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Week of November 1, 2010

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Obama Plays Cheerleading Role for STEM Education

Last week Education Week reporter Erik Robelen’s article explored how President Obama has brought huge visibility to STEM education over the past year, but he asks whether the Administration is “matching the rhetoric with sufficient commitments in federal policy and spending … while most observers believe the president’s interest in the topic is genuine, some say his advocacy carries political benefits as well.” Read the Education Week article.

Also last week, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman bemoans this year’s elections and focuses on the fact that the country already has a plan—called Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future—to bring sustainable growth back to the United States.

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Toyota TAPESTRY Program Now Accepting Entries for 21st Annual Science Grant Competition

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Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program, the largest science teacher grant program of its kind in the nation, is now accepting entries for the 2011–2012 program year.

Sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, (TMS) U.S.A., Inc., and administered by NSTA, the program offers $10,000 grants to K–12 teachers for innovative science projects that enhance environmental science education in their school and/or district over a one-year period.

Fifty $10,000 grants totaling $500,000 will be awarded this year. Applicants must either be an elementary teacher who teaches science in the classroom or a middle or high school science teacher, with a minimum of two years teaching experience. Individual science teachers or a team of up to five teachers can submit proposals.

Since the program’s inception in 1990, Toyota TAPESTRY grants totaling more than $9.2 million have been awarded to science teachers across the country.

For more information about the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program or to learn how to apply, visit the TAPESTRY website. Applications must be submitted no later than February 23, 2011, to be considered.

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NSTA Conference-Nashville

Science Education in Nashville with World-Famous Attractions

A southern getaway is planned for science educators who want to explore Nashville, Dec. 2–4, and take advantage of NSTA’s Conference on Science Education. Offering some of the best professional development from across the nation, teachers can choose from more than 400 sessions to build content knowledge, learn classroom strategies for better performance, and study techniques is assessment and inquiry-based teaching. You’ll discuss critical educational issues with thousands of your peers, and visit our Exhibit Hall to review the newest products on the market. There are field trips, short courses, hands-on practical workshops, and more.

Examine a sample of what is in store for you:

  • Featured presentation: Cultivating Curiosity—Jeff Lieberman, Star of Discovery Channel’s Time Warp and Master of Science
  • Featured presentation: Global Environmental Impact of Fossil Fuel Burning—Wilfred M. Post, Senior Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Enriching High School Chemistry and Biology Teaching Through POGIL (Short course, ticketed). Learn about Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), an intriguing and powerful teaching technique.
  • Scaffolded Inquiry: A Brain-based Model (General)
  • AAPT Session: Newton's Laws Explained, Centripetal Motion Examined (Middle Level)
  • ACS Middle Level Session: Solids, Liquids, and Gases: The Kinetic Theory of Matter
  • Cross-curricular Instruction to Engage Students and Improve Performance (General Audience)
  • Designing Your Own STEM-based Curriculum (Administration)
  • Environmental Education Activities Based on the PreK–8 Standards (PreK–Middle)
  • Ramps and Pathways: Teaching Physical Science Through Children's Creative Design (Elementary Level)
  • NASA Mysteries of the Universe: Dark Matter (High School)
  • How to Fit Nanotechnology into Your Classroom: Lessons Tied to Current Science Teaching (Middle–High School)

Visit the personal scheduler to view all the sessions and activities we’ve planned for Nashville attendees. To register, visit the Nashville registration page.

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From the NSTA Calendar: What NASA Found on the Moon

It has been a year since NASA’s LCROSS (Lunar CRator Observation and Sensing Satellite) impacted the Moon to search for water. Since then, scientists have been studying the results of that mission. Teachers and students are invited to join NASA for a Back-to-School special, during which Principal Investigator Tony Colaprete, Co-Investigator Jen Heldmann, and Diane Wooden of the LCROSS Science Team will reveal their findings. Participants in this free 50-minute webcast will have the chance to ask questions and hear these scientists answer them directly.

Choose from two sessions taking place on November 3: 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Register here.

And visit the NSTA online calendar for more opportunities that are out of this world.

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Lab Out Loud Looks at Science Books

This week hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler discuss their favorite science books and talk to author Sam Kean. Sam discusses the periodic table and storytelling in his new book, The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements.

What science books do you read? Join the conversation at www.laboutloud.com to share your favorite science books, and visit the NSTA Science Store for the latest NSTA Press books ... and more.

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Visit our member services web page to ensure that NSTA has your current contact information. And when the time comes to renew—select the "Autorenew" option!

Download your copy of the NSTA Membership Guide.

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

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



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