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ISRI And JASON Learning present the 2018 Recycling Video & Poster Contest
“Recycling is Bigger Than The Bin”




Step 1: Choose an item that is “bigger than the bin” and find a way to recycle it!
Step 2: Create an original video or poster that tells us the story of how you recycled your chosen item. Tell us about your thought process and show us the steps you took to solve this recycling challenge. Your video or poster should educate and inspire others to think more carefully, and act different, the next time they need to discard an item that is “bigger than the bin!”
Step 3: Visit the official contest site to submit your video or poster entry!

The contest is open to all students living in the United States and enrolled in grades K–12 during the 2017–2018 school year. Students can enter the contest as individuals or as a team of up to four individuals. Each individual or team can submit either a video or a poster to the contest. One video and one poster will be selected as a finalist from each of three grade bands: K-4, 5–8, and 9–12. Up to two grand-prize winners will be selected. JASON and ISRI may also acknowledge honorable mentions.

Contest Deadline
All entries must be submitted by December 15, 2017. Winners will be notified by March 1, 2018.


Planet Texas 2050

presented by Hot Science – Cool Talks and the Paramount Theatre

Featuring: Majora Carter, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Dr. Michael Webber

Moderated by: Evan Smith

Music by: Guy Forsyth

Paramount Theatre

November 29, 2017 at 8 pm


VIP Reception: 6:30pm | Doors: 7:00pm | Show: 8:00pm

Tickets: $15-$75* | VIP tickets include premium orchestra seat, access to pre-show reception with complimentary drinks and private meet and mingle with the panelists and moderator

Texas is a demographic and climatic hot spot. In the 21st century, our region is projected to undergo a doubling of its population and a shift to a more drought-prone climate. This poses synergistic challenges for our state’s resources, economy, cities, and public health. Planet Texas 2050 is a lively discussion of Texas’s challenges and potential solutions by leading experts in their fields.

For more information visit Hot Science – Cool Talks Planet Texas

  • $10 Student tickets are available for K-12 and college students.

Join Us Wednesday, November 8th for More Live Science!

Who: Heather Heenehan, Biologist
What: Live Science Q&A
When: Wednesday, November 30th at 1:00 PM Eastern (US)

As you know, JASON live science events bring together thousands of students from across the globe to ask their questions of leading STEM Career Role Models. As always these events are completely free for you and your students!

Next week, we’re back with more Live Science featuring Heather Heenehan, Biologist.

Heather Heenehan is a Biologist working at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, MA. She is studying the impacts of various human-produced sounds on acoustically sensitive marine mammals, to aid in management, education and conservation efforts.

Heather is a featured STEM Career Role Model in JASON’s brand new World of Waves curriculum. Come learn more about Heather’s path through education and career, her work as a biologist, her interests, engaging topics such as passive acoustics and so much more.

Join the Event!

Public Meeting for Proposed Charter School in Converse, TX

You’re invited to learn more about Single Seed, a proposed PK-12 charter school in Converse, Texas. The school focuses on individualized learning paths for students, which is one of the most important concerns for homeschooling parents. The founder, Dr. Chawanna Chambers–native San Antonian, is a national board certified and national award-winning educator with experience teaching PK through graduate levels, developing curriculum, researching in & publishing about education, and leading in multiple contexts.

Meeting Information

Maranatha Bible Church

7855 TX Loop 1604

Converse, Texas

Sunday, November 19, 2017


Spirit Center B

You can read more about our innovative program other homeschooling parents love here or on our website.

For questions: or 210-660-8336

C-SPAN’s 2018 StudentCam Competition

Make the Constitution come alive with StudentCam, C-SPAN’s annual video documentary competition!

This national contest invites all middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) to create a 5-7 minute documentary, based on the theme:



Choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it’s important to you.


Competition Guidelines:

  • Students may compete individually, or in teams of either 2 or 3 members.
  • Documentaries must contain some supporting C-SPAN video.
  • Entries must thoroughly explore a variety of viewpoints related to their chosen topic.
  • Students must submit their entry form and video by January 18, 2018.

