ASTA E-News Update September 1, 2017

Table of Contents

·        Early Bird Registration Is Now Open For Level Up, ASTA Annual Conference – A 2-Day Event

·        ASTA New Website Look

·        ASTA Is Looking For Some Leaders – Is That You?

·        ASTA Teacher Of The Year Program – Nominations Are Now Open

·        Calling All K-12 Experienced & Novice Teachers Of Science, Math, Or STEM

·        Registration And Call For Proposals – EE Workshop, September 23rd

·       “Operating The Gao Telescope” Class At Discovery Park Campus

·        Seeking 8th-12th Grade Students Interested In Field Science Research

·        Call For Entries ASU Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Contest

·        APS Foundation Grant Currently Open

·        Prairie Dogs In Arizona Educator Workshop

·        Scholarship Opportunity! Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired By Science! – Open To 6-12th Graders

·        Check Out The Latest NASA Opportunities For The Education Community

·        12 Engaging Science Apps For Middle And High School Students

·        Joint Membership From ASTA And NSTA For Arizona Teachers

·        Fall Meeting – AZAAPT

·        Grants

·        STEM Resources


Level Up!

2017 ASTA Annual Pre-Conference & Conference

Friday, October 27th at ASU Polytechnic Campus

Saturday, October 28 at Casteel High School


The annual conference of the Arizona Science Teachers Association, Level Up, will begin on Friday, October

Begin 2-days of Leveling Up Your Instruction with Page Keeley, an internationally known leader in science education on Friday, October 27th at ASU Polytechnic CampusKeeley will provide a 1-day institute for teachers, teacher-leaders, pre-service teachers and administrators regarding “Uncovering Students’ Ideas with 3-Dimensional Formative Assessment”. She is the developer and primary author of the Uncovering Student Ideas Series in Science and the Formative Assessment- Practical Strategies Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning series.

Continue Leveling Up Your Instruction on Saturday October 28th at Casteel High School in Queen Creek, Arizona with a pre-conference institute on Friday, October 27th.  Over 300 science educators will share ideas, be inspired by Dr. Robert Corbin, Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education, learn about new curriculum resources, and learn from experts in the field to provide research-based science teaching and learning for all of Arizona’s children. Attendees will 4 concurrent sessions with numerous workshops to choose from a focus strand:  Real World Science; Practicing the Practices, and Power Up Your Instruction.

  • Real World Science– Real World Science focuses on integration, project based, inquiry, college and career ready, rigorous and relevant, innovative, engaging lessons that provide the opportunity to take students out of the classroom to see science in its natural environment.
  • Practicing the Practices– This strand focuses on the eight science and engineering practices as described in A Framework for K-12 Science Education. When students actively engage in science and engineering practices they deepen their understanding of core science ideas.  The vision of the core ideas and practices in science provides the utility students need to engage in making sense of the natural and design worlds.
  • Power Up Your Instruction– Today, more than ever, educators are challenged to know what and how to teach to assure that all students are engaged and each has equitable access to high quality learning experiences. This strand provides strategies to help educators boost their instruction to the next level.

Registration is now open. Further information about the conference including hotel accommodations visit:


If you have recently visited the ASTA website, you have noticed that it is new.  Please be patient as we continue to add resources.  You will receive an e-mail with your login information by the end of September.  If you do not receive it, please contact ASTA and we will assist you.


This is a great time to become involved in Arizona Science Teachers Association!   With the creation of new AZ Science Standards grounded in 3_Dimensional Instruction, ASTA is taking the lead in educating science teachers across the state about the best practices in science education.  Be a part of a statewide organization of teachers who are passionate about their craft!

Please click here to complete an application.  Applications are due September 15th.  The Nominating committee will review all applications using a rubric and put forth 2 names for each position for electronic elections in October.  New board members will be announced during the luncheon at the ASTA Conference on Saturday, October 28, 2017.  The term for newly elected officers begins January 1, 2018.

