Vol. XXX, Number 1
Looking into the New Century
Paul Elliott and his convention committee have put together a special 2001 state convention. This year's convention features four nationally renown speakers to help us look into the future. Dr. george "Pinky" Nelson, a former astronaut is currently the Director of Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Nelson offers a unique perspective in science education reform. He will convey his insight on how we can offer the best learning experiences possible to prepare our students for the workplace of the future. Dr. Howie Bluestein, Professor of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma at Norman, has a passion for chasing tornadoes. he will share with us what has been learned in this exciting and dangerous field of endeavor. We also will welcome Dr. Roger Wiseman of the National Institute for Environmental Health Science. He will speak on the future of genetic research. Dr. Wiseman led one of the research teams in the discovery of the breast cancer gene. He is a native Hoosier and a product of Indiana science education. Wednesday evening will kick off the convention with international boomerang champion, Gary Broadbent. Gary participated in the 200 Olympic Games in Sydney. He has spoken extensively to science education groups around the country on using boomerangs as a fun and effective teaching tool.
Nearly 200 concurrent sessions, over 100 exhibits and many extended workshops and field trips fill up the convention. The ever population HASTI Social with many door prizes, food, fellowship, and fun will be held again on Thursday evening.
Registration can be done on-line through January 19 at: <www.cmcglobal.com/hasti> After that date registration may be done on-site only at the Convention Center.
HASTI at NSTA
HASTI will sponsor a special reception for HASTI members attending the National Science Teachers Association Convention in St. Louis on Friday evening, March 2001 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join your friends in the Lewis and Clark Room at the Regal Riverfront Hotel.
See you in St. Louis!
Leah Bricker going to Washington, D.C.
Leah Bricker, Indiana Science Curriculum Program Coordinator will be leaving Indiana to start a new job in Washington, D.C. She has has accepted a position with the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Project 2061. Leah has been the coordinator for the past eleven years. The Indiana Department of Education is in the process of hiring someone before she leaves in February. Be sure to check the IDOE web site (http://www.doe.state.in.us/science) for information regarding the new science coordinator's name and contact information.
HASTI wishes Leah good luck in her new job. She has been very important to Indiana science teachers not only through HASTI but also through her involvement with the science standards and the Presidential Awards Program, to name a few examples. We will miss her and hope that she will always hold a special place for Indiana science teachers.
February 7-9, 2001 - HASTI Convention, Indianapolis
February 7, 2001 - HASTI Board meeting
March 23, 2001. HASTI Reception at NSTA Convention, St. Louis
March 30-31, 2001 - 2001 Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair, Indianapolis, IN
April 28, 2001 - HASTI Board meeting
May 19 - 20, 2001 - Teachers' Pet Project Training, Chicago (see page 3 )
to the following HASTI members who were nominated for the various offices and board positions and placed on the ballot for the 2001 election. HASTI is very fortunate to have members who want to be involved and to see that the organization continues to grow.
President - Hans Andersen
Vice-President - Carol Chen and Thomas Watts
Secretary - Bobbi Speicher and Patricia Zeck
Elementary Rep - Lyn Klosowski and Sharon Orr
District III Rep - Pam George and Mark Mettert
District IV Rep - Claire Baker and Jane Cooney
District V Rep - Shannon Carroll and Duane Nickell
District IX Rep - Gregory McCurdy
Voting Deadline is January 15, 2001. Winners will be announced at the HASTI Convention.
NEWSLETTER EDITOR - CAROLYN HAYES
Teachers' PET Project - May 19 - 20, 2001
The Teachers'PET Project will be holding a population education facilitator training on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, 2001 in Chicago. The facilitator training is open to educators throughout the great Chicago area (including Southern Wisconsin and Northern/Western Indiana) who are interested in leading population education workshops for their colleagues at schools, universities, and conferences around the region. Current trainers include classroom teachers; retires; college and university faculty; nature center, zoo and museum staff; non-formal educators and youth service providers among others. Thanks to generous foundation support , we are very pleased to be able to offer this facilitator training free of charge.
Chicago was chosen as the site of this regional "Leadership Institute" because every semester, requests for population education workshops pour into our office from area universities, school districts and organizations. Yet, there are only a handful of population educators in the great Chicago area.
The May facilitator training will bring a select group of educators who are interested in joining the network of population education trainers to Chicago for a valuable, rewarding experience. Participants can look forward to a productive weekend of training and preparation for conducting population education workshops. The workshop activities will include working through hands-on activities, sharing experiences and ideas, getting help on answering challenging questions, refining skills in finding workshop opportunities, and developing effective agendas. The learning sessions and materials will give participants confidence in embarking on teacher training in their own area. Participants will receive an extensive handbook of training materials and the brand new edition of our award-winning "dot" video, World Population. The Teachers' PET Project will reimburse each participant up to $100 for travel, up to two nights at the hotel, plus cover the meals during the training. The training will be held at the Wyndham Drake Hotel in Oak Brook, conveniently located twenty minutes west of Chicago at the intersection of I-294 and 22nd Street. CEU and CPDU credits will be available at the May training session. The training will run 10 hours over two days.
