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Ask a Scientist
The "Ask A Scientist" service has been in operation since 1991 and has compiled answers to more than 20,000 questions — this site now receives more than ten to twelve million hits each month!
Astronomy Research Based Science Education Program
Check out new program opportunities at
Astronomy Lessons — Free
Dr. Jamie Love has presented 48 lessons & a healthy mix of observational and academic (scientific) astronomy so you will learn identification and a great deal about stars and the universe. This is a low math astronomy course but it covers a great deal of astronomy. Each month Dr. Love will rotate in and out another 4 more lessons, so don't miss a month! Visit and bookmark
The Braitmayer Foundation
Supports organizations and programs from across the U.S. that enhance the education of K-12 children. The Foundation is particularly interested in curricular and school reform initiatives, professional development opportunities for teachers, and local community efforts that increase educational opportunities for students. Grant requests of up to $10,000 and up to $35,000. Learn more at
The Center for Courage and Renewal
Teaching is a calling, a vocation that requires constant renewal of mind, heart, and spirit. Teachers come to the profession inspired by a passion to help others learn. They are drawn to education by an ethic of service and a mission to make a difference in the world by contributing to succeeding generations of youth. Good teachers care, and keep finding ways to connect with students. They do not check their hearts at the door. Maintaining the passion to teach and lead wholeheartedly takes not only skill, it takes inner strength and spirit. Now more than ever, it takes courage to teach. The "teacher formation process" invites educators to reclaim their own wholeness and vocational clarity, and makes connections between the renewal of a teacher's spirit and the revitalization of public education. This chapter contains numerous quotes from K-12 educators who have participated in "Courage to Teach" programs around the country.
Challenger Center for Space Science Education - Teacher Resources, Professional Development
EdVentures in Simulation: A Great START to the 21st Century Challenger Center is dedicated to enhancing the understanding of, and the enthusiasm for, science, math, and technology through innovative learning experiences. Learn more at
Christopher Columbus Awards
Challenge middle school students to explore opportunities for positive change in their communities. Ten finalist teams (up to 4 students and coach) win a trip to Walt Disney World, where they compete for U.S. Savings Bonds and the Columbus Foundation Community Grant. Visit or call +1-800-291-6020 for competition guidelines and complete information.
Discovery Park at Purdue
Funded by the National Science Foundation. For more information, visit
Disney American Teacher Awards
Disney's Teacher Awards were created to give extraordinary teachers the recognition they truly deserve but rarely receive.
Innovative, Earth-related teaching ideas - free downloadble activities.
Earth System Science Education Alliance
Three inquiry-based, online professional development courses for earth science teachers for credit.
Evolution Education Institute (EEI)
Promotes the understanding of the theory of evolution within the educational community and society at-large and advocates its inclusion in science curricula. In order to achieve its mission, EEI provides educators with professional development opportunities to increase their knowledge of evolution theory, pedagogical approaches to teaching evolution and the development of curricula and courses dealing with evolution. EEI also provides outreach programs to the general public to increase the public's awareness of the importance of a science education that includes a strong emphasis upon evolution. Site contains tutorials, info on in-service modules, and many links to lesson plans:
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
More than 30 federal agencies formed a working group in 1997 to make hundreds of federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find. The result of that work is the FREE Web site:
Fundsnet Online Services
A comprehensive Web site dedicated to providing nonprofit organizations, colleges, and universities with information on financial resources available on the Internet:
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
Seeks nominations for its student awards. The prize recognizes young people ages 8 to 18 who have shown leadership and courage in public service to people and our planet. Winners each receive US$2,500 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project. Adults may nominate young heroes for the Barron Prize through 30 April each year. Visit
Joint Oceanographic Institutes Teacher Opportunities
Various opportunities for journeys to sea or to Washington, D.C., through the Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI) education programs:
Maps and Satellite Images
Find world political and physical maps and satellite images at
Michigan Tech Teacher Professional Development
Formerly the Teacher's Earth Science Institute. View course listings and links at
National Teachers Enhancement Network
The National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) offers online, graduate-level science courses from a world-class public research university. NTEN was one of the first online professional development programs for K-12 teachers, and has offered courses since 1993 at
NREL's Office of Education Programs
Seeks to promote science, mathematics and technology education using renewable energy as the vehicle to capture student interest. Engaging students in science and engineering activities opens the door for both study and career opportunities in these disciplines. NREL offers a full range of activities for elementary and secondary school students that provide tutoring, mentoring, science demonstrations, science teacher professional development awards and recognition, and more:
NSF Geoscience Opportunities
The National Science Foundation supports research, education, and infrastructure to advance the state of knowledge about Earth, including its atmosphere, continents, oceans, interior, and the processes that modify them as well as link them together. Go to to find the latest info on funding opportunities.
