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Week of April 15, 2013

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Were You @NSTA 2013?

On the first day of NSTA’s 2013 National Conference on Science Education, attendees spontaneously pulled together a Yuri’s Night celebration to honor the first human to launch into space, Yuri Gagarin, who flew the Vostok 1 spaceship on April 12, 1961. And that collaborative, science-focused initiative was what happened over and over last week in San Antonio. New science teachers met with corporate scientists to find innovative ways to motivate students, well-known authors signed books for excited readers, NSTA staff met with members to learn more about what we can do for them, and we hosted a Town Hall Meeting with Dr. Stephen Pruitt to celebrate the release of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Want to relive the experience? Or wish you were there?

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Is Your Afterschool STEM Program Making a Big Impact?

The Afterschool Alliance teaming is up with the Noyce Foundation to recognize exemplary afterschool STEM programs serving young people in grades 4 through 8.

Applicants will be judged by the impact of their program on participating youth. Winners and other notable applicants will be recognized in nationally released issue briefs and invited to present at national conferences, and will be highlighted as model programs.

One award will be given in each of the two categories:

  • Afterschool programs that are a strong partnership between an afterschool provider and a STEM-rich institution(s), which include science centers or museums, nature centers, universities, government labs, STEM-related businesses, or other similar institutions.  Programs may focus on any STEM topic.
  • Afterschool programs that have a strong computing and/or engineering component.  Computing programs should focus on helping young people acquire the skills and knowledge required to create technology, not just to use it.  Engineering programs should be rooted in the engineering design process, and students should be developing and building a solution to a problem.

Applications are due May 15, 2013. For additional details and to apply, click here.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Melissa Ballard at mjballard@afterschoolalliance.org or call (202) 347-2030.

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Nuclear Science Week 2013

“Get to Know Nuclear” is the theme of National Nuclear Science Week, October 21–25, 2013. More information will become available in the months ahead, but you can get a jump-start on planning by downloading free classroom resources here. Students can learn about scientific fundamentals, energy statistics, career fields and requirements, and much more.

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NGSS@NSTA: Web Seminar with Stephen Pruitt; Online Short Courses; Reader’s Guide to NGSS, and More

Join us for a free web seminar on Tuesday April 16—Introducing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Be the first to get an overview of the new science standards from Achieve’s Stephen Pruitt, learn more about the conceptual shifts and dimensions, and discover how NGSS will shape science education for years to come. Also hear from NSTA executive Director, David Evans about NSTA’s outreach and support for science educators around the NGSS. To accommodate the large number of participants expected for this web seminar, NSTA will hold two sessions. The first session is scheduled from 5:30–7 p.m. ET, a second session will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. ET. Participants are asked to register for one session only. To register, go to the NSTA Learning Center.

Register now for two NSTA online short courses on assessment and engineering. “Moving Toward NGSS: Using Formative Assessment to Link Instruction and Learning” (April 18–May 2) led by NSTA author Page Keeley will provide the rationale, tools, and strategies for informing instruction and supporting science learning through formative assessment; and “Moving Toward NGSS: Visualizing K–8 Engineering Education,” (May 16–30) led by Engineering is Elementary developer Christine Cunningham will provide practical insights into teaching engineering in the elementary or middle school classroom.

NSTA Readers Guide to NGSS coverOrder your copy of the NSTA Reader’s Guide to the Next Generation Science Standards. The e-book is available now and the print edition coming in May. Written by science education expert Harold Pratt, the publication gives readers a deep understanding of NGSS core ideas, scientific and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. To order, visit the NSTA Science Store.

Own your own print version of the NGSS from NSTA. Pre-order a print version of the standards, coming this fall.

Bookmark www.nsta.org/ngss as your complete source of information on NGSS.

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Unique Summer Course Opportunities for Science Educators in Beautiful Bozeman, Montana

Registration is open for summer course offerings from the Master of Science in Science Education program at Montana State University.

Choose from a variety of field and lab-based courses across all science disciplines, ranging from 2 days to 2 weeks in length. These courses provide hands-on activities that can be used in classrooms and teaching environments. Consider some of the following options:

Discover Montana while building your teaching skills:

  • EELE 591 Solar Cell Basics
  • PHSX 401 Physics by Inquiry I
  • ERTH 516 Northern Rocky Mountain Geology
  • BIOL 591 Alpine Ecology

 Online summer courses are also available

Gain invaluable knowledge at your convenience:

  • EDCI 591 Teaching Technology in the Science Classroom
  • MB 541 Microbial Genetics
  • BIOL 591 Anatomy & Physiology
  • EDCI 501 Inquiry Through Science & Engineering Practices

For a complete list of MSSE summer course offerings, please visit the Montana State University website.

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Popular Science Magazine/Delta Science Fair

Popular Science logoCalling All Teachers!
Know a student with a genius idea for a science project that could help make the world cleaner and greener? Here is a chance to share it with the world and win cash prizes! Popular Science magazine in partnership with Delta is hosting its 1st Annual Science Fair and is now accepting submissions for best original science projects in the category of sustainability.

This nationwide competition is open to elementary, middle school, high school, and college students. Judges will select one Grand Prize winner and runner-up winners in each of the four educational divisions. Prizes include cash awards and the chance to see your project in the pages of Popular Science magazine!

To learn more and register, visit www.popsci.com/sciencefair.

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Visit the NSTA Science Store for an outstanding array of bestselling books and teaching resources. Receive 30% off the price of the April featured book, Whole-Class Inquiry: Creating Student-Centered Science Communities.


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