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Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing. For more tips on conserving water in the home and yard, go to:Eartheasy.com

CompareCards is offering 4 $5,000 grants to be used for financial literacy programs in schools. To be eligible, schools must be a public, private, or charter K-12 school located in the United States. The school must have implemented or arelooking to implement a financial education program and must share overall results with CompareCards upon the program's completion. For more information, go to: CompareCards


It’s unhealthy to be a couch potato. Yet, a new study finds, at least 70 percent of U.S. 12- to 15-year olds spend too much time in front of a TV or computer...
To continue reading, go to: Screen time: Most U.S. teens overindulge


Farmers often use chemicals to kill the bugs that dine on crops. But insects aren't the poisons' only victims. A new study links widespread use of one insecticide with a drop in the number of local birds…
To continue reading, go to: Bug-killer linked to decline in birds


High-altitude help from extinct ancestors Tibet has been called the “roof of the world.” It’s a vast region in southwest China that sits on the highest plateau on Earth. It's cold and dry…
To continue reading, go to: High-altitude help from extinct ancestors


Footprints found a half-century ago in a cave in Romania may be the oldest such human impressions in Europe, researchers now conclude. They may even be the oldest in the world. But there’s a bit of controversy about that…
To continue reading, go to: Newly dated footprints: Oldest human tracks?


Antibiotics are wonder drugs. They can cure infections that used to commonly kill people. In recent years, however, many of the bacteria that these medicines used to wipe out are finding ways to survive. That means potentially killer infections are cropping up more often…
To continue reading, go to: Explainer: What you can do to fight antibiotic resistance


A partial skull and a handful of other bones is all that’s left of one enormous bird. Construction workers unearthed its fossil parts three decades ago near Charleston International Airport in South Carolina. But this animal predated that airport and any nearby towns by some 28 million years. Now scientists think they’ve answered an important question about this supersized bird: Could it fly? And their conclusion: Not by using its wings alone…
To continue reading, go to: Mega-bird!


Every action has a cost. That’s as true for driving a car as it is for growing food and delivering it to your dinner plate. A team of researchers has just tallied the costs of producing meat versus other types of foods for human diners…
To continue reading, go to: Your food choices affect Earth’s climate


The sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause more than a tan or burn. Indeed, their influence goes more than skin deep — to the brain, a new study finds. It showed that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light causes mice to make a feel-good chemical. And that chemical may explain why so many people feel compelled to get a tan…
To continue reading, go to: Sunlight makes pleasure chemical in the body


One of the earliest birds roamed 150 million years ago. This was during the late Jurassic period, the heyday of dinosaurs. Named Archaeopteryx (AR-kee-OP-tur-iks), this flight-less fowl grew to the size of a well-fed pigeon. A new fossil of the bird is now ruffling scientists’ beliefs about what drove the early evolution of feathers…
To continue reading, go to: This dino-bird is super-feathered


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has just revealed its Z-2 space suit. Though its styling suggests 1980s sci-fi, this astronaut apparel has been designed for the future. It is the second mock-up of a suit that NASA hopes will eventually protect explorers walking on Mars or drilling into an asteroid. “Space suit design is [based] on where you’re going and what you’re doing,” explains Amy Ross. A space suit designer, she works at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas…
To continue reading, go to: What to wear on Mars


Most people think they know what a whale is. It’s one of those enormous animals that cruise the ocean. But ask what distinguishes whales from dolphins (or from porpoises), and things get fuzzy. The answer isn’t just size. A major problem is that “whale” isn’t even a scientific term…
To continue reading, go to: Explainer: What is a whale?


Kitchen sponges, hand soaps and toothpaste are among common household products that may include triclosan, a chemical to kill germs. On hands and around the home, it can prevent infections. But once that germ killer washes down the drain, it can become a menace. A new study finds that the chemical can thwart the process of cleaning sewage. That’s the dirty water flushed down toilets or washed down the drains of sinks…
To continue reading, go to: How a germ killer could backfire


Imagine a life without pain. No throbbing headaches. No stinging sunburns. No aching joints. If you think that sounds great, think again…
To continue reading, go to: Owww! The science of pain


Trains fascinated Paul Taylor when he was a young boy growing up in northern England. Sometimes he would follow an abandoned track, looking for keepsakes to cart home…
To continue reading, go to: Fossil hunting can start as child’s play


