Past News Items
- Removed 2020/09/29: The VCTM (Vermont Council of Teachers of Mathematics) 2020 Statewide Math Fair that was to be held April 4 at UVM is postponed indefinitely, at least until the fall of 2020.
- Items below here removed before 2020-09-24
- A message from John Cohn: A group of us from UVM and Generator have received a generous grant from FIRST Robotics to help spread First Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics programs across the state of Vermont. FTC is a fun and proven program that develops STEM skills like programming, electro-mechanical design and teamwork to high school and tech center students. With this grant, we will be able to cover most of the equipment, training, and registration fees for new FTC Teams. This year's FTC challenge will allow for remote competitions so that social/physical distancing can be maintained while helping to build STEM skills during these challenging times.
At 7 PM on Thursday July 23rd we are hosting a 'virtual townhall' to discuss the FTC program. If interested, register here.
- Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium - STEM Lab: Math Encounters Lab - A Deep Investigation of Mathematics
Open to all, adults included, with a focus on middle/high school youth who want to do a deep investigation of mathematics. Mathematics illuminates patterns that abound in our world, making sense of sequences, designs, and structures. Math Encounters will stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics -- your world will never be the same!
- Nominations are now open for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). See this flyer or the nomination web page for more information.
- The registration deadline is March 6 for the VCTM 2020 Statewide Math Fair, which will be held on April 4. Space is limited, so don't wait until the last minute! Volunteers for the event are also needed.
- Math Encounters Kick-Off: September 21, 2:00 - 3:30 PM in the lecture room at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium.
Guest lecturer Ethan Bolker, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts-Boston is presenting You Are a Super Star. Join us as he weaves together history, art, math, and twelve five-pointed stars, creating your very own stellated dodecahedron to take home. What does a dodecahedron look like? Come to the museum to find out! Paper printed and laser cut by The Foundry will be made available at the event. This event is free and open to everyone.
- NASA invites students to name the next Mars Rover. Submissions due by November 1, 2019. Follow the link for details.
- Looking for the ultimate ask the experts experience? NASA is currently seeking proposals from educational organizations interested in hosting a live, in-flight education downlink with astronauts aboard the International Space Station!
During a downlink, students and educators connect with astronauts for a twenty-minute live question-and-answer session. Examples of these awesome events can be found here.
NASA is currently accepting proposals from now until June 3 for downlinks that will take place during Expedition 61-62 which runs from October 2019 to April 2020. The proposal form is attached, and additional details can be found in the attached Downlink Planning Guide or watching a previous information session.
Please send questions and completed proposals to JSC-Downlinks@mail.nasa.gov.
- Now is the time that students can apply to this summer's Governor's Institute in Mathematical Sciences! This residential, weeklong accelerated math program at the University of Vermont lets Vermont's most talented young mathematicians explore many different applications of and careers in math, gain terrific skills, and make new friends from all over Vermont. It is presented in partnership with the Vermont State Math Coalition.
Ten other summer GIV Institutes will also take place at numerous college campuses, including Engineering, Astronomy, and Technology, Design and Coding. Visit giv.org for more info on Governor's Institutes and how to apply. Application deadlines are coming up fast!"
- NASA Internships: Students should be aware of opportunities for NASA internships during the summer of 2019. More information and applications can be found here. Apply early, because decisions can be made in advance of the deadline.
- 2019 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program (NGFFP): NASA John Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland, Ohio, is accepting applications from full-time, qualified STEM faculty in accredited US colleges and universities, for the summer 2019 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program (NGFFP), tenured at GRC. The ten-week Fellowship starts on Monday, June 3, and concludes on Friday, August 9, 2019. The opportunity is open to mainly US citizens. Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and women, under-represented and underserved faculty members, as well as, early career faculty are encouraged to apply.
The application form and instructions are available here. The application closes at 11:59 PM on Monday, January 21, 2019.
- Test 3 of the 2018-2019 Talent Search has been posted here.
- Material from NASA on the Insight Mars Lander, due to land on Mars on November 26, 2018.
- Winooski High School math teacher Thomas Payeur is Vermont's 2019 Teacher of the Year. Congratulations Thomas! Read more here.
- Kate McCann, our co-director for education has been awarded an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educators Fellowship, and will be working in a Congressional office on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC from early Sept 2018 through July 2019.
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Latest Update: September 29, 2020