Cream of the Crop

November 2005

Conference Journal
Did you miss Conference in Sacramento this year? Wonder what happened on the pre-conference tour or how good the food was? Read all about it in the Conference Journal!

Outstanding Educator of the Year
Deadline: Nov. 25, 2005
Nominations for the 2006 Outstanding Educator of the Year are now closed. But there's still time to fill out an application to apply for one of several honors. Contact CFAITC at 800/700-AITC with any questions.
Download application (PDF, 251 KB)

County Activities and Events
You don't have to travel all the way to Sacramento to participate in ag literacy events. Some may be occuring in your own region. Contact your county Farm Bureau to discover what may be happening in your area.

Project WET Facilitator Workshop
Fri., Dec. 2, 2005 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Cost: $10)
Water is an integral part of agriculture. This 8-hour workshop provides training in using the Project WET activities with students. Project WET activities are correlated to the State Standards for Science, History/Social Studies and English/Language Arts. Each seminar participant will receive a copy of the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guidebook and a Facilitator's Handbook with all the information necessary to conduct a Project WET workshop.
For more information, visit or contact Brian Brown at 916/444-6240.
This not-for-profit Web site matches up requests for classroom supplies with private citizen donations. Proposed projects must be for resources that are used by students or directly provide a student experience. Donors can choose to fully or partially fund a project. Feedback from teacher and students, including photos, are mailed to donor(s) who completed the project or made a partial contribution of $100 or more.
Learn more about submitting or supporting a proposal at

Insects in the Classroom Online!
This online, self-paced course explores the use of insects as teaching tools in K-12 education. The course focuses on teaching science concepts and developing critical thinking skills. Continuing education credits are available through Texas A&M University.
For more information, visit or contact Dr. Jan Fernandez.

Collapse? How do Civilizations Fade While Others Flourish?
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Exhibit closes: Jan. 17, 2006
Inspired by Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail OR Succeed by Jared Diamond, this exhibition provides a journey through the links between societies and their environments.
For more information, visit

MyPyramid Blast Off Game
An interactive computer game helps kids reach Planet Power by fueling their rocket with food and physical activity. "Fuel" tanks for each food group help students keep track of how their choices fit into MyPyramid.

Looking Good California
This new Web site by the California School Nutrition Association targets children and young adults and features spokesperson Hilary Duff. Students can find tips and recipes for eating well, and read about what others are doing, including following the journals of two teens as they stay fit and eat right for a whole school year.

Deadline: Dec. 12, 2005
This fun-fueled toy and game design competition motivates students, especially girls, to pursue science, engineering, and education careers. Teams may consist of three to six team members, at least half of whom must be girls. Team members must be in 5th - 8th grades. Grand prize includes six days at Space Camp® and the creation of personalized Hasbro action figures in each team member's likeness.
To sign up, visit

2005 Toyota TAPESTRY grant
Deadline: Jan. 19, 2006
A partnership of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and the National Science Teachers Association, the Toyota Tapestry program offers grants to K-12 science teachers for innovative projects that enhance science education in the school and/or school district. Toyota Tapestry grants will be awarded in three categories: Environmental Science Education, Physical Science Application, and Literacy & Science Education. Fifty grants of up to $10,000 each and a minimum of 20 "mini-grants" of $2,500 each will be awarded for the 2006 competition.
For more information, visit