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Professional Development Opportunities
Link to the NSTA Learning Center, NSTA Web seminars, grant information (including the Toyota TAPESTRY grants), meetings, and more programs aimed at "Building a Presence for Science," ending the isolation of classroom science teachers and providing them with professional development opportunities and science teaching resources. Go to to learn more.
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is administered by the National Science Foundation for the White House. Learn more at
Project ASTRO of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory
Forges partnerships between astronomers and teachers in grades three through nine to bolster astronomy education. The partners attend a two-day workshop, including a trip to Kitt Peak National Observatory, and astronomers commit to four visits to the teacher's classroom during the academic year. The training workshop includes modeling and performing a dozen activities, receiving materials for those activities and hearing from experts in the field of astronomy and astronomy education. The program is free and the training is thorough. Additional information and applications are available at
Rocks and Minerals
Find all kinds of interesting & illustrated articles on rocks and minerals at
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
This new 20,000 square foot dinosaur museum in Woodland Park, Colorado, USA, exhibits huge marine reptiles, pterosaurs, and remarkable dinosaurs, and has a visible working fossil lab, educational activities, and an interactive children's area. Learn more at
Scholastic Teaching Resources
Find lesson plans and activities at
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
SACNAS offers information on K-12 programs and opportunities, new job listings, scholarships, internships, fellowships, and more:
The Space Foundation
Provides professional development for K-12 teachers. Curricula are developed by teachers for teachers and are designed to provide standard-based, hands-on learning teachers can use in the classroom immediately. Learn more at
Teacher Professional Continuum (TPC)
This National Science Foundation program for K-12 Teachers includes research and development projects for K-12 science, technology, and mathematics (STM) education. This professional continuum includes K-12 experiences, teacher preparation programs, instructional practice, professional development, leadership development, and other life and professional experiences. Visit
Teacher Professional Development Programming
The Annenberg Media Organization (formerly Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting) this site provides online professional development and discipline specific content for teachers on a variety of topics. Offerings include "Learning Science Through Inquiry," "Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science," “Earth Revealed” and others videos available in a Windows streaming video format (wmv):
USGS Educational Resources
This USGS Web site contains selected USGS educational resources useful to educators in secondary school grades (Grade 7 to Grade 12). Many of these resources can be used directly in the classroom or will be useful for prepartion of classroom lessons or demonstration activities. Also check out
USGS Store
Go to the USGS online store for maps, books, educational products, passes, and more.
Vernier Software and Technology
In conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association (NTSA) — awarding prizes to teachers in grades K-16 for the innovative use of data-collection technology (using a desktop or laptop computer, a hand-held computer, or a graphing calculator, for example) in the science classroom. The deadline for the awards is October 15. Winners will receive $1,000 in cash, $1,000 worth of Vernier products, and up to US$1,000 toward the cost of attending the annual NSTA conference. For more information and an application, go to
Windows to the Universe
Windows to the Universe and Ventanas al Universo are trademarks of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), and the site, at, is copyright by the Regents of the University of Michigan. This packed site contains information on Earth and the Solar System, new National Science Foundation Research, geology, space missions, and the atmosphere, as well as teacher resources and classroom activities. Links to blogs by scientists and journal space for students are also included. ¡Y lo mas — se puede leer las páginas en español también!
Workshop Opportunity for Science Teachers at the University of Wisconsin Madison campus.
Meets in summer. Location: University of Wisconsin Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science building, 1225 W. Dayton, Madison, Wisconsin:

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The Colorado Science Education Network (CSEN)
Promotes science education through monthly meetings for science education leaders from many venues. Participants include science coordinators, teacher leaders, informal science educators from museums and environmental education organizations, representatives from state and national government agencies, higher education faculty, and science consultants. Most meetings have a professional development component highlighting a new resource, but also allow a time for sharing important information and a time for educators in similar roles to discuss mutual issues and needs. For more information please visit
Chatfield Nature Preserve
The Chatfield Nature Preserve is a 350-acre site in southern Jefferson County (owned by the Denver Botanical Gardens) open to all (at $5/car) that also provides guided nature programs for students. Programs include Wetland Walk, Investigating Insects, Riparian Walk among others, and some are seasonal only. To plan your class visit, contact them at 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, Colorado, 80128, USA; +1-720-865-3560. Read more.
CIRES (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science)
CIRES is located in Boulder, Colorado, USA. It is a research institute founded in 1967 that partners with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado.Ongoing CIRES outreach projects include Earthworks, an innovative teachers' program that includes field work and observations, problem-based learning, and practice with a variety of teaching and learning techniques. We emphasize place-based environmental education -- we teach and learn science through studying the world around us. Visit to learn more.
