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Week of October 29, 2012

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Cable in the Classroom

Win a Shell Science Lab Makeover ($20,000 Value) for Your School

The Shell Science Lab Challenge invites middle and high school science teachers (grades 6–12) in the United States and Canada (with special attention to urban and underrepresented groups) to illustrate replicable approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources. To complete a Challenge application, describe (in three pages or less) your philosophy of science teaching; the school's current limited laboratory facilities and resources and why they might be classified as "limited"; and an innovative use of limited laboratory equipment and resources you have implemented in your classroom. Teachers and schools submitting top entries will receive additional laboratory tools, resources, and rich professional development opportunities. November 12 is the deadline for receipt of applications. For details and to download an application, please visit www.nsta.org/shellsciencelab.

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Lineup of Free Web Seminars in Preparation for NGSS: Exploring the Practices in the Framework for K–12 Science Education

NSTA continues its series of free web seminars on the scientific and engineering practices described in A Framework for K–12 Science Education. Sign up now for the upcoming Tuesday night sessions from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Eastern Time:

November 6—Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
November 20—Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
December 4—Engaging in Argument from Evidence
December 18—Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information

The Framework, published by the National Research Council (NRC), describes the major practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas that all students should be familiar with by the end of high school and is being used to guide the development of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Attend all eight seminars or just one. Graduate credit is offered through Shippensburg University.

  • Catch all of the previous web seminars in the series in our archive
  • For more information and to register for any of the FREE web seminars, click here

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Calling All Digital Divas, Web Chix, and Coder Girls

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. The program offers both national and local affiliate competitions. National winners receive $500, a laptop and a trip to the March 9, 2013, awards gala. Applications are open through October 31. Apply now!

Since 2007, NCWIT has inducted more than 1300 young women into the Aspirations in Computing Talent Pipeline program and honored more than 50 teachers with the NCWIT Educator Award. Learn more at www.aspirationsaward.org.

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Nurture Your Souls in Phoenix, Arizona, at NSTA's Conference on Science Education

For science teachers and administrators who want and need professional development, the best comes from NSTA’s experts who present, run workshops on content and strategies, and lead talks on issues teachers care about (Common Core, NGSS, STEM) at the Conference on Science Education, December 6–8, in Phoenix. Register today.

This destination city will nurture the souls of teachers in cold climates who may want to consider a warm and sunny getaway with an academic intent. Take advantage of three days of more than 400 sessions for teachers in all disciplines and at all stages in their careers. Preservice to veteran status, we’ve got something for everyone. Have a look at some featured sessions:

  • STEM Curriculum—Moving Beyond the Acronym and into Classroom Practice—Jo Anne Vasquez ,Vice President and Program Director, Arizona Transition Years, teacher and curriculum STEM initiatives for Helios Education Foundation.
  • Phosphorus, Food, and Our Future—James J. Elser (Fulbright Senior Lecturer, Universidad de Comahue: Bariloche, Argentina; and Regents' Professor and Parents Association Professor, Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science; and Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
  • Flight of the Monarch Butterflies (at the Arizona Science Center)—View the latest IMAX film Flight of the Butterflies, engage in classroom activities focused on the monarchs’ amazing migration across North America, as well as their habitats and life cycle. Educational materials will be provided for classroom use, and a drawing for door prizes will take place at the end of the program. Breakfast will be served. Fee-based symposia, but each participant will receive a $75 stipend for attendance.
  • Experimental Design Just for PreK–5—Activities that merge experimental design with force and motion using paper to investigate flying, spinning, rolling, and floating.
  • Science Notebooks: Analysis, Feedback, and Discourse (Elementary–Middle School)
  • Science and Literacy for the ELL Student
  • Astronishing Astronomy: The Electromagnetic Spectrum (Middle–High)
  • Neuroscience for Your Biology Classroom (Middle–High)
  • STEM CSI (Middle–High)
  • Creating Connection to Foster Action: A Hook for Effective STEM Integration (Middle–High)
  • Full-day programs offered in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Engineering

Visit www.nsta.org/phoenix for details and to register.

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NSF Fall Webinars on MSP Program

The National Science Foundation is offering series of webinars this fall in preparation for solicitations for the next Math and Science Partnership program (NSF MSP Solicitation 12-518). To learn more, go to the NSF website.

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You're Invited to the October 30 Web Seminar on eCYBERMISSION, A STEM Competition

Register now for NSTA’s web seminar “Teach STEM Skills in Your Classroom Through eCYBERMISSION.” Scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, learn about the basic elements of the competition, choosing a topic, writing a problem statement, data collection, and analyzing and drawing conclusions. Prospective team advisors are encouraged to attend.

eCYBERMISSION is an online, collaborative, learning competition designed to inspire grades 6–9 students to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their local communities. Student teams have the opportunity to win state, regional and national awards with four winning teams awarded up to $8,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds (value at maturity).

Registration for the 2012–2013 competition is open until December 14. To participate, students must be U.S. citizens enrolled at any U.S.-based public, private, or home school, Department of State school, or a Department of State education activity. A team advisor must be a teacher, coach, counselor, or leader in a youth organization and at least 21 years of age.

We’re giving super gifts to the team advisor with the most individual students registered by December 14; a $600 gift certificate for Vernier Probeware for their classroom. Additionally, every team advisor with at least 20 registered students is eligible to be entered into a drawing where the winner will receive Vernier Probeware valued at $600. Register today.

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New—Innovative App Challenge for Students

Verizon Foundation and Technology Student Association have partnered to offer the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a competition that provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students to use their STEM knowledge to come up with an original mobile app concept that addresses a need or problem in their school or community.

The top ten “Best Overall” schools each receive $10,000 for their school; a Samsung Galaxy Tab for each team member; and support in bringing their apps to the marketplace. Selected finalists will present their winning apps at the 2013 national Technology Student Association conference in Orlando in June.

To learn more and register a team, visit www.verizonfoundation.org/appchallenge.

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Visit the NSTA Science Store for an outstanding array of bestselling books and teaching resources. Receive 30% off the price of the October featured book, Start Young: Early Childhood Science Activities.


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