Science Community Opportunities

Science Community Opportunities
February  2015

New Utah Science information and opportunities. Check out the experiences below to become more engaged in the science community around us:

  • USTA Award Winners
  • BOEP Annual ConferenceCircle of Learning: Experience, Engage, Express
  • ACCESS Program for Women in Science and Mathematics.
  • Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute for Primary Sources in Science Education
  • Utah Envirothon
  • Pluralsight
  • Educators Workshop at The Leonardo – February 26th & 28th – Free for Participants!
  • Exploring Environmental issues for secondary education: Municipal Solid Waste
  • Environmental Ed. in the 7th & 8th grade classroom
  • Project WILD (K-12)

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USTA Award Winners

Outstanding Elementary Educators
Janae Barron, Midas Creek Elementary
Blake Clark, Three Peaks Elementary
Mary Hall, J.R. Smith Elementary
Natalie Roach, Stewart Elementary


Outstanding Educator Awards
6th Grade                          Kristin Snow, Fossil Ridge Intermediate

7th Grade                          Sheila Johnston, Rocky Mountain Middle

8th Grade                                Scott Roskelley, South Jordan Middle

Earth Science                                 Doug Panee, Oak Canyon Junior

Biology                                      George Duersch, Logan High School

Chemistry                                        Scott Ward, Wasatch High School

Physics                                       Heather Riet, Lone Peak High School

Rookie-JH                                      Sharon Rixner, Spectrum Academy

Rookie-HS                              Jonathan Welling, Wasatch High School

Elementary Science                               North Elementary, Cedar City

JH Science Dept.                   Northwest Middle School, Salt Lake City

HS Science Dept.                      Salt Lake Center for Science Education

Higher Ed.                                 Leigh Smith, Brigham Young University



BOEP Annual Conference
Circle of Learning: Experience, Engage, Express


What: An exciting, hands-on conference for educators from across the Colorado Plateau!

When: Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2015

Where: Blanding, UT

Who: Teachers and Educators from the Four Corners Region and beyond, with a special focus on K-8

Cost: $75 early bird registration, $90 after Feb. 15


Come join us in southeast Utah for the annual conference of the Bioregional Outdoor Education Project (BOEP)!

  • Learn from diverse educators from around the Four Corners region.
  • An outstanding opportunity to network with fellow teachers who are interested in our unique place, the Colorado Plateau.
  • Increase your knowledge of place-based, hands-on, outdoor, and experiential teaching techniques to take back to your classroom or education center.


For more conference information and details, including registration information, visit:

Representatives of interested groups are encouraged to participate in our Share Fair.

For more information, visit our website, or contact Becky Kerr,

ACCESS Program for Women in Science and Mathematics.


Dear Teachers,


Local high school teachers and counselors are at the front lines of student engagement, and nowhere is this more apparent than in your efforts to get the word out for the University of Utah’s ACCESS Program for Women in Science and Mathematics.  Thank you for taking the time to reach out to your female students who are interested in the sciences.  I am writing to ask you to promote this exciting opportunity to your students once again.


Too many young women believe that only men can have a successful career in the sciences, or worry that studying science at a major research university would be “too hard” for them.  ACCESS exists to dispel these myths, and to provide female students with an early introduction to science at the U, a strong foundation in research, and a supportive network of classmates with whom they can collaborate (and commiserate!) throughout their years at the U.  And, of course, it comes with a $3,500 award value that doesn’t conflict with other merit scholarships new students may earn!


The ACCESS program’s seven-week summer science course (which fulfills 3 University general education credit hours) is designed to introduce students to university-level study in science and mathematics. Then, during their freshman year, each student is placed in a university research lab working alongside a professional scientist in a field of the student’s choice.  Often, this leads to work in the lab throughout her college years, giving many students the opportunity to publish or even present their research at professional conferences—an almost unheard-of opportunity for undergraduates!  The dates for the (mandatory) summer science course are June 22 – August 7, 2015.


The ACCESS application deadline is March 1, 2015.  Students can apply online on the College of Science web page at (Students à ACCESS Program).  Students accepted into the ACCESS program must also apply for Summer 2015 admission to the University of Utah.  ACCESS applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for U of U admission no later than March 15, 2015, in order to avoid late application processing fees.


An online version of the ACCESS brochure is available at

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Batchelder at (801) 581-6958 or




Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute for Primary Sources in Science Education

Applications are now being accepted for the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute for Primary Sources in Science Education. The week-long professional development opportunity, taking place July 20-24, is designed for K-12 educators who teach science or collaborate with science teachers.

