For educators and students who want to get involved in citizen science, the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is available, with teaching activities and resources on soil, air, oceans, weather, and other topics. The Mosquito Habitat Mapper page, for instance, provides materials on mosquito prevention and control, such as a guide to retrieving precipitation data, an educational activity, and lists of resources to learn more about properly identifying and eliminating potential mosquito breeding sites. The GLOBE Observer invites educators and students to make environmental observations that complement NASA satellite observations to help scientists studying Earth and the global environment. Educators may download the GLOBE Observer app..Visit https://observer.globe.gov/ for more information.
The Summer Institute is an annual professional development conference which focuses on classroom-ready, STEM-based educational materials. Workshops feature integrated educational modules and activities for all grade levels developed by some of the nation’s leading research institutions (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, Texas A&M, University of Texas Austin, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Tufts University). Participants will receive training from experts, researchers, and master teachers; resources and materials; breakfast and lunch daily, and CPE credits for each workshop. There is no cost for the Institute. The SI will take place July 23-26, 2018 at the Inn of the Hills Hotel and Conference Center in Kerrville, TX. For more information about workshop descriptions, schedule, and online registration: educators may visit www.k12summerinstitute.org . The FAQ section on the website provides additional information.
The afterschool environment is the perfect setting for offering math enrichment experiences. The AfterSchool Guide for Math Games offers games and activities that not only engage students in a broad range of math skill development, but also encourages physical activity, teamwork and cooperation.
Download at https://naaweb.org/my-resources/program-resources. (Note: I think you have to be a member to access. Membership is free. Lots of great resources.)
HISD’s Young Women’s College Prep Academy is hosting Houston’s first Technovation Live Pitch on May 4th, and we need your help! Teams of middle and high school girls from across the world have gathered to create mobile apps that solve real problems in their communities. These are live, working apps that serve a real purpose! Many have partnered with area nonprofits to increase the efficacy of their tools. As the season comes to a close, the Houston area teams will be presenting their apps in hopes of continuing on to Technovation’s finalist round. YWCPA is in need of judges and other volunteers to help run the event. Please send these links to anyone that might be interested!
Judging Registration Link
AZENO@houstonisd.org – Regional Ambassador
The Technovation Challenge is the worlds largest technology entrepreneurship challenge for girls. Teams of girls create a mobile app and a business case to solve a problem in their local community. You can learn more at www.technovationchallenge.org
2018 Houston Regional Pitch Event
The Houston Regional Pitch event is an opportunity for all of the registered TX-area teams to showcase their app ideas to the community. In addition, teams will pitch their app to a panel of judges for a chance to win prizes and advance to the next round of the competition - the World Pitch finals in San Francisco.
Agenda (subject to change)
8:30 AM Registration / Check-In
9:00 AM Team Demo / Exposition Session · Table Set-Up, Judge Sharing, Demos ● Networking time ● Reception time
10:00 AM Transition Time
10:15 AM Technovation Overview / Welcome / Inspirational Message from Host
10:30 AM Team Introductions and Live Pitches ● by division, 4 minutes per team, with 2-3 minutes for Judge questions in between, plus transition time between teams = approx 10 min per team
12:30 PM Lunch/Judge Deliberation Period ● Team Photos and Connecting with Community Members ● Survey/Feedback Forms
1:00 PM Awards Announcement
1:30 PM Thank You / Closing Remarks
Do you want to help us develop our newest Engineering Adventures unit? Apply to become a pilot teacher this summer!
With funding from NASA, we are pilot testing:
SWENext Global Innovator Award
The Society of Women Engineer’s (SWE) is excited to share that applications are open for three programs that will bring students to WE18. Participants of the programs are in store for a life-changing experience which may include a free trip to SWE's annual conference, recognition in front of some of the world's top women engineers, giveaways and much more.
Deadline to apply for all three programs is July 31, 2018. Visit www.swe.org/swenext to apply and for more information.
Because you signed up to use Applied Digital Skills in your classroom, we know you’re an educator who enjoys finding new and exciting ways to engage students and diversify their skills. To give you extra support in your mission to inspire lifelong learning, we’ve teamed up with DonorsChoose.org.
New teachers can complete one of our digital skills training lessons with at least 50 students to earn a $300 DonorsChoose.org gift card, redeemable for the resources your classroom needs. Consider our new All About a Topiclesson to recap spring break stories!
See the curriculum
DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit organization that connects public school teachers to a nation-wide community of classroom supporters. To get started, create an account on the site, request the materials you need for your classroom (including books, school supplies, technology, or even furniture), and then follow these directions to claim your gift card for teaching Applied Digital Skills. If you’ve already taught Applied Digital Skills before, see details on how to earn credit for referring a new teacher!
Have any questions? Email us at AppliedDigitalSkills@google.com, or contact the DonorsChoose.org team.
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The Early Childhood Technology (ECT) program at Tufts is designed for educators working with young children (PK-2) in diverse learning settings such as schools, museums, camps, and more. This program empowers participants with the skills they need to teach robotics, coding, engineering, and more to young children in a developmentally appropriate and playful way. ECT's courses are taught predominantly online, making it ideal for busy professionals. Find out more at: http://go.tufts.edu/ECT and join us for our next Virtual Open House on 4/21 at 4pm EST.
Barbie is now coding! This is dream come true! Now little girls can actually live this dream! Barbie has played many characters in the STEM field but never a coder! Wow growing up I would have loved to see Barbie coding! Check out the article here
This cover speaks volumes! Stem has been the focus for many years BUT not for women of color and not for WOMEN at all for a matter of fact. This is why there is still a lack of women of color in the tech workforce. Many times young ladies don’t see hero’s like the one on the magazine cover. Action figures are nearly obsolete if a women is considered a character. So I charge you! Influencers of the younger generation to use movies like Hidden Figures and Black Panthers as a stepping stone in getting more girls interested in STEM and actually majoring in STEM fields!
My name is Kimberly Lane Clark and I am a Blended Learning Specialist in Texas.