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Week of July 1, 2013

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Save Energy and Win Awards

Registration is now open for America’s Home Energy Education Challenge (AHEEC), a national student competition for grades 3–8, administered by NSTA for the Department of Energy. The competition gives students the chance to learn about energy, develop techniques for reducing energy consumption, and save money in their own homes by reducing household energy use.

Teams of kids, grades 3–8, can win up to $10,000 in prizes for their school or organization. Team registration ends November 15—register today! Visit homeenergychallenge.org for more details.

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Maryland and Vermont Adopt NGSS

Last week the state boards of education in Maryland and Vermont voted unanimously to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), bringing the number of states to formally adopt NGSS to five (Rhode Island, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, and Vermont). Full implementation in Maryland's public schools is expected to be completed in time for the 2017–18 school year. In a press release Vermont Governor Shumlin stated, “I hear often from Vermont businesses struggling to fill positions due to the lack of applicants skilled in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Next Generation Science Standards help address these gaps and keep Vermont’s schools on the leading edge nationwide.”

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How Do You Plan to Spend Your Summer?

Summer "break" is an opportunity for many educators to expand their content knowledge, hone their skills, or explore new topics. Please take a few moments to reflect on your summer professional development experiences and share your thoughts with NSTA Reports!

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Apply to Win Free Airline Tickets to an NSTA Fall 2013 Conference

Apply to win a round-trip ticket on Southwest Airlines to one of our fall area conferences:

  • Portland, Oregon: October 24–26
  • Charlotte, North Carolina: November 7–9
  • Denver, Colorado: December 12–14

To enter, write a 150-word essay on what science content, teaching strategy, technique, or topic you are most interested in learning about at the conference and why. Include your name, school, address, e-mail, and phone number along with your essay—if you fail to submit any of this information your essay will be disqualified. E-mail your entry to swtravelscholarship@nsta.org.

The deadline is 5:00 p.m. on September 13, 2013. Thirty round-trip airline tickets will be awarded. Winners will be notified September 20, 2013. Good luck!

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NSTA Legislative Update

Education Secretary Duncan announces he will consider more flexibility for accountability and testing to states transitioning to the new common core standards, and one U.S. Senator speaks up about the Obama administration’s plan to consolidate STEM education programs. Read more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (now published in the NSTA Blog).

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From the NSTA Calendar: Take Part in National Moth Week

National Moth Week (NMW) celebrates moths and their ecological importance, as well as their biodiversity. During July 20–28, groups and individuals from across the United States will look for moths and share what they’ve found. NMW participants of all ages can help map moth distribution and contribute scientific data about moths they observe in their own communities. Finding moths can be as simple as leaving a porch light on and checking it after dark.

Public moth-spotting and educational events are planned in museums, parks, nature centers, wildlife refuges, and libraries, and at universities, colleges, and summer camps. Visit the NMW website to find out where events are being held, or to plan your own event and register it online. The site also features videos, podcasts, a blog, and a Kids Page with activities and information for children.

Like moths to bright lights, let yourself be drawn to the NSTA Calendar to discover more science-related events and celebrations.

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Trending This Week

What are your peers talking about in the social media realm? We’ve stumbled upon and scooped the ones we liked best this week:

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Add Excitement to Your Biology Classroom

Attention-grabbing narrative and corresponding role-plays are the basis of NSTA’s new book for high school classrooms, Diagnosis for Classroom Success: Making Anatomy and Physiology Come Alive. After conducting research at a rigorous medical school, your students arrive for their first day of hospital duty only to be confronted with four sick patients, each with a different mystery ailment. How can your teams of student-physicians come up with the correct diagnoses? By blending the power of story with engaging investigations, Diagnosis for Classroom Success will cure what ails your lecture-weary biology classes. Click here for more information.

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NSTA Reports Now Available to Download

The summer issue of NSTA Reports is on its way to you, if it hasn't arrived already.

For added convenience, from this issue on, we are making your member newspaper accessible electronically.

To read or download the current issue, click here.

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