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  • 05 Jul 2021 10:27 AM | Anonymous

    Hello Educators,

    Please find a NDSGC Roundup below. The first item is a job opportunity from NDSGC; high school seniors attending a NDSGC affiliate school in the fall may want to apply for a STEM Ambassador position.

    1.)    NDSGC STEM Ambassador Program

    NDSGC STEM Ambassadors are undergrad and graduate students that conduct hands-on activities to North Dakota students, families, and communities. This can include K-12 classroom visits and informal education events. Seniors planning to attend a NDSGC affiliated school in the fall are encouraged to apply. Application deadline to be a Fall 2021 STEM Ambassador is June 1st, 2021. Apply here.

    2.)    NASA Virtual Chats

    Formal and informal educators can request a virtual chat with a NASA Artemis Team member. Chats will be held from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (CT), Monday through Friday, from June to September. Chats can be up to 60 minutes in length. There is a minimum requirement of 30 audience members.  Requests for a virtual chat must be received by June 4th. Contact Patricia Moore ( to request a virtual chat.

    3.)    ASP 2021 Summer Symposium

    The Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s day-long virtual symposium will focus on astronomical perspectives of climate change through a series of panels and workshops. If you are interested in attending, please contact the North Dakota Space Grant as we can sponsor up to 20 attendees. Contact the NDSGC Coordinator, Tori McIntosh ( for more information. First come, first served.


    4.)    Zero Robotics Program

    The Zero Robotics program will run from July 12th – July 30th, 2021. This is a free, virtual coding competition for middle school students! Mentor and educator training will take place before the competition. Find more information about the trainings here. If you are interested in guiding a team, please sign up for the May 26th, 2021 informational meeting here.

    5.)    Space Teams

    Astronauts 12 years and older can be part of a virtual competition challenging students to conduct a human space exploration mission. Missions will begin June 14th and run through August 28th. Please find additional information here. Registration fees are $279 per child.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

    Tori McIntosh

    ND Space Grant Consortium &

    O: 701-777-4897
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  • 05 Jul 2021 10:15 AM | Anonymous

    Today, NASA is announcing the NASA TechRise Student Challenge, a competition enabling student teams in 6-12th grade to gain a deeper understanding of Earth’s atmosphere, space exploration, coding and electronics. Students will have the opportunity to engage with NASA and technology communities, and learn about careers in science, technology, and space exploration fields.

    Right now we want to help prepare teachers for the contest. NASA and Future Engineers will host a series of workshops and presentations before the school year begins. Please see the press release below for more information, and to show your audience where to pre-register for the contest or sign up for the workshops. 


    Mia for Future Engineers

    Teaser video


    New NASA Challenge Encourages Hands-on Student Tech Development


    NASA will initiate a new competition for the 2021/2022 school year, providing student teams a chance to design, build, and launch experiments on suborbital rockets and high-altitude balloon flights. NASA and Future Engineers, the challenge administrator, will offer a series of virtual events for educators to hear from agency experts and learn more about this exciting opportunity for students.


    The NASA TechRise Student Challenge will begin accepting entries in August. Teams of sixth- to 12th-grade students can submit ideas for climate or remote sensing experiments to fly on a high-altitude balloon, and space exploration experiments to fly aboard a suborbital rocket.


    The winning teams each will receive $1,500 to build their payloads, as well as an assigned spot on a NASA-sponsored commercial suborbital flight. Balloon flights will offer more than four hours of flight time, while suborbital rockets will provide around three minutes of test time in microgravity conditions.


    "This competition is an exciting opportunity for students across the country, whether they're already passionate about space exploration or looking for a new challenge," said Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). "Student teams will get hands-on experience creating and building their own experiments and then get to see them fly to suborbital space, just like NASA engineers and university researchers."


    The contest aims to inspire a deeper understanding of Earth’s atmosphere, space exploration, coding, and electronics, as well as a broader understanding of the value of test data. The challenge will also allow students to engage with NASA and technology communities, and expose them to potential careers in science, technology, and space exploration fields.


    Before the competition opens in August, educators can hear from NASA experts and learn more about the opportunity through a series of virtual activities.


    ·         The challenge kick-off event, part of the Department of Education’s eighth annual ED Games Expo, will occur Tuesday, June 1, at 6 p.m. EDT. Educators can register to participate in the event. The two-hour session will stream live at:


    ·         NASA TechRise educator summer workshops will dive into the basics of electronics, coding, and designing for flight. The first workshop will take place July 28 and repeat Aug. 11.


    “NASA is committed to providing students with hands-on experience and real-life problems the agency faces,” said Mike Kincaid, NASA associate administrator for STEM engagement. “These challenges are a fun and educational experience for the future STEM workforce to develop the necessary skills for NASA to continue to be successful. I am confident they will go on to accomplish great things.”


