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From the Field: Events and Opportunities, November 10, 2020

By Debra Shapiro

From the Field: Events and Opportunities, November 10, 2020

Grades K–12

American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Courses, Special Offer

In this special one-time opportunity, the AMS Education Program is waiving all course fees for the first 25 participants who are successfully matched to a mentor team for each of its three online Spring 2021 DataStreme courses (75 total). Approved participants will still earn three accredited graduate credits per course. DataStreme courses can help teachers leverage real-time data in their classrooms, advance their careers, inspire their students, and become science leaders in their schools and communities. Teachers can complete the DataStreme Interest Form to be matched with a mentor for the spring semester.

National Drone Safety Awareness Week

Each year the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) organizes this event to educate the public on drone safety and integrate these new technologies into the airspace. This year, FAA will celebrate during November 16-22. FAA has established a Virtual Art Exhibit and is inviting students of all ages to participate. Help the FAA showcase how drones are changing the way we learn, work, and live by encouraging students to electronically submit an 8- by 12-inch poster depicting one of the suggested themes. Students can have their artistic depiction of a drone-related theme displayed in the Virtual Student Art Gallery. Teachers can visit Drone@Home for activities and lesson plans.
On November 20 at 4 p.m., Beyond Unmanned, a new YouTube channel focusing on global education and outreach on unmanned systems and emerging technologies, will present Beyond Unmanned–In the Classroom. The topic will be using drones in STEM education.

Elementary Through High School

ROADS on Asteroids Challenge  

The challenge gives student teams in grades 3–12 a chance to tackle a mission to the asteroids. Teams will plan and simulate a mission to the “snowman” feature on the asteroid Vesta. The mission will include an impactor from height onto the surface, drone landing and takeoff, and robotic navigation across potentially hazardous surfaces to look for the building blocks for life. You can use ROADS on Asteroids with your students in three ways:

  • 2020–2021 national student challenge—Register your team and complete the Mission Objectives at the same time as hundreds of other teams across the United States. Top teams will win prizes! (Deadline November 20)
  • Course curriculum—Educators can incorporate ROADS on Asteroids as a hands-on module in their curriculum. Use the full set of the Companion Course units and lessons, or select just a few relevant to your curriculum. Registering a team for the 2020–2021 student challenge is encouraged, but not required. 
  • Summer program—ROADS activities can be used for summer camps! In early 2021, expect an announcement regarding summer camps—including updates on whether in-person summer camps will be allowed, virtual summer camps as an alternative, and professional development trainings for summer camp educators.

Elementary

National Geographic Explorer Classroom: The Power of Maps

Celebrate Geography Awareness week with Lydia Gibson on November 16 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. Gibson works in the dense rainforests of Jamaica, where she uses maps as a tool to understand the environment, save species, fight climate change, and record stories. Join her for a look at what maps can do! This virtual event is for students ages 4–8.

Elementary and Middle Level

The Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grants   

The Herb Society of America awards grants to public and private school teachers of grades 3–6 with classes of a minimum of 15 students. The society will award 10 $300 grants to establish indoor or outdoor herb gardens. The funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plant trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, and so on. (Deadline December 1)

Middle Level

NMLSTA Webinar: Zombie Apocalypse and Body of Evidence  
    
The National Middle Level Science Teachers Association (NMLSTA) and the NSTA Middle Level Teaching Committee will hold this webinar on November 17 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. Join Texas Instruments (TI) for an inside look at the STEM Behind Hollywood series. TI and consultants from the National Academy of Sciences’ Science & Entertainment Exchange design STEM Behind Hollywood activities to spark students’ interest in STEM careers. Attendees can receive the Texas Instruments teacher software following the webinar. Additionally, they will learn how to access the free resources from TI to assist in STEM education.

Middle Level and High School

School of Rock Virtual Workshop and Professional Development Series 
        
Explore the cutting-edge 2050 Framework for Scientific Ocean Drilling that will guide the next 30 years of scientific ocean drilling research. From November 30, 2020, to February 15, 2021, participants will work with a group of highly motivated, creative, and enthusiastic educators from all walks of life on individual projects to adapt and curate existing International Ocean Discovery Program educational materials. Participants can receive $500-$1,000 upon completion of the project.
Middle and high school educators (classroom or informal science) with an interest in and enthusiasm for Earth science, a desire to learn more about scientific ocean drilling, and a willingness to work on educational materials for the next generation of science teachers and students should apply. Educators who are familiar with and serve underrepresented audiences in the Earth sciences will receive preference. (Deadline November 16)   

Toshiba America Foundation Science and Math Improvement Grants 

The foundation seeks to improve the quality of U.S. science and mathematics education by investing in projects designed by classroom teachers. Grants of less than $5,000 are available. Previously funded projects include materials for the hands-on study of environmental science issues, the implementation of innovative mathematics curricula, and equipment for a teacher-designed astronomy curriculum. (Deadline December 1)

High School

NSHSS Diversity Initiatives Grant 
   
This $1,000 grant opportunity from the National Society of High School Scholars is for educators who serve in rural areas and/or diverse student populations or are actively promoting diversity and inclusion initiatives in their school or greater community. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, field trips, or other resources to enhance the delivery of courses. Any high school teacher currently employed at a public or private high school in the United States or internationally may apply. (Deadline December 1)

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