K-12

Animal Planet Live webcams

Animal Planet Live bills itself as your online home for the most interesting live animal cameras. My favorite is the Bunny Cam (naturally), but they have a plethora of other animals represented. The channels also include social media streams and scheduled chats (the Bunny Chat is on Wednesdays from 2-2:30 Central).

Job announcement: United States Air Force (USAF) Youth Centers Science Camp: Mobile Science Camp Instructor

Mobile Science Camp Instructor
Salary: Commensurate with experience
United States Air Force (USAF) Youth Centers Science Camp

Purpose: During the summer, travel to four (4) to eight (8) USAF bases throughout the United States to run a traveling Science Camp. The goal of the Science Camp is to expand and assist the USAF youths’ understanding of a variety of scientific experiments, discoveries, and technologies as a lifelong sill and potential career choice, and will encompass a role-playing theme.

The camp will consist of five (5) consecutive days of training, two sessions per day, Monday through Friday. The sessions last approximately three (3) hours each. NOTE: 10 – 15 minute breaks may be provided as needed.

What are the essential functions of the job?

  • Instructor shall provide training and instruction to meet youth objectives (supplies and materials are provided by Monahan, LLC).
  • Instruct youth on and demonstrate the ability to successfully participate in science activities inclusive but not limited to:
    • Robotics
    • Geology
    • Biology
    • Electricity and Solar Power
    • Astronomy
    • Chemistry
    • Rockets
  • Lead team building activities and initiatives during each session to support cohesive teamwork within groups. Each Science Camp participant shall be involved in all aspects of the camp.
  • Lead games, challenges and instruction in manner supporting a role playing environment.
  • To increase opportunities for youth ages 9 through 18 to experience technology, experimentation, and discovery through science.
  • Ensure equipment and material is set-up and prepared to lead camp no later than 30 minutes before scheduled session. Typically, first session consist of 9 to 12 year olds and starts at 9:00 am.
  • Maintain vehicle and equipment.

What are the knowledge, skills and abilities required?

The ideal candidate will have broad knowledge of multiple science disciplines. They will be effective speakers to groups of up to 35 children, and equally capable of working with small groups to make learning engaging and fun. They are detailed, encouraging, adaptive, and fun loving. They have the ability to integrate science with the curriculum and make ordinary moments into unforgettable learning experiences. Previous teaching experience is preferred.

What is the educational requirement for this position?

Bachelor’s degree in job-related area, professional educator license.

Other Information

Monahan LLC coordinates schedule with the participating USAF installations. Vehicle, cargo trailer, uniforms, equipment and materials are provided by Monahan, LLC. This is our sixth year running camp programs for the USAF Youth Centers. Each USAF base provides lodging one evening prior to camp and the evening of the last day of camp.

How to apply

Send resume to julie@upthecreektrips.com
Julie Monahan
Owner, Monahan LLC
Champaign, IL 61821
(217) 345-7957 (work)
(904) 483-8953 (cell)
e-mail: julie@upthecreektrips.com

A Lesson in Farming, Classroom to Cafeteria

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Beyond a stack of hay bales, past the site of Indiana’s first soil-judging contest, high school students in this tiny eastern town stroll down a grassy slope to reach their newest classroom: a fenced-in field of cud-chewing cattle.

Starting in the next academic year, the cattle, which arrived last month and have names like Ground Round and Honey Bear, will be fed by students enrolled in an agricultural science class. Then, when the animals are fat enough, they will be fed back to their caretakers — as beef patties on lunchroom trays.

MPCA Environmental Assistance Grants Program

On May 12, 2014, with the publication of the Request for Proposals (RFP) Notice in the State Register, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has officially announced the opening of the Fiscal Years (FY) 2014-2015 Environmental Assistance (EA) Grant Program for applications.

Approximately $1 million is available for EA grant awards to provide financial assistance for researching, developing, or implementing projects and practices related to all aspects of waste management and prevention including hazardous substances, toxic pollutants, and problem materials.  Additionally, market development and education grants are also allowed. The MPCA seeks to encourage environmentally-sustainable practices and approaches to pollution prevention and resource conservation. Eligible applicants, grant award amounts and minimum matching fund requirements will vary by Focus Areas and Preferred Proposals.

Applications for financial assistance will be for Proposals in the following nine (9) Focus Areas:

  • Focus Area A. Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs)
  • Focus Area B. Food Waste Reduction
  • Focus Area C. Green Chemistry & Design Curriculum
  • Focus Area D. Reuse/Repair/Rent
  • Focus Area E. Environmental Solid Waste Management Practices
  • Focus Area F. Communities Adapting to Climate Change and Extreme Weather
  • Focus Area G. City Sustainability Policy Development
  • Focus Area H. State ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings Goal
  • Focus Area I. School Site Sustainability and Student Environmental Education

The deadline for application submittal is no later than 2:00 p.m. Central Time as follows:

  • July 16, 2014: submission deadline for Focus Areas B – I
  • August 13, 2014: submission deadline for Focus Area A

Deadline extended for 2014 Prairie Research Institute Science Camp applications

The Prairie Research Institute is pleased to announce the 2014 Prairie Research Institute Science Camp. This STEM experience is a week-long day camp where students have the opportunity to spend one day at each of the five divisions of the Institute working side-by-side with scientists to gain hands-on experience in the lab and field in geology, archaeology, sustainable technology, water science, and environmental/biological science. The camp will be held July 21-25, 2014, and will feature:

  • making biofuel from corn and plastic waste and using that to power a go-cart;
  • sampling lake water and determining water quality;
  • studying insect fossils;
  • examining ancient artifacts; and
  • creating 3D geologic maps from core samples.