After a large meal, fat cells send a “stop eating” signal to the brain. A chemical called leptin — one of the body’s hormones — relays that signal to important brain cells called neurons. But a new study in mice suggests that neurons aren’t the only cells getting that “I’m full” message. Leptin also excites brain cells called astrocytes. And they, too, may play a role in turning off hunger, a new study finds…
To continue reading, go to: Hunger’s little helpers


This umbrella ‘listens’ to rain — for science Someday, umbrellas may do more than just keep people dry. A researcher in the Netherlands has designed a simple sensor that “listens” to rain. And that sensor can turn a bumbershoot into a rain-measuring whiz…
To continue reading, go to: This umbrella ‘listens’ to rain — for science


Research has shown that dark chocolate can be good for the heart and more. Now scientists report evidence that chocolate might not be acting alone. In some cases, it may get help from bacteria hanging out in your gut. Those bacteria can break down certain compounds in the chocolate. And it’s those smaller molecules that can relax blood vessels to help the heart, a Louisiana team reported March 19 at the American Chemical Society meeting in Dallas, Texas…
To continue reading, go to: Some of chocolate’s health benefits may trace to ‘bugs’


Most animals, plants and other organisms possess a broad range of traits, or features. For instance, within a species, some individuals might be bigger. Some might be faster or better camouflaged. Others might have genes that allow them to resist disease, better digest some foods or even learn new tasks more quickly…
To continue reading, go to: Caught in the act


Antibiotics are wonder drugs. They treat a range of bacterial infections, from battle wounds and pneumonia to tuberculosis and pinkeye. But these medicines are losing their edge. Germs are becoming immune to the drugs that had been created to slay them. This dangerous trend has been emerging across the globe…
To continue reading, go to: The war on superbugs


Pesticides are designed to kill particular classes of organisms. Most target a narrow range of species of insects, mites or nematodes. That doesn’t mean they can’t, however, also poison other critters, including bees or even people.
To continue reading, go to: How to limit the need for pesticides


Wrap-around smartphones and roll-up computer tablets could soon be coming to a store near you. A British electronics firm has created a plastic transistor. That could make possible a host of devices with flexible electronic displays...
To continue reading, go to: Digital displays get flexible


Flick on a light at home and chances are a glass bulb or tube will start to glow. The two most common types of electric lights — incandescent and fluorescent — have worked pretty well for a long time. Make that too long: Both types are so last century...
To continue reading, go to: Digital lighting goes organic


May 16 and 17, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Rancho Seco, Herald, CA
This event is open to the public so bring a picnic basket and come and learn about solar energy while cheering on your favorite team. The North American Power Boast Association will be exhibiting some demonstration trials. While you are there, take a turn at casting for fly fishing, try paddle boarding, and look for some of the bald eagles who call the park their home...
For more information, go to:
https://www.smud.org/en/residential/education-safety/teachers-and-students/
documents/Energy%20Ed%20News-Spring-2014.pdf


Interested in promoting solar energy technology at your school? Apply to become a SMUD Solar Champion! We’ll set you up with classroom instruction, free giveaways, a Solar Schoolhouse classroom kit, and a Solar School-house fountain kit. Get started by attending a Solar Schoolhouse Primer workshop, August 23 This six-hour workshop will demonstrate solar technology and provide curriculum ideas including solar activities for your classroom. If you teach at any school in SMUD’s service area, this workshop is for you. Parking is free, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Sign up today by emailing SMUD’s Energy & Technology Center at ETCmail@smud.org. Seating is limited....
For more information, go to:

https://www.smud.org/en/residential/education-safety/teachers-and-students/
documents/Energy%20Ed%20News-Spring-2014.pdf


In spite of the last minute rains, California remains in the grip of a drought, and the recent rains did little more than change the landscape from brown to green in much of the state. Our major reservoirs remain well below historical average capacity for this time of year at 40% to 50% of capacity, snowpack is at 28% of normal and disturbing reports have been coming out regarding groundwater levels throughout the Central Valley. The ramifications have been building since Governor Brown issued a drought declaration in January as several California communities are facing the depletion of their water supplies; both the Federal and State water projects announced there would be zero water allocations this year if drought conditions persist and the same climatic variables driving the drought has driven a three-fold increase in the number of fires CALFIRE has battled since January. California — and each of us as citizens of this state — is facing some tough decisions regarding the immediate and long-term future of our water resources....
To continue reading, go to:

https://www.smud.org/en/residential/education-safety/teachers-and-students/
documents/Energy%20Ed%20News-Spring-2014.pdf


Participants, We are seeking art submissions from schools, individuals and groups for the following FREE exhibit opportunities.

