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  • 27 Feb 2020 7:44 AM | Julie Casey (Administrator)

    Nutrients For Life Foundation (Plant and Soil Science)

    www.h2knowlearning.org 

    The H2Know case study invites you to investigate a water quality issue in Lake Erie. Here, you will gather information about the problem, consider potential contributors and environmental factors, review data and research happening in the field, and engage in discussions and activities related to effective solutions that will improve the water quality of Lake Erie.


    www.nutrientsforlife.org

    The Nutrients for Life Foundation was formed in 2004 by leaders in the fertilizer industry with the belief that developing solutions to sustainably feed the world begins with educating the next generation of innovators and decision makers. In 2017, we impacted 4.9 million students with our educational resources. 


  • 13 Dec 2019 10:33 AM | Julie Casey (Administrator)

    The Linking Science & Literacy for All Learners program is accepting applications from teachers of 6th-8th grade Life Science, English Language Arts and Special Education for its 2020-2021 cohort.

    Visit their website for program information and the application link: https://scienceandliteracy.missouri.edu/

    To apply, use this link: https://missouri.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0SsVYTUSlMiI6rP

  • 13 Dec 2019 10:13 AM | Julie Casey (Administrator)

    This will be the 8th year that Missouri middle school students have a qualifying competition with the winning team receiving an all-expenses paid trip to compete in at the National Science Bowl sponsored by the United States Department of Energy and hosted in Washington D.C. 

    Here is the link to register teams:  https://science.osti.gov/wdts/nsb/Regional-Competitions/Middle-School-Regionals.  Registration is $30 per team (4 or 5 students) and include everything for the competition, a shirt, meal, invite to the practice scrimmage and all the activities we have on the competition day.

    • This year we are launching two new programs to help coaches defray costs and prepare the students for the competition.  The first program is the Buzzer Kit Lending which allows a registered team to check out our competition grade buzzer kits for practice or local scrimmages.  More details on this program is attached.
    • Our second program is the Travel Reimbursement program which helps offset costs for teams traveling more than 2 hours to the competition on February 22nd.  More details on this program is attached.
    • This year's Missouri Middle School Science Bowl will be held on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 at Washington University.
    • For teams that are registered by January 3rd, you will be invited to the Scrimmage event that will be held in the evening on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 at the Bayer Crop Science's campus (formerly Monsanto headquarters).
  • 13 Dec 2019 9:03 AM | Julie Casey (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce and welcome our newly elected STOM board officers:

    President-Elect - Olga Hunt

    High School Director - Lisa Reid

    Informal Science Director - Jan Weaver

    Pre-service Director - Laura Schisler

    Region 2 Director - Erin Snelling

    Region 4 Director - Tricia Hinton

    Region 6 Director - Marteen Nolan

    Congratulations and welcome aboard!

  • 22 Oct 2019 8:20 AM | Julie Casey (Administrator)

    Each summer the AMTA sponsors face-to-face workshops across the United States and the world.  Summer workshops are typically 2-3 weeks in duration in order to thoroughly treat the pedagogy and content for a typical STEM course, and to have a transformative effect upon the classrooms of our teacher participants.  Content addressed includes approximately one semester of a typical high school physics, chemistry, physical science, biology or middle school course. The 2020 Modeling Workshops are already getting posted on the website, as soon as we hear about a new workshop, we will add it.  

    https://modelinginstruction.org/professional-development/upcoming-workshops/summer-2020/

    AMTA offers a variety of distance learning courses based on members’ interests and requests. We also offer opportunities for non-Modelers to learn about Modeling Instruction through introductory courses.  Past distance learning courses include: Introduction to Modeling, Mechanics, Chemistry II, Electricity & Magnetism, and Advanced Modeling Instruction.  Distance learning can be taken to gain knowledge about the pedagogy, to learn and/or strengthen content knowledge, or to further improve your teaching practices. After the success of the last few years’ distance learning courses, we are adding 3 courses to the spring 2020 line-up.  

    *Participants may earn graduate credits through university partners for an additional fee

    · Intro to Modeling, a 15 week course hosted on Tuesday evenings 7-10 pm EST

    For details and registration: 

    https://www.eweblife.com/prm/AMTA/calendar/event?event=2125


    · Advanced Topics for Middle School Modeling, a 5-week course hosted on Wednesday evenings from 7-10 pm EST

    For details and registration: 

    https://www.eweblife.com/prm/AMTA/calendar/event?event=2126


    · Electricity & Magnetism Modeling course, a 15 week course hosted on Thursday evenings from 7-10 pm EST

    For details and registration: 

    https://www.eweblife.com/prm/AMTA/calendar/event?event=2123


    Wendy Hehemann

    American Modeling Teachers Association

    Workshop and Outreach Coordinator

    wendy@modelinginstruction.org  gheheman@asu.edu

    www.modelinginstruction.org 480-854-4764

    https://tinyurl.com/give2AMTA

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  • 14 Oct 2019 8:52 AM | Julie Casey (Administrator)

    Hi there,

    I’m Emma from Point to Point Education. We help teachers find teaching positions in Asia and the UK! I taught in England for a year and had the best experience, professionally and personally! I have full-time teaching contracts available for 2020 and skype interviews are happening now. We work for free for teachers, so if you’re wanting some more information just email me your phone number and I can give you a quick call to have a chat about the jobs/locations/schools/interviews and how it all works. I can also skype with you if you would prefer.    

