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  • 10/16/2020 1:18 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
    Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy (CASE)
    WIND AND SOLAR ENERGY WORKSHOP
    in partnership with The NEED Project
    MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND REGISTER TODAY!

    DATE
    October 30, 2020
    Virtual Workshop

    Zoom details will be provided closer to workshop date

    HOW CAN YOU ATTEND?
    Click and complete your registration!
    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hyzzrodab&oeidk=a07ehck41q59b394e4b

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

    • 5th-12th grade teachers
    • CTE educators

    FOR THE ATTENDEES:

    • Substitute reimbursement/stipend
    • pre workshop materials
    • NEED curriculum packet

     

    Agenda

    Before workshop: Pre-test (emailed link)

    8:45 a.m.            Teachers begin to log in

    9:00 a.m.            Introductions, norms, goals        

    Introduction of sponsors and facilitators, Zoom norms and expectations, and goals for the workshop

    9:10 a.m.            Renewable Energy Mentimeter Teachers participate in fun online response forum

    9:30 a.m.            Science of Energy transformation and forms and sources

    10:00 a.m.          Candy Collector and Electric Connections

    10:55 a.m.          Quick Break

    11:00 a.m.          Introduction to Wind Energy 

    11:15 a.m.          Wind energy activity breakout   

    Breakout groups will do Wind Can Do Work and Build an Anemometer and report back.

    12:15 p.m.          Break for lunch 

    12:45 p.m.          Wind Reporting – Successes and challenges

    1:00 p.m.            Introduction to Solar Energy

    Teachers will learn about solar energy, its limitations, and its benefits

    1:15 p.m.            Quick Break

    1:20 p.m.            Solar Energy Activity Breakout

    Build a Solar oven challenge and work with UV beads and report back

    2:05 p.m.            Solar Reporting – successes and challenges

    2:20 p.m.            Wrap-up             

                                  Posttest and evaluation links shared

    2:30 p.m.            Adjourn

     

    QUESTIONS?
    Contact Wendi Moss at wmoss@need.org or
    call 1-800-875-5029


  • 08/15/2020 7:57 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Virginia Academy of Science Mentorship Assistance Program

    If you are a high school teacher with an interest in having a mentor work with your class, please fill out the form found at: https://secure4.hsc.edu/forms/view.php?id=116443


  • 08/10/2020 8:03 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Deadline Approaching for The Teaching of Geology Mini-grant Proposal

    The reviewers are looking for proposals that will result in more hands-on activities, and a better understanding of the importance of geologic resources, and/or geologic principles.

    All K-12 educators, public and private, are eligible to apply.

    Deadline is August 20.

    Click here for more information.

  • 07/30/2020 1:19 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Summer Edition of The Science Educator Is Now Available

    In this issue, dedicated to the November PDI, you will discover:

    • unique experiences being planned;
    • the schedule at-a-glance;
    • exciting keynote speakers;
    • a wide variety of presentations on every level; and,
    • details on over 120 live and prerecorded sessions!

    Click here to download your copy.

  • 07/25/2020 2:36 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)
    Last year the Virginia Academy of Science launched a new outreach effort in which mentors recruited from the Commonwealth’s colleges, universities, and research centers worked long-term with students in high school classrooms on a research project of local interest.  For 2020-21, there will be a strong need for supporting K-12 classrooms across the Commonwealth that will be suffering from uncertainty about the ability to meet in person and to work on science projects. To that end, we are looking to recruit both mentors (grad students, postdocs, instructors, scientists, etc.) and high school teachers who would like their students to participate in a virtually-driven long-term research project.  To do this, we would like to offer high school instructors the opportunity to either do a project of local interest or to participate in a “Citizen Science” type initiative in which their class will work with others across the Commonwealth and (sometimes) the nation in the collection and analysis of data. 

    If you might be interested in serving as a mentor in this project, please fill out the form found at: https://secure4.hsc.edu/forms/view.php?id=117158 

    If you are a high school teacher with an interest in having a mentor work with your class, please fill out the form found at: https://secure4.hsc.edu/forms/view.php?id=1164432
  • 07/10/2020 2:12 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Reminder! The deadline to submit an article for winter 2020 JVSE publication is fast approaching.  Articles are due by July 31! The theme is Science: An Opportunity to Improve Students' Literacy Skills. We welcome manuscripts focused on this important topic but welcome contributions on any topic. The journal accepts manuscripts that fall within one of three categories: Lesson Activities, Research, and Sharing Solutions. Guidelines for each of these categories are described on the journal homepage. If you have any questions please feel free to email Amanda Gonczi, journal editor, at journal@vast.org.

  • 07/01/2020 5:44 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    The latest edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of Virginia Science Education is now available to read and download. Member login required. 

  • 06/15/2020 7:02 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Academy of Integrated Science at Virginia Tech is hosting a Virtual Nanoscience Professional Development Workshop for High School Teachers!  The workshop is FREE and classroom kits will be mailed to each teacher participant.  Virtual activities will take place the weeks of July 6th, July 13th, July 20th, and July 27th.  We hope that you can come! 

    Click here to see a flyer with additional details including the registration link.  Learn about nanoscience and how you can add it into YOUR classroom activities!

    Please let me know if you have any questions and I hope to see you (virtually) this summer!

    Thanks so much,

    Charlotte Parks

    Academic Advisor and Recruiter

    Academy of Integrated Science

    Hahn Hall South, Suite 2108, 800 West Campus Drive Blacksburg, VA 24061

    540-231-8131

    crobrtz@vt.edu

  • 06/11/2020 12:44 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Dear Elementary Mathematics & Science Educators:

    Since January, Sabrina and I have been planning our summer research study focusing on how mathematics and/or science teachers have made decisions based on the updated mathematics and science standards. We invite your participation by sharing your knowledge and expertise about your approach to professional development by completing our Google form survey.  Below, you will find the link to the questions. We anticipate the survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. All responses will be analyzed as a group so that individual confidentiality will be maintained.

    Our overall research question:

    Deeper Learning: How do elementary mathematics and science teachers acquire strategies and content knowledge to promote student success?

    Deeper learning:

    For the purpose of this study, we are using the description of deeper learning to include:

    “...experiences equipping students with the skills to find, analyze, and apply knowledge in new and emerging contexts and situations, and prepare them for college, work, civic participation … and lifelong learning in a fast-changing and information-rich world.” (Darling-Hammond & Oakes, 2019 p.4)

    https://forms.gle/dTgx28EUXBykp4Z19

    We appreciate your questionnaire response by Friday, June 19th

    At the end of the survey, you will have an opportunity to continue dialogue on this topic by signing up for one of our  "virtual chats" with other teachers who have similar interests in elementary mathematics & science education. Participants who complete the survey and participate in our "virtual chat" forums, will receive a $15 Panera lunch voucher.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Cheryl Lindeman, Assistant Professor of Education

    clindeman@randolphcollege.edu

    Sabrina Johnson, Elementary Education Major Class of 2021



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