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NASA Explorer Schools '05 Program Registration Open Online

Applications are now being accepted from educators and administrators interested in becoming a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Explorer School. Once accepted into this exciting program, your school or school district will enter into a unique three-year partnership with NASA to bring exciting opportunities to educators, students, and families.

NASA Explorer School educator and administrator teams, working along with NASA personnel and other educational partners, will develop and implement team action plans for staff and students. The action plan will promote and support the use of NASA content and programs that address the teams' local needs in mathematics, science, and technology through authentic experiences. NASA Explorer Schools receive grants up to $17,500 over the three-year partnership.

The NASA Explorer Schools (NES) program is sponsored and implemented by the NASA through a cooperative agreement with NSTA. Deadline to apply for this exciting NASA/NSTA opportunity is January 31, 2005. For additional information and/or questions about the program, and to apply, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

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House-passed Legislation Will Increase Loan Forgiveness for Science and Math Teachers

Legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on October 6 eliminates a provision in the Higher Education Act (HEA) that allowed some student loan lenders to receive higher subsidies, and then uses the savings for increased federal loan forgiveness for math, science, and special education teachers. The bill eliminates the subsidy and provides the extra loan amounts for one year, until Congress finishes work on reauthorization of the HEA. Currently under HEA science, math, and special education teachers who commit to teach in a high poverty school for five years may have up to $5,000 in student loans forgiven; that amount would go to $17,500 for one year under this new legislation.

For more information on HR. 5186 go to http://thomas.loc.gov; or read the NSTA letter (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_10_12_letter.htm) to House Education and Workforce Chairman John Boehner in support of this bill.

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Journey Into Science with NSTA when You Journey to Richmond, VA, December 2-4; Be an Earlybird, Register by Friday and $ave

Join your peers and a host of renowned speakers for 2-1/2 days of science immersion and networking when you come to NSTA's final fall 2004 Convention in Richmond, VA, Dec. 2-4. Shop the product-packed exhibit hall, learn from 250+ practical hands-on workshops, presentations, sessions, and short courses. Interest strands are "Maximizing Resources in Standards-based Instruction," "Technology Integration," "Biotechnology: Applications and Implications," and "Interdisciplinary Study of Watersheds." Among the featured speakers is Joel S. Levine, Senior Research Scientist in Atmospheric Sciences at the NASA Langley Research Center and recipient of NASA's Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. And you can choose from plenty of science-related field trips, too. For the full convention agenda, the personal scheduler and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004RIC. Register by Friday for best savings!

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Stepping Up to Science and Math Illustrates Inquiry-Based Interdisciplinary Connections for Teaching K-6 More Effectively

A collection of 21 articles from Science & Children, NSTA's member journal, Stepping Up to Science and Math: Exploring the Natural Connections invites teachers in K-6 to rethink their teaching of these essential subjects. Then it illustrates through Standards- and inquiry-based interdisciplinary activities, how to step up the pace and make teaching more efficient and effective. Editor M. Jenice Goldston is a veteran classroom teacher, and practicing educators have validated the value of each activity. To browse (and buy) this and dozens of other must-have new titles from NSTA Press, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB189X.

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Name NOAA's New Ship for Ocean Exploration

Beginning October 15, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is sponsoring a contest to "Name NOAA's New Ship for Exploration" for student teams in grades 6-12. Posters with guidelines and a prize list will be mailed out to targeted science teachers in grades 6-12. Complete information about the contest will be posted on the NOAA Education website at http://www.education.noaa.gov on October 15, 2004.

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Is Forensics Hot in Your Science Classroom? Last Chance to Take Our NSTA Express Poll

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, don't forget to take our NSTA Express poll (http://science.nsta.org/survey_forensics).

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