CSATS STEM E-Newsletter
Connecting you and your students to STEM opportunities!
September 2016
Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year! We are exited to share with you many opportunities with Penn State Center for Science and the Schools, Penn State Outreach, and other foundations and institutions outreach efforts that benefit you and your students!  If you have questions or inquire about an opportunity, please contact Amanda Smith, CSATS STEM Outreach & Engagement Liaison, or the contact that may be provided in the announcement.
Best of luck starting out your school year and we look forward to hearing from you!
Center for Science & the Schools

Educator Opportunities
i-STEAM:  The Art of Science: Fun with Frogs
Millbrook Marsh Center
October 15, 2016
9:00 AM-2:30 PM

Want to do more integrated activities in your classroom? Do you like to frogs? Fun with Frogs will integrate literature, math, science, technology and the arts using several activities you can take back and replicate in your classroom.
Activities will support using literature to spark student intrigue in science, using scientific techniques, methods of observation, learning about the world around us, the life cycle, and using art to incorporate math and student led science documentation into your classroom.

Participants will also have a chance to win a free class trip to see the Center for Performing Arts School-Time Matinee presentation of A Year with Frog and Toad on March 20, 2017.

Please contact Ashley Rapsinksi, adb236@psu.edu

Center for Performing Arts at Penn State:  School Time Matinee Series
K-12 Teachers & students

Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State is proud to offer many matinees for teachers and students this 2016-2017 Academic Year! The first performance on September 21st, Montreal's Cirque √Čloize, Saloon, is a mix of theatre, music, acrobatics, and emotion.Saloon's depiction of historical themes of the American West moves to the euphoric energy of live country/folk music.  Tickets are $8 a student and bus subsidies is also offered!

For further information please contact Medora Ebersole, mde13@psu.edu

Project Wild Teacher Workshop
Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, Carlisle, PA
September 27,2016
8:30-3:00 PM
Registration Fee: $10

Project WILD   provides wildlife-based conservation and environmental education activities that are hands-on, easy to use, and fun. Workshop participants will experience several activities that focus on Pennsylvania-specific wildlife and habitat, and receive over 100 innovative and interdisciplinary ready-to-use classroom and outdoor activities. Discover activities that help you incorporate an environmental focus with science, math, language arts, music, art, and other subjects. Each participant will receive the Project WILD Activity guide and other additional teaching materials. This workshop is open to both formal educators and anyone who is interested in sharing nature with children.
Email Sarah Berg sberg@pa.gov or call (717) 486-3799

Student Opportunities
Manufacturing Day
Penn State DuBois
October 7, 2016
8:45 AM - 2:00 PM
9-12 Students

Students will have an opportunity to work with Penn State faculty on campus to analyze an engineering problem, design a solution and manufacture a finished product.  Students are highly encouraged from high school, vocational, technical and trade high schools to participate and learn about careers in manufacturing and engineering.   

Contact Sueann Doran, sdoran@psu.edu
for more information.

4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD):  Drone Discovery
October 5, 2016
K-12 Students

Each fall the 4-H National Youth Science Day engages millions of youth across America as they learn how to apply science principles to real world problems. This year will focus on Drone Discovery, an engineering design challenge, developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension.  It's a hands-on engineering design challenge that explores the science behind drones and how they are being used to solve real world problems. Youth will learn everything from flight dynamics and aircraft types, to safety and regulations, to remote sensing and flight control.

Your local 4-H Educator http://extension.psu.edu/4-h/counties
can provide training and resources for your school to participate in this national event.
Penn State Eberly College of Science Outreach
October 23, 2016
K-5 Students

This year's theme is "Haunted U: The Nittany Hallows" and feature lots of Harry Potter themed science!  Come join us for a fun filled day of Halloween themed science!
Registration will open September 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM and will go fast!  Reserve your spot on the 15th!  

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
Due date: November 7, 2016
High School Female Students

Calling all hackers, coders, and technical high school women! Applications for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing are now open to any U.S. high school woman with computing aspirations. This multi-tiered competition honors young women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions.

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing - Educator Award
Due Date: November 28, 2016
Educators, Administrators & Mentors

Calling all teachers, counselors, administrators, mentors, and other educators who encourage girls' interest and participation in technology pursuits! Applications for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Educator Award are now open. To be considered for this award, high school educators must complete a brief, online application and endorse at least one student for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.



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