September 2022

~ Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) plus Health Sciences ~

Check out the following information for ...

  • Events & Activities
  • Contests
  • Resources for Families & Educators

Events & Activities

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The Fairbanks Trails Challenge is an all-ages, all-abilities, outdoor scavenger hunt of epic proportions! Find out which challenge is for you: Sourdough, Junior or Trailblazer!

  • Chena River Bike Path - Pioneer Park
  • Sandpiper Trail - Tanana Lakes Recreation Area
  • Tanana River Levee Trail - Tanana Lakes Recreation Area
  • Slough Loop - Chena Lake Recreation Area
  • Chena Lake Bike Path - Chena Lake Recreation Area
  • Outhouse Loop Cutoff - Birch Hill Recreation Area
  • Medevac - Birch Hill Recreation Area
  • After Hours Trail - Skyline Ridge Park
  • Goldstream Connector - Skyline Ridge Park
  • Skarland 6 Mile Trail - University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Equinox Out-and-Back Trail - Ester Dome
  • Angel Creek Hillside Trail - Chena River State Recreation Area
  • Wickersham Dome Summit Trail - White Mountains National Recreation Area
  • Mastodon Trail - Chena River State Recreation Area
  • Mike Kelly Trail - Tanana Valley State Forest/Two Rivers
  • Pinnell Mountain Trail - Eagle Summit, Steese National Conservation Area

LARS Local Day

Come join us to celebrate the end of the summer with one last hurrah!

September 3, 2022 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Large Animal Research Station, 2220 Yankovich Rd, Fairbanks.

Price: 3 food items for the Fairbanks Food Bank

The Local's Day will have tours going every hour starting at 10 am and the last tour starting at 2. Cost of admission is 3 food items for the Fairbanks Food Bank! There will be a craft table for kids and qiviut demonstrations throughout the day.

For more information, click here!

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Drop-In Fun at the Carlson Center

Are you interested in the health career field? Want to be a doctor? Come walk with a Doc and ask your questions!

Attention high school students!

Lockheed Martin is partnering with Tallo App, to create an out of this world 4-part workshop for high school students looking to start their careers.

You will interact with our engineers, learn how to start a career in the Space business, get a behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge innovation, and have the chance to win some cool prizes!

Register by September 13!

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September 24, 2022 from 1 pm – 3pm at The Folk School Fairbanks Cabin 66, 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks

Rigid heddle looms are all the rage! They are easy to use, sturdy and portable yet offer many of the great weaving options of more complex floor looms.

We will be doing two different projects – a wall hanging for the 7 and under age group and a warm and cozy cowl for kids 8 and older. Each parent (guardian)/child combo will work together on a project selecting materials, weaving the project, taking it off the loom and finishing it for display. Everyone will leave the workshop with enough knowledge to try new projects at home!

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365 SMART Academy:
Science, Math, Art, Recreation, and Technology

UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning has created the 365 SMART Academy, which offers virtual courses to the homeschooled community to supplement their academic curriculum. The courses consist of YouTube videos, Zoom class meetings, and kits of materials to provide hands-on activities at home. Fall semester 2022 has 14 exciting sessions that begin the first week of October. Check out the extensive variety of learning opportunities for your child!

For more information, click here!

U.S. Department of Education Nationwide Call for Student Performing Artists

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking student performing artists (such as bands, choirs, color guards, dancers, drumlines, poets/spoken word artists, soloists, theatrical performers) currently enrolled in elementary, middle, or high schools, who exemplify resilience, diversity, and excellence and are interested in showcasing their talent. No formal training or experience is necessary.


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James Webb Space Telescope Drawing Contest

With their new knowledge of the James Webb Space Telescope and its extraordinary power to explore our universe, your students can put pencil to paper to draw what they would like the JWST to look for, or what they think it might find! Alien planets, distant galaxies colliding, epic cliffs of cosmic dust, or who knows what else?!? Let their imagination run wild with all the possibilities of what could be in deep space and what we’ll discover in the years to come with this amazing piece of human ingenuity!


1) Drawings are submitted on JWST mirror themed paper (see attached). Fill in the ‘window’ representing one of the telescope’s golden mirror segments with your image!

2) The image should be of something that the JWST could hypothetically find in its searching! Something space related and on a large scale! Planets, stars, galaxies, nebulas, black holes you name it! Be whimsical! Take a look at some images already captured for inspiration. Don’t be afraid to incorporate things like wormholes, alien civilizations and other things that are from science fiction (for now!)

Contest End Date: September 30th @ 5:00pm eastern

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Constitution Day Poster Contest

FDLP: Federal Depository Library Program

K-12 students (including homeschoolers) are invited to celebrate Constitution Day (September 17, 2022) by designing a poster showing how they benefit from the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution.

There are prizes for each grade, and each grade winner will receive a Constitution commemorative coin with the grand prize winner also receiving a $100 cash prize.

Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2022.

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CALLING ALL STUDENTS!! Future in STEM Student Challenge

Competition Opens: Thursday, September 1st, 2022
Deadline: on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, September 30th, 2022

What do you want to be when you grow up? There are so many different jobs in the world, from being a geometry teacher to a neurologist or even a roller coaster engineer! It’s time to get into character because ORISE wants you to tell us all about your future dream STEM job! For this competition, you will pick a specialized occupation and tell us all about it.

For more information, click here!

