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Innovative Ideas for the Future Earn Students Top Honors in the 2003 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards Program
Plan Now for Fabulous Fall NSTA Conventions!… Come With Us to Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Reno
Photography as a Teaching Tool? Online Course Frames the Techniques
May Journals Focus on Timely Topics
Wanted: Field Editors for NSTA's College and High School Journals
Recognize Your Principal with an NSTA Award

Innovative Ideas for the Future Earn Students Top Honors in the 2003 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards Program

Eight teams of K–12 students have been named top winners in the 2003 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards program. With their sights set on the year 2023, the young scientists envisioned innovative devices, technologies, and products that could change and improve our way of life in the future—such as a tool to find and destroy land mines and a technology to make car tires safer. The students' winning ideas were selected from nearly 5,000 team entries representing 14,700 students from the U.S. and Canada!

The students, as well as their teachers and families, are headed to Washington, D.C., in June to be recognized at a press conference and awards banquet. For a complete list of the winners and descriptions of their projects, visit www.toshiba.com/tai/exploravision/.

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Plan Now for Fabulous Fall NSTA Conventions!…Come With Us to Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Reno

Meet with NSTA this fall for the professional development, the networking, and the exhibits—at our much-anticipated area conventions. Timely, topical, information-rich sessions are fast coming together, and the list of prominent guest speakers grows more impressive by the week…and the time to begin your planning is now! The '03–'04 convention year kicks off in Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 30–Nov. 1, for "Where Great Things Begin." Earlybird deadline for saving up to 44% off registration fees is Sept. 12. Next, we'll see you in Kansas City Nov. 13–15, and hope you'll join us in "Exploring New Frontiers." Register before the Oct. 3 earlybird deadline to save. Go west, young science teacher, and join us in Reno, NV, Dec. 4–6, where we'll "Discover the Hidden Treasures of Science." Oct. 10 is the deadline for earlybird registration savings. For early details and your downloadable registration form, visit http://www.nsta.org/conventions.

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Photography as a Teaching Tool? Online Course Frames the Techniques

Did you know photography could be used in the classroom as a metaphor for scientific experimentation? The National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) has created a 3-credit-hour course for middle level and high school science teachers and art teachers that provides the curriculum and the pedagogy to bring this method of learning into your classroom. Since the tools of photography are scientific apparatus, a creative exercise in photography is both a scientific experiment and an exploration. Sound intriguing? You can enroll in Science and Photography (PHYS 480), offered this summer by NTEN. The goal of this course is to help teachers use experiments with photography both as a technique for teaching concepts in science and as a way of exposing scientific experimental methodology. The course begins on May 27, so registrations are being accepted now. For complete details and to register, click on http://www.scienceteacher.org/su03/phys480.htm, or call 1-800-282-6062. For information about all NSTA Institute courses, visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspx.

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May Journals Focus on Assessment, Stellar Science, and Community Programs

NSTA member journals will wrap up the '02–'03 school year with May issues highlighting themes you won't want to miss! Science and Children looks at "Alternative Assessments," with articles including "E-Portfolios: More Than an Innovative Assessment Tool," and "Designing Assessments," plus a comparison of three successful curriculum integration programs in "Teaming Up for Science and Reading Success." Science Scope looks skyward with engaging content focused on "Stellar Science," including "Stargazing in Your Classroom" and "The Electromagnetic Spectrum: Using Light and Color to Search for Astronomical Origins," plus an approach to teaching science inquiry skills, "Teaching Science as Inquiry by Scaffolding Student Thinking." The Science Teacher focuses on "Student/Teacher/Community Successes," with real-life looks at student and community interaction, including "Mosquitoes on Maui," "High Schoolers in Motion," "If Stones Could Talk…," and "Speedway Science." To read an article from a recent journal, click on http://www.nsta.org/journals. (NSTA members may sign on and read all articles from all recent journals.)

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Wanted: Field Editors for NSTA's College and High School Journals

NSTA is seeking candidates for a three-year appointment as Field Editor for the Journal of College Science Teaching and as Field Editor for The Science Teacher. Ideal candidates are articulate, effective educators and team players—who know (or can easily connect with) others in the academic arena nationwide. For a full description of qualifications, stipend, term, and details for application, click on http://ecommerce.nsta.org/nstaexpress/field_editor_jcst.pdf for Journal of College Science Teaching; click on http://ecommerce.nsta.org/nstaexpress/field_editor_tst.pdf for The Science Teacher. Deadline for applications is Aug. 2, 2003.

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Recognize Your Principal with an NSTA Award

Do you know an administrator who supports, leads, and promotes science education in your school?  Now's your chance to recognize him or her! Act now and nominate your outstanding school principal for the Ciba Specialty Chemicals Exemplary Middle Level and High School Principal Awards. This program recognizes one middle level and one high school principal who have been innovative leaders in supporting the teaching and learning of science. Winning principals are awarded a cash prize of $1,000; up to $500 to attend NSTA's National Convention in Atlanta; and a one-year membership in NSTA. Deadline for entries is October 15, 2003. For more information or an application, visit http://www.nsta.org/191.

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