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Week of November 8, 2010

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Al Gore to Host Global Online Town Hall on Math and Science Education

On November 17, 2010, at 12 p.m. ET, Time Warner Cable (TWC) will host a live interactive online town hall called “Math, Science and the Future of Our Nation,” hosted by former Vice President Al Gore. The town hall will connect young people from the U.S. with students from around the world, and include two internationally known science and technology leaders—inventor Dean Kamen and astronaut Sally Ride. The discussion will focus on attitudes among American youth toward math and science, and how to inspire and motivate them so they will be successful in a competitive global marketplace.

Members of the public can join the town hall online, where they can also submit live video questions and comments from anywhere in the world in real time. Simultaneous “viewing parties” are also being planned in 16 TWC markets across the country. Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is TWC’s philanthropic initiative involving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

For more information, please visit www.connectamillionminds.com.

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Sponsored by:
USA Today-NASA Engineering Design Challenge

Disney's Planet Challenge "Imagine Your Planet" Video Series

Calling All Science Teachers, Grades 3–8! Check out the new “Imagine Your Planet” video series, brought to you by Disney’s Planet Challenge. With “Imagine Your Planet,” Disney’s Planet Challenge goes into classrooms across the country, following students on their mission to create a better planet. In the latest video released, Disney’s Planet Challenge spotlights a fourth-grade class and their teacher, Mrs. Cress, from Central Intermediate School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The clip highlights the students’ project, Saving the Wetlands, One Planet at a Time, which focuses on helping to fortify the native wetlands in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and the recent oil spill in the Gulf threatened to destroy it.

Developed in collaboration with NSTA and the K–12 Alliance, the Challenge offers students the chance to use their imagination and creativity to help the planet while giving educators a fresh new way to motivate students with the help of an educationally sound curriculum that meets national and state guideline requirements.

For more information or to enroll in the program, visit disney.go.com/planetchallenge. Enrollment is open through December 17, 2010. Once enrolled, teams have until February 16, 2011 to complete their projects.

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Sponsored by:
NSTA Conference-Nashville

November Offers Full Plate of NSTA Web Seminars

Join us for free, 90-minute live web seminars. All programs are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

  • November 8, 2010—MY NASA DATA: Solar Cell Energy Availability from Around the Country. Where in the United States would solar panels be most effective? This NASA Explorer Schools e-PD web seminar features the Solar Cell Energy Availability From Around the Country activity from MY NASA DATA. In this activity, students use NASA data to determine areas of the country that are most likely to produce solar energy by analyzing differences in incoming solar radiation graphs.
  • November 9, 2010—Green Chemistry-Is There a Place for it in High School Chemistry? Learn the basic principles of green chemistry and how they can be applied to typical high school courses along with new labs with a green message.
  • November 10, 2010—Climate Change along Northeast Coasts and Estuaries. Explore why estuaries are so important, check in with researchers on recent links between climate change and coastal areas, and delve into some innovative lesson plans created by climate change scientists and educators.
  • November 16, 2010—Earth Climate Course. Learn the answer to the question “What factors have the greatest influence on the temperature of a planet?”  
  • November 17, 2010—ExploraVision: Online Resources. Past winning coaches will share lesson plans, timelines, and testimonials about the competition.
  • November 18, 2010—Messenger: Cooling With Sunshades. The activity at the heart of this lesson engages students in the construction of a simple device to measure how effective different materials are for protecting against sunlight and therefore solar radiant energy.
  • November 22, 2010—GENESIS: Exploring Data--A First Look. Entropy is the key to understanding the changes that we observe in the world around us, but often seems to be a very abstract concept. A molecular level view of entropy provides a more physically understandable and concrete picture than is often taught.

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From the NSTA Calendar: It's Time for Bird Watching!

By sharing information about which birds visit their feeders between November and April, backyard and schoolyard bird watchers can help scientists track changes in bird numbers and movements from year to year. You and your students can be part of Project FeederWatch, a citizen-science program from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada for people of all ages and skill levels. The program can help engage children in nature study and scientific investigation by encouraging careful observation and note-taking; stimulating children to ask questions about the natural world; promoting independent study; and providing opportunities for meaningful internet use and exploration.

Bird counting begins on November 13. Register at the Project FeederWatch website. The site also contains a live “bird cam,” bird photographs, information on birds and bird feeding, and tips for identifying various species.

Keep your eye on the NSTA online calendar for more science education opportunities.

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Nashville Hosting NSTA's Third Regional Conference on Science Education

Southern hospitality is waiting for the legions of science educators headed for Nashville, Dec. 2–4. For teachers in all stages of their careers and from every discipline, more than 400 sessions, workshops, and presentations are available. Hands-on, practical tips and strategies, content knowledge development, and daylong discipline-specific programs will be available. Donít miss this opportunity to attend an NSTA conference in Music City.

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Science Matters in Baltimore!

Join us Saturday, November 13, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center. The National Science Teachers Association, WGBH and Maryland Public Television are co-hosting a FREE community science event for teachers, parents, school officials, and other community members. Engage in exciting hands-on activities, live animal presentations, and demonstrations on how to construct wind tubes using a variety of recycled materials. And hear from local WJZ-TV meteorologist Bernadette Woods, who will be giving the keynote address at the event. Science Matters tote bags filled with cool giveaways will be distributed to the first 150 people who attend. Visit www.nsta.org/sciencematters for more information or to learn how to register to attend the Science Matters Community Event.

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