Welcome to Science Connections

STEM Related Opportunities and Events
for Formal and Informal Education

Scroll down to view the Event Calendar and a list of events.
Visit the websites of the sponsoring organizations for changes and updates.  

The educational content of the programs, activities and events listed below is determined by the presenting organizations. Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by the Academy.


Blank Park Zoo Professional Development Opportunities

Teacher Workshops

The Blank Park Zoo would like to invite teachers to teacher workshops to be held at various locations and dates throughout the year. Participating teachers will be eligible for a FREE zoo program.

Participants in our workshops engage in relevant inquiry investigations that are connected to the Iowa Core and Next Generation Science Standards, learn research-based instructional practices, and gain knowledge and ideas that will be useful in their classrooms. Lessons are flexible, allowing teachers to adjust for their students’ abilities; and relate to all age groups in several subject areas (science, literacy, mathematics, social studies, and the arts).

For more information and additional opportunities, click the button below!


NASA Great American Eclipse Video


Support for Youth-Led Community Service Projects

Youth Service America:
Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service Grants

Youth Service America and Disney are teaming up this summer to inspire kids and families to make a positive impact in their communities through the Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service campaign. Children and teens, ages 5 to18, can apply for a $500 Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service Grant to create a project or expand an existing project using fun summer activities like sports, arts, reading, or being outdoors to make their communities healthier, greener, and stronger. This fall 250 youth-led service projects will be selected and $500 grants will be awarded to each winner's sponsoring organization to support their projects. The registration deadline is September 15, 2017; applications will be accepted through September 30, 2017. Visit the YSA website to learn more about the program.