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From the Field: Events and Opportunities, September 29, 2020

By Debra Shapiro

From the Field: Events and Opportunities, September 29, 2020

High School

Schrödinger’s Class: Quantum for High School Teachers

Learn how to teach quantum in your high school class, and gain the tools to do it from this free online workshop series taking place November 30 to December 4. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Schrödinger’s Class 2020 will be held as a series of online micro-workshops, geared toward lessons that can be implemented both in person and virtually. Registration is open to all interested teachers, but space is limited. Early registration offer—Teachers located in Canada and the United States who apply by October 23 are eligible to receive a free quantum educational materials kit, shipped at no charge, while quantities last. Previous Schrödinger's Class attendees also may apply. (Final application deadline—November 13)


Elementary, Middle, and High School

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest   

A Rube Goldberg Machine accomplishes a simple task in the most complicated and funniest way possible. In this contest, students of all ages compete with machines that they have imagined, designed, and created. For this year’s task, contestants will build a Rube Goldberg Machine with the final step having the machine "Shake and Pour a Box of NERDS.” Students can register for one of the three divisions: Division Apprentice (ages 8–11), Division I (ages 11–14), and Division II (ages 14–18), and families can enter the new Family Division. The Team Leader (age 18 or older) can sign up on behalf of the student team by entering campaign promotional code NERDS2021 when registering to be one of the first 100 teams that receive free entry admission from NERDS. (Deadline March 3, 2021)

All Grade Levels

Building Representation in Conservation

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) believes that to foster the next generation of STEM and conservation professionals, it is essential to find innovative ways to bring more people into these fields. In this free full-day digital event taking place on October 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, learn how WCS has incorporated diversity, equity and inclusion into its programming. The event will include speakers and panel discussions, as well as breakout groups for discussing strategies and tools for increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom. Teachers can earn 6 Continuing Teacher and Leader Education hours!

NOVA Science Café presents NOVA Science Trivia Night

Join NOVA Science Café with hosts Ralph Bouquet and Gina Varamo on Wednesday, September 30, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time for an evening of trivia inspired by all things science. Test your skill with questions surrounding space, the human body, technology, and more. This free virtual event will feature opportunities for competition, both individually or as a team, as well as prizes for the top three winners. A Zoom link will be sent to the confirmation e-mail. Register here.

Grades K-12

State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants 
State Farm's education funding is directed toward initiatives that support:

  • Academic performance improvement programs that impact K-12 students;
  • Education initiatives that more directly support underserved individuals (13 years and older), helping them enroll in postsecondary education and obtain the skills and credentials they need to be successful in today’s workforce;
  • Service-learning programs that provide students opportunities to connect and apply learning skills from classroom to address unmet needs that exist in their community; and
  • Teacher development programs.

Grant amount requested must be $5,000 or more. (Deadline October 31)

Careers Engineering Environmental Science Equity General Science Inclusion Instructional Materials Life Science News Physics Professional Learning old Science and Engineering Practices STEM Teaching Strategies Technology Middle School Elementary High School Informal Education Postsecondary

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