After these exhibits end all art will travel to additional venues and be included in the final installation at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. We want to continue growing as many new art opportunities as possible, with your participation, this is possible.

To reserve spots, email me your answers to the questions pertaining to the exhibit you want to participate in. We are also gathering lesson plans from individuals around our nation based on these exhibits, participants will receive a free copy.

Jennifer Marsh
jennifer@thedreamrocket.com

JUNE 2014
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
, West Orange, NJ 53 spots left
Exhibit: June 7 – August 31
Theme: Innovation – Edison and Beyond
Art deadline: May 7 (postmarked)
Status: Seeking Submissions
Cost: Free

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park, NY 25 spots left
Exhibit: June 1 – August 1
Title: Keeping the Dream Alive
Theme: Eleanor Roosevelt as a humanitarian and civil rights advocate
Art deadline: May 1 (postmarked)
Status: Seeking Submissions
Cost: Free
"The Exhibits are generously sponsored by Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt, a project to preserve her Val-Kill home and a charitable partner to the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

OCTOBER 2014
Hiller Aviation Museum
, San Carlos, CA 93 spots left
Exhibit: October 14 – November 25
Title/theme: Adventure by Air: Discovery, Exploration and Innovation through Flight
Art deadline: September 1 (postmarked)
Status: Seeking Submissions
Cost: Free

Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, MA 53 spots left
Exhibit: October 1 – November 30
Title: Who Am I?
Theme: Personal connection to immigration or migration
Art deadline: September 1 (postmarked)
Status: Seeking Submissions
Cost: Free
The DRP becomes the caretaker for all art submissions so we can continue sending them to other venues in the following years as opportunities become available. Website:The Dream Rocket. View art submissions on Flickr.

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Thomas Edison National Historical Park West Orange, NJ
Exhibit date: June 7 - August 31, 2014
Due date: May 7 (postmarked)
Theme: Innovation - Edison and Beyond
To reserve your spots in this exhibit respond to this email with your answers to the below questions (just cut and paste).
Yes, our school/group/me would like to participate in the Thomas Edison National Historical Park Exhibition.
School/Group/Your Name:
Teachers Name:
Address:
City:
Zip:
State:
Country:
Phone:
Email:
• How many artworks are you planning on submitting?
• How many students may be involved?
• How many classes might be involved?
• What grade levels might participate?
Details
RESERVE YOUR SPOTS: Fill out the above questions and email me back your answers. I will email you a confirmation along with submissions forms and other details.
THEME:"Innovation - Edison and Beyond". This theme can be interpenetrated in anyway you would like giving you a lot of flexibility. The art can be as literal or abstracted as participants would like but try to do as much research/learning about this theme as time allows.
SIZE: Each artwork needs to be as close to 2-feet by 2-feet in size as you can get them.
INDIVIDUAL VS GROUP: On average, 6 people collaborate on each submission, but we also have plenty of submissions made by 1 person and others made by 16 people. This is totally up to you. They can each make their own, or all collaborate on one, or work in pairs.
MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES: We only take textile based submissions. If you have to use paper, either you or I can have them laminated when finished. I have a materials cheat sheet that I can email you.
SUBMISSION FORMS: I will email you submission forms once you place your reservation.
• We are collecting lesson plans from teachers/group leaders who have approached this theme and other themes, we will email all participates a small booklet at the conclusion of this exhibit, as well as a collection of 100 lesson plans in 2015 for free.
• If you would like to submit and/or receive these booklets please let us know. The lesson plan due date for this exhibit is May 7. I have attached a lesson plan template for you to use.


