Volume: 02, Issue: 15 09/22/2004 
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Genesis Scientists Bouncing Back From Crash
Rings and Moons and New Objects… Oh My!
X PRIZE Teams to Compete for $10 Million Prize
Opportunities Abound for Classroom Activities

Expand Your Educational Horizons

Professional development is a key aspect of teaching. Check out the opportunities below to see how you can get involved.

Free Professional Development Courses from Annenberg/CPB
This fall, the Annenberg/CPB Channel premieres two new free science courses: Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science for K-6 teachers, starting with two sessions on Sept. 22, and Rediscovering Biology: Molecular to Global Perspectives for high school teachers, beginning Oct. 6. Additional topics include Assessment in Math and Science: What’s the Point? and Science in Focus. Teachers can register at no cost and check out the Video on Demand (VoD) online. Participants should check with their districts about earning certificates for in-service and recertification credit, or graduate credit at reasonable cost.

National LASER Middle School Science Education Planning Symposium
School districts are invited to apply to attend the National LASER Middle School Science Education Planning Symposium from Dec. 1-5, 2004 in Atlanta, GA. Participants will explore emerging models and current research on middle school reform and will apply those models and research to their strategic planning effort. Teams are restricted to six members with a registration fee of $700 per team member. The application deadline is Oct. 8, 2004. Districts can also apply for a Hewlett-Packard Science Leadership Grant to attend the symposium by visiting http://www.nsrconline.org/pdf/HPmsapp2004.pdf .

NASA Explorer Schools Competition
Schools across the country are encouraged to apply online for an opportunity to partner with NASA in a program designed to bring engaging mathematics, science, and technology learning to educators, students, and families. Each year, the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) program, which launched in June 2003, establishes a three-year partnership between NASA and 50 school teams, consisting of teachers and administrators from diverse communities across the country. NES teams acquire and use new teaching resources and technology tools for grades 4-9 using NASA’s unique content, experts, and other resources. Schools in the program are eligible to receive funding (pending budget approval) over the three-year period to purchase technology tools that support science and mathematics instruction. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2005.

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