If you weren't able to join us live for our last two Science and Engineering Practices webinars, you can access the recorded versions here:
Webinar 3: Planning and Conducting Investigations-
Webinar 4: Analyzing and Interpreting Data and Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking-
The next webinar in our Science and Engineering Practices series will cover Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions and will be on Wednesday, January 10th from 4:30-5:00. Access it here that afternoon: www.tinyurl.com/ExplanationsWebinar
Registration is now open for the Dodgen Middle School Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament on Saturday, January 20th, 2018. Please complete the registration form at the following link before November 9th: https://goo.gl/forms/n7iB7YAOUjtI7z3W2. The invitational committee will send you an email by November 17th letting you know if your team is included in the invitational or on a waiting list. Last year spaces filled quickly.
The cost of the tournament is $75 per team and payment is due by December 8th, with no refunds given after that date. Please do not send payment until you receive a confirmation email. Your confirmation e-mail will include payment details as well as a link to the invitational website with the schedule and other tournament information.
All 23 events will be run. To do this, experienced schools are asked to sign up for and run at least one event per team. This will include making the test and providing for all necessary supplies, tools, people, paper tests & key copies for teams, etc. needed to run the event. In some cases, Dodgen may be able to provide certain items that will be onerous to transport, microscopes and such come to mind. If you need help with equipment, chemicals or supplies, please contact Kathy Jacobson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by early December so that she can make sure to provide these.
Join us virtually this afternoon, October 11th from 4:30-5:00 pm for our SEP webinar on Planning and Carrying Out Investigations. To join the webinar, click the following link: http://tinyurl.com/InvestigationsWebinar
Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, a water planning agency for the 15 county metro area focused on water supply and conservation, wastewater and septic management, and watershed protection/stormwater pollution prevention, is holding an essay contest for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. This year’s topic is to explain why water quantity and water quality are equally important. Students should write a 300-500 word essay. Essays are due October 20, 2017. The prize is $100 for each county winner, and a winner from the City of Atlanta. A grand prize with an additional $400 will be awarded at the winners’ reception held on December 13th at the state capitol.
The annual Middle School Science Olympiad training workshop is on Saturday October 28th at Dodgen Middle School in East Cobb County. This middle school workshop is helpful for new schools as well as experienced schools. This provides a great way to jump start your team for the year.
Each school that registers may bring 1 teacher/coach and 2 students for each event class that is taught (as space available).
This year’s classes include:
• Road Scholar – Paul Jacobson, Dodgen
• Experimental Design – Twila McMullan, North Cobb Christian
• Wright Stuff – Dave & Eileen Zeigler – Freedom Flight Models
• Roller Coaster – Dodgen / Lockheed Martin
• Towers - Jennifer Joiner, Dekalb County School System
• Event TBD – Sumi Jayaraman
• Engineering Careers (Taught by young Lockheed Martin engineers)
• New coach class (0-3 years experience) Debbie Amodeo, Dodgen
• Coach Roundtable (new & experienced lead coaches)
We are also teaching a “new coach” class which is geared towards coaches with 0-3 years’ experience with Science Olympiad.
Registration Form Link: https://goo.gl/forms/92qnCzsxaX9alisC2
Seating is limited so we will handle registration on a first come first served basis and will try to accommodate as many schools as possible.
Since 2005, the Cobb Schools Foundation (CSF) has awarded more than $200,000 in IMPACT grants to teachers in the Cobb County School District. These grants are made possible by business partnerships, such as the Atlanta Braves Foundation, and through fundraising efforts, including events like the Annual Gimme 5 for Education campaign and the Cobb Homecoming Classic Golf Tournament.
This year, the Cobb Schools Foundation has a new partnership with the Atlanta Braves Foundation. The new partnership will allow CSF to increase the number of grants awarded to support innovative and creative ideas in teaching and learning. Last year, CSF awarded 19 IMPACT Grants totaling over $32,000 to Cobb school district educators.
The grants help provide start-up funds, help enable collaboration, recognize creativity and give teachers the chance to offer real-life learning experiences. Those eligible for the financial awards include individual teachers, teacher teams, specialists or schools who can use the money to implement educational programs and initiatives that would otherwise go unfunded.
The 2017 Teacher IMPACT Grants application deadline is October 6, 2017 and must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on that date. Winners will be notified by December 1, 2017.
For more information about the Cobb Schools Foundation and to apply for an IMPACT Grant, please visit www.cobbschoolsfoundation.org.