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New Federal Center Will Study How Children Learn Math and Science
NASA Explorer Schools Program Offers Grades 4–9 Learning Adventure; Registration Opens Today
Help Your Students Explore Future Science with ExploraVision Entry
NOW—One–Stop Shop for Free NSTA Journal Articles
NSTA Seeks Member Feedback on Three New Position Statements

New Federal Center Will Study How Children Learn Math and Science

A new federal research center, Mathematics and Science Cognition and Learning— Development and Disorders (a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development program), will announce in October the first recipients of more than $18 million in research grants. The money will fund research about math and science learning, development, and cognition in both typical and learning-disabled children. Studies funded by the program will clarify the role that cognitive, linguistic, instructional, sociocultural, neurobiological, and genetic factors play in a child’s development of math and science skills and reasoning abilities.

In addition, these studies will attempt to develop better instructional methods for learning math and science skills by identifying differences in individuals’ learning abilities, determining how those differences affect achievement, then developing tools or methods that produce increased achievement. Other studies will attempt to characterize math and science learning disabilities, develop tools to identify these disabilities, and generate ways to counter them. For more information, read an Education Week article (free registration required) at www.edweek.org/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=01nichd.h23.

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NASA Explorer Schools Program Offers Grades 4–9 Learning Adventure; Registration Opens Today

Become a NASA Explorer School, and your school or school district enters into a unique three–year partnership with NASA to bring exciting opportunities to your educators, students, and their families. The NASA Explorer Schools (NES) program is sponsored and implemented by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration through a cooperative agreement with NSTA.

Educators and students in a NASA Explorer School will become involved in the excitement of NASA research, discoveries, and missions through participation in engaging learning adventures and scientific challenges. The 2004 program will focus on content at the 4–9 grade levels. Materials will be grade–specific in appropriate concepts from national education standards. NASA Explorer Schools receive grants of up to $10,000.

The NASA Explorer Schools program will be accepting applications through an online application process starting today, September 15, 2003.  For more details, click on http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_09_15_extra.htm

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Help Your Students Explore Future Science with ExploraVision Entry

Tires that instantly sprout studs in icy weather. A refrigerator that creates recipes based on its contents. Nanotechnology-based gene therapies that suppress cancerous tumors. These are just a few of the creative projects—and top award winners—from the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards program. And now is the time to request FREE entry materials for the 2004 team competition, open to all students in the United States and Canada!

Funded by Toshiba, ExploraVision challenges all students—from kindergarten to 12th-grade—to use their imaginations and the tools of science to propose scientifically feasible technologies that could exist 20 years into the future. Top students win $5,000 and $10,000 savings bonds and a trip to Washington, D.C.; students and teachers on 24 regional winning teams receive digital cameras and laptop computers; and many honorable mention prizes are awarded. All students who participate receive a special gift! Deadline for entries is February 3, 2004. Download entry materials at www.exploravision.org, or e-mail a request to exploravision@nsta.org.

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One-Stop Shop for Free NSTA Journal Articles List

As a resource service to science educators—and a free sample for non-members to see what they’re missing—NSTA posts one article per month to the open section of our Website from each of our four highly regarded, grade-specific journals. Those journals are Science & Children, for elementary school teachers; Science Scope for middle school teachers; The Science Teacher, for high school teachers; and Journal of College Science Teaching, for college and junior college science educators. We’ve organized this treasure trove of useful articles through a new table of contents which lists and links to all the free articles, by magazine and by issue month since September 2001, at www.nsta.org/freearticles

Of special interest to parents and students and now accessible free each issue, are the Home Connection department from Science & Children (http://www.nsta.org/120/#journal) and the Careers in Science department from The Science Teacher (http://www.nsta.org/highschool), linked under the Table of Contents. And if you’d like to know more about these and other benefits of membership in NSTA, please visit http://www.nsta.org/benefits.

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NSTA Seeks Member Feedback on Three New Position Statements

The NSTA Board of Directors has approved recommended changes to three NSTA position statements: the Teaching of Evolution, Leadership in Science Education (formerly titled Science Education Supervision), and Gender Equity in Science Education (formerly titled Women in Science Education). NSTA position statements are the Association’s official stand on issues and are used to support the improvement of science education at all levels. We encourage members to view the statements online at www.nsta.org/main/forum/forumdisplay.php?forumid=53 and provide feedback using the discussion board feature at the bottom of each statement. Deadline for member feedback is October 15.

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