M i s s i s s i p p i S c i e n c e S p o t s , M a r c h 2 0 0 9 1 Mississippi Science Spots February 2009 This symbol indicates items that are new in this issue of MS Science Spots. 2009 National Science Teachers Association Conference in New Orleans March 19 322, 2009 Celebrate science in magical New Orleans, one of our most beloved cities. Attendee registration is now open.
Register online or download and submit an Advanced Registration Form in Adobe Acrobat format. Find more information at http://www.nsta.org/conferences/2009new . Registration scholarships to the NSTA Conference are still available!
PAEMST Nominations and Applications Nominations and applications for the 2008-2009 award cycle are now available for teachers in grades 7-12 at http://www.paemst.org . PAEMST nominations must be submitted by April 1, 2009. The national awardee will receive $10,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C.
in the spring. Nominate a math or science teacher from your school! Adopt-A-Stream Workshop The Mississippi Wildlife Federation, along with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, will hold a 2-day Adopt-A-Stream workshop at Paul B.
Johnson State Park near Hattiesburg, MS, on June 9 -10, 2009. Two CEU ... more. less.
credits are available. Visit www.mswildlife.org or contact Debra Veeder, Adopt-A-Stream Coordinator, at 601-206-5703 or email@example.com for a registration form.<br><br> The registration deadline is May 15, 2009. Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Workshops The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, MS, will host the three following workshops in March: Flying WILD -- March 17, 2009 Project WET -- March 18, 2009 WILD about Reptiles-- March 19, 2009 Each workshop offers 0.6 CEUs. A $10.00 pre-registration fee and registration form is required for each workshop by March 13, 2009.<br><br> For more information, contact Angel Rohnke, Project Wild/ Education Coordinator, at 601-354-7303 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Educational Summer Camps The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at MSU is offering four educational summer camps for students, parents and teachers. Each camp has a different theme, including wetland ecology, insects and plants, and upland ecology.<br><br> CEU 9s are available for teachers who attend. Call 662-325-6686 or go to http://www.cfr.msstate.edu/wildlife/conserv ation_camp/.html for more information. Fellowship Deadline Extended Earthwatch has extended the application deadline for Mississippi Teacher Fellowships until March 30, 2009 .<br><br> Earthwatch Fellows work alongside leading scientists for one to two weeks during the summer to learn about cutting edge research and conservation efforts, Mississippi Department of Education Office of Curriculum and Instruction 601-359-2586 Science Specialist: Mary Wroten email@example.com M i s s i s s i p p i S c i e n c e S p o t s , M a r c h 2 0 0 9 2 develop professional skills, and make a difference in the environment. Visit http://www.earthwatch.org/MSFELL to apply. Base Pair/SOAR Program The Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of Mississippi Medical Center program, Base Pair/SOAR, is offering concurrent workshops entitled, Biotechnology: The Future is Here!<br><br> and Microbiology: What Microbes Can Teach Us on June 8-12 and June 29-July 3 , 2009. Limited enrollment is open to elementary, middle, and high school science teachers. A $425 stipend, laboratory supplies, and CEU 9s, are offered.<br><br> Find more information at http://basepair.library.umc.edu/ or contact Dr. Donna Sullivan, Division of Infectious Diseases, at 601-984-5561 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Advanced Placement Institutes The University of Mississippi and Millsaps College will offer Advanced Placement Institutes from The College Board this summer as follows: University of Mississippi (July 20-July 24)-- http://www.outreach.olemiss.edu/ProfDev/t eacher/apinstitute.html .<br><br> Millsaps College (July 12 - July 17) --. http://www.millsaps.edu/conted/api/index.s html or call 601-974-1130 for a complete brochure. Project MAST The Mississippi Academy for Science Teaching (Project MAST) provides professional development in science content for middle school teachers in Mississippi and has now been expanded to include high school teachers.<br><br> Summer workshops will be hosted at Jackson State University, June 7-19, 2009. Contact email@example.com for more information. International Year of Astronomy 2009 The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) announces the Global Cornerstone Project, 100 Hours of Astronomy, scheduled to take place from April 2-5, 2009.