Science Opportunities for May 11-15

Here is some new (and continuing) Utah Science information and opportunities.

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.


  • Thanksgiving Point Exploratorium Workshop
  • Modeling Workshops (various locations)
  • Project Archeology: 25th Anniversary Teacher Workshop
  • July Earth Science Workshops
  • Summer 2015: Outdoor Exploration Workshop for Teachers (new dates!)
  • Earth, Water, Sky Summer Science Camp
  • Rowland Hall Hackathon
  • USEE Workshops
  • Online Professional Development, May 4-22, 2015: Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) and My Ocean Sampling Day (MyOSD) & Transatlantic Ocean Science and Ocean Literacy (June 17-26 optional AP Environmental Science Summer Institute
  • USTA Summer Science Workshop Series
  • STEM Summer Camps in Southern Utah
  • Mind Riot – The Leonardo –  June 11th – 13th – Registration closing May 17th!
  • Camp Great Salt Lake – June 8th – 12th
  • Science Camp for Teachers! – June 22nd – 26th
  • University of Utah Upcoming STEM Events
  • 2015 Summer Institute Announcements & Teacher Solicitation added!



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Thanksgiving Point Exploratorium Teacher Workshop

May 19, 2015
5:00 –8:00
Free of charge
Museum of Ancient Life – Amber Room

Earthquakes and Engineering

Learn how to weave science and engineering together to help your students understand how this integration is essential for solving real-world problems. Join us as we investigate earthquakes with experts from San Francisco’s Exploratorium at Thanksgiving Point. Use real seismic data to locate the epicenter of a quake and explore the driving forces behind tectonic plate movement. Engage in a design challenge using principles of engineering to build earthquake resistant structures out of unusual materials and discover inventive ways to teach about tectonic margins and boundaries.

Lorie Millward  |  Curator of Curiosity & Director of Education
3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT 84043
Office 801.768.4979  cell 801.205.4346 |

Modeling™  Workshops (various locations)

Dear science and education coordinators,

In a few weeks, the first Modeling™ workshops will start and we hope you will be able to share the workshop information (see attachment) with your teachers and science community.

Workshops will be offered in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York,  North and South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia. Many still have openings, some even offer stipends to the participants!

Content areas of this year’s workshops:

chemistry first and second semester
mechanical waves
physical science
and now for the first time in three states: Middle School Modeling™ workshops; developed and led by middle school teachers (in Arizona, Michigan and New York City)

This summer, no Modeling™ workshops are offered but we are already starting to plan for the 2016 workshops and we hope to provide the same excellent Professional Development to the teachers in your state. Maybe we can work together with you to be able to have the workshops closer to your educators. Teachers are more than welcome to take workshops in other states.

Thank you for sharing the information

Wendy Hehemann

American Modeling Teachers Association
Workshop and Outreach Coordinator

Check out the 2015 workshops at


Project Archaeology: 25th Anniversary Teacher Workshop
When: Saturday, May 30, 2015; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

25th Anniversary Reception to follow
Who: K – 12 Utah teachers
Where: Natural History Museum of Utah
301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108


With the 25th Anniversary of the founding of Project Archaeology, we have both an opportunity and an obligation to teach our young citizens about the world class archaeological resources in our own backyard.  People travel from all over the world to see Utah’s fabulous archaeological sites.

Join us for a workshop and reception to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Project Archaeology program in Utah, an introduction to new Project Archaeology curricula and professional development, and a planning session to reach teachers and students throughout Utah.

Experience new curricular materials:

> Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter An award-winning, NCSS endorsed, social studies and science curriculum guide for grades 3-5. Students learn to study the past like archaeologists to investigate slave, colonial, and Native American life. A Utah Fremont pithouse investigation coming soon!

> Project Archaeology: Investigating Nutrition Was the development of agriculture the worst mistake in history? In this 6th grade world history guide students explore the shift from hunting and gathering to farming in the ancient Near East and the consequences for human nutrition in the 21st century.

> Project Archaeology: Investigating Rock ArtNew special topics curricula exploring artistic expression in the archaeological record, an exciting way to transform students’ perceptions of art and culture.  Art has always been an important part of cultures in North America and throughout the world; its expression in the archaeological record broadens our view of past cultures and their life ways.

Follow the link to register:

Questions?  Contact: Sam Kirkley at 801-318-9458 /





July Earth Science Workshops – including an option for endorsement credit Geology 1, Geology 2, Earth systems


tripPlease share information about four Earth science workshops (see attached flier). Every session is taught outside, with the purpose of “personalizing” Earth Science, meaning, learn general concepts and recognize their expressions along the Wasatch Front. Note that one of the workshops, OnTrack 34752, fulfills endorsement credit for Geology 1, or Geology 2, or Earth systems, 3-university credits via WSU for only $40.

