Education Week, national security had a strong presence at
this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The
newly created Department of Homeland Security joined the Department
of the Interior, NASA, and branches of the U.S. military as federal
government award sponsors, along with numerous corporations. The
Department of Homeland Security awarded six high school students
with $20,000 scholarships for projects that contribute to the department’s
mission to prevent or mitigate the effects of terrorism.
has become a growing theme in high school science fair projects,
according to an article in the New York Times (May 16). Organizers
and judges of science fairs say the September 11 terrorist attacks
and the military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan have prompted students
to research issues related to domestic security instead of studying
tree frogs or volcanoes. To read the Education Week story,
go to http://www.edweek.com/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=38Fedfil.h23.
about the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and for
a complete list of winners, go to http://www.sciserv.org/isef/.
Science Educator Begins Term as 2004-2005 NSTA President
Tweed, a veteran science teacher and a Senior Science Consultant
with Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL),
today begins a one-year term as the 2004-2005 NSTA President. Tweed
recently retired from the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado
where she taught high school science for more than 30 years. She
has been an advocate for science education at the local, state,
and national levels and has been an active participant in NSTA.
her term as president, Tweed plans to address many important issues
focusing on the highly qualified teacher requirements set forth
in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. To learn more about Anne
Tweed, go to http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_06_01_tweed.htm.
taking place today, Mike Padilla, Professor and Director of Educator
Partnerships at the University of Georgia, begins a one-year term
as NSTA President-Elect.
Seattle, Richmond Beckon this Fall; Start Now to Find Funding
for an NSTA Convention
The best time
is NOW to start exploring grant and funding opportunities, so you
can join us for an NSTA convention in Indianapolis, Nov. 4-6; Seattle,
Nov. 18-20; and Richmond, Dec. 2-4. Not sure where to look for
possible federal or local grants? Check with your principal or
your district’s science supervisor, or find out whom in your district
disburses federal grant programs or coordinates staff development.
To support your request, you’ll want to first use the online Personal
Professional Development Planner at http://www.nsta.org/main/conventions/schedule_select.php
to select your convention choice, browse the agenda, and build your
personally meaningful schedule of sessions, short courses, speakers,
and workshops…the specific details of your planned professional
development experience you need, to present to the person you have
to convince! And NSTA has created a step-by-step guide for obtaining
the funding you need for your convention-based professional development—go
Don’t forget… you’ll save most when you register early.
Class Spotlights Free Resources and Opportunities
for Science Teachers
The 2nd annual Free for All Science
Class issue will be arriving in your inbox on Wednesday, June
2. With over 50 opportunities for free resources, this issue is
a must-read when you start planning for next school year. We know
you haven’t finished up with this school year yet, but it’s never
too soon to start planning.
Last year’s Free for All issue was our most popular ever, so we’ve
decided to make it an annual summer feature. Feel free to let us
know of other free resources or opportunities—it’s never too soon
for us to start planning for next year either. E-mail the editor
of Science Class at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you know someone who would like to subscribe to Science Class,
direct them to http://www.nsta.org/main/newsletters.php.
What Are You Doing This Summer?
Are you teaching summer school, working
a summer job outside of education, going back for some training,
or just plain going fishin’? Curious about what your colleagues
are doing this summer?
Let us know your summer plans by taking
this very short survey http://science.nsta.org/survey_summer_2004/,
then we’ll report back on the final results in a future issue of
NSTA Express. Thanks, and have a great summer from everyone here
Career Center Spotlight:
K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist Needed in Colorado. Visit http://careers.nsta.org to learn more!
Mark Your Calendars: June 14-18—National
Science and Math Education Advocacy Week. This nationwide campaign
and its cast of thousands will help to secure increased federal
funding for K-12 science and math education programs. Watch for
more details in the next NSTA Express.