Saturday, October 22, 2016

Rocky Mountain Map Society - Chet Van Duzer

Chet Van Duzer - “New Light on Henries Marcellus’ World Map at Yale (c. 1491): Multispectral imaging and Early Cartography”

When: November 15 at 6:30PM

Where: Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room

This program is free and open to the community.

Chet Van Duzer has published extensively on medieval and Renaissance maps in journals such as Imago Mundi, Terrae Incognitae and Word & Image. He is also the author of Johann Schöner’s Globe of 1515: Transcription and Study, and (with John Hessler) Seeing the World Anew: The Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 & 1516 World Maps. His book Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps was published in 2013 by the British Library. In 2014, the Library of Congress published a study of Christopher Columbus’s Book of Privileges which he co-authored with John Hessler and Daniel De Simone.

His current book projects are a study of Henricus Martellus’s world map of c. 1491 (held at the Beinecke Library at Yale University) based on multispectral imagery, and the commentary for a facsimile of the 1550 manuscript world map by Pierre Desceliers, which will be published by the British Library. Mr. Van Duzer will talk about this project, explain why he felt that the Martellus map was an excellent candidate for multispectral images, show some of the results, and give an account of the place of the Martellus map in late 15th and early 16th century cartography.

Event: There will be an informal celebration of RMMS’ 25th anniversary at Pints Pub, 221 W. 13th Avenue (a short walk from the library) following Chet’s talk, so you can keep your parking spot. No reservations, but please RSVP to Wes Brown if you can make it. RMMS has a private room that holds up to 33 people, and you can order off the menu (drinks are extra).

GEEO Teacher Travel Programs

Travel the world affordably, earn professional development credit, and bring global understanding into your classroom!

Founded in 2007, Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 1600 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. With GEEO educators can earn professional development credits and optional graduate credit while seeing the world. GEEO's trips are 7 to 21 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. In addition to amazing tour leaders, many of the programs are accompanied by university faculty that are experts on the destination. The deposit is $250 for each program and then the final payment is due 60 days before departure.

GEEO also provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators, administrators, retired educators, as well as educators’ guests.

GEEO is offering the following travel programs for 2016: Bali/Lombok, Bangkok to Hanoi, China, Costa Rica, Eastern Europe, The Galapagos Islands, Greece, Iceland, India/Nepal, Bhutan, Ireland, Armenia/Georgia, Italy, Multi-Stan, Antarctica, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Peruvian Amazon, Peruvian Andes, Southern Africa, Vietnam/Cambodia, Balkans and, a Mt. Kilimanjaro climb. The registration deadline is June 1st, but space is limited and many programs will be full well before the deadline.

Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll-free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9 AM-9 PM EST.

Friday, October 21, 2016

2016 Green Schools Summit

The Green Schools Summit is an annual education and networking event hosted by USGBC Colorado and organized by a dedicated group of volunteers from the Green Schools Initiative.

It is Colorado's only conference dedicated to convening green building industry professionals, school decision makers, educators and parents. The event provides a truly unique opportunity for open and productive dialogue on how to create better learning environments for our kids.

Summit Theme: "Beyond the Walls"

In addition to their positive environmental attributes, green schools support the health (physical, social, intellectual) of students, teachers, and staff by providing a healthy, safe, comfortable, and functional physical environment.

The Summit will explore how to think outside the box, or Beyond the Walls, through making connections beyond the classroom, beyond the school building, beyond the district, beyond physical and virtual borders, and beyond convention.

To register, please click here.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Girls in STEM: Tech Retreat

Girls in STEM: Tech Retreat at Keystone Science School

November 4-6, 2016
For Girls in Grades 5th - 12th

Program Overview:

Keystone Science School’s Girls in STEM: Tech Retreat focuses on addressing challenges experienced by females entering STEM careers. Specifically, participants will work with female mentors as they learn about how careers in technology incorporate components of Computer Sciences, Information Systems and Web Development and Design. The participants will use technology to solve community challenges by creating tech based prototypes that utilize a variety of applied technologies. As participants work through the engineering design process they will also incorporate entrepreneurial skills by bringing their creations to the ‘market’ and using feedback from the audience to make revisions to their prototypes.

A key element of the program is a collaboration with the Breckenridge Film Festival. On Saturday, November 5th Breckenridge Film Festival will be hosting the film Code: Debugging the Gender Gap for the participants of the Girl in STEM program and the greater community. Following the film, a breakout discussion will be facilitated centered around how the community can collaborate to create a more inclusive STEM workforce.

Click here to register.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

NOAA Teacher at Sea Program

The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Teacher at Sea Program is to provide teachers pre-kindergarten through college-level teachers a hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists, thereby giving teachers unique insight into oceanic and atmospheric research crucial to the nation.

NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program will accept applications for the 2017 season November 1 - 30, 2016. Applications and references are only accepted through our online application system. The application period closes at 5:00 pm ET on November 30, 2016.

Until then, interested applicants should:

1. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about program eligibility and expectations.

2. Download the pdf preview of the application to review the questions that NOAA asks and, if so inclined, begin preparing responses.

Population Education Professional Development Course

Earn professional development hours or university credit with Population Education

Population Education is excited to announce the launch of its first online professional development course for science and social studies educators of grades 6-12. Discover student-centered learning strategies that use contemporary issues and real-world data to examine the social and environmental impacts of human population and engage in meaningful dialogue with teachers across the world. If you teach Environmental Science, World Geography, Human Geography, Biology/Life Science, World History, or the AP counterparts, this course is perfect for you! The course is asynchronous, which means students can work at their own leisure and pace. There will be online discussion boards, journals and a final project, all built to provide students with meaningful feedback and materials to use within their own classroom.

Teachers can choose to earn one hour of graduate education credit from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) or 45.00 professional development clock hours (4.5 CEUs) for successfully completing the full eight weeks.

Class size will be capped at 30 participants, so don't wait to sign up. The cost will be $80.00 to earn 4.5 CEUs or $155.00 (for credit) + $80.00 (for CEUs) to earn credit through UMKC.

 For more information and to register, visit

Sunday, October 16, 2016

UCAR Brief Survey for Science Educators

The UCAR Center for Science Education is interested in learning how they can better meet the needs of science educators. The survey pertains to Earth and atmospheric science education resources, teacher professional development, and citizen science.

They are asking all science educators for their input. Your responses will be anonymous and the survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Feel free to pass this along to your fellow science educators too.

Thank you for helping the UCAR learn more about you and what you're looking for.

Click here to complete the survey.