EE Resources -- Fall 2007
GlaxoSmithKline Endowed Scholarship Fund
Scholarships to be awarded by December 31.
Through a $1 million endowment, GlaxoSmithKline provides scholarships to science teachers nationwide beginning with the 2007 – 2008 candidate cycle. Eligible teachers must be first-time candidates in the Early Adolescence/Science or Adolescence and young Adulthood/Science certificates. www.nbpts.org/become_a_candidate/fees_financial_support/scholarships
$5,000 Scholarship Deadline:
The American Planning Association’s (
National Wetlands Awards
Nominations Deadline: January 15, 2008
The National Wetlands Awards Program honors individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the conservation and restoration of our nation’s wetlands in six categories: Education and Outreach, Science Research, Conservation and Restoration, Landowner Stewardship, State, Tribal and Local Program Development, and Wetland Community Leader. http://www.nationalwetlandsawards.org
United Nations Announces 2008 "International Year of the Potato"
(resource for PLT's Biodiversity secondary activity "Potatoes, Pesticides, and Biodiversity”)
The potato’s outstanding nutrition profile, health benefits, and ability to feed the masses were key to the UN's declaration of 2008 as the “International Year of the Potato.” The designation was approved as a way to help the UN meet its Millennium Development Goals. For more information about the designation, visit http://www.potato2008.org.
School Wellness Grant Program
School Video Contest
September 1, 2007 - April 30, 2008
QuantumShift.tv, a Web TV network featuring solution-oriented news, documentaries, and entertainment, is challenging students and teachers at all K-12 schools in the US and Canada to document their work on a social or environmental project through a series of short videos over the 2007-08 school year. The winning schools will receive a prize package worth $50,000 in cash and educational resources. Participants document their progress in four short videos that will be uploaded on QuantumShift.tv every two months from September-April. http://quantumshift.tv/schools
Earth Conservation Plan (ECP) Carbon and Lifestyle Calculator.
(resource for PLT's PreK-8 activities “Renewable or Not”, “Plant a Tree”, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, “Energy Sleuths”, “Waste Watchers”, “A Peek at Packaging”, “The Global Climate”, and “In the Driver’s Seat”; and Energy & Society’s “In the Driver’s Seat”; and Places We Live’s “Far Reaching Decisions”)
Participants can take a three minute test to determine your contribution to global climate change. Upon completion of the test, participants can then make pledges to reduce their impact and score. With each change and commitment into their everyday lives, scores are recalculated. The ECP calculator www.earthlab.com/esurance is the first carbon calculator to allow its users to save and track each calculation and pledge, so participants can refer to the data at any time – while tracking their personal improvements over time.
Materials from the
(resource for PLT's PreK-8 activity “The Global Climate” and PLT's upcoming Biotechnology Supplement to its Focus on Risk secondary module)
The museum houses three exhibits: Wonders of Science; Global Warming: Facts and Our Future; and Infectious Diseases: Evolving Challenges to Human Health. On the museum’s teacher website www.koshlandscience.org/teachers, you’ll find classroom resources to integrate in lesson planning, including activities and webquests (for grades six through college) related to global warming and infectious disease. Teachers can engage students through virtual and in-house field trips for middle and high school students.
PBS Environmental Series for Grades 6-12
The Journey to Planet Earth video series www.pbs.org/journeytoplanetearth has been re-edited for grades 6-12 to help teachers explain to students the science behind some of the alarming world headlines. Receive a 30-day free preview of the entire 10-episode series or individual episodes, by sending an email email@example.com with your name, institutional mailing address, and phone number.
Scientific Facts on Ecosystem Change
A "synthesis" of multiple independent reports that answers high-level questions like: "How have ecosystems and their services changed? How have these changes affected human well-being? How might ecosystems change in the future, and what are the implications for human well-being?" The individual reports were mostly spatially partitioned into different areas of the world, and answered those questions in ways appropriate for the participating institutions. www.millenniumassessment.org/en/index.aspx