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Science Strikes Back kicked off with a mission to broaden participation in science and in our community. With political discourse more polarizing than ever, and the role of science in decision-making under attack, this community-oriented science fair put a youth voice first while upending who it is that does science. Science Strikes Back! is for you – Enter today https://www.sciencestrikesback.com/ We love science at Escuela Verde, and we want to share this love with you! Popular culture often views science as difficult to understand, boring and something that only doctors do. Science Strikes Back! is a community science fair dedicated to shift this vibe by cultivating a community excited to show that everyone can be a scientist - and that science is really fun!

Environmental education can be a powerful tool for promoting skills and interest in STEM in an after school setting. This session was intended as an interactive opportunity to share examples of successful projects from a pilot after school EE grant program, as well as discuss how STEM-focused funding sources may be leveraged to support environmental education activities. Contact information for the presenters is provided for anyone who would like more information about the planned session discussion topics.

The Wikiwatershed.org community toolkit features STEM resources to promote systems thinking, data collection, and interactive technologies, including online Model My Watershed GIS modeling, EnviroDIY stream sensors, a micro site runoff simulation, Monitor My Watershed, international Leaf Pack Network, the Water Quality mobile app, scientific data gathering processes, and watershed curricula.

Learn more about becoming a Certified Phenology Leader in your community! Join us for a discussion of the Nature’s Notebook Local Phenology Leader Certification Program, bringing educators together with new audiences, natural resource managers, practitioners, and other leaders across the US who are teaching about climate change through citizen science.

Hive Alive! uses technology to provide the awesome – and slightly scary – experience of encountering honey bees from the safety of your classroom. See how this no-cost, media-rich resource hub for elementary teachers inspires wonder, sparks curiosity, and develops understanding and empathy for these amazing little creatures.

Come explore a resource-linked climate change concept map to learn more about causes, impacts, and solutions. Navigate to your areas of inquiry: vetted K–16 activities, effective instructional methods, science and engineering practices. Consider how a weather/climate strand map can support your work. Advise further development. Receive links to both maps!

The NOAA Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program is implementing a national evaluation system designed to inform seven diverse regional programs, serving approximately 3,600 educators and 48,000 students annually. Learn about how evaluation results are used to monitor and adjust program activities and support grantees in implementing best practices.

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