Do you have lesson activity, research article, or solution to share? The Journal of Virginia Science Education, VAST’s peer-reviewed journal, is seeking submissions for upcoming issues. Our next issue will be published July 1, 2020 and the theme is The Outdoor Science Classroom. Manuscripts that do not address this theme are also welcome. Submissions to be considered for this issue are due by March 1, 2020. Please see the website: https://vast.wildapricot.org/Journal for planning templates, submission guidelines, and review criteria. Contact Amanda Gonczi or Jennifer Maeng, co-editors, at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
The Winter Edition of The Science Educator Now Available
In this issue:
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“Programs that Work”
The application deadline has been extended through February 1, 2020
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:
· Science, mathematics concepts, technology, skills, and or processes are the main focal point of the project or program
The application date has been extended through February 1, 2020. Applications 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 February 18, at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, in Henrico, Virginia. Through a generous grant from Dominion Energy, the VMSC will support the travel and lodging of award recipients.
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 email@example.com.
Teacher Appreciation Day and Open House
Saturday, January 25 • 9:30 am – noon
Teacher Appreciation Day is back at the Science Museum of Virginia! Teachers, bring your immediate family, show your school ID and receive FREE general Museum admission for both you and your family! Don’t miss a day of fun that includes our new touring exhibition, Giant Insects.
Make sure to RSVP on Facebook and you’ll get a reminder before the open house.
For more information, contact us at 804.864.1400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCIENCE MUSEUM OF VIRGINIA Teacher Appreciation Day and Open House
The 2019 winter issue of JVSE (member login required) includes four manuscripts each with a very different and unique focus- providing something of interest and value for all readers. As disparate as the articles may seem, they are all concerned with supporting student interest, success, and identity within science through innovative instruction.
The first article, “Do you see what I see? Plant and animals and habitats, oh my!” is a Lesson Activity to support elementary students’ understanding of observations and inferences in science. In the article, “Lights, camera, and a call to action: Women in media help promote science identity in female students” the authors Share a Solution to help teachers foster a science identity among their female students using video. The approach can be used with students of any age. The final articles are both Research Articles that involve high school students. These manuscripts address the oral argumentation abilities of students with disabilities and cross-disciplinary impacts of students’ math identity, respectively. Together, the articles comprising the winter 2019 issue of JVSE provide a variety of practical options that teachers and administrators can add to their toolboxes when designing and implementing science programs.
Connecting Educators with Engaging
Region 2- Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Day
When:Saturday, December 7, 2019
Where:National Institute of Aerospace (NIA)
100 Exploration Way
Hampton, VA 23666
What will be offered:
Training from National Geographic Society, Geo-Inquiry Process and Phase 1 Certification
Engineering Activities for Science Classrooms using NASA eClips™ Resources
Minute-to-Win-It Science Edition
Cost: $5 per attendee
Click here to register.
Space is limited: Contact Becky Schnekser email@example.com
Check out the new Facebook Page for VAST Region 2: https://www.facebook.com/vastregion2
Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides the following FREE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities for Virginia high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12. Each of these programs also hires a cadre of educators to help grade student work. We are hoping that you can help to spread the word about these same opportunities to your colleagues and students:
FREE NASA OPPORTUNITIES FOR VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND TEACHERS!
Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides the following FREE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities for Virginia high school students in grades 10 through 12. Please review each page for information on the teachers that we hire each year.
Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) – Online course for 10th grade students focusing on missions flown or managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, with a week-long summer academy program at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. http://vsgc.odu.edu/spacecoast/
11TH AND 12TH GRADE
Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) – Online course for 11th and 12th grade students focusing on NASA’s human spaceflight missions and the Journey to the Moon and on to Mars with a week-long summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center. Students can earn up to four free dual enrollment college credits. http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/
11TH AND 12TH GRADE
Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) – This interactive online earth system science course for 11th and 12th grade students features NASA scientific research and data. Students can earn up to five dual enrollment college credits and can also be selected to attend a summer academy program at NASA Langley Research Center. http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS
Our online course applications are OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 10th for 10th – 12th grade students to apply. Each program also hires a cohort of Master Teachers to grade student work. Please refer to each program’s website for details on becoming a paid Master Teacher!
Early Bird registration has been extended to October 20. Click here to register.
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