C-SPAN awards a total of $100,000 in cash prizes! Students compete for a chance to win one of 150 prizes. Teachers also have the opportunity to win one of 53 Faculty Advisor prizes.

Please visit our website for teacher tips, sample lessons and rubrics, and short video tutorials to guide you through the process of creating a short documentary. You will also find a complete list of rules and requirements, as well as all past winning videos at


Teachers, if you would like to receive a FREE printed version of our 18″x 12″ poster to display in your classroom, please email us with your preferred postal address and the number of posters you would like for us to send.


BONUS: “Behind the Scenes” Photo Contest

In addition to the $100,000 in cash prizes that will be awarded to the winning documentaries, C-SPAN is asking students to take us “Behind the Scenes” of their documentary for a chance to win one of five $100 cash prizes. Requirements include:

  • Share a photograph from the production of your StudentCam documentary on social media.
  • Post to your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat account – upload your photo, tell us about it, and include the hashtag #StudentCam2018.
  • Send an attached screengrab of your social media post along with the names of all team members and the name of your school to:
  • Must submit by the main competition deadline on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Five $100 prizes to be awarded in March 2018. To be eligible, students must also enter a documentary in StudentCam 2018 competition but the documentary does not have to be one of the winning videos in order to win a prize in the “Behind the Scenes” contest.
  • Limit 1 eligible photograph per team/documentary.


Sign Up for the STEAM Challenge

We are excited to announce the launch of our STEAM Challenge! The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) Challenge is a competition that kids in preschool-8th grade can participate in.

What’s great is there is no travel or expensive materials needed. Students create their projects and teachers, staff, or administrators submit their projects to be evaluated by real STEAM professionals. We will pick winners from the different age groups to receive STEAM prizes for their schools or organizations. 

Many schools and organizations are completing the challenges during class, during an enrichment program or club like robotics, or during after-school programming.

You can visit the challenge page of our website at to learn more and sign your school up. You can also check out our flyer on the program and feel free to share it with your colleagues.

You can use the coupon code rlc2017 to receive a discount on entries.

Feel free to email me at or call 314-272-2560 if you have questions about participating.


Fall Exhibit: Requiem for Steam

“Requiem for Steam: The Railroad Photographs of David Plowden” will be on display September 1 – December 9. The exhibit features 30 meticulously crafted black and white photographs all taken by David Plowden. Plowden is widely acknowledged as one of America’s great landscape and industrial photographers.

Plowden first pointed a camera, his mother’s box Brownie camera, down a railroad track in 1943 when he was eleven years old. For the next sixteen years Plowden photographed steam locomotives at every opportunity. He earned a degree in economics from Yale University with the hopes of working in railroad management, spending a year as an assistant to the trainmaster on the Great Northern Railway in Minnesota. At work, he learned railroading and rode trains, then used his days off to photograph some of the GN’s last steam operations. He worked as an apprentice to photographer O. Winston Link and studied with Minor White and Nathan Lyons before striking off on his own. In 1959-60, he pursued the end of steam on the Canadian Pacific Railway, having been granted open access to the entire system. His devotion took him to the most far-flung reaches of the CPR’s Atlantic Region where he quite literally bore witness to some of the last breaths of steam on North American mainlines.

The photographs in “Requiem for Steam” preserve the living beauty of his beloved locomotives while continuing to show the railroad’s presence in the ever-changing American landscape.The Center for Railroad Photography & Art (, David Plowden, and the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum have collaborated to present this exhibition.

Photo Caption:
Central Vermont Railway Extra 464 North Meets Extra 472 South, Amherst, MA 1954. Photograph copyright David Plowden, courtesy of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art


C-SPAN Solar Eclipse Programming

On Monday, August 21 from 7am to 10am ET, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal will be live from the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Visitor Center to discuss the total solar eclipse later in the day. The program will feature NASA specialists from Goddard to discuss the eclipse and the science behind it. There will also be interviews via Skype with Members of Congress from either key locations on the eclipse path, or members of the House and Senate Science Committees. We will take viewer calls about the eclipse throughout the program.

