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Week of August 26, 2013

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Send a Teacher Back to School!

Teachers at the 2013 National Academy
Teachers at the 2013 National Academy learn a creative, hands-on experiment to take back to classrooms this fall.

What can a simple egg teach about force and motion? How can rolling marbles down tables illustrate the impact mass has on movement?  This summer, 600 third- through fifth-grade teachers from across the country found out at the 2013 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. The Academy was started through a partnership between PGA golfer Phil Mickelson, his wife Amy, and ExxonMobil, and is held each summer in New Orleans, Louisiana, Houston, Texas, and Jersey City, New Jersey, with support from NSTA, Math Solutions and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The Academy is a free professional development program that shows teachers how to put a fresh spin on classic math and science concepts using fun, hands-on experiments. Each year, teachers leave the Academy equipped with creative, new experiments, ready to encourage a lifelong love of math and science.

The October 31 deadline to apply for the 2014 National Academy at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, is quickly approaching! Please consider visiting www.sendmyteacher.com to apply or nominate a favorite teacher in your life.

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Attention, NSTA Members: How Cool is Entomology?

Entomology is very cool—especially for NSTA members this fall! The first 50 members who register for How Cool Is Entomology?, a symposium to be held on November 13 as part of Entomology 2013, the Entomological Society of America’s (ESA) annual meeting, will attend the symposium free of charge. This fun and informative event will show you how to use entomology in the classroom in creative ways. The symposium will take place at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.   

Why is entomology cool? With more than a million described species, insects represent more than half of all known living organisms on Earth, and they can be found in nearly all environments. They play important roles in agricultural sustainability, food safety and security, human and animal health, homeland security, climate change, and more. During the symposium, you’ll get an overview of entomology—from insect architecture, genetics, and behavior, to entomological work in the military and at police crime scenes, and the use of insect-inspired nano-robots.

Register by October 15 to qualify for this special offer for NSTA members. To learn more and register, click here.

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Collect Resources for National Chemistry Week in a Free Web Seminar

NSTA and the American Chemical Society are getting ready to celebrate National Chemistry Week, October 20–26, 2013. Teachers can join in the fun by logging on to a free web seminar on September 19 to learn about activities and resources that make chemistry relevant to students’ everyday lives. Participants will discover demonstrations, lab investigations, and multimedia related to this year’s theme: “Energy: Now and Forever!” Designed to explore the connections between chemistry and energy, with a focus on sustainable resources, the topic provides an engaging way to introduce chemistry to a middle or high school class. Get details on this web seminar, view the full calendar of upcoming programs, and register here.

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Earlybird Deadline for Portland, Oregon, Conference on Science Education

Have you registered for NSTA’s Conference on Science Education in Portland, Oregon, for October 24-26? There’s still time for earlybird savings! Register by September 13 to save the most. This is a jam-packed conference with more than 400 sessions to choose from. Here are some sample sessions—and don’t forget you can make your own personal schedule and browse all our sessions online here. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Integrated STEM
  • Reading and Writing Like a Scientist
  • Teaching with Screen-Capture Podcasts
  • Meeting the Next Generation Science Standards Through Engineering Contexts
  • Elementary Science Teaching: A Path Toward Content Mastery, Confidence, and Competence
  • K–4 Inquiry-based Science Activities Lead to STEM Challenges

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Get NSTA Press Books on Sale Before They are Available

Take advantage of special pricing on these new NSTA Press books before they come off press! Order your copies now and receive 10% off listed prices by using the promo code FALL13. Offer is valid until Friday, August 30. Click here for more details.

Also, click here to browse and purchase even more new NSTA Press books such as The New Science Teacher's Handbook and Uncovering Student Ideas in Primary Science, Volume 1, plus many more.

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Elementary Engineering Short Course—Back By Popular Demand

Engineering is gaining a greater presence in elementary school science classrooms nationwide. K-6 teachers can prepare now with this NSTA online short course, Moving Toward NGSS: Visualizing K-6 Engineering Education. Join Christine Cunningham, Ph.D., and Martha Davis of the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) program at Boston’s Museum of Science as they share strategies for integrating engineering practices into elementary instruction. During the three-week course participants will

  • Take part in three live web seminars
  • Contribute to asynchronous discussion forums
  • Try out engineering activities with students

The course will run from September 16 through October 4. Registration fees are $179 for NSTA members, $199 for nonmembers. Optional graduate credit is available for an additional fee. Don’t miss this great opportunity. Learn more and register today!

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Register Now for NSTA Web Seminars on NGSS Core Ideas

NSTA is pleased to continue its series of informative, interactive, and FREE web seminars exploring the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). On September 10, at 6:30 p.m. ET, Joe Krajcik—a writer for both the NRC Framework and NGSS—kicks off the next series on disciplinary core ideas with a web seminar on Matter and Its Interactions.

Dr. Krajcik will explore the concepts central to understanding matter and its interactions, how students’ understanding of matter might progress over their K–12 education; how students can engage in the scientific and engineering practices to gain an understanding of the core idea; and what instruction might look like in the classroom. Register for this web seminar, or the entire series, here.

Plan ahead for the entire web seminar series on disciplinary core ideas.

  • Sept. 24: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • Oct. 8: Energy
  • Oct. 22: Waves and Their Applications
  • Nov. 5: Earth's Place in the Universe
  • Nov. 19: Earth's Systems
  • Dec. 3: Earth and Human Activity

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Last Call to Apply to Become a Curator of NGSS Resources

NSTA is forming a group of experts to identify resources that will help teachers implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These resources will be featured on a new NGSS@NSTA Portal currently under development. Approximately 50 educators will be selected to be curators, and each will focus on a particular topic in the NGSS. We especially need applicants with expertise in physical science and Earth and space science at the elementary level.

Curators will receive free NSTA membership as well as registration and travel expenses to an NSTA conference for specialized professional development on evaluating NGSS resources.

  • For more information, click here.
  • To apply to be an NGSS@NSTA Curator, click here.
  • All applications must be submitted by August 31. Questions? Contact Ted Willard at twillard@nsta.org.

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Last Week to Save on Summer Membership Promotion

By popular demand, we extended our back-to-school membership savings through August 31. Join at only $60 – a $15 discount! Be sure to use the promo code SUMMER2013 when signing up.

What resources does that include?

  • Customized lesson plans
  • Next Generation Science Standards resources
  • 20% discount on NSTA Press books, including our new NSTA Kids collection
  • Learning modules you can use to better understand specific science content
  • Discounts when you register for any of NSTA's legendary conferences
  • NSTA journals
  • Free book chapters
  • 24/7 peer networking for help with those last-minute questions

Click here to learn more and sign up today!

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