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Bring the Mars Rover Expedition into your Classroom

Over the weekend, your students and their parents were transfixed by the turn of events with the Mars Rover. Use this historic event in this week’s lessons with an excellent site sponsored by NASA’s JPL Laboratories in California. The site has the images and science behind the expedition; continual updates on the status of the Rover; special sections just for students and teachers; a list of local Mars events; and a program called SchoolHouse Rocks where students send a rock to JPL scientists for evaluation, then they can compare their rock to a rock from Mars. Go to http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html

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DragonflyTV Presents Third Season of Science Shows

NSTA is pleased to support the third season of DragonflyTV, the PBS science show for kids ages 9-12. Featuring out-of-this world science performed by down-to-Earth kids, DragonflyTV is a program by and for kids. Whether it’s Arizona students probing for life on Mars, a group of California “river rats” exploring water hydraulics while shooting down the American River, or some Minnesota hockey players creating “slapshot science,” DragonflyTV is a great source for fun and engaging classroom investigations. 

DragonflyTV offers free Educator’s Guides (which are also provided in the NSTA journals); an interactive web site; and classroom packs of DFTV Zines, a fun science journal for kids.  And this season, DragonflyTV offers exciting new educational features, including Super Do-Its that encourage students to explore a cool science question and post their findings online at http://www.dragonflytv.org, and Science Fact or Fiction, featuring students’ favorite young celebrities debunking common science misperceptions.

For more information and show times, visit the DragonflyTV web site at http://www.dragonflytv.org or send an e-mail to dragonflytv@tpt.org, to learn more.

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Atlanta National Convention Highlights

“Y’all come,” to NSTA’s 52nd National Convention April 1-4 in Atlanta, GA, and join us in “Connecting Science to the World,” and

  • 1,200-plus sessions, workshops, presentations, and in-depth short courses
  • Brand-new NSTA Professional Development Institutes (http://www.nsta.org/profdevinstitutes)
  • Exhibit hall chock full of hundreds of new education tools and old favorites from the best suppliers in the business
  • Well known, highly respected, and just-plain-entertaining speakers
  • Wide selection of informative field trips to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)*, Coca-Cola, MLK, Jr. National Historic Site, Zoo Atlanta, the SciTrek Science Museum, and more
  • Old friends and new in an unparalleled networking environment

For full agenda, special events, featured speakers, hotel information, and online registration forms, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004ATL.  Need a plan for obtaining funding to increase and enhance your professional skills in Atlanta?  Go to http://www.nsta.org/convtips.

Earlybird deadline is Friday, February 13… register NOW for best savings!

*Two additional field trips to the CDC have been added for Thursday, April 1 in response to the early sell-out of the original two Friday trips.  Register now!

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NSTA Career Center Spotlight—Salem State College Seeks Biology and Secondary Education Professor

The Department of Biology at Salem State College seeks a tenure track faculty member for the fall of 2004. In addition to teaching and advising, this faculty member will work with the secondary education program, with double majors in Biology and Education, and with the MAT in Biology program. For complete details regarding this position or a full list of other available job opportunities, visit http://careers.nsta.org. Whether you're seeking a new position or need to fill a vacancy, the NSTA Career Center is the premier location for science education careers. Post your resume or current job opening today!

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GEICO Offers Free Automobile Safety Brochures and Videos

Do you want to learn how to avoid car theft? Do you need advice about how to shop for a safer car? Are you interested in how to make the road safer for new drivers? GEICO offers safety brochures and videos on these and many other safety concerns to NSTA members free of charge or for a nominal fee. To order, simply visit http://www.geico.com/about/brochures.htm.  To learn more about GEICO and other benefits of NSTA membership, visit http://www.nsta.org/benefits.

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Teaching Middle School Science?  JASON Academy has a Special Online Offer

The JASON Academy is offering a discounted registration price of  $150 for a special session of Forces and Motion or Structure of the Earth, which will be given online

Feb. 2–March 6.  Teachers enrolling in either one of these courses who agree to take part in the course evaluation, conducted by SRI International, will receive a $100 stipend for completing the online assessment forms, so their net cost for the course is $50. Register now by calling 888-527-6600 ext. 240, or go to http://institute.nsta.org and on to the JASON Academy site. Graduate credit in education or natural science and continuing education units are available at additional cost. Questions? E-mail academy@jason.org.  The JASON Academy is part of the NSTA Institute.

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Like to be “In the Know”? Make http://www.nsta.org/mainnews your First Science Ed News Source

When you visit the NSTA Web News Digest at http://www.nsta.org/mainnews,  you’ll find your best source for collected nationwide news for science educators. Posted daily and sorted under Science News, Education News, Legislative Affairs, and NSTA News, the Digest is the best way to start your day. 

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