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Science of Security

According to Education Week, national security had a strong presence at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The newly created Department of Homeland Security joined the Department of the Interior, NASA, and branches of the U.S. military as federal government award sponsors, along with numerous corporations. The Department of Homeland Security awarded six high school students with $20,000 scholarships for projects that contribute to the department’s mission to prevent or mitigate the effects of terrorism.

National security has become a growing theme in high school science fair projects, according to an article in the New York Times (May 16). Organizers and judges of science fairs say the September 11 terrorist attacks and the military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan have prompted students to research issues related to domestic security instead of studying tree frogs or volcanoes. To read the Education Week story, go to http://www.edweek.com/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=38Fedfil.h23.

For information about the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and for a complete list of winners, go to http://www.sciserv.org/isef/.


Colorado Science Educator Begins Term as 2004-2005 NSTA President

Anne TweedAnne Tweed, a veteran science teacher and a Senior Science Consultant with Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), today begins a one-year term as the 2004-2005 NSTA President. Tweed recently retired from the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado where she taught high school science for more than 30 years. She has been an advocate for science education at the local, state, and national levels and has been an active participant in NSTA.

In her term as president, Tweed plans to address many important issues focusing on the highly qualified teacher requirements set forth in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. To learn more about Anne Tweed, go to http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_06_01_tweed.htm.

Also taking place today, Mike Padilla, Professor and Director of Educator Partnerships at the University of Georgia, begins a one-year term as NSTA President-Elect.


Indianapolis, Seattle, Richmond Beckon this Fall; Start Now to Find Funding for an NSTA Convention

The best time is NOW to start exploring grant and funding opportunities, so you can join us for an NSTA convention in Indianapolis, Nov. 4-6; Seattle, Nov. 18-20; and Richmond, Dec. 2-4.  Not sure where to look for possible federal or local grants?  Check with your principal or your district’s science supervisor, or find out whom in your district disburses federal grant programs or coordinates staff development.  To support your request, you’ll want to first use the online Personal Professional Development Planner at http://www.nsta.org/main/conventions/schedule_select.php to select your convention choice, browse the agenda, and build your personally meaningful schedule of sessions, short courses, speakers, and workshops…the specific details of your planned professional development experience you need, to present to the person you have to convince!  And NSTA has created a step-by-step guide for obtaining the funding you need for your convention-based professional development—go to http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_06_01_nclb.htm Don’t forget… you’ll save most when you register early.


Science Class Spotlights Free Resources and Opportunities for Science Teachers

The 2nd annual Free for All Science Class issue will be arriving in your inbox on Wednesday, June 2. With over 50 opportunities for free resources, this issue is a must-read when you start planning for next school year. We know you haven’t finished up with this school year yet, but it’s never too soon to start planning.

Last year’s Free for All issue was our most popular ever, so we’ve decided to make it an annual summer feature. Feel free to let us know of other free resources or opportunities—it’s never too soon for us to start planning for next year either. E-mail the editor of Science Class at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

If you know someone who would like to subscribe to Science Class, direct them to http://www.nsta.org/main/newsletters.php.


What Are You Doing This Summer?

Are you teaching summer school, working a summer job outside of education, going back for some training, or just plain going fishin’? Curious about what your colleagues are doing this summer?

Let us know your summer plans by taking this very short survey http://www.nsta.org/survey_summer_2004/, then we’ll report back on the final results in a future issue of NSTA Express. Thanks, and have a great summer from everyone here at NSTA.


Career Center Spotlight: K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist Needed in Colorado. Visit http://careers.nsta.org to learn more!

Mark Your Calendars: June 14-18—National Science and Math Education Advocacy Week. This nationwide campaign and its cast of thousands will help to secure increased federal funding for K-12 science and math education programs. Watch for more details in the next NSTA Express.


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