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Week of March 29, 2010

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2011 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge Now Open for Entries

Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge logoHigh school students from across the country are invited to GO GREEN by participating in the newest phase of the nationwide Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. NSTA has partnered again with the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education to educate, empower and engage students, teachers and communities to become agents of change in improving the environment. 

In keeping with the Challenge’s overall mission to build a more sustainable world, high school participants (grades 9-12) are encouraged to form teams of up to four students, research an energy related issue using scientific investigation, and create a replicable solution using web-based curriculum tools powered by Discovery Education.  Student teams, with a teacher or adult advisor can register for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge at www.wecanchange.com

Fostering learning, teamwork and problem solving around sustainability, the website offers robust resource guides of standards-based lesson plans and teacher materials to accompany each stage of the Challenge. 

More information, including entry details, registration, and detailed prizing information for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, can be found at www.wecanchange.com.

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Vote for Your Favorite Innovation Developed by Student Entrepreneurs

The Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Awards competition for grades 9–12 students encourages fresh thinking in the areas of aerospace exploration, renewable energy, green schools and space nutrition. Using sound research, science, technology and entrepreneurship, student teams compete to win $5,000 to build and market their new proposed product. From March 29 through April 9, the public is invited to vote on the finalists’ entries. Videos, photos and information on these products submitted by twenty-five teams from across the country and one team from Mongolia can be viewed at www.conradawards.org. Join us in selecting solutions to solve the 21st century problems and vote for your favorite.

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From the NSTA Calendar: Grant for Science Equipment

Don’t miss your chance to apply for the Realize Science Technology Grant, which is open to all teachers in the United States and Canada who use handheld video microscopes in creative, innovative, and educationally valuable ways. The grant will award $20,000 worth of cutting-edge science education equipment and curriculum tools. Awardees will receive new handheld video microscopes with software to take still pictures, video, and time-lapse movies, and accompanying curriculum books with lessons designed to meet both state and national science standards. The top five applicants will receive four additional microscope sets, making a total of five for their classrooms.

Applications must be postmarked by March 31 or faxed by midnight on that date. For more details, visit the website.

Visit the NSTA online calendar for more science education opportunities.

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Share Your Good Ideas at an NSTA Conference

Don't delay—the deadline for submitting a session proposal for the NSTA 2011 San Francisco National Conference on Science Education is April 15, 2010. In 2010, NSTA will hold area conferences in Kansas City, MO (October 28–30), Baltimore, MD (November 11–13), and Nashville, TN (December 2–4). For more information, visit www.nsta.org/conferences and click "Presenting at NSTA Conferences." Here you can also pick up tips on submitting a successful session proposal.

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Join the Science and Children Team!

Science and Children, NSTA’s peer-reviewed journal for elementary teachers, is seeking manuscript reviewers. Reviewers are vital to the journal’s production. We rely on our review panel to evaluate submissions and help us craft them into the articles you see in each issue. You need not be an expert writer—what we need is your classroom and content expertise. Our online manuscript submission and review system allows you to indicate your comfort zone (e.g., assessment, physical science, inquiry skills, etc.), and we will assign you manuscripts accordingly. You can even let us know when you are too busy to review. Being a member of the review panel is a great professional development experience—not only do you get previews of the articles coming to S&C, you help create them! If you are interested in volunteering for this panel, please contact Editor Linda Froschauer at fro2@mac.com (include your CV).

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NSTA Professional Development in Costa Rica

Global Inquiry • Investigation • Education • Research • Conservation

Session One: July 18–27, 2010
Session Two: July 28–Aug 6, 2010

The National Science Teachers Association and Holbrook Global Field Expeditions welcome you to explore the 2010 International Faculty Development series in Costa Rica.

Unlike traditional professional development workshops, this series is designed to immerse formal and informal science educators, and practicing and retired educational professionals, within the culture, environments, education, and research of the country of Costa Rica. This field clinic offers participants, from primary to post secondary teaching, a comprehensive and experiential platform to widen perspectives and strengthen global science exchange through real-world international interaction. If you have yearned to explore the biodiversity of the tropical rainforest, seek global classroom linkages, participate in active research, or rejoice and celebrate in the art of teaching, your experiences will undoubtedly be personally and collectively transformative as you explore Costa Rica.

Join either one or both sessions combined for one of the most enriching professional development experiences of your teaching career as described so passionately by 2009 participant Kathryn Elkins:

My eyes have become bigger after this field study, I am ready to do so much more not only in the classroom but in my own personal life. I have become more aware of true scientific research taking place within the rainforest and the importance of protecting the plant and wildlife species that rely on the rainforests. I often hear and read about the destruction of forests and the endangered species , but touching and observing those trees and animals that soon may be gone made an impression on me. It makes me want to do more for the planet and teach my students what they can do and how to be more environmentally conscious. My soul has been touched by this experience.  Attending the NSTA Costa Rica trip has made a very large impact on me. Thanks for your efforts in organizing a true learning experience.

Explore YOUR participation at www.holbrooktravel.com/nsta2010.

*Participants may elect for optional graduate credits (3 credit hours) on behalf of CEU requirements. Please be sure to ask us about the NSTA Scholarship for International Exchange offered for participation in the 2010 Costa Rica International Summer Study for one lucky NSTA member.

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Teachers in Geosciences Program at Mississippi State University

The Teachers in Geosciences program at Mississippi State University provides you with the opportunity to earn a Master of Science degree through distance learning. All of the core Earth science courses are taught online. The program concludes with an 8- to 10-day capstone field course that is taught during the summer at a variety of locations including Yellowstone/Grand Tetons, Western Washington State, the Sierra, Central Arizona, Upstate New York, Western Lake Superior, the Outer Banks, the Bahamas, and the Great Plains Storm Chase.

This 12-course, 36-credit hour graduate program is designed to take as little as two years to complete and includes courses in meteorology, geology, planetary science, oceanography, hydrology, and environmental geoscience. The program has alumni in all 50 states and all students qualify for in-state tuition rates.

Please visit the website or contact Joy Bailey, jbailey@aoce.msstate.edu, for additional information.

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