May 2023

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

Check out the following information for ...

  • Events & Activities
  • Contests
  • Resources for Families & Educators
  • Volunteer Opportunities
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Elementary School: STEAM Challenge

Junior High/Middle School: STEAM Challenge


~Midnight Sun Elementary STEAM Club~

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They earned the Fan Favorite award (cool Lego trophy) and placed 2nd in the Cub Division!!!

Events & Activities

Military dependents rising to the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades for the next school year!

Is the gamer in your life curious about coding? Are they inquisitive and creative? Do they want to learn more about circuitry, engineering, and computer programming? Would they be interested in creating their own customized video game?

Rising 7th-9th grade students are invited to join the scientists of the Army Research Laboratory as they dive into computer science and share their love for STEM during this Video Game Design Virtual STEM Camp!

Deadline May 15, 2023.
Find more information and apply here.

Curious about what happens at Fairbanks International Airport? Would you like to get up close to real airplanes? Receive instructions from an FAA Air Traffic Controller? Practice with a Flight Simulator? You will be able to do all these things, and a lot more on Saturday, May 20th at Fairbanks Aviation Day, 3504 University Avenue S, Fairbanks. This one-day event includes airport tours, a pancake breakfast, free "first" flights for youth, ages 8-17, display aircraft, and a chance to take a tour "behind the scenes."

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Music in the Garden in a FREE event!


Resources for Families & Educators

TGR STEM Studio FREE Professional Learning Program

This is an opportunity you don't want to miss! The STEM sessions begin in June, and with support from DOD STEM, we’re offering them at no cost to you!

For more information, click here!

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The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) comprises a set of more than 800 standards which maintain more than 2000 relationships with each other.

The brand-new tool - the NGSS Network Explorer - lays out the Next Generation Science Standards as a visual, interactive network.

From TeachEngineering!

6th - 12th grade Teachers Apply Now!!!

Dates: July 24 - July 28, 2023

Schedule: 9:00 am - 5 pm (detailed schedule will be available to selected participants)

Format: Virtual Instruction via Zoom Online

Cost: Free (each participant will receive a $1,150 stipend, including $900 to compensate their time and costs of participating in the camp, as well as $250 for attending the pre-camp and post-camp events)

Applicants: Middle school and high school (i.e. grades 6-12) teachers (US citizen or permanent resident only). A letter of support is needed from school administrator. A letter draft is given here for your reference.

How to Apply: Please register using the Link to Apply for Sac State Summer 2023 Teacher Camp Program

Application Deadline: Applications are being accepted all the time now. The application window will be open until all 25 seats are filled, and then applicants will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified when a spot becomes available.

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Each spring as the birch trees throughout Alaska begin to emerge from their winter dormancy, they transport large quantities of sweet sap from their roots to their branches. The tradition of tapping birch trees for their sap dates back as far as anyone can remember. For those that are patient, you can create delicious birch syrup and candy by boiling the sap. If you don’t have the time to boil sap, it is also refreshing to just drink the sap straight from the tree!

Most parts of Alaska are likely a few weeks away from sap flow, so you still have time to prepare. Today, sap collection businesses are viable, and can rely on scientific instruments to pin-point when to tap their birch trees. But the old-fashioned way of telling when to tap works well too. Just watch your tapping trees and when there is no longer snow touching the base of the tree it is time to tap!

Want to learn how to collect sap without damaging your birch trees?

The UAF Cooperative Extension Service has a great guide!

Questions about Alaska’s Forests?


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For next year's high school Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors (dependents of active duty military parents stationed at Eielson AFB or Fort Wainwright)! You have the opportunity to more high school course options through DoDEA Virtual High School!

Click this link for more information:

Register today!

The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State developed online learning modules for school personnel to increase understanding and awareness related to the unique challenges faced by military-connected students and families, and to provide school personnel with strategies and resources to support military-connected students. For more information click here!
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Volunteer Opportunities