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NSTA celebrates its 60th anniversary this year! To find out more about the history of NSTA, visit: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-10/publisher60.pdf

In this issue, the high school edition of Science Class focuses on Food Science. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles. If you are not a member of NSTA, then you receive the high school version of Science Class as a default. To view the elementary and middle level editions of Science Class, please click on the links at left. If you have any comments about this issue, send them to: enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

If you have a text-only browser or are having any difficulties with our links, please visit: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-10/member_high.htm.


If you are trying to capture your teenage students' attention, you need to know what's on their minds. Among other things, they think about food—often! What better way to gain their interest than to talk about something they are already thinking about? As they listen to you talk about popcorn and french fries, they might be surprised to learn some science at the same time.

Food Science in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for nationwide news for science educators).

Recipe for Professional Development: FDA/NSTA Host Teacher Workshop (NSTA News)

A partnership between NSTA and the Food and Drug Administration enables educators to participate in various activities to learn about food science.


Food Science on the Net

In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members read "Biology of Food." The link to that article is:


SciLinks is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen for printed articles and books. It does so through keywords; the keyword from this issue is:

Food Pyramid: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263569911221044

Science and Our Food Supply

This exciting new curriculum, sponsored jointly by the National Science Teachers Association and the Food and Drug Administration, comes complete with separate guides for middle level and high school science teachers, and includes an interactive video, "Dr. X and the Quest for Food Safety" and the comprehensive "Food Safety A to Z Reference Guide." Click here to learn more about ordering a free curriculum kit: http://www.nsta.org/288.

NSTA Articles on Food Science

The following NSTA journal articles provide you with fresh ideas for teaching food science to your high school students.

Click here to read more:


Books, Books, Books

The NSTA Science Store and catalogs offer NSTA Press books and other outstanding titles for science educators. Selections for this issue are grade appropriate and were chosen for their relevance to the theme of this
issue—Food Science. Click here for this issue's recommended titles:


To receive the latest NSTA Catalog for your specific grade level, visit:


Professional Development

"Does anyone worry these days about teachers’ aspirations—their professional dreams and expectations for themselves?" Read "Teachers of Ambition, " James M. Banner, Jr.'s piece in Education Weekly.


Global Science Teaching

The International Task Force

NSTA President Anne Tweed has established the International Task Force, led by Dr. Michael Padilla, President elect. It is the charge of the task force to investigate and recommend a strategic plan in support of an enhanced international role for NSTA.

To learn more, visit: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-10/international.htm

Spaced Out Project

If the Sun was about the size of the famous Lovell radio dish at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, England (diameter 76m), Pluto would be in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Neptune in Armagh, Ireland. Read about how schools in the United Kingdom participate in the Spaced Out project, which aims to create one of the world's largest scale models of the Solar System.


NSTA Opportunities

Write for NSTA's Journals

The Science Teacher (Grades 9–12) has issued a Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:


Recognizing Outstanding Teachers

NSTA administers several awards that recognize the professional efforts of science teachers and educators. Click here to read more about them:


Next Month's Theme:

History and Nature of Science

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