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Science News and Opportunities

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

Now Online: UT-Petroleum Science and Technology Institute: We are inviting high school teachers to apply for UT Austin’s Petroleum Science & Technology Institute six-day summer institute, held July 19 - July 24, 2020. The summer institute is limited to 20 participants and is offered free of charge. The registration deadline is March 30, 2020. The PSTI institute is led by numerous faculty from the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and includes hands-on activities, laboratory work, discussion sessions, and interactive museum and industry visits. 

Now Online Mitchell Institute Physics Enhancement Program (MIPEP): The Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University invites high school teachers to the 9th Mitchell Institute Physics Enhancement Program (MIPEP), to be held at Texas A&M campus on June 7-20, 2020. The goal of MIPEP is to help teachers develop a deeper understanding of physics concepts, explore effective instructional strategies, and experience laboratory activities that will enhance their classroom instruction and impact student performance in physics. The school is free for teachers! 

2020 Texas Farm Bureau Summer Ag Institute: Get your hands dirty. Real-life experiences. Ideas about agriculture that can enrich classroom grades K-12. All through the Summer Agricultural Institute, a four-day professional development seminar. Receive 36 CPE hours. Bring home exciting resources about agriculture for your students and colleagues. And a better understanding of where your food and fiber come from and the people who grow it. Sponsorships are available through the local county Farm Bureau office. Registration link:

Texas Wildlife Association Summer Science Workshops:  One-day L.A.N.D.S. Outreach Teacher Workshops are based in the Harris County (Houston) area, DFW area, and South Texas. Open to all statewide educators (registration is not limited to only those in the area) - ideal for classroom teachers, volunteers, and informal educators of grades K-8.

  • Completely FREE to attend!
  • Earn 6 hours of CPE credit
  • Hands-on and fun - and you’ll leave with access to additional online lessons and resources!

Workshops are filling fast – register today for one of our 25 workshops (and you can always add your name to the waitlist if your first choice is full)!

Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District The UTGCD is a state agency tasked with water well registrations and the overall health of the Upper Trinity Aquifer. The Education and Outreach Division of the UTGCD routinely visits schools and community events all around the Upper Trinity Aquifer to bring awareness to water conservation efforts and practices.7th grade teachers there are several great programs for watersheds, which is coming up soon. They will bring the trailer to your school. We’ve curated several groundwater, aquifer and geology lessons that we were excited to present to schools in and around our District. If you would like any further information on water wells or educational programs, please reach out to the Upper Trinity at their offices in Springtown, Texas, or at 817-523-5200. Conserve, Preserve, Protect. See flyers for programs and more information.

Texas Farm Bureau:  TXFB School Visit Program,  seeks to bring agriculture to the classroom through four lessons (science, reading, social studies, and careers) that are aligned with TEKS. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the lessons we offer and how to request a visit. The form to request a visit can also be found here: have a School Visit presenter in your area that engages students in relevant lessons that teach about agriculture as it relates to the concepts they are learning in their classrooms every day.

Texas Wildlife Association: L.A.N.D.S. Training- TWA is holding 2 trainings this summer, one in June and one in July. Teachers will get L.A.N.D.S certified but Project WILD and Aquatic WILD certified!  See flyer attached.

EarthDate: A New Resource for Science Teachers  EarthDate is a resource for science teachers, especially teachers of the earth sciencesEarthDatefeatures two-minute audio programs covering an array of topics related to the Earth, everything from water and atmospheric systems to life on our planet over millennia and current geological and weather events. The program is being carried on over 380 radio stations in all 50 states and Canada. Texas State Geologist Dr. Scott W. Tinker hosts each program. Each of the over 125 programs can be found and listened to cost-free from the website, The topics are searchable and each program is accompanied by a brief, downloadable, peer-reviewed background summary and reference list, easily accessible from the website. Thirteen new programs and their background materials will be posted after October 1, 2019. For more information, contact Mark W. Blount at

Free Earth and Space Science Resources on PBS Learning Media Created in collaboration with NASA, PBS Learning Media’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms collection offers digital learning resources for grades K-12. Each resource emphasizes engaging students in phenomena related to core ideas, such as space, waves, Earth’s systems, and weather. The resources are arranged by grade bands.
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.  

Generation Beyond: Lockheed Martin-Bring 21st Century exploration and innovation to life in the classroom with Skunk Works® challenge activities designed for Grades 9–12. Through a virtual field trip inside Skunk Works®, students will be introduced to STEM professionals to learn about their exciting careers and the innovation happening within Lockheed Martin to solve real-world problems.

eCYBERMISSION Virtual Judging ends March 25th. eCybermission is a web-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine. Students are challenged to explore how STEM works in their world while working as a team to solve problems in their community. Teams compete virtually in state and regional competitions and in-person through the National Judging & Educational Event (NJ&EE) in June 2020. Student prizes are awarded at the state, regional, and national levels by grade level.

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

Implementing TEKS Resource System is a product purchased by Region 9 ESC for district use. You should have received an email from Implementing TEKS RS,, If you have not noticed this email to set up your account,  please check SPAM and TRASH. You can also go to the website and click "Lost your password?", then enter your email address to see if you already have an account.   If you can not find an email with account details and no account is found is on the website, then complete this form: This product provides a very handy pacing tool aligned to units in TEKS Resource System and based on the Performance Assessments. See the attached handout for more information.

Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA): Every summer TMRA sponsors free 5-day workshops for Teachers. We provide your hotel room and meals; you just need to get yourself to and from the workshop. You will receive 45 hours SBEC approved professional development, 12 hours GT (Differentiated Curriculum), and for coal workshops 40 hours towards TEEAC Certificate of Recognition. You will participate in hands on classroom activities as well as field work. You will tour operating mines and power plants and see how the land is restored after mining. See for yourself how valuable and needed natural resources are mined and the environment protected and restored after mining.

There are three different types of workshops: Coal, Industrial Minerals and Uranium.  Fill out your application today!    For more information click here!

Coal Workshops

  • June 7-12, North American Coal's Sabine Mine - near Longview, TX
  • June 21-26, Luminant's Kosse Mine - based out of Bryan/ College Station, TX
  • July 12-17, Walnut Creek Mine -  based out of Bryan/College Station, TX
  • July 21-26, San Miguel Mine, based out of San Antonio, TX

Industrial Minerals

  • June 14-19, based in Round Rock, TX

Uranium Workshop

  • July 12-17, based in Corpus Christi, TX