 ASTA has 6 Regional Directors and 2 Executive Board positions open for election.  

 Executive Board Positions  

  • President-Elect
  • Recording Secretary 

Regional Director Positions that are open for election this fall

  • Region I—Yuma and La Paz Counties
  • Region III—Yavapai County
  • Region IV WEST–West Maricopa County (area codes 602 & 623)
  • Region V–Graham and Greenlee Counties
  • Region VII–Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties
  • Region IX–Gila County
  • Region XI–Coconino County

Click here ( ) to learn more. Click here to complete an application.


  • Do you know an outstanding K-12 science teacher?
  • Do you know an outstanding K-12 novice teacher (1st three years)?

We all know a teacher who makes a difference in the lives of children. Go ahead and nominate them today or nominate yourself for an ASTA Teacher of the Year Award. Awards are given to an outstanding elementary teacher, middle level teacher, high school teacher and to a K-12 novice teacher (first three years). Anyone – principals, teachers, parents, students or members of the general public – may nominate.

Click here for the nomination form. Nominations close September 15, 2017. Completed applications are due September 30, 2017.


The Arizona Science Teachers Association, in partnership with AzTEA and AATM, brings you a unique program that promotes professional excellence of both experienced and novice K-12 science, math, and STEM teachers.

The Teacher Leadership Program (TLP) builds capacity of science, math, and STEM teachers through unique partnerships:

  • Novice teachers (first 1-5 years) are matched with a mentor teacher and focus on co-development of knowledge and skills leading to exemplary practice
  • Experienced teachers (5+ years) develop leadership and mentoring knowledge and skills to support their novice teacher partner

Registration Currently Open

Register NOW for ½ off the cost (originally $2,000).

We are pleased to have financial support from APS Foundation, who will provide each participant a $1,000 discount.

As one of the protégés shared, “When it comes to ASTA’s Teacher Leadership Program, I cannot speak highly enough. I have learned so many valuable lessons through the professional development opportunities, as well as the mentor teacher connection. The most valuable aspect would easily be the observation, support, and encouragement that has come from my veteran teacher mentor.  [She] has given me resources, books, ideas, and advice that has helped to shape and steer my teaching journey. She has challenged me to think outside of what I default to in my teaching practice. In addition to this, I find that the conferences that ASTA has made possible, through advisement or funding, has also greatly shaped my educator education.”  

To learn more about the TLP, visit


The Arizona Association for Environmental Education is hosting an annual meeting and professional development workshop at Boyce Thompson Arboretum on Saturday, September 23rd from 7am until 4pm. We can offer CEUs for those in need.

The theme is: Engaging our Arizona Environmental Education Community! 

We’d love for you to join us! Registration is open now and the early bird registration deadline is September 2nd. Details about the event are on this website:

We are also seeking a few presenters so if you have a lesson to share, advice from the field, or a train the trainer opportunity you’d like to promote and recruit for, consider submitting an application to the call for presentations! Presentation requirements and submission form can be found at the bottom of that website, here.  The deadline for presentation requests is September 1 at midnight AZ time. Presenters will receive a discount on their registration fees and/or membership, see the website for details.

Consider coming to be a part of the next chapter in Environmental Education in Arizona and meet your friends and colleagues there!


EAC Discovery Park Campus announces; AST-127  a two-day class on “operating the Gov Aker Observatory Telescope”

Thursday and Friday, September 7 -8, at 6:00pm-10:00pm in the Discovery Park Campus – Jupiter room. For more information contact the EAC Discovery Park Campus at 928-428-6260.

This ½ credit EAC class is open to the community and will be taught by Mr. Bob Hiatt, Past-President of the

Desert SkyGazers Astronomy Club and current operator of the 20” Tinsley Telescope at the EAC Discovery Park Campus.  This class offers the opportunity to learn about the various designs of telescopes, how they operate and why they work. Even though you’ll learn about telescopes from Galileo’s 5-foot leather tube with two hand-polished glass lenses to the world’s largest telescope located at the Mt. Graham International Observatory and its two 8.4m (27.5 feet) diameter mirrors, you don’t have to be an astronomy expert.

