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Week of April 5, 2010

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NSTA Science Supply Guide sponsorship

Experience NSTA eConference Presentations from Your Laptop

Those educators who attended the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Philadelphia in mid-March are invited to purchase access to NSTA’s eConference Center—a repository of 18 featured presentations by leading science educators and professional development experts at the conference. You and your school colleagues, who missed these discussions on critical issues in education, can participate virtually by accessing top sessions and share in the learning. Captured with live audio and delivered with synchronized slides and handouts, you can even download to your iPod or mp3 player for portable listening. We offer this service just for attendees for $29 through April 30, 2010. Other educators can purchase the set for $79. Visit www.softconference.com/nsta to order your eConference Center access today.

A sampling of the sessions:

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NSTA Career Center sponsorship

Summer Institutes Build Expertise in Your Science Teaching

Elementary educators interested in professional development this summer are invited to attend the NSTA Elementary Institute, Aug. 5–7 in New Orleans. Teams (classroom teachers, science coaches, and administrators) or individual teachers will learn to design experiences for students and manage a classroom environment that promotes learning through scientific inquiry. Renowned experts on science instruction will facilitate and lead this powerful learning experience to assist in transforming science in your school. Roger Bybee and Jean May-Brett will lead the Administrators Strand, Linda Froschauer and Tim Cooney will lead our Teachers Strand, and Dr. Christine Royce and Steve Rich will lead our Teacher Coach/Leader Strand. For more information, e-mail Damaries Blondenville at dblondonville@nsta.org.

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From the NSTA Calendar: Trash to Treasure Competition

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Design Squad, a PBS KIDS GO! television series, is launching the nationwide 2010 Trash to Treasure competition. The contest challenges kids ages 5–19 from across the United States to recycle, reuse, and re-engineer everyday materials into new inventions. Students’ inventions should

  • Move things or people;
  • Protect the environment; or
  • Be used for indoor or outdoor play.

Twenty-five finalists will be featured on the Design Squad website. Three grand-prize winners will go to Boston to see their designs built and appear on the program and its website. Contestants must register online by September 5.

For more science education opportunities, visit the NSTA online calendar.

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More Chemistry Basics: Stop Faking It!

Overwhelmed by orbitals? Terrified of thermodynamics? Agitated by acids and bases? Have no fear! This follow-up to the award-winning Chemistry Basics will clear up your chemistry woes. Invaluable for teachers, parents, and home-school providers looking for greater confidence in the chemistry content they teach, this title covers the fundamentals, introduces additional concepts and expands on many previously discussed ideas. Author Bill Robertson’s uses humor, easy-to-follow activities, and a direct approach, allowing educators to brush up on chemistry and carry their enthusiasm straight to the classroom. Join thousands of educators who have used this best-selling series to teach with great confidence and assurance. Save 10% when you order online by April 30, 2010, using promo code EBMAR.

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High-Quality Summer Courses for Science Teachers

Take advantage of professional development opportunities this summer by enrolling in online or campus classes through Montana State University’s Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) program. Enrollment in the master’s program is not required to take classes, but courses can lead to a master’s degree in science education. Registration for summer classes is open, but space is limited, so be sure to register early!

A wide variety of courses are being offered in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Microbiology, Earth Science, Mathematics, and Education.  Some online course highlights this summer include Anatomy & Physiology: An Inquiry Approach for Teachers (learn basic physiological principles of the human body and how to implement this knowledge through inquiry); Special Topics in Chemistry: Equilibrium, Thermodynamics and Kinetics (three of the most difficult topics to understand, and making up a large portion of the Reactions sections of the AP test); and Microbiology: Immunity and Infection (learn the basics about infections diseases and solve case histories of infectious disease and immunology).

Visit Montana State University’s MSSE website for more information on our online and Montana-based field and lab courses offered this summer, or for general information on our master’s degree program. NSTA members receive a 10% discount on select courses.

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Professional development courses in your future?
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Take a look at these groups offering courses for science educators!


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