Science Community Opportunities

 Science Community Opportunities 3/18/2014

Here are more great opportunities for our community! Check out the experiences below to become more engaged in the science community around us:

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Sponsorships to Lasonde Entrepreneur Institute Innovation Week

What: CI-WATER is giving two high school students a chance to attend the University of Utah’s Innovation Week When: July 14-17, Applications due March 20, 2014

Where: University of Utah, Salt Lake City Registration:


CI-WATER will be sponsoring 2 high school students to the University of Utah Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute Innovation Week on July 14-17, 2014.

Applicants must agree to participate in the full week’s activities. Overnight stay is optional, but students wishing to stay overnight should indicate that in their response. During the week, students will develop a game or app on a water topic, like water conservation, water in the west, water sustainability, etc. Scholarship recipients are asked to share their project at a meeting with water researchers in Salt Lake City in September. Mileage will be reimbursed for students traveling to the September meeting >50 miles each way. The scholarship will cover registration and the optional overnight stay on campus.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 20, 2014

Apply here:

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___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Teacher Teacher Think Tank

What: The Leonardo is looking for educator feedback

When: April 1 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM

Where: The Leonardo

Regard: Food and beverages provided, and participation qualifies all educators for a free Educator Membership. Registration: Email Contact: If you are a K-12 educator, we want your feedback. Join us for a collaborative conversation exploring topics related to school and museum education, in particular, “How can The Leonardo support your classroom needs?”

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___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________STEM Night at West Jordan Middle School

What: A gathering where participants are invited to interact with a variety of STEM organizations When: April 3, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 PM

Where: West Jordan Middle School Resource: See PDF Attachment

Cost: Free

Website: Contact: or 801-256-5936

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___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Project Learning Tree Workshops

What: Workshops geared toward helping PreK-8 educators incorporate environmental related activities in their classrooms When: April 12 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and April 26 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM,

Where: Jordan Valley Water Conservation District and Ogden Nature Center (respectively) Resource: See PDF Attachment Registration:

Cost: $25

Website: Contact: Josh Wennergren, Charting Diversity. Birds and Worms. Pollution Search. These are some of the 96 hands-on interdisciplinary activities in the PLT PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide. The PreK-8 Guide covers topics covering both the natural and built environment – forests, wildlife, water, air, energy, waste, climate change, invasive species, community planning, and culture, to name a few. The guide is designed to meet the common components of national education reform by using the constructivist approach to learning, whole language teaching, cooperative learning, problem solving, and authentic assessments.

The state-of-the-art PreK-8 curriculum materials are packed with inter-disciplinary activities, each tailored to specific grade levels and learning objectives. These materials provide educators the tools they need to bring the environment into their classrooms — and their students into the environment.


Eligible for USOE Credits.


May Dates: May 3 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Stokes Nature Center May 17 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

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___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ NASA’s Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

What: An essay contest for students in grades 5-12 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Cassini spacecraft When: The contest deadline is Thursday, April 17.

Where: An online submission form (not yet open)

Website: Contact: The Cassini spacecraft launched in October 1997 and has been orbiting Saturn since 2004.  We are celebrating Cassini’s 10-year anniversary orbiting Saturn with a special edition of the essay contest.


The 2014 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-12.  Essays must be under 500 words.  


There are three essay topics to choose from: 

Target 1.  Saturn’s F ring

Target 2.  Saturn’s moon, Titan

Target 3.  Saturn (specifically the north polar region of Saturn)


Students choose one of these topics and write an essay about why they think this image should be taken by the Cassini spacecraft.  What questions do they hope will be answered by taking this picture?


The essay contest meets U.S. National Science and Language Arts Standards.


For contest rules, videos about each essay topic, a downloadable contest flyer, frequently asked questions, and more information, visit:


The contest deadline is Thursday, April 17, 2014.  All essays must be submitted by the student’s teacher (or parent, if homeschooled).  If the essay contest is used as a class assignment, please send the top 3 essays from each class, along with a list of other students who wrote essays for the contest.


All students who write essays will receive a certificate of participation.  U.S. winners and their classes will be invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists.  U.S. and international winning essays will be posted on the Cassini website.


For questions about the contest, e-mail


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Earth, Water, Sky Summer Science Camp

What: A summer camp educating students about astronomy, geology, etc. from Four Corners School of Outdoor Education and Clark Planetarium When: June 25-28, 2014

Where: Starting and Ending in Bluff, UT Registration:

Cost: $125

Website: Contact: 435-587-2156 or

Over 3.5 days of hands-on learning sessions, with a geologist, astronomy educator from Clark Planetarium, and art teacher from Monticello High school, this summer camp will provide opportunities for student’s age 12-18, from throughout the state of Utah, to learn about astronomy, the night sky, geology, desert rivers, and much more. They will learn while floating the San Juan River in southeastern Utah through one of the most inspirational and classic settings possible for learning about the geologic, astronomical, natural and cultural history of the area.


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Inside Out at the Leonardo

What: The Leonardo will have an upcoming exhibit from Body Worlds creator Dr. Gunther Von Hagens When: May 2014

Where: The Leonardo

Website: Contact:


Hey, can we let you in on a secret?  We’re not making our announcement to the general public until early April, but we’ve got an upcoming exhibit that we think you will want to see.

The Leonardo invites you and your students to take an eye-opening anatomical safari through the inner workings of animal life, May 9 – September 1, 2014.  Come explore the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of the world’s most spectacular creatures in ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, a fascinating new exhibition by BODY WORLDS creator, anatomist Dr. Gunther Von Hagens.   This exhibition provides an opportunity to see and learn about animals in a whole new way.  While human bodies are capable of some pretty amazing feats, all animals have their own traits, characteristics, and incredible skills that make them uniquely suited for their individual environments.  Glance underneath the skin, fur and feathers to find the bone structure, muscles, nerves and organs of animals. ANIMAL INSIDE OUT combines traditional anatomical displays such as skeletal mounts, with everything from cross-sections of fishes to towering plastinated giraffes. These specimens truly capture the intricacy of physiology. There will be no shortage of oohs and ahhhhs as students witness the inner workings of a diversity of body plans.

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT presents a one-of-a-kind anatomy and physiology lesson:

*         Features more than 100 specimens, from goats to giraffes, eels and octopuses to ostriches. *         Highlights form and function of animals, both exotic and familiar.

*         Demonstrates analogy and homology: comparisons between animals (including humans). *         Reveals the different ways animals have evolved and adapted their anatomy and physiology according to where they live.

*         Explores skeletal foundations; muscles, tendons and ligaments; internal circuit of the nervous system; the birds and the bees; breathing and eating; and wildlife conservation and preservation.

Visit ANIMAL INSIDE OUT for more details.

*         Find answers to these questions, and your own, through observation: How do reindeer hooves adapt to accommodate changing seasons?  Why are sheep classified as goat species?  

Don’t miss this opportunity to give your students a real-life learning experience.  Schedule a field trip by calling (801)531-9800 ext 103 or e-mail

  • Reserve early for best selection of dates & times
  • Educator Guides available for download in early April

Limited sponsorship funds available on a first-come-first-serve basis for admission

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Please note:  These are opportunities that have been requested to be shared with the Utah science teacher community.  The Utah State Office of Education has not specifically vetted or endorsed the programs shared.  Any concerns or questions should be directed at the organizations associated specifically with the event.


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