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Your Members of Congress this Week During National Math-Science Online Lobby
Let your voice be heard!
Take part in this week’s National Math-Science Online Lobby Week.
NSTA and the National Council
of Teachers of Mathematics have joined forces to bring our messages to Washington,
D.C. Science and math educators will be working together in this nationwide
campaign to increase federal funding for K-12 science and math education programs.
Why is this important now?
Members of Congress are now working to fund the FY 2005 federal education programs.
Before they make tough funding decisions in the next few weeks they listen carefully
to their constituents about the issues important to them. We need more dedicated
funding for science and math education, so we are asking all stakeholders in
science and math education to please take a minute and send a brief e-mail with
one simple request: increase funds for the Math and Science Partnership program
at the Department of Education.
Here are some
talking points for you to use with your e-mails to your Representative
and Senators: http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_06_14_extra.htm
For more information, go to http://www.nsta.org/legaffairs
and Toshiba Honor 2004 ExploraVision Winners
On Friday, June 11, scores
attended a festive banquet and awards ceremony filled with pageantry, key dignitaries,
speakers, entertainment, and more to honor the national student teams, parents,
and science advisors who took top honors in the 2004 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision
Eight teams of students
who combined creativity with science to envision future technologies were formally
recognized during the Washington, D.C. ceremony, which included Hideo Ito, chairman
and CEO of Toshiba America, and television’s Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Five of this year’s winning
teams envisioned advancements in medical technologies. Three teams proposed
technologies to make the world safer and more environmentally friendly. In addition
to the all-expenses paid trip to the nation’s capital, each student on the four
first-place teams will receive a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond, and students on
the second-place teams will each receive a $5,000 savings bond.
ExploraVision Awards is funded by the Toshiba Corporation, the Toshiba
American Group Companies, and the Toshiba America Foundation, and
administered by NSTA. For a look at some of the highlights from
the June 11 event, go to http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_06_14_extra2.htm
For more information on next year’s competition, go to http://www.exploravision.org.
Side By Side With Scientists On Research Expeditions Around the
and the Earthwatch Institute are pleased to offer NSTA members this
new benefit program. As an Earthwatch Institute participant,
you will gain skills, content knowledge, and inspiration that will
find their way back into your classroom—all while making a difference
in some of the world’s most inspiring locations. Excavate ancient
Angkor ruins in Thailand, monitor dolphin behavior off the coast
of Spain, track jaguars and peccaries in Brazil, and much more!
NSTA members receive the Earthwatch member rate—a $100 savings—on
all Earthwatch research expeditions. Mention your NSTA affiliation
when you visit http://www.earthwatch.org/partners/nsta.html
or call 800-776-0188.
For more NSTA
benefits, visit http://www.nsta.org/benefits. Don’t miss
out. Join today: http://www.nsta.org/join!
Just another way NSTA is
working for YOU!
NSTA Press Titles Win Highest Honors from
NSTA books were awarded the coveted Distinguished Achievement Award
for Excellence in Educational Publishing by the Association for
Educational Publishers (AEP) at ceremonies last week in Washington,
D.C. Inquiring Safely: A Guide for Middle School Teachers by
Terry Kwan and Juliana Texley was the winner in the “Reference Books/Adults/Whole
Publication” category; and Evolution in Perspective: The Science
Teacher’s Compendium, edited by Rodger Bybee won in the “Books/Cover
Design” category. According to AEP, winners were selected from
more than 1,400 entries “after thorough analysis by a national panel
of experts,” and the winning titles are entitled to display the
coveted Lamp of Learning logo. NSTA “joins an elite cadre of companies
in the supplemental publishing field who have been honored for excellence
in their products.” To browse Inquiring Safely, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB166X2.
For Evolution in Perspective, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB181X.
Courses Headline Professional Development Options at NSTA Indianapolis
Convention, Nov. 4-6
The menu of
Short Courses—NSTA’s highly popular, in-depth sessions on particular
subjects—for the Nov. 4-6 Indianapolis convention is undergoing
finishing touches and final confirmations, but the tentative titles
are truly tantalizing. All Short Courses are formatted for a minimum
of three hours, with some requiring up to a full-day commitment
to cover the subject. Complete details on these popular sessions—and
the additional fees for them—will be posted on the NSTA Indianapolis
Convention Web page at http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004IND
by early July. Some of the rich topics you’ll find include:
- An Observation
Methodology for Science and Art
- NSTA Institute
Session: Preparing for an NCATE Review of the Science Teacher
- It’s 10:00.
Do You Know Where Your Sun Is?
- EXCITE Problem-Based
Learning Odysseys: A Voyage Worth Taking!
If you’re thinking about
attending a fall NSTA convention in Seattle, Nov. 18-20, or Richmond,
Dec. 2-4, you can scroll the agenda, fill out a personal scheduler
to help you request funding support, and register online when you
go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions.
Center Spotlight—Job Opportunities Available at the Orlando
Science Center: http://careers.nsta.org
Not a member
and want to join? Visit https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp!
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read and a worthwhile update on the latest news and information
from the National Science Teachers Association. Our goal is to save
you time by delivering information each week in short "news
bites," so if you'd like to know more, simply select the headline
quick link. NSTA continues to create resources and improve services
for science educators. If you're not already a member, we invite
you to join the crowd by going to http://www.nsta.org/whyjoin!
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