As many of you know, the final version of the Next Generation Science Standards were just released in early April. Over the past few weeks, our team has been working feverishly to align Steve Spangler’s hands-on science curriculum from Science in the Rockies with these newly released standards. In addition to the science standards, we know that many of you are looking for creative strategies for connecting more hands-on science with the Common Core reading, writing and math objectives. That’s why we are very excited to share these integration strategies and creative methods for making science even more fun and meaningful for your students in the coming years.
Next Generation Science Standards are a voluntary set of rigorous and internationally benchmarked standards for K-12 science education. Twenty-six states and their teams joined 41 writers and partners to compile science and engineering content that all students should learn to prepare for college and the real world.
“The Next Generation of Science Standards promise to help students understand why is it that we have to know science and help them use scientific learning to develop critical thinking skills-which may be applied throughout their lives, no matter the topic. Today, students see science
Before we can get kids excited about science, we have to first start with getting teachers excited about teaching science. This year’s participants at Science in the Rockies shared some of the their underlying reasons for focusing their effort on being better science teachers.
The wonderful people at Rayovac recently approached us and asked for our help in celebrating Teacher Appreciation week (May 2 – 6). They are recognizing inspirational teachers by offering three all-expense paid trips to attend Science in the Rockies in Denver, Colorado July 6-8, 2011.
Science in the Rockies is an intensive three-day hands-on science training for teachers who want to integrate more science into their classrooms and make it more meaningful and fun for their students.
“There are so many amazing educators that bring inspiration, guidance, encouragement and fun to the classroom,” said Kent Klagos, Division Vice President, Rayovac. “Through the Teachers Bring Science to Life Contest, we hope to recognize a few of the many outstanding teachers as well as give them an amazing science experience they can bring back and share with their students.”
Do you know a K-6 teacher that brings learning to life and inspires kids to want to learn in the classroom? Rayovac is now accepting nominations on
It’s truly a gift that an elementary or middle school teacher would never forget. Give the gift of a registration to our hands-on science workshop for teachers called Science in the Rockies this coming July 6-8, 2011 and save $100 off of the registration price. This special savings is good through December 31st. If you want to give your registration as a gift, you MUST contact the workshop coordinator, Carly Reed, directly by calling (303) 268-3183 to complete your registration. Don’t worry… she’s great at keeping a secret.
Hands-on Science = Hands-on Learning… if you know what the secret is
Steve Spangler’s Hands-on Science Secrets™ training is guaranteed to provide you with a whole new perspective on teaching science. This one-day workshop is specifically designed for early childhood through elementary teachers who need creative science integration strategies to take their teaching to a whole new level. You’ll leave with all the tools you need to make you the best science teacher possible.
Our final day of activities began with a television appearance on the local Denver NBC affiliate. We also used a barbie doll to demonstrate an electricity loop and found iron in our cereal. We also enjoyed a demonstration by the always entertaining Doug Hodous.
As Science in the Rockies 2010 draws to a close, we’d like to thank all of the teachers who made the trek to Denver. You make science a priority and understand the need for it in the classroom and curriculum. We hope you learned a lot and will take a lot of fun demos and lessons back into your classrooms. If you attended Science in the Rockies this year or a previous year, please leave us a comment below with feedback, comments or how you bring science to your students.
We will be making an announcement about Science in the Rockies 2011 as well as another learning road trip soon. Don’t forget I will be in Orlando, Tampa, San Antonio, Dallas, Los Angeles and Houston this fall with