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NSTA Student Science Competitions Receive National Attention

From David Letterman to Education Week, NSTA’s student science competitions garnered national attention last week. Three top winners of the Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards program--Christopher Godoy, from Tucson, AZ; Renee Steinberg, from Brooklyn, NY; and Alyson Wong, from San Francisco, CA.--were special guests on the “Late Show with David Letterman” Thursday, June 24. The students demonstrated their winning tools and spent nearly 10 minutes talking with Mr. Letterman about their inventions and the Young Inventors program.

The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards Program was featured in a full-page story in the June 23 edition of Education Week. The story highlighted the top winning technologies envisioned by students, including the E. Colocator Gloves, an idea submitted by eighth-grade students from John Burroughs School in St Louis. These special gloves alert meat handlers to harmful bacteria by changing color, preventing tainted meat from getting into the food supply. The winning students were recently in Washington, D.C., to receive their awards, which included $5,000 and $10,000 savings bonds. To read the story, go to http://www.edweek.org/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=41Inventions.h23. (free registration required)

Sears sponsors the Young Inventors program through its Craftsman® tools brand. For information about the 2005 program, go to http://www.nsta.org/programs/craftsman. The Toshiba Corporation, the Toshiba America Group Companies, and the Toshiba America Foundation sponsor ExploraVision. For more information on the 2005 program, go to http://www.exploravision.org. Both programs are administered by NSTA.

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New Free Online Publication from the Eisenhower Consortia & ENC

The Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Consortia and Clearinghouse Network is producing a series of Lessons Learned reports from its 12 years of work in mathematics and science reform. The first publication, What Experience Has Taught Us About Collaboration, is completed and available for free. The report looks at how collaboration is characterized in the literature, presents strategies and steps for building effective collaborative relationships, and explores several "deep structure" issues that represent barriers to collaborative work. Click here to download a PDF copy of the report: http://www.mathsciencenetwork.org/collaboration.pdf.  

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Looking for Grant Money This Summer?

Do you need funding for a special classroom project next fall? There is money out there, and summertime is a great time to find out where it is—and how you can get it. Let NSTA help—Check out this list of grant resources http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_06_28_extra.htm to get you the funding you need.

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Put NSTA Books on Your Summer Reading List

Looking for some summer reading material? Tired of the beach books already?  Look to NSTA! Here are the top 10 books sold through the NSTA Science Store. For more information, to order any of these publications, or see our many other titles, visit http://store.nsta.org.

  1. NSTA Pathways to the Science Standards (Elementary): http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB124X
  2. Atlas of Science Literacy: http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PA001X
  3. Everyday Assessment in the Science Classroom: http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB172X
  4. Inquire Within: Implementing Inquiry-Based Science Standards: http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=OP776X
  5. Stop Faking It! Force and Motion: http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB169X1
  6. Stop Faking It! Energy: http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB169X2
  7. Learning Science and the Science of Learning: Science Educators' Essay Collection: http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=pb158x
  8. Help! I'm Teaching Middle School Science: http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=pb170x
  9. Stop Faking It! Light: http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB169X3
  10. Learning & Assessing Science Process Skills: http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=OP257X2
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Save BIG with Earlybird Registrations for Indy, Seattle, and Richmond—NSTA’s Fall Conventions!

Sept. 17 may seem very far away, but it’s your deadline for maximum registration discounts on NSTA’s Indianapolis fall convention (Nov. 4-6). So start thinking about funding support to attend NOW (and check out NSTA’s suggestions, the convention agenda, and the persuasive Personal Scheduler by going to http://www.nsta.org/convtips). 

Join a community of learners “Racing Toward Excellence” at the Indianapolis event, with professional development content available through short courses, workshops, and presentations in four important areas:  Assessment and Evaluation, Technology, Literacy, and Science Outside the Box.  If the northwest or the southeast is your neighborhood, browse the agendas and register at best earlybird rates for the Seattle convention (Nov. 18-20) and/or Richmond (Dec. 2-4): http://www.nsta.org/conventions.

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