K-12

Stream Discovery workshop for Illinois educators Nov. 14th

Have you ever wanted to involve your class or student group in a citizen science project collecting and analyzing real scientific data!?

Have you ever wanted to help protect Illinois streams and rivers but don’t know where to start?!

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center invites you to attend a Stream Discovery training workshop November 14th from noon-5pm at Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey, IL.  Stream Discovery is a statewide program that offers educators the resources and materials to involve their class in citizen science stream monitoring and water quality analysis. Monitoring includes a habitat, chemical, and a biological survey (includes catching macroinvertebrates like dragonfly and mayfly nymphs) on a wadeable stream near your school or organization. Workshop attendees will also receive access to our online database designed by National Geographic to upload and share pictures and data.

This workshop is part of the Mississippi River Watershed Education Symposium being conducted Nov. 14-15th, featuring keynote speakers Chad Pregracke of Living Lands and Waters and Sean O’Connnor of National Geographic. Please visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9o47rcu02c45931&llr=wx7o69dab to register. Cost is $55 for the conference, plus $25 dollars for the Stream Discovery workshop. If you would like to attend the Stream Discovery workshop, but not the conference, then please e-mail riverwatch@lc.edu to be put on the workshop list.

Registration deadline is 1 week before the workshop. Registration is limited, first come first-served! Sign up today!

Contact Matt Young, Illinois RiverWatch Coordinator for more information.

Webinar: Sustainable Printing: Panel Discussion on Paper, Ink and Going Digital

Wed, Oct 22, 2014 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
Register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/497042350

Sustainable printing is about more than just using recycled-content paper. It encompasses inks, printer settings, processes and much more in addition to paper—including doing away with printing altogether in some cases. Sports teams, venues, and leagues are embracing innovative ways to not only reduce paper waste, but to minimize the impact of the entire printing process. Deciding where to start and navigating all the options can be daunting, but our webinar panelists will shed light on more environmentally-friendly practices around printing, sharing valuable insights that Alliance members can implement right away.

For this webinar, we have assembled an all-star panel of experts on sustainable printing practices, including sports teams, industry partners, and NGO’s. We will learn about current sustainable printing practices in the sports industry, as well as future possibilities.

Panelists

  • Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council & Board of Directors, Green Sports Alliance (Moderator)
  • Ian Hanna, Director of Strategic Development, FSC International
  • Molly Ray, Environmental Solutions Manager | Office Depot, Inc.
  • Christina Reeves, Sustainability Consultant | Progressive Associates & Xcel Energy Center
  • Harlan Roberts, National Sales, bluemedia
  • Jeff Shaw, President | SEEDS Green Printing and Design
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Speaker TBD)

Questions? Email Membership Director David Muller at david@greensportsalliance.org.

Google names winners of annual Google Science Fair

Read the full story at ZDNet.

After whittling down a pool of contestants that numbered in the thousands, Google said it has chosen the winners of its annual Google Science Fair.

Google hosts the science and innovation competition for students between the ages of 13-18, and in recent years upped the ante for winners with cash prices and school rewards…

Additional winners include…

Hayley Todesco, 17-18 age category – This Canadian student won for her project Waste to Water: Biodegrading Naphthenic Acids using Novel Sand Bioreactors.

 

School IPM Webinar Series

Are you a school facility manager, IPM Coordinator, building and grounds supervisor, nurse, administrator, or pest management professional? If so, you play a critical role in reducing the number of pests in your school and in minimizing the exposure of students and staff to pesticides. To help you be better prepared to fill your role, EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM will host a series of webinars in the coming months on pest management topics of special interest to the school community. These monthly webinars, beginning on August 20, 2014, will include presentations from experts in the field.

Upcoming webinars

Creating Tick Safe Schools Using IPM

September 30, 2014 | 2 PM Eastern – Register Now

Join us to learn about this increasingly important pest and what you can do to reduce the risk to students, faculty and staff in schools.

