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Week of October 25, 2010

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Verizon Foundation/Thinkfinity.org

USA Science & Engineering Festival Draws Crowds on the National Mall

The weather was gorgeous and the crowds were energized at the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival on the National Mall this past weekend. The two-day Grand Finale Expo capped two weeks of activities in the Washington, DC, area and across the country.

Visitors in the NSTA booth.

A hands-on activity in the NSTA booth.

Visit the USA Science & Engineering Festival's website for extended coverage.

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The Executive Director Wants to Hear Your Thoughts

Last month the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a major report on the future of K–12 STEM education that went directly to President Obama. But did anyone notice? Read the new blog post from NSTA Executive Director Francis Eberle and share your thoughts about the PCAST report.

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Applications Open for 2011 Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching

Sponsored by:
USA Today

Does someone you know teach Earth science to students between kindergarten and eighth grade? Do they excel in their teaching through leadership and innovation, bringing new ideas and approaches to teaching about our planet? If so, they may be eligible for the Edward C. Roy Award for Excellence in K–8 Earth Science Teaching. Given annually by the American Geological Institute (AGI), this award recognizes one classroom teacher nationwide for their leadership and innovation in earth science education.

The winner will receive a prize of $2,500 and an additional grant of $1,000 to enable the recipient to attend the 2011 NSTA National Conference in San Francisco, California, March 10–13. To be eligible, applications must be postmarked by January 5, 2011.

To learn more about competition requirements, application procedures, and deadlines, visit the award’s web page.

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Baltimore Conference

NSTA's Baltimore Conference Has Something for Everyone

Science educators can take advantage of an academic getaway in Baltimore, Nov. 11–13, where excellence in professional development can be found. For K–16 science teachers who love learning, this is an event unmatched. Are you interested in more content knowledge, inquiry-based techniques, or assessment strategies? Do you need new ideas for labs or lesson plans on force and motion? Are your needs discipline-specific? We are offering more than 400 sessions, full-day programs in chemistry, physics, and biology, and an assortment of short courses, field trips, and social events for networking.

Consider a sampling:

  • Featured Presentation: Finding Your Way When You're Not Sure Where You're Headed—Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • No Child Left Inside: Systemic Boost for Hands-On Science—Don Baugh (Vice President, Chesapeake Bay Foundation)
  • Epigenetics: Beyond the Central Dogma—The environment interacts with the epigenome to control gene expression. These interactive activities explore epigenetics and how it confounds conventional notions of inheritance. (High School)
  • ELLs in the Secondary Science Classroom (Middle–High School)
  • Hands-On Learning Activities for AP Biology (High School)
  • The Physics of Supernovae (High School–College)
  • FDA Symposium: Teaching Nutrition Science and the Food Label (ticketed)—Hands-on, inquiry-oriented activities for Grades 5–12. $60 stipend will be given to all symposium participants upon completion.
  • From Mangroves to Maca: Explore Tropical Gardens—You'll learn content, master lab activities, and take a virtual trip to tropical forests. (Elem–High)
  • Why Evolution Matters in the 21st Century—Short course (ticketed) ((Middle Level–College/Supervision)
  • Building a Well-informed Workforce for Our Future—Short course (ticketed) (Grades 4–9)
  • Field Trip: Behind the Scenes: What’s New at the Maryland Science Center? (ticketed)
  • The Exhibit Hall—With over 150 companies represented, bring a tote for the many giveaways.

For more information and to register, visit www.nsta.org/baltimore.

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NCTM Releases New Series Highlighting Research Findings to Improve Math Teaching

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) recently released the "Teaching and Learning Mathematics" series, which presents research findings to improve mathematics education in schools.

The three-volume series includes Teaching and Learning Mathematics: Translating Research for School Administrators, as well as parallel volumes for elementary school teachers and secondary school teachers. Each book in the series features articles that are tailored to present research to administrators or classroom teachers. Each article addresses practitioner-generated questions with brief, direct answers that are free of technical language and theory. The articles, which include references, directly present what practitioners can learn from research to help them provide equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students.

For more information go to www.nctm.org.

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Teaching Nutrition Science and the Food Label

Join us at the NSTA Conference on Science Education in Baltimore for the FDA/CFSAN Symposium: Teaching Nutrition Science and the Food Label.

  • The half-day symposium runs from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Nov. 12. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Free and open follow-up sessions at the conference are scheduled for  2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Nov. 12.
  • FDA provides a $60 stipend to offset the cost of the symposium program. (Program cost is $47 with advance registration and $54 at the conference.)
  • Participants have time between sessions to grab lunch and explore the conference Exhibition Hall.

Symposia are ticketed programs—registration to the conference is required to attend.

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

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From the NSTA Calendar: Grants for Plants

Want to start or continue a garden at your school? Need some funding? Apply for a Youth Garden Grant from the National Gardening Association (NGA). These grants go to schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs. Schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, and intergenerational groups throughout the United States may apply. Grants include gift cards for supplies from NGA and The Home Depot and education materials from NGA.

Applicants must plan to garden with at least 15 children ages 3–18. Click here to learn more and apply by November 1.

And remember, new opportunities are always sprouting in NSTA’s online calendar.

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NSTA Offers Conference Rate Online for Buy a Brick … Build a Legacy Program

To kick off the fall season of area conferences, NSTA is extending a “conference rate” online for the Buy a Brick … Build a Legacy program. This program gives donors at every level of giving the opportunity for lasting recognition of their support for the John Glenn Center for Science Education.

The program is a wonderful opportunity for NSTA members and other individuals to honor or memorialize loved ones, family members, teachers, mentors, or others. And, of course, all gifts will help create an important new resource for science educators everywhere. Donors to the Buy a Brick … Build a Legacy program can choose customized text to be engraved on bricks and pavers that will be featured in prominent locations in the Glenn Center. Companies and other organizations can even have a logo engraved on a paver.

The conference rate for bricks will be available online starting the week of the NSTA Area Conference in Kansas City (Monday, October 25) through the week of the NSTA Area Conference in Nashville (Sunday, December 5). Three options are available as part of the program for gifts of $50 (normally $75), $250 (normally $275), or $350 (normally $375). Visit www.nsta.org/buyabrick to participate.

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Visit the NSTA Science Store for an outstanding array of bestselling books and teaching resources. Receive 30% off the price of the October featured book, Earth Science Success.

Click on the logo above for more information and to register for these free professional development opportunities.



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