Media invited to "May Science Be With You" Special Event at DRI

Community Star Wars celebration and Institute interactive tour featured as part of 2016 Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival

LAS VEGAS – Media are invited to attend a special event on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 hosted by the Desert Research Institute and The National Atomic Testing Museum at 755 East Flamingo Road in Las Vegas.

DRI’s GreenPower K-12 Outreach Program and the National Atomic Testing Museum are partnering to present “May Science Be With You”, a free special event featured as part of the 2016 Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival. Join us for interactive science presentations, hands-on activities for all ages, DRI laboratory tours, food trucks, and a special appearance from the 501st Legion Star Wars Characters and performances from the Light Saber Guild.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. officials from Clark County School District (CCSD) will announce the winners of the national Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). Fifth-grade students from seven CCSD schools are competing for the chance to be one of 12 nationally selected experiments that astronauts will utilize on the International Space Station later this year. CCSD Coordinator Cheryl Wagner and NASA Director for the International Space Station, San Scimemi will be on-hand to present the awards.

Creech Air Force Base 432nd Wing and 432nd Air Expeditionary Group will also be on hand to showcase the latest in unmanned aircraft systems technology.

EVENT DETAILS

  • When: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 Time: 4:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Where: Desert Research Institute (755 E. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89119)
  • Who: Desert Research Institute and The National Atomic Testing Museum
  • Interview Opportunities:
    • Dr. Stephen G. Wells, DRI President
    • San Scimemi, NASA Director for the International Space Station
    • DRI research faculty - including Dr. Lynn Fenstermaker, Project Director for Nevada’s NASA EPSCoR and Space Grant Programs
    • Craig Rosen, DRI GreenPower K-12 Outreach Program Education Administrator
    • Clark County School District teachers and students
  • Photo and Video Opportunities: 501st Legion Star Wars Characters and performances from the Light Saber Guild, hands-on STEM activities and public engagement with science in DRI laboratories and facilities

Event information is available online at - http://greenpower.dri.edu/events/item/5049-may-science-be-with-you

For more information about the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival visit - http://scifest.vegas/

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DRI, the nonprofit research campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education, is a world leader in environmental sciences through the application of knowledge and technologies to improve people’s lives throughout Nevada and the world. For more information, visit www.dri.edu

GreenPower supports Nevada’s preK-12 educators in science-based environmental education by providing free tools, resources, and knowledge. As advocates for science based environmental education GreenPower aims to increase scientific knowledge and understanding of the earth’s environment, promoting preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible resource management, and improving human health and welfare. For more information visit http://greenpower.dri.edu/

Media Contact:

Justin Broglio, DRI Communications Officer

Ph: (702) 862-5411

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Media invited to attend STEAM teacher training in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Educators in Southern Nevada will convene Saturday, February 20th at the Desert Research Institute to explore news ways of incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) into their classrooms.

Hosted by DRI’s GreenPower K-12 Outreach Program and in partnership with The Smith Center of Performing Arts, Saturday’s teacher training will focus on providing Nevada educators with a unique way to bring science into the classroom… through music.

This teacher training will feature Kennedy Center Master Educator John Bertles as the keynote speaker. Bertles has been involved in arts education for 27 years, and is a pioneer within the field of environmental arts education. In addition to his keynote, Bertles will also lead a workshop titled the Sound of Science.

“This is going to be a really exciting session for our local teachers,” said Amelia Gulling, GreenPower Administrator. “STEAM curriculum incorporates so much more than a typical lesson plan, and linking science to music is a natural pairing.”

Other hands-on workshops will be led by Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts, DRI GreenPower, Art Educator Aimee Allen, McCaw STEAM Academy, and DRI’s Dr. Lynn Fenstermaker. These workshops will engage and incite interest among teachers to continue to explore acoustics, organology and the effects of music on the brain.

As part of the training, GreenPower will also be introducing teachers to its unique Green Boxes Program and how these custom science kits can be utilized for integrated STEAM education in the classroom.

DETAILS

  • When: Saturday, February 20, 2016 Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Where: Desert Research Institute (755 E. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89119)
  • Interview Opportunities:
    • Art Educator, Composer and Instrument Builder John Bertles
    • DRI Greenpower Program Staff and partner organizations staff
    • Local teachers
  • Photo and Video: Hands-on STEAM activities throughout the day

More information about DRI's GreenPower program available online at www.GreenPower.dri.edu

Media Contact:

Craig Rosen, DRI Education Administrator

(805) 252-9974

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Media Advisory - The Future is Now: Nevada teachers to explore challenges in water, energy and climate at DRI GreenPower three-day training

Media invited to engage with local teachers, scientists and DRI GreenPower community partners

LAS VEGAS – Media are invited to attend DRI GreenPower’s EnergySmart Education Summer Teacher Training scheduled for Tuesday, July 28 through Thursday, July 30 at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve.

The three-day teacher training, sponsored by NV Energy and Southwest Gas, will be DRI’s largest to-date and is hosted in partnership with the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the Nevada Center of Excellence in Water and the Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program.

"We are going to have over 100 educators from across the state attending," said DRI GreenPower Administrator Amelia Gulling. "Over three days, educators will discuss the interlinked challenges of water, energy and climate; spend hands-on time with real-world, industry projects tackling these issues; and learn creative ways to bring these important issues into the classroom."

Patricia Mulroy, Maki Distinguished Faculty Associate at DRI and Brookings Senior Fellow for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Policy, will open the event with a keynote presentation highlighting the connections between Nevada’s water challenges and energy needs.

 

 

 

 

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