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This issue of the high-school edition of Science Class features the theme Small Science . Please tell us what you think of the issue by using the Feedback link on the left of Science Class or by sending an e-mail to us at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

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Nanotechnology is an experimental field of applied science and technology at the atomic level; the term applies to the structure of matter on a scale below 100 nanometers. One nanometer (nm) is one billionth, or 10-9 of a meter. Because this field is still in its infancy, it is difficult to say for certain how important this science will become. The possibilities for technology on this small of a scale, however, can spark your students' interests. This issue presents news stories, journal articles, and books that can help you bring small science into your classroom.

Small Science in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest

(Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for national news for science educators)

The need for more research and various forms of nanotechnology are discussed in this month’s news articles.

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Small Science on the Web

In this month's high school-level journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members can read "Fats, Oils, and Colors of a Nanoscale Material" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=53014. For the complete The Science Teacher December 2006 Illustrated Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=53037.

NSTA Journal Articles on Small Science

Several articles from the NSTA journal archives provide examples of how nanotechnology can teach your students about scale.

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Books, Books, Books

To read about Small Science in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-12/books_high.htm.

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Professional Development

NSTA Web Seminars

The NSTA Web Seminars series continues through March 2007! Topics include: nutrition and outbreaks, Mars exploration, the ocean's role in weather and climate, space weather, gravity, circular motion, work and simple machines, and the International Polar Year. To learn more and to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.

NSTA Symposia

The following NSTA Symposia topics will be presented at the National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, March 29-April 1, 2007:

International Polar Year science and discoveries, kinetic and potential energy, work and simple machines, global positioning system and geography, nutrition and outbreaks, and space habitats.

On-line registration begins December 18, 2006 at http://institute.nsta.org/default.asp.

Global Science Teaching

Math/Science Education in a Global Age

Given the common challenges posed by globalization, many nations also face capacity-building issues in workforce development and education. In 2005, Asia Society and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China convened the U.S.-China Education Leaders Forum on Math and Science Education in Denver, Colorado. The purpose of the Forum was to deepen knowledge of the two education systems and to develop a set of ideas as to how the two countries could learn from each others’ strengths and challenges in mathematics and science education. This report summarizes the discussion at the Forum as well as related research on Asian achievement in math and science to make these ideas available to a wider audience.

To read more, visit http://www.internationaled.org/mathsciencereport.pdf.

Next Month's Theme:

Brain Science

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