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In this issue, the high school edition of Science Class focuses on Our Place in the Universe. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, books, and NSTA journal articles.

If you are not a member of NSTA, then you receive the high school version of Science Class as a default.

To view the elementary version on Learning from Nature, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-02/member_elementary.htm; and to view the middle level version on Force and Motion, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-02/member_middle.htm. If you have any comments about this issue, send them to: enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

If you have a text-only browser or are having any difficulties with our links, please visit: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-02/member_high.htm.


Once upon a time, humans lacked the technological ability to view the vastness of space. As a result, the ponderings of our place in the universe focused on Earth as the center of it all. Today, the exploration of space yields data that fuel new understandings and inspire fresh questions. Regardless of the science discipline you teach, this issue can help you add depth to your classes as you ask students to wonder about our place in the universe and the exciting exploration that still lies before us.

Our Place in the Universe in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for nationwide news for science educators).

Stories selected for this issue discuss the scientific efforts to study our universe. Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-02/news_stories_high.htm to learn more.

Our Place in the Universe on the Net

In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members can read "The All Sky Camera Network." The link to that article is:


SciLinks is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so through keywords; the keyword for this issue is:

Our Universe: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263569910221055

NSTA Articles on Our Place in the Universe

The following NSTA journal articles provide examples of how science educators can help their students understand our place in the universe.

Click here to read more:


Books, Books, Books

The NSTA Science Store and catalogs offer NSTA Press books and other outstanding titles for science educators. Selections for this issue are grade appropriate and were chosen for their relevance to the theme of this issue—Our Place in the Universe. Click here for recommended titles:


To read about the newest titles available from NSTA press, visit:


To receive the latest NSTA Catalog for your specific grade level, visit:


Professional Development

Getting our Money’s Worth in Public Education: Are We Buying Our 'McStudent' Lie? Read Robert Freeman's piece in the San Fransisco Chronicle about the ultimate price we'll pay later for the pennies we pinch today.


Global Science Teaching

Whether you've traveled from just across the border in Mexico or halfway around the world from China, NSTA has something for our international constituents attending this year's national convention. For information on the international activities NSTA is offering in Dallas from March 31 to April 3, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-02/intlhigh.htm.

NSTA Opportunities

Write for NSTA's Journals

The Science Teacher (Grades 9–12) has issued a Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:


Next Month's Theme:

Science for All

NSTA is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year! To find out more about the history of NSTA, visit our online timeline at: http://www.nsta.org/timeline.

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