Climate Change in Focus: Student Video Contest

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Environmental Education Foundation have launched an exciting video challenge for middle school students called Climate Change in Focus.  This contest asks middle school students to make a video that expresses why they care about climate change and what they are doing to reduce emissions or to prepare for its impacts.  Winning videos will be highlighted on the EPA website and the top three entries will receive cool prizes like a solar charging backpack.  Winning class projects will receive special recognition for their school.  The first 100 entrants will also receive a year’s subscription to National Geographic Kids Magazine. The deadline for submissions is March 10.

The National Environmental Education Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are partnering to bring you this climate change student video contest. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create a video that is 30-120 seconds long (so 2 minutes maximum) and that answers these two questions:

  1.     Why do you care about climate change?
  2.     How are you reducing carbon pollution or preparing for the impacts of climate change?

Your video should describe how climate change affects you, your family, friends, and community, now or in the future. Be cool! Be creative! Use storytelling or images or shadow puppets or anything that explains the steps you’re taking, or could take, to reduce carbon pollution and prepare for a changing climate. Feel free to recruit your friends and make it a group project (one prize will be awarded for each winning entry).

For more information, visit http://epa.gov/climatestudents/contest.html.

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Workshop on Engaging Persons with Disabilities in the Environmental Sciences and Forestry

We are pleased to announce a new partnership between the Forest Service and the University of Southern Maine to develop a hybrid experiential educational program linking real time learning experiences with Real Time data to better engage students and staff with special needs in the environmental sciences and forestry.

Read the Press Release from the Forest Service.

Our first activity is a half-day workshop to be held at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest on March 14, 2014, where our USM colleagues will present 10 years of experience working with STEM students with disabilities, our Hubbard Brook staff will share background on our RealTime environmental sensor technology, and we will have a panel discussion to explore avenues of cooperation and collaboration between the programs. A flyer is attached.

Download the attached flyer

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Environmental and STEM Education: A Natural Connection

Thanks to Rick Reynolds for posting and sharing his Prezi!

References & Resources
Archie, M. (2003). Advancing Education through Environmental Literacy. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Download at: http://repositories.tdl.org/tamug-ir/handle/1969.3/27975

Bell, J., Wilson, J., and Liu, G.. Neighborhood Greenness and 2-year Changes in Body Mass Index of Children and Youth. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2008;35(6):547-553. Download at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19000844

The National Education and Environment Partnership. (2002). Environmental Education and Educational Achievement: Promising Programs and Resources. Washington, DC: National Environmental Education and Training Foundation. Download at: http://www.neefusa.org/pdf/prom-programs.pdf

The National Environmental Education Foundation. (2000, Sep). Environment-Based Education: Creating High Performance Schools and Students. Washington, DC: National Environmental Education Foundation. Abstract at: http://www.neefusa.org/pdf/NEETF8400.pdf

Ritz, Stephen. (2012). A Teacher Growing Green in the South Bronx. TED.com. http://www.ted.com/talks/stephen_ritz_a_teacher_growing_green_in_the_south_bronx.html

Taylor, A. & Kuo, F. Children with Attention Deficits Concentrate Better after Walk in the Park. Journal of Attention Disorders. 2008;12(5):402-409.  Abstract at: http://jad.sagepub.com/content/12/5/402

More Research, Case Studies, and Ideas at:
Children & Nature Network: http://www.childrenandnature.org/documents/C118
National Environmental Education Week: http://www.eeweek.org/resources/EE_benefits
Greening STEM: Taking Technology Outdoors: http://www.eeweek.org/pdf/EE_Week_2013_Educator_Toolkit.pdf
Facing the Future: http://www.facingthefuture.org/

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Seeking Reviewers for NH Student Applications to Youth Science Camp

We are seeking Science formal and non-formal educators to review applications from our NH students for participation in the National Youth Science Camp.

The review process will be entirely online this year.

If you are interested in reviewing the applications of NH students, please submit your name and contact information at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-Vmgh7VqpNKJ55xFacCb9wCkRD5EgVm1jZ_WqY8rdK0/viewform

Apply to review student applications.

More information on Youth Science Camp

The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is an innovative and highly successful summer science honors program for two high-achieving high school students from each state in the nation and others around the world. The NYSC experience is offered at no cost to its participants, so that selected delegates may attend regardless of their financial status.

The 2014 NYSC will be held at Camp Pocahontas in the Monongahela National Forest near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia. Delegates to the 2014 NYSC will arrive in Charleston, West Virginia, on Friday, June 27, 2014, and will depart on Sunday, July 20, 2014. The National Youth Science Foundation will arrange round trip transportation from an airport near the delegate’s home to Charleston, WV. Delegates must participate in the entire NYSC program.

Each year, the governor of West Virginia invites the governor of every other state to initiate a process to select two delegates to attend the NYSC as his/her state’s delegation. In New Hampshire each high school may submit one candidate. Student applications are entirely online this year. Students may get application information on the NYSC Web site at http://apply.nysc.org.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be candidates for high school graduation between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014;
  • Must demonstrate superior academic proficiency, including recognition in mathematics and/or the sciences;
  • Must demonstrate an application of leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in both school and community activities;
  • Must demonstrate skills and achievements outside the realm of science and outside the realm of academic pursuits; and
  • Must demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore many and varied topics.

Additional information can be found on the NH Department of Education’s Web site at www.education.nh.gov/recognition/nysp.htm .

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Get Out – Empowering Educators to Teach Outside

Get Out – Empowering Educators to Teach Outside

Thursday, September 26

4:30 – 6:30 pm

McClane Audubon Center, Concord

RSVP – 224-9909 x337

Download the Flyer

New England Environmental Education Alliance Conference and the Sustainable Schools Summit

Achieving Environmental Literacy: Health, Environment, Curriculum

November 1- 3, 2013

Salve Regina University – Newport, Rhode Island

www.neeea.org

 

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Environmental Educator Summit

Join us for a day long summit with other educator professional development  providers from around the state to discuss how we might better collaborate in providing opportunities for pre and  in service teachers around topics related to creating an environmentally literate citizen.   This idea was developed as one of the strategies to help implement the NH Environmental Literacy Plan.

The summit will take place on Monday October 28, 2013 from 9 am to 3 pm at Southern NH University. There is no charge for the summit as it is supported with a grant from New England Environmental Education Alliance and the EPA.  To register go to www.nhplt.org,  even though this is a free workshop to do the final submit of the registration just click on mail in check.

We hope to see you there

Judy Silverberg
NH ELP co-convener
NH Project Learning Tree Coordinator

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The 2013 New England Environmental Education Association Conference & The Sustainable Schools Summit

Achieving Environmental Literacy: Health, Environment, Curriculum

November 1-3, 2013
Salve Regina University
Newport, Rhode Island

This year, the NEEEA Conference is partnering with the RI Sustainable Schools Summit to create connections across environmental and educational fields, increasing the ability of students, citizens, and our environment to sustain and thrive in the 21st century.

•    Choose from over 40 workshops and field trips
•    Hear keynote speaker, David Orr, Founder of the Oberlin Project and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College
•    Grow from cross-sector networking and collaboration
•    Meet New England’s 2013 Environmental Education Award winners.
•    Learn how to increase environmental literacy
•    Help create and maintain effective, safe and healthy green schools throughout New England

Many thanks to our conference sponsors and supporters including, The Rhode Island Foundation, Ferry Beach Ecology School, Four Winds Nature Institute, and National Grid.

 QUESTIONS?

conference@neeea.org

awards@neeea.org

info@neeea.org

Find out more at http://www.neeea.org/conference/neeea-2013.html

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