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Week of November 5, 2012

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Majorities Oppose Cuts to Federal Education Spending

With the threat of sequestration and the expiration of the Bush era tax cuts looming ahead for the lame duck Congress, a number of key options for reducing the deficit have been floated, including cuts to education. Research conducted last month by the Pew Research Center finds that the majority of Americans surveyed for the poll (75%) do not want to reduce federal education spending and 61% oppose cuts in funding for federal students loans. A majority of respondents also rejected reduced funding to scientific research. Key results of the poll are below; for more information, click here.

Federal Spending Graph

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Afterschool Programs and STEM: Tell Us What You Think

Quality afterschool science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs provide excellent opportunities to get students engaged with hands-on, inquiry-based learning science and technology activities. Evaluations of afterschool programs have shown students who participate in STEM-focused afterschool programs are more interested in STEM, have a higher degree of STEM-based knowledge and skills, and often pursue STEM careers at a higher rate. Tell us what you think about afterschool STEM programs by taking this short NSTA survey. (You can also sign up to learn more about afterschool STEM programs in your area with the survey.)

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Web Seminar and eCYBERMISSION Rescheduled for November 8

Register now for NSTA’s November 8 rescheduled free web seminar, “Teach STEM Skills in Your Classroom Through eCYBERMISSION.”Attendees will 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 for the web seminar today.

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Call for Sessions Proposals

STEM Forum & Expo—Deadline November 30
Attention Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics educators, we need you. We are accepting session proposals for our NSTA 2013 STEM Forum & Expo in St. Louis (May 15–18, 2013). For strand information and to submit a proposal, visit NSTA conferences on the web.

2013–2014 NSTA Conferences
Share your knowledge and good ideas. Submit a session proposal for an NSTA conference. We are now accepting session proposals for NSTA's 2013 area conferences (Portland, Charlotte, and Denver) and 2014 national conference in Boston, Massachusetts (April 3–6, 2014). For strand information and to submit a proposal, visit NSTA conferences on the web.

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Announcing the 1st International Teacher-Scientist Partnership Conference

February 13–14, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts

The Science & Health Education Partnership at UC San Francisco and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are pleased to announce the first International Teacher-Scientist Partnership Conference. The conference, funded by the National Science Foundation (Grant DUE-1247936), will be held February 13–14, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, just before the annual AAAS Annual Meeting.

This conference is designed for anyone involved or interested in teacher-scientist partnerships, such as teachers, scientists, engineers, partnership program coordinators/specialists, administrators, and evaluators. The program will include sessions of interest to both new and experienced stakeholders in the field and will include a mix of keynote speakers, panel sessions, workshops, and networking time. Conference topics will include: partnership models, getting started in partnerships, recruitment, evaluation, dissemination and more. Join others from around the world for two days of discussions, workshops, and presentations as we build community and share expertise in this rapidly growing field.

Proposal Submission: We are currently soliciting proposals for workshops and sessions. Proposals are due Monday, December 3, 2012. The final program will be announced in January 2013.

Poster Session: Join us at AAAS on Friday, February 15, and share your work in the teacher-scientist field with AAAS attendees. This session is an opportunity to inform a broad range of STEM professionals about the merits and benefits of teacher-scientist partnerships. Poster submissions are due Monday, January 21, 2013.

More conference info available soon—check www.ucsf.edu/sep for updates.

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Experience Top-notch PD at NSTA's Conference on Science Education, Phoenix

Science educators from across the nation can enhance their teaching skills and content knowledge while enjoying beautiful weather and stunning sunsets in Phoenix, December 6–8, at NSTA’s Conference on Science Education. Like the mythical bird for which it is named, a revitalized downtown Phoenix is a great conference destination with more than 400 workshops and presentations, full day discipline-specific programs, a science center featuring a planetarium and IMAX theatre, art galleries, and museums all within walking distance. Don’t miss this learning event. The advance registration deadline, Nov. 16, is around the corner.

See some selected sessions:

  • Building SPEED: Science in the Real World (at 200 mph)—Diandra L. Leslie-Pelecky (Professor of Physics, West Virginia University)
  • The Current State of the Next Generation Science Standards—Stephen L. Pruitt (Vice President for Content, Research, and Development, Achieve)
  • Building Academic Vocabulary Through Science (Elementary–Middle)
  • Experimental Design Just for PreK–5
  • Council for Elementary Science International Share-a-Thon (Prek–Middle)
  • Science and Literacy for the ELL Student
  • Creating Connection to Foster Action: A Hook for Effective STEM Integration (Middle–High)
  • What You Can Gain from Genetic Testing in Your Classroom—Integrates math (probability and linear functions), science (genetics), technology (biotechnology), and engineering (electrophoresis). (Middle)
  • Forests, Carbon, and Climate Change (Middle–High)
  • Instructional Planning, Resources, and Technology to Enhance Instruction in the AP Classroom—Learn different methods of scaffolding inquiry (High)
  • Using Physics "Challenge Days" to Help Motivate Freshman Students
  • Full-day programs: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Engineering
  • Field Trip (ticketed): Cadaver and DNA Lab-Tour the cutting-edge Grand Canyon University lab
  • Field Trip: Grand Canyon Railway Resort and Bus Tour (narrated).

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Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking is Topic of Tuesday’s Web Seminar in Preparation for NGSS

Using mathematics and computational thinkingis the topic of the next web seminar in a series of eight on the scientific and engineering practices described in A Framework for K–12 Science Education. It will be held on Tuesday, November 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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).

Teachers will learn more about

  • The importance of mathematics and computation as fundamental tools for representing physical variables and their relationships;
  • Tow tools are used for a range of tasks, including constructing simulations; statistically analyzing data; and recognizing, expressing, and applying quantitative relationships;
  • Mathematical and computational approaches that enable scientists and engineers to predict the behavior of systems and test the validity of such predictions;
  • Why statistical methods are frequently used to identify significant patterns and establish correlational relationships.

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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Lab Out Loud: Learn about NASA Science with NASA Wavelength

In episode 85 of NSTA's teacher-hosted podcast Lab Out Loud , Brian Bartel and Dale Basler learn about a new digital resource called NASA Wavelength. Organized by topic and audience level, NASA Wavelength delivers a powerful search of Earth and space science resources funded through NASA's Science Mission Directorate. Listen to hear how you might use NASA Wavelength in your classroom.

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4th World Conference on Science and Technology Education Next Fall in Malaysia—Deadline for Papers Dec. 31

Live Science, Love Learning, Create Change is the theme for the 4th World Conference on Science and Technology Education in 2013 (WorldSTE2013), scheduled for September 29 to October 3, 2013, on Borneo Island in the city of Kuching, Malaysia. More than 2,000 educators from all over the world are expected to attend the five day international conference, which will be hosted by the International Council of Association for Science Education (ICASE), UNESCO, and the Global Research and Intelligence Network (GRAIN). International experts in science and technology education will cover a range of science and technology education topics, over 100 exhibitions will be on display, and delegates will have the chance to experience the unique culture of Kuching, Malaysia. Papers for conference are being accepted until December 31. To learn more, click here.

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