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CONTENTS:
OASIS SOLAR JAM 2015 INFORMATION
Enter the BirdSpotter Photo Contest
ANJEE Annual Conference-Register Today!
Feeding Future Cities Contest
Teachers, Win Technology for Your School!
Announcement for the 2014-2015 Green Ribbon Schools Program
Take a Second Energy Contest!
Sandy photography exhibition
Fishing Fun Photo Contest
OASIS SOLAR JAM 2015 INFORMATION             (Posted: 12-11-14)

Last year OASIS held our first, and very successful SOLARJAM graciously sponsored by PSEG. We will hold our second SOLARJAM on May 16 (raindate May 17), 2015 at Princeton High School. All NJ schools are welcome to join send students. Below (and attached) is the preliminary information so you can plan and share. Reimbursement for kits will be on a first come first served basis. Registration forms will follow in late winter.

Liz Cutler
OASIS Director
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Made possible thanks to funding from PSEG.

SolarJam 2015

Preliminary Information
* Registration Details will follow - Contact person for questions and/or to volunteer is: Andrew Lloyd alloyd@pennington.org

Event Basics:
1. Event to be held at the outdoor tennis facility at Princeton High School on Saturday May 16th; Rain Date the next day, Sunday May 17th (Exact Time TBD - late morning to early afternoon) 2. Two age divisions: Lower (K-5) and Middle (6-8) 3. Two events: Solar Car Race and open "Photon Fair"
4. This is a No/Low Waste Event. Water Fountains are available inside the building. A small complimentary refreshment (like an ice cream cone) may be available to participating students, but as far as lunch/snack items people are welcome to bring their own food.
5. Each team must have at least one registered adult as on-site chaperone Car Race:
1. Materials: must use the stock panel and motor from either PITSCO or SolarMade (see links below) 2. Vehicle must carry an empty soda can, with its tab intact, as its cargo 3. Vehicles will race along wires ." from the ground - Therefore vehicles must have eyelets or other method attached either on their underside or at their sides, for wire to pass through.
4. Teams can use the kit to build the vehicle (see links) or create their own body - as long as it satisfies #1 and #2 above.
5. Teams can devise vehicles that can easily have panels placed and removed, so that panels can be shared while practicing and during race.
6. Vehicles must pass a "Drop Test" from 12 inches off of the ground. Vehicle must stay intact with motor and panel and all parts during test. Contestants are responsible for conducting their own tests, but race officials may ask to observe.
7. The vehicle will start from behind the starting line with all wheels touching the track. The solar panel will be completely shaded by a supplied opaque material cover held above the panel by a team member. When the MC signals the start of the race, the team member will remove the cover so the panel will be exposed to sunlight. Once the judge starts the race, team members cannot touch the car or guide wire until the race is final and vehicles are asked to clear the track by the MC. If a car is touched after the start of the race and it moves, it will count as a disqualification.
8. In both Lower and Middle divisions, awards will be presented for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, as well as Most Innovative Use of Alternate/Recycled Materials Registering and Grant Opportunity: Event is in May, deadline for registration will be two weeks prior. Schools can receive up to $100 in funding, but must submit receipts on race day.

Links for Car parts and build info: http://www.pitsco.com/Ray_Catcher_Sprint_Deluxe_Solar_Vehicle?SKU=21211& (link to kit and individual parts)
http://www.pitsco.com/Ray_Catcher_Solar_Panel ( for panel only)
http://www.pitsco.com/Clubs_and_Competitions/Sustainable_Energy_-_Competition/Motor_280 (to buy just the standard "280" motor).
http://www.solarmade.com/JuniorSprint.htm (link to kit and individual parts)
http://jrsolarsprint.org/ (Link to the existing Junior Solar Sprint National events' page, with good design and build resources)

1. This is an Open opportunity to present anything a student or team has devised that derives its form and/or function from the Sun.
2. Each individual or team will be provided a table or suitable spot to present their project.
3. At least one member of the team should be on hand to demonstrate and discuss the project.
4. Suggestions for projects include but are not limited to: solar water heating, solar ovens, sundials, the use of light, color and shadow in solar art, etc. Registering and Grant Opportunity: Event is in May, deadline for registration will be two weeks prior. Schools can receive up to $30 in funding, but must submit receipts on race day.