The final evening will be hands-on operation of the 20” Tinsley Telescope in the Gov Aker Observatory learning how to observe the wonders of the visible universe.


2017-18 Research Apprenticeship Program

 Sky School is once again offering students in grades 8-12 an opportunity to conduct science fair projects outdoors in Sabino Canyon.  Refer to the attached announcement and application for more information, also on our website at .  Please share widely!

UA Science Sky School ( is seeking students who are excited to learn more about science and enjoy being in the outdoors. We are recruiting students in grades 8-12 to develop and execute field-based research projects for the regional science fair, run by the Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF).  Each student will be paired with a University of Arizona (UA) undergraduate student mentor and a UA graduate student science advisor to conduct an original field study, culminating in a final presentation at SARSEF. This is a valuable opportunity to gain experience in the scientific inquiry process, utilizing the unique environment of Sabino Canyon.


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Now accepting entries for the 2018 Student Contest. Open to all grades K-12. Winning entries receive a prize, and will be invited to participate in the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

Student entry forms available online:

Contest information and prior year winners available at


Apply from August 14 to October. Awardees announced in December. Winners must do the project in spring semester.


Activities should engage students in hands-on lessons that lead to new knowledge, understanding, investigating and/or and awareness about STEM. Describe what you’re trying to achieve and what you will do (activities, experiments, lessons, field trips, research and data collection, speakers, etc.) in a timeline with specific learning outcomes. Make sure you tie the activities to the objectives. How long will the project last? Will it be ongoing?

  Itemize the expenditures, including materials and equipment needed, supplier and cost. Be specific as to how the required items relate to the project.

Evaluation: How will you measure achievement? How will you know your students learned what you wanted them to learn?


Prairie dogs have been reintroduced into the Arizona landscape after an absence of more than 50 years! But why? You can find out by attending this unique educator workshop. Participants will explore the role of prairie dogs in the grassland ecosystem while also gaining hands-on experience with the reintroduction program. The workshop is free and designed specifically for educators in Arizona.

This is a two-part workshop and participants are expected to attend both. The classroom portion will take place at the International Wildlife Museum in Tucson, AZ on Friday, September 15 from 5:30-8:30pm. The field portion will take place the following day, Saturday, September 16 from 8:00am-4:00pm. This section will take place in the grasslands near Sonoita, AZ.

Participation in this workshop is free. However, space is EXTREMELY limited and registration is required. Registration does not guarantee participation. Spots will be filled on a “first to register” basis. If all spots are filled, additional registrations will be added to a waiting list. All accepted participants will receive additional details as we get closer to the program.

For more information and to register, visit


The National Science Foundation’s Create-Your-Own science superhero competition. Students compete for a chance to win cash prizes and a trip to Washington, D.C. to present at the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival. They can enter individually or in teams of 2-3 and use science or engineering to create a unique superhero. They then tell their hero’s story in a short comic or video. Submissions accepted Sept. 18, 2017 – Jan. 8, 2018.

See for more information, and follow us at #GenNano. Questions: email


Subscribe to the NASA Space Place Gazette –  Audience: K-6 Educators; Contact:

Do you want to keep up with all the latest articles, activities and games the NASA Space Place website has to offer? Sign up to receive the NASA Space Place Gazette! This monthly e-newsletter for educators and parents has information on all of the latest and greatest offerings from the NASA Space Place website.

Subscribe to the SciJinks E-Newsletter – Audience: 5-12 Educators; Contact:

The SciJinks website is a joint effort of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA that puts fun and adventure into learning about weather, satellite meteorology and Earth science. To keep up with the latest articles, activities, and games that SciJinks has to offer, sign up to receive the SciJinks E-Newletter. Each month you will receive an email with links to fascinating science articles, fun weather facts and educational games.

