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*NSYNC’s Lance Bass to Promote Science Education
NTEN Pilots K–8 Science Professional Development Courses…Register FREE by Oct. 1
September Science Class to Explore Inquiry, Real Data Explorations, and Engaging Students
Have a Safe and Super School Year!  NSTA Resources Can Help
Attention, Earlybirds: Register for Minneapolis Convention by Sept. 12 for Best Savings

*NSYNC’s Lance Bass to Promote Science Education

Lance Bass of the pop group *NSYNC has been named World Space Week 2003 Youth Space Spokesperson by the Spaceweek International Association. In this role, he will help excite students about science, engineering, technology, and math. Scheduled for October 4–10, World Space Week is celebrated by more than 50 nations with a number of programs and events, including a FREE Teacher Activity Guide that contains space-related math and science activities you can use to celebrate the week and Lance's Lab, a global competition in which students will conceptually design an International Space Station module (and student winners will get to meet Lance at an awards event scheduled for Spring 2004). For more information, teachers and students are urged to visit www.spaceweek.org.

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NTEN Pilots K–8 Science Professional Development Courses…Register FREE by Oct. 1

Deadline for registration for National Teachers Enhancement Network online courses for K–8 teachers is Oct. 1 for the “semester” taking place Oct. 6–Nov. 21. Three of the fall offerings—“Plant Science: It Grows on You”; “The World of Motion”; and “The Incredible Journey: From the Plate Through the Body, Food and Nutrition Science for the Elementary Classroom”—are pilot courses that may be taken FREE, though only a few openings remain. Other courses in Earth Science, Entomology, and Land Resources and Environmental Science carry a 10% tuition discount for NSTA members. For descriptions of the full slate of courses, go to www.scienceteacher.org/courses.htm.

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September Science Class to Explore Inquiry, Real Data Explorations, and Engaging Students

Look for the September issue of Science Class in your e-mail on September 3, featuring these themes: “Real Data Explorations” (Elementary); “Inquiry—Start Off on the Right Foot” (Middle Level); and “Engage Your Students!” (High School).  

The elementary issue will look at how many schools are using and sharing real data; the middle level edition will explore successful inquiry practices and ideas that middle level teachers can use to enhance their teaching; the high school edition will provide some practical ideas on how you can better engage teenagers in your science classroom. Not getting Science Class? For a free issue, sign up on the front page of the NSTA website at www.nsta.org/main/newsletters.php.

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Have a Safe and Super School Year!  NSTA Resources Can Help

Safety in the science classroom has become an increasingly complex issue in recent years. While teachers have advocated more hands-on experiments to make science attractive to students, educators have had to factor in state budget cuts, overcrowded classrooms, and the threat of parental lawsuits resulting from lab mishaps into their teaching practices. According to NSTA's position statement on Safety and School Science Instruction (www.nsta.org/pssafety), "inherent in many instructional settings including science is the potential for injury and possible litigation. These issues can be avoided or reduced by the proper application of a safety plan." The June 2003 issue of Science Class featured these books and SciLinks® on the topic of safety:  

Books

Elementary: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-06/books_elementary.htm
Middle Level: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-06/books_middle.htm
High School: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-06/books_high.htm

SciLinks

Elementary: Safety in the Science Classroom http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263562110661033
Middle Level: Safety in the Science Classroom http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565510661033
High School: Safety in the Science Classroom http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263569910661033

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Attention Earlybirds: Register for Minneapolis Convention by Sept. 12 for Best Savings

Looking for an all-in-one professional enrichment; networking; and one-stop, science products shopping experience this fall? Then look no further than NSTA’s upcoming area conventions for a 2 ½-day immersion in workshops, presentations, and valuable peer interaction that will inspire your classroom work for months to come!

If you’re planning to attend the Minneapolis convention during Oct. 30–Nov. 1, your best-buy deadline for maximum savings on registration is fast approaching: Sept. 12 is the earlybird cutoff, so go to www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=76&Meeting_Code=2003MIN for information and to register online. And of course, special discounted rates are available for NSTA members, MnSTA members, retired educators, and students.  If Kansas City, Missouri, (Nov. 13–15) or Reno, Nevada, (Dec. 4–6) is your convention choice, complete hotel information, convention agendas, and registration information are yours to peruse at www.nsta.org/conventions.

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