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February 2012

Local Students to Compete in Regional Science Bowl in February and March

Students from across Northern New Mexico are preparing for upcoming regional DOE (Department of Energy) National Science Bowl competitions in hopes of making it to the national event in Washington DC in early April. 

The Science Bowl is a highly competitive science education and academic event for teams of middle- and high-school students. They compete in a fast-paced verbal forum where they attempt to answer questions across a broad range of math and science subjects. The Northern New Mexico competitions will be held in Albuquerque, with the middle-school competition scheduled for February 18 and on March 3 for the high-school students.

Both Bowls will be held at Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd. NE, beginning at 8 a.m. The events are open and the public is invited. The competition begins with a round-robin and continues to a double-elimination in the afternoon. 

For more information on the National Science Bowl, go to http://science.energy.gov/nsb/

For more information on the regional Science Bowl, go to http://www.sandia.gov/ciim/ASK/hssciencebowl.html.

Changes and Dates for the Lab’s High School Co-Op Program

The Lab’s high school co-op program helps Northern New Mexico students gain valuable work experience and earn a salary. Students can begin working during the summer after their junior year and continue part-time during their senior academic year. The program includes technical and administrative career opportunities.

Please note that there will now be an online application process, and the minimum G.P.A. requirement for the program is 3.0 for all students. 

Key dates:
February 1 - The online application process opens. 
March 26 – The application process closes, and all application materials will be due by the close of business on this date.
January 30 – March 2 - Recruitment visits are scheduled at local high schools to interact with juniors who meet the eligibility requirements and have an interest in the program. All applications must be coordinated through each school’s High School Co-op Program contact.

For more information on the program, and to apply online, go to http://www.lanl.gov/education/precollege/.

Leaving on a Jet Plane for Work? What About Your Family?

On Monday, February 13, Family Strengths Network and the Lab’s Employee Assistance Program will present “Staying Close When You’re Apart: Coping with Work Travel.? The hour-and-a-half-long evening workshop will help prepare you and your loved ones for work-related travel.

The session will cover how to stay connected when you’re away from each other, understanding the dynamics of shifts in decision-making responsibilities, and even the special considerations for the emotional lives of your children.

The presenter is James Barber, who has been a counselor at the Lab for 27 years, with previous experience at the in-patient unit at Children’s Psychiatric Hospital in Albuquerque.

The workshop is scheduled for February 13, at Family Strengths Network, 1990 Diamond Drive, Los Alamos, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The cost of the session is $10 per family, but financial aid is available to those who need it. Free childcare is available if requested at least one week in advance.

For more information, or to register, go to www.lafsn.org.

Bradbury Science Museum Launches New Website

Not only did the Lab's Bradbury Science Museum launch a mobile site last year, but the organization's web pages were BSMsite completely remodeled. It's now easy to see the Museum's operating hours, current exhibits, and a section specificially for teachers looking for educational resources.

Other nifty things included on the site are wallpapers and mobile device backgrounds and a list of other local places to visit, including restaurants. People can even pay a virtual visit to the Museum and see a history of supercomputing at the Lab.

Take a moment and check it out at http://www.lanl.gov/museum/index.shtml.

Intelligent Innovation Award Applications Due February 29

Intel and Innovate+Educate are launching the “Intelligent Innovation? awards to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math  (STEM) education in rural New Mexico school districts. The hope is to find the most innovative STEM programs within the state, support those programs with grants of up to $5,000, and encourage educators to share their successes with others.

The program has allotted $40,000 for this program, and the awards will go to school districts with 13,000 or fewer students.

For more information on the program, or to submit an application (due on February 29, 2012), go to http://www.innovate-educate.org/intelligentinnovation2012.

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