Girls Can Do Science
For the first
time, the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology awarded
top honors to female competitors. First prize in the team category
was split between two high school seniors for their work on creating
a molecule that helps block the reproduction of drug-resistant tuberculosis
bacteria. First and second prizes in the individual category went
to one high school senior for her studies of bone growth in zebra
fish and another for her research identifying genetic defects that
could play a role in the development of Lou Gehrig's disease. This
year marks the first time that female finalists outnumbered males
(11 out of 20). Most of the finalists have parents who are scientists
and most attend public schools.
Support for Elementary School Science?
is generally the decision maker in elementary schools, so what better
way to garner support for science than going right to the top? If
your principal needs information on how to integrate science into
the classroom, NSTA has an e-newsletter written especially for him
or her. Each issue is based on typical themes found in elementary
science curricula. To read a current issue or to sign up for this
complimentary, monthly e-newsletter written especially for elementary
school principals, please visit the Scientific
Yourself to an Educational Escape in Boston
Join NSTA at
the 56th National Conference on Science Education, March 27-30,
2008. Listen to invited keynote speaker Barbara Morgan’s fascinating
history as an elementary school teacher and astronaut logging more
than 305 hours in space. Take advantage of ready-to-use lesson plans
developed by experts and handed out to attendees. Win a well-equipped
science classroom (one for each grade band) provided by top exhibitors
in the Ultimate Classroom Giveaway. Don’t miss your chance
to improve upon your professional development skills through entertaining
workshops, events and networking.
by February 8 and save as much as $109 if you are
an NSTA member.
for more information.
the Time to Submit Your Conference Session Proposals
Proposals are now being accepted online for the NSTA 2008 area conferences
and 2009 national conference. Share your teaching experience with
our attendees! Visit www.nsta.org/conferences
to submit your proposal for our 2008-2009 conferences. In 2008-2009
NSTA will hold conferences in:
North Carolina, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2008
Oregon, Nov. 20-22, 2008
Ohio, Dec. 4-6, 2008
deadline for these conferences is January 15, 2008.
deadline for the 2009 National Conference on Science Education in
New Orleans, Louisiana is April 15, 2008.
Science Teacher is Looking for Good and Novel Questions!
Teacher, NSTA's peer-reviewed journal for secondary science
teachers, invites teachers to submit questions for the journal's
"Ask the Experts" department. Previous questions include,
"What would a compass do on the Moon?" and "Why doesn't
glue stick to the inside of its container?" In addition, the
journal is always looking for experts from industry, research, and
government to volunteer their time to answer questions. To submit
questions or to volunteer as an expert, e-mail department editor
Marc Rosner at firstname.lastname@example.org with your title and full contact
Online Solar System Course from the American Museum of Natural History
by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Denton Ebel, the American Museum of Natural
History will offer The Solar System beginning in January,
its latest addition to Seminars on Science, the museum's online
professional development program. The course uses original essays,
videos, and interactive media to address the origin and evolution
of the Solar System, its rich diversity and extreme environments,
the research focus of current space missions, and its eventual fate.
To view the full syllabus and to register online today, visit learn.amnh.org/solar.
Graduate credit for all
courses is available from several leading institutions. Courses
may be used to meet your professional development needs, including
degree, certification, NCLB, and salary gradation requirements.
courses include Evolution; Earth: Inside and Out; The Ocean
System; Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; The Diversity of Fishes;
and Space, Time and Motion. Come away from your class with
a deeper understanding of both the science and the tools of scientific
inquiry. Free sample resources for each course--including essays,
videos, and interactive simulations--are available online at learn.amnh.org.
Registration is now open
for the six-week sessions that begin January 28 and March 24, as
well as two sessions for Summer 2008. Courses are easy to use and
flexible enough to fit into a teacher’s busy schedule. Each
participant receives a CD of course resources suitable for classroom
for the January session closes January 14. Register by January
2 to receive a $50 discount. For more information and to
register, go to learn.amnh.org
or call 800-649-6715.
AAAS Session on Obesity and Childhood Nutrition
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) cordially
invite science teachers to attend a special program on obesity and
childhood nutrition. A town hall meeting, “Understanding Obesity
and Childhood Nutrition: A Special AAAS Public Engagement Event,”
will take place February 17, 2008, during the AAAS Annual Meeting
in Boston. Teachers, school health professionals, scientists, parents,
and the public are all invited to attend this free event.
obesity and childhood nutrition experts, the event also will include
an appearance by Mark Fenton, “America’s walking guru,”
and a demonstration of an interactive learning game. All participating
teachers will receive useful resources such as Planet Health lesson
plans, a plain-language Obesity booklet, a special AAAS video, and
a letter reflecting three hours’ worth of professional development.
For details, visit the AAAS
school teachers—register today! The first 300 middle-school
professionals to register will receive free copies of the Planet
Health fitness curriculum at the end of the town hall event.
Means You Belong! Join
NSTA for these essential
benefits that will enhance your marketability in the teaching
profession and build your professional knowledge. Being a member
of NSTA means you’re part of an international community of
practitioners dedicated to improving science education.
the NSTA Science Store
for an outstanding array of bestselling books and teaching resources.
Receive 30% off of the December featured book, Teaching
High School Science Through Inquiry: A Case Study Approach.
our member services web page to ensure that NSTA has your
offering more Web
Seminars this fall. Visit the website for more
information about these upcoming professional development opportunities.