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Information and news found on this page are from NSSTA Partners and other organizations that have shared information with us to share with our members.  The Nevada State Science Teachers Association (NSSTA) does not claim any ownership or responsibility for any events, workshops, or activities not specifically sponsored by the Nevada State Science Teachers Association (NSSTA). Please contact event organizers for more information.

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  • Monday, November 01, 2021 1:33 PM | Lori Henrickson (Administrator)

    The Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM) is gearing up for a "Darwin Day Roadshow" this February, and we want you to be a part of it!

     

    What is the Darwin Day Roadshow?

    To celebrate Charles Darwin's birthday (February 12th), scientists hit the road to bring evolutionary science to schools and communities. For 2022, we are offering in-person visits in North Carolina* and virtual visits anywhere in the United States.


    Our teams talk to students, teachers, and the general public about their research, career opportunities in science, and why evolutionary science is relevant to everyone. These visits are completely FREE, and we even leave behind a collection of resources to enhance the teaching of evolution in the classroom.

     

    What is a typical Roadshow visit like?

    We work with host teachers (i.e. you!) to design an event that best serves their school and community. There is no "typical" visit; both the topic and format are flexible to meet specific needs.

     

    How do I apply?

    You can learn more about the Roadshow at https://darwindayroadshow.wordpress.com. When you're ready, apply here by the deadline of midnight (EST) on Monday, November 29th, 2021. Since we work with host teachers to plan successful events, we are looking for enthusiastic applicants who will show creativity and initiative in working with us to coordinate the visit.

     

    *Note: We'll be following all relevant COVID-19 guidelines and may be required to switch to virtual visits depending on the pandemic's status in February


    If you have any questions, contact Meredith Spence Beaulieu (meredith.spence.beaulieu@duke.edu). Looking forward to visiting you soon on the Roadshow!


  • Monday, November 01, 2021 1:31 PM | Lori Henrickson (Administrator)

    WestEd, a non-profit educational research agency, would like to invite high school teachers to access a free online peer assessment tool called Peerceptiv (https://www.peerceptiv.com/why-peerceptiv-overview/k-12/). Peerceptiv is a tool that allows students to receive quick and actionable feedback from their peers. The purpose of the study is to test a prototype of the tool and get your feedback about how helpful and useful it is in supporting classroom learning in science.


    WestEd is inviting high school teachers to join a research study that will examine the feasibility of the online peer assessment tool. The study will take place sometime between October through November 2021 (we would schedule a time that works best for you and your students). The benefits of the study are that teachers can use this innovative tool for free during the study. In addition, the tools are based on learning science research that suggests that students' learning is enhanced by engaging in the peer assessment activities, which the tool facilitates. Finally, teachers would receive a stipend of up to $300 for participating in the study.


    If you are interested in learning more about the study, please fill out this interest form: https://airtable.com/shrpJL2i25yWf7O5a . 

    Contact information for participant inquiries: peerceptivstudy@wested.org


  • Monday, October 11, 2021 8:05 AM | Lori Henrickson (Administrator)

    The National Park Service, Nevada Department of Wildlife, and Get Outdoors Nevada are proud to host field trips for schools to support the "Let's Go Fishing! at Lake Mead" program. 

    Get Outdoors Nevada will cover the cost of a charter bus. Students will be taught basic fishing techniques and all about the amazing underwater wildlife at Lake Mead. Students will also earn their Jr. Angler badge!

    All fishing equipment is provided. Fishing is catch and release only. Field trips are scheduled for November 2021.


    See attached document for additional information.  Scan the QR code to sign up, or use the following link: 

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVuI9KBS7v5jJGMq1cGOUdChu8NBcSjV13EgorMaOkhW10lw/viewform


    Some Nevada Academic content standards that could be addressed during this experience are: 

    1-LS1-2.  Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of partners and offspring that help offspring survive.  (students can research the behavior of a chosen animal to determine patterns)

    3-LS4-2.  Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing. 

    MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems. 


    Contact Cheresa Taing at  ctaing@getoutdoorsnevada.org if you have any questions.  



  • Sunday, October 10, 2021 6:14 PM | Lori Henrickson (Administrator)

    The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) is embarking on plans for statewide outreach in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  Our aim is to help provide engaging STEM education, aligned with state science standards, to students in schools and communities across Nevada. 

     

    It is important that we decide which programs we bring, and where to provide them to reach the audience who most needs or wants them, based on feedback from as many teacher, para-educators, principals, and other educator professionals as possible.  What aspects of STEM might you appreciate from outside providers?  What types of outreach programs would be most convenient for your school or most effective in the context of your curriculum?  We hope you’ll take a quick 20 minutes to provide us with your feedback by filling out the attached survey. 

     

    As a thank-you for your valuable time, survey respondents will be entered into a drawing for one of three $100 Amazon gift cards.  Please complete the survey before November 15 so that your feedback can be included in our planning efforts!  To amplify your assistance to The Discovery’s outreach efforts, it would be most helpful if you’d also share this survey with other teachers (including those not in the sciences!) at your school or in your network.

     

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NDM_Educator_Survey

     

    Thank you for helping us help our schools through STEM education,

     

    Regards,

    The Discovery

     


  • Friday, October 01, 2021 8:33 AM | Lori Henrickson (Administrator)

    A film screening of Pioneers in Skirts hosted by BIG and Digital's Cinema Learning Challenge and the Nevada Affiliate of NCWIT(National Center for Women & IT) in celebration of the International Day of the Girl.


