July 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.- Carl Sagan, astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author (1934-1996)

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

August 21, 2014 in Educators, Professional Development

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program. This program provides accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to bring their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to the national education arena by working in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office.

To be eligible, applicants must:

    • be U.S. citizens,
    • be currently employed full-time in a U.S. public or private elementary or secondary school or school district, and
    • must have taught full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years in a STEM discipline.

    Program applications are due by 5:00 pm EST, November 20, 2014, and must be submitted through an online application system. To learn more visit the website at:
    http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/

SMART Design Competition now open!

August 21, 2014 in Contests, Educators, Students

Open to High School students this real world design competition promotes sustainable and environmentally friendly building design, use of renewable technology, improving energy efficiency and the smart grid. Students are challenged to:

    • Redesign a poorly designed gymnasium using sustainable materials and creative design concepts.
    • Use the full spectrum of design changes available including material choices, changes to all roof, wall, door and windows, redesign lighting and air conditioning systems, landscaping, building uses and change the building or campus orientation.
    • Add at least one renewable form of energy generation to the campus.
    • Provide the surplus power by the gymnasium consumption improvements and added power generation system to the communities smart grid.

To learn more about the competition, visit the SMART Competition website at www.smartcompetition.org