One interesting sort of summer adventure involves spending the summer in a university of government research lab. These positions usually are paid (seems to be about $700/week on average), but don’t include travel, room, or board. The list below will get you started, but try searching your local university website for options near you. Fermilab: … Continue reading Real Research–with a paycheck–this Summer (2018)
If you’re in driving distance from the Georgia aquarium, you can spend February 24 doing hands-on activities with educators from NOAA. Not only is it free, but you get admission to the aquarium AND a $75 stipend. You’ll want to apply for this one now, as I’m sure it will fill up quickly (grades 6-12 … Continue reading Awesome Georgia Aquarium Opportunity
Fresh year, fresh semester, and a time of thinking about what comes next: the perfect time to consider a summer adventure. I consider the free summer programs available to science teachers to be one of the greatest perks of our profession—you can often find a program that lets you do something science-y that few other … Continue reading New Year, New Adventures
(my apologies to everyone else) The Atlanta Science Festival is coming March 9 – 24. But NOW is the time to sign up for a) bus vouchers up to $300 to take your students to for an exciting field trip to the Expo; and b) a chance to have an area STEM specialist come to … Continue reading Two Opportunities for Atlanta-Area Educators
Are you familiar with GSTA's Georgia Standards of Excellence Phenomena Bank? A phenomenon is an interesting "hook" for a topic that students can use to drive exploration. For example, The Blue People of Troublesome Creek introduces a (real life!) family in rural Kentucky who were blue. Students can work from this unusual example to studying … Continue reading Cool hooks and phenomena to drive explorations!
I have come across several science teachers, STEM teachers, media specialists and MakerSpace organizers who have found themselves with a set of Lego Mindstorms that they aren't sure how to use. I was intrigued by this set of free online courses to help you get started. (You can even take a test and get "certified" … Continue reading Got Mindstorms?
I got this information in an email recently: Thursday, October 12th School Librarians Get to the Source FREE Webinar, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET TPS-experienced elementary, middle, and high school librarians discuss key considerations for connecting Library of Congress resources with K-12 classrooms. Tom Bober, Heather Balsley, and Jenn Hanson provide insight and strategies to promote inquiry … Continue reading Primary Sources for School Librarians
It's exactly one month until Solar Eclipse 2017--time to figure out your viewing site. NASA has a fantastic collection of libraries, museums, national parks, and other places where groups will gather and experts will be on hand to answer questions. Search their official NASA event locations at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/event-locations!
Everybody knows you can't just stare at the sun, with an eclipse being no exception. The Washington Post helpfully explains about a program in which libraries are helping spread safe eye wear for the big event. Take a look, and get your free eclipse glasses today!
I spent part of the weekend down a rabbit hole with an app that a friend cursed me with showed me (thanks, Lisa!). It is trying to be the shazam! for plants--you take a picture of a leaf or flower and it matches it against similar images. It's way too much fun for nature geeks … Continue reading Shazam! for Plants?