<br><br> This is a 100-hour, round-the-clock, round-the-globe event that includes live webcasts from research observatories, public observing events and other activities around the world. The project invites amateur astronomers, professional astronomers, educators, etc., to arrange events around the world during this 4-day period. Learn more at http://www.astronomy2009.org/globalproje cts/cornerstones/100hoursofastronomy/ .<br><br> Inspiring Invention Contest Students in grades K-8 and 9-12 are invited to participate in the Inspiring Invention Contest. Students in each category will create a thirty-second public service announcement designed to motivate students to pursue inventing and innovating as part of their educations and, later, in their careers. The public service announcement topics shall be focused on ideas for an invention that improves a sport, game, or hobby.<br><br> Details may be found at http://discoveryeducation.com/inspiringinv ention/contest.cfm . The application deadline is March 15, 2009. Third Annual Gravity-Driven Catapult (Trebuchet) Competition The University of Mississippi School of Engineering and the Mississippi Junior Academy are inviting all students in grades 7-12 to participate in the Third Annual Gravity-Driven Catapult (Trebuchet) Competition on April 21, 2009.<br><br> Registration forms, a list of participants, and students 9 t-shirt sizes must be submitted by April 7, 2009. For more information, contact Maxine Woolsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-915-1849. New Scholarship Opportunity The Davidson Institute for Talent Development is offering high achieving young people across the country the opportunity to be named as 2009 Davidson Fellows in recognition of a significant piece of work in Science, Technology, Mathematics, Music, Literature, Philosophy, or Outside the Box.<br><br> Download an application at www.DavidsonFellows.org. The deadline to apply is March 4, 2009. 2009 Thacher Scholars Award M i s s i s s i p p i S c i e n c e S p o t s , M a r c h 2 0 0 9 3 The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) announces the 2009 Thacher Scholars Award.<br><br> This national competition is for high school students to demonstrate the best use of geospatial technologies or data to study the Earth. Learn more at http://www.strategies.org/docs/ThacherAn nouncement2009.pdf . National EE Week, April 12-18, 2009 National Environmental Education (EE) Week, made possible by Canon USA, Inc., is the largest organized environmental education event in the United States.<br><br> EE Week promotes understanding and protection of the natural world by creating a full week of environmentally-themed lessons and activities in K-12 classrooms, nature centers, zoos, museums, and aquariums. Register your school or organization for National EE Week, April 12-18, 2009 , by visiting www.eeweek.org/register . Project MAST Scholarship A full scholarship for those interested in becoming high school teachers of physics or physical science is available through the Mississippi Science Partnership Office at Jackson State University.<br><br> E-mail Debra.email@example.com or call 601- 979-2969 for more information. Do-It-Yourself Podcast NASA Education is excited to introduce the Do-It-Yourself Podcast activity in the For Educators section of www.NASA.gov . Students can preview and download audio and video clips of astronauts performing work in space and on the ground.<br><br> They can then use these clips to build their own podcast or audio/video project. To learn more and to start making podcasts, visit http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducator s/diypodcast/index.html or contact Deana.Nunley@nasa.gov.NASA . Mop Top Shop Mop Top Shop , an educational website for children, profiles the contributions of African-Americans in the fields of science, mathematics, and technology.<br><br> The site provides educational games, activities, information and assessments. For more information, visit http://www.moptopshop.com/ . Free Science and Our Food Supply Curriculum Kits The Science and our Food Supply Curriculum, sponsored jointly by the National Science Teachers Association and the Food and Drug Administration, contains several useful components: separate guides for middle level and high school science teachers; an interactive video, " Dr.<br><br> X and the Quest for Food Safety "; and the comprehensive " Food Safety A to Z Reference Guide. " Visit http://webserver1.grad.usda.gov/conferenc es/fda_nsta/fdacurriculum.php for more information. Spacewalking Guide NASA offers new educational resources, including a spacewalking educator guide for grades 5-12, the space environment, the history of spacewalking, and the work that astronauts do during spacewalks.<br><br> There are also two investigation activities in an "Exploration Brief" that allows students to demonstrate the principle behind the operation of the space shuttle extravehicular mobility unit (spacesuit). Find out more at http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducator s/spacesuits/home/index.html . Color Me Physics Color Me Physics is a series of books created with the goal of introducing children to physics in a fun, exciting way.