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Presidential Awardees Announced
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The Future Is Now! NSTA Names ExploraVision Regional
Book Signings Set for Bill Nye, Dr. Ben Carson, ‘Stop
Faking It!’ Author, and More!
Symposium on Assessment to ‘Improve Student Learning’
Set for Convention
Get Together with Your Teacher ‘Neighbors’ at a Real
Philadelphia Block Party
JASON Online Course Registration Continues for April
7 Start Date
Pearson Education Joins NSTA’s SciLinks® Program
2002 Presidential Awardees Announced
to the science and math teachers nationwide awarded the Presidential
Awardees for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
for 2002. This special group now joins the growing number of elite
science and math teachers who have been presented this prestigious
honor since 1983. For a list of the 2002 winners, and a nomination
form for the 2003 competition (the application deadline for teachers
in grades 7-12 is May 1, then in 2004 the competition will recognize
elementary teachers), go to https://www.ehr.nsf.gov/pres_awards/awardees/2002.asp.
Future Is Now! NSTA Names ExploraVision Regional Winners
K–12 student teams from across the U.S. and Canada looked into
the future and envisioned technologies-to-come that have won laptop
computers and digital cameras for them and their teachers. For
a list of all the talented regional winners and a look at their
innovative ideas, visit the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards web
The students now enter the second phase of the competition. Finalists
will be announced in June.
Signings Set for Bill Nye, Dr. Ben Carson, ‘Stop Faking It!’ Author,
the NSTA Science Store at the NSTA National convention, March 27–30
in Philadelphia, will have an opportunity to meet featured speakers
and purchase their books, to be signed during special personal appearance
events. “Meet the Author” signings for Bill Nye, the Science Guy
(2 p.m., March 28); Dr. Ben Carson (12:30 p.m., March 27); and Bill
Robertson, author of NSTA’s popular “Stop Faking It!” Series (2
p.m., March 27) — as well as many other well–known science authors
— are scheduled during the four-day convention. For a complete
schedule of author signings, click here: http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_03_24_extra.htm
on Assessment to ‘Improve Student Learning’ Set for Convention
of the new NSTA Press ® book Everyday Assessment in the
Science Classroom will be conducting a symposium during the
Philadelphia Convention on Friday, March 28, 2003, in Room 303B
of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Mike Atkin, Janet Coffey, and Mistilina Sato from Stanford University;
Cary Sneider, vice president for programs at Boston’s Museum of
Science; and Rachel Wood, Delaware State Department of Education,
will discuss ways that ongoing, classroom-based assessment can become
second nature to teachers and their students “to improve
student learning, not solely to measure it.” If you’re joining
us in Philadelphia, add this important event to your schedule.
To preview this brand new NSTA book online, click on http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB172X
Together with Your Teacher ‘Neighbors’ at a Real Philadelphia Block
Philadelphia without experiencing a real block party! As part of
its 10th anniversary celebration, the Merck Institute
for Science Education (MISE) is hosting this premier social event
at the Franklin Institute Science Museum for convention attendees.
Catch a movie at the IMAX ® Theatre, explore the Fels Planetarium,
or see an Extreme Science demonstration. You’ll get all this and
more — including Philadelphia’s favorite food fare, admission
to all exhibits, and transportation — for only $20/person. Some
tickets remain available and may be purchased onsite in the registration
area of the Convention Center.
Online Teaching and Learning Registration Open; Courses Start April
The next course session for the JASON Academy for Online Science
Teaching and Learning begins on April 7. The JASON Academy,
in cooperation with the NSTA Institute, offers the following courses
for elementary and middle level teachers (grades 4–9): Introduction
to Online Learning; Earth in the Solar System; Structure
of the Earth; Earth's History; Ocean Science; Aquatic Ecology; Water
Quality; Transfer of Energy; Forces and Motion; Electricity and
Magnetism; Assessment of Student Science Literacy; and Teaching
Project-Based Science. The five-week courses include content
background, classroom activities, facilitated instruction, and discussion
boards. Cost is $157.50 per course for NSTA members and $175 for
nonmembers. Teachers may earn five Continuing Education Units
(50 hours) or one or two graduate credits for an additional cost.
For course descriptions and to register online, visit the Academy
website at www.jason.org/academy.
For answers to your questions or to register by phone, call (888)
527-6600. Register soon, as enrollment is limited. For information
regarding other NSTA Institute programs, visit http://institute.nsta.org.
Education Joins NSTA’s SciLinks® Program
Pearson Education as the newest publisher to join its SciLinks program.
Pearson will link the pages of three of its widely-used science
textbooks to NSTA’s teacher-approved Web resources. The textbooks
include Prentice Hall Biology© 2004, Prentice Hall
High School Physical Science© 2004, and Pearson Learning
Group Pacemaker® Biology . The number of SciLinked texts now
rises to 31, making quality Internet resources more accessible than
ever to a burgeoning number of students and science teachers. For
the full story, go to http://www.nsta.org/pressroom&news_story_ID=48066
Finally . . .
Look for complete
wrap-up of NSTA’s Annual Convention in Philadelphia in the March
31 issue of the NSTA Express! Want to be there live and in
person? On-site registration will be starting on Wednesday, March
26 at 5 p.m., and daily rates for the convention are available,
so join us!
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