Lowell National Historical Park Lowell, MA
Exhibit date: October 1 - November 30, 2014
Due date: September 1 (postmarked)
Title: Who Am I?
Theme: Personal connection to immigration or Migration.
To reserve your spots in this exhibit respond to this email with your answers to the below questions (just cut and paste). Yes, our school/group/me would like to participate in the Lowell National Historical Park Exhibition.
School/Group/Your Name:
Teachers Name:
Address:
City:
Zip:
State:
Country:
Phone:
Email:
• How many artworks are you planning on submitting?
• How many students may be involved?
• How many classes might be involved?
• What grade levels might participate?
Details
RESERVE YOUR SPOTS: Fill out the above questions and email me back your answers. I will email you a confirmation along with submissions forms and other details.
TITLE: Who Am I? Theme: Personal connection to immigration or Migration. This theme can be interpenetrated in anyway you would like giving you a lot of flexibility. The art can be as literal or abstracted as participants would like but try to do as much research/learning about this theme as time allows.
SIZE: Each artwork needs to be as close to 2-feet by 2-feet in size as you can get them.
INDIVIDUAL VS GROUP: On average, 6 people collaborate on each submission, but we also have plenty of submissions made by 1 person and others made by 16 people. This is totally up to you. They can each make their own, or all collaborate on one, or work in pairs.
MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES: We only take textile based submissions. If you have to use paper, either you or I can have them laminated when finished. I have a materials cheat sheet that I can email you.
SUBMISSION FORMS: I will email you submission forms once you place your reservation.
• We are collecting lesson plans from teachers/group leaders who have approached this theme and other themes, we will email all participates a small booklet at the conclusion of this exhibit, as well as a collection of 100 lesson plans in 2015 for free.
• If you would like to submit and/or receive these booklets please let us know. The lesson plan due date for this exhibit is September 1. I have attached a lesson plan template for you to use.

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site Hyde Park, NY
Exhibit date: June 1 - August 1
Due date: May 1 (postmarked)
Title: Keeping the Dream Alive
Theme: Eleanor Roosevelt as a humanitarian and civil rights advocate.
"The Exhibits are generously sponsored by Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt, a project to preserve her Val-Kill home and a charitable partner to the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

To reserve your spots in this exhibit respond to this email with your answers to the below questions (just cut and paste). Yes, our school/group/me would like to participate in the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historical Park Exhibition.
School/Group/Your Name:
Teachers Name:
Address:
City:
Zip:
State:
Country:
Phone:
Email:
• How many artworks are you planning on submitting?
• How many students may be involved?
• How many classes might be involved?
• What grade levels might participate?
Details
RESERVE YOUR SPOTS: Fill out the above questions and email me back your answers. I will email you a confirmation along with submissions forms and other details.
TITLE: Keeping the Dream Alive, Theme: Eleanor Roosevelt as a humanitarian and civil rights advocate. This theme can be interpenetrated in anyway you would like giving you a lot of flexibility. The art can be as literal or abstracted as participants would like but try to do as much research/learning about this theme as time allows.
SIZE: Each artwork needs to be as close to 2-feet by 2-feet in size as you can get them.
INDIVIDUAL VS GROUP: On average, 6 people collaborate on each submission, but we also have plenty of submissions made by 1 person and others made by 16 people. This is totally up to you. They can each make their own, or all collaborate on one, or work in pairs.
MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES: We only take textile based submissions. If you have to use paper, either you or I can have them laminated when finished. I have a materials cheat sheet that I can email you.
SUBMISSION FORMS: I will email you submission forms once you place your reservation.
• We are collecting lesson plans from teachers/group leaders who have approached this theme and other themes, we will email all participates a small booklet at the conclusion of this exhibit, as well as a collection of 100 lesson plans in 2015 for free.
• If you would like to submit and/or receive these booklets please let us know. The lesson plan due date for this exhibit is May 1. I have attached a lesson plan template for you to use.

Hiller Aviation Museum San Carlos, CA
Exhibit date: October 14 - November 25
Due date: September 1 (postmarked)
Title: Adventure by Air
Theme: Discovery, Exploration and Innovation through Flight
To reserve your spots in this exhibit respond to this email with your answers to the below questions (just cut and paste). Yes, our school/group/me would like to participate in the Hiller Aviation Museum Exhibition.
School/Group/Your Name:
Teachers Name:
Address:
City:
Zip:
State:
Country:
Phone:
Email:
• How many artworks are you planning on submitting?
• How many students may be involved?
• How many classes might be involved?
• What grade levels might participate?
Details
RESERVE YOUR SPOTS: Fill out the above questions and email me back your answers. I will email you a confirmation along with submissions forms and other details.
TITLE:Adventure by Air: Discovery, Exploration and Innovation through Flight. This theme can be interpenetrated in anyway you would like giving you a lot of flexibility. The art can be as literal or abstracted as participants would like but try to do as much research/learning about this theme as time allows.
SIZE: Each artwork needs to be as close to 2-feet by 2-feet in size as you can get them.
INDIVIDUAL VS GROUP: On average, 6 people collaborate on each submission, but we also have plenty of submissions made by 1 person and others made by 16 people. This is totally up to you. They can each make their own, or all collaborate on one, or work in pairs.
MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES: We only take textile based submissions. If you have to use paper, either you or I can have them laminated when finished. I have a materials cheat sheet that I can email you.
SUBMISSION FORMS: I will email you submission forms once you place your reservation.
• We are collecting lesson plans from teachers/group leaders who have approached this theme and other themes, we will email all participates a small booklet at the conclusion of this exhibit, as well as a collection of 100 lesson plans in 2015 for free.
• If you would like to submit and/or receive these booklets please let us know. The lesson plan due date for this exhibit is September 1. I have attached a lesson plan template for you to use.

