The 2018 Journal of Virginia Science Education (Fall 2018, Volume 11) is now available to all VAST members. Click here to download the pdf.
"Integrating Inquiry into Informal STEM Experiences" Robbie L. Higdon, Ph.D., and Amanda Sawyer, Ph.D.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recruiting teachers and educational leaders to bring public health into middle and high schools across the United States and beyond. For more information:
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium has paid online educator positions available for the following programs:
Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) is a NASA-based program for 11th/12th grade students and STEM teachers who are interested in aerospace-related science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM). This course focuses on NASA-related space mission design and human space flight. Online Master Teacher positions are still available! Check out the VAST website.
Virginia Earth Systems Science Scholars (VESSS) is a NASA-based program for 11th/12th grade students and STEM teachers who are interested in Earth Systems Science-related science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM). This course focuses on Earth Systems Science and the NASA mission that help study these topics. Online Master Teacher positions are still available! Checkout the VESSS website.
Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) is a NASA-based STEM program for 10th grade students who are interested in NASA’s space, Earth, and airborne science-related missions managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Online Master Teacher positions are still available! Check out the VSCS website.
Apply directly to any of these programs here - Applications are due November 11, 2018. Mandatory training date: November 30, 2018 at VSGC offices in Hampton, VA.
“Programs that Work”
STEM awards for exemplary projects and programs in K-16 STEM Education
The Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition (VMSC) invite you to nominate effective student and teacher education projects and programs for its annual “Programs That Work” Awards. The VMSC recognizes exemplary mathematics, science, integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs for which there is evidence of a positive impact on student or teacher learning. Proposals will be evaluated on the extent that applicants are able to:
Virginia’s public and private elementary and secondary schools, public school divisions, institutions of higher education, state agencies, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are invited to apply.
It is entirely appropriate to nominate your own project or program as long as the following criteria are met:
Applications are due on December 10, 2018, and will be evaluated on a competitive basis for programs that have been conducted within the past five years and have demonstrated positive results. Awardees will be recognized at a conference and awards ceremony on January, 15, 2019, at the State Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. Through a generous grant from Dominion Energy, the VMSC will support the travel and lodging of award recipients for each program that is recognized.
Applications can be found at http://www.vamsc.org/index.php/application/
For additional information, contact the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Technology Exploration Saturday (TES) programs have been offered since 2008 and we have had over 2,450 students and 2,000 parents participate. Sessions have included introductions to Mechatronics, Unmanned Aircraft (UAS/Drones) competitions, Basic Electrical Circuit, Robotic Automation, and many other activities. For parents, information on Cyber Security, College Decisions, and STEM careers are offered. This year’s activities will be very similar.
Please click the link below to find photos from last year programs and for more information about the program. Links to 2019 TES Application and Flyer are also located on this website.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) invites teachers to apply for its inaugural Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Master Teacher Fellowship. At NMAAHC, STEM Master Teachers act as leaders in the development of STEM content, activities, and workshops for K-12 teachers and students. The STEM Master Teacher Fellowship helps NMAAHC promote its education initiative through the improvement of teaching and learning about African Americans, their STEM contributions to American history and culture, and the STEM principles on which their contributions are based. The fellowship provides an opportunity for a K-12 STEM teacher to work remotely with the National Museum of African American History and Culture staff throughout the 2018-2019 school year, and onsite for the selected teacher’s spring break, and a two-month period during the summer in Washington, DC.
The latest edition of The Science Educator is now available at: https://vast.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/OctoberNews2018.pdf
Should Race Be Taught in High School Biology?
BY Michael Schulson
Most current American biology textbooks and curricula don’t discuss race at all — nor do they grapple with the biology of sexual orientation or gender, for that matter. To some, these omissions seem appropriate. But to a growing number of academics, they represent glaring intellectual lacunae — a sort of sanitized approach to biology that ignores the political and cultural veins that have historically run through it. At stake is not just the question of how to teach human biology, but about what science classes are for, and how much teachers should talk about the social dimensions of scientific ideas. Read on »
The Governor’s School of Southside Virginia
Intent to Employ Notice
2018-2019 School Term
Position: Biology/Research Instructor
Primary Location: Southside Virginia Community College – Christanna Campus, Alberta, VA
Candidate also travels to John H. Daniel Campus, Keysville, VA
Must hold a current Virginia Teaching License
Master’s Degree in Biology with thesis or Master’s Degree in another area with 18 additional graduate hours in Biology coursework
Minimum 3 years teaching experience
Gifted endorsement/experience teaching gifted students preferred
Experience with Dual Enrollment Students
Interest/knowledge in interdisciplinary curriculum
Essential Job Functions:
• Demonstrate a thorough and accurate knowledge in the teaching discipline.
• Plans and delivers appropriate curriculum content to students.
• Assess student learning regularly and adapt instruction accordingly to maximize student learning.
• Collaborate with other instructors in planning and delivering instruction to students.
• Communicate effectively with colleagues, students and parents.
• Foster a positive and safe learning environment.
• Collaborate with faculty members in planning symposiums, joint site events, enrichment activities, field trips, outreach events, and other functions.
• Complete other duties as assigned by the director.
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline: Until filled
To Apply: Mail or fax letter of interest, resume, copy of college transcripts and complete Commonwealth of Virginia application for employment to:
The Governor’s School of Southside Virginia
200 Daniel Road
Keysville, VA 23947
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The Governor’s School of Southside Virginia is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation. The Governor’s School of Southside Virginia reserves the right to hire the best available candidate.
National Geographic’s upcoming documentary SCIENCE FAIR, will be shown in Washington DC from September 28 to October 5, 2018. SCIENCE FAIR follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at The International Science and Engineering Fair. Watch the trailer and learn more about SCIENCE FAIR here. To potentially receive tickets, fill out this Google form.
Virginia Association of Science Teachers
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