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Workshop: Mother-Daughter Tech Training, 2010-2011

girlshcThe Mother Daughter TEA (Technology Engineering Aptitude) events are 1-day professional development workshops to train participants in holding their own Mother/Daughter TEAs. Facilitated by Celeste Baine of Engineering Education Service Center. 2010-11 Dates and Locations: October 2, 2010 in Everett, WA; March 4, 2011 in Joplin, MO; April 2, 2011 in Boston, MA. Costs begin at $999; check Website for details.

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Science Lessons: National Science Center

natscicntrTeachers can find several quick science lesson plans, keyed to National Standards, on the website of the National Science Center, a collaboration of The National Science Center Inc., a non-profit organization, and the United States Army.

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Feature: Corporate Connections

Hawthorne Students with Electric Plane at Northrop CompetitionHawthorne Math and Science Academy in Los Angeles is challenging the notion that inner city schools are too beset with urban problems to succeed. And, it’s doing so with help from major corporations. “It’s all about future workforce development!” says a Northrup Grumman coordinator.

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Lesson: How Telescopes Work

A Glass of Water Refracts LightIn this lesson, students in grades 3-9 learn how lenses gather and focus light and mirrors bounce light. They conduct experiments with water and mirrors to gain a greater understanding of the basic workings of telescopes.

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Contest: Future City Competition 2010-11

The 19th Annual Future City Competition, held from September 2010 through February, 2011, invites 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from around the nation to team with engineer-volunteer mentors to create — first on computer and then in large, three-dimensional models — their visions of the city of tomorrow.

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Competition: Trash Design Challenge, San Jose, CA. From Sept. 25, 2010

test rigTech Challenge 2011, sponsored by The Tech Museum, in San Jose, CA, this is an annual team design challenge for youth in grades 5 through 12 that introduces and reinforces the scientific process with a hands-on project geared to solve a real-world problem. This year’s challenge has students devise ways to rid the oceans of trash. Information Clinics begin Sept. 25, 2010, through Feb. 2011.

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Contest: Space Telescope Design


The RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge invites high-school-aged students work as engineers and scientists to solve real-world problems related to the James Webb Space Telescope. Student teams will try to answer one of these two questions relating to the Webb telescope: How can you design a shield to protect the Webb telescope? How can you deliver the Webb telescope to space using existing rocket technology?

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Exercise Strengthens Brainpower

High School Football PlayersMany American children engage in no physical activity outside of school, and slashed state budgets mean even fewer phys-ed classes in some districts. But new studies indicate that aerobic exercise can strengthen minds, as well as bodies.

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Does Merit Pay Make a Difference?

Teacher at Computer (Image from NASA)The Obama Administration has pushed for greater use of merit pay to reward teachers when students make gains in standardized tests. Yet, a new study has found that merit payments of up to $15,000 didn’t improve academic performance.

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