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Week of April 1, 2013

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Listen, Learn, Implement: NSTA's STEM Forum & Expo—May 2013

NSTA’s second STEM Forum & Expo has a rigorous agenda that includes key topics that any administrator, teacher, and/or business and public sector partner will find pertinent to the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We’ll be meeting in St. Louis, May 15–18, to become immersed in today’s most critical education issues related to STEM. Activities to be covered run from the broad perspective to hands-on classroom integration sessions. Kicking off the event on the evening of May 15 is an exhibit preview, reception, and keynote speaker Ainissa Ramirez, who will present onWhy We Need Science Superheroes.”

Morning agendas include panel discussions with nationally renowned speakers:

  • What is a STEM School and What Does it Look Like
  • Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
  • State STEM Networks-How Are They Working to Change STEM Education
  • STEM in Urban Science Education and Engaging and Keeping More Girls and Minorities in STEM
  • Public/Private Partnerships, Out of School and Informal Programs that Excite Students about the World of STEM
  • Putting the T and E in Your STEM Program
  • A Whole School Approach to STEM: What You Need to Know
  • Promising STEM Programs: Four to Watch

A sampling of afternoon teacher workshops:

  • Science Notebooking: Integrating Literacy and Science Instruction in the Secondary Classroom
  • STEM in the Primary Classroom
  • "Stuff," STEM, and Sustainability: Engaging Students in Examining Systems, Resources, and Consumption (Middle–High School level)
  • Using Gaming to Develop Computational Thinking Skills in STEM (Middle level)
  • What Is Sound? A New MySci™ Unit for First Grade-Using easily attainable materials to integrate math and literacy in a 5E format
  • What Do Engineers Really Do? How Is Engineering Different from Science and How Does That Change My Teaching Practice? (Grades 3–5)
  • Integrating Hands-On Science with Math, English Language Arts, and Technology
  • Music: Applied Physics and Trigonometry (High School, Informal)
  • Teaching Neurological Disorders: Bringing Cutting-Edge Biomedical Science to the High School Classroom
  • Putting the Math in Science and the Science in Math (Middle level)


Visit www.nsta.org/2013stemforum to view all workshops and to register. The advance deadline is April 19.

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Next Generation Science Standards Anticipated Release: Week of April 8–12

NGSS at NSTA logoAchieve has announced that it expects to release Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) during the week of April 8–12 at www.nextgenscience.org. Watch for updates from NSTA in NSTA Express or visit our dedicated NGSS page at www.nsta.org/ngss.

NSTA’s National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, will occur the same week on April 11–14. The conference will feature numerous sessions on NGSS, including a town hall meeting by Stephen Pruitt from Achieve, sessions by the NGSS writers and leads, and a special NGSS Classroom where science teachers can spend time exploring and learning more about the new standards. For highlights of NGSS sessions, click here. For more information about the conference and to register to attend, visit the San Antonio conferences pages.

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National Science Board Honors Former NSTA President Jo Anne Vasquez

The National Science Board (NSB) has announced that accomplished educator Jo Anne Vasquez is the recipient of its 2013 Public Service Award for an individual. Vasquez is known nationally and internationally for her efforts to create sustainable change in teaching K–12 science.

Vasquez has served as President of the National Science Teachers Association, the National Science Education Leadership Association, and the International Council of Associations for Science Education.
Her leadership roles have helped her to promote professional development for K–12 mathematics and science teachers. Throughout her career, she has mentored thousands of teachers, for which she has earned many awards, including science education's highest, NSTA’s Robert H. Carlton Award.

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It's All About STEM

Looking for exciting STEM design challenges and activities to engage students? Hoping to steer students toward STEM-related career fields? Get ideas, inspiration, and much more from these books in NSTA's STEM collection.

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Don't Miss Out! Deadline Is Fast Approaching to Submit a Session Proposal for the 2014 Boston National Conference

Share your good ideas at the 2014 NSTA Boston National Conference on Science Education. Don’t delay—the deadline for submissions is April 15, 2013. For more information, visit www.nsta.org/conferences. Here you can submit a proposal by clicking “Presenting at NSTA Conferences” on the left.

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NAAEE Seeks Input on Innovative Approaches to Integrating Environmental Education and STEM

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in collaboration with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is conducting a research study to explore the integration among environmental education and STEM (E-STEM).

The purpose of this survey is to nominate the best, most innovative methods and techniques currently employed globally that engage students in STEM through environmental education. NAAEE is looking for the best ideas that can be used to foster innovation and dramatically accelerate positive, effective learning in the U.S. and around the world.

Please take a moment and nominate a project that you think is leading the way. The nomination should take no more than 5–9 minutes to complete.

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Solar Impulse, the First Solar Airplane to Cross the USA, Launches an Educational Conference

Solar Impulse is an innovative project leveraging technological prowess and the spirit of adventure by means of an airplane. Launched in 2003 by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the project’s raison d’être is to promote renewable energies and inspire new generations by flying a zero-fuel, solar-powered aircraft.

After completing the world’s first solar night and intercontinental flights, Solar Impulse has launched a new challenge: crossing the United States—from San Francisco to Washington, D.C, and New York City—including 3–4 stopovers on the way.

An educational conference will take place on April 19 at 9 a.m. (Pacific Time), during  which the project founders and partners will share the vision and describe the challenges they faced to make it happen. A live stream will also be accessible online. You can join the adventure through Facebook and Twitter, or support the mission by becoming a supporter.

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