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Jennifer Marsh, Donald B. and Twila Catron, Sr. Professorship of Art at Washburn University
The Dream Rocket Project



It's that time of the year again for the Energy Commission's Energy Calendar Contest for 2015. Get your imagination and creative muses ready and enter your artwork for a chance to be featured in the annual energy calendar. For more information, go to:
http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/art_gallery/calendar_contest.html


eduClipper is a social learning platform for teachers and students to curate, create and share educational content, available for free on the iPad through Apple's App Store. The app allows users to build personalized learning portfolios that showcase both personal achievement and academic growth. Teachers can create and administer project-based assessments and provide students with dynamic feedback on their work. For more information go to:
http://www.grantwrangler.com/grantManager/templates/?a=1232&z=0


MySchoolWish is an online communication tool in which schools can list their school needs (i.e. football helmets, copy paper, books, etc.) on their FuelMySchool page. Members of the community can become a real-life genie by granting school wishes online. For more information go to:
http://www.fuelmyschool.com/schools/


The GoPro Everything We Make Sweepstakes is open worldwide to individuals age 13 or older who have an active email account. Entrants may submit an entry once a day, every day for a chance to win 1 GoPro HERO3 Black Edition camera plus 1 of every HERO3 Black Edition compatible accessory that GoPro makes (subject to availability). GoPro will select 1 winner every day. For more information go to:
http://gopro.com/daily-giveaway/


Join schools from throughout Northern California for a fun-filled day of competitions in speed, distance, maneuverability and more. This academic competition provides a chance for students to learn about renewable energy using solar while celebrating the aquatic history of California... If you are interested in participating or just want more information, please visit the website:


https://www.smud.org/en/about-smud/environment/renewable-energy/solar-regatta.htm


National Event: April 24 – 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Over the next several months, more than 9,500 high school students and 4,500 middle school students will compete in 70 high school and 50 middle school regional Science Bowl tournaments. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl®, and sponsors the NSB finals competition. The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time... For more information, go to:


http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/


Sponsored by ING, the ING Unsung Heroes K-12 Education Awards will select 100 teachers (based on their creative, innovative classroom projects and unique educational programs) to receive $2,000. Of the 100 finalists, 3 will be selected for additional financial awards, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.
http://www.ing-usa.com/us/aboutING/CorporateCitizenship/Education/INGUnsungHeroes/index.htm


We Give Books is a new digital initiative from the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don't have them. All of the picture books are available for online reading and are appropriate for children up to age 10. There is a mix of fiction and nonfiction, a range of authors, and an equal balance between read-alouds and books for independent readers. For more information, go to:
http://www.wegivebooks.org/


CICF focuses its efforts on programs designed to improve the quality of life in communities served by the cruise industry. The Foundation supports programs that enhance educational opportunities for youth, including those designed to improve literacy, teach basic life skills, and promote good citizenship. CICF also supports academic enrichment opportunities aimed at enhancing student proficiencies in reading, math, and science. For more information, go to:
http://www.cruisefoundation.org/


Dollar General, in collaboration with ALA, AASL and NEA, is sponsoring a school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries in states served by Dollar General. The fund will provide $10,000-20,000 grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by a disaster. In addition, 2 catastrophic grants of $50,000 each will be awarded annually. Grants are to replace or supplement books, media, and library equipment in the school library setting. For more information, go to:
http://www.ala.org/aasl/aaslawards/beyondwords/disasterrelief


