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Week of September 3, 2012

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Teacher Gives Obama the Skinny on Packed Science Labs

Science teacher (and NSTA member) Lori Henrickson, an Obama campaign volunteer, was picked to sit down with the President during a campaign stop in her state. And, writes Science magazine reporter Jeff Mervis, “Henrickson gave the president an earful. She described the double whammy of trying to keep materials in stock for hands-on lessons in meteorology, astronomy, geology, and the other topics that she covers at the same time class sizes are increasing.” Read the article.

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Add Your Voice to Improve Internet Access for All Students

Ninety nine percent of schools have internet access, yet only 20% have enough for internet access. Most school infrastructures are outdated and as a result, the internet is too slow for kids to take advantage of digital learning.

EducationSuperHighway, a non-profit organization, is focused on ensuring that all K-12 schools have at least 100MB+ of bandwidth. Currently, an average school has only 20MB, the same connection most have in their homes. It’s just not enough when you want to show 30 simultaneous videos in one classroom. Their first step is to take a national inventory of the Internet speed at every K-12 school in America. Starting September 10th, EducationSuperHighway will call on 1 million teachers, librarians, and administrators to take the 20-second School Speed Test by simply clicking a button while they are logged into their school network.

EducationSuperHighway will then aggregate the data and make recommendations on how the $2.5 billion of federal funding that’s already allocated to improve schools' Internet connectivity can be deployed more effectively. As a second step, they will also work with school districts to provide technical expertise to upgrade the equipment and organize schools for volume discounts.

We need your help! Please join in becoming a champion at your school for improved Internet access. Sign up now or like us on Facebook—and don’t forget to tell your friends and colleagues too!

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Energize Your Teaching and Enhance Your Skills: Conference on Science Education, Louisville, KY

Bring your passion for science education to Louisville, KY, this fall to participate with thousands of science educators, K-12, in topnotch professional development workshops, seminars,  and symposia for hands-on teaching skills, content knowledge, strategies for better assessment, inquiry-based lesson plans and a whole lot more. You’ll find nearly 400 sessions for the novice teacher to the more experienced, and for those in every science discipline. Attend NSTA’s regional Conference on Science Education scheduled for Oct. 18-20. See some varied opportunities to stimulate your mind and inspire your teaching.

  • Flight of the Monarch Butterflies-view the latest IMAX film Flight of the Butterflies and engage in classroom activities focused on the monarchs’ amazing migration across North America, as well as their habitats and life cycle. Each participant will receive a $75 stipend for attendance. K-12
  • Literature to Engage Early Childhood Learners for Science
  • Problem Finding and Problem Solving in the New AP Chemistry Course, High School-College
  • Connecting with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Literacy, Middle-High
  • Teaching Problem-Solving Strategies in the Elementary Classroom: Helping Students See the Interconnectedness of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Differentiating K–6 Science Instruction to Enable All Students to Inquire, Explore, Participate, and Achieve Success
  • Teaching and Learning Biology Through Scientific Argumentation-Middle-High School
  • Daytime Astronomy with Robotic Telescopes, Middle-College
  • Engaging English Language Learners and Striving Readers with Science Content and Skills Through Global Issues, Middle-High School
  • Need for Adaptation: Using Formative Assessment Probes in High School Biology to Uncover Student Thinking About Genetics, High School
  • Developing Skepticism as an Essential Strategy for Science, Middle-High
  • Field trip: Growing STEM in the Outdoor Classroom-STEM activities and lessons outdoors including math in the garden, problem solving and tool design and features for student use, garden design with technology, force and motion inquiries with the physical science space. Ticketed

Click here for more information. Register by the early bird deadline, Sept. 7, to save the most.

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Teach STEM Skills in Your Classroom through eCYBERDMISSION

Registration for the 11th annual eCYBERMISSION Competition is now open[Jack: Please link “now open” to http://www.ecybermission.com/].  This challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by NSTA, is a free, web-based, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine. eCYBERMISSION challenges teams of students to identify a problem in their community and use the scientific method, scientific inquiry or engineering design process to find a solution. The top winning teams can receive up to $8,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds. Sign up your team by the early registration deadline of October 15 and receive a free STEM Kit for your team.

To learn more about bringing eCYBERMISSION into your classroom, consider attending one of our NSTA free webinars:

eCYBERMISSION Classroom Overview 
Wednesday, September 5 at 3:30PM EST
Thursday, September 6 at 4:30PM EST 
Monday, September 10 at 6:30PM EST 
Tuesday, September 11 at 5:30PM EST 
Wednesday, September 12 at 3:00PM EST

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Give Back to the Science Teaching Community—Join an NSTA Committee, Advisory Board, or Panel

We need your views and expertise—we’re looking for everyone from grade-level experts to retired teachers with time to mentor newbies, from curriculum experts to informal science educators, and from those of you who are comfortable looking at a spreadsheet to those of you who are avid journal readers. So if you’re a member, consider boosting your career by joining a committee, advisory board, or panel. The application and appointment process is now open for the 2012 appointment cycle. To learn more about the various opportunities available, apply online, or download an application, please click here.

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Free Web Seminars This September Offer Resouces and Strategies for Your Classroom

What is ExploraVision and How Can I Use It?— Receive tips and guidelines for creating a successful  ExploraVision competition project with your students. September 12, 6:30-8 p.m. Eastern time

Newton's Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics—Learn about three lessons for grades 5-8 that focus on a conceptual, real-world understanding of Newton's Laws of Motion. September 13, 6:30-8 p.m. Eastern time

National Chemistry Week Resources for the Middle and High School Science Educators—Gain access to labs, activities, and demonstrations related to the theme, “Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science,” September 19, 6:30-8 p.m. Eastern time

Developing a Competitive Application for the Shell Science Lab ChallengeLearn how to compete for a $20,000 lab makeover for your school. September 20, 6:30-8 p.m. Eastern time

Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks—Finding Habitable PlanetsFind out about an activity that allows your students to explore the mathematical possibilities of life in outer space. September 20, 7:30-9 p.m. Eastern time

Heating and Warming: Sensitivity of Earth’s Climate to Atmospheric CO2—Explore several new animations and interactives that help students understand the greenhouse effect and Earth's energy budget. September 24, 6:30-8 p.m. Eastern time

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What the GOP Platform Says on Education

As Republicans end their national convention in Tampa, learn more about the 2012 Republican platform on a number of key education issues—including accountability, state rights, consumer choice in education, and college costs—in this Washington Post blog by education reporter Valerie Strauss. (requires free registration).

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