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Week of April 9, 2012

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Shell Science Lab Challenge Names 2012 Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations to Kristy Martens of Westmount Charter School in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who was named the grand prize winner of the 2012 Shell Science Lab Challenge. The competition encouraged teachers (grades 6–12) in the U.S. and Canada, who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources, to share their approaches for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000.

Four national finalists were also named in the second annual Shell Science Lab Challenge. They include:

  • Jennifer Bagardi, Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, Detroit, Michigan
  • Lance Doss, Wagoner High School, Wagoner, Oklahoma
  • Dr. Manuel Paul Peña, Longfellow High School for Pregnant & Parenting Mothers, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Denise Ponte and Joseph Mastroeni, Roy W. Brown Middle School, Bergenfield, New Jersey

As the grand prize winner, Martens received a science lab makeover support package for her school valued at $20,000. The prize package includes an $8,000 Shell cash grant, $8,000 in donated lab equipment, $1,000 in NSTA prizes—to include an NSTA bookstore gift certificate and NSTA conference registrations, NSTA memberships, and NSTA Learning Center subscriptions for two teachers—and an expense-paid trip for two teachers to attend the 2012 NSTA National Conference on Science Education.

For more information about the program visit the competition website.

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Don't Miss Out! Deadline is Fast Approaching to Submit a Session Proposal for the 2013 San Antonio National Conference

Share your good ideas at the 2013 NSTA San Antonio National Conference on Science Education. Don’t delay—the deadline for submissions is April 15, 2012. For more information, visit www.nsta.org/conferences. There you can submit a proposal by clicking “Presenting at NSTA Conferences” on the left.

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From the NSTA Calendar: BatsLIVE, a Distance Learning Adventure

Bat populations are declining in much of North America, and losing bats has far-reaching consequences for natural ecosystems and human economies. Teach your elementary or middle level students about bat conservation using the resources of BatsLIVE, a Distance Learning Adventure. In addition to taking advantage of the website's free resources (such as lesson plans and videos), teachers and informal educators can participate in free BatsLIVE web seminars offered in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation and presented by scientists and educators on April 18, May 3, and October 11. And students in grades 4–8 can join a live electronic field trip on May 17 and have their questions about bats answered by experts. Online registration is encouraged for these events.

Find more free distance learning opportunities for you and your students on the NSTA Calendar.

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STEM Forum & Expo—Implement and Integrate

Register now for the STEM Forum & Expo in Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 17–19, to take advantage of the first-ever NSTA conference on implementing STEM instruction in your classrooms, schools, and districts. We will be hosting a STEM-related roundtable task force of high school and college level teachers and business leaders; a “Family STEM Night”; and two keynote speakers, Kenneth Wesson, speaking on the STEM Hologram, and NASA astronaut Mary Ellen Weber, presenting on Opportunities in Science and Math. Sessions devoted to STEM and its integration comprise most of the nearly 300 workshops including many focused on grades K–8. Check out the strands at www.nsta.org/stemforum. Don’t miss this unique event where you can join the discussion.

Sample sessions:

  • Creating STEM-embedded Literacy Learning Centers (PreK–2)
  • Engineering Adventures: Engineering in Out-of-School-Time Programs
  • STEM at Four and Five: Harnessing Discovery Learning
  • Bring Literacy and Science Together: B.L.A.S.T.© for Success at School and Home—Discover simple multisensory hands-on elementary (grades 2–5) explorations using fairy tales as catalysts with take-home and language arts follow-up.
  • Scalable STEM Activities for Grades 3–9
  • Hands-On Performance Assessment in Science: An Effective Strategy to Assess Inquiry in STEM Courses (Elem–Middle/Supervision)
  • CSI: Flight Adventures—Using aircraft models to connect engineering and math through the science of flight (Grades 3–5)
  • STEM Investigations: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (Grades 3–5)
  • Innovation Labs: Using the Tools of Tinkering to Engage Students in Math and Science (Grades 6–9)
  • Computer Models: A Common STEM Thread (Middle level–College/Supervision)
  • Middle Level STEM: Public School/University Curriculum Development Partnership for Engaging Problem Solving
  • Connecting Scientists and Engineers in the Laboratory with Teachers and Students in the Classroom (General)
  • Green and Renewable Energy Workshop (GREW): A STEM Summer Experience for K–8 Teachers
  • Integrated STEM Education: What Is It Today, and What Should It Be in the Future? (General)
  • Enhancing Elementary Teachers' STEM Content Knowledge

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NSTA Global Inquiry and Science Investigation in Costa Rica—A Professional Development Program

Join NSTA and Holbrook Travel for a unique professional development opportunity this summer, July 23–August 1, 2012. Investigate the rich habitats of Costa Rica, a country world-renowned for its tropical forests, biological diversity, and dedication to environmental conservation. During the course of the program, educators will have the opportunity to visit a variety of ecosystems and perform critical research for national and international scientific projects using GLOBE protocols. The program is designed to highlight the principles of Earth system science, life science, and species conservation through activities such as actively collecting data, analyzing findings, and participating in inquiry-based learning modules. In addition to its scientific core, threads of cultural exchange and service have been woven throughout the itinerary, providing participants with a comprehensive foundation for widening perspectives and strengthening global science understanding both in the field and the classroom. Visit www.holbrooktravel.com/nsta to learn more and register.

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Last Chance to Register for a Spring Course from the Wildlife Conservation Society's Online Teacher Academy

Explore best practices in science education while receiving free resources and up-to-date news from field experts—all from the comfort of your home! The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Online Teacher Academy courses run entirely online for six weeks.

Graduate credits are available for a reasonable additional fee (see “Registration Details” on www.wcs.org/elearning for more information).

Spring courses run from April 6 to May 27, 2012:

  • Conservation Biology for Educators—Discover what it takes to save the world's most incredible, and endangered, animals. Learn how scientists study animals in nature and use that information to protect wildlife and wild places.
  • Habitat Ecology for Educators—Explore habitats and wildlife from around the world and examine the interconnectedness of EVERYTHING on Earth. Available at a special reduced price of only $50 (a $225 savings)!

This is your last chance to register, so act today!

Questions? Visit www.wcs.org/elearning or call +1-718-220-5136.

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STEM Forum and Expo

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