Enter the BirdSpotter Photo Contest             (Posted: 12-11-14)

Click HERE.

ANJEE Annual Conference-Register Today!             (Posted: 11-5-14)

Click HERE.

Feeding Future Cities Contest             (Posted: 10-21-14)

Competition Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
The Topic: Feeding Future Cities
The Challenge: Choose two foods (one vegetable and one protein) and design a way to grow enough of each within your future city borders to feed all of your citizens for at least one growing season. Taking into account your city's size and location, you must consider the critical elements needed to grow food including light, climate, air quality, space, water, soil, and nutrients.
For more information, click HERE.

Teachers, Win Technology for Your School!             (Posted: 9-24-14)

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Announcement for the 2014-2015 Green Ribbon Schools Program             (Posted: 9-24-14)

The New Jersey Department of Education is pleased to announce that New Jersey will participate in the 2014-2015 federal Green Ribbon Schools Program and invites all school districts and both public and private schools to apply for this national recognition.

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) launched the annual award in 2011 to recognize the highest performing green schools in the nation. This award recognizes exemplary achievement in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving health and wellness; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education. The award also serves as a clearinghouse of resources that help to advance these complementary aims. For more information on Green Ribbon Schools, please visit www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools .

The recognition award is considered the first comprehensive federal program addressing the environmental impact, health and education of our schools and is a major milestone in the Green Schools Movement. The award lays out a thoughtful vision for schools and raises the profile of green schools and the states whose policies encourage them.

New Jersey is permitted to nominate up to four schools and one school district to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) for consideration. The USDE, in turn, will select the national award winners. Schools and districts that are considering applying should access the following link of the Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC) to obtain information concerning the Green Ribbon Schools program in New Jersey, and to download the application and supporting documents: New Jersey Green Ribbon Schools.

The timeline for submission of materials to the EIRC contact is included at the above link. A letter of intent to participate must be submitted by November 21, 2014 and a completed application must be submitted by December 19, 2014.

The winning schools and district will be announced on April 22, 2015 and recognized at a national ceremony in July 2015. The nominated New Jersey schools and school district will be recognized at a state ceremony in the spring of 2015, and will be asked to present a summary of their achievements.

Please contact Bernard Piaia, Director, Office of School Facilities, at (609) 984-5351 or Len Colner at (609) 943-5926 with any questions on this issue.

Click HERE for more full information.

Video and Essay Contest: TREES ROCK!             (Posted: 8-27-14)

I am Doug Fischer, the Progam Supervisor for Trees Rock!

Did you know that Scotties Facial Tissues (which plant 3 Trees for Every 1 they use) puts on an annual Video and Essay Contest called TREES ROCK!?

The contest is for 3rd through 8th graders in the 50 United States and Washington D.C.

We are sure you are always looking for ways to engage your kids in the classroom or in a club. TREES ROCK! is an excellent way to get kids to be creative on their own or as a team when learning about trees and the environment.

There are lots of prizes to be won and 2 schools will receive $10,000.

To download all of the important documents to get started, go to www.scottiestreesrock.com

If you have any questions about the contest, just reply to http://www.edweb.net/.5a0bb16c and I can answer your inquiries here.

Take a Second Energy Contest!             (Posted: 8-22-14)

Click HERE.

Sandy photography exhibition             (Posted: 7-11-14)

Click HERE.

Fishing Fun Photo Contest             (Posted: 6-3-14)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced a new state-wide contest focusing on fishing in the state, the Fishing Fun Photo Contest. The contest is designed for families and friends to share the fun and excitement of fishing through a photo of a child fishing or with a fish they've caught.

The winning photos will be those that best capture the theme of the contest - kids know fishing is fun in New Jersey. First, second and third place winners for each category will be selected. Winners will receive fishing-related gear and be invited, with their immediate families, to fish at the Pequest Trout Hatchery's Fishing Education Pond on opening day of trout season.

For more information on the contest, including rules, suggestions for taking photos, a printable flyer, and the photo submission and release form to be submitted with the entry, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/photocontest.htm.