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Announcing:  Vermont’s first FLL Regional Qualifying Tournament!

A FIRST® LEGO® League “sports for the mind” competition will take place at Norwich University’s Plumley Armory, Northfield, Vermont on Saturday, November 16, 2013.  To learn about starting a team, go to:   http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/startateam .  To register for the FLL Program through early September go to:  http://gofll.usfirst.org .   Resources to prepare for the season – coaches’ resources available at: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/teamresources .  Receive full challenge details and materials in mid-September.  To register for a regional tournament in mid-October: http://www.baesystemsfirst.org/lego .  General questions?  Contact doug.webster@state.vt.us .  Specific tournament questions can be directed to Prof. David Feinauer, feinauer@norwich.edu


Director Job Opening:  http://vermontafterschool.pbworks.com/w/file/67879153/21st%20Century%20Grant%20Program%20Director.docx


Exploration Design Challenge


In March, NASA launched an exciting new partnership with Lockheed Martin to engage students in America's next phase of human space exploration.  The Exploration Design Challenge (EDC) invites students from kindergarten through 12th grade to learn more about one of the biggest challenges NASA faces before sending humans beyond low-Earth orbit: space radiation.  Through a series of age-appropriate activities, participants will learn about radiation and its effects on humans and hardware destined for asteroids, Mars or other deep space locations.  Orion is the vehicle for these space destinations and will make its maiden test flight in 2014. This is an exciting, hands-on way to get students inspired and interested in what NASA does now and the grand plans ahead! All the details for the EDC are here:  http://www.nasa.gov/education/edc


http://www.cvswmd.org/resources-for-teachers.html  I observed an exciting lesson/ partnership at Hardwick this week where kids were learning about and building a worm composting system.  The staff person was from the Central Vermont Solid Waste District, of all places.  (Only one in the state with this position)  A really great entry point for science! Everyone could have composting systems!  I love my compost at home, especially figuring out how to make it work better.  These are fun engaging projects to consider year round if you are not composting on site.


Check out this site for many challenging, fun science related activities as well as other resources on the home site for the Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.http://www.msichicago.org/programs/summer-brain-games/activities/week1/


US House passes out ESEA legislation without 21c. Remember the US Senate is unlikely to agree:  http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/policyFedNewsArchive.cfm.  


The observatory folks in this video are looking to partner in the future.  Emanuel is talking with them; send out your thoughts or interest! http://www.nkaf.org/




President's educational budget released and includes +100 million for 21c, with a plan to target funds to Extended Learning Time, 

and with a plan to change the program from a formula to a competitive one where states compete against each other.



This video shows the new attendance taking feature in to be released Version 4.2a


Summer video from One Planet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBB2oShSRPk&feature=youtu.be


Book a National Geographic Giant Map.  Share the cost with your school.  Developed by Vermont educator Dan Beaupre.




This is a really cool video/experiment from space worth viewing and using for adults and kids alike.


Resources for Fun Engaging Engineering Projects:



Here is a really interesting blog from Bristol that captures the essence of afterschool in motion:



And another article in the news:



Some really good evaluation and sustainability plans have been posted at:



Education - Join the Conversation: Extended Day Learning & Afterschool Programs


Vermont’s afterschool and summertime programs that occur outside of the school day promote innovative learning opportunities and promote positive intellectual, physical, emotional and social growth. Secretary Vilaseca talks with Emanuel Betz, VT-AOE21C State Director; Holly Morehouse, Vermont Center for Afterschool ExcellenceExecutive Director; and Ginny Burley, Community Connections. Watch the video here, learn more about Education – Join the Conversation.





http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/-  What a great resource-check it out.

www.BrainPop.com    You can get a free five day trial.

http://www.troutintheclassroom.org/  Raise trout!

https://www.ecybermission.com/public/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fDefault.aspx  Great STEM Program.

Common core-basic information for 21c funded programs.docx

http://www.brooklyncastle.com/  The best movie on afterschool-you have to see it; avialable on amazon instant video.

Here is a really interesting blog from Bristol that captures the essence of afterschool in motion:







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    to meet with state legislators and leaders to advance learning and policy around afterschool and expanded learning in Vermont. This is also a day to celebrate the important role that youth workers, afterschool providers, and program staff play in helping to build a strong foundation for the children and youth of Vermont. Come celebrate with us!


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