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Curriculum: Siemens Class Activities, Grades 4-6

The Siemens Foundation Science Day Website features videos and hands-on activities for students in grades 4 through 6 to “help reinvent the science class.” The activities promise new, original experiments with intuitive directions, materials lists, and home extensions.

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Sweepstakes: Cool School Science Day

The Siemens Foundation invites teachers to enter the Ultimate Cool School Science Day Sweepstakes to win a fun and interactive school assembly that underscores the importance of science literacy and the need for science resources among schools. Discovery Education will lead the assembly, which will consist of videos, mind benders, and interactive demonstrations. Deadline: January 27, 2010

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Essay Competition: DuPont Challenge


The DuPont Challenge© Science Essay Competition invites students grades 7 – 12 to write a 700- to 1,000-word essay about a scientific discovery, theory, event or technological application. Winners receive savings bonds up to $5,000 and an expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center. The program also rewards the contributions of the winning students’ teachers with accompanying trips, $500 education grants, and sponsorship to attend the 2011 NSTA National Conference on Science Education in San Francisco. Submission deadline: January 31, 2010

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Engineering Word Search, Grades 3-5

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As classes wind down (or up!) for the holidays, here’s a fun activity to get students thinking about engineering. It a game families can enjoy, too. Print and distribute copies of this pdf puzzler, then see how many words students can locate within 10-15 minutes.

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Schools Can Get Surplus DOE Lab Equipment


WASHINGTON, DC –The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science announced that high school and middle school science departments are now eligible to obtain surplus lab equipment from the DOE National Laboratories.

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Scholarship: AHETEM for Latino Students


The AHETEMS Scholarship Program is designed to enhance and achieve the potential of Latino students pursuing degrees in engineering, math and science. Merit-based and need-based scholarships are awarded, in the amount of $1,000 – $5,000, to deserving Latino/a high school graduating seniors who demonstrate both significant motivation and aptitude for a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

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Website: LOC’s Wise Guide Portal


The Wise Guide introduces the numerous resources available from the Library of Congress, with monthly features drawn from items within collections, databases, and reading rooms. The monthly Guide highlights LOC prints, films, audio recordings, maps, manuscripts, digital materials, and books, as well as performances, lectures, film screenings, and poetry readings. It aims to encourage users to explore the millions of available items at this renowned U.S. library.

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Website: Doing What Works

The Doing What Works (DWW) Website, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, translates research-based practices into practical tools to improve classroom instruction. The goal is to create an online library of resources to help teachers, schools, districts, states and technical assistance providers implement research-based instructional practice.

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Event: Science Colloquia, Irvine, CA

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The Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia of the National Academy of Sciences address scientific topics of broad and current interest, cutting across boundaries of traditional disciplines; each year, four to six colloquia are scheduled, and feature presentations by leading scientists in the field and discussions with a hundred or more researchers with an interest in the topic. Colloquia are held at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, California, unless noted otherwise.

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