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Break for Excitement

As end-of-school-year approaches, the field-trip buses start rolling out. It makes sense: Research indicates that informal learning strongly enhances classroom instruction. And with interactive exhibits, activities, and outreach programs, science museums offer a wealth of support - any time of year. So, take a look at our overview this week, then start your planning!

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Engineering ingenuity links the items above. You'll find each featured in one of the three activities drawn from the California Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Science in Boston, and Minnesota's The Works. Employing the practical skills of engineers, students can build a model lung to study the effects of pollution; devise shipwreck survival materials; or consider how to rescue a stranded animal.

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Want to offer your students a hands-on science experience but lack access to a well-equipped lab? Try a field trip to a museum. Across the country, Tech museums and science centers are working to provide the kind of fun, interactive experiences that enliven classroom learning.

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IT giant Hewlett-Packard is spending $1 million on an effort to join together schools, colleges and universities, and nonprofit educational groups to work on STEM learning. Each of five "sandboxes of innovation," or consortiums, will tackle challenges that range from teacher training to online study and grid computing.

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 ASEE Teachers' Workshop

Louisville, Here We Come!

It's still not too late to join ASEE's full-day workshop, "Discovering Engineering in the Classroom," to learn great ways to inspire students about engineering, math, and science. This energizing, highly informative event introduces teachers to innovative engineering education lessons, best practices, and take-away tools. Participating Kentucky teachers will be eligible for continuing professional education credits; out-of-state teachers will receive a certificate to use in seeking credits through their own state authorities. We hope to see you there!

When: Saturday, June 19, 2010, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 South 4th Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202-2903

Cost: The free online registration deadline has passed as of June 4. Teachers may register on-site and will be assessed a $25 fee per person.

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