Professional Organizations and Kentucky Resources

Published: 11/24/2014 2:38 PM

Professional Organizations and Kentucky Resources for science.


National Science Teachers Association

Kentucky Science Teachers Association

Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation is a private, nonprofit corporation committed to the advancement of science, technology and innovative economic development founded on Kentucky know-how.
Kentucky Virtual Library is a taxpayer-funded research portal to a wide variety of primary sources. To access this resource from a non-school computer you must obtain a password from your school media specialist. This resource is only available to residents of Kentucky.
The Kentucky Academy of Science is an organization created to encourage scientific research and to promote the dissemination of scientific interests of the Commonwealth.

The Appalachian Rural Systemic Initiative (ARSI) Webpage provides a variety of links and information relevant to science and mathematics teaching in Kentucky.

The Commonwealth Map an interactive GIS map of Kentucky
The Kentucky Environmental Education Council: coordinates environmental education in the Commonwealth by providing standards for teaching about the environment and maintaining a database of resources that are available across the state, providing links to valuable national environmental education web sites, curriculum documents, lesson plans, etc.

The East Kentucky Science Center
: dedicated to enhancing science education in eastern Kentucky. The center is located in Prestonsburg, KY.

Kentucky Science Olympiad:
A program designed improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the nation to change the way science is perceived and the way it is taught, with an emphasis on problem solving skills and hand-on, minds-on constructivist learning practices.
Kentucky Down Under: Visitors stroll through an open field where kangaroos, emus, and other Australian natives roam freely. Interpreters discuss the animals' habits and habitat. It is located in Horse Cave, KY.
Louisville Science Center: The Louisville Science Center aims to educate and inspire you, while keeping you entertained and engaged with one of the most unique experiences you will ever have.
Kentucky Caverns: Visitors will marvel at the beautiful onyx formations found in the underground chambers of Kentucky Caverns. Included as a part of Kentucky Down Under, Kentucky Caverns (formerly Mammoth Onyx Cave) is one of the gems of Kentucky's "Cave Country." It is located in Horse Cave, KY.
Hummel Planetarium: Located on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University, the Hummel Planetarium is one of the largest and most sophisticated planetariums in the United States, especially on a university campus. The Hummel Planetarium has seating for 164 people in very comfortable and generously sized seats.
Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium: This science center located on the campus of the University of Louisville provides a friendly, comfortable, hi-tech, multi-media, learning venue for the presentation of educational and entertaining programs supporting astronomy and space science education, the arts, humanities, and sciences.
The Newport Aquarium: A state-of-the art facility, the Newport Aquarium brings to the banks of the Ohio River some of the world's most advanced, creative technology -- not to mention amazing animals -- all designed to take you around the globe, visiting each continent, every ocean and hundreds of waterways in between.

Hands-On Virtual Physics Courses for Middle School Teachers
The Virtual Physics Courses offer hands-on physics, delivered in a distance learning format, through the University of Kentucky Distance Learning program. Its elements are a kit of equipment, a manual of activities, a website or CD to provide instruction, and the use of email to communicate with the instructors.
WKU houses the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. The mission is to offer a residential program for bright, highly motivated Kentucky high school students who have demonstrated interest in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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