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CAST 2016:  Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Proposal Site Open from February 15, 2016 through April 15, 2016

 Share your knowledge with your peers and submit a proposal application for CAST 2016.  Pre-K through College workshops and short courses.  


Science TEKS Streamlining Committee Applications


In January 2016, the State Board of Education (SBOE) approved a process that will be used to streamline the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is now accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the TEKS streamlining committees for science. Additional information and the application are available on the TEA website at


Applications are due to TEA no later than Wednesday, March 16, 2106. Nominations to the TEKS streamlining committees are expected to be announced in Spring 2016. Please share this information with anyone you know who may be interested. 

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CAST 2016 Proposal submission will begin Monday, February 15, 2016 and close on Friday, April 15, 2016. Share your knowledge with your peers!


National Park Trust's annual Kids to Parks Day National School Contest empowers students to plan their own educational park experience. Open to all Title 1 schools for grades PreK through 12, this contest provides grants of up to $1,000 to cover transportation, park-related fees, stewardship supplies, or anything else students believe would enhance their experience. Our 2016 contest will be awarding 100 park grants to 100 schools nationwide. Deadline is March 4, 2016. Details can be found at


Summer 2016 Opportunity for Educators to Explore Appalachia - Deadline is 3/1/2016


The American Physiological Society 

Online Teacher Professional Development Opportunity

For middle and high school teachers-please share with your colleagues, consider applying to our year-long science teacher professional development program with a total of up to $1,500 in fellowship payments:    Applications are due no later than January 25, 2016. 


Design and Launch your DNA Experiment to Space!

We invite students in grades 7 through 12 to design DNA experiments for space.  Become a space DNA pioneer and help solve real-life space exploration opportunities and challenges. Five finalist teams will receive mentoring from Harvard and MIT PhD scientists, present at the 2016 International Space Station R&D Conference, and receive miniPCR DNA Discovery Systems for their education institutions. Winners will attend Space Biology Camp at New England Biolabs and --- send their DNA experiment to space!  Submission deadline April 20th 2016.


Teachers - turn contest submissions into a class assignment that's aligned with standards.  #GenesInSpace


Genes in Space is a partnership between miniPCR, Boeing, Math for America, CASIS, and New England Biolabs. The contest is free, and does not require equipment.  Proposals will be judged solely on their creative and scientific merit.

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-      Create your own science blog

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NSTA Annual Convention - Nashville, TN

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