Students Take Top Honors in the Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards
Nicolette Mann from Christiansburg, Va., designed a special box
so her little brother could reach the “piano peddles,” while seventh-grader
Katelyn Eubank, from Indianola, Iowa, added paint rollers to the
sides of a wheelchair so her grandmother could move smoothly through
doorways. Last week, these inventive students were named national
winners—and 10 others named national finalists—in the 2004 Craftsman/NSTA
Young Inventors Awards Program, sponsored by Sears through its Craftsman
tools brand and NSTA.
Anne Tweed and representatives from Sears, including famed home
building expert Bob Vila, honored the students during an awards
ceremony at Chicago’s prestigious Museum of Science and Industry
and presented them with their awards: the two national winners received
a $10,000 savings bond and the 10 national finalists received a
$5,000 bond. For a picture of this year's winners, visit http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_craftsman.htm.
Could your students
be on the winner’s podium next year? Get them involved now by downloading
competition information from NSTA’s website at http://www.nsta.org/programs/craftsman;
by calling 1-888-494-4994; or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
of U.S. Science a Concern Says Incoming MIT President
slated to become the first female president of the prestigious Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT) in early December, shares her concerns
about the future of science and K-12 science education in the October
4 issue of Business Week. Read the two questions
specific to science education here or read the entire article and
interview at http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/04_40/b3902102_mz018.htm.
15 Deadline for NSTA Awards Programs… Apply Now!
and our sponsors are pleased each year to recognize exemplary teachers
(K-college) and principals (middle level and high school) with awards
including cash, workshops, computers, science program materials,
and a trip to the 2005 NSTA National Convention in Dallas, TX.
Opportunities to receive professional and personal recognition,
along with sharing your school's science success stories, are described
in detail when you go to http://www.nsta.org/awardscomp, where
you’ll also find application forms for all of NSTA’s awards and
grant programs. But hurry! Applications for all awards programs
must be submitted by October 15!
Forensics Hot in Your Science Classroom? Take This Week’s NSTA
Express Poll and Let Us Know
Thanks to the
growing popularity of CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) and other
forensic-based TV programs, science teachers across the country
have begun using forensics to ignite student interest in science
and help students learn important concepts of science. NSTA wants
to know how widespread these activities have become. If you’re a
middle or high school science educator, take this week’s NSTA
and tell us.
Conventions Round-Up… Save for Seattle; Get Ready for Dallas
NSTA’s Nov. 18-20 northwest area convention in Seattle by this Friday,
Oct. 8 and you’ll still $ave. And preK-8 teachers and administrators
who also register for the pre-convention Linking Science &
Literacy in the Classroom Conference on Nov. 17, will increase
their learning experience through a day-long agenda of well-known
experts discussing NSF-funded research findings and classroom practice.
For agenda details and to register for the Convention, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions;
for more details on the Conference, go to http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_10_04_seattle.pdf.
for those of you out there anxiously awaiting the official opening
of online registration for NSTA’s 2005 annual convention in Dallas,
March 31-April 3… wait no longer… just go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005DAL
for the hour-by-hour convention agenda. If you’re ready to start
the process of obtaining funding to join us “Deep in the Heart of
Science,” you’ll want to take advantage of the Personal Scheduler
to create a schedule that meets your professional development interests,
then print it and present it to your administrator in detailed support
of your request… the time to start is NOW… you won’t want to miss
our biggest and best-ever international science education event!
Department of Education Offering Fall Teacher-to-Teacher Workshops
of Education’s upcoming 2004 Teacher-to-Teacher workshops are geared
to teachers and principals at the K-8 levels and focus on reading
and math strategies. Math workshops will be held on October 9 in
Bentonville, Arkansas, and October 23 in Redmond, Washington; the
reading workshops will be held on October 16 in Wheeling, West Virginia,
and November 6 in Madison, Wisconsin. All workshops include sessions
on school leadership, the No Child Left Behind Act, and effective
teaching methods. For more information or to register go to http://www.teacherquality.us/TeacherToTeacher/Workshops.asp.
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