[MSTA ] Fwd: Science Matters: February 2016

Deborah Duncan deb50duncan at gmail.com
Fri Feb 26 14:28:13 CST 2016

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February 2016

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Dear Educator,

We hope you enjoy the February Newsletter of science and STEM education
resources and announcements provided by the Science Matters Network. Please
forward them on to other science/STEM educators in your school and/or
school district. If there are any topics you would like to have us
highlight in the next newsletter, please let us know <wbinder at nsta.org>.
Table of Contents

   - Headline News Story <#1472773408_0>
      - A Rising Call to Promote STEM Education and Cut Liberal Arts Funding
   - Teacher Education, Professional Learning, and Grant and Award
   Opportunities <#1472773408_1>
      - Lab Out Loud
      - Enter the DuPont Challenge Elementary Division
      - Million Women Mentors: First Mentor Action Guide
      - The ACT National STEM Report
      - FREE District Package at the NSTA National Conference in Nashville
      - NSTA Upcoming Conferences
   - Student Opportunities <#1472773408_2>
      - Send Kids to "Minecraft" Summer Camp at Home!
      - Tulane Science Scholars Program (TSSP)
      - Fantasy Farming Challenge: Careers in Ag Scholarship Options
      (America's Farmers)
   - What is Science Matters? <#1472773408_3>
   - We Want to Hear from You <#1472773408_4>

Headline News Story

*A Rising Call to Promote STEM Education and Cut Liberal Arts Funding*

According to an article in the *New York Times
"[m]ost of the top earners in the liberal arts end up matching only the
bottom earners in science, technology, engineering and mathematics—known as
the STEM fields—and some will earn less than high school graduates who have
vocational skills, like welders and mechanics. ... A recent salary survey
from the National Association of Colleges and Employers
a nonprofit membership organization that connects campus career officers
with business recruiters, found once again that new STEM graduates were
expected to command the highest overall average salaries in 2016. New
engineers, for example, are expected to earn nearly $65,000 a year."

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Teacher Education, Professional Learning, and Grant and Award Opportunities

*Lab Out Loud*

*Lab Out Loud
is a podcast and blog that began in October 2007 to examine topics relevant
to teachers of science and the science classroom. *Lab Out Loud*, hosted by
two science teachers, discusses science news and science education with
leading scientists, researchers, science writers and other important
figures in the field.

*Enter the DuPont Challenge Elementary Division*

Attention K–5 teachers: Now is the time for you and your students to enter
the DuPont Challenge
Science Writing Competition–Elementary Division. The deadline is
Tuesday, *March 1,
*at 11:55 p.m. Pacific Time. The first 100 teachers to enter will receive a
free copy of the e-book *Animals That Fly and Birds That Don't *from
Britannica Digital Learning. See the complete list of awards
Deadline is March 1, 2016.

*Mentor Action Guide*

Million Women Mentors is excited to release the first of four new mentor
action guides. The action guide provides mentors who are working with
middle school students with 20 weeks/hours of activities to do with their
mentees. Within the guide, mentors will find a mix of hands-on and online
activities as well as touch points for conversations around things like
goal setting. The action guide for middle school is integrated with
Learning Blade®, an online STEM career awareness curriculum, and has
information on how mentors can access an account to use with their mentees.
To download a copy of the mentor action guide, visit the Resources Page on
the Million Women Mentors website

*The ACT National STEM Report*

*The Condition of STEM 2015* reviews the 2015 graduating class in the
context of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)-related
fields to determine student interest levels in specific STEM fields and,
more importantly, readiness in math and science of those interested in STEM
careers. Download the full report

*FREE District Package at NSTA National Conference in Nashville: Teaming Up
for STEM*

Come as a team to the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in
Nashville March 31–April 3, 2016, and let us give you a personalized
learning experience. Before, we'll use survey data to inform the special
sessions designed for your team's experience. During, you'll speed through
an on-site express registration, network at an exclusive welcome reception,
attend customized sessions that focus your STEM implementation efforts
(including a district team planning session for teams to share their
learning experiences at the conference and discuss how it may be
implemented back in their district and keep your team on track). After, we
will follow this all up with workshops and NSTA online professional
learning experiences throughout 2016 to keep your team motivated and help
you realize your goals. To read more and access the survey to sign up,
click here

