Newton Network Newsletter - June 2012

Greetings from the Newton Network!

Happy June! For most of you, June marks the end of the school year. We hope you have had an amazing school year and accomplished your goals. For those of you who have school this summer-don't worry, the Newton Network will be here this summer! This month, we have information on upcoming events for you and your students, new resources, and much more.

Once again, please pass your newsletter on to your colleagues and let them know that they can sign up for their own newsletter by going to our website. (

In This Issue:

  • Summer Activities- Museums and the Great Basin Institute
  • Finance- Personal finance for students
  • Water Conservation- Importance of conserving water
  • Web 2.0- SpicyNodes
  • Professional Development- RDPD and AP Workshops
  • Upcoming Events- Summer camps
  • Newton Network- We need your submissions!

Summer Activities- If your students are wondering what they can do this summer, we have several educational opportunities that are also fun!

Museums are a great way to escape the heat. The Nevada Museums Association keeps links for museums around the state. You can explore the Peace Officers Museum by touring the cells, dressing up as a peace officer, and more. And in Las Vegas, you can learn more about atomic testing at the National Atomic Testing Museum. For more information on Nevada's museums, visit ( ).

The Great Basin Institute has many opportunities for students of all ages to have fun while also learning.  The Great Basin Institute has summer camps as well as day-long events like scavenger hunts that teach the importance of environmental conservation. For more information on Great Basin Institute's events, visit (

The Planetarium also has several shows planned for the summer. "Coral Reef Adventure" follows ocean explorers as they explore the South Pacific. The Planetarium is also showing "Bad Astronomy", which explores the myths and misconceptions about astronomy.


Finance- Students frequently get part-time jobs during the summer. This time is a great opportunity to educate students on the basics of finance and the importance of understanding how money and the economy work.

iCivics has a lesson plan for students in grades 5-12 that focuses on personal finance. Students choose careers, homes, cars, and other lifestyle options and make a budget around those choices. Budget Blast helps students create realistic budgets and understand needs and wants. To view the lesson plan, visit (

In this lesson plan from Illuminations, students study football stands to estimate attendance at football games. Students use the prices of tickets, ads, and food to help determine attendance. For grades 6-8. To view the lesson plan, visit  (

EconEdLink also has several interactive lesson plans for students of all ages that focuses on finance and economics. To view the list of lesson plans, visit (


Water Conservation- Water conservation is very important as water is a finite resource.

National Geographic has information on why water conservation, and conservation in general, is so important and how it affects our lives. For more information on conservation, visit (

ScienceNetLinks' The Water Cycle lesson plan discusses the changes water goes through as it passes through the stages of the water cycle. For grades 3-5. To view the lesson plan, visit (

Water usage rights are also important to consider when talking about water. In this lesson plan for grades 6-8, environmental issues such as access to clean water and determining how much water everyone gets are discussed. For more information, visit (


Web 2.0- SpicyNodes is a free, online mindmapping tool. Students can integrate videos, music, images and texts into the mindmap and share their work with others. SpicyNodes is free and easy to use. (


Professional Development- The Regional Professional Development Program (RPDP) is offering summer professional development courses through UNLV. The courses take place June 4, 2012 - June 30, 2012. Topics include "Investigating World Culture with Technology", "K-12 Classroom Technology Strategies", and more. Many of the classes are also held completely online for those in Northern Nevada. For more information, visit (

AP Institutes and Workshops offers professional development opportunities for teachers in all subjects. Most are located in the Henderson, NV area and start later this month. Costs vary according to the class. For more information, visit (


Upcoming Events- Las Vegas Summer Robotics Camp is in its fifth year and is a science camp dedicated to elementary and middle school students. The Summer Robotics Camp has two different robotics platforms: LEGO NXT and VEX robotics. The camp will be held June 11-15, 2012 and registration is now open. Spots are given out on a first come, first serve basis so registering early is important. For more information, visit ( ).

The Las Vegas Mad Science Camp is also currently accepting students for their summer sessions. Topics include "Secret Agent Lab" where students become investigators to solve forgeries and counterfeit crimes; "Red Hot Robots" where students explore the different types of robots; and more! The camp is available to students in PK-6. For more information, visit (

KIDS University is a yearly summer camp at the University of Nevada, Reno. The month long camp is split into different sessions and is available for all grade levels. Topics this year include "Discovering Dinosaurs", "Developing Your Own Website", "Don't Talk Trash-Rehash!" and much more. For more information, visit (

Engineering summer camps at the University of Nevada, Reno, are also now accepting applications for students in all grade levels. Some of the camps include, Computer Science Camp and the Introduction to Engineering Camp. For more information, visit ( ) or contact Debbie DeLauer at (


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