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the Mars Rover Expedition into your Classroom
Over the weekend, your students and their parents were transfixed
by the turn of events with the Mars Rover. Use this historic event in this week’s
lessons with an excellent site sponsored by NASA’s JPL Laboratories in California.
The site has the images and science behind the expedition; continual updates
on the status of the Rover; special sections just for students and teachers;
a list of local Mars events; and a program called SchoolHouse Rocks where students
send a rock to JPL scientists for evaluation, then they can compare their rock
to a rock from Mars. Go to http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html
Presents Third Season of Science Shows
NSTA is pleased to support the third season of DragonflyTV, the PBS science
show for kids ages 9-12. Featuring out-of-this world science performed by down-to-Earth
kids, DragonflyTV is a program by and for kids. Whether it’s Arizona students
probing for life on Mars, a group of California “river rats” exploring water
hydraulics while shooting down the American River, or some Minnesota hockey
players creating “slapshot science,” DragonflyTV is a great source for fun and
engaging classroom investigations.
DragonflyTV offers free Educator’s Guides (which are also provided in
the NSTA journals); an interactive web site; and classroom packs of DFTV Zines,
a fun science journal for kids. And this season, DragonflyTV offers exciting
new educational features, including Super Do-Its that encourage students
to explore a cool science question and post their findings online at http://www.dragonflytv.org,
and Science Fact or Fiction, featuring students’ favorite young celebrities
debunking common science misperceptions.
For more information and show times, visit the DragonflyTV web site at http://www.dragonflytv.org
or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org,
to learn more.
National Convention Highlights
“Y’all come,” to NSTA’s 52nd National Convention April 1-4 in Atlanta,
GA, and join us in “Connecting Science to the World,” and
- 1,200-plus sessions,
workshops, presentations, and in-depth short courses
- Brand-new NSTA Professional
Development Institutes (http://www.nsta.org/profdevinstitutes)
- Exhibit hall chock full
of hundreds of new education tools and old favorites from the best suppliers
in the business
- Well known, highly respected,
and just-plain-entertaining speakers
- Wide selection of informative
field trips to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)*, Coca-Cola,
MLK, Jr. National Historic Site, Zoo Atlanta, the SciTrek Science Museum,
- Old friends and new in
an unparalleled networking environment
For full agenda, special
events, featured speakers, hotel information, and online registration forms,
go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004ATL.
Need a plan for obtaining funding to increase and enhance your professional
skills in Atlanta? Go to http://www.nsta.org/convtips.
deadline is Friday, February 13… register NOW for best savings!
*Two additional field trips
to the CDC have been added for Thursday, April 1 in response to the early sell-out
of the original two Friday trips. Register now!
Career Center Spotlight—Salem State College Seeks Biology and Secondary
of Biology at Salem State College seeks a tenure track faculty member
for the fall of 2004. In addition to teaching and advising, this
faculty member will work with the secondary education program, with
double majors in Biology and Education, and with the MAT in Biology
program. For complete details regarding this position or a full
list of other available job opportunities, visit http://careers.nsta.org.
Whether you're seeking a new position or need to fill a vacancy,
the NSTA Career Center is the premier location for science education
careers. Post your resume or current job opening today!
Offers Free Automobile Safety Brochures and Videos
Do you want to learn how to avoid car theft? Do you need advice
about how to shop for a safer car? Are you interested in how to make the road
safer for new drivers? GEICO offers safety brochures and videos on these and
many other safety concerns to NSTA members free of charge or for a nominal fee.
To order, simply visit http://www.geico.com/about/brochures.htm.
To learn more about GEICO and other benefits of NSTA membership, visit http://www.nsta.org/benefits.
Middle School Science? JASON Academy has a Special Online Offer
The JASON Academy is offering a discounted registration price of $150 for
a special session of Forces and Motion or Structure of the Earth, which will
be given online
Feb. 2–March 6. Teachers enrolling in either one of these courses who agree
to take part in the course evaluation, conducted by SRI International, will
receive a $100 stipend for completing the online assessment forms, so their
net cost for the course is $50. Register now by calling 888-527-6600 ext. 240,
or go to http://institute.nsta.org
and on to the JASON Academy site. Graduate credit in education or natural science
and continuing education units are available at additional cost. Questions?
E-mail email@example.com. The JASON
Academy is part of the NSTA Institute.
to be “In the Know”? Make http://www.nsta.org/mainnews your First
Science Ed News Source
When you visit the NSTA Web News Digest at http://www.nsta.org/mainnews, you’ll
find your best source for collected nationwide news for science
educators. Posted daily and sorted under Science News, Education
News, Legislative Affairs, and NSTA News, the Digest is the best
way to start your day.
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