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-->NSTA Express:  Convention Early Bird Deadline Draws Near!

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Table of Contents
It's Time for NSTA's Annual Get-Together—Be an Early Bird and Save!
NSTA Journals Have New Features in 2003
Photo Contest Offers Chance to Show Off Your Class in Action (Plus Win $$)
Don’t Miss Out on Great Prizes for You and Your Students
Teachers Invited to Join NASA's Astronaut Corps
Food Science—A Tempting Subject for Students!

It's Time for NSTA's Annual Get-Together—Be an Early Bird and Save!

Hurry! When you register by Monday, February 3, you'll get the best savings available (up to $65!) to attend NSTA's 2003 National Convention in Philadelphia, March 27–30. You won't want to miss this important meeting of thousands of your science teaching colleagues, which will feature an exciting agenda of sessions and workshops; your favorite products—plus lots of new ones—from hundreds of exhibitors; a sparkling array of guest speakers, led by the inspirational Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr., M.D., at the opening General Session; and a full menu of fabulous educational, historical, and social events and side trips! "Science for All: It's the Unifying Force" is our theme, with such special strands as Preservice/New Inservice Teachers; Rural/Urban Education; and Empowering Leaders and Effecting Change. For complete agenda, housing, and event information and to register, visit http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2003PHI.

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NSTA Journals Have New Features in 2003

In response to reader feedback, NSTA has added new departments to all of its journals in 2003. We also have incorporated a semi-thematic approach to our K–12 journals and made improvements to NSTA Recommends® product reviews based on comments from readers. Find out more about the changes we’ve made at this link: http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_01_21_extra.htm

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Photo Contest Offers Chance to Show Off Your Class in Action (Plus Win $$)

The deadline for NSTA's The Science Teacher journal Photo Contest is approaching, and you (or your students) are invited to grab a camera and show the world the exciting science happenings in your high school class. All entries for this year's contest must be received by Friday, January 31, 2003. A $100 grand prize will be awarded to the first-place entry, and $75 will go to the second-place entry. Winning entries will be published in the May 2003 issue of The Science Teacher, NSTA's member journal for high school teachers. For complete details, download The Science Teacher Photo Contest Form: http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/photocontest.pdf

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Don’t Miss out on Great Prizes for You and Your Students—Time is Running Out to Enter NSTA’s Student Competitions!

The deadline for the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards is February 4—only two weeks away! Savings bonds, digital cameras, and laptop computers will be awarded to students, teachers, and schools. All participants receive gifts and certificates. Visit www.toshiba.com/tai/exploravision for more information and to view ten years of winning projects. If your students like to invent, they still have time to enter the Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program! Students in grades 2–8 can win up to $10,000 in savings bonds by designing a new tool or modifying an existing one. Download entry materials and the teacher's guide at www.nsta.org/programs/craftsman, or request a hard copy by sending an e-mail message to younginventors@nsta.org. Deadline is March 4, 2003.

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Teachers Invited to Join NASA's Astronaut Corps

At a press conference this morning, NASA announced details of its much-anticipated Educator Astronaut recruitment program. NASA is recruiting individuals with specific experience and expertise in K-12 education to be members of its permanent Astronaut Corps. These individuals will be eligible for multiple space flight opportunities and will help lead NASA in the development of new ways to connect space exploration with the classroom.

Interested? Visit http://edspace.nasa.gov/text/home.html to learn more about the program, nominate yourself or a colleague, or apply online. The application deadline for Educator Astronaut positions is April 30, 2003.

Food Science—A Tempting Subject for Students!

Middle level and high school science teachers are invited to apply to the FDA/NSTA Professional Development Program in Food Science, a sustained training opportunity for certified teachers. Selected participants will attend a one-week summer workshop in Washington, DC, and a two-day follow-up enhancement conference held in conjunction with an NSTA Area Convention, and they will be asked to lead their own workshop in their local area. All expenses are paid. For more information and an application, visit www.nsta.org/fda or e-mail jheywood@nsta.org. The application deadline is March 1, 2003.

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