The Program for Teaching East Asia (University of Colorado in Boulder), is accepting applications for its summer institute on Korea until April 31st. The course, Korea’s Journey into the 21st Century: Historical Contexts, Contemporary Issues, runs July 24th-28th and explores contemporary South Korea’s distinct history, geography, intra-peninsular and international relations, and transnational cultural transmissions through Korean narratives and texts. Participants will receive travel allowance, room and board, materials, and stipend.
On March 5th, members of the Geographic Alliance of Iowa participated in the Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. The research team, which consisted of Dr. Alex Oberle (Alliance Coordinator), Dr. Leisl Carr Childers, Dr.
The World Food Prize is now accepting applications for their Youth Institute on April 25th at Iowa State University. To participate, students submit a three to five page paper on a challenge facing any particular country under the supervision of a mentor teacher (Due March 28th). To express interest, please contact Jacob Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application deadline for the 2016 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program is January 3rd, 2016! This program accepts 35 outstanding teachers for a professional development experience of a lifetime. While traveling aboard the, teachers will learn how to bring geographic awareness back into their schools. To apply, please visit : http://education.nationalgeographic.org/programs/grosvenor-teacher-fellow/
The deadline for registering your school for the National Geographic Bee is fast approaching. This program, for students in grades 4-8, challenges them to learn about the world and how it works. Early registration is $100 and ends December 18th! To register, visit NATGEOBEE.COM, log in, and find your school by zip code.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Parks system, the United States Government has a goal to get every kid into a national park this year. Part of this program allows all fourth graders (and their family) in the United States free access to any park all year long! All a student or a teacher has to do is print off the pass! For more information or to print a pass, please visit EveryKidInAPark.
The U.S. Department of State is now offering three merit-based scholarship programs for high school students interested in studying abroad. These scholarships will cover a student’s airfare, tuition, meal, living, and program costs.
On May 14, the South Hamilton Elementary 5th grade traveled to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, NE to see the endangered animals and big cats they researched in conjunction with National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative. It was a great day, filled with learning, laughter, and animals! A big cat animal keeper also spoke to the 5th grade about his job and taking care of tigers, jaguars, lions, and other big cats. The 5th grade enjoyed asking the keeper questions and seeing the endangered big cats and animals they are helping raise awareness for.
GAI Coordinator, Dr. Alex Oberle, and Undergraduate Research Assistant, Mollie Ullestad, traveled to South Hamilton Elementary (Jewell, IA) with UNI's mascots, TC and TK, to spread awareness about National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative. South Hamilton students are participating in a reading week with the theme "Save the Big Cats", and the 5th grade is doing a research project about environmental conservation and endangered species, including big cats.