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E-mail Your Members of Congress this Week During National Math-Science Online Lobby Week

Let your voice be heard!  Take part in this week’s National Math-Science Online Lobby Week.

NSTA and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics have joined forces to bring our messages to Washington, D.C. Science and math educators will be working together in this nationwide campaign to increase federal funding for K-12 science and math education programs.

Why is this important now? Members of Congress are now working to fund the FY 2005 federal education programs. Before they make tough funding decisions in the next few weeks they listen carefully to their constituents about the issues important to them. We need more dedicated funding for science and math education, so we are asking all stakeholders in science and math education to please take a minute and send a brief e-mail with one simple request: increase funds for the Math and Science Partnership program at the Department of Education. 

Here are some talking points for you to use with your e-mails to your Representative and Senators: http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_06_14_extra.htm For more information, go to http://www.nsta.org/legaffairs


NSTA and Toshiba Honor 2004 ExploraVision Winners

On Friday, June 11, scores attended a festive banquet and awards ceremony filled with pageantry, key dignitaries, speakers, entertainment, and more to honor the national student teams, parents, and science advisors who took top honors in the 2004 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision awards program.

Eight teams of students who combined creativity with science to envision future technologies were formally recognized during the Washington, D.C. ceremony, which included Hideo Ito, chairman and CEO of Toshiba America, and television’s Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Five of this year’s winning teams envisioned advancements in medical technologies. Three teams proposed technologies to make the world safer and more environmentally friendly. In addition to the all-expenses paid trip to the nation’s capital, each student on the four first-place teams will receive a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond, and students on the second-place teams will each receive a $5,000 savings bond.

The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards is funded by the Toshiba Corporation, the Toshiba American Group Companies, and the Toshiba America Foundation, and administered by NSTA.  For a look at some of the highlights from the June 11 event, go to http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_06_14_extra2.htm or visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=49421 For more information on next year’s competition, go to http://www.exploravision.org.


Work Side By Side With Scientists On Research Expeditions Around the World.

New Benefit!NSTA and the Earthwatch Institute are pleased to offer NSTA members this new benefit program. As an Earthwatch Institute participant, you will gain skills, content knowledge, and inspiration that will find their way back into your classroom—all while making a difference in some of the world’s most inspiring locations. Excavate ancient Angkor ruins in Thailand, monitor dolphin behavior off the coast of Spain, track jaguars and peccaries in Brazil, and much more! NSTA members receive the Earthwatch member rate—a $100 savings—on all Earthwatch research expeditions. Mention your NSTA affiliation when you visit http://www.earthwatch.org/partners/nsta.html or call 800-776-0188.

For more NSTA benefits, visit http://www.nsta.org/benefits. Don’t miss out. Join today: http://www.nsta.org/join!

Just another way NSTA is working for YOU!


NSTA Press Titles Win Highest Honors from Association
for Educational Publishers

Evolution in PerspectiveInquiring SafelyAEP awardTwo NSTA books were awarded the coveted Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing by the Association for Educational Publishers (AEP) at ceremonies last week in Washington, D.C.  Inquiring Safely: A Guide for Middle School Teachers by Terry Kwan and Juliana Texley was the winner in the “Reference Books/Adults/Whole Publication” category; and Evolution in Perspective: The Science Teacher’s Compendium, edited by Rodger Bybee won in the “Books/Cover Design” category.  According to AEP, winners were selected from more than 1,400 entries “after thorough analysis by a national panel of experts,” and the winning titles are entitled to display the coveted Lamp of Learning logo.  NSTA “joins an elite cadre of companies in the supplemental publishing field who have been honored for excellence in their products.” To browse Inquiring Safely, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB166X2. For Evolution in Perspective, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB181X


Short Courses Headline Professional Development Options at NSTA Indianapolis Convention, Nov. 4-6

The menu of Short Courses—NSTA’s highly popular, in-depth sessions on particular subjects—for the Nov. 4-6 Indianapolis convention is undergoing finishing touches and final confirmations, but the tentative titles are truly tantalizing.  All Short Courses are formatted for a minimum of three hours, with some requiring up to a full-day commitment to cover the subject.  Complete details on these popular sessions—and the additional fees for them—will be posted on the NSTA Indianapolis Convention Web page at http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004IND by early July.  Some of the rich topics you’ll find include:

  • An Observation Methodology for Science and Art
  • NSTA Institute Session: Preparing for an NCATE Review of the Science Teacher Preparation Program
  • It’s 10:00. Do You Know Where Your Sun Is?
  • EXCITE Problem-Based Learning Odysseys:  A Voyage Worth Taking! 

If you’re thinking about attending a fall NSTA convention in Seattle, Nov. 18-20, or Richmond, Dec. 2-4, you can scroll the agenda, fill out a personal scheduler to help you request funding support, and register online when you go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions.  


Career Center Spotlight—Job Opportunities Available at the Orlando Science Center: http://careers.nsta.org

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