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Fall 2012
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Welcome back to school! Fall is here and it's a great time to plan your field trip to Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Either at your school or at the Science Center, our naturalists will be happy to work with you to plan programs to fit your curriculum needs.

New this season:
  • our renovated deer exhibit includes new activities and information about white-tailed deer
  • our Blue Jay Exhibit gets students involved in Citizen Science 
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nhsta_articleThe Role of Informal Science in the State Education Agenda
reprinted from NSTA Express Extra, April 30, 2012

A new report from the National Governors Association looks at informal science activities and provides concrete ideas of how states can use informal science as part of their STEM education efforts.

 

The Role of Informal Science in the State Education Agenda asserts that informal sci­ence education-which largely takes place outside the classroom at museums, science centers, and other in­stitutions-can be an effective tool in a broader STEM agenda to help states achieve their goals.

 

Evaluations over the last decade of organized infor­mal science programs consistently have shown that such programs (1) raise student interest, confidence, and classroom achievement in math and science and (2) generate student interest in pursuing STEM studies and careers. Evidence also suggests that teacher pro­fessional development at informal science institutions can improve teacher effectiveness in the classroom. READ MORE 

teacher_epaaward 18 U.S. Teachers Receive Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

Story Time The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has announced the winners of the 2011-2012 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. Eighteen teachers from around the country are being recognized for their exceptional work as leaders in the field of environmental education in formal school settings. Award recipients and their local education agencies will receive monetary awards and commemorative plaques to help support and encourage their use of environmental education in their classrooms and schools. View the full list of award winners and learn how to apply for the award.  

homeschoolHomeschool Programs  
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Be a Scientist!
First Thursday of Each Month - November through April
10:00am - 11:30am
For ages 7 to 10 
November 1: BIOLOGY  
December 6: DENDROLOGY  
January 3: ECOLOGY  
February 7: ORNITHOLOGY  
March 7: MAMMALOGY  
April 4: ENTOMOLOGY   
There are many different types of scientists - from Dendrologists to Ornithologists and don't forget Entomologists, too. Become a scientist as you develop and test predictions and participate in and conduct experiments. Learn how to use keys and books to identify living and nonliving ecosystem components that make New Hampshire so unique. You will investigate a different scientific field of study each month.
Cost: $9/member child per session; $11/non-member child per session. Reserve all six programs for a discounted rate of $8/member child per session; $10/non-member child per session. One adult must attend with children for free. Each additional adult pays child fee. Program offerings are aligned with the New Hampshire Science Framework. Register by calling 603-968-7194 or email  info@nhnature.org.

wild encounters day Using Our Five Senses
First Thursday of Each Month - November through April
10:00am - 11:30am
For ages 4 to 6
November 1: TOUCH  
December 6: SMELL  
January 3: SOUND  
February 7: SIGHT  
March 7: TASTE  
April 4: Celebrate All Five Senses!  
How do we understand and interpret the world? With our senses of course! Learn all about your senses and put them to work as you explore what types of information we get from each of our senses. Learn how animals use their senses. The focus is on a different sense each month and the last day is a celebration of them all.
Cost: $9/member child per session; $11/non-member child per session. Reserve all six programs for a discounted rate of $8/member child per session; $10/non-member child per session. One adult must attend with children for free. Each additional adult pays child fee. Program offerings are aligned with the New Hampshire Science Framework. Register by calling 603-968-7194 or email  info@nhnature.org.
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Innovative K-12 Projects Funded 
The Kids in Need Foundation is dedicated to engaging students in the learning process by providing grants towards the purchase of supplies for students to participate in special classroom learning experiences. Kids in Need Teacher Grants, sponsored by retailers and education credit unions, help K-12 educators develop innovative learning opportunities for their students. The purpose of the grants is to provide support for classroom teachers who have innovative, meritorious ideas but lack the budget to bring them to life. Projects qualify for funding if they make creative use of common teaching aids, approach the curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities. Approximately 200 to 300 grants from $100 to $500 are awarded each year. The application deadline is September 30, 2012.

 

K-12 Science and Math Programs Supported

The mission of the Toshiba America Foundation is to promote quality science and mathematics education in U.S. K-12 schools. The Foundation provides grants through the following two initiatives: The Grants Program for K-5 Science and Math Education provides grants of up to $1,000 to teachers in public or private schools in order to improve the teacher's science and math teaching units. The application deadline is October 1, 2012. The Grants Program for 6-12 Science and Math Education provides small grants of up to $5,000 and large grants of over $5,000 to teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Applications for small grants may be submitted throughout the year. The annual application deadlines for large grants are February 1 and August 1. Visit the Foundation's website for details about each of the grant programs.

 

Implementation Funds for K-12 Healthy Eating Program

Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program founded by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, focuses on helping schools increase student awareness of and access to healthy eating and physical activity, and promoting sustainable changes in making schools healthier places. A nationwide funding program for K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 provides up to $4,000 per enrolled school to help implement the program. Funding may be used to support a range of program-related activities from in-school promotions to a kickoff and launch of the program. The upcoming application deadline is October 1, 2012. Visit the Fuel Up to Play 60 website to learn more about the program and to submit an online application.

 

Field Trips for K-12 Schools Supported

Target Field Trip Grants   

The Target Field Trip Grants program provides funds for K-12 field trips in order to give students throughout the country the opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom. Over 5,000 grants of up to $700 each will be awarded to educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff who are employed by accredited K-12 public, private, or charter schools only. (Parents, PTOs, after-school programs, Pre-K centers, and other nonprofit organizations are not eligible to apply.) Types of eligible trips include art, science, and cultural museum visits; community service and civic projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from the school facility. Funds may be used from January 2013 until the end of the school year to cover trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies. Online applications must be submitted by October 1, 2012. Visit the Target website to learn more about the program.