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Issues Request for Proposals for 2004 Math and Science Partnership
NSTA Legislative Update
Craftsman/NSTA Honors Young Inventors of 2003
American Museum of Natural History—NSTA's New
Professional Development Partner—Offers Fall Online Courses…
Fall Conventions Flyer to "Print 'n' Post"—$–Saving
Coupons Included; Minneapolis Best–Price Registration Deadline
NSF Issues Request for Proposals for 2004
Math and Science Partnership Programs
September 16, the National Science Foundation issued a program solicitation
for the 2004 Math and Science Partnership (MSP) that contains a
number of revisions to the program.
The new Request
for Proposals continues the MSP Targeted Partnerships, but NSF is
now seeking proposals for programs at targeted grade ranges (emphasis
is on the middle and high school levels) and/or programs with a
specific disciplinary focus in science or math.
NSF also seeks
to fund new Teacher Institutes for the 21st Century that
will help to develop teacher leaders, master teachers, and school–based
intellectual leaders in math and science. The Teacher Institutes
would, in effect, "reflect the enthusiasm and disciplinary spirit
of the original NSF Institutes," which ran from 1954 to the mid–1970s
and stressed content matter.
Letters of intent
for the proposals (optional, but encouraged) are due November
17, 2003; full proposals are due December 16, 2003. For
more information, go to http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?ods_key=nsf03605.
moves one step closer to funding the FY 2004 education programs
under No Child Left Behind, including the state-based science and
math partnerships. And a recent poll shows most Americans are unfamiliar
with No Child Left Behind, while several leading publications question
a number of the law's requirements; read this and more in this issue
of the NSTA Legislative Update. Continued here: http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_09_23_extra.htm#1
Honors Young Inventors of 2003
winners and 10 national finalists were honored yesterday at the
Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago for their winning entries
in this year's Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program. Congratulations
to national winners Max Wallack, a second grader from Wayland Academy
in Framingham, Massachusetts, for his invention, "The Great Granny
Booster Step," a wooden step that helps an elderly person enter
a minivan, and Chandler Macocha, a seventh grader at Oxford Middle
School in Oxford, Michigan, for his invention, the "Wheelchair Backpack
Holder," a device that conveniently swivels a backpack on a wheelchair
forward via a lever. Both students will receive $10,000 savings
bonds. More than 8,000 students in grades 2–8 entered this
year's contest; for more information on the program and the exciting
inventions developed this year, go to http://www.nsta.org/pressroom&news_story_ID=48609.
Museum of Natural History—NSTA's New Professional Development
Partner—Offers Fall Online Courses…Register Now
has announced a new partnership with the American Museum of Natural
History to offer Seminars on Science, the Museum's popular online
professional development courses available to teachers of science
through the NSTA Institute. From October 6 to November 16th,
courses in genetics, earth science, physical science and dinosaurs
will be offered. Participation requires only Internet access and
can occur at any time and at any location.
course provides K–12 educators with unique access to the Museum's
scientific research, its collections, exhibitions and laboratories.
The courses are facilitated by both a scientist and an educator.
Each course highlights the Museum's rich resources through original
essays, videos from the field, interactive simulations and facilitated
discussion. These courses align with the National Science Education
Standards and are available for graduate credit.
To learn more
about the partnership and the courses, read the latest article from
NSTA Reports at http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=48614.
To register for a course, visit the NSTA Web site at www.nsta.org/institute or go to the American
Museum of Natural History Web site at http://learn.amnh.org/welcome.php?w=NSTAIFO31.
Space is limited, register now.
Fall Conventions Flyer to "Print 'n' Post"—Special $–Saving
Coupons Included; Minneapolis Best–Price Registration Deadline
It's Fall and
NSTA is bringing our exciting 2004 area conventions to a city near
you! If you're planning to join us in Minneapolis, Oct. 30–Nov.1,
go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2003MIN
by Friday, Sept. 26, for your last chance to save on registration.
If Kansas City, MO, Nov. 13–15, or Reno, NV, Dec. 4–6,
is your choice, you're sure to find new knowledge, unique experiences,
the latest "tools of the trade," new networking opportunities, and
old acquaintances there as well. For complete details and earlybird
registration, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions.
Help NSTA spread
the word—and the special coupon savings opportunities for
convention attendees—about these exciting events! Go to http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_09_23_extra2.htm
to download and print either the full-color or black–and–white
version of the convention flyer plus the coupon flyer, then post
them in your school's faculty room. (The coupon page may be printed
out or multi-copied in black and white, of course, so that anyone
planning to attend can take advantage of these special online savings.)
Not a member
and want to join? Visit https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp!
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