Ruxz_M-rbu5hJUPoenSULdy6Wzk The Science of My Life: February 2013

Sunday, February 24, 2013

iSTEM Registration opens on March 1, 2013

Teachers, this is such a great week at CSI!  I have been involved with iSTEM for 4 years, but this year I will not be teaching a strand because of schedule conflicts.  Please look into this free workshop full of free materials and amazing presenters!  The teachers throughout Idaho that I have worked with are truly the kinds of teachers we want to support as parents.  They get it!![1].pdf

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Free Idaho Teacher Workshop!

Are you a middle school or high school level teacher interested in a week of field studies with NASA Ames Researchers?

The NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) has teamed up with NASA Ames Research Center, once again, to bring a weeklong field study called Spaceward Bound to Idaho. Spaceward Bound is a program that involves classroom teachers in authentic planetary fieldwork side-by-side with NASA scientists. Teachers bring the experiences they learn from the field back to their classrooms and assist in the development of curriculum related to human exploration of remote and extreme environments. Some of the past field expeditions have included the Mojave Desert, Australia, Namibia, Pavilion Lake, Antarctica and North Dakota.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the 2013 Spaceward Bound - Idaho!

Dates: June 23rd - June 28th, 2013

We are going back to Southern Idaho and spending a significant amount of time at Craters of the Moon and Worswick Hot Springs. Also, Shoshone Ice Caves will be visited to collect data but very little time will be spent there.

The deadline to sign up is March 22, 2013. We will be selecting 15-20 teachers for this years expedition.

The ISGC has received funding to provide this experience to teachers for free. Your only financial obligation is to get yourself to our starting point on Sunday, June 23, 2013. At this point we are tentatively looking to start in Twin Falls, due to the location of the research sites. Two professional development credits will be given to each teacher who participate.

More information will become available soon.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at (208)885-6438 or by email at

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Outdoor Adventure Camp Scholarship Opportunity

I love to hear about cool opportunties for families.  This Family Summit in Maine looks like an amazing time for a lucky child and parent.  To be considered for the scholarship. the youth will need to submit an essay by the end of March.  The Summit is in July.  Good luck!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Free Upcoming Events at CSI

There are several cool events happening in Twin Falls next week that I want to share!

What is geothermal energy, how does it fit into the renewable energy portfolio, and why are western states so promising in terms of future geothermal energy resources. Former Boise State University professor Walter Snyder will explain these questions and more at the Herrett Forum at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Snyder was a research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University and then with Phillips Petroleum before joining the faculty of Boise State University in 1984. He is now retired. His science research has focused on stratigraphy, tectonics, and economic geology, mostly of the western United States but also in Russia, China, and Canada. He has been active nationally and internationally in promoting the development of the geoinformatics community, which includes the National Science Foundation and the Geothermal Data Exchange.

In 1923, Austrian scientist Rudolf Steiner predicted that within 100 years, honeybees would disappear as a result of increased mechanization and industrialization. In recent years, a startling honeybee decline known as colony collapse disorder appears to be giving credence to Steiner’s prediction.
The College of Southern Idaho Sustainability Committee will show the documentary ‘Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?’at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. The film traces the link between bees and man over the last 10,000 years, revealing bees as a barometer of the health of the earth. While it deals with the dark reality of the honeybee crisis, the film also brings the viewer into the secret wonder of the hive and the good humor of devoted beekeepers. It also documents the efforts of Gunther Hauk, who is creating a 600-acre farm dedicated to helping support the bees.
The Sustainability Council has also invited a local beekeeper from Tubbs Berry Farm to bring and display a hive that film attendees can see up close. Admission is free of charge and the presentation is open to everyone of all ages.

Monday, February 4, 2013

In Honor of Darwin Day

This looks like an AMAZING lecture available at ISU this Thursday night.  It fits right in with what we are covering in Biology class right now...unfortunately, I will be teaching that night!  Should I cancel class??

On Thursday February 7th at 7:00 pm, in the College of Education Auditorium, Education Building Room 243

The Idaho Museum of Natural History and the ISU Chapter of Sigma Xi present:
"Recent Rapid Human Evolution: Some Implications for the Humanities and the Sciences"
by Dr. Henry Harpendig.