The Occasional Science Newsletter

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Texas Science Information (A courtesy of TEA)

Earth Day Texas

Earth Day Texas has activities and educational opportunities for all ages. CPE credits are available for educators attending sessions on literary studies, the arts, economics, outdoor education, business, social studies, math and all fields of science. Earth Day Texas will host more than 200 free speaker sessions, over 1300 exhibitors, and is expecting 75,000 attendees. A schedule is available at

Exhibitors may reserve a booth to showcase student projects related to environmental and/or STEM education. To discuss this option, please email Exhibitors include: FIRST robotics teams from the Dallas area will set up an interactive robotics demonstration, Billions in Change, GeekBus, UT Dallas, Yale University, Stanford University, Texas Tech, Tesla Motors, NASA, The Association of Vertical Farming, One Earth Designs, and many more. The event will take place in Fair Park in Dallas on April 22 - April 24 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Additional information is available at

Earth Day Resources

Earth Day this year is Friday, April 22, 2016. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has a downloadable PDF document with suggested Earth Day activities on their website that educators are welcome to share. Additional information is available at

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Discovery Education 3M challenges students in grades 5-8 to make a short video describing a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem. The deadline for entry isApril 20, 2016. Additional information is available at

NASA Images

Luna Imaging specializes in turning archival materials into digital collections. They have aggregated more than 70 NASA image collections into a searchable resource with over 100,000 images. Categories include Planets, Earth, and more. Additional information is available at

Environmental Education Grant

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking grant proposals from eligible applicants to support locally focused environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens. The deadline for applications is April 8, 2016. Additional information is available at

Curriculum Collections

The Curriculum Collections from the American Museum of Natural History offers activities, articles, videos, and more. Topics include biodiversity, deep sea vents, polar climate change, and more. Additional information is available at

Sea Earth Atmosphere: Educational Resources

These educational resources from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offer lessons, visualizations, interactive games, and much more. The materials can be viewed by grade level or by media type. The lessons topics include island formations, ocean geography, geology, and other topics. Each lesson features a descriptive introduction that outlines the approach and learning goals, and information about the targeted age group. Additional information is available at

Ocean Today Videos

The short Ocean Today videos are available for free download in two different sizes, depending on needs. Educators may check back periodically as new videos are added to the different categories, including research, fishing, exploration, and more. Additional information is available at

Teaching Boxes

Teaching Boxes are free, online classroom-ready instructional units created by a collaboration between teachers, scientists, and designers. Each box helps to bridge the gap between educational resources and their implementation in the classroom. The Teaching Boxes contain materials that model scientific inquiry, allowing teachers to build classroom experiences around data collection and analysis. Topics include weather, plate tectonics, changing sea level, and more. Additional information is available at

Keep America Beautiful National Youth Advisory Council

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 National Youth Advisory Council. This is an opportunity for ten high school students (15-18 years old) from diverse backgrounds across the nation to participate in a service-learning and leadership development program. Participants will contribute to and inform KAB on programs while acting as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their communities. The National Youth Advisory Council creates a framework for youth engagement at the national, state and local level. To review the application and instructions to prepare the application, visit the KAB website. Applications accepted throughMay 6, 2016 5:00 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time. Additional information is available at

Michael J. Ahearn Workshop for High School Science Educators at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions

Educators may sign up for this summer workshop at The deadline to submit all forms has been extended to Wednesday March 30, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.Additional information is available from Rey Trevino, Ed.D, Program Coordinator of Education,School of Health Professions at or by calling 713-792-1606.