Workshops can be taken individually and in any order. Each workshop lasts five days, offered in the mornings or afternoon, mix and match.



Summer 2015: Outdoor Exploration Workshop for Teachers
When: Friday, June 19, 2015 – Sunday, June 21, 2015 (3 days, 2 nights)
Who: K – 12 public school teachers in Utah
Where: Rio Mesa Center—University of Utah’s Research Station located along the Dolores River outside of Moab/Arches National Park.
(More info here:
Cost: FREE!

The Natural History Museum of Utah is proud to present a summer experience you won’t forget! Join museum educators and Utah scientists for the opportunity to connect with nature by participating in hands-on field experiences alongside experts in archaeology, ecology, insects, soils, and astronomy.  We will provide resources, lesson plans, and materials to assist with translating these new field experiences into teaching moments back in the classroom.

Teachers will earn 12 re-licensure points for attending.  Space for this program is limited.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to participate no later than June 1, 2015.


You will have the opportunity to stay in one of the canvas safari tents on an elevated platform, each of which is equipped with two cots.  This means everyone will be sharing a tent with one other person.  There is also plenty of room adjacent to the canvas tents for individuals to pitch their own tents if they like.  The Rio Mesa Center also has a shower/bath house and shade pavilion that will be open for our use during the program.

Basic Details:

We will depart from the Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah on Friday morning in Museum vehicles.  It is approximately a 4 – 5 hour drive, so we will plan to arrive at Rio Mesa Center on Friday afternoon.  We will depart Rio Mesa Center on Sunday afternoon and arrive back at the Museum on Sunday evening.

All your meals, with the exception of lunch on our departure day, will be covered by Museum funds.  If you have any special dietary restrictions or allergies, please let us know in advance.

Since we will be camping in a remote location, cell phone service is limited.
How to Apply:
Complete the Application
Complete the Course Waiver

*Application deadline is May 15, 2015.
Questions?  Please contact Natalie Toth at / 801-587-3536



Earth, Water, Sky Summer Science Camp
Dates: June 29-July 2, 2015
Group Size:     Minimum: 15              Maximum: 25
3 Nights/4 Days: Starting and Ending in Bluff, Utah
Partner: Clark Planetarium
Who can attend: Utah Student’s age 12-18
Cost: $150
Contact: 1-800-525-4456

Description of Summer Camp

Over 3.5 days of hands-on learning sessions, with a geologist, astronomy educator from Clark Planetarium, and art teacher from Monticello High school, the camp will provide opportunities for student’s age 12-18, from 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.

The San Juan River is an erosional giant cutting a meandering course through hundreds of millions of years of exposed sandstone and limestone layers, and carrying an unbelievable load of silt. During the day, participants will actively take part in hands-on activities that have been extensively used in outdoor programs in the U.S. to increase people’s understanding of concepts that are traditionally cognitively difficult to understand using only verbal or verbal/linguistic means. At night, students will learn about prominent stars, planets, constellations, and look through a powerful telescope at Venus, Mars, Saturn and it’s moons, as well as a waxing crescent Moon, and deep-sky objects not visible near cities. This camp requires the ability to hike up to 3 miles round-trip over moderate terrain, camp, and enjoy group-learning experiences.

Janet Ross, Executive Director
Four Corners School of Outdoor Education
@ Canyon Country Discovery Center
P.O. Box 1029
49W 600S (physical address)
Monticello, Utah 84535
435-587-2156 work
435-587-2193 Fax
435-459-1115 cell

Join and Support Four Corners School today!

Visit us on our WebsiteFacebookFlickr, and YouTube.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



Rowland Hall Hackathon



USEE Workshops

USEE is Hiring!

The Utah Society for Environmental Education is seeking an Executive Director.
To learn more, please visit this link:

Environmental Education Workshop Facilitator Training
June 13, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Utah Art Alliance
Register Here

Interested in teaching any of the workshops that USEE hosts? Join us for a comprehensive training to prepare you to be a “Project Facilitator”.

Learn great facilitation skills as well as more about each of the programs (Project Learning Tree, Project WET and Project WILD).

This training will better prepare you to lead discussions and activities on environmental education.

For more information, or to register, contact:
Josh Wennergren



Discover Environmental Education with George and the Discovery Gateway: Project Wet
June 25 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Discovery Gateway 
Register Here

Join The Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE) and the Discovery Gateway for a hands-on environmental education experience! Participants will focus on the Project WET curriculum guide– an award-winning education curriculum that facilitates and promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids. Participants will also get a copy of

To illustrate various teaching tools we explore, participants will get a chance to engage with the Super Kids Save the World exhibit. This interactive exhibit teaches kids how to save the world, one action at a time. It’s saving electricity with a single flip of a light switch. It’s the power to turn an old tablecloth into a super hero cape and the ability to repair something instead of throwing it away. It’s fighting pollution and saving the world one aluminum can at a time. It’s ordinary kids making a difference. It’s Super Kids Save the World!

