Events, Workshops, & Resources

EVENTS

Learn more about the U.S. Army STEM Competition! 
Join us and your colleagues for an informative webinar on eCYBERMISSION, a free, web-based, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition for sixth through ninth grade students. Sponsored by the U.S. Army, eCYBERMISSION is designed to share the importance of STEM education with the leaders of tomorrow and encourage them to understand the real-life applications of these subjects. Students compete for State, Regional and National Awards by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and use scientific inquiry to propose a solution.
During this webinar you will:
          • Learn how eCYBERMISSION can be implemented into your schools
          • Discover the benefits of participating in eCYBERMISSION
          • Interact with eCYBERMISSION staff and colleagues in STEM roles within the Department of Education
To register for the webinar, please select the date and time that accommodates your schedule and click on the link below:
Thursday, June 30, 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, June 30, 3:00 p.m.
Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the webinar. If you have any questions, please contact eCYBERMISSION Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237) or missioncontrol@ecybermission.com.

2011 Leopold Education Project National Conference Travels West – July 28-30, 2011
See details in attached LEP Newsletter - Strides Summer Special

Free Training Opportunity
The National Health Environmental Association is offering CEUs, CNEs and CECH for individuals who completed the revised version of the CDC’s EPHT course which is offered on their website. This is a 12 module webinar where participants have the opportunity to complete at their own pace. Please visit http://www.neha.org/research/pub_health_tracking.html  to obtain additional information regarding this opportunity. Please share this information with anyone who is interested in environmental health and may need some CEUs.

WORKSHOPS

Mississippi Marine Debris Removal and Prevention Project
Middle School and High School teachers and students are invited to participate in this workshop to increase the awareness of marine debris impact on coastal ecosystems while fostering improved stewardship of coastal habitats.
          STEP 1 – Two-day teacher workshop July 7-8, 2011.
          STEP 2 – Students and teachers take a guided field trip to Deer Island to remove and learn about marine debris. The participants will learn about the effect it has on the environment and the organisms that inhabit these areas. Field trips are scheduled during the fall of 2011 and spring of the 2012 academic year.
          Where: Gulf Coast Research Laboratory - Marine Education Center. The clean-up sites are located on Deer Island. Transportation to Deer Island will be aboard the R/V Sea Explorer. All equipment, supplies and lunch will be provided.
Marine debris is harmful to our environment and its inhabitants, our economy and is preventable…it’s time to make a difference so get involved TODAY! Students will remove, weigh, record and recycle marine debris from Deer Island.
For more information: Becca Mathias, 228-818-8889, Rebecca.mathias@usm.edu; 703 East Beach Drive, Ocean Springs, MS, www.usm.edu/gcrl


RESOURCES

Next Generation of Science Standards
The NRC is putting the final touches on the new science standards framework and it would appear that they will release it in late June or early July. We do not have a set date as yet, but it would appear we are close. The Next Generation Science Standards will begin development as soon as the Framework is released.