When we began the year, one of our goals was to provide more professional content for VAST members. Then came the challenge of the pandemic and we rose to the occasion by transitioning the annual PDI to a virtual format. That gave us a unique opportunity that we think you will appreciate and be able to use throughout 2021 and beyond!
Prior to the PDI, keynote speakers and presenters shared videos and pdfs. During the PDI, all the Zoom presentations were recorded in both video and audio files, chats were transcribed, and some presenters provided pdfs.
Even if you weren’t able to attend the PDI, or you did attend but missed an interesting sounding presentation, we have created a comprehensive web page with all the files organized for easy access. From this page VAST members can access all instructional materials including, video and audio recordings and pdfs from the 2020 virtual PDI!
Need points for recertification or just want to expand your science knowledge or instructional pedagogy, there are over 120 presentations to explore across a wide range of science disciplines and levels. To learn more, VAST members go to: www.vast.org/2020pdipresentations/
We are pleased to publish the Winter 2020 issue of the Journal of Virginia Science Education, which is available to VAST members on the website. Additionally, JVSE invites pre-service and in-service teachers, school administrators, science education faculty, and informal science educators to submit papers for the Summer 2021 issue of JVSE. The theme is Strategies to Support Learning the Age of COVID-19 and we’d love for you to share lesson activities, solutions, and research associated with all you’ve learned over the past year! Submissions unrelated to the theme are also welcome!!! Submissions due March 1, 2021 and the Summer issue will be published July 1, 2021. Winter break is a great time to reflect on your practice over the previous semester! If you have questions, please reach out to Amanda Gonczi and Jenn Maeng, journal co-editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member download: https://vast.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/JVSEv13n2Winter2020.pdf
Check out the latest issue of The Science Educator.
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!
October 30, 2020
Virtual WorkshopZoom details will be provided closer to workshop date
HOW CAN YOU ATTEND?Click and complete your registration!
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
FOR THE ATTENDEES:
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 email@example.com or
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
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.
The Summer Edition of The Science Educator Is Now Available
In this issue, dedicated to the November PDI, you will discover:
Click here to download your copy.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The latest edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of Virginia Science Education is now available to read and download. Member login required.
Virginia Association of Science Teachers