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Week of March 7, 2011

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We're Headed to San Francisco

If you haven’t registered for the National Conference on Science Education, on-site registration is available. Consider more than 2000 workshops and presentations that offer content and inspiration. Consider science education experts who will impart their knowledge. Don’t forget your chance to meet new friends and science educators that share your passion. There are field trips, socials, the Science Bookstore, and the teachers’ all time favorite, the Exhibit Hall. Bring a tote for freebies and your curiosity for testing the newest products on the market. We hope to see you there. If you must miss it, catch us on Facebook or Twitter (hashtags #NSTA or #NSTA11) and stay connected to your science education community.

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Connecting to NSTA through e-Tools

While many of you are joining us in San Francisco at the National Conference on Science Education, March 10–13, those who can’t be there face to face, can still tune in, chat, and share the buzz electronically. Jump in and follow us on any one or all of the media below. Connect with your peers, shape the conversation, ask questions, communicate your ideas, and feel the passion about science education.

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Making Science Elementary

The Boston Globe takes a close look at the challenges many elementary science educators face to provide quality science education to students in an article that will resonate with elementary teachers nationwide. Writes reporter Akilah Johnson, “The Everett, like many elementary schools in Boston and nationwide, is struggling to figure out how to schedule enough science instruction in a six-hour school day packed with reading, math, and writing lessons. At the elementary-school level, science often takes a back seat to subjects tied to federal and state accountability measures, despite a renewed national focus and a new science graduation requirement in Massachusetts … We have schools where kids only have the opportunity for science 30 to 60 minutes a week, and we know that’s not enough,’’ said Pam Pelletier, science program director of Boston Public Schools. “Unless there’s accountability, it’s not really going to happen because something else is always going to take priority.’’

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Science in the News

Five-time Jeopardy! champion (and long-time Congressional champion of science education) Rep. Rush Holt beat out (but later lost to) IBM’s supercomputer Watson during a special Congressional Jeopardy! game. "Holt said it was fun to beat the heralded computer. But he also said it’s important that Americans realize how crucial math and science education is to the nation’s future."

And Oscar winner Natalie Portman is not only a talented actress; according to the New York Times, she was a semifinalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search and "one of a handful of high-profile actors who happen to have serious scientific credentials—awards, degrees, patents and theorems in their name."

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From the NSTA Calendar—Award for Integrating Environmental Ed

Do you integrate environmental education in your curriculum? If you teach grades 5–8 and engage your students in interdisciplinary solutions to environmental challenges, you can apply for the Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) seeks to honor an educator who can serve as an inspiration and model for others. A $5,000 cash award will enable the recipient to continue his or her work in environmental education. Two other teachers will win $750 merit awards.

The award will be announced during Teacher Appreciation Week, the first week in May. Applications are due March 14. Visit the NEEF website to nominate yourself or a teacher you know.

Discover other awards and ways to receive recognition for your work on the NSTA Calendar.

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

NSTA is extending a “conference rate” online for the Buy a Brick…Build a Legacy program During the NSTA National Conference in San Francisco. The Buy a Brick … Build a Legacy 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 during the week of the San Francisco Conference (March 7–14). 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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More Brain-Powered Science: Teaching and Learning With Discrepant Events

Thomas O’Brien presents 22 inquiry-oriented discrepant events—experiments or demonstrations in which the outcomes are not what students expect—to challenge students’ preconceived ideas and urge them to think, write, discuss, and examine actual results. Each hands-on exploration will help bridge the gap between practice and theory for both student and teacher by relating the conclusions to science concepts and pedagogical principles. Available March 15, pre-order today.

Members: $26.36
Nonmembers: $32.95

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