This year’s camp will be limited to 24 students in the State of Illinois who are either a rising junior, senior, or recent high school graduate who are interested in learning more about science and engineering occupations. Cost is $250 per participant. The application deadline has been extended to May 31, 2014.

The Prairie Research Institute is the home of the State Scientific Surveys (Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois State Archaeology Survey, Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois State Water Survey, and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

If you have any questions related to the Institute’s camp, please contact Elizabeth Luber at 217-333-7403 or eluber2@illinois.edu.

How This Suburb Made School Buses Obsolete

Read the full story in The Atlantic.

When it comes to its schools, the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, Ohio, does things the old-fashioned way. The city doesn’t have a bus system for its 5,800 students, because it doesn’t need one. Its seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school are all within walking or biking distance of the children they serve.

In this short film from Streetfilms, planner Bryce Sylvester explains that there’s never been a school bus system in the city. Lakewood’s density – 51,000 people in five and a half square miles, it claims to be the densest community between New York and Chicago – is key to making the system work, as is locating schools within the core.

GIS and environmental law resources for educators from The Scout Report

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014. https://www.scout.wisc.edu/

EdCommunity ESRI
http://edcommunity.esri.com/

If you have an interest in the spatial sciences, you’ll enjoy the EdCommunity website from Esri. The Education Maps and Data area contains several dozen interactive educational modules designed to teach people
about geographic information systems (GIS) and a range of visualization tools. The Lesson Plans are another great find, including hundreds of lessons from “Analyzing Supermarket Access With ArcGIS online” to “An Easy Pathway To Create Storymaps.” Additionally, the Videos and Webinars area includes student GIS presentations and useful webinars such as, “Where Do You Start with GIS in Education” and “Analyzing 10 Landscapes using ArcGIS Online.” [KMG]

Science in the Courtroom: The Woburn Toxic Trial
http://serc.carleton.edu/woburn/index.html

Is it possible to use a popular book to explore interfaces between science, citizen action, public health, and the US Legal system? In short, it is, and this resources from the Science in the Courtroom series makes it
possible. Developed by Professor Scott Bair, with funding from the National Science Foundation, the resource uses the landmark case of Anne Anderson et al. versus W.R. Grace & Co. and Beatrice Foods, Inc. to explore a range of issues. The website contains three levels of exploration, including a mock trial and discussion questions, along with a Resource Collection. This last section includes photographs, newspaper articles, animations, and much more. [KMG]

How to hold your own personal BioBlitz

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network.

National Geographic’s BioBlitz 2014 was a roaring success, but you don’t have to wait until next year or travel out of your way to enjoy the fun of a BioBlitz. Here’s how to have a one-person blitz.

Webinar: How to Reduce Wasted Food: EPA’s Food Waste Reduction Tools for Food Services & Restaurants

May 15, 2014, noon-1:30 pm CDT
Register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/457286554

The Guide to Conducting and Analyzing a Food Waste Assessment provides step-by-step instructions to conducting a one-time assessment of the food waste thrown in garbage bins. This instructional outreach material is useful for facilities new to food audits and for those who wish to better understand their current food waste management practices.

The toolkit for Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging: A Guide for Food Services and Restaurants is designed to help food service establishments save money and reduce their environmental impact with suggested strategies, templates and case studies. Users first track the amount, type of, and reason for wasted food and packaging on paper. Entering the data into the Excel tool automatically creates graphs to help identify patterns and opportunities to reduce waste. The accompanying PDF guide provides intervention strategies and background information.

These free, new resources can be found at http://www.epa.gov/foodrecovery/tools/index.htm.

Speakers:

Julie Schilf is an Environmental Scientist with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 5 office where she is the regional coordinator for EPA’s WasteWise and Food Recovery Challenge programs.  She will provide a summary of the instructional outreach materials on Conducting and Analyzing a Food Waste Assessment.

Amanda Hong is a graduate fellow with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 9 office working in Sustainable Materials Management and Pollution Prevention. She will provide a detailed overview of how to use the toolkit for Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging.

2014 Prairie Research Institute Science Camp

The Prairie Research Institute, along with the five scientific Surveys, is pleased to announce the 2014 Prairie Research Institute Science Camp. This STEM experience is a week-long day camp where high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates have the opportunity to spend one day at each of the five divisions of the Institute working side-by-side with scientists to gain hands-on experience in geology, archaeology, sustainable technology, water science, and environmental/biological science. This year’s camp will be held July 21-25, 2014,and will feature driving a go-cart powered by biodiesel made from corn or plastic, water quality assessment, insect fossil study, ancient artifacts, and creating 3D geologic maps from core samples. This year’s camp will be limited to 24 students in the State of Illinois who are either a rising junior, senior, or recent high school graduate who are interested in learning more about science and engineering occupations. At $250 per participant, our camp is one of the least expensive camps at the University of Illinois.

Online applications are now being accepted on the camp website (http://prairie.illinois.edu/camp/). The application deadline is May 18, 2014.

The Prairie Research Institute is the home of the State Scientific Surveys (Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois State Archaeology Survey, Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois State Water Survey, and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

If you have any questions related to the Institute’s camp, please contact Elizabeth Luber at 217-333-7403 or eluber2@illinois.edu.