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(11.12.14) USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) Registration Opens
You and your students are invited to participate in the 2015 USA Biology Olympiad (USABO). Registration is open now for teachers and students! To register, please visit the USABO website Be sure to check out the Biology Story of the day and to friend the USABO on Facebook. Students should check the Student Corner for study resources and how to form a USABO Club. Registration closes January 16, 2015. The final four students on Team USA will compete at the International Biology Olympiad in Arhaus, Denmark, July 12 to 19 ( Contact Kathy Frame, USABO Director, at if you have any questions. We look forward to your students participating!

(11.6.14) Concurrent Session Schedule for the 2014 PDI. Join the conversation #2014vastpdi @VaSciTeachers on Twitter!

(11.4.14) Virginia Department of Education: Science Update

(10.9.14) VIRGINIA MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS! Sign-up today to bring Smithsonian and Virginia Museum of Natural History scientists and educators to your classroom via the Smithsonian's Science How live, interactive webcasts! Give your students the unique opportunity to interact with some of the foremost experts in science right from your classroom!

The Virginia Museum of Natural History has an exciting opportunity for middle school students! We would like to invite you to register for one of our upcoming Smithsonian Science How live, interactive webcasts. Each webcast will align with the Next Generation Science Standards and Virginia Science Standards of Learning and will focus on connecting students to scientists, increasing students’ understanding of science, and inspiring students about STEM education and careers. Be one of the first to register and in addition to the 25-minute webcast led by Smithsonian scientists and staff, VMNH educators and scientists will engage students in a specially developed, educational program to reinforce the content of the webcast. To sign up or inquire, visit, contact or call (276) 634-4185.

(10.9.14) Nominations sought for 28th annual Thomas Jefferson Awards

Nominations are being sought for the Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation’s 28th annual Thomas Jefferson Awards honoring individuals and corporations for outstanding contributions to natural science and natural science education. An award ceremony will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.

The Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education: presented to a Virginia educator who has made significant contributions to natural history or natural science education at any academic level. Nominations are due November 1, 2014.
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For more information about this event, including more information about the nominating process, call 276-634-4163 or email

(6.5.14) Please check out the Advocacy page to see  the latest VAST response regarding the education reform bills.

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