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Table of Contents

2002 Presidential Awardees Announced
The Future Is Now! NSTA Names ExploraVision Regional Winners
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
And Finally…


2002 Presidential Awardees Announced

Congratulations 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.

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The Future Is Now! NSTA Names ExploraVision Regional Winners

Twenty-four 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 site: www.toshiba.com/tai/exploravision.  The students now enter the second phase of the competition. Finalists will be announced in June.

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Book Signings Set for Bill Nye, Dr. Ben Carson, ‘Stop Faking It!’ Author, and  More!

Visitors to 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

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Symposium on Assessment to ‘Improve Student Learning’ Set for Convention

The authors 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

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Get Together with Your Teacher ‘Neighbors’ at a Real Philadelphia Block Party

NSTA Convention Goers: 

Don’t leave 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.

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JASON Online Teaching and Learning Registration Open; Courses Start April 7

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.

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Pearson Education Joins NSTA’s SciLinks® Program

NSTA welcomes 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

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And 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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