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Week of July 22, 2013

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NSTA's 2013 National Congress on Science Education

Puerto Rico, home to the largest radio telescope in the world, played host to NSTA’s 2013 National Congress on Science Education (NCSE) last week. While a visit to the Arecibo Observatory was on many of the attendees' schedules, their real work was focused on identifying key issues affecting science teachers throughout the United States. The theme for the week was "Building and Sustaining Teacher Leaders in Science, Standards, and Literacy." Delegates from NSTA Chapters and Associated Groups and the NSTA Board and Council met to discuss implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), elementary science education, the inclusion of engineering in the science curriculum, and literacy and the Common Core State Standards (CSSS). Read more »

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Six Lockheed Martin–NSTA Fellows Experience Behind-the-Scenes Look at U.S. Military Satellite Launch and Human Spaceflight Program Tour

Lockheed Martin-NSTA Fellows
Lockheed Martin–NSTA Fellows at the launch of the U.S. Navy's second MUOS satellite. Left to Right: Mary Maddox, Valerie Christou, Robin Barkes, Lauren Case, Robin Hockey, Steve Kirsche.

Last Friday, six science teachers from Florida and Colorado traveled to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to watch the launch of the U.S. Navy’s second Mobile User Object System (MUOS) satellite aboard the Atlas V rocket. Additionally, the teachers—who are Lockheed Martin-NSTA Fellows in the 2012–2013 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy—got up-close tours of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Operation and Checkout Facility and a Cape Canaveral U.S. Air Force Station launch pad, and met 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 MUOS spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy, vastly improves current secure mobile satellite communications by linking mobile users for the first time to a powerful voice and data system that delivers high speeds and data streaming, similar to consumer smartphone capabilities.

For the last six years, the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy has provided personalized support and high-quality resources to more than 1,000 science teachers nationwide. Applications for the 2013–2014 Academy are being accepted through August 26, 2013.

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NSTA Legislative Update: House Passes No Child Left Behind Reauthorization

On Friday, the Republican-led House of Representatives approved a partisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) and the U.S. Department of Education is seeking peer reviewers for the upcoming Race to the Top District competition. Read all about it in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update.

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From the NSTA Calendar: Project Ideas for Young Entomologists

Are crickets scared of the dark? Are flying insects differentially attracted to certain colors? How do the patterns on butterfly wings develop? Not only are these questions that might inspire students’ curiosity about insects, but they’re also the titles of previous winning entries in the Entomological Foundation’s Science Project Contest.

The contest seeks to identify the top 5 to 10 science project ideas for grades K–12. Winners will receive $100 for each winning project. The foundation is especially eager for project ideas submitted by K–12 educators and entomology student clubs. Any project idea related to insects, spiders, or related arthropods may be submitted. 

Winning project ideas will be posted on the Entomological Foundation’s website, with authorship credit cited for each project. To learn more, consult the contest website. Entries will be due on August 31.

Looking for other ways to have your project and lesson plan ideas recognized? Explore the many awards and competitions on the NSTA Calendar.

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Uncovering Student Ideas in Primary Science

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