<br><br> Color Me Physics: Coloring Book introduces children to physics and some of its most famous characters. The book includes one coloring page and a short description for each of the ten physicists featured. Color Me Physics: Activity Book contains games and puzzles.<br><br> The printable books are available at http://www.physicscentral.com/experiment/ colormephysics/index.cfm . Create A Graph Create A Graph is a free tool that allows users to design a graph, enter data, and generate five types of graphs. An online tutorial explains and illustrates the different types of graphs and provides a step-by- step guide to creating examples for downloading and printing.<br><br> Learn more at http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createAgraph/ default.aspx . M i s s i s s i p p i S c i e n c e S p o t s , M a r c h 2 0 0 9 4 Top 10 Science Questions of 2008 The Everyday Science Library , found on the How Stuff Works website at http://science.howstuffworks.com/10- questions-20081.htm , explores the science behind commonly used objects and discusses science at work in daily life. Find new features each month.<br><br> Free Smithsonian Resources The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies offers a searchable database of more than 1500 science lessons on various topics. Lessons include background information, detailed descriptions of activities, and student worksheets. Visit the website at http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educ ators/index.html .<br><br> The Exploratorium The Exploratorium offers free hands-on activities for middle school students. The activities, using easily obtained materials, are designed for students to do at home and/or in the classroom. Each is followed by an explanation of the scientific principles utilized in the activity.<br><br> Visit http://www.exploratorium.edu/explore/han dson.html for more information. Teachers' Domain cTeachers' Domain d is a free digital library of multimedia resources for K 312 audiences, focusing primarily on life sciences. Teachers and students can use classroom-ready streaming video clips, audio clips, and interactive activities.<br><br> There are over 150 resources from broadcast programs such as Nova, A Science Odyssey, and ZOOM. Teachers can integrate Teachers' Domain content into their existing curriculum. Learn more at http://www.teachersdomain.org .<br><br> Howard Hughes Medical Institute The Howard Hughes Medical Institute produces many award-winning, free science education resources on DVD, VHS, CD-ROM, and the web. All are free to educators and can be ordered through http://www.biointeractive.org . Ask Dr.<br><br> Global Change cAsk Dr. Global Change d is a searchable collection of answers to questions about global warming, ozone depletion, greenhouse gases, and other issues related to climate change. This free service from the Global Change Research Information Office can be found at http://www.ed.gov/free/s-scienc.html .<br><br> Seeds Feed the World c Seeds Feed the World d is a publication from the National Gardening Association. Teachers will discover the history of people/seed partnerships and find ideas for classroom investigations. Download a copy from http://www.kidsgardening.com/special/see d-news/seedsfeed-03.pdf .<br><br> The Futures Channel One of the main goals of The Futures Channel is to produce mini-documentaries and multi-media content that educators can use to enliven their curriculums and connect mathematics, science, technology, and engineering to the real world so that students have context and purpose for what they are learning. More information may be found at www.thefutureschannel.com . Children 9s Science Misconceptions Operation Physics, an elementary/middle school physics education outreach project of the American Institute of Physics, has compiled a list of children 9s common science misconceptions.<br><br> Read them at http://www.amasci.com/miscon/opphys.html . Forensics in the Classroom Court TV has developed, as part of a continuing educational partnership with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, cForensics in the Classroom. d Download this free standards-based curriculum supplement at http://www.courttv.com/forensics_curriculum . Real-Time Information Real-Time Information helps ensure that critical information needed by emergency forecasters and managers during extreme events is available.<br><br> See "live" views of volcanoes around the world, weather images, geologic and mineral resource information, national flood-threat forecasts, and streamflow information. 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