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Girl Saves Thailand Vacationers Thanks to Science Lesson
British girl saved 100 people in Phuket, Thailand, when she recognized
signs of the approaching tsunami that occurred last week. According
to Reuters, an international news agency, the girl had just learned
about the science of tsunamis in school. She and her mother quickly
warned hotel staff, who evacuated the beach minutes before the devastating
tsunami hit. The beach was one of the few on the island where no
one was killed. To read a Reuters article about this incredible
story, go to http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20050103/od_uk_nm/oukoe_quake_briton_girl.
are not only helping students cope with the enormous human tragedy
of the tsunami, they also are helping them understand how and why
earthquakes and tsunamis occur and how they can cause widespread
destruction. Are you addressing the tsunami disaster with your students?
If so, go to http://www.nsta.org/survey_tsunami
and tell us about your experiences. To locate teacher guides, news
articles, and other resources on this and many other topics, visit
the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse at http://www.enc.org/educationheadlines/?ls=ho.
Miss the Chance to Win Big in NSTA's Teacher Grant Program and Student
CompetitionsDeadlines Quickly Approaching
Start the new
year off right by submitting your applications now for the Toyota
TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers Programwhich awards thousands
of dollars to teachers for innovative science programsand
for NSTA's student award programs: The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision
Awards and Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards. Deadlines are
19, 2005: Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers. Win
money to make your innovative science program a reality. The 2005
TAPESTRY program will award $550,000 in grants and minigrants
to a minimum of 70 K-12 teachers of science. For information,
go to http://www.nsta.org/programs/tapestry.
February 1, 2005: Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards program.
Geared for all K-12 students in the U.S. and Canada, ExploraVision
rewards students for their creativity and ingenuity in envisioning
the future in science and technology. Students can win up to $10,000
in savings bonds. For details, visit http://www.exploravision.org.
2005: Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program. Problem-solving
skills take center stage in the Young Inventors program. Open
to all students in grades 28, the program challenges students
to use creativity and imagination along with science, technology,
and mechanical ability to invent or modify a tool. Top winners
can receive up to $10,000 in savings bonds. Get all the details
You Ever Wanted to Know About Attending An NSTA ConventionRead
it, Then Register to Join us in Dallas, March 31April 3
who's attended an NSTA National Convention, and you'll get lots
of different reasons why they were glad they did: Over 1,200 learning
sessions, the resource-rich products and service Exhibit Hall, field
trips, networking opportunities, world-renowned speakers and presenters,
the new Professional Development (PD) Institutes, and more.
But if you've
never attended "the largest gathering of science educators,"
the challenge of all those scheduling choices for sessions, presentations,
workshops, short courses, meetings, and social functions; the logistics
of registration; how to find funding to attend; travel and accommodations;
and PD credits can be daunting. So, for all you first-timers, we've
put together a convention primer at http://www.nsta.org/newcomers.
You'll find information, plus our new Convention Personal Scheduler,
to help you plan a professional development focused itinerary. Then
come on down to Dallas! You'll be glad you did.
Kick Off Free Live Web Seminar Series on Wednesday with Planetary
Surfaces; Register Today
are invited to participate in one or more in a series of upcoming
live web seminars featuring NASA scientists and education specialists
and NASA curriculum. The first one-hour interactive session, Planetary
Surfaces, will be presented through the NSTA Institute this Wednesday,
January 5, from 7-8 p.m. EST, and registration is limited. There
is no cost to participate, because the seminar is underwritten by
NASA Explorer Schools. Participants will receive a NASA CD-ROM,
and are also eligible for a prize giveaway at the end of the session.
seminars in the series are NASA Robotics, January 25; Space Rocks!,
January 26; Planetary Surfaces II, February 2; and Robotics II,
on February 22. For more information and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxseminar_reg.asp.
Cell Biology Online Course from JASON Academy; Register Now for
Feb. 7 Start
How long ago
did you study cell biology? If it was more than a year ago, you've
got lots to catch up on. You can do just that by enrolling in Cell
Biology, a new course from JASON Academy beginning February 7. You'll
learn about recent advances in cytology, genetics, and human biology
and get access to the most current online resources. In addition
to learning the nature of the basic unit of life, you'll explore
the potential for cells in extreme environments like the deep ocean
and deep space. The course also presents various career opportunities
in modern medicine.
Like other instructor-led
JASON Academy online courses, Cell Biology is five-weeks in length,
includes content and classroom applications, and offers graduate
credit and continuing education units. Register by January 15
for Cell Biology and receive a 20% discount! (Promo code:
NSTACB20). The next session, offering a full range of JASON Academy
online courses begins on February 7. For Academy course descriptions,
go to http://www.jason.org/jason_academy/onlinescience/courseDesc.htm.
To register, call 888-527-6600, ext. 240, or go to http://store.jason.org.
NSTA members receive a 10% discount on all JASON Academy
online courses (Promo code: NSTA10).
are Everywhere Inquiry-Based Module Online Starts Jan. 17; Part
of UMass Extension Three-Part Course
of Massachusetts (UMass) Extension Nutrition Education Program's
three-module online course designed for science teachers in grades
6-12 begins for 2005 with Bacteria are Everywhere, January 17February
20. The course is designed to demonstrate inquiry-based learning,
increase laboratory skills, share food science and safety ideas
with peers worldwide, and develop meaningful student projects that
meet NSES. For more information on this and the other modules, and
to register, visit http://www.foodsafetyfirst.org.
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