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From the Field: Events and Opportunities, March 23, 2021

By Debra Shapiro

From the Field: Events and Opportunities, March 23, 2021


Sea Story Time: Marine Science Through Storybooks

University of Delaware Associate Professor Danielle Dixson has taken her scientific research and turned it into books for children. On April 7, Dixson will read aloud her book A Clownfish’s Home Gets Into Hot Water and answer children's questions about marine life. The event is appropriate for children in pre-kindergarten through first grade and is open to individuals, classrooms, education centers, and libraries. Registration is required.

Work Out Your Wild Side Physical Education Challenge 

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is hosting a sweepstakes to encourage teachers and parents to get their kids away from their computer screens and up and moving while learning about species and habitats. Five weeks’ worth of species-themed exercises are on the website and available as downloadable PDFs. Teachers/parents/guardians must complete a form and submit a photo of one reflective journal entry on behalf of their class/family. Each entrant will be entered into a random drawing to receive one grand-prize pack, consisting of one class/family set of Wild Classroom activity books, stickers, and small plush animals, as well as a one-on-one web call with a WWF expert to be scheduled near Endangered Species Day 2021 (May 21). (Deadline for entries: May 14)

Elementary and Middle Level

AGI ExxonMobil Geoscience and STEM Teacher Leadership Academy
This American Geosciences Institute (AGI)/ExxonMobil event will be held virtually on July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 29. It will provide a professional development experience designed to support teachers as they transition to becoming teacher leaders in STEM areas, and especially in Earth and Space Science (ESS) education. Teachers will join with colleagues from around the country for a pre-academy webinar (in early July), and then take part in the six-day academy to share ideas, learn instructional approaches, explore ESS content, and develop skills and techniques for supporting other teachers in STEM education. Funding from ExxonMobil and AGI will allow each selected participant to receive a $500 stipend, plus up to $200 for equipment and supplies upon completion of the academy. Review of applications begins on April 1.                          

Middle Level

nano@stanford Nanoscience Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers  

nano@stanford is holding this virtual institute on June 21–25. Selected teachers will learn the underlying physical concepts in nanotechnology and nanoscience in simple terms, allowing them to enrich their current courses by deepening content understanding and instructional practices. Participants will 

  • Learn about the cutting-edge research at Stanford from guest lectures;
  • Develop customized, NGSS-aligned activities and lesson plans for your classroom; and
  • Receive education credits and a $500 stipend after completing the workshop, along with classroom implementation funding ($300).

(Deadline May 28)  

Middle Level and High School

Workshop on Arctic Feedbacks: Not All Warming Is Equal Curriculum  
In this curriculum, students engage with learning opportunities (virtual reality tours, PhET simulations, and app-based labs) to create explanatory models for the unit’s driving question: Why might the Arctic be warming twice as fast as the rest of the world? Participants will receive a certificate for 10 hours of professional development and an opportunity to purchase a credit from University of Colorado Boulder. The next workshop will take place on April 2 at 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Mountain Time. (Get the full/free curriculum.) Register here.         

FDA Virtual Professional Development Program in Food Science                                     
This free training includes Science and Our Food Supply, a science curriculum focusing on food safety, nutrition, and biotechnology. Middle and high school science, agriculture, Family and Consumer Science, and health educators who are U.S. citizens may apply. Learn how to provide inquiry-based lessons in food science. Training will last for six days: July 12–16 and July 19. The program includes

  • Live food science updates from experts;
  • Supplies to learn and practice techniques taught during live lab demos;
  • Interactive Q&A sessions;
  • Continuing Education Units; and
  • Optional graduate credit         

(Deadline May 15)

AMTA's Summer Modeling Workshops  

The American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) provides professional development and support for science teachers worldwide. The Modeling Method was developed to correct many weaknesses of the lecture-demonstration method of instruction typically seen in STEM classrooms, including the fragmentation of knowledge, student passivity, and the persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world. AMTA aims to promote the use of an instructional strategy known as Modeling Instruction, which builds conceptual understanding, improves classroom discourse, and engages students in the learning process.

AMTA will hold virtual courses this summer; regional hosts will also schedule face-to-face workshops with safety as a top priority. Virtual courses are open for registration. Face-to-face workshop details will be available soon; for a full list with details as they become available, visit

High School

Webinar—Edventures in Google Apps for Chemistry: Introduction Tips and Tricks 
How can Google’s many applications in Google Drive be used in a chemistry or science classroom? This webinar at 7 p.m. on April 6 will cover some of the basics, as well as useful tips for Google Docs, Slides and Forms, and Google Classroom. The presenter, Tina Sabatello, is a Google for Education Certified Trainer who has been teaching all levels of chemistry.   

American Chemical Society-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant  

These grants support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development, and reveal the wonders of chemistry. Chemistry educators teaching in a U.S. or U.S. territory school can request up to $1,500 for their ideas. ACS typically offers grants for

  • Laboratory Equipment and Supplies
  • Instructional Materials
  • Professional Development
  • Student-Conducted Field Studies
  • Student-Led Science Outreach Events

Increase your chances for a proposal that gets funded with resources at (Deadline April 14)   

NSHSS My Virtual Learning Success Story Award      

This award recognizes teachers who were presented with a tough situation and came out successful. Teachers will answer (in 500–800 words) this question: How were you able to be successful with virtual learning? Provide specific examples of the positives of migrating your classrooms online. The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) will distribute five $500 awards to winners. (Deadline April 15)  

CSATS Investigating Morphology of Referenced Primates through History (I-MORPH) Workshop   

Teachers who attend this workshop, scheduled for July 19–23, will participate in several projects in which they investigate relationships between anatomical structures and their functions. In collaboration with Penn State faculty and graduate students in anthropology and education, teachers will learn about research methodologies they can use in their classes. The content will be most applicable for anatomy and physiology, biology, and physics. All participants will receive a $300 stipend for attending the workshop. (Deadline April 18)

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