Explorer Schools '05 Program Registration Open Online
are now being accepted from educators and administrators interested
in becoming a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Explorer School. Once accepted into this exciting program, your
school or school district will enter into a unique three-year partnership
with NASA to bring exciting opportunities to educators, students,
School educator and administrator teams, working along with NASA
personnel and other educational partners, will develop and implement
team action plans for staff and students. The action plan will promote
and support the use of NASA content and programs that address the
teams' local needs in mathematics, science, and technology through
authentic experiences. NASA Explorer Schools receive grants up to
$17,500 over the three-year partnership.
The NASA Explorer
Schools (NES) program is sponsored and implemented by the NASA through
a cooperative agreement with NSTA. Deadline to apply for this exciting
NASA/NSTA opportunity is January 31, 2005. For additional information
and/or questions about the program, and to apply, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.
Legislation Will Increase Loan Forgiveness for Science and Math
passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on October 6 eliminates
a provision in the Higher Education Act (HEA) that allowed some
student loan lenders to receive higher subsidies, and then uses
the savings for increased federal loan forgiveness for math, science,
and special education teachers. The bill eliminates the subsidy
and provides the extra loan amounts for one year, until Congress
finishes work on reauthorization of the HEA. Currently under HEA
science, math, and special education teachers who commit to teach
in a high poverty school for five years may have up to $5,000 in
student loans forgiven; that amount would go to $17,500 for one
year under this new legislation.
For more information
on HR. 5186 go to http://thomas.loc.gov;
or read the NSTA
to House Education and Workforce Chairman John Boehner in support
of this bill.
Into Science with NSTA when You Journey to Richmond, VA, December
2-4; Be an Earlybird, Register
by Friday and $ave
your peers and a host of renowned speakers for 2-1/2 days of science
immersion and networking when you come to NSTA's final fall 2004
Convention in Richmond, VA, Dec. 2-4. Shop the product-packed exhibit
hall, learn from 250+ practical hands-on workshops, presentations,
sessions, and short courses. Interest strands are "Maximizing
Resources in Standards-based Instruction," "Technology
Integration," "Biotechnology: Applications and Implications,"
and "Interdisciplinary Study of Watersheds." Among the
featured speakers is Joel S. Levine, Senior Research Scientist in
Atmospheric Sciences at the NASA Langley Research Center and recipient
of NASA's Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. And you
can choose from plenty of science-related field trips, too. For
the full convention agenda, the personal scheduler and to register,
go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004RIC.
Register by Friday for best savings!
Up to Science and Math Illustrates Inquiry-Based Interdisciplinary
Connections for Teaching K-6 More Effectively
collection of 21 articles from Science & Children, NSTA's
member journal, Stepping Up to Science and Math: Exploring the
Natural Connections invites teachers in K-6 to rethink their
teaching of these essential subjects. Then it illustrates through
Standards- and inquiry-based interdisciplinary activities, how to
step up the pace and make teaching more efficient and effective.
Editor M. Jenice Goldston is a veteran classroom teacher, and practicing
educators have validated the value of each activity. To browse (and
buy) this and dozens of other must-have new titles from NSTA Press,
go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB189X.
NOAA's New Ship for Ocean Exploration
15, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
is sponsoring a contest to "Name NOAA's New Ship for Exploration"
for student teams in grades 6-12. Posters with guidelines and a
prize list will be mailed out to targeted science teachers in grades
6-12. Complete information about the contest will be posted on the
NOAA Education website at http://www.education.noaa.gov
on October 15, 2004.
Forensics Hot in Your Science Classroom? Last Chance to Take Our
NSTA Express Poll
Thanks to the
growing popularity of CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) and other
forensic-based TV programs, science teachers across the country
have begun using forensics to ignite student interest in science
and help students learn important concepts of science. NSTA wants
to know how widespread these activities have become. If you're a
middle or high school science educator, don't forget to take our
Please take a moment and use this form to submit suggestions for
NSTA Express to the NSTA Express team:
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and want to join? Visit https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp!
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