JetStream, the National Weather Service Online Weather School, is designed to help K-12 educators and emergency managers learn about weather and weather safety. The information contained in JetStream is arranged by subject, beginning with global and large scale weather patterns followed by lessons on air masses, wind patterns, cloud formations, thunderstorms, lightning, hail, damaging winds, tornadoes, tropical storms, cyclones, and flooding. "Learning Lessons" interspersed in JetStream can be used to enhance the overall educational experience. For more information, go to:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/jetstream/index.htm


DataStreme Atmosphere is an AMS major pre-college teacher enhancement initiative to train weather education resource teachers. The program shows how to teach K-12 science, mathematics, and technology using weather. Resource teachers participate in the DataStreme Atmosphere distance-learning course, offered twice a year to selected participants. The 13-week course focuses on the study of the atmospheric environment through the use of electronically-transmitted weather data and learning materials, such as study guide readings and investigations. For more information, go to:
http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/DataStremeFrames.html


The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The Foundation provides up to $10,000 for programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic, and creative abilities of children from low-income households. Eligible applicants must be employed by schools or non-profit organizations, have direct and regular contact with students in grades preK-12, and work with students from low-income households. For more information, go to:
http://www.mccartheydressman.org/academic.html


Scientists now have one polar ice study to rule them all. An international team of researchers has compiled 20 years of data from 10 satellite missions to create the most comprehensive assessment to date of Greenland’s and Antarctica’s shrinking ice sheets…
http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/346733/
description/Shrinking_polar_ice_caused_one-fifth_of_sea_level_rise


Researchers create new material that may be world’s hardestDiamonds have long been considered the world’s hardest material. Scrape one across any surface, and it will leave a scratch. Press one into any surface, and it will make a dent. But the prized mineral’s record status now appears in peril: Researchers have created a new material that may be even harder than diamond.
http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/345990/description/FOR_KIDS_Harder_than_diamonds


Mars rover finds rocks that show where water once flowed Since August, NASA's Curiosity rover has been exploring a giant Martian crater with a mountain in the middle. Scientists announced in late September that if the rover had arrived at this spot 3.5 billion years earlier, it might have landed with a splash. Curiosity seems to have landed in the middle of a former streambed…
http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/345994/description/FOR_KIDS_Curiosity%E2%80%99s_watery_find


The AIAA Foundation gives up to $200 to science and math programs. Eligible applicants include AIAA Educator Associates who are K-12 teachers that apply science, mathematics, and technology in their curriculum. Grants may be used for classroom demonstration kits, classroom science supplies, or other materials that energize science, math, and technology hands-on learning. For more information, go to:
http://www.grantwrangler.com/GrantManager/templates/?a=66&z=0


Horton and the Mayor of Whoville have teamed up in the fight against climate change. Download your guide to find out what their tips are for you to help in the fight.
http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/publications/pubdocs/HortonESActiv508.pdf


How do you provide reliable healthcare Riders is an award-winning nonprofit that works to make sure all health workers in Africa have access to reliable transportation so they can reach the most isolated and vulnerable people. Riders' providers use low-tech motorcycles with high fuel efficiency. The organization also makes sure that the bikes are well-maintained, and the health workers ride them responsibly, so that they provide reliable transportation in remote areas and emissions are kept to a minimum.
http://www.riders.org/default.aspx


The Center for Global Development (CGD) in Washington, D.C. has a new online database called Carbon Monitoring for Action (CARMA) that documents the carbon emissions of thousands of individual power plants worldwide, giving people access to information helpful for reducing fossil fuel pollution in their regions. Check the power plants in your area at
http://carma.org/


Create a lesson plan and qualify to win a mobile digital camera lab plus as many as 43 different grants for hardware and software. The program is sponsored by Olympus. Deadlines are open. For more information, go to
http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/grant_awards


NASA offers a number of activities requiring students to apply their math skills to solve problems in space. The problems are authentic glimpses of modern engineering issues that arise in designing satellites to work in space. Each word problem has background information providing insight into the sun-Earth system, specifically space weather. Teachers' guides with answer keys are also included.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/
listbytype/Extra-Credit_Problems_in_Space_Science.html


The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy offers 350 lessons and activities on energy efficiency and renewable energy. It's website, "K-12 Energy Lesson Plans and Activities," organizes the materials by grade level and topic. A wide range of topics are available, including biomass, geothermal, hydrogen and fuel cells, ocean energy, solar power, transportation fuels, wind energy, and energy efficiency and conservation. Site visitors can learn about passive solar buildings, advanced photovoltaics, or basic wind turbines. They can also take an energy awareness quiz, estimate their carbon footprint, and then find ways to reduce it. Access the website at
http://www.eere.energy.gov/education/lessonplans/.