    The event is open to the public, however you must sign-up in order to attend. 
    All attendees will receive popcorn, water/soda, and candy. Limited tickets available!  


    Click the link to register:  https://bit.ly/pioneer-oct9


    All current health and safety protocols must be followed.

    Snehal Bhakta


    CTE Administrator

    @Snehalstocks





  • Friday, October 01, 2021 8:29 AM | Lori Henrickson (Administrator)

    This year DRI is once again bringing back Lazy Lou with the EnergySmart Education Theater Program thanks to our grant from Southwest Gas Corporation.  

    Performances will be offered virtually to ensure the safety of the students, staff, and performers as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 situation. The focus is on 2nd and 3rd grade classes in areas that receive service from Southwest Gas Corporation.

     

    The 15-minute pre-recorded video performance will tell the story of Lazy Lou, who is so lazy that he is a perpetual energy waster. Luckily, he meets a group of scientists who help him understand the importance of conserving energy. Together they help Lazy Lou become a more thoughtful and efficient consumer of energy.

     

    Important Information: Our goal is to schedule at least 20 virtual performances through the teachers’ Google Meeting platform that can be projected in individual classrooms or run on individual Chromebooks. Following the pre-recorded video will be a Q&A with one of the actors. The total time with the video and Q&A will be approximately 30-40 minutes. Available timeslots can be found HERE and are offered on the hour throughout the week. If allowed by the teachers/school, it would be ideal to schedule multiple classes at once and have them all be in the same Google Meet. This way we can include as many classes as possible within our limited timeslots.

     

    We also have some supplemental material to provide to the classrooms, as well as an online survey for the teachers to provide feedback on this energy conservation program.

     

    Performances will be held October 18-22, 2021.

     

    We are excited to share this with you and look forward to seeing you in one of our performances!

     

    Thank you,

     

    Shawna Witt (she/they)
    STEM Programs Manager
    Desert Research Institute
    755 E Flamingo Road
    Las Vegas, NV 89119
    Shawna.Witt@dri.edu


  • Friday, October 01, 2021 8:27 AM | Lori Henrickson (Administrator)

    See flyer for more information

  • Friday, October 01, 2021 8:25 AM | Lori Henrickson (Administrator)

    The Conservation District of Southern Nevada invites all public, private and home schooled students in grades K – 12 to participate in the annual National Association of Conservation Districts 2021 Poster Contest with the theme “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities.”  See the attached documents and the links below for tips, rules, required consent form, and additional information. 

    • Grade level categories include K - 1; 2 - 3; 4 - 6; 7 - 9; 10 - 12.  
    • Entries and signed entry forms need to be submitted to the Conservation District of Southern Nevada at cdsouthernnevada@gmail.com no later than 27 October 2021.
    • Entries and signed entry forms must be submitted digitally as photographs or scanned copies in a JPEG format.
    • One selection will be made in each grade group to be submitted to the Nevada State Association of Conservation Districts and one selection in each grade group at the state level will be sent to the National Association of Conservation Districts.
    • Please make sure the student name, parent/guardian name, parent/guardian email and phone number, and all other information are clear and legible on the entry form.
    • For the School/Group/Organization section please enter the school name (or home-schooled) and the contact (teacher or parent) information.


    The Conservation District of Southern Nevada will provide a TBD award for the selected posters and they will also be posted on their website cdsn.org. For additional questions, contact Mark Damron with the Conservation District.  Email: mdamron@yahoo.com 


    Apologies for the late notice but we just received this information on Monday.

    ·        Main page with contest resources: https://www.nacdnet.org/general-resources/stewardship-and-education-materials/contests/ Scroll down to the 2021 information.

    ·        Educational materials that can accompany the poster competition: https://www.nacdnet.org/general-resources/stewardship-and-education-materials/2021-healthy-forests-healthy-communities/

    ·        Store for free downloads on materials mentioned in the above link: https://www.nacdnet.org/store/


    Mark Damron

    Supervisor, Conservation District of Southern Nevada


  • Friday, October 01, 2021 8:24 AM | Lori Henrickson (Administrator)

    Elementary Students In Nevada May Enter Starting Oct. 1

    Elementary school children in grades K-6 across Nevada are invited to participate in the Stormwater Pollution Awareness Poster Contest Oct. 1-15 to honor Stormwater Pollution Awareness month this October.

    Clark County Water Quality has teamed up with the Nevada Department of Transportation, Southern Nevada Water Authority, and the LV Wash Coordination Committee to raise awareness around the fact that in Nevada, anything that goes down the storm drain goes directly into local waterways without treatment.

    See attached flyer and the website linked below for full information.  Entries will be accepted Oct. 1 – 15th, and the winners will be selected on October 22nd. The posters will be featured in a 2022 calendar with the first-place poster appearing as the cover art. Winners will also receive swag bags and 10 copies of the 2022 calendar for family and friends. Calendars will be distributed to participating elementary schools across the state.

    All art must be drawn by hand (not computer-generated) in permanent marker, crayon or paint on an 11x17 piece of paper.

    Submissions may be submitted physically, or via a photograph or scan,  digitally at  dot.nv.gov/postercontest.


     

     

    Sara M. Gedo

    Clark County Water Quality

    Clark County Water Reclamation District

    5857 E. Flamingo Road

    Las Vegas, NV 89122-5507

    Email: sgedo@cleanwaterteam.com

    phone:  (702) 668-8664



  • Friday, October 01, 2021 8:22 AM | Lori Henrickson (Administrator)

    Please see flyer below

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