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Week of April 2, 2012

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NSTA Science Supply Guide

Engage Your Students During Environmental Education Week: April 15–21

Greening STEMThis year the nation’s largest environmental education event will take learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into the environment. National Environmental Education Week, or EE Week, will take place around the nation April 15–21, 2012. Its theme is Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning. (Click on the image at left to view a STEM infographic or click here to download [PDF].)

“The environment, whether in a schoolyard habitat, a nearby park or the subject of a classroom lesson, can serve as an ideal STEM studies laboratory as well as provide students experience with the scientific method,” said Diane Wood, president of the nonprofit National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), which produces EE Week. “We hear from young people often that engaging in study of real-world environmental challenges is exciting. As our nation encourages more STEM learning, a natural partner for this endeavor is nature.”

Click here to learn more about EE Week.

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Achieve Poll Finds Strong Support for Science Education

A recent poll of voters released last week shows 97 percent believe that improving the quality of science education is important to the United States' ability to compete globally.  Ensuring that American students receive a world-class education in math and science ranked second only to fixing the nation's financial health as a strategy for improving America's economic competitiveness with other countries.

Attitudes Toward Science Education: Key Findings From A National Survey was commissioned by Achieve to answer questions about public attitudes towards science education. The survey also found that the public strongly supports the notion of improving science education and supported the idea of states working together to create Next Generation Science Standards.

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From the NSTA Calendar: Live From the Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in Washington, DC, is giving you a chance to hear from world-class space science scholars—both on-site and online. The museum is hosting the 2012 Exploring Space Lecture Series, free presentations by experts who discuss the incredibly diverse worlds that comprise our solar system. On April 11 at 8 p.m., Andrea K. Dupree, a senior astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, will present “IUE—The Little Satellite that Could,” a talk about the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE), the first experiment to explore the full range of ultraviolet radiation from the universe, all of which are inaccessible from the ground. The IUE is also notable because it pioneered international collaborations in space, developed new observing paradigms, and paved the way for the Hubble Space Telescope.

To watch the lecture online, visit this NASM website. Those wishing to attend the lecture on-site can request free tickets on the same website. For information about future lectures and to watch earlier, archived ones, go to the Exploring Space Lectures website.

For more events that can enhance your content knowledge, consult the NSTA Calendar.

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Lab Out Loud Episode 78: "Hunting the Elements" and Other Resources from NOVA

In anticipation of NOVA's upcoming "Hunting the Elements" special and app, Lab Out Loud hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler got in touch with Rachel Connolly, NOVA's Director of Education. Rachel talks to Lab Out Loud about the show and its accompanying app, NOVA’s Hunting the Elements periodic tweets, and other resources from NOVA. Listen to the show and watch "Hunting the Elements," airing April 4 on PBS.

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A Summer of Online Science Grad Courses from AMNH

This summer, join teachers from around the globe in a science-rich online graduate course from Seminars on Science and the American Museum of Natural History. These award-winning courses connect classroom teachers to scientists engaged in current, real-world research. All courses are co-taught by an experienced educator and a researcher; courses include Climate Change; The Ocean System; Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; Evolution; and more. Registration closes May 14 for Session 1. Register early for a $50 discount!

All courses run for six weeks and are fully online. Each participant receives a CD of course resources suitable for classroom use. Affordable graduate credit is available for all courses (see website for details).

Please see the website for the full course listing. Free sample resources for each course—including essays, videos and interactive simulations - are available online. Summer Session 1 runs May 28 – July 8. Summer Session 2 runs July 2 – August 12. For more information and to register, go to learn.amnh.org or call 800-649-6715.

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