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In a press conference that included PGA Golfer Phil Mickelson, the president and former president of the University of Texas, and the first African-American astronaut to walk in space, ExxonMobil announced it is expanding its programs for math and science educators and teachers by increasing the number of summer science camps for middle school students and tripling the number of the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy with new academies in Texas and Louisiana. ExxonMobil has a long history of supporting programs that focus on the improvement of teaching and learning of science and math from pre-school through higher education, with programs that range from student initiatives and teacher support to the encouragement of women and minorities. To read more, visit http://www.exxonmobil.com/Corporate/Citizenship/gcr_education_100606.asp.
This week we’re traveling to Omaha, Nebraska for our first Area Conference on Science Education of the season! We’ll be learning the physics of football, learning to integrate science and literacy, exploring the Henry Doorly Zoo, and meeting many of you! We hope those of you coming to the conference will stop by the NSTA Showcase and say “hi!”
For those of you who aren’t sure yet, it’s not too late to register! You can bring the forms and register on site! For details visit http://www.nsta.org/omaha.
Those of you on the East Coast, we’ll be stopping by November 2-4 in Baltimore, Maryland. We hope to see you there! Not registered yet? Visit http://www.nsta.org/baltimore for special details!
Just hours after a Missouri boy fired an assault rifle at his school and in the wake of four recent fatal school shootings in rural America, President Bush and national experts vetted plans on school safety that focused on the human face of the solution: getting students, school officials, parents, and police working together; practicing school crisis plans as regularly as fire drills and identifying students who need help before they pick up a gun. To read the Christian Science Monitor article, visit http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1012/p03s03-ussc.html.
As Halloween approaches, many science educators have been busily trading spooky ideas designed to engage their students in both physical and life sciences. If you’re a member of NSTA and haven’t joined one of these vibrant e-mail lists, click here for information on joining any or all of the 12 subject-specific lists we offer. And, just for some frightening fun, click to http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment/00000152 for some scary science.*
NSTA awards offer opportunities to share your school’s science education success stories. NSTA offers several new awards this year. The deadline to apply is November 15, so don’t miss your chance. To learn more about the different awards available, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_10_16_awards.htm. To download or print application forms, visit http://www.nsta.org/awardscomp.
Tell us about your volunteer programs that have the objective of improving science education of K-8 students by placing retired scientists and engineers in schools. To answer our survey question, visit http://science.nsta.org/survey_volunteer_programs.
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