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January 25, 2018

1. Upcoming Elementary Science PD

1. All About Assessments: Science Field Test 2/13

Location: PD Auditorium

Date: February 13, 2018

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

2 All About Assessments: Science Field Test 2/27

Location: Donnie Bickham Middle School

Date: February 27, 2018

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

3. Exploring the Science Standards Using BreakOut EDU

Location: Wanda Gunn Professional Development Auditorium

Date: March 22, 2018

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

**These are a BYOD (bring your own device) events.


2. Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC)

RARC is a series of cyber and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) competitions that include liberal arts lessons. The competitions build upon one another and allow students in grades 3-12 to showcase their skills by competing against other students in their division (elementary school, middle school, and high school). Competition 2 will be Saturday, February 24, 2018. Schools/organizations must register by Friday, February 2, 2018. For more information, please visit

  • Check out this flyer about RARC here!
  • Want to volunteer? Learn how here.

3. Accessing Discovery Ed and Pebbles Go

I've had several emails from teachers and school leaders asking how to access Discovery Ed and Pebbles Go. These two online tools are available at home and school via ClassLink.

If you cannot log in, please contact Brandy Blanchard at

4. Outstanding Elementary School Science Teacher of the Year

Congrats to Werner Park's, Rosie Loftis. She was recognized as LSTA's Outstanding Elementary School Science Teacher of the Year for 2017.

5. What Is Engineering?

Engineering and science are similar in that both involve creative processes, and neither uses just one method. And just as scientific investigation has been defined in different ways, engineering design has been described in various ways. However, there is widespread agreement on the broad outlines of the engineering design process. (The Framework)

Science is the study of the physical world. Engineering applies scientific knowledge and mathematics to design processes, structures, or equipment to solve problems.

It is not the intention of the LSSS for students to engage in engineering design instead of do science investigations and experiments. It is the intention of the LSSS for teachers to start allowing students to engage in engineering practices as well as science practices. This is one of the biggest changes in our new science standards.

6. Rosie Revere Engineer Givaway

Summary: A second-grader named Rosie is an aspiring engineer who creates inventions out of found objects and trash, including a hot dog dispenser, helium pants, and a hat for her zookeeper uncle that shoots cheese to keep snakes away. When her uncle laughs at that invention, she gets discouraged. But then her great-great-aunt Rose, who worked constructing airplanes in World War II (complete with Rosie the Riveter red-and-white bandana), comes for a visit and tells her about all the things she did in her life and "the goals she had checked off her list one by one." Her one unfulfilled dream was to fly. So Rosie decides to build a flying machine so her aunt can achieve that goal. When it crashes, Rosie is upset and concludes that she'll never be a great engineer. But her aunt points out that it did fly before it crashed, and that failing is part of the process: "Your brilliant first flop was a raging success! / Come on, let's get busy and on to the next!"

  • I have 4 books to giveaway. All educators (teachers and leaders) who complete the for are eligible. All eligible participants will have their names put into the random picker. Good Luck! Deadline: 4:30 PM, Friday, January 26.
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