    NASA is working with three flight providers to support the competition. The student payloads will fly on one of the following:


    ·         Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket

    ·         UP Aerospace Inc.’s SpaceLoft rocket

    ·         Raven Aerostar’s Zero Pressure high-altitude balloon


    The NASA TechRise Student Challenge will be open to student teams affiliated with U.S. public, private, and charter schools, including in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and all other U.S. territories. NASA’s Flight Opportunities program, based at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, and part of STMD, manages the challenge.


    For challenge details and to pre-register for the competition, visit:





    Clare Skelly / Katherine Brown

    Sede de la NASA, Washington

    202-515-6654 / 202-358-1288 /


    Megan Person

    Centro de Investigación de Vuelo Armstrong, Edwards, California



  • 04 Jul 2021 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    Dr Phillips is presenting from July 12 to the 16, with a field event July 14 at a ranch in Hazelton.  It focuses on carbon and agriculture.  Here are the details:  The July 14 event only is free.  Register here:

    Learn  how we can improve carbon literacy by thinking of new ways to build carbon more explicitly into the curriculum.

  • 03 Jul 2021 7:01 PM | Anonymous


    This July, educators from across the nation are coming together virtually to gain new skills for teaching climate change. We’d love to have you join us.  


    CLEAN is leading a cohort of educators to the Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, hosted by Climate Generation in partnership with NOAA’s Climate Program, and The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program. This July 28–30, you will gain the skills, tools, and resources to teach climate change concepts and empower students in all subject areas, and receive on-going support throughout the year.


    Here are the details: 

    When: July 28–30, 2021
    Where: Online! Register here: 

    Scholarships Available - apply here.

    Graduate Credits Available - course description
    Who: Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program, NOAA’s Climate Office, and educators across the nation!

    This three-day experience is full of powerful and engaging keynote speakers, meaningful discussion about the intersection of social justice and climate change, and collaborative conservations between a national network of climate change education leaders. Leave feeling reinvigorated for the new school year and prepared to educate your students to be global citizens.


    Let me know if you have any questions about this workshop. Hope to see you there! 


    Katie Boyd (CLEAN Program Manager)

  • 19 May 2021 6:11 PM | Anonymous

    June 5, 2021  For Educators interested in applying natural science concepts to resource management=graduate professional development credit available. If you would like to attend contact Dr. Phillips to register.

  • 21 Jun 2019 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    PD opportunity for middle and high school teachers.  $200 stipend. Credit hours available.  See attached flyer for more information.  DICKINSON2_Biotechnology_APPrep_Workshop_2019.pdf

  • 19 Jun 2019 6:30 AM | Anonymous

    PD opportunity for middle and high school teachers.  $200 stipend. Credit hours available.  See attached flyer for more information.  MINOT2_Biotechnology_APPrep_Workshop_2019.pdf

  • 13 Apr 2019 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    PD for middle and high school Science teachers. $200 Stipend. Equipment check out and kits available. See the attached flyer for registration and details.


  • 30 Mar 2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Full day workshop, $200 stipend,  teaching resources, 

    See Flyer to register. 

    2019_Dickinson Biotechnology_APPrep_Workshop1_Dickinson.pdf

  • 05 Mar 2019 11:40 AM | Anonymous

    Help inspire STEM confidence in underserved
    middle school and high school students!

    Society Advocates

    Dear STEM Educator, Mentor, or Youth Advocate,

    We invite you to apply for the Society for Science & the Public's Advocate Grant Program, which provides a $3,000 stipend and training to an individual (teacher, scientist, counselor, or mentor) who agrees to serve as an advocate for 3-5 underserved students to transition them from conducting scientific or engineering research projects to completing applications to scientific competitions. This year the program has added three new Advocate roles, expanding eligibility for the grant and allowing more experienced teachers and mentors to further expand their student research programs.

    Many students doing science research are not aware of the myriad of opportunities that are attainable by submitting their work to competitions. Just completing the rigorous application process can inspire confidence in their scientific abilities and lead them to consider a STEM career. Many competitions provide monetary awards for post-secondary education and can boost a student's chance of acceptance into the college or university of their choice. Too few underrepresented students are presented with these opportunities and often lack the know-how to successfully enter.

    For eligibility information and to apply for the Advocate Grant Program, click here. Advocatesmust already have a formal role with students completing research projects. This program is sponsored by Arconic Foundation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and Regeneron.

    Application Deadline:  March 5, 2019

    Please reply to this message with any questions.
    Caitlin Sullivan — Director of Outreach & Equity Programs
    Victor Hall — Senior Specialist for Outreach

    Society for Science & the Public

    Society for Science & the Public is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. In addition to running the top science research competitions in the world (Regeneron Science Talent Search, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and Broadcom MASTERS), the Society also publishes Science News magazine and Science News for Students online.   

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