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Week of November 28, 2011

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Bring Mars Exploration into Your Classroom

Do you teach science in grades 7–12? We invite you to enter the Mars Education Challenge and develop ingenious ways to incorporate Mars science and exploration into the classroom. The grand-prize winner receives $5,000, a trip to the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Indianapolis, and a chance to do field research with a well-known NASA scientist. Other exciting prizes will also be awarded. For more information, please visit the Explore Mars web page and submit your intent to enter by December 16, 2011.

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NSTA’s biggest dues discount! For 24 hours only, to help kick off the holiday shopping season, NSTA is offering one of its biggest discounts on regular individual memberships ever! Individual membership—regularly priced at $75—is just $50 until 9:00 AM ET Tuesday —a 33% discount! Don’t miss out—act now!

Tell Us What You Think—Take NSTA's State of Science Education Survey

The NSTA State of Science Education Survey was first issued in February, 2009. This time around, the questions are the same, but will the responses be different?

The survey will only take a few minutes of your time and it will help NSTA obtain very valuable information on a host of issues important to science education and educators. This is the first of two installments. The second half of the survey will be distributed in the coming weeks.

Thanks for your input, and don’t forget to pass this along to your colleagues. Also, remember to look for survey results in upcoming issues of NSTA Express and NSTA Reports.

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NSTA is Headed to Seattle—Join Us

It’s not too late to consider attending NSTA’s Conference on Science Education in Seattle, Dec. 8–10. Register online until Dec. 2 or take the plunge and register on site at the Washington State Convention Center. Professional development is not a luxury, and science educators who want to enhance their teaching and learning will profit from workshops, seminars, presentations, and sessions covering topics such as the framework for the new Standards, STEM, assessment, literacy, and strategies for the classroom. Choose from more than 400 options, enjoy the Exhibit Hall showcasing the newest products, take field trips to local science-related sites, and network with thousands of passionate science educators. Have a look at some key events planned:

  • Leroy Hood, President, Institute for Systems Biology, presenting The Emergence of Predictive Biology, Personalized Medicine, and Our Students’ Future
  • Next Generation Science Standards, panel presentation by Stephen L. Pruitt, Vice President for Content, Research, and Development, Achieve, Inc and Francis Q. Eberle, Executive Director, National Science Teachers Association
  • Eric J. Jolly, President, Science Museum of Minnesota presenting Connecting Community Experience and Science Learning
  • STEM Education for All: A Quixotic Quest or Well Within Reach? Panelists: Brad Smith is Microsoft’s general counsel and senior vice president, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Tyler Rice, NBCT, is a science teacher at White Swan High School and winner of a Washington STEM Entrepreneurial Award and an Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence, Matt Lyons is an analyst in the technology practice for Deloitte Consulting LLP and winner of the Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen Award, the Seattle University’s highest honor.

Highlights for elementary and middle science teachers:

  • Using Science as a Tool in Reading and Writing Instruction
  • Addressing Student Misconceptions of the Earth-Sun-Moon System: Seasons
  • Teaching Energy Conservation with an Emphasis on Biofuels

Highlights for high school and college teachers:

  • The Multilevel Classroom: Differentiation Strategies for Science
  • NASA's Seven Ways a Black Hole Can Kill You
  • Evolution and Medicine: A New Approach to a Central Topic in High School Biology
  • Lost in Translation: Exploring Protein Synthesis with Interactive Physical Models

Many more PD sessions will be offered! Visit www.nsta.org/seattle for details or to register.

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Join Us for a TweetChat about Making the Most of Your Seattle Conference

Speaking of Seattle … tweet all about it! Our Seattle conference is right around the corner, and we’re eager to find out what makes an NSTA conference special for you. Whether you’re coming to Seattle or just have great ideas for those who are attending, please join us on Tuesday, December 6th, at 7:00 p.m. EST at #nstachat on Twitter. Do you have a great session you’re attending? Know of a museum we shouldn’t miss? Or maybe you even know the best place for meeting up after a long day of networking? Your colleagues and NSTA Staff want to hear from you. Click here for information on how to participate.

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From the NSTA Calendar: Exploring the Evolution of Eyesight

How did humans come to have the best eyesight of any living mammal? On December 2, Christopher Kirk, professor of anthropology at University of Texas (UT) at Austin, will explain how his research related to the evolution of primate sensory systems helps us understand human visual adaptations in the larger context of primate evolution. While Kirk will present his lecture on campus at 7 p.m. Central Time, those unable to be in Austin that night will still have a front-row seat. A live webcast of "Your Eye, My Eye, and the Eye of the Aye-Aye: Evolution of Human Vision from 65 Million Years Ago to the Present" will be available at www.esi.utexas.edu, the website of UT-Austin’s Environmental Science Institute (ESI).

Virtual viewers are advised to log in at least 15 minutes early. Teachers attending onsite can register for a pre-lecture professional development workshop for which they can earn continuing education credit. Both the onsite and online events are offered at no cost. You can watch a video preview of Kirk’s lecture here.

Kirk’s presentation is part of ESI’s Hot Science-Cool Talks Lecture Series. The series enables leading researchers from UT-Austin and other prominent universities to communicate their research to the public in general—and the K–12 educational community in particular.

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New from NSTA Press: Project Earth Science: Meteorology

Can your students

  • Track a hurricane?
  • Illustrate the inside of a thunderstorm?
  • Describe the basics of urban air quality?
  • Make rain fall on their desks?

Project Earth Science: Meteorology, Revised 2nd Edition, involves students in activities that focus on the origin and composition of Earth’s atmosphere, factors that contribute to weather, and the concept of air masses and how they interact to produce weather. With 19 hands-on, teacher-tested classroom activities, 11 background readings, and a supplemental resource guide, this new edition provides teachers and students with the necessary tools to bring the atmosphere right into the classroom—without blowing the budget. The self-directed activities and corresponding readings include making clouds and hail; building weather maps; and investigating the causes of smog, ozone depletion, and acid rain. Whether exploring basic principles or following real-world examples, students will agree that discovering how weather works can be fun.

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