February News

Secondary Science 2016

Middle School Science Teachers/Students participate in ROME challenge.


The Robotics, Ocean, Microgravity Explorers (ROME) Challenge is designed to engage teachers to explore the fascinating world of microgravity and the many benefits it brings our world. The challenge also harnesses the power of technology and the bond of teamwork to demonstrate how NASA and its partners work together to accomplish large tasks. Teachers received 2 days of training in building underwater robots and learning how astronauts adapt to working in a microgravity environment. After their training session, the teachers utilized the ROME concepts learned (which are tied to the TEKS) to teach their own middle school students how to build an underwater robot. Materials to build these robots was provided as well as a tour of NASA.

ROME with Sheldon ISD

Environmental Science Grant: Student Service Learning Projects Underway

Streamlining the TEKS

Are you or someone you know interested in serving on the TEKS Streamlining Committee? Applications and resumes are due Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Qualified educators are encouraged to apply.

Application

http://tea.texas.gov/Curriculum_and_Instructional_Programs/Curriculum_Standards/TEKS_Texas_Essential_Knowledge_and_Skills_(TEKS)_Review/Science_TEKS_Streamlining/

Process for streamlining

http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Leadership/State_Board_of_Education/2016/January/January_2016_Committee_of_the_Full_Board_Wednesday_Item_8/

CAST (Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching) Proposals Open Feb. 15th

CAST 2016

November 10-12, 2016

San Antonio, TX

Site: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Host Hotel: Marriott Rivercenter / Riverwalk


The CAST Proposal Site will open for submissions on February 15th. Consider writing your proposal now, keeping this tip in mind: Review the rubric to make sure your proposals will be of high quality before submitting. Information can be found at:

http://www.statweb.org/?page=2016_Proposals

Probeware Technology training for High School teachers.

Continue with our learning of probeware in your classrooms with PASCO's Professional Development Team. They offer online interactive training on the use of PASCO probeware, software, hardware, and curriculum solutions.


https://www.pasco.com/resources/training/online/index.cfm
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All-Earth Ecobot Robotic Challenge

Saturday, April 30th, 8am-4pm

8233 Will Clayton Parkway

Humble, TX

This year both middle schools have a robotics class where they teach students fundamental concepts of robotics and engineering. Come an cheer on our Ecobot teachers and students on a wild n wacky day of robot fun.

The All-Earth Ecobot Challenge is an innovative engineering competition that engages fifth through eighth grade students in complex problem-solving, while developing critical thinking skills and elevating their confidence in formulating solutions to real-world missions.

http://www.ecobotchallenge.com/

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Lisa Steele

Secondary Science Curriculum Specialist

Sheldon ISD