Ruxz_M-rbu5hJUPoenSULdy6Wzk The Science of My Life: May 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

GAMES...CSI Science Camp Information for Burley

Here is the flyer for the 6th annual Science Camp.  This year, we have partnered with UI Cassia County Extension 4H and they will be running a Junior Camp for K-1.  I am excited for their participation because we can offer Science Camp to more great kids!

Please register soon so we can finalize plans for activities.  Come in to our office or call 678-1400 to register.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

CSI Science Camp AND Animal Adventures are coming!

This year for Science Camp the students will be designing and playing all kinds of GAMES!

I will post the flyer so you can get your kids registered! 

But first we have this great class but just a word of warning...this is not "Pet First Aid!"   Kids will be supervised as they discover how animals work from the inside out~  Awesome class for kids ages 9-14.     Register today!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Genetics Learning Center Teacher Opportunity

Dear Teachers,

The Genetic Science Learning Center invites you to explore the ecosystem of the human body during The Human Microbiome Online Institute July 14-28, 2014 OR July 28 - August 8, 2014 (two sessions).

Participants in the Institute will: update your knowledge about the role of the microbiome in health and disease, discuss the microbiome during a live Q&A session with a researcher in the field, review new supplemental curriculum activities about the microbiome for grades 9-12, and collaborate with colleagues and the GSLC about strategies for integrating microbiome content with your core curriculum.

Stipend: $150
Who is eligible to apply? : US Biology, Health, or Anatomy and Physiology teachers, Grades 9-12.

For more information and an application see: The Human Microbiome Online Summer Institute
Application deadline May 23, 2014.

We hope you have a restorative summer,
The Genetic Science Learning Center

I love this site!!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

International Astronomy Day at Herrett Center

A day and night full of events has been planned for this year’s International Astronomy Day at the Herrett Center for Arts and Science at the College of Southern Idaho.

Activities will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10 with make and take astronomy projects, coloring pages, solar viewing, and building and launching of water bottle rockets. Admission to the make-and-take activity center is just $1 per person.

The Centennial Observatory will offer safe views of the sun, bright stars, and planets from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., then reopen for a nighttime star party from 8:45 p.m. to midnight. Targets will include Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, the Moon, and more. All observatory events are free of charge, and weather permitting.

The Faulkner Planetarium will show ‘Astronaut’ with a live sky tour at 1:30 p.m.; ‘Perfect Little Planet’ at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; ‘Earth, Moon & Sun’ with a live sky tour at 3:30 p.m., ‘Sea Monsters’ at 7 p.m.; and ‘Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon’ at 8 p.m. Admission prices for the planetarium are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for students.
For more information, contact the Herrett Center at 732-6655, visit the website at, or check out the Center’s Facebook page.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Questing at City of Rocks and Castle Rocks State Park

This week I was fortunate to spend a day with CSI colleagues on a retreat.  Part of the day was spent at the special Castle Rocks State Park near Almo, Idaho.  It was a beautiful day!  We hiked along these towering rocks and looked at the tiniest flowers.   My friend Elaine hikes a lot throughout southern Idaho, and she had spent the last weekend at nearby City of Rocks looking for the elusive Steer's Head wildflower.    Thanks to the guidance of Park naturalist, Wallace Keck, she found the special flower on her next trip.  She was so excited and I thought it was cool that she let us all know about her success. 

There is something very real about connecting with nature.  We were all very happy to be out of our offices and spending time together outside.  Our first visit of the day was to Robert Moore's studio in Declo, ID.    He is a very accomplished oil painter right in our little town.  He spoke to us about the power of our individual creative abilities, and that we need to sow the seeds in our students by exposing them to beauty and inspiring art.  

It was just a great DAY!!