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seek Educators for Climate Change Research Initiative – Audience: Full-time 9-12 STEM Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC; Application Deadline: Sept. 21, 2017; Contact:

This yearlong STEM engagement opportunity allows high school STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, to lead research teams, and to develop STEM curricula for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers who integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities.

Become a Member of the Infiniscope Education Advisory Board – Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades 5-12; Application Deadline: Sept. 29, 2017; Contact:

Infiniscope invites you to apply to become an Infiniscope Education Advisory Board member for a renewable one-year term from 2017-2018. Board members will review Infiniscope-developed educational products and receive a stipend, training, collaborative space, and recognition on the Infiniscope website. Board members also will have opportunities to earn badges and attend group meet-ups at national conventions.

Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut — Walk Around the Earth Challenge – Audience: All Educators and Students; Challenge Dates: Oct. 2 – Dec. 7, 2017; Contact:

To prepare for an Earth-to-moon journey in 2018, online mascot Astro Charlie is making a trip around Earth. Mission X is challenging Fit Explorers to work together to perform activities that will move Astro Charlie the 66 million steps required to walk around Earth! That’s 25,000 miles, or 40,000 kilometers! Visit the website for full challenge details and to do your part to help reach the globe-trotting goal.


New Video From NASA eClips™ — Our World: Sun’s Position – Audience: K-5 Educators and Students; Contact:

Find out more about how our sun’s position in the sky changes due to Earth’s rotation, revolution and tilt. Learn from the experts — Dr. Alex Young and Dr. Nicki Viall explain these connections so students understand patterns within the Earth-sun relationship.

New Resource From NASA eClips™ — Guide Lites: Solar Images Interactive Lesson – Audience: K-5 and Informal Educators; Contact:

In this activity, participants create a picture of the sun. The pictures can then be examined with colored filters to simulate how specialized instruments enable scientists to capture images and view different features of the sun. Participants use the solar picture to model the difference between a partial and total solar eclipse.


The article linked below describes vetted free science apps that you might find instructionally valuable to your classroom or non-formal program instruction.

12 Engaging Science Apps for Middle and High School Students

Enjoy exploring these real-world connections to science and STEM concepts! (Thanks, Project Learning Tree!)


It pays to be a teacher in Arizona. On behalf of the Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and NSTA, we are pleased to offer a joint membership—join both organizations and save money!

Join both ASTA and NSTA for one year for $84—a savings of $15.  Join Now

Select “individual member,” then scroll down the page and look under “Membership Type” for the joint NSTA/ASTA option. Learn more

Top Benefits of NSTA membership

  • Access to our award-winning journals full of content and classroom-tested teaching tips.
  • Exclusive access to one of our 18 listservs where you can find mentors, share ideas, and get answers to your everyday questions.
  • Substantial discounts—20% NSTA Press books and significant discounts to the NSTA Area and National Conferences on Science Education.

Top Benefits of ASTA membership

  • Receiving the ASTA Electronic Newsletter (published twice a month), containing information and resources for science educators of all grade levels and areas
  • Getting to know and work with colleagues from around the state.
  • Contributing to a statewide voice advocating for science education.
  • Sharing your ideas for improving and enhancing science education.


Mark Your Calendar!

The Fall meeting of AzAAPT will a be held on Saturday, September 30. The meeting will be at Estrella Mountain Community College.

We will be using the EMCC maker-space – it will be a great facility for the meeting. We will have a tour and, since it is a Maker Space, we will make stuff.

Presentations on:

  • Student Centered Learning
  • AAPT Leadership Programs
  • Update on Science Standards
  • And , of course, Door Prizes and much more!

