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Inventive Students Take Top Honors in the Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program

Fourth-grader Nicolette Mann from Christiansburg, Va., designed a special box so her little brother could reach the “piano peddles,” while seventh-grader Katelyn Eubank, from Indianola, Iowa, added paint rollers to the sides of a wheelchair so her grandmother could move smoothly through doorways. Last week, these inventive students were named national winners—and 10 others named national finalists—in the 2004 Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program, sponsored by Sears through its Craftsman tools brand and NSTA.

NSTA President Anne Tweed and representatives from Sears, including famed home building expert Bob Vila, honored the students during an awards ceremony at Chicago’s prestigious Museum of Science and Industry and presented them with their awards: the two national winners received a $10,000 savings bond and the 10 national finalists received a $5,000 bond. For a picture of this year's winners, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_craftsman.htm.

Could your students be on the winner’s podium next year? Get them involved now by downloading competition information from NSTA’s website at http://www.nsta.org/programs/craftsman; by calling 1-888-494-4994; or e-mailing younginventors@nsta.org.

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Future of U.S. Science a Concern Says Incoming MIT President

Susan Hockfield, slated to become the first female president of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in early December, shares her concerns about the future of science and K-12 science education in the October 4 issue of Business Week. Read the two questions specific to science education here or read the entire article and interview at http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/04_40/b3902102_mz018.htm.

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Oct. 15 Deadline for NSTA Awards Programs… Apply Now!

NSTA and our sponsors are pleased each year to recognize exemplary teachers (K-college) and principals (middle level and high school) with awards including cash, workshops, computers, science program materials, and a trip to the 2005 NSTA National Convention in Dallas, TX.  Opportunities to receive professional and personal recognition, along with sharing your school's science success stories, are described in detail when you go to http://www.nsta.org/awardscomp, where you’ll also find application forms for all of NSTA’s awards and grant programs. But hurry! Applications for all awards programs must be submitted by October 15!

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Is Forensics Hot in Your Science Classroom? Take This Week’s NSTA Express Poll and Let Us Know

Thanks to the growing popularity of CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) and other forensic-based TV programs, science teachers across the country have begun using forensics to ignite student interest in science and help students learn important concepts of science. NSTA wants to know how widespread these activities have become. If you’re a middle or high school science educator, take this week’s NSTA Express poll (http://science.nsta.org/survey_forensics) and tell us.

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NSTA Conventions Round-Up… Save for Seattle; Get Ready for Dallas

Register for NSTA’s Nov. 18-20 northwest area convention in Seattle by this Friday, Oct. 8 and you’ll still $ave. And preK-8 teachers and administrators who also register for the pre-convention Linking Science & Literacy in the Classroom Conference on Nov. 17, will increase their learning experience through a day-long agenda of well-known experts discussing NSF-funded research findings and classroom practice.  For agenda details and to register for the Convention, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions; for more details on the Conference, go to http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_10_04_seattle.pdf.

And for those of you out there anxiously awaiting the official opening of online registration for NSTA’s 2005 annual convention in Dallas, March 31-April 3… wait no longer… just go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005DAL for the hour-by-hour convention agenda.  If you’re ready to start the process of obtaining funding to join us “Deep in the Heart of Science,” you’ll want to take advantage of the Personal Scheduler at http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxpersonal_sched_launch.asp?meeting=2005DAL, to create a schedule that meets your professional development interests, then print it and present it to your administrator in detailed support of your request… the time to start is NOW… you won’t want to miss our biggest and best-ever international science education event! 

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U.S. Department of Education Offering Fall Teacher-to-Teacher Workshops

The Department of Education’s upcoming 2004 Teacher-to-Teacher workshops are geared to teachers and principals at the K-8 levels and focus on reading and math strategies. Math workshops will be held on October 9 in Bentonville, Arkansas, and October 23 in Redmond, Washington; the reading workshops will be held on October 16 in Wheeling, West Virginia, and November 6 in Madison, Wisconsin. All workshops include sessions on school leadership, the No Child Left Behind Act, and effective teaching methods. For more information or to register go to http://www.teacherquality.us/TeacherToTeacher/Workshops.asp.

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