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Week of January 14, 2013

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NGSS@NSTA: Your Complete Guide to the Next Generation Science Standards

Last week Achieve released the second (and final) public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). All science educators, administrators, and other stakeholders are strongly encouraged to review the draft and provide feedback online to Achieve during the comment period, which ends January 29. Review the draft here.

NSTA has a vast collection of materials organized by topic and disciplinary core ideas to help you study the second public draft of NGSS. Find them here.

Take a look at the short video developed by Matt Krehbiel, Science Education Program Consultant for the Kansas State Department of Education, that will help you to navigate the Next Generation Science Standards website and the Achieve survey.

Learn more and sign up for one of these upcoming NSTA webinars on Engineering Practices in NGSS (1/15); Using the NGSS Practices in the Elementary Grades (1/29); or Making Connections Between NGSS and Common Core Math and ELA (2/12).

Watch Montana teacher of the year Paul Anderson’s comprehensive video series on NGSS.

Take a peek at one of the eight webinars presented earlier this fall that focused on the Scientific and Engineering Practices described in A Framework for K–12 Science Education.

Mark your calendars now and look for more information on the NGSS webinars coming this winter and spring (all of them 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET):

  • February 19: Patterns
  • March 5: Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
  • March 19: Scale, proportion, and quantity
  • April 2: Systems and system models
  • April 16: Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation
  • April 30: Structure and function
  • May 14: Stability and change

Read and download NSTA’s growing collection of monthly journal articles exploring the Framework. Articles examine the practices, crosscutting concepts, connections to common core, and more. Watch for upcoming articles on the core ideas by Rodger Bybee, Joe Krajcik, and Michael Wysession.

Learn more about the new members-only NSTA listserv dedicated solely to NGSS.

Read the January 8 Education Week article “New Science Standards Draft Includes Many Changes.”

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Last Chance to Register Your Team to Win eCYBERMISSION Prizes

It’s not too late to register your teams for this year’s eCYBERMISSION competition. The fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are imperative to the future success of our students and our country. It is this thought that led to the creation of the eCYBERMISSION competition, which is sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association.

eCYBERMISSION students in grades 6–9 form teams that will use real-world STEM application skills to research, hypothesize, experiment, and draw conclusions. Teams then submit their projects to compete for state, regional and national awards, including up to $8,000 in savings bonds. The registration deadline is January 15. To register your team, just visit the eCYBERMISSION website.

Couldn’t get a team together this year? Or maybe you just have a special interest in science and a willingness to help. We’re looking for Virtual Judges for this year’s eCYBERMISSION competition. Virtual Judges will have four weeks in the month of March to score approximately 10 Mission Folders (the final student project). Registration for judges closes on March 1, so please register today. Signing up is as simple as going to the eCYBERMISSION website, clicking on register, and filling in your information.

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Learn How to Do a Science Fair Project—New Video Series from NASA JPL

Just in time for science fair season! The Education Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has released a video series designed to take teachers, students, and parents through the sometimes mystifying process of crafting a science fair project.

The six-part video series features JPL scientist Serina Diniega, engineer Arby Argueta, and educator Ota Lutz, who team up to take viewers step by step through the project design process, from generating an idea to communicating the final results in an attractive display.

Students learn about one of the hardest steps in the process - generating an idea - from the perspectives of scientific investigation and engineering design, discovering how to observe and ask questions about the world around them that can serve as starting points for their projects.

The videos also cover common areas that students often overlook while designing their projects, such as asking a testable question that examines just one concept, and considering elements that could affect an experiment and factoring them into the results.

Visit the JPL website to watch the series, download related resources, and find notes for teachers and parents.

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Science Educators to Meet in San Antonio, NSTA National Conference

You’re invited to attend NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education to be held in San Antonio, Texas, April 11–14, 2013. Hosting thousands of passionate science educators requires content-rich sessions that meet the needs of K–16 teachers and administrators. Hands-on workshops, exhibitor displays, renowned presenters, full-day programs, and field trips and socials for networking with your peers are some of the events to consider. We’ll bring you best practices, research-based teaching strategies, assessment techniques, and ways to integrate science into your math and reading instruction. This forum will provide an environment to discuss science instruction, Common Core, NGSS, and other important issues in science education today. Join the discussion. Register by February 22 to save the most.

Check out sample sessions:

  • NFL cheerleader to Fulbright Scholar to field scientist to National Geographic TV correspondent and, most recently, to PhD recipient Mireya Mayor (National Geographic Emerging Explorer)—My Wild Life
  • NOAA Climate Data in the Classroom—half-day symposium
  • What Works in Science Classrooms: Developing Student Understanding Through Classroom Inquiry, Discourse, and Sense-Making—PDI, ticketed
  • "Bridging" Engineering and Science: Engineering Design Challenges That Inspire Inquiry
  • Students Steer the Course—Don't Crash and Burn with Meaningless Assessment
  • DIY Forensics
  • Making the Most of a Math and Science Night
  • Engineering for Space
  • Scaffolding and Assessing Students' Engagement with the Science Content Extending from Inside to Outside the Classroom
  • Science Process Skills Are Tools for Learning (Elem)
  • They're Not Too Young—Emergent Writers Thinking and Writing Like Scientists
  • Uncovering K–12 Students' (and Teachers') Ideas on the Earth and Space Sciences—author Page Keely

For a complete activity agenda, visit our website and review the program scheduler for details.

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Reminder: Deadline is Fast Approaching to Submit a Session Proposal for the 2013 Area Conferences

Share your good ideas at NSTA’s 2013 area conferences. Don’t delay—the deadline for submissions is January 15, 2013. Our 2013 area conferences include Portland, Oregon (October 24–26), Charlotte, North Carolina (November 7–9), and Denver, Colorado (December 12–14). For more information, visit www.nsta.org/conferences. There you can also submit a proposal for the 2014 NSTA Boston National Conference on Science Education (April 3–6). The deadline for submitting a proposal for the 2014 Boston National Conference is April 15, 2013.

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Lab Out Loud Talks Safety: Making the Change from MSDS to SDS

To kick off the new year, hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler caught up with Dr. Ken Roy to discuss safety in the science classroom (and throughout the school). Serving as the Safety Compliance Consultant for NSTA, Ken often writes about safety for the NSTA journals The Science Teacher and Science Scope. Ken talks to Lab Out Loud about OSHA's recent adoption of the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), which includes a change from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and the use of standardized pictograms and harmonized hazard statements.

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NSTA Members: Look for Your e-Ballot

It’s time to elect your leadership for 2013. This leadership cohort will have a crucial role in steering the course of science education for years to come, as the Next Generation Science Standards will be released shortly before they take office. If you have not yet voted, please check your e-mail for your ballot. It was sent recently and has a subject line reading “NSTA 2013 Ballot for Board and Council let your voice be heard.” If you did not receive a ballot and are an NSTA member, you will get one more e-mail with the ballot enclosed. Please keep an eye out for it. Questions? Please contact aupton@nsta.org.

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