Colorado Geological Survey
1313 Sherman Street, Room 715, Denver, CO 80203, USA; +1-303-866-2611. Available resources include "RockTalk," a quarterly newsletter dealing with all aspects of geology throughout the state of Colorado; Colorado geology posters (at $1 each), free educational bookmarks and a generalized geologic map of Colorado, plus two CDs, one about Gas and Oil in Colorado and the other about Coal and Coalbed Methane in Colorado. Go straight to the Teacher Resources page or follow the links at
Colorado Geology Overview
The What, Where, When, How and Why of Colorado's Physical Past and Present — includes photos and extensive geology information:
Colorado Historical Society (Colorado State History Museum)
Check the Web for locations, Available online: Resources for educators.
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO: CSM offers a variety of recertification/teacher enhancement courses in earth science, including the Denver Earth Science Project (DESP), a K-12 earth science education curriculum development and teacher training. In partnership with corporations, federal agencies, school districts, and other institutions of higher education, a series of educational "modules" addressing a range of earth science topics has been developed. The CSM also has Geology Museum tours (free admission!) and rock, mineral, and fossil teaching kits.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, Colorado 80205, USA; +1-303-322-7009, The museum offers extensive school programs as well as professional development courses for teachers.
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Visit the Florissant Fossil Beds in Florissant, Colorado, USA, and enjoy one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Plan a visit or pick up some online curriculum materials; check out
Friends of Dinosaur Ridge
Part of the Morrison Natural History Museum, just west of C-470 on Alameda Parkway at the base of the east side of the Ridge, PO Box 564, Morrison, CO 80465, USA. Dinosaur Ridge is a geologically famous National Natural Landmark featuring historically famous Jurassic dinosaur bones, such as Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus, discovered in 1877, and over 300 Cretaceous dinosaur footprints, attributed to ornithopod and theropod dinosaurs. Visit the museum Web site at
University of Northern Colorado's MAST Institute Calendar of K-12 Programs, Workshops and Events
The Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Institute, established in 1987 within the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC, provides leadership and coordination for projects and programs to improve mathematics and science education, within the university, the state, and nationally.
Virtual Field Trip to the Indian Peaks
Colorado, Front Range, USA,


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American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) Undergraduate Scholarship.
Any AIPG student member sophomore or higher majoring in geology (or earth science) at a four-year accredited college or university in the U.S. can apply. [ learn more ]
American Museum of Natural History Young Naturalist Awards
The Young Naturalist Awards is an inquiry-based science competition that involves essay writing for students grades 7–12 to promote participation in and communication of science. Learn more at
Authentic Mars Research for Students
Students grades 5 through college sophmore can participate in the Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP). Teams will work with scientists, mission planners, and educators on the Thermal Emission Imaging System team at Arizona State University's Mars Space Flight Facility to image a site on Mars. Images are sent from the Mars Odyssey spacecraft now orbiting Mars every two hours.
Camp Rocky
Outdoor environmental adventures for youth ages 14-19 (generally in July) near Divide, Colorado, USA. A program of Colorado State University in conjuction with the Colorado State Forest Service:
Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)
CIMSS has been hosting a Summer Workshop on Atmospheric, Earth, and Space Sciences for high school students and teachers since 1992. The CIMSS summer workshop on atmospheric, earth and space sciences features an exciting four-day agenda in meteorology, astronomy, land remote sensing and geology. Participating students stay on campus in lakeside dorms and experience science education, research, and technology through hands-on activities working directly with scientists, graduate students, and professors. Learn more at
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Landscape Change Program
Includes tutorials on landscape photography, dating photographs, interpreting landscape change, and info on Vermont landscape history. Learn more at
Learn to Fly a Spacecraft
High school and college students who want to learn how to fly a spacecraft can access NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's The Basics of Space Flight Web page. It is a self-teaching guide created originally to help JPL spacecraft operators understand the concepts of and relationships among various specialized elements of a space mission.
NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program
This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scholarship program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance and an internship. Learn more at
Siemens Foundation
In partnership with the College Board, the Siemens Foundation established the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology and the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement. The Siemens Competition seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students' understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines. You can compete as an individual or as a member of a team: Individual projects promote independent research; team projects foster collaborative research efforts, as well as individual contributions to the cooperative endeavor. Scholarships for winning projects range from US$1,000 to US$100,000. Get details and download instructions at
The Earth Around Us: Syllabus - The following syllabus was developed for a freshman course to teach students the geology of environmental issues and attract them to geology as a course of study. The course is built around the book The Earth Around Us: Maintaining a Livable Planet (Westview, 2003), which consists of short essays that provide solid grounding in the geology of environmental issues.
Sample Chapter: Read Chapter 31 from the book, "What Else Should My Neighbor Know," by Caryl Edward Buchwald.
Toshiba–National Science Teacher's Association ExploraVision
ExploraVision encourages K-12 students of all interest, skill, and ability levels to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. EPA offers paid and unpaid student internships for those interested in working to protect the environment and conserve our natural resources as a career.