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K-12 Workshop: Parents, Kids, and LEGOS. Tufts U., Mass. March 6

The Tufts University Center for Engineering Education Parent and Child Workshop offers the opportunity for families to build and program their own LEGO inventions. Date: March 6, 2010, 9:00-12:00. Level: Grades K-12. Location: Tufts University CEEO on the Medford, Mass Campus. Cost: $75.

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Scholarship: HENAAC/Great Minds. Hispanic Students

Great Minds in STEM provides scholarships for students of Hispanic origin or involved with the Hispanic community who maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or high; focus their studies in science, technology, engineering or math; and demonstrate leadership through academic achievements and campus/community activities. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $5,000. Application deadline: April 30, 2010.

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Website: Science News for Kids

Science News for Kids is a web site devoted to science news for children of ages 9 to 14, offering timely items of interest, accompanied by suggestions for hands-on activities, books, articles, Web resources, and other useful materials.

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Conference: Science Teachers in Philadelphia, Mar. 18-21

The National Science Teacher’s Association annual National Conference on Science Education is scheduled for March 18–21 in Philadelphia, PA. Their workshops, seminars, and presentations promise to inspire, fine tune your content knowledge, test your strategies and techniques to build student performance, and tackle critical education issues of the day.

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Web Resource: The Science of Earthquakes

Tasa Graphics Arts, Inc., a company that illustrates science textbooks, offers an online chapter on earthquakes, with clear explanations and illustrations of key terms used in the study of seismology.

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Web Resources: Materials on Earthquakes

Five downloadable articles on earthquakes are available from The American Museum of Natural History, including accounts by middle and high school students, a explanatory piece titled “Forecasting Earthquakes Using Paleoseismology,” and a profile of Inge Lehmann, the female Danish seismologist whose 1920s investigations led to greater understanding of the Earth’s inner core.

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Panel to Explore New Science Standards

A National Academies committee has begun a two-year study aimed at creating a framework for developing national standards for science education. The committee will evaluate evidence to determine how well standards-based educational reform has worked, including the redesign of Advanced Placement courses by the College Board.

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Study Examines Gender Differences in Classroom

Girls in high-school science classes generally were “bored, disengaged and stressed . . . compared to boys,”a recent Northern Illinois University study found. That was despite the fact that all of the students invested the same amount of time to the classes, and that the boys and girls received similar grades, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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40 States apply for Race to the Top

Last week, 40 states and the District of Columbia applied for the $4.35 billion Race to the Top competition. The Obama Administration’s pet education program, the competition will award grants to states that overhaul and upgrade their schools systems to encourage more classroom innovation. It gives priority to those states whose reforms emphasize STEM education.

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