  • Thomas Mather, University of the Rhode Island Center for Vector Borne Diseases, will discuss tick borne diseases and prevalence, the identification, inspection and removal of ticks,and the Tick Encounter web resource.
  • Marcia Anderson, EPA’s School IPM Center of Expertise, will review passive prevention using landscape design, sanitation, maintenance, the Agency’s role in tick IPM, and on how to incorporate tick prevention into your school IPM plan.
  • Kathy Murray, Maine Department of Agriculture, will discuss the importance of monitoring, repellents, active prevention using pesticidal tools, research, and information resources.
  • Christine Dunathan, Friends Community School (College Park, MD), will discuss real world school tick issues and first-hand challenges with tick management.
  • A Q&A session will conclude the webinar.

The Basics of Schools IPM

October 21, 2014 | 2 PM Eastern – Register Now

School experts from around the country will explain and demonstrate the basics of school IPM, a smart, sensible, and sustainable approach to managing pests in schools. This webinar that will describe school IPM, why it is important, how it is implemented, and where and when to utilize IPM tactics. A discussion of how to monitor for pests, pest exclusionary practices, and the importance of sanitation and maintenance of waste/recycling areas will ensue. The presenters will share insights on dealing with the most pest-challenging areas in schools – the kitchens and cafeterias. A virtual walk-through of a school will instruct you on how to identify and manage pest prone areas. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.

Proposed Texas Textbooks Teach Climate-Change Doubt

Read the full story in the National Journal.

Texas Board of Education member David Bradley wants to set the record straight on global warming.

“Whether global warming is a myth or whether it’s actually happening, that’s very much up for debate,” Bradley said. “Don’t listen to anyone who tells you otherwise.”

Bradley is not a climate scientist, but he’s about to make big decisions governing what Texas students learn about climate change.

In November, Bradley and the rest of the state’s 15-member board will vote to adopt new social-studies textbooks for public schools from kindergarten to 12th grade. When he does, he says that part of his mission will be to shield Lone Star schoolchildren from green propaganda.

Instead, Bradley plans to push for textbooks that teach climate-science doubt—presenting the link between greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activity and global warming as an unsubstantiated and controversial theory.

National Library of Medicine Resource Update: Environmental Health Student Portal adds “Mercury and Our Health” animation

The National Library of Medicine Environmental Health Student Portal has added “Mercury and Our Health,” an animation about the uses of mercury and how exposure can impact human health.

The animation introduces children to mercury and its basic properties, discusses mercury exposure routes, outlines health impacts of mercury, describes mercury containing products, discusses mercury contamination in the environment, outlines the proper disposal of mercury containing products, discusses bioaccumulation and mercury contamination of fish, and describes additional sources that children could use to find credible health information on mercury.

The Environmental Health Student Portal connects middle school students and science teachers with free, reliable, and engaging environmental health education resources. The Student Portal offers a diverse array of engaging educational materials such as videos, games and activities, lesson plans, experiments and projects, fun challenges, as well as additional resources for further reading.

You can also view the video on the NLMNIH YouTube Channel.

Curricula on marine debris from NOAA

Turning the Tide on Trash: A Learning Guide on Marine Debris

This set of lesson plans and background information introduces educators, students and researchers to the topic of marine debris. The interdisciplinary education guide is designed to provide maximum flexibility in the classroom: it can be used as a stand-alone teaching tool or to supplement work in other subject areas.

Appropriate for grades 1-12.

The Educator’s Guide to Marine Debris

This guide is designed for educators in both formal and informal education situations. It is a regional introduction to three main categories of marine debris: litter; derelict or abandoned boats; and lost or abandoned commercial and recreational fishing gear.

Appropriate for grades 5-8.

Download Marine Debris Activities and Puzzles
Puzzles, coloring books brainteasers, and hands-on activities for children.

An Educator’s Guide to Marine Debris

Designed as a standalone teaching tool, or to supplement lessons for educators in both formal and informal settings.
Appropriate for students grades K-12, with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) objectives.