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Welcome to the Science Teacher Update! Here, you will find ideas to inspire your Next Generation Science Standards implementation for the classroom. We will also showcase student events happening in the Keystone area and, of course, professional development opportunities!


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May 2023

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Zoom May 8th!

AI and ChatGPT are hot topics in education right now. If you are hoping to learn more about how it can be harnessed for good, here is a link to register for a workshop we are hosting on Monday, May 8th, 6:30-8:00 pm. Our focus is on how AI can be used to increase productivity, creativity, and deeper learning for teachers and for learners. We will record the session as well. 


Britannica School and Britannica ImageQuest Get a Refresh

Britannica ImageQuest and Britannica School get a new look with new content. See the full recording of this update here. Highlights of this update include:

  • New interface 
  • Over 11,000 downloadable video clips
  • Curated galleries
  • Enhanced album sharing
  • New logo (a request is in for a copy of this new icon) 


Quarknet Summer Institute

The summer institute will be held from July 24rd  to June 28th. Lodging will be provided at the University of Iowa if needed, or transportation to and from the institute will be reimbursed, and the option for graduate credit (3 hrs in physics) at a reduced rate of around $90/hour. A stipend for the week of about ~$500 will be included.

To apply, please click on the link below.. You will need to indicate your needs for lodging. If you live in the Iowa City area, transportation costs can be substituted for lodging. The institute is open to all science teachers in the State of Iowa.


 Registration Link

Join us for RISE with WiSE!

RISE with WiSE is a residential summer experience that provides opportunities for fearless innovation and exploration where young women feel empowered to explore endless possibilities within STEM fields and majors at Iowa State University. Throughout the summer experience, students participate in various hands-on sessions presented by faculty, staff, students, and industry professionals. This program is designed for high school students who are entering their junior or senior year.

Session 1: July 18-21, 2023        

Session 2: July 25-28, 2023

Registration is now live! Follow the link below to sign up. Financial aid is available. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Program Specialist Mackenzie Schwartz at

Register here!!

Iowa PBS hosting four “Phenomena Blitzes” to build skills and knowledge for science education

Iowa PBS will hold four “Phenomena Blitzes” in strategically chosen locations throughout Iowa, made possible by a grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Conservation Education Program (CEP). Selected science and outdoor education professionals will have the opportunity to build skills and knowledge for environment education, place-based instruction and technology integration while increasing the breadth and depth of locally and environmentally-focused phenomena available for teachers to use cost-free on the Iowa Science Phenomena website

Iowa Science Phenomena emphasizes the identification and publication of Iowa-specific phenomena, particularly those that represent locally-relevant or unique concepts, and connects them with Iowa Core science standards. The project features a growing collection of media-based phenomena, including short video clips, images and links to public datasets. Phenomena are each developed, aligned and vetted by Iowa teachers, and include teacher support materials with guidance on phenomena-based best practices.

Learn more at

For more information about Iowa PBS, please contact Susan Ramsey at 515.725.9703 or

Keystone AEA Contacts:

Jason Martin-Hiner

Bev Berns 

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Jason Martin-Hiner

School Improvement Facilitator