We will be holding Officer Elections. As we started last year, nominations will handled through the website:

Remember, we always welcome new presenters, so if you have something you would like to share – a lab, demo, new technique, something you learned at the AAPT summer meeting and would like to share with us, just contact James Ward at





Monell Foundation Educational Grants

Deadline: 9/19/2017

The foundation gives on a national basis to improve the physical, mental, and moral condition of humanity throughout the world. Giving is largely for  higher/secondary education;  hospitals and health services, scientific research, museums, performing arts, other cultural activities; and support also is given for social services, research in political science, mental health, and aid to the handicapped. No grants to individuals. The average award amount is $5,000–$100,000. E-mail for more information. Letters of Inquiry may be submitted at any time during the year and are reviewed on a continuous basis (no deadlines for LOIs).

MAXIMUS Charitable Foundation Grants

Deadline: 8/31/2017

The MAXIMUS Charitable Foundation awards grants of between $2,500 and $5,000. The board of directors considers a number of factors when selecting recipients, including the purpose of the funds requested:
–Will the funds be used to meet the foundation’s goal of serving the disadvantaged?
–The target group: Does the organization focus on serving youth?
–Financial information: Is the requesting organization financially stable?
–Program history: Does the requesting organization have a successful history?

The board will review applications on a semi-annual basis. The deadlines for applications are January 31 and August 31 with respective notification dates in April and October.

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation Grants

Deadline: 9/15/2017

The foundation is offering grants for teachers worldwide to develop and implement environmental curricula that integrates field activities and classroom teaching and incorporate basic ecological practices and problem solving. Curricula must show a holistic approach and synthesize levels of learning (facts, concepts and principles), which includes hypothesis testing, experimental design, field environmental activities in a primary or secondary school setting, and presentation of controversial issues objectively. Any organization may apply (e.g., schools, nonprofits, governmental agencies). The goals of the grant are

  • To empower and encourage students to become involved in solving environmental and social problems
    •To promote thoughtful and appropriate analysis and understanding of the natural world
    •To train students as informed decision makers through the emphasis and application of basic ecological principles.

Edward E. Ford Foundation Grants

Deadline: 9/15/2017

The foundation’s mission is to strengthen and support independent secondary schools and to challenge and inspire them to leverage their unique talents, expertise, and resources to advance teaching and learning throughout this country by supporting and disseminating best practice, by supporting efforts to develop and implement models of sustainability, and by encouraging collaboration with other institutions.

Educational grants are for independent secondary education only. Independent secondary schools must hold full and active membership in National Association of Independent Schools to be eligible for consideration. No grants to individuals, or for emergency funds or deficit financing and no support for public elementary or college-level schools, or schools that have been applicants within the last three years. The foundation’s total award amount is $2,727,000, with the average being $50,000. Program areas include STEM, science/environmental, general education, math, reading, and social studies.

The board meets three times a year to consider proposals: November, April and June. Deadlines for submitting proposals for these agendas are September 15, March 1, and April 1, respectively.

International Paper Company Foundation Grants

Deadline: 9/15/2017

This foundation provides funds for children’s education and literacy programs located in communities where the company operates: in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington. Those focused on literacy from birth through third grade are particularly encouraged to apply. Limited funds are also available for nonprofit organizations working on forest, air, and water issues.

Harley-Davidson Foundation Grants

Deadline: 9/22/2017

Harley-Davidson wants to meet the basic needs of the communities where its employees work, improve the lives of its stakeholders, and encourage social responsibility. These grants provide community support where Harley-Davidson has corporate facilities while targeting areas of greatest need among underserved populations. Targeted categories are education, health, and the environment. Corporate facilities are in Yucca and Mohave County, Arizona; Chicago, Illinois; Kansas City, Missouri; Valley View, Ohio; York, Pennsylvania; Plano, Texas; and Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Menomonee Falls, and Tomahawk, Wisconsin.

The grant process requires online grant submission and completion of an introductory eligibility quiz before beginning the grant proposal. Upcoming deadlines are September 22, 2017, and December 15, 2017.

Arizona Diamondbacks to Give $100,000 Away to Schools, Teachers

Deadline:  9/29/2017

The Arizona Diamondbacks and University of Phoenix are inviting teachers and faculty to “Pitch Us Your Program” for a $5,000 grant for the classroom or school.

