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Week of October 18, 2010

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President Obama Recognizes NSTA Student Competition Winners at the White House

Winning students from the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards Program, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge (WCCTWC), and the DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition met with President Obama Monday at the White House during a special White House Science Fair.

ExploraVision winners
WCCTWC winners
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Middle school students Anika Patel and Angela Riggins (pictured at right, top) from Forest Ridge School in Bellevue, Washington, are part of the 2010 ExploraVision first-place team that developed the Ecological Paper Printer and Ink Collection.

Alex Sincere - DuPont Challenge winner
Alexander Xu - DuPont Challenge winner
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Team “No1Idling”—Novi (Michigan) Middle School students Raj Raina and Yash Sathe (at right, bottom)—are being honored at the White House for their first-place WCCTWC entry to reduce community pollution by raising awareness about the environmental impact of vehicle idling among area drivers.

Alex Sincere (at left, top), a junior at Evanston (Illinois) High School, wrote an essay about stem cell research on mice that could lead to a treatment for human blindness. Alexander Xu (at left, bottom), a seventh-grader at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware, wrote an essay that explores the use of algae as a sustainable biofuel.

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USA Science and Engineering Festival Now Underway

The giant USA Science and Engineering Festival is now underway, and the huge celebration of science on the National Mall is just days away!

Can’t make it to Washington, DC, for the October 23–24 Festival? Take a look at the satellite events being planned in locations nationwide. You can search for an event by city, state, or specific age group.

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Baltimore-Bound for Science Education

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Verizon Foundation Thinkinfinity.org

Baltimore has just added another visitor attraction to brag about—NSTA’s Conference on Science Education, scheduled for Nov. 11–13—just a month away. Science educators will love this academic getaway for professional development with access to the Inner Harbor and historical sites, great restaurants and cafes, the National Aquarium, and the Maryland State Science Center all within walking distance.

We offer more than 400 sessions covering every science discipline for teachers in every grade band, preservice to the seasoned curriculum specialist. You’ll find hands-on workshops and seminars that build content knowledge, tackle strategies and techniques to improve student performance, and provide a platform for discussion of critical education issues. Inspirational presenters, networking with your peers, and full-day, special programs on biology, physics, and chemistry are apart of the agenda. If you need books, NSTA brings an array of titles. If it’s new products you’re interested in, the Exhibit Hall offers its most cutting-edge products and lots of freebies.

For more details or to personalize your conference experience, visit our online scheduler to view the sessions. Take advantage of this super event for science educators and register today.

“It was all wonderful. I have attended conferences for other disciplines in the past—this was by far the best organized and most worthy conference I have ever attended! Well done.”—Past attendee, Philadelphia Conference on Science Education.

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Baltimore Conference

Lab Out Loud Looks at Science Blogs

This week hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler discuss their favorite science blogs and talk to Rhett Allain, Associate Professor of Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University. Rhett discusses science teaching and his popular blog Dot Physics. What science blogs do you follow? Join the conversation at www.laboutloud.com to share your favorite science blogs and websites.

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Aquarius 2010: If Reefs Could Talk—Live Broadcasts

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live underwater? From October 12 to 21, 2010, you can find out by tuning in to daily broadcasts live from Aquarius, the undersea research lab located off the coast of Key Largo in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The scientific researchers or "aquanauts" that live in the Aquarius underwater habitat, as well as scientists operating from the surface, are sharing their experience and intimate knowledge of the ocean while performing their latest mission, Aquarius 2010: If Reefs Could Talk. Mark your calendars to follow the mission online.

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Free Webinar: "Education for Sustainability"

You’re invited to a webinar on Nov. 10 from 3:00–4:30 pm PST or 6:00–7:30 pm EST on promising practices in Education for Sustainability. Teachers who are educating for sustainability will share their insight. For science educators who want to put these lessons into their classrooms, this free webinar, cosponsored by NSTA and other associations, will provide the vision of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development. You’ll learn some fundamentals:

  • A profile of a student educated for sustainability
  • What works in the classroom in terms of sustainability
  • What to expect in terms of school administration and community support
  • Challenges and how to face them
  • Favorite resources

Register to reserve your spot.

