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Week of February 18, 2008

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Ohio Initiative Adds to STEM Momentum

Thanks to a $12 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ohio has launched the Ohio STEM Learning Network, a new public-private partnership that will start with the launch of five regionally located schools focused on STEM skills.

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Take the Stress Out of Science Fair Season

Teachers, what are your interests and needs? NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education has hundreds of workshops, seminars, and presentations to learn from. Have a look at this topic for elementary, middle, and high school teachers.

Whether you are looking to hold a science fair at your school, searching for innovative new ideas to enhance an existing fair, or simply looking for techniques to take the stress out of science fair season, NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education is the one-stop shop for success. Join us in Boston, March 27-30 to hear expert advice on the subjects you have requested.

Science Fair? No Idea, No Problem! provides all the information necessary to start a science fair at your school. Introduction to Science Fairs: The Steps for Success (Elementary-Middle) will introduce you to the role of parents and timelines, as well as information on securing judges.

Having trouble preparing your students? Learn how to take students from guided investigations to open inquiries to help them to develop investigative questions, learn the process of experimental design, and implement the scientific method by attending Experimental Design.

Science Fair Control: A Survival Guide for Teachers offers organizational ideas, project starters, and tips for teachers, students, and parents to make sure science fair season is engaging and fun.

Walk away with free materials-resource guides, products, student samples, and more from these and other workshops, seminars, and presentations.

Register now!

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NSTA Offers Six Symposia in Boston

Registering for the national conference in Boston, Massachusetts, March 27-30? Get the most out of your professional development dollars and add a symposium! While NASA will offer a look at 21st Century Explorers and what it will take to Map the Moon, NOAA will describe the biology and dynamics of coral ecosystems, Sally Ride Science will share ideas about integrating science careers in your classroom, the FDA will explain foodborne pathogens and how to culture bacteria in food, and the NSF, NOAA, and NASA will be celebrating the International Polar Year talking about how the changes in climate are affecting the Polar Regions of the Earth.

The NSTA Symposia are face-to-face professional development opportunities offered at NSTA Conferences on Science Education. These half day, standards-based programs, are designed to enhance educators' scientific content and pedagogical practices. Each symposium is followed by two NSTA Web Seminars and a discussion listserv, extending the interactivity between the participants and presenters for two months after the conference.

Participants registering for the NASA and FDA symposia will receive a $60 stipend upon completion.

For more information and to register, visit the NSTA Learning Center.

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Calling All Elementary School Principals

Are you an elementary school principal? And are you coming to NSTA's National Conference in Boston this March? If so, we'd like to invite you to attend a focus group on our newsletter, Scientific Principals. Participants will be treated to lunch, given a gift certificate to the Science Store, and get a unique chance to network with colleagues. For more information, please contact Lauren Jonas at NSTA Headquarters, either via e-mail at ljonas@nsta.org or by phone at (703) 312-9233.

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And Don’t Forget…

Visit our member services web page to ensure that NSTA has your current contact information.

Visit the NSTA Science Store for an outstanding array of bestselling books and teaching resources. Receive 30% off of the February featured book, Teacher Research: Stories of Learning and Growing.

NSTA is offering more Web Seminars through the winter months. Visit the website for more information about these upcoming professional development opportunities.

Professional development courses in your future?
Online options give you a world of choice.
Take a look at these groups offering courses for science educators!


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