The Buffalo Science Teachers' Network


August 17 - 21, 2009
BSTN Summer Institute 2009—40 hours of professional development, selected by our teachers, for our teachers, presented by our teachers!

April 25, 2009, 8 a.m. - noon
BSTN Spring Planning Meeting, @ Buffalo State College, Campus West, Room A305
Email to Maureen or bring your ideas to pitch for activites to fill our schedule for the BSTN Summer Institute 2009!

January 9 -11, 2009
BSTN Winter Weekend, @The White Inn, 52 East Main St., Fredonia, NY 14063

September 4, 2008
Here is a great place to play and get rid of pests
Junior Pest Investigators Lessons sponsored by Orkin

Get MONEY for your classroom! Click here to find out more about this Kids in Need grant opportunity.

Young Naturalist Awards
-Do you have what it takes to carry out your own scientific investigation? The Young Naturalist Awards program is looking for students who can design, implement, and report back on their own scientific expeditions.
-The Young Naturalist Awards program promotes excellence in science and communication through the recognition of outstanding, expedition-based student writing and art. YNA is a research-based essay contest for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science.
-For more information click here

August 11 - 15, 2008
BSTN Summer Institute 2008—40 hours of professional development, selected by our teachers, for our teachers, presented by our teachers!

July 11, 2008
Here is a great website that we could possibly contribute to with our student's minority scientist projects. There are very few biographies for minority scientists, and those there are rather weak. Check it out. Eric Weisstein's World of Biography

May13, 2008
Read an alert from RiverKeeper here about a plan to install turbines in the Niagara river.

Also, the 2008 Summer Ecotours will begin June 7th. These are hikes, bikes, and paddles led by Riverkeeper guides. Each tour combines recreation and education as their guides explain environmental issues.

May 9, 2008
Read about the great stuff going on in Heather Maciejewski's classroom here.

May 7, 2008
Two BSTN teachers will be honored as the winners of the Western New York Science Congress.
Kathleen Burke and Tammy Martin are both being honored at a dinner at Daemen College on May 15th 6PM. Check your emails for the flier with details.

Check out the Write On! Wetlands Challenge here. All entries must be received by May 30th.

April 28, 2008
We science teachers know the pain of our subject not being deemed worth enough to be on the "big" tests, and here's someone who wrote a song about it

April 24, 2008
Want to get your students to learn some new words and help donate food to those in need? Click here for a website that will do just that.

April 11, 2008
Latest copy of the summer institute schedule is available here as a google document.

April 10, 2008
Free Engineering workshop this summer for High school girls!
Click here for more information.

March 28, 2008
This looks like a good page for getting lessons to increase students' awareness about engineering. I looked at several of the lesson plans and many of them are intended for middle school.

Did I mention that we need more engineers???!!!

:) —MM

March 9, 2008
Check out this link for the Grand Challenges. There are some interesting comments on the Personalized Learning Article… including mine in a few days after they approve it! Heh heh… unless they deem me unworthy. It looks like I am the first real teacher to write a comment… don't let non-teachers capitalize the comments page on an education article… put your two cents out there people! ~.~Amanda

March 1, 2008
The Spring planning meeting is scheduled for this day, 8 a.m. - noon, at Buff State. See the current agenda here . The purpose of this meeting is to plan the Summer Institute 2008. By the end of the meeting, we will have a draft schedule of what the week's activities will be—determined by you. Basically, the format is that if you have an idea for a session: propose it to the group in a 3-5 minute pitch and then you all vote on what sessions you want included in the week of Summer Institute.

Great Lakes Student Summit
Download flyer here

Federal Loan Forgivness Program
Check out these links to make to gov pay your loans :)
Federal Perkins Loan Teacher Cancellation
Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program - FFEL and Direct Loan Programs
Key Policy Letters Signed by the Education Secretary or Deputy Secretary

Science Debate at AAAS - kinda
Check out the info on the science debate from AAAS here

Mini Conference in STANYS
Check out this document for more information

ING Unsung Heroes Grant
ING Unsung Heroes is a financial grant program for K-12 educators. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 each to fund their school projects. Out that select group, three are chosen to receive additional awards of $25,000, $10,00 and $5,00 each. Applications are due April 30, and awards are distributed in the fall.
You can get an application at the [* ING website] or by calling 1-800-677-4636.

February 14-18, 2008
Four BSTN teachers (Joan Bernobich, Christen LaBruna, Tammy Martin, Bob Tyrrell) and the BSTN Project Coordinator (Maureen Milligan) attend the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting/conference in Boston, MA. See a few pictures on our picture page (under the "Resources" tab, above)! Christen LaBruna & Bob Tyrrell entered and won the Subaru Essay-writing contest. The each will have $800 of the conference and travel expense paid for by AAAS! Congratulations Christen and Bob!!!

January 24, 2008
We received a big package of this year’s Tech Savvy brochures. So I am sending out a few to each of you in the BPS pony, tomorrow. I have also asked the AAUW folks to email me an electronic version of the brochure, so I can send that to you, as well. Their website is not updated yet about this year’s event—but it should be soon, they just have a little blurb on their events page (scroll down to March 15th): Plus, they have it set up that you can register online already—this is new this year… (From Maureen)

January 5, 2008

Go to and have your New Year's Resolutions emailed you you half way through the year so you can keep on track!

We now have a forum!! YAY! Just click on the forum menu and go to the forum and start adding threads and posts, it is a really easy way to contribute to the website… try to add one or two posts a week and respond to a few as well, before you know it we will have a wealth of information here to share with all!

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