Super Kids Save the World gives kids (and their parents) the power to go green! Designed with “green” materials and practices, this super exhibit gives kids real super hero training starting with the four Rs:

Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle!

For more information, or to register, contact:
Josh Wennergren



Early Childhood Environmental Education Workshop Facilitator Training 

June 27, 9:00am-3:00pm

Location: Utah Art Alliance

Register Here

Interested in teaching any of the early childhood education workshops that USEE hosts? Join us for a comprehensive training to prepare you to be a “Project Facilitator”.
Learn great facilitation skills as well as more about each of the early childhood programs USEE facilitates (Project Learning Tree and Growing up WILD)
This training will better prepare you to lead discussions and activities on early childhood environmental education.

For more information, or to register, contact:

Josh Wennergren


Project WILD Educator Workshop

June 30, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Utah’s Hogle Zoo

Register Here

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.

For more information, or to register, contact:
Josh Wennergren



Online Professional Development, May 4-22, 2015: Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) and My Ocean Sampling Day (MyOSD) & Transatlantic Ocean Science and Ocean Literacy (June 17-26 optional



AP Environmental Science Summer Institute

July 6 – 9, Woods Cross High School

For further information and registration: 

This workshop will cover the major topics of APES by utilizing the building and school grounds, along with the local natural areas to enhance the student learning experience. There will be an emphasis on field biology and ecology, and how to empower students by engaging them in environmental issues, service learning, and citizen science. All activities will include discussion and modeling of strategies designed to differentiate instruction or scaffold lessons in order to meet the needs of all learners. Teachers will leave this workshop with differentiation methods which they can use to authentically engage a wide variety of students.

In addition, there will be a review of textbooks and their supplements, course syllabi, exam structure, scoring, and exam preparation. The workshop will be highly participatory, and there will be considerable space to address participant concerns and questions. Each day will include at least one lab activity.

For experienced teachers, you are welcome to bring a favorite activity and/or lab to share. (Please let me know what you plan to bring to avoid duplication and allow space in our schedule)



USTA Summer Workshop Science Series

USTA Memo–All Course Open to all Members
Summer Workshops–We need to have the final push for registration for summer workshops, 2015.  All workshops come with 3 semester hours of university credit.  Registration information is located on the website ; Courses below are listed with numbers currently enrolled. USTA usually needs around 10 people enrolled to make a course go, some leway is given to individual instructors for smaller numbers.  Today May 4th, 2015  with instructor consent Astronomy, Geology, Chem 1, Physics 2 and  Science Methods are ago.  Please register now so we can plan for the summer.Courses offered this summer by USTA.  Zoology (2 enrolled), Stats (7 enrolled), O Chem (3 enrolled), Geology (12 enrolled),  Astronomy (4 enrolled), Chem 1 (7 enrolled), Physics 2 (6 enrolled), Science Methods (16 enrolled)


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STEM Summer Camps in Southern Utah

Please check out the following links for more information!  AND


Rachel Ramsay

Assistant Professor, Digital Design


Dixie State University

St. George, Utah



Mind Riot at The Leonardo


STEM Curriculum Coordinators, We host a wonderful youth competition each June for high school students. Mind Riot is Utah’s unique three-day entrepreneurship collaborative that brings high school students together with experts in science, technology, business, and creativity to work on some of the biggest challenges facing human beings today. For more info:

We’d appreciate it if you passed the attached flyer on to your high school teachers so they can share it with their students. Students will form teams once they are here; they do not need to have a team in order to apply. Also, our most successful teams are the ones that are the most diverse skill-wise. The application deadline in May 17 and only takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Much thanks,

Shanna Futral

Director of Museum Programs

Utah’s Center for Exploration

Direct: 801.531.9800 ext. 129

209 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111




Camp Great Salt Lake




Science Camp for Teachers!  – June 22nd – 26th


FREE Materials Science Camp for Teachers

Learn how to engage your students using simple, low-cost experiments
that you can integrate into your existing lesson plans


Who should attend?

  • High school general science, chemistry, physics, math, technology, vocational,
  • team cross-curricular teachers
  • Middle school physical science teachers

Why attend?

  • Learn how to engage your students using simple, low-cost experiments that you can integrate into your existing lesson plans
  • Help your students discover career opportunities in science and engineering

Everything is FREE: 4 CEUs, materials, lunches & snacks

Graduate credits available! Two (2) graduate credits available (at participant’s expense) through the University of Missouri-Kansas City at $250.(This is optional.)

How to apply: Go to link: or visit

For more info contact: Jeane Deatherage, Administrator of Foundation Programs at; 1-800-336-5152, X5533




University of Utah Upcoming STEM Events



 2015 Summer Institute Announcements & Teacher Solicitation



2015 Summer Institute Announcements & Teacher Solicitation



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