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Week of May 6, 2013

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Congratulations to the 2012–2013 eCYBERMISSION State Winners

eCYBERMISSION logoNearly 300 student teams from across the country were named state winners in the 11th annual eCYBERMISSION competition, one of several science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiatives offered by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). The competition drew 21,345 students this year, and state winners’ projects covered topics such as educational video games, garbage disposal, and improving safety at school.

As a first-place state winning team, each student member received a $1,000 U.S. Saving Bond (valued at maturity). Each student member of a second-place winning team will receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond (valued at maturity). Sixty-four teams have advanced to the regional competition and have competed with their peers for an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Judging and Educational Event in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area in June 2013.

Sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the NSTA, the competition promotes teamwork, creativity and problem solving as a way to encourage students in grades six through nine to become more involved in STEM education. For more information, visit the competition website or contact Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9297).

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Eight Student Teams From Across the U.S. and Canada Named National Winners in the 2013 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Program

Toshiba/ExploraVision logoCongratulations to the 2013 national winners recently selected for the 21st annual Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Program. The program’s eight national winners looked to the world around them to propose ideas for technologies that could make the future better, healthier, and more eco-friendly. This year the program received 5,206 team projects representing the participation of 15,963 students from across the U.S. and Canada. National winning projects reflected in-depth research on health care, emergency services, and food-borne allergies.

Students on the four first-place ExploraVision national winner teams will each receive a $5,000 US Series EE Savings Bond (valued $10,000 at maturity). Students on second-place teams will each receive a $2,500 Savings Bond (valued $5,000 at maturity). (Canadian winners receive Canada Bonds purchased for the equivalent issue price in Canadian dollars.) The eight teams will also receive an expenses-paid trip with their families, mentor, and coach to Washington, DC, for a gala awards weekend in June 2013. Activities will include a Congressional Science Fair at Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress, a Science Showcase during which the students will display and demonstrate their winning ideas, an appearance at the National Press Club, and sightseeing around the nation’s capital. The weekend will conclude with a gala awards banquet where students will be formally recognized for their accomplishments.

For more information or an application for 2013, visit the competition website or e-mail exploravision@nsta.org.

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A Special Offer for Teacher Appreciation Week

We can't thank our educators enough during Teacher Appreciation Week. To shower our teachers with well-deserved gratitude, we're excited to make this special offer—spend $50 on NSTA Press books, as seen in our recent spring catalog, and take $15 off.

Check out the digital catalog here, or browse the Science Store to view and make purchases. You can also download free sample chapters in the Science Store.

  • If you spend $50 on NSTA Press print books, receive $15 off with promo code DESERVED at checkout.
  • If you spend $50 on NSTA Press e-books, receive $15 off with promo code EDESERVED at checkout.

Offer is valid until Friday, May 17.

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Attend Free Web Seminars for Classroom-Ready Lessons

NSTA web seminars are a quick, easy, and engaging way to enhance your own professional learning. Participating educators gain immediate access to lessons, science content, online resources, and instructional strategies that can be used in the classroom right away. The lineup of free web seminars in May features scientists and education experts from NASA, MIT, and the American Chemical Society to name some of our renowned sponsors.

  • May 9: Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber
  • May 15: Introduction to Biology—The Secret of Life: Pedagogical Implications Discussion
  • May 20: Chemical Change—Introducing a Free Online Resource for Middle School Chemistry
  • May 21: The Curiosity Rover: Robotic Geologist and Explorer

Get details on these web seminars, view the full calendar of upcoming programs, and register here.

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Develop Your STEM Strategies in St. Louis

Learn strategies for implementing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) into classroom curriculum at NSTA’s STEM Forum & Expo. Scheduled for May 15–18 in St. Louis, Missouri, the forum has a robust agenda for preK–12 teachers in all STEM disciplines and includes administrators and STEM partners (both public and private sector organizations). For the first time our program offers panel discussions on key issues of interest and concern related to STEM teaching, led by top experts from across the country.

Panel titles include the following:

  • 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

 Also available are more than 300 hands-on, practical workshops targeted to preK, elementary, middle level, high school, administrators and leadership partners on a host of STEM related topics. Check out sample sessions:

  • After-School STEM
  • STEM in the Primary Classroom (grades 3–5)
  • Science Journalism, Infographics, and Other Cool Stuff to Engage Students (grades 10–12)
  • K–4 STEM Learning with an Environmental Twist (middle school)
  • Integrating Hands-On Science with Math, English Language Arts, and Technology (grades 6–9)
  • What Do Engineers Really Do? How Is Engineering Different from Science and How Does That Change My Teaching Practice? (grades 3–5)
  • Exploring the Science Encountered in the Young Child's World: Nurturing, Observing, Questioning, Investigating, Thinking, and Talking About Science (preK–2)
  • Medics in Training STEM Institute (grades 6–9)
  • Fostering a K–12 to College Pipeline Using Projects and Competitions, Partnerships
  • Changing the Culture: Engineering as the Integrator (administrators)

Visit www.nsta.org/2013stemforum to view all workshops and to register.

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Online Graduate Courses from Montana State University

NTEN logoMontana State University’s online graduate courses for science teachers are now open for summer registration. The courses are all part of MSU Extended University’s National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN).

Summer courses include “Plant Science,” "Weather & Climate," "Adolescent Nutrition," and "Quantum Mechanics" among others in earth science, land resources & env sci, math and more.

The courses offer between one and three graduate credits to practicing elementary, middle, high school and community college teachers, and each course is 100 percent Web-based. Courses begin in late May through early July. Teachers do not have to enroll in an MSU degree program in order to take the courses; however, courses can apply towards MSU's new graduate certificates in science teaching and the university's Masters of Science in Science Education degree.

Members of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) receive a discount on the courses.

Register or read more about the courses at www.scienceteacher.org. For questions, call (406) 994-7798 or (800) 435-1286 (toll-free). E-mail distance@montana.edu

Like NTEN on Facebook and participate in giveaways this summer! And, the next 25 fans to like us will receive an NTEN carabiner keychain. Go to www.facebook.com/ScienceTeachers  like the page and then email your mailing address to ExtendedU@montana.edu so we can send your keychain!

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