The K-12 Science Scoop

Coming to you from the Region 17 Education Service Center!

Science Learning Lineup

May 2022

"The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice." - Brian Herbert

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Calling all Physics and Calculus Teachers

Melanie Ungar, the Senior Academic Advisor in the physics program at Texas Tech is looking to recruit more local students. She would love the opportunity to connect with local physics and calculus teachers.

Melanie can be reached at,


Upcoming Professional Development with Region 17

June 9th

STAAR4Ward Science

June 10th

STAAR Redesign- All content areas

June 16th
Lead4Ward Intervention: Vocab & Visuals for Science and Social Studies (3-12)

June 23rd & 24th

Panhandle STEM Conference at Region 16

***If you are interested in participating click here.

June 28th

Corn in the Classroom K-5 Workshop

June 30th
How Tutoring Works

July 14th
Exploring Strategies to Connect Science and Literacy K-3

July 14th
Hacking Questions

July 18th & 19th
Thinking Maps- Two Day Training

July 20th
THL Curriculum Information Session for Leaders



July 22nd
New STAAR Item Types

August 2nd
How Tutoring Works


Save the Date

Be looking for registration links to come soon!

June 6th

Science workshop geared toward K-5 teachers. More information is coming soon!


Additional Learning Opportunities

Fostering a STEM Mindset

Partner with the Texas Mobile STEM Lab to refocus common classroom activities to engineering design challenges using an adaptable framework to make any activity into an engineering challenge. We’ll describe K-8 examples that illustrate how easy it is to make small tweaks to existing activities to fit an engineering design challenge template using supplies found in most classrooms and other low cost materials. Presenters will also review the TEA-approved K-8 Texas Mobile STEM Lab curriculum and the free resources available, including lesson plans, slide decks, rubrics, and career connections. In the longer workshop, participants will have a chance to design their own lesson plan with small group feedback using the model presented. Participants will leave the sessions with the ability to create integrated STEM activities, or modify an existing activity, using the engineering design challenge framework.

To register reach out to Joe Wilkerson at

UIL Math & Science Summer Camp

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Petroleum Science & Technology Institute for Texas high school STEM teachers

The University of Texas at Austin is offering its Petroleum Science & Technology Institute for Texas high school STEM teachers in-person this summer (July 18-22, 2022). All expenses are covered, and teachers who fully complete the program receive a stipend of $900. The deadline to register is May 2, with rolling admissions after that date if space is available.

More information and registration at

Science Safety Courses

The Science Safety courses are three one-hour courses designed to provide safety guidance to elementary, middle, and high school science educators. The courses are offered as a courtesy to educators and may not provide all the science safety guidance that schools and districts find necessary to meet laws and rules.

The courses are live in the catalog:

Direct Links:



High School

For questions on implementation, please contact Emily Tipps, Learning Management System Lead at

On-Ramps Quantum Computing Course

The new On-Ramps Quantum Computing course is a physics-based course that supports the latest Texas science standards in quantum physics as well as covering several STEM-relevant topics in classical optics, computer programming, cybersecurity, and linear algebra. More information about the course can be found at Teacher training and professional development are offered in the summer and throughout the school year.

Teachers or administrators wishing to find out more about the program can contact

Earth Science Teacher Education

Midland College Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC) is pleased to announce our new Earth Science Teacher Education class offering!

This class will take place in-person at PPDC (in downtown Midland) June 20-24, 2022. Course registration is limited to 30 participants for this 40-hour, $1,000, week-long class! Please see the attached flyer for more detailed information about the in-person offering. Course registration can be found at: , or by calling our office: 432-683-2832.

To alleviate the cost of travel for out-of-town class registrants, there will also be on-campus dorm housing available! The cost for housing will be $250 for the week without meals + $20 non-refundable background check fee. Participants will be allowed to move into the dorms on Sunday, June 19 and move out on Saturday, June 25 (at the latest). There is an application to apply for such housing on the Midland College website.

PPDC working with Regional Educational Service Centers, local professional societies, and Permian Basin industries to support this class in the form of scholarships for teachers to attend the class, assistance with supplying breakfast & lunch for the week-long class, as well as funding to cover costs associated with procuring class supplies. Please let me know if you would be interested in this sponsorship opportunity.


Virtual Labs for the Classroom

If you are looking for fun and engaging labs for students, here is a resource with a list of great virtual labs for you to incorporate into your science classroom.

Lab List


STAAR Information

Science STAAR Redesign

New STAAR Item Types will not be implemented until the Spring 2023 STAAR test.

To find more information on the STAAR Redesign please visit the embedded links below.

STAAR Redesign

New Question Types Scoring and Reporting Guide

Preliminary Spring 2023 STAAR Blueprints

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Additional STAAR Resources

There are several websites that allow you to create assessments using a format similar to the new item types that will be found on the Spring 2023 STAAR test.


TEKS Resource Assessment Center is working on an update to include new item type designs.


Curriculum Information

High School Science TEKS

The new Science High School TEKS were scheduled to be implemented in the 2023-2024 school year. However, science is now part of Proclamation 2024. This means that the new Science TEKS will not be implemented until the 2024-2025 school year with the exception of the Specialized Topics in Science courses. TEA and SBOE are working to implement by 2022.


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