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TEA Science Bulletin 12-4-17
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December 4, 2017

Topics included in this bulletin:

  • National Youth Science Camp
  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
  • Annual TEEAC Providers Meeting

Additional information is included as a courtesy to educators.

  • Texas Teacher Externships Program
  • Teacher and Student Environmental Awards

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.


Additional information is available at

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The 2017-2018 nomination and application windows for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program are now open. Teachers of grades K-6 mathematics and science are encouraged to sign up to apply. The PAEMST awards are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


The 2017-2018 nomination window will close on April 1, 2018, and the application window will close on May 1, 2018.


Teachers may be nominated for the award or may apply themselves at If you know great teachers, encourage them to join this prestigious network of professionals. In Texas, eligible teachers who submit a completed application by May 1, 2018 will receive 25 CPE hours.


For questions, contact Jo Ann Bilderback, Luis Salinas, or Liz Baker at or 512-463-9581.

TEEAC Providers Meeting Registration

On Friday, January 12, 2018, representatives from environmental education programs such as zoos, parks, museums, institutions of higher education, and nature centers will meet in Austin at AIR headquarters for updated information that is designed to help their staff members work more effectively with schools throughout the state.


Date: Friday, January 12, 2018
Time: 9-4 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Place: AIR Headquarters, 4700 Mueller Blvd, Austin, TX

Additional information is included as a courtesy to educators.

Texas Teacher Externships Program

The University of Texas at Austin Center for STEM Education has launched the Texas Teacher Externships Program (TEX2) and announced an RFA for organizations wishing to join the program. Funded by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the externship program will provide opportunities for STEM classroom teachers to learn about local industry trends, needs, and opportunities that they can then bring back to their classrooms to enhance instruction and, ultimately, student learning and achievement. Applications will be accepted through February 1, 2018.


More information / Application:


Teacher and Student Environmental Awards

Applications are now being accepted for the next round of student and teacher environmental awards.  Applications are due March 1, 2018.


President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) (

The PEYA program recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. Each year the PEYA program honors a wide variety of projects developed by young individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school), summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations to promote environmental awareness. Recent award-winning student projects included forming recycling programs for pencils and books, starting an environmental news YouTube channel, and creating a better method to protect migratory birds from airplanes. Projects require an adult sponsor.


Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE): (

The PIAEE program recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. PIAEE’s winners will be awarded up to $2,500 to be used to further their professional development in environmental education. The teacher's local education agency will also receive up to $2,500 to fund environmental education activities and programs.

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