Learn more here.

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants

Deadline: 9/30/2017

Project Learning Tree® (PLT), a national environmental education program for preK-12 educators and students, has grants of up to $1,000 available to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects. Students “learn by doing” through community action projects they design and implement to improve an aspect of their school or neighborhood’s environment. These environmental action projects blend community service with academic curriculum to link classroom learning to the real world. Students have planted trees, restored habitats, improved streams, constructed trails, and more. PLT also provides grants to schools to implement recycling programs, conserve water and energy, or establish school gardens or outdoor classrooms–and integrate these projects into the curriculum.

The program is open to any PLT-trained educator in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applicants must have attended a PLT workshop online or in person. Projects must secure at least 50% matched funds and involve at least one community partner. For more information, visit The annual deadline is September 30; apply at

Captain Planet Foundation ecoSolution Grants

Deadline: 9/30/2017

The foundation funds and supports youth-led environmental projects. Its objective is to encourage innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Grant amounts range from $500 to $2,500 and support purchase of materials and other expenses required to implement the project.

Deadlines for submitting grant applications are September 30 and January 31. Organizations with operating budgets of less than $3 million may apply.

Green Thumb Challenge Grant

Deadline: 9/30/2017

The Green Education Foundation (GEF) and Gardener’s Supply Company have teamed up on a funding opportunity for established youth garden projects nationwide. The organizations are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a $250 prize. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community.

Kinder Morgan Foundation Education Grants

Deadline: 9/10/2017

These grants of $1,000 to $5,000 are awarded to educational programs for K–12 youth in the United States and Canada in communities where Kinder Morgan operates. Nonprofits and public and private schools with academic programs, including environmental education programs that work with local schools and meet curriculum standards; tutoring; or arts education programs are eligible. Local, state, provincial, and regional educational institutions; libraries; and programs providing ongoing support, such as Junior Achievement, may apply. The deadlines are the 10th of every other month beginning in January.

Kids in Need Teacher Grants

Deadline: 9/30/2017

The Kids In Need Foundation awards preK-12 educators in the United States funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. Grant applications are available online each year from July 15 until September 30. Grants are funded by retail and education credit union sponsors. One grant is specifically for Indiana teachers, and another is for creative writing projects. Follow Kids in Need on Facebook at

Target Field Trip Grants

Deadline: 10/1/2017

Target stores award these grants to K-12 schools nationwide located within 100 miles of a Target store. Target funds programs that allow students and teachers to learn in all kinds of settings. Field trips must connect students’ classroom curricula to out-of-school experiences and must take place between February and December 2015. Each grant is valued up to $700.

Target only accepts applications online. Apply by noon Central Time on October 1. Grant applicants will receive notification by Jan. 1.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program

Deadline: 10/16/2017

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation will donate $5 million to schools and school parent-teacher groups at more than 1,000 different schools during the school year. (Pre-schools are not eligible.) Grant applicants may request between $2,000 and $5,000 per school.

Schools must register before they can apply, which can take up to 24 hours to process. Once 1,500 applications are received, the application process will be closed, and the “Apply Now” button will no longer appear on the website. The program has two grant cycles in a school year: Spring (February 13) and Fall (October 16).

State Farm: Company Grants

Deadline: 10/31/2017

State Farm awards grants for Education Excellence. The company funds three types of grants for K-12 public schools:

• Teacher Development
• Service-Learning
• Education Reform/Systemic Improvement

Grant amount requested must be $5,000 or more. Eligibility: nonprofit, 501(c)3 organizations; Canadian charitable organizations, educational institutions, and governmental entities.



