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Week of January 12, 2009

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Celebrate the Year of Science 2009

Last week the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) kicked off the Year of Science 2009 (YoS2009)—a national, yearlong, grassroots celebration of how science works, who scientists are, and why science matters.

More than 500 organizations now make up the COPUS network, and the network is growing daily. NSTA is a major sponsor of the Year of Science 2009.

Read the NSTA Reports story about YoS2009.

For more information about COPUS and the Year of Science 2009, please visit

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Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards Web Seminar Series

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Join us on Wednesday, January 14, for the next web seminar focusing on the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards program. Now in its 17th year, ExploraVision encourages K–12 students of all interest, skill, and ability levels to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. This Web Seminar will include information and resources that will help K–12 teachers and students avoid disqualification in this year’s ExploraVision competition. Presenters are ExploraVision Ambassadors, teachers who have sponsored regional and national winning teams and have had success in motivating and guiding multiple student teams in the past several years. During these live web seminars, presenters will share their ExploraVision experiences and answer questions live from participants. Register today!

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Apply Now for Toyota TAPESTRY Grant—Time is Running Out

Don’t forget that the deadline for applications for the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program is fast approaching. The deadline for receipt of online proposals is 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, January 21. Toyota is again offering $550,000 in grants to 75-80 K–12 teachers of science. This year 50 large grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded in addition to 25-30 mini grants of up to $2,500. In addition, all awardees will receive a $500 stipend to use for travel expenses or registration if they attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in New Orleans! Don’t wait! Visit the TAPESTRY website today for complete details.

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National Academies Seek Your Input

What topics in science, engineering, and medicine matter most to you? The National Academies are interested in developing useful and engaging print and web-based educational materials on the topics that you'd like to learn more about. They invite you to participate in a brief survey.

In the 2-minute survey you'll be presented with a list of topics and asked to select the five that matter most to you. At the end, you can see how your answers compare with the results so far. And you can enter a drawing to receive a National Academies tote bag!

Let the National Academies know what topics you think they should focus on so they can be sure to provide you with materials that are informative and useful. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

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Share Your Good Ideas at an NSTA Conference

It’s not too late! The deadline for submitting a session proposal for the NSTA 2009 area conferences is January 15, 2009. In 2009, NSTA will hold area conferences in Minneapolis, MN (October 29–31), Fort Lauderdale, FL (November 12–14), and Phoenix, AZ (December 3–5). The 2010 National Conference on Science Education will be held in Philadelphia, PA (March 18–21). The deadline for submissions for our national conference is April 15, 2009. For more information, visit www.nsta.org/conferences and click “Presenting at NSTA Conferences” where you can pick up tips on submitting a successful session proposal.

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NSTA Will Be in New Orleans—Will You?

Are budget cuts cramping your professional development efforts this year? NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education is an affordable event with a comprehensive program that prepares workshops, seminars, institutes, and presentations for every grade band and discipline. Scheduled for March 19–22 in New Orleans, teachers and administrators can take advantage of leading professional development experts who have planned more than 600 sessions based on your input and suggestions. Here’s a sample of what you can expect:

  • Keynote Mark Plotkin: Rain Forests, Medicine Men, and Google Earth: Curing the Incurable and Saving the Amazon in Six Dimensions
  • Featured Presentation by Kenneth Wesson, Delta President: How Children Learn: Brain Research and Inquiry-based Science
  • Climate Change: Classroom Tools to Explore the Past, Present, and Future (Middle-High)
  • Hopping Into Math and Science Integration (Elem-Middle)
  • Students as Citizen-Scientists Shedding Light on Light Pollution (Informal)
  • Science Literacy in the ELL Classroom (High)
  • Blown Away by Weather—build components of a weather station, track hurricanes, and become a meteorologist-in-training (Elem)
  • Bats: Myth vs. Reality—interactive presentation using live bats. Topics include bat anatomy, ecosystem development, field research and technology, and conservation. (Middle)
  • Assessing and Promoting Teachers’ Understanding and Skills in Assessment and Instruction for Student Learning (ticketed)
  • Learning to "Converse" with Phenomena of Nature: Developing, Classifying, and Answering Investigative Science Questions in the K–8 Classroom

There will be field trips to choose from Historic Houses: Adventures in Archaeology to New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio, special day programs like Informal Day, the Exhibition Hall with more than 400 exhibitors, and networking with your peers and colleagues. Find more details at www.nsta.org/neworleans.

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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 the price of the January featured book, Readings in Science Methods, K–8.

NSTA is offering more Web Seminars in the months ahead. Visit the website for more information and to register to attend these FREE 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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