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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.

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.

T exas 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.  

Groundwater Programs- The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District 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. 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. Please see the attached flyers.  Conserve, Preserve, Protect  

Future City Competition We put the "E" in STEM: Using a hands-on, inquiry-based strategy, the Future City program gives students a fun way to tackle real-world problems while building their STEM skills. Students work in teams, with the guidance of a teacher and an engineer-mentor to design a livable city of the future. Cost is minimal and any public, private, parochial or home school is eligible to enter. 2020 THEME: Clean Water: Tap into Tomorrow. For more information check  


1.       FUTURE CITY COMPETITION FOR 6-8TH GRADES - Students employ engineering concepts to design their future city, first using SimCity software (that we provide), writing an essay on the theme topic, and then building a scale model to present to judges in January. The winning team gets a trip to Washington, DC to compete in the national finals. 

2.       FUTURE CITY JUNIOR FOR 4-5TH GRADES - In this introduction to Future City, the student teams write an essay about their solution to the theme challenge and build a scale model illustrating that solution in their future city.

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 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

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