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Save on Nashville Conference Registration

NSTA’s Conference on Science Education, Dec. 2–4, in Nashville, Tennessee, is fast approaching, and time is running out for earlybird savings. For a limited time, you can save as much as $90 if you register by Oct. 22. Click here to take advantage of professional development at this premier southern science educators’ spectacular at a fraction of the cost.

Highlights at a glance:

  • 400+ PD sessions and hands-on workshops packed full of the latest teaching techniques and classroom tips.
  • The Exhibit Hall—Collect freebies and view cutting-edge products from over 150 top exhibitors such as Delta, Discovery, Disney and McGraw Hill.
  • Daylong discipline-specific programs focusing on exemplary teaching, chemistry, physics, and biology.
  • Social Networking—Nine exciting field trips to area attractions, including the Adventure Science Center and Nashville Zoo at Grassmere.

For more details or to personalize your conference experience, visit our online scheduler. Take advantage of this special offer today at www.nsta.org/nashville.

“It was all wonderful. I have attended conferences for other disciplines in the past - this was by far the best organized and most worthy conference I have ever attended! Well done.”—Past attendee

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Free NSTA Web Seminars in October

Join us for free, 90-minute live web seminars. All programs are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

  • October 18, 2010—Math and Science @ Work: Lunar Surface Instrumentation—Outpost concepts are now being designed and studied by engineers, scientists, and sociologists to facilitate long-duration human missions to the surface of the Moon or other planetary bodies.
  • October 19, 2010—The NSTA Learning Center: New Resources and Tools—Join us in this web seminar and see how the NSTA Learning Center's free resources and professional development tools can help you in the classroom and in your career. With over 5,000 resources, 25% of which are free, NSTA can help!
  • October 20, 2010—Effects of Climate Change to Life on Earth—From flowers to mosquitoes to coral reefs, climate change is having an impact on living things worldwide. We will explore how climate change and associated impacts on drought, wildfire, and warmer seas, affects species and ecosystems.
  • October 21, 2010—On the Moon Educators Guide: On Target and Feel the HeatOn Target: Learn how to challenge your students to design and test a system and remote release that sends a cup carrying a marble down a zip line and hits a target on the floor accurately and consistently. Feel the Heat: Learn how to challenge students to follow the engineering design  process to build a solar hot water heater, test it to see if the heater can raise the temperature of water, and by how much, and then use their test results to improve their heater to cause the greatest increase in temperature.
  • October 25, 2010—Satellite Meteorology: Monitoring the Global Environment—Featuring one of eight modules within the Satellite Meteorology course, the activities within this module incorporate the use of authentic data taken from satellites in NASA’s GOES (Geostationary Operational, Environmental, Satellites) and POES (Polar Operational, Environmental, Satellites) program.
  • October 27, 2010—Fingerprints of Life? Extremophiles: It’s Just Right—Organisms on Earth live in a wide range of environments. They live in hot boiling springs as well as in the ice of Antarctica. The microbes living in these extreme environments are called extremophiles.
  • October 28, 2010—Predicting Future Climate and Considering Solutions—Join us and learn how climate models run on supercomputers are used to predict the future of Earth’s climate. We will also consider examples of climate change adaptation and mitigation solutions that are being implemented by governments and individuals.

Visit the NSTA Learning Center to learn more or to register.

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National Education Reform Conference on Labor-Management Collaboration

While in Tampa last Thursday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, along with American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten and National Education Association president Dennis Van Roekel, announced plans to convene a national education reform conference on labor-management collaboration early next year.

The conference will highlight examples of progressive collective bargaining agreements across the country and promote opportunities for management and labor to forge reforms at the state and district levels. It will include the participation of national and local union leadership, as well as district superintendents and state and local school board members from across the country.

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