August 2022

~ 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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Events & Activities

The Play Passport is available at the FNSB Parks and Recreation office (2nd floor located in Big Dipper Ice Arena). Complete 20 activities and receive a prize! You'll also be entered in a grand prize drawing on August 15th.


Join us for Fairbanks' 3rd Wild Salmon Day Celebration at the Tanana Lakes Recreation Pavilion at the end of South Cushman. This is a free, family-friendly community picnic where we talk salmon, eat salmon, and commit to protecting salmon. We'll have live music, singing, drumming, storytelling, tables and activities to join in from your local community organizations. And of course, we'll have free salmon and food! More information on partners, speakers, music coming soon. Mark your calendars now!

How can your family be safe online?

Learn how in a one-hour livestream event for K-5 children and their parent or guardian.

Through fun family activities, you'll learn all about #phishing, #encryption, #passwords, and #PII. Plus, you'll create your own family cyber safety plan!

Family Cyber Safety Night takes place August 16, 2022 at 6 PM CT. You won't want to miss it!
Register here!

Brought to you by DoDEA!

Celebrate the fall migration as thousands of Sandhill Cranes begin their journey south for the winter. The Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival is held the 3rd weekend of August, and features internationally renowned speakers, artists, and guides. Activities and workshops are offered for all ages, which include guided walks, birdwatching, photography, falconry, crane calling, and many other related activities with ample opportunities for observing cranes and other fall migrants.

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

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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Climate Stripes!

If you're in Fairbanks stop by the International Arctic Research Center, on the fourth floor of the Akasofu Building, on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus to see these giant (40-foot-long) climate stripes showing Arctic temperature change from 1900 to 2021.

The International Arctic Research Center hopes that decision-makers, reporters, classes, and the interested public will use these stripes to visualize just how much the Arctic is changing and be inspired to make a difference for its future.

The building is open weekdays from 9 am - 5 pm.

For more information, click here!


STEM Branching Out: K-12 Student Competition

Competition Opens: Monday, August 1st

Deadline: on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, August 31st


Do you have an extracurricular or activity that you participate in outside of school? The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants you to share how your extracurricular relates to STEM. The details below contain instructions for you to enter. TWELVE prizes will be awarded – three for K-2nd grade, three for 3rd-5th grade, three for 6th-8th grade, and three for 9th-12th.


K-2nd grade:

  • Leapfrog Academy

3rd -5th grade:

  • Q-BA-MAZE 2.0: Ultimate Stunt Set

6th-8th grade:

  • Mini Projector

9th-12th grade:

  • Mini Projector

How to Enter:

  • To enter the contest, complete the form and attach your file. Make sure you include your parent or guardian’s contact information so we can get their permission to post your file on our website. The contest opens on Monday, August 1st, 2022. The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, August 31st, 2022.
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High School Students: Enter the Science in Action Comic Strip Contest!

Winning art will receive great visibility as NASA and SciArt Exchange share it via digital communication and in-person displays that inspire and educate everyone about the impact NASA's science in action has here on Earth. Winners will also receive a personalized trophy and certificate.

Use your comic strip artwork to tell one of these three success stories:
- Palau fish stocks in danger - satellite data to the rescue!
- ​Satellite data and savvy scientists save civilians from worsening wildfire hazards!
​- ​Citizens of Thailand avoid harmful air with 'quality' satellite data!

Follow the steps below to participate in the contest!

- First, Get Inspired to create your comic with one of three NASA success stories.
- Second, read the guidelines and create your comic.
- Last, Prepare your artwork for submission to the online entry form.

Entries are due online August 31, 2022.

Resources for Families & Educators

Use this resource from PBS Learning Media to have your children practice finding problems and identifying solutions! #MollyofDenali

National PTA and Bayer: STEM Families

Don't limit the STEM fun to school - bring the STEM excitement home and get the whole family involved in the fun!

Teachers! School is back in session and ORISE wants to help e-LAMINATE some of your back to school stress with our social media contest! Throughout the month of August, we want you to reflect on your teaching experience and tell us if you could go back and talk to yourself at the beginning of your teaching career, what advice would you give yourself?

The deadline for this contest is August 31. Visit the STEM Competitions for K-12 Educators page for more info!

Volunteer Opportunities