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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.


Calculators--NEW for 2018! 8th Science students may use calculators on the 8th Science STAAR.  Districts must ensure that students have access to a calculator with four-function, scientific, or graphing capability when taking the STAAR grade 8 science assessments. There should be at least one calculator for every five students taking the assessments (both paper and online versions). If calculators are shared during the test, the calculator memory must be cleared after each student uses it. Districts may satisfy this requirement by providing students with either of the following two types of calculating devices—a handheld calculator or a calculator application.


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TEA Final Science TEKS Streamlining

The Texas Gateway- is sponsored by TEA and provides online classroom resources, OnTRACK lessons and online professional development. Everything is FREE and aligned with state standards!

3 Rivers Foundation-Crowell, Texas 

  • Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus (PreK-12th) -Premier Astronomy campus and outdoor learning center.  Daytime and evening programing available free of charge.  Overnight stay is available in bunkhouses for additional charge.
  • STARSTRUCK & Prairie Wild-(PreK-12th) TEKs aligned educational outreach program that comes to your school for free of charge.
  • STAAR Bootcamps-High energy, hands on review at Comanche Springs for 5th /8th Grade science.  Limited spots available and free of charge.
  • Contact: Townly Thomas, Director of Education 940-839-9120, office phone 940-684-1670 


The Texas Medical Association is accepting nominations for the 2018 Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching.  Nominate yourself or another science teacher by November 17, 2017

SystemsGo is an innovative high school rocketry/aeroscience curriculum that uses project-based learning to teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); to develop skills in teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership; and to encourage careers in the engineering industries.

Texas Wildlife Association offers FREE Science TEKS-aligned Distance Learning programs. 

STEM Ecology and River Bend Nature Center Field Trips

CAST- Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching

National Youth Science Camp Two talented graduating seniors will be selected to represent Texas at the 2018 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC). Student delegates attend the STEM and outdoor adventure program, at no charge. Travel is included. The students also spend several days in Washington, DC.

  • Applications open on November 1, 2017, and online applications close on February 28, 2018 at 6:00pm EST.
  • The dates of NYSC are planned for June 27 - July 21, 2018. Only students who can attend the entire session should plan to apply.