WEEKLY eNEWS: Conferences, Contest, Grant, Resources, Volunteer Opportunity, Webinars/Workshops

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana


Boosting Girls’ Interest in STEM: Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative Project Kick-Off Conference with PBS’ Design Squad Nation (October 27, 9:00AM-4:00PM)
The newly formed Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Girls Collaborative Project (LaSTEM GCP) offers the chance for all those committed to informing, motivating and inspiring girls in the state of Louisiana to pursue careers in STEM to come together to share exemplary practices, develop new collaborations, and share resources. The economic future of Louisiana is tied to increased participation of all students in careers that rely on STEM skills and competencies. All informal educators, afterschool providers, school administrators, engineers, technical professionals, business partners, members of professional organizations, K-12 educators, and university staff are encouraged to join us! In addition, the LaSTEM GCP and the Emmy award-winning PBS’ Design Squad Nation will host a hands-on breakout session to discuss how together we can boost girls’ interest in engineering using multimedia resources and activities from PBS’ Design Squad Nation. When participants leave the training, they will have a clear sense of purpose and several collaborative opportunities penciled into their calendar – and the resources to inspire girls’ interest! Travel scholarships are available to a limited number of participants. Contact Lou Papai at lpapai@sciport.orgfor more information. To register and for more information: http://www.ngcproject.org/boosting-girls-interest-stem-louisiana-stem

Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy Announces Second Call for Abstracts (Deadline: November 12)
The Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy (CNREP) is announcing a second call for abstracts for: CNREP 2013: Challenges of Natural Resource Economics & Policy, the 4th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems. The conference will be held March 24-26, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This triennial forum focuses on the opportunities and challenges of socioeconomic research in the development and evaluation of coastal resource restoration and management. Potential session topics include, but are not limited to, market and nonmarket valuation of ecosystem services and coastal resources, environmental benefit-cost analyses, economic linkage/impact assessment, input-output modeling, and comparative assessments of resource management and restoration policy. Basic and applied research, extension-oriented, and policy discussion submissions are all welcome. The deadline for abstract submission is November 12, 2012.
Call for abstracts: http://www.cnrep.lsu.edu
Sponsor information: http://www.cnrep.lsu.edu/Sponsors%202013.html
CNREP information: http://www.cnrep.lsu.edu/AboutCNREP.html
Additional information, contact: Rex H. Caffey, Professor and Director, Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy, Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter, 179 Woodin Hall, Louisiana State University; 225-578-2393; rcaffey@agcenter.lsu.edu



Solve for Tomorrow Technology Grant Application (Deadline: October 31)
Your school can win a piece of $1,000,000* in technology. Samsung is giving all public schools nationwide, grades 6-12, the opportunity to share the wonder of technology. Samsung and its partners are asking teachers to participate in its contest which will address a key academic challenge in our country: to increase the pursuit of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. Selected entries, will receive a Samsung camcorder, laptop, and Adobe video editing software to capture the classroom vision and compete for one of the top prizes! To apply or learn more about the 2013 Solve for Tomorrow Contest, visit: Samsung.com/solvefortomorrow. Application deadline is October 31, 2012.



Last Call: Deadline October 15 for Water Challenge Applications
The 2013 Water Challenge is looking to discover and develop entrepreneurial ideas that help us live with water. The 2013 Water Challenge is accepting well-developed or early-stage ideas/solutions. Eligible applicants will take part in 6 free, two-hour mentoring sessions (once a week between late October and early December) to help develop their business or idea. Then, finalists will be chosen from this cohort for further mentoring in preparation for the $50,000 Water Challenge day on Monday, March 18 during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. Nonprofits with ideas that have the potential to generate revenue are eligible to apply. The 2013 Water Challenge application season ends October 15th 11:59pm CST. For more information and to apply, visit: http://waterchallenge2013.org.



New Science Fair Tools for Project Ideas
Selecting a clever project idea just got a whole lot easier with the NEW Science Fair Project Idea Boardat Science Fair Central. Students can now choose from 20 popular topics using a fun interactive tool to discover a science fair project idea that matches their interests. Discovery Education and Elmer's brings Science Fair Central, the online destination for stress-free science fair planning from start to finish.
Free Resources:
         Parents- project timeline, printable shopping list, coupons for Elmer's display products
         Teachers- project display checklist, judging criteria, letter to parents
          Students- interactive project idea board, guidelines for validating a topic, sample projects
Parents, science fair coordinators and aspiring young scientists will find all the must-have resources and time-saving tips for planning this year's winning science fair display. Build student engagement and fun into the science fair process by encouraging your students to try the new Science Fair Project Idea Board. Then take advantage of free tips and tools for a stress-free science fair season.

SciGirls Season 2 Full-STEM ahead!
Starting in October, ten new episodes will showcase bright, curious, real girls using science, technology, engineering, and math in their everyday lives. They design an underwater robot, engineer a "chill" ice-cream-making bike, apply real forensic methods to solving a mysterious crime, and more! In Season Two, there's even more of the unique combination of TV and web that won the series a Daytime Emmy for "New Approaches" in its premiere season. Every episode of the TV show features onscreen clues that lead girls to a "mash-up" game on the website, where they can create their own, unique SciGirls stories. Plus, in other new interactive games, kids can search for underwater treasure, care for a colony of honey bees, and design wildlife dioramas. Youth can join the SciGirls safe social network to create personal profiles, upload projects, and connect with other sci-minded girls nationwide. It's all about tweens and screens, and SciGirls' sophomore season will empower girls - and their parents and educators - to tap into the collaboration, exploration, and authentic discovery. Every girl can be a SciGirl! http://pbskids.org/scigirls



Volunteers Needed to Assist with a Coastal Forest Restoration Project near Chalmette (October 16)
Register Now
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is looking for volunteers to participate in a coastal forest tree restoration project near the Caernarvon Diversion Outfall Canal in Plaquemines Parish, LA (near Chalmette, LA) on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 9:00AM-4:00PM. This project will promote healthy coastal forest on land that has been accumulating from sediment outflow from the Caernarvon Diversion. The trees will provide critical habit for wildlife, restore areas that were damaged during Hurricane Isaac, and provide storm protection to the adjacent marsh and inland communities. All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will be planting 300 cypress trees and wrapping the trees with protectors to shield them from predators. Volunteers will be transported to the planting site by boat. This will be a muddy day with strenuous and dirty activity, so physical fitness is required. Please register online at www.crcl.orgor call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at 1-(888)-LACOAST for more information.



Marsh Burning Certification Class (Tuesday, October 23)
USGS National Wetland Research Center, 700 Cajundome Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70506
This class will address all the essential elements of conducting controlled burns in coastal marsh habitats. Successfully completing the class along with burning experience is required for Burn Certification by the La. Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Coastal marsh landowners and land managers, duck hunters who assist with controlled burns, and anyone interested in using fire as a marsh management technique should attend. There is no cost to attend the class but pre-registration is requested. Please call the LSU AgCenter, Vermilion Extension Office at 337-898-4335 or by email to Mark Shirley at mshirley@agcenter.lsu.edu

NGCP Webinar: Online Resources and Tools: Using the New NGCP Website to Build Program Capacity
November 28, 2012; 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific
The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) recently launched an enhanced website with easier navigation and more tools and resources. Join in for this informative website tour that will focus on helping programs find relevant links, resources, statistics, and other information to build organizational capacity to offer high quality STEM opportunities to increase girls' interest in STEM.
Register: http://www.ngcproject.org/online-resources-and-tools-using-new-ngcp-website-build-program-capacity


Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) – www.wlf.la.gov/eec
Venise Ortego, Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov