Join us at the Georgia Tech observatory on Thursday, March 9th to see the moon and Orion nebula, plus hear a short talk from Dr. Jim Sowell. If you've never been to the observatory, it offers one of the best views of Atlanta and the telescope is impressive in its magnification. The observatory is on top of the Howey Physics building. There is a parking lot (it costs about $5 to park) in front of the building. For driving directions and more information, visit http://www.astronomy.gatech.edu/calendar/index.php.
Date: 03/09/2017 (Thu.)
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Location: Georgia Tech- Howey Physics Building
Register here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B054BA4AD229-science2
Information for coaches and parents about the Title I Science Olympiad Tournament being held this Saturday, March 4th, is available under "Science Events-->Science Olympiad."
Images are now being accepted for the “Light Matters” Science Photography Competition. Students in elementary, middle school, and high school are encouraged to submit photos to the K-12 Division. Images will be evaluated on creativity, visual appeal, and subject matter. Examples include but are not limited to biology, physics, environmental science, and technology. Don’t have a microscope? Use your cell phone camera.
Winner and finalist images from each division will be displayed at the High Museum of Art, the premier art museum in the Southeastern United States, at Teacher Appreciation Day on March 19. Winners will also be presented with prizes.
Entry Deadline: March 5 at 5 pm EST.
More information can be found at https://www.citizensciencehd.com/light-matters-details
If you were not able to join us live for the third webinar about the new GSE/CT & LS standards, you can watch the archived version here:
ES teachers: http://bit.ly/sci_ctls_webinar_3ES
MS/HS teachers: http://bit.ly/MSHSSciWebinar3
The face-to-face follow up training for this webinar will occur on Tuesday, February 28th from 3:15-4:45 (ES teachers) and 5:00-6:30 (MS/HS teachers) at your choice of Big Shanty Elementary or Hawthorne. You will experience a new lesson written with the GSE standards and learn about resources you can use to start writing your own. Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F2FPhase3
In order to prepare teachers to use the new Georgia Standards of Excellence, members of our Science Ambassador team and other teacher leaders are being filmed using the new standards with their students. The purpose of these videos is to see each Science and Engineering Practice in action, understanding the expectations of students and teachers. Eventually, all seven practices at each grade level will be filmed. Currently we have two videos available:
Developing and Using Models (ES example):
Constructing an Explanation (MS example):
Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your middle school high school science classes. The contest challenges your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges: either climate change, ocean health, or rapid urbanization. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 23, 2017. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found here.
Elementary (Grades 3-5) teachers-- please join us on Thursday, February 16th for our Quarter 4 Preview Training. We'll meet at Hawthorne from 3:15-4:45 to examine quarter 4 standards and engaging ideas for instruction, such as literacy connections and Title I hands-on kits. Register here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050448aeae2fa20-elementary
There will be one final Starlab training for teachers this year on Wednesday January 25th from 5-7 pm at Russell Elementary school. If you, or any Cobb colleagues, want to be trained on how to use the Starlab then this is a great opportunity. Teachers must complete this training before using the Starlab as it is a complicated apparatus. You can register in 30 seconds at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StarLab2017
Attention middle and high school science and STEM teachers-- the CDC is recruiting for the 2017 Science Ambassador Fellowship! This competitive fellowship includes a 5-day summer course (July 10th-14th) at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and a 1-year distance-based professional development opportunity. Apply now (through February 15th) to learn from CDC scientists and create lesson plans that will be featured on the CDC website: http://go.usa.gov/x8W4S. Participation in this program can be used as evidence for a level 4 on the Professional Knowledge and Professionalism TKES standards.