Professional Development and Student Opportunities
Vernal Pool Teacher Workshop
Bull Run Mountains Conservancy invites elementary, middle, and high school teachers to a day-long Vernal Pools workshop. Vernal pools are temporary bodies of fresh water that provide important habitat for many species. The workshop will focus on vernal pools and the amphibian life that uses these small fishless bodies of water to reproduce. The workshop will include:
- Ecology and common species of Virginia’s vernal pools
- A hands-on opportunity to construct a vernal pool
- Each teacher will be provided instructional materials on vernal pool habitats in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, a net for sampling ephemeral wetlands, and a booklet describing the process of constructing a vernal pool.
Two one-day workshops will be held:
- Friday, July 19th, 9am - 4pm
- Friday, August 9th, 9am - 4pm
Each session will be capped at 10 participants. Due to generous support from the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund, the cost to participants will be only $20/person. Please contact BRMC at 703-753-2631 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or register online at www.brmconservancy.org. Support for this program provided by the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund, generated from the sale of Chesapeake Bay license plates.
Virginia Tech’s Powell River Project Research & Education Center and the Eastern Coal Council are
sponsoring the 18th annual energy education program, “PROJECT COAL TO ELECTRICITY: TEACHING - ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. Coal + Power Plants + Technologies = Clean, Dependable Electricity”, for Science and Earth Science teachers in all states.
The program begins Sunday afternoon, July 7 through Saturday afternoon, July 13, 2013 in Wise, VA at University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Because the course is limited to a maximum of 18 participants, pre-registration is required and must be received by June 1, 2008. There is a $25.00 registration fee that must accompany the application. The fee is non-refundable.
Participants will be awarded a Certificate of Participation for forty (45) professional development hours resulting from this Professional Development Activity during the closing ceremony on Friday afternoon. Click here for more information and to apply.
LUNAR WORKSHOPS FOR EDUCATORS!
Sponsored by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission
Session 1: June 24-28, 2013
Session 2: July 8-12, 2013
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
Grade 6–9 science teachers are invited to attend one of two free workshops focused on lunar science, exploration, and how our understanding of the Moon is evolving with the new data from current and recent lunar missions. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has allowed scientists to measure the coldest known place in the Solar System, map the surface of the Moon in unprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence of recent lunar geologic activity, characterize the radiation environment around the Moon and its potential effects on future lunar explorers – and much, much more!
Workshop participants will learn about these and other recent discoveries, reinforce their understanding of lunar science concepts, gain tools to help address common student misconceptions about the Moon, interact with lunar scientists and engineers, work with LRO data, and learn how to bring these data and information to their students using hands-on activities aligned with grade 6-9 National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks.
Workshop participants will have the opportunity to tour the LRO Mission Operation Center and the Goddard spacecraft testing facilities.
For more information and to register, visit: http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/
UVa Electricity and Magnetism Summer Program July 8 - July 19, 2013
Funded by Virginia Department of Education
Calling all middle and high school physical science teachers! Check out this great opportunity - it's just for you!
- Attend a ten-day summer workshop at the US Department of Energy's Jefferson Laboratory in Newport News, Virginia.
- Complete 15 hands-on electricity/magnetism experiments consistent with the Virginia Standards of Learning;
- Participate in 30 hours of pedagogy and enrichment activities with UVa and Jefferson Lab staff;
- Earn 3 credit hours from UVa; and,
- Receive a stipend of $1500, free housing, electricity/magnetism kit with mini VDG, electroscopes, textbooks, HD video camcorder, and free registration for the 2013 VAST PDI.
For more information and deadlines visit: http://people.virginia.edu/~ral5q/classes/UVa-JLab/summer13/
Project CRESST: Enhancing Clinical Research Education for Science Students and Teachers
2013 Academy - July 15 - 19, 2013, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
The CRESST Academy is a Professional Development Academy for Middle and High School Teachers utilizing an innovative curriculum designed to enhance students’ research skills and awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. The Academy combines a week-long summer workshop in the classrooms, labs and facilities of Virginia Commonwealth University with “in your classroom” implementation throughout the fall semester
Presenters: VCU faculty, researchers and staff and CRESST Academy Fellows
More information about Project CRESST may be found at www.cresst.vcu.edu
Dear Virginia Science Educators:
This summer, we are offering a unique learning experience, aimed primarily at prospective teachers of science. Building on the experience of the Field Geology course, we are offering Earth & Environmental Science in Ireland in the same locations. Completion of the course experience and requirements will provide you with six credit hours of elective science credit – three in Geology and three in Biology. The course will take place during the first two weeks in July, preceded by four evening sessions during the spring semester and an overnight camping trip to Dolly Sods Wilderness Area. The two courses will be scheduled as GEOL 501 and BIOL 501, and therefore qualify as graduate credit for certificate renewal.
The course will allow you to explore field applications of Earth science and biology content in a unique field setting – Western Ireland. One of the most picturesque and remote parts of Ireland, Connemara includes Counties Galway and Mayo. The site of the classic movie, “The Quiet Man” and the more recent "The Guard," this area is also noted for a unique combination of geology, ecology, and history that intersects that of the eastern United States of the last 1.1 billion years.
The base site will be the Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre (http://www.petersburg.ie). This site is centrally located to a range of beach, mountain, woodland, lake, and peat bog environments. It is also a focal point for the Celtic history of Ireland. Students will stay in en-suite quad dormitory rooms, with meals provided). On-site attractions include hiking, caving, rock-climbing, and kayaking. Excursions to Galway City, the Aran Islands, Kylemore Abbey, Neolithic and Bronze Age sites, and the Connemara National Park are also part of the course. Costs include tuition (6 credit hours) plus a supplemental fee (approximately $850), as well as airfare to/from Shannon Airport in Ireland.
As this course is specifically designed for teachers, tasks and assignments in the class will be built around a model of pedagogical content knowledge, which provides not only content but also a means and rationale for organizing that content for the learning benefit of others. The class as a whole will interact residents in the area to generate a “Community Atlas”, while at the same time designing and sharing instructional materials on specific topics of their interest. All products will be included in the growing collection of instructional materials for the Joyce Country Geopark, currently under development for this region.
A student that participated in the course in 2011 had this to say about the experience a year later:
"I remember being thrilled about studying abroad because of the awesome adventures, people, food, oh and that thing called school, that I would get to experience in another country, all while earning credit for my undergraduate degree. This trip was so much work and so not what I was expecting. By the end, I was exhausted physically and mentally. However, all those expeditions, field work, research, etc. was going to be used for something greater than I realized; the hopes for future geoparks in Ireland. The experience and trip to Ireland was so meaningful and honestly one of the few times that I felt I learned so much in such little time. It was meaningful 1. because it was so hands on and 2. because we had the pressure of presenting to an audience- not just any audience either! People of community that we would be educating about findings that could be in their own backyards! And now, to think, that our hard work is hanging up as an example for a hopeful future. Amen to being a part of making a (hopeful) difference in the lives of others because of this experience, and also to the continued learning from this trip."
If you would like to learn more about this course, including the specific topics, itinerary, and costs, please visit the Office of International Programs website for the course at http://www.jmu.edu/international/abroad/jmu_ireland_earth.shtml. Please email me at email@example.com if you have any additional questions. Space is limited to 16 students.
Eric J. Pyle, PhD
Department of Geology & Environmental Science
2013 Youth Conservation Camp will be held July 14-20, 2013 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Scholarship opportunities may be available through your local Soil & Water Conservation District. YCC is open to all Virginia high school students enrolled in grades 9-12 during the current school year. To apply, contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District or visit http://vaswcd.org/conservation-camp .