    You can see a first hand account of what it’s like teaching overseas…check out Sally’s video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JykKdEFKj2E&t=3s.

    Kind regards,

    Emma Liddell

  • 14 Oct 2019 8:41 AM | Julie Casey (Administrator)

    Science Coach, the region’s leading supporter for curious students and their maverick research teachers, is pleased to invite you to the premier FREE educator professional development workshop: Innovation to Entrepreneurship presented by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)Jorge Valdes and Juan Valentin, Program Advisors to the Office of Education and Outreach of the USPTO, will lead a two-day workshop that will:

    • Increase your own awareness and understanding about the role of Intellectual Property (IP). 

    • Learn strategies for integrating IP information into STEM/STEAM curriculum. 

    • Motivate students with real-world innovation models for classroom instruction and learning. 

    • Empower students to capitalize on their own creativity. 

    The event opens with a special presentation by Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO.

    K-12 STEM Educators (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Computer & Art teachers, Counselors, and Administrators will all benefit from this exciting event. Attendance for both days will enable you to receive a certificate of professional development participation from Science Coach. Lunch will be provided both days. 

    The workshop will be held in the Assembly room at the Innovation Hall at Cortex, 4220 Duncan Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110.

    The first 60 attendees will be able to register for the workshop. All others will be waitlisted. Register ASAP by going to:

     http://sciencecoach-uspto.eventbrite.com?s=110474935 and feel free to share this with your colleagues.

    To learn more about Science Coach and its offerings for students and teachers please visit: ScienceCoach.org

    For questions regarding the event, please email Jill@ScienceCoach.org .

    We look forward to seeing you soon!

    Jill Malcom

    Program Director

    Science Coach, A program of BioSTL

    Jill@ScienceCoach.org

    314-472-3302

    ScienceCoach.org

  • 26 Sep 2019 7:56 AM | Julie Casey (Administrator)

    Due to low registration and enrollment, the STOM Board of Directors has chosen to cancel this year's fall conference scheduled for October 18-19 in Camdenton.

    Please look for STOM at the 2020 Interface Conference in February at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. There will be wonderful professional development available, as well as opportunities to network and collaborate with other science educators from around the state.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and hope that you will join us at Interface in February.

    Clara E. Bennion

    Science Teacher, Camdenton High School

    President - 2019

    Science Teachers of Missouri




  • 17 Aug 2019 9:31 AM | Julie Casey (Administrator)

    I. David Rosenstein has introduced the launch of a new blog titled Electrifying America. It can be found at https://electrifyingamerica.com.  

    This site is his retirement hobby after working 40 years in the electric industry. It is free for anyone to use and he does not accept advertising dollars.  

    During his working years, he found that many well meaning people wanted to effect change in the electric industry such as advocating for lower rates or for reduced emissions. However, those efforts were often ineffective because the advocates did not fully understand the background of electric service and the electric industry. He created Electrifying America in the hopes of providing that background. 

    Each post in Electrifying America is a short description of a different aspect of electric service or the electric industry. Most of the posts include additional explanations through YouTube videos as well as links to more in depth material on the subject matter.

    As a teaching tool, he has included a page titled Electric Industry Tutorials. These tutorials assemble the posts into the following three modules: 

    Module 1 is titled “The History of the Electric Industry.” In that Module he has included the following posts: “The Electric Current War,” “What is an Electric Utility?”  “Determining Just and Reasonable Rates,” “Senator George Norris vs. Henry Ford – Prelude to Federal Hydropower,” “The Rural Electrification Act Brings Electricity to America’s Farms” and “Government Oversight After the 2003 Northeast Power Blackout.”

    Module 2 is titled “The Current Status of the Electric Industry.”  In that Module he has included the following posts: “The Watts, Volts, Amps and Ohms Post” “Who Controls the Electric Transmission Grid?” “Remote Central Station Generation Stations,” “The Nuclear Industry Headed in Two Directions,” “Electricity Sales in a Power Market,” “Protecting the Grid Against Cyber Attack” and “So You Want to Build a Wind Farm Project”.   

    Module 3 is titled “The Future of the Electric Industry.” In that Module he has included the following posts: “Distributed Generation – an Old Idea Reconsidered,” “Is the Utility Death Spiral for Real?” “Is a Carbon Tax the Answer to Climate Change?” “Could Increased Electric Usage be the Answer to Climate Change?” “What is a Smart Grid?” and “What is a Micro grid?”

    At the conclusion of each of these Modules he has included a series of Study Questions.

    While he hopes that this blog is useful for anyone seeking a better understanding of the electric industry, he believes that it should be especially useful for science teachers and their students. 

    He is already planning additional posts, however, he is hoping to receive feedback from readers that will suggest additional topics and help him make this even more useful.

  • 03 Aug 2019 1:10 PM | Julie Casey (Administrator)


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