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From the Field: Events and Opportunities, October 27, 2020

By Debra Shapiro

From the Field: Events and Opportunities, October 27, 2020

Elementary

Strategies for Integrating Climate Science Into the Elementary Classroom  

This webinar will provide strategies for elementary teachers to integrate climate science into their classroom. Teachers will explore how to break down this complex and controversial topic, teach it across disciplines, make it culturally relevant, use it to inspire curiosity, and motivate students to develop climate change solutions. Watch it on November 4 at 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time (United States and Canada).

Middle Level

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum STEM in 30 Program

STEM in 30 is produced by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. New episodes are released every month, followed by an Air and Space Live Chat, during which you and your students can tune in live at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and ask Smithsonian’s experts your questions. The next episode, International Space Station, will be released on November 5, with a live chat on November 12.

High School

Using Virtual Learning to Foster Creativity in Chemistry  
    
Eric Nash is an artist, green chemistry leader, and high school teacher who brings his drawing into the classroom through creating coloring books, DIY paper models, and hands-on green chemistry labs. While transitioning to 100% virtual teaching, he uses COVID examples and critical-thinking challenges to promote student collaboration and exploration. On November 10 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Nash will share ready-to-use direct-to-student videos, lesson plans, and print out models for online learning. Hear about his solutions to teaching chemistry virtually, and how art plays a role in communicating complex concepts.  

College/University

The Virtual Science Lab: Defining Cell Types by Their Electrophysiology 

In this webinar on November 12 at 10:30–11:45 a.m. Pacific Time, you’ll learn how to use an open lesson plan, Defining Cell Types by Their Electrophysiology. It uses data resources from the Allen Institute for Brain Science to teach concepts related to electrophysiology and gene expression. In this lesson, students conduct a short virtual lab using open data from the Allen Cell Types Database and analyze that data using Python. The lesson plan and virtual lab are intended for college instructors teaching intermediate to advanced courses related to neuroscience, genetics, and computer science.

Grades K–College

Virtual STEM Workshop Series for Educators  

The VIRTUAL Inspire Educators Workshops series is designed to inspire and equip K–12 educators currently teaching in a public, private, or charter/magnet school with the most current and innovative STEM learning tools for the classroom. Industry leaders will share their STEM perspectives and resources while implementing realistic teaching models. The online event will consist of four educator-focused workshops taking place over two consecutive days (two workshops per day). Attendees who participate during the livestream on November 18 and 19 at 3–5 pm Eastern Time will be able to submit questions to workshop presenters. On-demand viewing will be available immediately following the livestream.          

National Geographic’s COVID-19 Remote Learning Emergency Fund for Educators  

This fund will distribute support ranging from U.S. $1,000–$8,000 to individual educators (or to an individual educator working in collaboration with other educators or National Geographic Explorers) to design instructional resources that help educators effectively teach science, social studies, and/or geography in remote or hybrid learning environments. Priority for this opportunity will be given to educators working in communities that have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, and who have not previously received National Geographic funding. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A closed Facebook group will provide support for educators.                                           

I Love My Librarian Award Nominations  

The award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. Share how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus, or community. Each year, 10 librarians are selected to receive a $5,000 cash award and $750 for their library in recognition of their outstanding public service. (Deadline November 9)

Dreyfus Foundation Educational Grants

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., funds schools; educational and skills training projects; environmental and wildlife protection activities; museums; community-based nonprofit organizations; cultural, performing, and visual arts programs; hospitals; and programs for youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Applications are being accepted from across the United States. Average award amounts are $1,000–$20,000. (Deadline November 10)
 
Greening Canada’s School Grounds Program 

Tree Canada supports greening projects wherever learning takes place: from elementary schools in Newfoundland to vocational learning centres in British Columbia. The organization aims to green any and all educational institutions across Canada. Up to $3,500 in funding is available per project. (Deadline November 30)        

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