Newton Network Newsletter: June 2011

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Greetings from the Newton Network!

Welcome to summer! It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and summer is upon us again. If you have time as you wrap up your school term, you may be able to teach your students about personal finance. Then, as they get ready to leave for summer, you can encourage them to get outside and explore one of Nevada’s many state parks and show them how to make flower books from flowers they’ve collected.

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In This Issue:

Valley of Fire State ParkSummer Activities– Encourage your students to explore some of Nevada’s state parks this summer. Many parks offer tours and activities for all ages. For instance, in June you can visit a Civil War Living History at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Park. Complete list of events and tours of the state parks.

Plant collecting is a great outdoor activity that students can do on their own. Before summer begins, go over how to collect and document specimens using math. Yes, math. Plant collecting is not just for botanists, you know. PBS’ lesson plan is for grades 6-8.

The younger kids can also get involved by making a flower book for the classroom for grades PK-2.

Collecting flowers is a great way to talk about invasive species and the environmental damage that can be done. PBS has a lesson plan for grades 9-12 on invasive species.

More information on Nevada’s invasive species.

CalculatorFinance– Many students work during the summer to earn some extra money. Whether they are working in a grocery store or mowing lawns, it is important to understand how money works and the importance of saving money. Here is a lesson plan on financial basics for grades 6-12 from PBS.

EconEdLink offers an interactive online lesson plan for understanding how credit cards and interest work. The game is for grades 6-12.

“Budget Odyssey” is an interactive online game that helps students understand the different types of expenses they may have. The game is for grades 6-12.

Technology plays a huge part in today’s financial markets. PBS offers a lesson plan describing how technology has impacted the stock market and is for grades 6-12.

Web 2.0– Prezi is an online tool where users can create dynamic presentations that go beyond PowerPoint. Presentations can be stored online on Prezi’s website or downloaded to a computer. A basic account is free and provides up to 500 MB of free space for educator. The website has tutorials on how to use Prezi and many examples to view. Prezi also offers different levels of privacy, allowing you to choose who can see your presentations.

Professional Development– Teaching Science with Science Fiction will be coming to Reno as part of the Renovation National Science Fiction Convention. The workshop will discuss how to incorporate science fiction as a science teaching tool. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on August 17, 2011. Registration for the workshop ends June 30, 2011. The workshop costs $40 for adults and $25 for young adults (21 and under).

PBS TeacherLine has more online classes starting June 22, 2011. Topics for the summer classes include “Global Climate Change Education for Middle School”, “Teaching About Genetics”, and “Math in Everyday Life”. For a complete course catalog visit PBS.

Sierra Nevada Journeys Life Conference 2011 will be held in Portola, California at the Grizzly Creek Ranch Campus August 1-5, 2011, and teachers can receive two professional development or graduate credits. For more information, visit Sierra Nevada Journeys.

The Regional Professional Development Program is offering summer classes through UNLV on technology in the classroom. Classes include “Web Design”, “Video and Audio Editing”, and “Handheld Technologies”.

NASA LEARN and NASA Explorer Schools are offering a free Rockets Educator Guide webinar on June 7, 2011. The webinar focuses on how to incorporate rocketry into your repertoire. Participants will receive additional resources for teaching about rockets in the classroom.

Upcoming Events– KIDS University is a yearly summer camp that takes place at the University of Nevada, Reno. KIDS University has sessions on many different topics; including “Developing Your Own Website”, “Crazy Chemistry”, and “LEGO Robotics”. Registration begins March 26, 2011 and the camp runs from June 13-July 29, 2011. For more information, visit KIDS University or contact (775) 784-4046.

Registration is also open for the Engineering Summer Camps taking place at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Engineering Summer Camps will run from June 20-July 29, 2011 for students ages 12-18. Sessions include a “Transportation Camp” and “Computer Science Camp”. For more information contact Debbie DeLauer at

Girls Math and Technology Camp will be held at the University of Nevada, Reno this July for one week. The summer camp helps girls entering the 7th or 8th grade develop a better understanding of and appreciation for math. Scholarships are available to those with financial need. For more information, contact (775) 782-7849 or

Summer of Discovery is hosted by the School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno. Students in grades 8-10 spend one week learning about science and conducting science experiments. For more information, contact Cory Martin at (775) 738-3828.

Complete list of summer camps taking place at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Great Basin Naturalists Summer Day Camp will take place this year at Galena Creek Regional Park and Recreation Area. Students ages 8-12 will study the local ecology, geology, and cultural history of the Galena Canyon area. For more information, contact Stefanie Givens at (775) 849-4948 or (The Great Basin Institute).

Liftoff with Math is a space-oriented math and computer science camp that takes place annually at UNLV. This year the camp may not happen due to lack of funds, but if you are interested please contact Dr. Dieudonne Phanord at ( or (702) 895-0361.

Omni Science Camp will be taking place at Camp Lee Canyon in Clark County, Nevada. Students, ages 8-12 years, will learn about geology, geography, meteorology, and more. The camp runs from July 24-29. For more information, visit Clark County Youth Resident Camps.

Mad Science of Las Vegas is hosting science summer camps this year. The camps are located in Henderson and Las Vegas, NV, and run from June through July. For more information on the camps and how to register, visit (

More information about the UNLV Summer Youth Program.

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More information about the UNLV Summer Youth Program.