for K-12 Educators – Application Deadline Feb 10, 2012

Free Plant Phenology and Climate Change Online Course for K-12 Educators (Apply by Feb. 10)
(Apply by Feb. 10; Course Feb. 15-March 14)

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is offering a new online course for educators focused on its successful science program – PB-501 Project BudBurst: Introduction to Plant Phenology and Climate Change. This course is free to K-12 educators and is suited for both formal and informal educational settings. This online course provides all needed information to implement Project BudBurst in the classroom and engage your students in a national program by learning more about plants and climate change at a local level. Participants will be provided with detailed information on Project BudBurst and how to participate, including instructions on how to select plants and make observations, suggestions for structuring the classroom involvement, and classroom activities to engage students in making observations and analyzing data, as well as forming a community with other K-12 educators within Project BudBurst.

Participants in this course can sign up for optional graduate level continuing education credits from Colorado School of Mines. The fee for two credits is $90. For more information and to apply, please visit http://neoninc.org/budburst/academy/.

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