From 12pm to 4pm ET we will be simulcasting NASA TV as the space agency broadcasts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina with coverage of the total solar eclipse. It’s been 99 years: this is the first time a total solar eclipse will be visible across the entire contiguous United States since June 8, 1918. The last time a total eclipse was visible from part of the U.S. was in 1979, and the next one is expected in 2024.

Preview the eclipse with this clip of Clemson University Physics and Astronomy Professor Donald Liebenberg discussing solar eclipses:

Video Clip: Total Solar Eclipse (5:44)

Lessons for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Beyond

Martin Luther King, Jr. championed human rights in the United States and encouraged Americans to use nonviolent protest to help solve social problems. Congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday as a national day of community service. Before you and your students plan service activities, revisit Dr. King’s legacy.

Examine the struggle for civil rights in the U.S. from the 1940s to the 1970s and the influence of mass media documenting political events in “Egalitarian America,” unit 20 of America’s History in the Making.

Learn about the social movements of the 1960s and the work of Dr. King in A Biography of America, program 24, “The Sixties.” This program covers King’s leadership in both the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War protest.

In the language arts classroom, use literary circles like Latosha Rowley does with her 4th-, and 5th-grade students to read literature about Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. Allow students to choose text pairings, and learn how to prepare discussion guides that help students stay focused on their reading in Engaging with Literature: A Video Library, program 6, “Building Community.”

The Hindu holy book, The Bhagavad Gita, a classic work of world literature, inspired the non-violent civil disobedience of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. Learn more about this text in Invitation to World Literature, “The Bhagavad Gita.”

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2016 Adopt-A-Beach Children’s Art Contest Opens

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is calling for entries in the 20th annual Adopt-A-Beach “Treasures of the Texas Coast” Children’s Art Contest. The deadline to submit artwork is Wednesday, March 2, 2016.


“Many young students across Texas have not yet had the opportunity to visit our beautiful coast,” said Commissioner Bush. “This competition encourages kids to learn about the Texas coast and then be creative in demonstrating what impacts them through their art. The coast is an important part of our shared heritage as Texans and this competition promotes a deeper appreciation for this vital resource.”


Commissioner Bush will select the grand prize winner. This year’s grand prize winner will receive two round-trip coach-class tickets from United Airlines to any United destination in the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, one 7-night Caribbean cruise from Royal Caribbean International departing out of Galveston, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Port Canaveral or Puerto Rico and a class party at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels.


The grand prize winner’s teacher will also receive two round-trip coach-class tickets from United Airlines, and one 7-night Caribbean cruise courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.


Ten winners will be chosen from each of four grade-level categories (K – 2nd, 3rd – 4th, 5th, and 6th). One grand prize winner will be chosen from the 40 finalists.  All 40 winners will receive a ticket to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, a ticket to the Exhibit Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, a ticket to the Houston Zoo, two all-day passes to Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, a certificate of recognition and prizes from the Texas General Land Office and a calendar displaying the winning artwork.


Winning artwork will appear together in a 2017 calendar, which will be distributed across the state.


The Adopt-A-Beach “Treasures of the Texas Coast” Children’s Art Contest began in 1996 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Adopt-A-Beach Program.  The annual competition encourages Texas schoolchildren to learn more about the Texas coast and express what they’ve learned through their art.


Open to students in grades K-6 across Texas, the contest motivates thousands of young artists each year.  Only one entry per student is allowed, and all entries must have a completed parental release form taped to the back.  Parental release forms may be printed from the Land Office website located at  Each contest entry must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 3, 2016.


Artwork must be displayed on a plain sheet of white 8 ½-inches by 11-inch paper and can be in any medium except computer generated.  Three-dimensional art or artwork displaying logos, product brands and/or store names is ineligible. Students are encouraged to color copy their artwork prior to sending it in because all artwork submitted becomes property of the Texas General Land Office and cannot be returned.


This year’s contest sponsors are Royal Caribbean International, United Airlines, Schlitterbahn Waterparks, the Texas State Aquarium, the Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

For more information and contest guidelines on the “Treasures of the Texas Coast” 2016 Children’s Art Contest, please contact the General Land Office at 1-877-TXCOAST or visit our website at