I have been learning about the Georgia Tech GIFT program recently, that allows science teachers to receive a stipend to spend part of the summer working in a research or industry lab. The opportunities are wide and interesting–there are labs at GA tech researching everything from the structure of cat tongues to improving solar power … More Real Laboratory Research for Teachers
The children’s writing community, under the leadership of Kate Messner, is offering an auction to raise money for relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey. Over 200 authors and editors have offered items–including many, many school and skype visits from big name authors (including Grace Lin, Sarah Albee, Katherine Applegate, Janet Fox, and more.) This would be … More Children’s Writers Respond to Harvey
We’re just about 2 months away from the total solar eclipse that will cover a small stripe of the U.S., including a swath of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Missouri. If you aren’t up on the big news, head over to the Exploratorium website to get excited about it, and use this video for a quick … More Solar Eclipse Countdown!
I was at the library of a nearby school recently (I’m looking at you Hawthorne Elementary) and came across a whole passel of girls, many of whom were English-Language-Learners, completely engrossed in computer programming. They were members of the school’s programming club, and they were using Google’s free Computer Science Club website and materials. I … More Easy, Innovative Computer Science Club
My husband and the munchkins are big Chipotle fans (me not as much), but they do seem to be healthier than many fast-food options. So if you are giving away fast-food prizes for your student reading program, Chipotle could be the way to go. They have a reading rewards program for grades K-5 where they … More Free Chipotle for Readers
Emily Morgan, of the acclaimed Picture Perfect Science series, delighted me by bringing me a book to sign at GSTA. Apparently, her son loves Recycled Science by Tammy Enz and me! He has made videos of himself doing some of the experiments, and I hope I get to see one sometime.
The Maryville Daily Times published a lovely article with really fun pictures about my visit to Porter Elementary School in Maryville, TN last week. Thanks!
You can have an astronaut read aloud to your class from the International Space Station! How cool is that?
I’ve posted about summer adventures before, and this is high time for making your selection and getting applications in. I am particularly intrigued by the Maury Project Workshop. You get to spend 2 weeks at the United States Naval Academy working with NOAA and AMS scientists to learn about physical oceanography. And do research cruises. … More ‘Tis the season to plan for summer
A whole cadre of children’s authors will be signing books this Saturday night at the Georgia World Congress Center. They are all in town for NCTE (a national gathering of English teachers),but the signing is open to the public. All the details and a preliminary list of authors (25 so far) can be found here. … More Oodles of Authors