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Awards/Competitions

Engineering For You Video Contest
In celebration of its upcoming 50th anniversary, the NAE is launching Engineering for You (E4U), a video contest to highlight the impact that engineering has or will have on society. In the last 50 years, engineering achievements include helping to land astronauts on the moon, creating the Internet, and decoding the human genome. What will engineering create in the next 50 years? Rev up your creativity, pull out your camera or phone, and produce a one to two minute video showing the world how you see engineering enhancing quality of life and serving the needs of society. The video must highlight a period during the years 1964-2064. The main prize is $25,000, and the contest will run from Nov. 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014.

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 math, science, and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill.

Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE)
The Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE) is an annual awards program that recognizes extraordinary contributions by educators across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada who are elevating the level of science literacy through creativity in the classroom and motivation of students. Amgen Award applications are available in early November.

American Meteorological Society Education Program
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) DataStreme Project is a free professional development program for in-service K-12 teachers, in which they gain considerable subject matter content and confidence in Earth and Space Science instruction.

EARTH's Consumer's Guide to Minerals
A compilation of monthly articles from EARTH magazine. Rather than focusing on visual and physical properties, this book explores minerals' myriad uses in scientific research, manufacturing, medicine and many commercial applications.

National Youth Science Camp
National Youth Science Camp is an annual program available to two high school seniors per state. Recipients are selected by a committee formed by the governor based on academic proficiency in the sciences, leadership qualities, and intellectual curiosity. For more information visit the National Youth Science Camp Web site.

Northwest Association for Biomedical Research Essay Contest
NWABR invites 7th & 8th grade students to enter the “Biomedical Breakthroughs and My Life” essay contest. Entire classes or individual students may submit 450-650 word essays with a reflective paragraph. Researchers will serve as judges and provide comments to every student. Winners receive cash prizes and will be invited to an Awards Day at a research facility. Contest details and previous winning essays can be found on the NWABR Web site.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors for America's teachers of mathematics and science. These awards recognize and honor K-12 teachers for their outstanding work in the classroom and also as leaders within their schools and communities.

STEM Contest
Samsung and its partners are asking teachers to participate in its annual contest to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, a key academic challenge in our country.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program
Mission 7 to the International Space Station.

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

Washington State University’s Imagine Tomorrow High School Competition
WSU’s Imagine Tomorrow Competition is open to all WA state high school students. The competition challenges high school students to seek new ways to support the transition to alternate energy sources. 

Zero Robotics Challenge
Zero Robotics is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES satellites inside the International Space Station. Students program the satellites to play a challenging game. Students can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a web browser. All tournaments are free of charge and all you need to participate is a team, mentorship and the internet.

Fairs/Events

Washington State Science Fair
WSSEF is open to all public, private, online and home schooled students in grades 1–12 in the state of Washington. Over $1,000,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded last year to "Promote Future Scientists and Engineers."

South Sound Science Regional Science Fair
All K-12 students from both public and private schools in Pierce and Thurston counties are invited to participate. There is no registration fee.

Earth Science Week
The American Geological Institute invites students and the public to take part in Earth Science Week. Earth Science Week encourages people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences. For more information visit the Earth Science Week Web site.

Permits

Crayfish Permit (PDF) | Notices for posting 5.5 x 8.5

Crayfish Care and Handling 3.2 x 8 (PDF)

Observing and Collecting Crayfish (PDF)

Crayfish Invasion
Invasive crayfish from the east have been spotted for the 1st time west of the Rockies, in a river in Eastern Oregon and a stream in Corvallis. They were shipped to elementary schools for biology classes and then released where they don’t belong by well meaning children or their teachers.

Reports and Papers

NSTA Position Statement on Early Childhood Science Education

Recommendations for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Report (PDF)

Laboratory Safety

2012 Laboratory Waste Management Guide
The new 2012 Laboratory Waste Management Guide has been released by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County. The new version has been significantly expanded and refined since the last edition was published in 2006.

Safety Guidance
Classroom Safety Guidelines: Section K of the Department of Health and OSPI Health and Safety Guide (PDF, 6 pages)

 

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