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Science Sessions in NYC

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City offers a number of science workshops and courses for students and teachers alike. Check out the ones coming up this January and February.

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Curriculum: Montana State U. Lesson Plans

Earth, Space, and Life — check out the K-12 science lesson plans offered through Montana State University’s Extended University Website, a number of which explore the region’s local environment and Native American cultures.

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Science Saturdays, Montana State U.

Science Saturdays at Montana State University’s Extended University are designed for kids ages 10-15 (younger ones welcomed if accompanied by a parent). Students participate in hands-on experiments, learn about exciting new projects, and meet the scientists and MSU students shaping the future in Montana. One Saturday each month, Jan. – April; please check the schedule.

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Teacher Program: Space Institute, NYC, Feb. 17-19, 2010

In this 3-day professional development institute at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, middle and high school teachers engage with a global gravity data set to understand how water distribution across the globe is affected by climate change, and learn how NASA scientists gather and interpret data. Dates: Feb. 17, 18, 19, 2010; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free. Application deadline: Jan. 12.

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Feature: Green Roofs

With a $5,000 grant from Project Learning Tree and help from an engineering company, a supervised team of eighth graders at Brownsburg East Middle School in Indiana has installed a “green roof,” removing 8,000 pounds of river rock ballast from the surface and replacing it with 196 planting trays.

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Lesson: The Energy of Decay

In this lesson, students in grades K-5 learn how decaying organic matter can be harvested as a source of energy. After brainstorming as to how old metal, plastic, and paper can be a resource, students find uses for an old piece of fruit. They view an informative video on harvesting organic material for energy. Once their their investigation is complete, students observe conditions that promote the most rapid decay of a piece of fruit.

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Cities’ Math Progress Stalls

Efforts to improve math scores in urban areas have essentially stalled, according to results in the biennial National Assessment of Educational Progress, the “gold standard” of tests.

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Brain ‘White Matter’ Gains Importance

A new study reports that intensive reading programs can strengthen the brain’s “white matter” — nerve fibers that carry information.

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N.J. District Imparts 21st Century Skills

Culling data and other 21st century skills are key elements of a New Jersey school district’s program to teach critical thinking and problem solving.

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