The EPICS program invites high schools to create engineering projects in service-learning. Designed to engage and motivate high school students in the fields of engineering and computer sciences, this program offers much more by teaching them the professional skills needed to succeed in today's workforce.

EPICS is also offering summer training sessions to high school teachers and administrators who want to use the model for their students.

For more information about the EPICS program, visit
http://epics-high.ecn.purdue.edu/


Available for downloading from the NASA website is the poster and activity booklet, "What is Your Cosmic Connection to the Elements?" Find cool information about the cosmic origin of the chemical elements, the big bang, star life cycles, cosmic rays, and fusion.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/
listbytype/What_Is_Your_Cosmic_Connection_Poster.html


Extraordinary Road Trip is an educational computer game that teaches players how driving affects air quality. Players make transportation decisions for 25 characters to learn how these choices impact the environment. XRT is fun and free edutainment for teens and drivers of all ages.
http://www.extraordinaryroadtrip.org/


Visit the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) Earth Portal, a website dedicated to science-based information about the environment. The portal was created by a global community of environmental experts and features an Encyclopedia of Earth, environmental news, and forum where experts discuss different issues. Check out all the Earth Portal has to offer at:
http://www.earthportal.org/


The Alliance to Save Energy is launching "Generation E," a nationwide campaign to help youth tackle climate change by promoting energy efficiency. Youth can register to form an Energy Club, and the Alliance will support them with activities, resources, guidance, and recognition. To learn more, visit
http://www.ase.org/


Do Something is a not-for-profit organization that works to inspire, support, and celebrate young social entrepreneurs and community activists. For more information, go to
http://www.dosomething.org/grants


As a Global Warming Ambassador, you will introduce the Federation to the general public through presentations and community events, explain how global warming affects wildlife habitat, and tell people what they can do to confront global warming. To get involved, visit
http://www.nwf.org/volunteertypes/


National Geographic's Global Warming Simulation is an interactive map charting climate change. It also provides resources that promote eco-friendly practices. To learn more, visit
http://green.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/gw-impacts-interactive.html


Global warming has increased the odds against survival for many wild creatures. The sea ice that polar bears call home is melting. In Yellowstone National Park, the whitebark pine seeds that grizzly bears eat are disappearing due to increasing beetle populations. Longer droughts are making food scarcer for California's bighorn sheep, and Pacific Northwest salmon must spawn in unnaturally warm waters. In Florida, the last remaining manatee families are battered by more frequent and intense tropical storms. Check the Sierra Club's interactive map to see endangered species in your area and how global warming is affecting them.
http://www.sierraclub.org/wildlife/species/map/


Finding Inspiration in Literature and Movies (F.I.L.M.) is sponsoring the Youth Film Project to encourage Hollywood to create more movies with positive messages. Several F.I.L.M. movies are now available for rental or purchase on DVD, including Happy Feet, and Dreamer: Inspired by You. F.I.L.M. offers online activity guides that focus on the main themes (such as the environment) from the movies and accompanying books. To learn more, visit
http://www.youthfilmproject.org/


The five focus areas for U.S. applicants are education, health and human services, arts and culture, civic, and the environment. Grants are also available to organizations outside the U.S. Boeing also provides in-kind donations and services. Guidelines, including deadlines for applications, are available at
http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/aboutus/community/focus_objectives.html


Correspondence Match is a two-year exchange between Peace Corps volunteers and students in U.S. classrooms to promote cross-cultural learning. Teachers can choose any region of the world, any kind of program (e.g., environment, agriculture, business, education, health), and even a specific volunteer. Participants receive a handbook to facilitate the exchange. To learn more, visit
http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/correspond/


Adobe will donate software to U.S. or international schools and qualified nonprofit organizations. Find out more at.
http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/philanthropy/software.html


Energy Quest, the California Energy Commission's energy education website for children, received two "Dottie Awards" at a presentation ceremony in Sacramento.

The Commission's website won top honors in the Education and History category. And when all the numbers were tabulated and judges' votes added up, Energy Quest had the highest numerical score and was given the "Top Dot" award - the top website of all 80 finalists. More...


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