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Week of June 24, 2013

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Four Student Teams Named National Winners in the 11th annual eCYBERMISSION Competition

eCYBERMISSION logoCongratulations to the 2012–2013 national winners recently selected for the 11th annual eCYBERMISSION competition. The national winners were revealed at the awards luncheon last Friday at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Sponsored by the U.S. Army, one of several science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives offered by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and administered by the NSTA, the online collaborative learning competition is designed to cultivate student interest in STEM by encouraging students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their local communities.

The four national winning teams were chosen from a select group of 16 finalists after a rigorous evaluation process. A panel of judges consisting of U.S. Army scientists and engineers from the Research Development and Engineering Command and other Army organizations, and professional scientists and engineers selected this year’s national winners on the basis of several criteria, including use of the scientific method/inquiry or engineering design process, benefit to the community, and team collaboration. Each member of the national winning teams received $5,000 in U.S. E.E. Savings Bonds, in addition to the $1,000 awarded to them as state winners and $2,000 as regional first-place winners.

For more information about the competition, visit the competition website or contact Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9297) or via email at missioncontrol@ecybermission.com.

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Introducing Two New NSTA Teacher Awards

Science teachers are invited to apply for two new awards from NSTA.

The DuPont Pioneer Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Award recognizes excellence and innovation in the field of agricultural science education. Applicants must be K–12 classroom teachers whose responsibilities include implementing agricultural science in their classroom. The awardee will receive a $5,000 grant for their classroom/program, paid travel expenses to attend the NSTA national conference on science education, mentoring with a DuPont Pioneer scientist, classroom resources from DuPont Pioneer, and access to a DuPont Pioneer product plant or research facility.

The Robert E. Yager Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes six full-time K–12 teachers of science who successfully use innovation and excellence in their classroom. Awardees will receive $1,000 plus $1,000 toward expenses to attend the next NSTA National Congress on Science Education, which is held each summer. An identified Yager Scholar from the six awardees will be given additional support of up to $1,500 to present at a future NSTA National Conference on Science Education.

For more information on other NSTA teacher awards, click here.

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Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkits Available for Order

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is now accepting advance orders for the Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkit. The toolkit contains educational materials for all ages that correspond to this year's event theme, "Mapping Our World."

Materials include the traditional program poster and school-year activity calendar, as well as materials from distinguished program partners such as NASA, the National Park Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, Esri, and professional geoscientific societies. This year's toolkit provides students with the opportunity to learn about the many exciting uses of maps and mapping technologies in the geosciences.

Earth Science Week 2013 will be celebrated October 13–19. To learn more, please visit the AGI website. To order your toolkits, click here. You can also call AGI Publications to place your order at 703-379-2480.

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U.S. News & World Report Releases 2013 Best High Schools for STEM Rankings

The U.S. News & World Report 2013 Best High Schools for STEM rankings, released last week, evaluate public schools from its 2013 Best High Schools rankings using Advanced Placement STEM test data for 2011 graduates as the benchmark. Of those schools, 250 earned a numerical rank for their STEM achievement.

High Technology High School in New Jersey earned the title of Best High School for STEM for the third straight year. Placing second and third were Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia and Troy High School in California.

California, New York and New Jersey are home to the lion's share of the Best High Schools for STEM in the country. The three states combined house nearly half of the public schools that earned a numerical rank this year. Close to 45 of the ranked STEM schools are either charter or magnet schools.

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Resources for Teaching Nanoscale Science

What can you say about nanotechnology when your students ask? Are you keeping up with the future and staying current with STEM? Check out the books we've highlighted in our Science Store to help your students better understand nanoscience and the implications of tiny technology. Each of these books will provide you with exciting investigations you can bring back to your classroom.

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What Science Teachers are Downloading from NSTA

Here are the top 10 downloads of NSTA journal articles in the past two weeks:

  1. The Dynamic Earth: Recycling Naturally! Science and Children, April 2013
  2. Measuring Up: A Simple Lesson That Engages Students in Scientific Practices and Mathematics: Science Scope, September 2012
  3. The Next Generation Science Standards and the Earth and Space Sciences: Science Scope, April 2013
  4. Exploring Biodiversity's Big Ideas in Your School Yard: Science Scope, April 2013
  5. The Science and Literacy Framework: Science and Children, November 2008
  6. The Next Generation Science Standards and the Earth and Space Sciences: The Science Teacher, April 2013
  7. Scientific Inquiry Meets Storytelling and Filmmaking: Creating Video Lab Reports Using a Project-Based Learning Approach: Science Scope, January 2013
  8. Editor's Note: The History of Our Planet: Science and Children, April 2013
  9. The Next Generation Science Standards and the Earth and Space Sciences: Science and Children, April 2013
  10. No More Leaks: A Process-Oriented Lesson Exploring the Invention and Chemistry of Disposable Diapers: Science Scope, October 2009

Have you explored the NSTA journal archives lately? NSTA members can read all the articles for free! Visit the NSTA home page and click on one of the tabs under "Your Classroom." Start by browsing the current issue, or go straight to the archive search. You can also browse past issues.

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