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Week of March 14, 2011

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Teachable Moments: The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

As your students come to class this week, it’s likely their first questions will center around earthquakes, tsunamis, and nuclear power plant meltdowns. There are many great resources in this NSTA WebNews article that can help you respond and use this "teachable moment" to help your students make sense of the tragedy.

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Scenes from the San Francisco Conference

The 2011 National Conference on Science Education wrapped up on Sunday. Visit the NSTA Blog for a glimpse of what went on.

See also these two posts at Edutopia:

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Get Cooking with NSTA's Gourmet Lab: The Scientific Principles Behind Your Favorite Foods

Available April 2011
Fifteen hands-on experiments challenge middle and high school students to take on the role of both scientist and chef as they boil, bake, and toast their way into a better understanding of science concepts from chemistry, biology, and physics. While cooking foods such as pancakes and butterscotch, students have the opportunity to learn about physical changes in states of matter, acids and bases, biochemistry, and molecular structure. Pre-order by March 18 and qualify for free shipping when you spend $30 or more using promo code IRISH.

Members: $27.96
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From the NSTA Calendar—Online Conference on Change and the Land

Educators and students are invited to take an active role in solving environmental challenges by interacting with experts and sharing ideas during Smithsonian Education’s Shout online conference series. Change and the Land, the third conference in the Shout series, will take place on March 16 and will feature three one-hour sessions (all start times are Eastern Time):

  • 11 a.m.—The Art of Science. This session will focus on classroom activities inspired by the exhibition Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow. Rockman’s art explores environmental issues such as evolutionary biology, deforestation, and climate change.
  • 1 p.m.—Educating for Global Competence. Explore what it means to be a globally competent person and what global competence looks like in students’ work.
  • 2 p.m.—Inspiring Students About Living, Breathing, Changing Soils. Learn how the Smithsonian exhibition Dig It! The Secrets of Soil and its related materials can enhance classroom ecological studies.

These sessions are free to all but require registration in advance. Visit the Change and the Land website to register and learn more. All sessions will also be archived for later viewing.

For more free online events, check out the NSTA Calendar.

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Earn a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland

Designed for middle and high school science teachers, the University of Maryland's Master of Chemical and Life Sciences expands your knowledge, updates your expertise, and advances your career. The 30-credit, content-based, professional master’s program offers in-depth knowledge of current research areas in the biological, biochemical, and biomedical sciences. Aside from laboratory experience, courses are offered exclusively online, benefiting working professionals with flexibility, convenience, and accessibility. Dynamic faculty with academic credentials and experience deliver a better understanding of major science concepts in an interactive environment.

Find out more! Visit the University of Maryland website: oes.umd.edu/nstanews.

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