*NSTA Upcoming Conferences*

NSTA Conferences offer the latest in science/STEM content, pedagogy, and
research to enhance and expand your professional growth. Take advantage of
these unique opportunities to collaborate with Science/STEM/NGSS education
leaders and your peers. Each year, NSTA hosts a national conference on
science education (in the spring), three area conferences (in the fall),
and a STEM Forum & Expo. Learn more

*See you at these NSTA Upcoming Conferences:*

NSTA National Conference in Nashville, March 31–Apr. 3, 2016
NGSS Summer One Day Institute: July 15, 2016 in Reno, Nevada
STEM Forum & Expo: Denver, July 27–29, 2016

Twitter hashtags: #NSTA16, #STEM

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Student Opportunities

*Send Kids to "Minecraft" Summer Camp at Home*

Summer can be a tough time for kids if there's nothing goal-oriented to
focus on, and if getting them somewhere for a camp experience (whether day
or stay) isn't possible, what can you do to keep them stimulated, learning,
and having fun? If your kids are into Minecraft, we have a great idea.
Connected Camps run safe and dedicated Minecraft servers for kids to play
and learn on in a secure, monitored environment. And over the summer, they
run virtual summer camps for kids to play and take their Minecraft fun to
the next level. Learn more

*Tulane Science Scholars Program (TSSP)*

Tulane University is pleased to invite bright current 10th and 11th (in
addition to exceptional 9th) grade students to take 3-credit college
courses during the summer with professors in the School of Science and
Engineering. The Tulane Science Scholars Program (TSSP) is selective
program for high school students who have exceptional talent in the
sciences and mathematics. TSSP is a residential program and students will
have the option to live on campus in a dormitory for an additional fee.
This year's summer program includes eight courses: Animal Behavior,
Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Computers and Musical Creativity,
Electronics, Materials Science and Engineering, Neuroscience, and

More detailed information about these courses and how to apply is available
at tssp.tulane.edu
Each of the courses is offered for three hours of Tulane credit (may be
transferable to another university) and has a $1250 fee.

The deadline to apply is *April 1, 2016, at noon,* and students will be
notified of acceptance by *May 2, 2016*.

*Fantasy Farming Challenge: Careers in Ag Scholarship Options (America's

America's Farmers hosts information on the Grow Ag Leaders program
This program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives out over $500,000 in
$1,500 college scholarships to students! The goal of Grow Ag Leaders is to
encourage students to develop their skills in agriculture so they might
work in one of the thousands of available jobs in ag-related fields. The
program spans across 40 states, and while the FFA administers the
scholarship, you don't need to be a part of an FFA program to win. The
Monsanto Fund also sponsors a scholarship called the 1890s Student
Scholarship for minority undergraduate college students. Recipients can be
awarded up to $10,000 per eligible year to go towards tuition and fees.

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What Is Science Matters?

Science Matters is an initiative by the National Science Teachers
Association (NSTA) to bring content, news, and information that supports
quality science education to parents and teachers nationwide.

Science Matters, sponsored by the ExxonMobil Foundation and Shell Oil
Company, builds on the success of the Building a Presence for Science
program, first launched in 1997 as an e-networking initiative to assist
teachers of science with professional development opportunities. Building a
Presence for Science—now Science Matters—reaches readers in 34 states and
the District of Columbia.

*Why does Science Matter? *Science is critical to understanding the world
around us. Most Americans feel that they received a good education and that
their children will as well. Unfortunately, not many are aware that
international tests show that American students are simply not performing
well in science when compared to students in other countries. Many students
(and their parents!) believe that science is irrelevant to their lives.

Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy,
and this innovation depends on a solid knowledge base in science, math, and
engineering. All jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of
math and science. The most recent ten year employment projections by the
U.S. Labor Department show that of the 20 fastest growing occupations
projected for 2014, 15 of them require significant mathematics or science
preparation to successfully compete for a job.

This is why Science Matters. Quality learning experiences in the
sciences—starting at an early age—are critical to science literacy and our
future workforce. Feel free to publish this information in school
newsletters and bulletins, and share it with other parents, teachers, and

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We Want to Hear from You

Do have a story idea or announcement that you think we should consider? Do
you have a suggestion for how we can make this newsletter better? Let us
know what you think. E-mail us your suggestions and feedback at
wbinder at nsta.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

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