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Science News and Opportunities

The opportunities on this page are provided by sources not associated with Region 9 ESC, but may be beneficial to you and your students.

Whiteside Museum of Natural History in Seymour, TX is hosting a BIG 5th Anniversary event on June 8, 2019. Please consider attending or being a part of this event. Chris Flis from Whiteside hopes to have 1,000 people in attendance throughout the day for the anniversary celebration. Please pass this information along to anyone who may be interested in participating. 

Please contact: 

Chris Flis 


Texas Wildlife Association Distance Learning Program:  The future of Texas wildlife and natural resources lay in the hands of youth. Conservation Legacy has developed Learning Across New Dimensions in Science (L.A.N.D.S.), a suite of educational programs for K-12 to utilize in formal and informal educational venues. Conservation Legacy programs deliver the private lands stewardship message using hands-on, science-based interactive lessons. L.A.N.D.S. offers a variety of methods for educating youth including Discovery Trunks, Distance Learning Programs, Wildlife by Design, and L.A.N.D.S. Intensive Curricula.  

G-Camp  G-Camp is a 20-day, June 28-July 16, 2019, field camp for 5th - 12th grade science teachers that provides first-hand experience with the principles of geology in the field, helps you develop new curriculum and virtual fieldtrips for your classroom, and makes learning fun and exciting out-of-doors. This field experience puts you on the outcrop, on the slope of a volcano, on the footwall of a fault, in a spectacular glacial valley, at the toe of a landslide, and in a pristine flowing stream - to mention just a few of the experiences of G-Camp. Our itinerary takes us through Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from College Station; however, all travel expenses (bus, hotels) during G-Camp will be covered, and teachers who complete the requirements will receive a stipend to cover meals during G-Camp. Check out the website for more information. Application deadline is February 28, 2019.


Educators for K-12  2019 Summer Teacher Professional Development Workshops McDonald Observatory- McDonald Observatory offers a unique setting for teacher workshops: the Observatory and Visitors Center in the Davis Mountains of West Texas. Tours of the telescopes, discussions with the research astrophysicists in residence, and nighttime observing are all an integral part of every workshop experience. Not only will K-12 educators participate in hands-on activities aligned with state and national standards, but they will also receive at least 20 hours of Continuing Education Credit, and will practice their new astronomy skills under the Observatory’s dark skies. Teachers will partner with trained and nationally recognized astronomy educators.

All workshops, as follows, have a fee of $100.  The fee is due once teachers are accepted to reserve their position.

  • Mysteries of the Universe, Dark Matter, Galaxies, & More: June 18-20,  8-12th grade
  • Elements of the Cosmos: June 23-25,  6-12th grade
  • Galaxies & HETDEX: June 27-29,  6-12th grade
  • Explore Our Solar System: July 8-10,  K-8th grade

Deadline for applications is February 28, 2019 Teacher notifications: March 29, 2019 Fee payment is due two weeks after receiving notification of acceptance.  More details for each of the five workshops and the online application form can be found at: online today! 

LIFTOFF 2019: Legacy of Apollo

NASA's Texas Space Grant Consortium offers weeklong professional development training for teachers. This aerospace workshop, called LiftOff, emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences by incorporating a space science theme supported by NASA missions. Teacher participants are provided with information and experiences through speakers, hands-on activities and field investigations that promote space science and enrichment activities for themselves and others.

The Legacy of Apollo will take place on June 23-28, 2019.

The deadline for receiving applications for the professional development training is April 1, 2019, for LiftOff 2019 and should be submitted through the online system:Additional information is available at

TMRA (Texas Mining and Reclamation Association) workshops to educators during the summer. These 5-day workshops provide science-based information to help educate students about the availability, importance, development free offers  use of our natural resources while protecting our environment. The andattendees tour mining facilities, visit reclamation areas and participate in hands-on labs. These hands-on activities are designed to help students use critical thinking skills while applying earth science facts to real-life situations. Designed to be used in grades 4-12, all activities are TEKS and STAAR correlated. Got to the website for dates, locations, application, and more information. 

Workshop participants receive the curriculum, geologic samples, additional materials and equipment needed for use in the classroom. Teachers will also receive Professional Development hours:

  • 45 hours SBEC approved
  • 40 hours TEEAC credit (coal workshops)
  • 12 hours Gifted & Talented

National Youth Science Camp Nominations Now Open

Two talented graduating seniors will be selected to represent Texas at the 2019 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC). Student delegates attend the STEM and outdoor adventure program, at no charge. Travel is included. The students also visit Washington, DC. Applications will close on February 28, Applications are currently open. 2019 at 6:00 p.m. EST. The 2019 NYSC will be held from June 27 to July 20, 2019. Only students who can attend the entire session should plan to apply. Additional information is available at


Presidential Awards Nominations and Applications Now Open Teachers of grades 7-12 mathematics and science are encouraged to sign up to apply High school teachers who teach career and technical education (CTE) or technology applications course that can satisfy a mathematics or science graduation credit may apply under the appropriate category. The PAEMST awards are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. .The 2018-2019 nomination window for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program is now open. The 2018-2019 nomination window will close on March 1, 2019. The application window will be open until May 1, 2019. Teachers may sign up to apply or be nominated for the award at If you know great teachers, encourage them to join this prestigious network of professionals. In Texas, eligible teachers who submit a completed application by May 1, 2019, will receive 25 CPE hours. Region 9 teachers interested in pursuing a PAEMST award may receive support from Region 9 for the video production or reference needed. For questions, contact Jo Ann Bilderback, Liz Baker, or Luis Salinas at or 512-463-9581.

Connect2Texas is a video-conferencing service provided by Region 11 ESC. A variety of providers are available to provide a wide range of topics for your students.

Earth Science Classroom Activities On this website, educators can find suggested Earth science-related activities that are marked with a grade-level range. The activities can be found at

Green Strides Resources:  This website provides tools that schools may use to reduce environmental impacts such as waste, water, energy, greenhouse gases, and transportation in the areas of facilities, grounds, and operations; improve health and wellness through coordinated school health, with consideration to air quality, contaminant control, acoustics, daylighting, thermal comfort, school food, and outdoors physical activity; and offer effective environmental and sustainability education that emphasizes hands-on, real-world learning, civic engagement, STEM connections, and green career preparation. Additional information is available at

NOAA’s Webinars for Educators: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides a range of resources on oceanic and atmospheric science. Additional information may be found at





Teaching and Learning - Cindy Dyes

Cindy Dyes
Science Specialist