Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

December 27, 2011

Are you a teacher, or do you know an outstanding teacher, who uses innovative approaches to teach about environmental education? The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who apply innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for exploratory and integrated learning.

As discussed in the “America’s Great Outdoors: A Promise to Future Generations” report, in order to make environmental stewardship and conservation relevant to young Americans, environmental and place-based, experiential learning must be integrated into school curricula and facilities across the country.

This program recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students.

“This awards program will highlight and encourage innovative ways to getter integrate environmental issues into our young people’s everyday learning experiences—helping to turn environmental education into environmental action,” said EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe.

Two teachers from each of EPA’s 10 regional offices will be selected to receive this award.  Visit EPA’s teacher award website at http://www.epa.gov/education/teacheraward.

Applications for the PIAEE are due on January 31, 2012.

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Last Minute Gift Giving Ideas

December 16, 2011

Still have some last minute shopping to do?  We’ve research and compiled several websites for the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) focused gift giver.  These websites offer excellent gift giving ideas for everything from gadgets, “green” gifts, to educational toys and games for the kids.

Popular Science’s Top 12 new Gadgets for the Month of November – This site features the top 12 gadgets introduced in the month of November.  Perfect for finding a gift for the technology lover.

http://www.popsci.com/cars/gallery/2011-10/goods-november-2011?image=1

Treehugger.com’s Green Gift Guide –  Great ideas for the environmentally friendly people in your life.

http://www.treehugger.com/giftguide/

Education.com Gift guide – Tons of educational games and toys to give the little ones in your life.

http://www.education.com/gift-guide/

Radpid Refill’s Personal Technology and Gadget Round Up – This guide offers tons of cool new gadgets for everyone on your list.

http://www.rapidrefill.com/item/personal-technology-and-gadget-roundup.html?category_id=1

Good Housekeeping’s Great Gadget’s for under $100 –   A gift giving guide for the techy person in your family. 

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/gift-ideas/gadget-gifts#slide-1

Tecca.com’s Holiday Gift Giving Guide – Offers ideas for every type of person in your life.  From the music lover to the gamer and even offers ideas on how to make your own gifts. 

http://www.tecca.com/topic/holiday-gift-guide/

Home Training Tools Gift Guide –  offers great ideas for the science lover in your family.

http://www.hometrainingtools.com/2011-educational-christmas-gift-guide/a/1664/