STEAM Song Teacher Competition

Competition opens Thursday, September 1st, 2022
Deadline: on or before 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time, Friday, September 30th, 2022

Teachers, are you ready to sing? It’s time to get your creative juices flowing and energy pumping because Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants to give you a chance to create a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) song. This song must contain original lyrics and be connected to at least one state or national education standard. Teachers of any grade level or subject are invited to submit a music video with lyrics.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact

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NASA TechRise Student Challenge

The NASA TechRise Student Challenge invites sixth through 12th-grade teams affiliated with U.S. schools to develop, build, and launch science and technology experiments on high-altitude balloons. Now through October 24, 2022, teams can submit experiment ideas to enter the challenge.
eCYBERMISSION is a web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6-9. For more information, click here!

Contest: What’s the Coolest Thing About Science?

Tell us what your students say is the coolest thing about science! Enter our contest and you could win one of three $100 Carolina gift certificates to use toward the purchase of science materials for your classroom.

For more information, click here!

Resources for Families & Educators

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Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Nominate outstanding grades 7–12 science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) teachers by January 9, 2023, for a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for STEM teaching—or apply for one yourself by February 6, 2023.

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Pint Size Science at the Fairbanks Children's Museum, every Friday, 11 am - 12 pm

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In Person Tutoring for High School Students!

Webinar: Phenomena Through the Lens of Agriculture Deep Dive

September 15, 2022 | 5:00 pm ET

On the Farm STEM is a free program designed to equip educators with lessons, activities, online learning tools, and professional development to teach science through the lens of agriculture. This upcoming webinar will introduce one phenomenon for each grade band (elementary, middle school, and high school) that can drive student sensemaking.

Win free books for your entire school!

Deadline: Thursday, September 15, 2022

Read Across America (RAA) is the nation’s largest celebration of reading for students. Now, you have the chance to bring the joy of RAA to an entire school when you enter the 2022 RAA Sweepstakes! This year's RAA calendar was created with this belief in mind: No matter who they are or where they live - kids need to read books that represent them. They deserve access to stories as diverse and complex as the society we live in. Winning the sweepstakes will bring these books into your school, but also open new worlds and experiences to students in every single classroom in the public school of your choice.

Are you a Science Educator looking to enhance your knowledge and skills?

Do you want to better understand the connection between instruction, assessment, and the important role of the Alaska Science Standards?

Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) is Alaska’s test vendor for the Alaska Science Assessment that is administered statewide to students in grades 5, 8, and 10. DRC is facilitating three free professional development sessions that will provide information to Alaska educators to make connections between instruction, assessment, and the K-12 Science Standards for Alaska.

Register at this link:

2023 CHS Foundation Classroom Grant Application

CHS Foundation provides $500 grants each year to pre-kindergarten-12th grade teachers who have classroom projects that use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more. Eligible projects include classroom and schoolyard gardens, embryology projects, aquaculture projects and agricultural literacy reading programs to name a few. Teachers have until June 1 the following year to complete the project and submit a final report.

Only state-certified classroom teachers employed by a school district or private school teachers are eligible to apply @

The CHS Classroom Grant application deadline is September 15.

Toshiba America Foundation Grants for Grades K - 5

  • Do you teach in an elementary school classroom?
  • Do you have an innovative idea for improving Science, technology, engineering and math learning in your classroom?
  • Is your idea project based learning with measurable outcomes?
  • What do you need to make learning math and science fun for your students?

K-5 grade teachers are invited to apply online for a Toshiba America Foundation grant of not more than $1,000 to help bring an innovative project into their own classroom.

With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life.

Grant applications are due on OCTOBER 1st each year.

Please note the following:

Applications must be for project based learning. Any Application received after October 1 will not be considered or retained, but you may submit it again for consideration next year. We do not consider requests for computers, laptops or tablets.

Apply here:

Virtual Computer Science Workshops for Elementary Teachers


You don’t have to be a software developer to teach computer science. More than one million teachers have brought computer science to their students using We make it easy, no matter your background.

Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grants

The Herb Society of America, an herb garden grant program for elementary school classes was established more than a decade ago. These grants ensure that learning about herbs can be part of the curriculum, a resource Mr. Samull — an elementary school teacher — regularly used in his own classroom.

Elementary classrooms grades 3-6 with fifteen students or more may apply for a grant to establish an herb garden. In addition to plants, the funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plants trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, etc. Fifteen grants of $300 each are awarded annually.

The application deadline is October 1, 2022 and winners will be notified after December 1, 2022.

The form can be found at this link:

Bee Grants


These grant programs allow for schools and non-profit organizations to receive support for educational beehives and bee programming so students can observe bees up close and learn about the vital role these pollinators play in our food system.

For more information, click here!



Aerospace Science Instructors:

The AFJROTC Grant was established to promote aerospace education throughout classrooms and units.

We hope you take this opportunity to enhance your students’ ideas on how aerospace plays a prominent role in today’s and tomorrow’s society. Applications are competitive and will be judged by AFJROTC HQ on the importance and the impact your selected aerospace activity will have on your students. This is an opportunity to heighten your students’ interest in aerospace education activities.


Grants are issued twice a year. Deadlines for applications are October 10 and February 10.
AFJROTC grants provide your units and classrooms with up to $250 every other academic year.


  • Funds may be used for any aerospace education-related activity from purchasing textbooks or videotapes, to going on a field trip to an aerospace museum, Air Force base or another aerospace facility. You may not use the grant for purchasing uniforms, honor guard or color guard activities, etc.


  • Aerospace Science Instructors will receive the grant in one lump sum.
  • Funds may be divided between multiple aerospace activities, which should be included on the application form.


  • AFJROTC units may apply for a grant every other academic year.
  • Applications should include the typed and completed application form, a separate typed page with 1-2 paragraphs of support information about the grant project and/or the cadets involved, and a business card of the principal or school.
  • Completed applications should be sent by to by the deadlines of October 10 and February 10.


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