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Week of July 15, 2013

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Lockheed Martin to Host Six NSTA New Science Teacher Academy Fellows for a Satellite Launch and Human Spaceflight Program Tour

Lockheed Martin will host six Florida and Colorado early career middle and high school science teachers from NSTA’s New Science Teacher Academy in Florida next week for a behind-the-scenes look at the launch of a major U.S. military satellite and the construction of our nation’s next spacecraft designed to take humans to deep space.

The teachers—called Lockheed Martin-NSTA Fellows—will spend two days, Thursday, July 18, and Friday, July 19, getting an up-close look at a Cape Canaveral U.S. Air Force Station’s launch pad; watching the launch of the U.S. Navy’s second Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite atop the Atlas V rocket; touring the latest advancement of manned spaceflight, the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Operation and Checkout Facility; and meeting with Lockheed Martin management and representatives of the U.S. Navy to gain a better understanding of the skills required of next generation space scientists and engineers.

The Fellows are part of the 2012–2013 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy that provides novice science teachers with professional development opportunities to strengthen content knowledge, enhance teaching skills and build confidence to provide quality science instruction to students in the classroom. Applications for the 2013-2014 New Science Teacher Academy are being accepted through August 26, 2013. Science teachers located throughout the country, who will be entering their second through fifth year of teaching and whose schedule is a minimum of 51 percent middle or high school science, are encouraged to apply.

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100Kin10 Webinar: Find Out How NSTA Tools Help Build Science Teachers' Content Knowledge

Kudos to the NSTA Learning Center, showcased as a notable program in the 100Kin10 July newsletter and the topic of a webinar on Wednesday, July 24, at 2:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. PT. (NSTA Express readers are invited to join!)

The NSTA Learning Center is a comprehensive, web-driven set of tools designed to enhance the content knowledge and teaching effectiveness of K–12 science teachers. It can be used by individual teachers or by districts as part of a systemic staff development initiative. Teachers also earn "badges" that recognize their mastery of a particular concept.

There has been broad adoption and use of NSTA's Learning Center resources and tools. Some 90 school districts—including the Hawaii Department of Education, Houston Independent School District, and Clark County School District in Nevada—have subscribed to the Learning Center and use it as an essential tool to coordinate their science PD. More than 120,000 individual educators have established accounts enabling them to access more than 10,000 resources.

To participate in the webinar:

Webinar link: https://distance-pilot.uchicago.edu/notablejuly/
Conference number: 866-224-5643
Participant code: 538-519-7918

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NSTA Welcomes Penn State World Campus as New PD Provider in the NSTA Learning Center

Penn State’s online Master of Education in Earth Sciences combines courses from multiple disciplines to enrich your practicing knowledge in the field of Earth sciences while also enhancing your teaching and leadership skills. With your choice of electives, this program can be tailored to focus on a particular area of interest. The completely online courses, taught by the same experienced researchers who teach on campus, give you the flexibility to earn your degree and meet your professional goals around your schedule—with no required on-campus residency. For more information, visit www.worldcampus.psu.edu/nsta.

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Registration for NSTA's Fall Area Conferences Now Open

Register today and beat the earlybird deadline for the most savings! Our conferences offer the latest in science content, teaching strategy, and research to enhance and expand your professional growth. Each of these area conferences is jam-packed with innovative presentations and hands-on workshops as well as featured speakers, educational field trips, short courses, and more. Click on the links below for more information and to register. Hope to see you there!

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