New Opportunities: September 28th, 2021

Vulcan Materials Partners with STEM West to Offer Classroom Grants!

Vulcan Mini-Grants of $300-$500 will be awarded to classroom teachers to improve Earth and Environmental Education in Burke, Caldwell, and Watauga Counties. All grade levels are eligible. Grants may be used for supplies, student consumables, professional development, online resources, etc. A post grant report MUST be completed by December 1st, 2022 indicating impact on teaching and learning for students.

Vulcan Materials Company is the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates—primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel—and a major producer of aggregates-based construction materials, including asphalt and ready-mixed concrete. Our coast-to-coast footprint and strategic distribution network align with and serve the nation’s growth centers.  In the STEM West market, Vulcan operates 3 quarries:  Morganton, Lenoir, and Boone.  Our crushed stone products are the literal foundation of these communities.  At Vulcan, we live by the “Vulcan Way” which is “Doing the right thing, the right way, at the right time.”  We believe in supporting earth science education in a way that will not only provide knowledge about our earth and the many ways we use natural resources in our everyday lives, but facilitate career interest in our industry.  If you can’t grow it, you have to mine it!

Submission is DUE December 1st, 2021 with grant funds being supplied by January 30th, 2022.

Project Learning Tree’s E-Newsletter: September 2021

Activity Collection: Nature of Fire for Grades 6-8 By Jaclyn StallardNature of Fire is the next installment in a series of theme-based PLT Activity Collections.

It features three PLT activities for educators of students in grades 6-8 that invite learners to investigate wildfire and ecosystem change. Learn More
EDUCATOR TIPS  Activities and Experiments to Explore Photosynthesis in the Classroom
By Rebecca Reynandez

We’ve compiled a selection of hands-on activities and experiments to help show students some of the concepts of photosynthesis in action. Learn More

STEM Strategies: Habitat Pen PalsBy Kris Irwin Ph.D.

Challenge students to use their creative skills to define a habitat, investigate related species, engineer a wildlife corridor, and manipulate an interactive model to demonstrate population growth. Learn More 

NEEF’s Climate Superstars Challenge & NAAEE’s Conference
An online environmental challenge that gets kids excited about nature, provides fun activities, and offers a chance to win one of six vouchers for $5,000 worth of Samsung products — what’s not to love about the National Environmental Education Foundation’s (NEEF) 

Climate Superstars Challenge?

We’re looking forward to presenting and attending a variety of events and workshops at the North American Association for Environmental Education’s (NAAEE) annual conference next month. See you there!
Project Learning Tree is an initiative of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

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We have two exciting panel discussions coming up in partnership with Amazon that we think your students will love!During the transportation-focused discussions, they’ll have the opportunity to connect with Amazon professionals and hear about their career journeys and work in technology.

The free panels will be moderated by FIRST® Education Director Libby Simpson, and cover topics from the package transportation process to disaster relief, community delivery, and more.

Amazon Transportation 101 | September 29, 2021 | 3pm ET
Students will learn how Amazon delivers packages all the way to their doorstep and meet experts from each part of the transportation process.

Transportation for Good | October 13, 2021 | 6pm ET
Learn about how Amazon utilizes its extensive transportation and delivery network to do good through programs like Disaster Relief, Community Delivery, and more!** By registering, you may be asked to supply personal data to the event organizer, and this data will be subject to the organizer’s privacy policy. You should review the organizer’s privacy policy and understand how your data will be used before participating in the event.flc-sponsor-footer-gray

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Will you join us today to learn how to bring 120+ hours of free, inclusive computer science programming to your community?

Register as an affiliation of STEM West and get added benefits!!

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Register now for today’s live webinar to learn about best practices for starting Clubs!

We’ll be kicking things off at 6:30 PM ET / 3:30 PM PT!

Whether your Club is in-person, virtual, or both, you’ll leave this dynamic session with a strong understanding of how you can use Girls Who Code’s resources to inspire your students to change the world with code.

Can’t make it today? Register for one of our other webinar options here, or apply now to start your free Club.

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Why STEM West partners with GWC:

The Science House Offerings:

Hickory STEM to Your Doorstep
Grade Level(s): K-16
Date(s): October 21, 2021
Location: Hickory, NC
Cost: $65
Instructional Hours: 5.0

Grade Level(s): 5-12
Date(s): November 30, 2021
Location: Mountain Horticulture Research Station (455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759)
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $65
Instructional Hours: 5.0

Safety Sense: Science Lab Safety Train-the Trainer with Regina Barrier
Grade Level(s): K-16
Date(s): December 6-7, 2021
Location: Mountain Horticulture Research Station (455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759)
Cost: $150
Instructional Hours: 10.0

Turning Misinformation into Education: Leveraging Fake News to Teach Climate Change
Grade Level(s): 5-12
Date(s): December 14, 2021
Location: Mountain Horticulture Research Station (455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759)
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $30 (Materials and lunch provided)
Instructional Hours: 5.0

STEM to Your DoorstepGrade Level(s): k-12
Date(s): February 2, 2022
Location: Mountain Horticulture Research Station (455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759)
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $65
Instructional Hours: 5.0
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