Miscellaneous Information




There will be a $1000 scholarship drawing toward a Summer Workshop in the Rainforest. There are no entry requirements. Join Jason Researcher Dr. Meg Lowman and a spirited faculty at the AMAZON Workshop (July 9-17, 1999 at $2250) to experience a 1/4-mile rainforest canopy walkway. During 1999, the Jason Project will broadcast JASON X from this site in the Amazon. Rainforest Workshops engage teachers in research with ornithologists, marine biologists, canopy researchers, geographers, and biodiversity experts. Instructors also include author/ illustrator Lynne Cherry (The Great Kapok Tree) and award winning photographer Gary Braasch. Graduate credit is available. In addition to Rainforests, explore the Barrier Reef and Maya Archaeology in BELIZE (June 25-July 2, 1999). Ask about COSTA RICA, AFRICA, and other worldwide destinations. Check the Rainforest Workshops website for details:

http://members.aol.com/EdWorkshop or call 1-800-669-6806 or email fgatz@earthlink.net by March 1, 1999 to enter.


Space Week Programs


During the weeks of October 19-30, 1998, the CSRA Hub and the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, in cooperation with the National Management Association, sponsored NASA presentations and workshops on space science, NASA history and future programs and resources. These opportunities were made available for all middle schools in the Hub region. Dr. Stanley Jones, NASA Education Specialist, also presented sessions at Science Education Enrichment Day on October 24th. Over 6000 students and 375 teachers were able to participate in this event.


1999 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

What is the Award?

The Award Includes:

-A $7,500 NSF grant to the awardee's school. The funds will be spent under the Awardee's direction over a three-year period to improve school mathematics and science programs.

-Generous gifts to the awardees and their schools from private sector and professional organization donors.

-Recognition events in Washington, DC for awardees. These occasions will include an awards ceremony and Presidential Citation, meetings with leaders in government and education, and workshops to share ideas and teaching experiences.

Who is eligible?

The PAEMST Program recognizes excellence among all K-12 teachers of mathematics and/or science. Teachers from all locations (urban, suburban, rural, etc.) and all underrepresented minority groups (Native American, African American, Hispanic, Native Alaskan, Native Pacific Islander, etc.) are invited to apply. You are eligible if you meet the following requirements:

-Teachers who teach mathematics and/or science (K-12) in a public or private school in a state or eligible jurisdiction.

-Teachers who anticipate a classroom teaching assignment for the following year.

-Teachers with at least five years of K-12 teaching experience in science and/or mathemtics prior to applying.

-Elementary Teachers who are assigned at least half-time, during the school year, to classroom teaching, and who teach mathematics and/or science in a self-contained classroom setting or as teaching specialists.

-Secondary teachers who are assigned at least half-time, during the school year, to classroom teaching of mathematics and/or science.

-Teachers who are full-time employees of their school districts.

-Past Presidential Awardees are not eligible to apply.

How do I apply?

All applications must be postmarked no later than February 27, 1999. Applications should be submitted to your PAEMST State/Jurisdiction Coordinator. Please cointact your State Department of Education or the National Science Founcation to identify your State/Jurisdiction Coordinator, or visit the PAEMST homepage at:

http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/ehr/esie/awards/core.htm for a listing of State/Jurisdiction Coordinators.

What will reviewers look for?

The applicant should display:

-Knowledge of up-to-date subject matter (based on national and/or state standards) and sustained professional growth in mathematics or science;

-An ability to assess how students learn mathematics or science;

-The ability to engage students in direct, hands-on science inquiry or mathematics inquiry activities;

-The ability to foster curiosity and generate excitement among students, colleagues, and parents about the uses of mathematics and science in everyday life;

-A conviction that all students can learn mathematics and science and a sensitivity to differences in students' cultures, languages, and learning styles;

-An experimental and innovative attitude toward teaching; and

-A high level of professional involvement and leadership.


JD Lever is Awarded GALEF Grant

Congratulations to Connie Sessions and Alan McDowell of JD Lever Elementary School who won a $9,675 GALEF (Greater Aiken Local Education Foundation) grant entitled "Hands-On-Science". Materials, equipment, and computer software will be purchased for students to broaden their view of science and to explore the science processes. Alan and Connie have attended several NRSMEEP workshops and bring their students to NRSMEEP every year. Some of the grant will be used to purchase equipment and receive training to enable them to do several of the lessons they were exposed to at NRSMEEP at their school. NRSMEEP instructors will provide assistance during the implementation of this grant.


Steve Lenzo Accepts Position in Nebraska

Forest Service Education Program Manager, Steve Lenzo has accepted a position as Deputy Center Director at the USDA Forest Service's Pine Ridge Civilian Conservation Center in Chadron, Nebraska. For four years, Steve served as the Forest Service liaison for the Natural Resources Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education Program (NRSMEEP) at the Savannah River Site. His new address is 343 W. Fourth St.; Chadron, NE 69337, and his work phone number is (308) 432-3316. We wish Steve and his family the best of luck in their new home!


13th Annual S.E.E.D. Held

Another successful Science Education Enrichment Day has taken place at USC Aiken. It turned more than 1900 people into lovers of science and math. A hardy thank you goes to the 152 willing and cheerful exhibitors that provided interactive science to make this years S.E.E.D. one of the best.

Please mark your calendars and spread the word that S.E.E.D. 1999 is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 23, 1999. We have already begun to plan for the event. We hope to have new innovative ideas that will give our 14th-year celebration a new twist.


High School Mathematics Competition Held

November 24, 1998


On November 24, 1998, 152 high school math students, from 17 South Carolina and Georgia schools, participated in a Mathematics Competition co-sponsored by the USC Aiken Department of Mathematical Science and the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center.

Activities included an Individual Written Test and Quick Answer Team Competitions.

Individual Competition Winners were:

1st Place: Patrick Davidson; Wren High School

2nd Place: Cassel Sloan; Aiken High School

3rd Place: Carrie Hessee; Aiken High School


Team Competition Winners were:

1st Place: Wren High School Team A

Mike Boggs, Patrick Davidson,

Chris Ramsey, and Ben Thomas

2nd Place: Aiken High School Team A

Thomas Grooms, Chris Hallman,

Carrie Hesse, and Kenneth Wiland

3rd Place: Lakeside High School Team A

Omar Chaudhary, Victor Chen,

Katie Good and Ronale Li

4th Place: Greenbrier High School Team A

Farhan Akhtar, Al Gaskin,

Sanjiv Pasala, and Matt Wolfe.


Congratulations to all of the students who participated in this event. We enjoyed having you.

Natural Resources, Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education Program

Upcoming Events

January 8-9, 22-23 and February 5-6 GLOBE Workshop

February 16 GLOBE Follow-up Workshop

March 2 Project WILD Workshop

March 11-12 Environmental Educator's of South Carolina Meeting

May 8 Spring Migration Day Bird Field Trip

For more information on the events listed below, contact Debbie Lindsay at (803) 625-0070.

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