VAST Region V Director
K-12 Science Coordinator Harrisonburg
Physics & Astronomy Teacher Harrisonburg High School
am happy to announce our first annual VAST Region V mini PDI.
Our March 18th 2011 meeting will be a joint venture between
Region V of VAST (Virginia Association of Science Teachers)
and the SVEEA (Shenandoah Valley Environmental Education
Alliance). Please come and enjoy a wonderful day of
learning, sharing and networking in a wonderful and unique
location. I know you will leave with new contacts, new
understandings, a new idea or two, and like all good science
lessons, with more questions than answers!! Please go to
to view the agenda, more details, and to register. The cost
is only $15 and includes a continental breakfast and a
Included in the days activities are two speaker sessions
discussing the science and political issues impacting our
region of the State today and in the future. Gary Flory,
water compliance manager for the DEQ, will be discussing the
new TMDLs with regard to Virginia Agriculture and a member
of the JMU geology department and Seth Coffman, Shenandoah
Headwaters Home Rivers Coordinator for Trout Unlimited, will
be talking about Hydrofracing in Virginia.
Make sure you
Institute's 6th Annual Stream Cleaner Environmental Forum
began on March 15 and will run from
through April 22, 2011.
Participating classes will work to find a consensus approach
to solving the Chesapeake Bay's pollution problems that
strikes an acceptable balance. Classes from West Virginia,
Virginia, Maryland, and DC have been posting their POV
statements and have started to engage in the peer review
Thoughtful Discussion. You can take a look at the eForum by
clicking on the phone in the
here to learn more about eForums or sign up.
Download a flyer (75 KB PDF) about the SCE Forum
Dear SVEEA Members:
We are in the process of
improving the SVEEA website; this involves compiling
data from all SVEEA member
schools/agencies/organizations. On the updated
website, each participating organization will be
represented with an icon on an interactive map (thanks
to Cacapon Institute web gurus). When a web visitor
accesses the map and lands on an icon, basic information
(name, location, website and general description) will
be presented in an info box. Isn't that cool?
Please open the Survey Monkey link here and answer four
questions about your organization/agency/school.
WE can then upload the info
directly to a google map of our region. Teachers and
other educators will be able to access your
organization's information simply by clicking the icon.
They will also have a live link to your website in order
to find out more information about your program.
We need this information by Monday, 14th Feb.-
Valentine's Day - so please do not delay. It will only
take you a few minutes to answer the four questions on
Thanks So Much.
Betty and Tamra