Newton Network Newsletter - April 2012

Greetings from the Newton Network!

It has been forty years since the first Earth Day was held. In 1970, almost 20 million Americans across the country participated in raising awareness about the earth's deterioration. This month, talk to your students about Earth Day and its implications. Celebrate by planting a garden and using the lesson plans we have found to demonstrate to students why it is important to do their part to save the planet.
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In This Issue:

  • Earth Day- Activities and information about celebrating for our planet

  • Science Camps- KIDS University, Liftoff with Math, Great Basin Outdoor School, Girl's Math Camp
  • EPSCoR & NSHE- Graduate credits for improving teacher understanding of fundamental sciences
  • Science Assessment Field Testing- Participate in a field test and receive gift cards to Borders or Barnes and Noble
  • Virtual Fieldwork- Five-year NSF project opportunity
  • Excellence Award- 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
  • Newton Network- We want your submissions!

Earth Day- Earth Day is a time to raise awareness and teach students about the importance of preserving our planet. Earth day has a rich history and can bring up lots of fun activities for your students. (, the official site for Earth Day, has information on Earth Day's history and lesson plans that are sure to help inspire your students to make a difference.'s lesson plans contains hundreds of free ready to use lesson plans that can be used for science and math activities throughout the school year. 
These Earth Day lesson plans are sure to get your students excited about saving the planet. Geared toward younger students, these lessons include making paper from recycled materials and participating in a global sun/temperature project. (
These lesson plans all have math as one of the primary components. Students will learn to use tallies and interpret diagrams to integrate Earth Day into their lives. (

Science Camps- Time to start thinking about summer activities! We've found some camps that are sure to excite your students. If you know of any math or science camps in Nevada, please let us know!
UNR's KIDS University is happening all through the summer months. Programs include KIDS in Space and Crazy Chemistry. For more information call (775) 784-4046 or visit their website at (
Liftoff with Math is happening once again at UNLV. The camp gives middle and high school students an opportunity to participate in a concentrated week-long, space-oriented mathematical and computer sciences experience. This program is designed to challenge students with opportunities to learn and explore the applied aspects of mathematics. This year they have two middle school level camps on June 21-26 and July 5-10 and one high school camp on July 19-24. For more information contact (

The Great Basin Outdoor School explores local wilderness with students. Students discover and explore the natural environment through hands-on activities in small groups. Nevada's rich natural and human history comes alive, and the curriculum based program also encompasses math, writing, physical, and creative activities. For more information, visit their website at (
For the past few years, Girl's Math Camp has improved Northern Nevada middle school girls' proficiency in and attitude toward mathematics and technology. Middle-school girls will be able to improve and refine their math and technology skills to help them advance in the future. This year the camp is being held from July 11-July 16 on the UNR campus. There are some scholarships available, so have students apply by contacting the camp at (775) 682-7849 or ( 

EPSCoR & NSHE- The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and the Nevada System of Higher Education are looking for teams of Washoe County teachers to participate in a two year in-service professional development opportunity. Licensed and currently working teachers will receive three graduate credits to attend a two-week long climate change summer institute from July 26-30 and again August 2-6. Attendance and participation are mandatory. Credits, application fees and all texts are provided at no cost to participants. Each team will also be assigned a graduate student to assist as a resource on climate change. Deadline for application is 5 p.m. April 2nd. For more information and applications, contact Melissa Slayden at (775) 682-7877 or by email at (

Science Assessment Field Testing- AAAS Project 2061 is recruiting middle and high school science teachers willing to field test multiple-choice assessment items with their students in April, May or June of 2010. As an incentive, each participating teacher will receive a copy of Volume 2 of the Atlas of Science Literacy or a $50 gift card from either Borders or Barnes and Noble. The assessment should take no longer than 45 minutes to complete, and will cover one of a variety of topics in science. To participate, your students must be in 6th-12th grade, you must obtain permission to participate from the appropriate school or district personnel and you must return all testing materials to AAAS Project 2061. Pre-paid shipping labels will be provided. To register and for more information, visit 2010 Project 2061 Field Testing registration at ( The deadline for registration is April 2nd, 2010.

Virtual Fieldwork- The Paleontological Research Institute in Ithaca, NY has a five year NSF funded project to develop Teacher-Friendly Guides that will promote the merging of standard geologic concepts with their local geologic history. For more information and a chance to become involved, go to (

2010 PAEMST- The Nevada Department of Education is looking for nominations for the 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the PAEMST identifies outstanding math and science teachers and it is our state's most prestigious award presented annually to teachers. The 2010 cycle focuses on K-6 teachers who inspire and drive their students to higher levels of performance. State finalists in both math and science have a chance to win $10,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. to be nationally recognized as a great teacher. Nominations can be made at ( until May 3.

Newton Network- We need your submissions!  Do you have a classroom activity that really excited your students?  How about a really great web resource that you have found?  We will help you share your resources with other teachers across the state.  Send your activities, lesson plans or online resources to us and we will feature you in our newsletter and add your resource to our website.  Please contact Robert Newbury at