ChemReaX Simulation App

This chemical reaction simulation app makes it easy to create virtual labs for advanced high school chemistry students and undergraduates (grades 11–16). With thermodynamic properties for more than 1,200 chemical species, students can construct a virtually unlimited variety of chemical reactions or choose from more than 80 predefined reactions. The app simulates a given reaction from initial conditions to a final equilibrium state and accurately models the effects of concentrations, temperature, and pressure. Access information, tutorials, and a set of virtual lab exercises exploring Le Chatelier’s Principle (i.e., law of equilibrium), chemical kinetics, phase change, solubility and precipitation, and other chemistry topics.

Climate Change Narrative Game

Make climate change personally relevant and understandable to high school students (grades 9–12) through the lessons and activities in the University of South Florida’sCHANGE curriculum. The futuristic, place-based curriculum addresses global climate change and its potential long-term effects through narrative stories, role play, and simulations based on scientific data. The curriculum examines the effects of climate change on marine science environments; unit titles include Ocean Exploration; MarineGeology; Marine Chemistry; Estuaries; Populations: Producers; Populations: Invertebrates; Populations: Vertebrates; and Capstone: Apollo Beach.

Virtual Reality Tour: Journey to the Birth of the Solar System

Quanta magazine recently published a virtual reality (VR) tour of the birth and evolution of the solar system that could be useful to science teachers of all levels and their students. It can be viewed as a 360-degree video on YouTube or Vimeo, but it is even better as an immersive experience in a VR headset like Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard. Narrated by theoretical physicist David Kaplan, the video shows how the Sun, Earth, and other planets originated. Access the video along with basic viewing instructions.

Nitrogen From the Atmosphere

This booklet from the National Atmospheric Deposition Program describes the importance of nitrogen in our landscape and its movement through natural systems. The document—appropriate for teachers of all levels and students in grades 9–12 and college—focuses on nitrogen from the atmosphere and discusses the basics of nitrogen science, the different chemical forms present, the sources of nitrogen, and the cascade of effects from nitrogen fertilizers and other uses. The booklet also includes helpful infographics and a glossary.

Citizen Science Toolkit

Developed by the California Academy of Sciences, this 50-page guide for K–12 educators is designed to integrate citizen science projects into classroom curricula or after-school programming. The toolkit presents lessons, readings, and worksheets that communicate the value of citizen science and cultivate a sense of empowerment when conducting science investigations. The toolkit addresses all aspects of choosing, planning, conducting, and expanding the learning from citizen science projects and features advice for conducting citizen science projects with students of all ages, including children younger than age 13. In addition, model case studies describe successful citizen science projects at various schools. STEAM by Design, an informal e-learning design website, develops ethical imagination and environmental stewardship. More than 250 topically arranged learning journeys at combine digital resources and place-based learning experiences that support art-science integration and standards-based instruction in STEAM subjects. introduces students to design science through virtual field trips, interactive programs, and contemporary practices that connect computers, classrooms, and communities.’s on-site workshops bring systems thinking to bear on a range of topics, including Architecture and Design, Biomimicry, Nature Play, and a series of Green Workshops–Green Cities, Green Schools, and Green Schoolyards. Videos of these and many more workshops are available at

Quantized Academy

Quanta Magazine now has a math column aimed at high school teachers and students called Quantized Academy. The series is written by Patrick Honner, a nationally recognized high school teacher from Brooklyn, New York, who introduces basic concepts from the latest mathematical research. Check out a recent column, Symmetry, Algebra, and the Monster, which states, “The study of algebraic groups like the monster helps make sense of the mathematical structures of symmetries, and hidden symmetries offer clues for building new physical theories.”

Kids and Chemicals: Facts and Laws

Added: Aug 22, 2017

Developed as a companion to the PBS science series NOW, this site offers lessons and activities for grades 9–12 to teach students about the impact of everyday toxins on their health and the health of their communities. In the lesson Chemicals in the Environment, students learn about exposure to synthetic chemicals in the environment and conduct a cost-benefit analysis of living with synthetic chemicals. Other activities focus on understanding the effects of pollutants in the community and understanding government regulations concerning the use of chemicals and pesticides, such as the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act and other environmental chemical laws.


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