Science Byte

Zachary Community School District

October

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Hi teachers! It's hard to believe it's already October! We hope to bring you this newsletter each month to highlight important events, resources, and information that will support your science teaching. If you haven't already, please consider joining one or more of the professional science organizations below. Joining professional educator organizations provides you with access to a network of other dedicated colleagues and access to high-quality resources and professional development opportunities. Check out the information below on the upcoming LSTA/LATM joint conference in Baton Rouge in November.

The following information is from the state department:

Science sessions will be offered at each Teacher Leader Collaboration throughout the 15-16 school year. Grade level tasks will be released throughout the school year. The first set will be posted early in the fall. All science resources can be found at http://www.louisianabelieves.com/resources/library/k-12-science-resources.

Louisiana Science Teachers' Association & Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics Joint Conference

Monday, Nov. 9th, 8:30am to Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 12:30pm

Baton Rouge River Center, Baton Rouge, LA, United States

Baton Rouge, LA

NSTA Awards and Recognitions Now Open

Nominate yourself or a colleague for outstanding work in the field of science education. The National Science Teachers' Association awards entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on 11/30/2015, via online submission (with the exception of the Shell Science Teaching Award whose deadline is 11/18/2015). More information can be found here.

1st grade science teacher Mrs. Laurie Condon's students had a blast building LEGO WeDo robots!

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Saturday Science at LSU: Energy, Economics, and the Environment

Saturday, Oct. 10th, 9:30-11:30am

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, United States

Baton Rouge, LA

These lectures for students, teachers, and the public are held on select Saturdays in 130 Nicholson Hall. See more details and the full calendar here.

Solar Viewing at Highland Road Park Observatory

Saturday, Oct. 31st, 12-2pm

13800 Highland Road

Baton Rouge, LA

Weather permitting, HRPO staff shows the Sun in three manners--indirectly via projection onto a white surface, directly via safely-filtered optical light and directly with a brand new Coronoda Solar Max II H-alpha telescope. With these techniques, visitors are able to see any sizable sunspots or flares occurring. Do not miss the highest level of solar activity for the next ten to twenty years! Protective clothing and sunscreen recommended. Find more information on the Highland Road Observatory website.

Resources worth a look

Louisiana Department of Ed teacher support toolbox has these instructional resources posted for K-12 science teachers.


TimelyPick pulls together top science news stories to spark ideas for bringing current events into your classroom learning experiences.


CS is Fun curates web-based resources for exposing students to computer science.


The U.S. Forest Service offers these free scientist trading cards that show real scientists involved in the work that they do. (example shown below)

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