Selected educators will spend a week in Washington, D.C., immersed in the institution that holds papers of the Wright Brothers, Alexander Graham Bell, Carl Sagan, Benjamin Franklin, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Margaret Mead, and many others. In the Institute sessions, we will investigate strategies for using primary sources in the science classroom and build participants’ skills in teaching effectively with photographs, manuscripts, drawings, maps, and other formats from the Library’s collections.

The program will include model classroom activities, as well as opportunities to conduct original research, learn from peers, and work side by side with Library curators, experts and education specialists.  By the end of the week, each participant will have drafted a primary-source learning activity, with a focus on analyzing historical primary sources to meet a variety of learning goals, particularly around the nature of science, the practices of scientists, and how science, technology and society interact.

Tuition and materials are provided at no cost. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and any required overnight accommodations. Applications are due March 24th and require a letter of recommendation.

Read more about the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes and apply now:


Utah Envirothon

STEM – Contest

  • $1,200 cash awards to the top 3 Teachers…not their schools ($500, $400, $300)
  • $37,500 in student scholarships
  • * Program supported by Utah State, Weber State, University of Utah, Utah Valley, Brigham        Young, Snow College, Southern Utah, and Dixie State.
  • Teams of 5 students work together on tests
  • Winning Team and teacher get paid trip to compete in International Championship
  • 2015 Competition held in St. George
  • Friday April 24 Indoor Presentations at Dixie State University
  • Saturday April 25 Outdoor Test Stations at a St. George Park
  • Awards, Banquet, Ice Cream Social, Trading Session, T-shirts
  • Free Teacher Training available

For free online resource information, study materials, teacher handbook, how to register, and short videos showing students at competitions and another on teacher training

Go to  and for information about our State and International event.





PluralSight is a local Utah company and leader in online training in technology.

Pluralsight partnered​with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development last August​ to offer all teachers statewide a free one-year subscription to the largest tech and creative training library on the planet, valued at $500​.  With nearly 4,000​ online courses at your fingertips, you’re able to further your own knowledge and empower your students with hands-on learning that complements your curriculum.

Click here to sign up for free access.

In addition, if you’d like to have Pluralsight visit your class room and teach an hour of code, please fill out this form.  As a company, Pluralsight would like to help further computer science awareness and support your hard work and dedication to education.

To learn more about what is offered and to sign up to participate please visit the following links:

Free trial form:
Pluralsight visit form:

For additional information you may also contact:

Megan Russell

Community Relations Manager | Pluralsight
mobile: (801) 721-6582

Thanks for all you do as an educator. ​

Educators Workshop at The Leonardo

























Exploring Environmental issues for secondary education: Municipal solid waste 

February 18, 4:00pm- 6:00pm (Utah Arts Alliance-SLC, UT)

Through the Exploring Environmental Issues: Municipal Solid Waste module, students begin understanding waste management issues and options. This module uses hands-on experiences to show interrelationships among waste generation, natural resource use, and disposal. The activities guide students through waste management strategies and solutions while providing the necessary tools to make informed decisions and choices on waste management issues.

For more information, please contact Josh Wennergren: 801-328-1549


Environmental ed. in the 7th & 8th grade classroom
February 24 & 25, 3:00pm-6:00pm (Utah Arts Alliance-SLC, UT)


*This workshop is split into two  sessions to accommodate teacher schedules. 

Join USEE for two evening sessions dedicated to learning all about incorporating Environmental Education into the 7th and 8th grade curriculum. This workshop is geared toward 7th and 8th grade educators interested in incorporating forestry and environment related activities into their programs and classrooms. You will also learn many  interactive activities that meet core requirements; reading strategies with connections to relevant fiction and non-fiction books are spread throughout the activities; technology connections expose students to software applications, imaging tools, and internet resources; differentiated instruction helps you reach students with varying needs and talents; and improved and expanded assessment opportunities are closely aligned with clear objectives.

If you have already attended a Project Learning Tree Workshop, and own a copy of the guide, you may be eligible for a discount! Please call Josh Wennergren: 801-328-1549

Eligible for USOE Credits.

Project WILD (K-12)
February 28, 9:00am-3:00pm (Utah’s Hogle Zoo-SLC, UT)
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is hosting this Project WILD workshop. During this workshop trained facilitators will introduce participants to various fun activities utilizing the exciting and dynamic setting of the Zoo facilities! All activities will be from the Project WILD curriculum, and all participants will go home with instruction manuals and skills to implement Environmental Education in their formal or non-formal classroom.

This workshop is eligible for .5 USOE Credit or 8 Relicensure Points.


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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