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Week of May 16, 2011

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Congratulations to the 2011 ExploraVision Awards Competition National Winners

Congratulations to the 2011 national winners recently selected for the 19th annual Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards competition. The program’s eight national winners, including four first-place and four second-place student teams, envisioned new technologies that could make the future better, healthier, and more eco-friendly. This year, the program received 4,346 team entries representing the participation of 13,387 students from across the U.S. and Canada.

Students on the first-place ExploraVision national winner teams will each receive a $10,000 savings bond, while the students on the second-place teams will each receive a $5,000 savings bond. In addition to the savings bonds, the eight teams will also receive an expenses-paid trip with their families, mentor, and coach to Washington, D.C., for a gala awards weekend June 15–18, 2011.

For more information or an application for 2012, visit the competition website or e-mail exploravision@nsta.org.

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Win a $2,500 Gift Card for Your School with the "Make My LabWoRx" Video Contest

In honor of the flasks, beakers, and pipettes that help bring science to life for your students, Science WoRx invites you to celebrate National Lab Day by entering the 2011 "Make My LabWoRx" challenge.

This year’s challenge is a Facebook video contest with a big prize on the line: The winning teacher’s school will receive a $2,500 gift certificate for lab equipment! Entering is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Record a two- to five-minute video of yourself performing and explaining a cool science demonstration.
  2. Share your demonstration with the Science WoRx community of science educators by 12 noon ET on Friday, June 24th, 2011.
  3. Get your friends, family and colleagues to “like” your video by 12 noon ET on Friday, June 24th, 2011. The video with the most “likes” wins! (Hint: the earlier you submit your video, the more time you’ll have to generate “likes”.)

To enter the Science WoRx “Make My LabWoRx” challenge, visit and become a fan of the Science WoRx online community forum on Facebook, where science teachers come together to network with peers, access tools and resources, and exchange ideas to advance their careers (www.facebook.com/scienceworx). Once there, click on “Make My LabWoRx” on the left panel menu bar to review the eligibility criteria and instructions for how to enter.

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From the NSTA Calendar: Environmental Ed Webinars

Spring brings the color green to mind, and if you teach about the environment, “going green” may be on your mind. To enhance your teaching, Green Teacher magazine is hosting a series of free environmental education webinars led by experienced educators and targeted to K–12 teachers. You’ll watch a 20- to 30-minute presentation, then 30–40 minutes will be allotted for participants to ask questions. Upcoming topics include

  • Do a Little or Do a Lot: Sustainability Education, May 19, 7:308:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). See examples of how to integrate education for sustainability into your classroom, school, or district.
  • Green Craft-Making, May 25, 7:308:30 p.m. ET. Learn how and why to focus eco-art activities on using natural materials easily found in the outdoors.
  • Greening Education With Courage and Compassion, May 30, 7:308:30 p.m. ET. Discover what teachers need to know and do to help their students create the best possible future in a carbon-constrained and climate-changed world.

Advance registration is recommended. For more details and to register, visit greenteacher.com/webinars.

Looking for more spring events? Check the NSTA Calendar.

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Order Classroom Materials from NASA

NASA Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE) is your classroom resource connection for STEM educational materials that are NASA produced. CORE distributes NASA's educational materials to educators around the world. It has many materials available that include everything a teacher needs to teach a complete science unit. CORE can even customize your order for your specific classroom needs.

Science educators can benefit from the wealth of information that NASA has available to enhance their activities. Contact CORE to request your free resource packet at nasa_order@lcjvs.net or 440-775-1301.

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Earth Science Week 2011 Toolkits Available for Order

Earth Science Week 2011 will be celebrated October 9–15. To give you plenty of time to prepare, the American Geological Institute (AGI) is now accepting advance orders for the 2011 Earth Science Week Toolkit, which contains educational materials for all ages that correspond to this year's theme of "Our Ever-Changing Earth." The toolkit will be sent in August 2011.

The 2011 Earth Science Week Toolkit provides the traditional theme-related activity calendar and classroom activity poster published by AGI. It also features a variety of educational resources from program partners, including National Park Service resources on fossils and geology, a Rite in the Rain mini-notebook, and water experiment materials from the American Chemical Society.

Government agencies such as NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have all contributed educational materials. Learn about fossils, geological heritage, Earth from space, the New Madrid earthquake, and much more in this year's extensive toolkit, filled with posters, brochures, bookmarks, fact sheets, postcards, and more.

AGI leads Earth Science Week annually in cooperation with its sponsors and the geoscience community as a service to the public. Each year, community groups, educators, and interested citizens organize celebratory events. Earth Science Week offers the public opportunities to discover the Earth sciences and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth. Earth Science Week is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey, the AAPG Foundation, NASA, the National Park Service, ExxonMobil, and ESRI.

To learn more about this week and to pre-order your 2011 Toolkit, please visit the Earth Science Week site at www.earthsciweek.org or the AGI Publications page. You may also call the AGI Publications department to place your order at 703-379-2480.

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Summer Workshop on Improving Engineering Education

Online registration for ASEE's upcoming workshop, "Collaboration Can Improve Engineering Education," is now open. This program for K–12 teachers, educators, and administrators will be held Saturday, June 25, 2011, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Register now and learn fun, new ways to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This energizing, highly informative event will introduce you to innovative, effective engineering education instruction, best practices, take-away tools, and valuable networking. It is FREE to teachers who register by June 10.

For additional information, contact Libby Martin, K–12 Meeting Coordinator, American Society for Engineering Education, 1818 N Street NW, Washington DC 20036, k12workshop@asee.org.

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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Accepting Applications for Science Standards Committee

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is accepting applications for the committee responsible for reviewing and revising Science Standards in early adolescence and adolescence through young adulthood. Early adolescence refers to teachers of students ages 11–15. Adolescence and young adulthood refers to teachers of students ages 14–18+.

The application is available online and will be available through May 31, 2011.

Please visit the NBPTS website for information about the duties and responsibilities of standards committee members.

For assistance or additional information please contact NBPTS at nominations@nbpts.org.

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Wildlife Conservation Society’s Online Teacher Academy

Become our newest member this summer and revitalize your love of nature and discover WILD ways to inspire your student’s interest in learning.

Academy Courses will expand your knowledge, enhance your expertise and advance your teaching practices. Providing a unique opportunity to examine the life sciences of zoology, ecology and conservation, the Online Teacher Academyoffers learning with:

  • Interactive online learning
  • Most up-to-date reports from WCS field researchers
  • Best practices in science education
  • Ready to use curriculum and resources
  • Teachers from throughout the United States and around the world
  • Dynamic facilitators
  • Graduate credits

Summer 2011 Courses:

Fall 2011 Courses

Interested? Know someone who might be? www.wcs.org/elearning

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