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Scholarship Seeks Science Teachers from Liberal Arts Schools

A National Science Foundation scholarship will assess how students from two liberal arts colleges fare as science and math teachers in a “high-need” district.

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iRobot Corp Seeks to Put Robots in the Classroom

The Massachusetts company that makes Roomba vacuum cleaners aims to introduce robots into the classroom.

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New Technology on the Rise in Classrooms

Teachers increasingly use video games to teach science. E-books, netbooks and interactive whiteboards are likely to become more common in classrooms as well.

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‘TJ’ Again Tops ‘Best High Schools’ Ranking

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., topped this year’s U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best High Schools rankings. It has come in first every year since the magazine started ranking high schools three years ago.

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Break It Down: Reverse Engineering

In this lesson for grades 5-8, students learn how the process of reverse engineering helps improve technology. Students analyze the mechanisms of a push-toy then disassemble it and draw its inner mechanisms. They then make suggestions for improvements: effectiveness, improved functionality, ecological friendliness, and any additional functionality. Time required: 90 minutes.

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Engineering Journal: The Bridge

The Bridge, the journal of the National Academy of Engineering, features essays on engineering research, education, and practice; science and technology policy; and the roles of engineering in society. Each issue is available for reading online, or in downloadable pdfs.

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Event: Boys Engineering, Feb. 13, Columbus, OH


In Columbus, Ohio, COSI (Center of Science and Industry) is holding a Science career program for boys grades 6-8. The boys will meet professional engineers, discover that engineering can be an exciting and rewarding career, and have a great time learning and meeting new friends. Date: Feb. 13, 2010; Application deadline: Jan 29, 2010. Cost: $25.

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Teacher Program: Bioinformatics, Seattle, WA

This Bioinformatics Professional Development Workshop, held on February 2010, in Seattle, Washington, is designed primarily for teachers of high school biology, advanced biology, and biotechnology. Prior bioinformatics experience not required.

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T.V. & Video: Nat’l Geographic

Engineering Wonders and Man Made are only two of several online shows made available on the Science and Technology section of the National Geographic Channel Website. The videos, which range in topic from volcanoes to skyscrapers, Apache helicopters, the polar station, and the engineering of the Wonder Bra, are each about 3 minutes in duration.

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