If you would like to participate contact Heather Zesiger by January 31, 2001. Send name, address and why you would like to be a facilitator to: Heather Zesiger, Teachers PET Project, 1400 16th St., NW, #320, Washington, DC 20036
ENVISION - A Regional Environmental Science Institute for Midwestern Teachers, funded by the national Science Foundation, is recruiting for the 2001 Institute. ENVISION
utilizes modules to prepare middle level leadership teams that are experienced in team based research and knowledgeable of: environmental concepts and issues, inquiry skills for investigating environmental issues, appropriate curricular, pedagogical, and assessment practices for teaching science within studies of local environmental issues, and strategies to develop educational partnerships with local government, industry, and business.
Module Descriptions: ENVISION is a multidisciplinary approach to the development of scientific concepts and inquiry skills focusing on: water and watersheds, urban and built environments, and rural environments.
Spring Pre-Institute - April 26, 27, 28, 2001
Summer Institute - July 9-31, 2001
How to Get Involved:
1. Visit web site at: <http://uval.eas.purdue.edu/geoed.html>
2. Contact via email at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
3. Send your name and address to:
ENVISION 1442 LAEB
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
West Lafayette, IN 47907
SUMMER S'COOL TEACHER WORKSHOP 2001
NASA Langley Research Center is seeking participants for a Summer S"COOL (Students' Cloud Observations Online) Teacher Workshop, to be held July 16-20, 2001 in Hampton, Virginia Participants will be introduced to the S"COOL program and work cooperatively in developing new materials related to the project. In addition, participating teachers will be provided materials, field trips, and a stipend. Travel expenses and room and board will be covered. The workshop is open to teachers of grades 3-9 in all 50 states. Complete applications must be received by March 31, 2001.
Interested teachers may contact: The CERES S'COOL Project, Mail Stop 420, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA 23681-2199; Phone: 757-864-5682; FAX: 757-864-7996; Email: email@example.com; http://scool.larc.nasa.gov
Albert Einstein Fellowship: Where Classroom Practice Informs Policy
Apply to spend a year in our nation's capital as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, an opportunity for elementary and secondary science and math teachers, enacted by Congress and funded by the Department of Energy - Office of Science, with participation from NASA and the National Science Foundation.
Minimum qualifications include: five years of classroom experience,currently teaching full time, US citizenship, and a letter of support from a current administrator. Selection is based on excellence in K-12 mathematics or science teaching, demonstrated leadership,knowledge of national, state and local education policies, and communication and interpersonal skills. The application process opens on December 1, 2000 and closes on February 1, 2001. A description of this program and an on-line application can be found at the following web site: <http://www.scied.science.doe.gov/einstein/>. Additional information about the program can be found at <http://www.triangle-coalition.org/ein.htm>.
RAINFOREST WORKSHOP PROVIDES CORNERSTONE IN TEACHER LEADER DEVELOPMENT
Unique, active, and fun! The AMAZON Rainforest Workshop July 5-13, 2001 is a professional development opportunity for teachers to work side-by-side with scientists in one of the most biologically diverse environments in the world.
· Join author/illustrator Lynne Cherry and a spirited faculty of specialists in ornithology, botany, marine biology, and entomology.
· Receive academic credit.
· Enter a $1000 workshop scholarship drawing.
Full land cost for the workshop is $1898. Budget airfares, optional Andes extensions are available. Scholarship entry deadline is April 2. For workshop and funding information call Frances Gatz 800-669-6806, email:
Free Material - Genetics
The Human Genome Project is offering a FREE multimedia educational tool on genetics, designed for high school students, teachers, and the general public. Simply go to the following URL and type in delivery instructions.
The kit includes:
1. A Multimedia interactive CD-ROM
* 3-D animation of molecules and cells
* Comprehensive interactive timeline of genetics
* Classroom activities on genome sequencing, genetic variation, and ethical and societal issues
* New edition of talking glossary of genetic terms
2. 15 minute video documentary- "The Secret of Our Lives"
3. Informational Brochure-"Genetics: The Future of Medicine"
4. Commemorative wall poster
Note: US Orders Only, Sorry
ATTENTION - EARTH SCIENCE TEACHERS
Hi! As Indiana's state representative to the National Earth Science Teachers Association, I'm seeking volunteers to present at the NESTA Share-a-thon sessions at NSTA in St. Louis this March. All presenters will need to bring their favorite activity and about 200 copies of the handout for distribution. Each presenter will have a table to use for their set-up. Throughout the session, people will move around the room, from table to table, to watch each activity and obtain a handout.
Listed below are the five different share-a-thons that NESTA sponsors. If you are willing to help out, please send an email to Kim Giesting and a copy to Sharon Stroud. We need to know:
1) Which share-a-thon
2) Your name
3) Your school, school address, school phone
4) Your email address
Kim Giesting <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sharon Stroud <Smstroud@aol.com>
1. Earth Science Share-a-thon I
Session 727, Friday March 23, 2001 , 8:00-9:00
Regal Riverfront Hotel,Missouri
2. Astronomy Share-a-thon
Session 726, Friday March 23, 2001, 9:30- 10:30
Regal Riverfront Hotel, Missouri
3. Oceanography Share-a-thon
Session 728, Friday March 23, 2001, 11:00 to Noon
Regal Riverfront Hotel, Missouri
4. Meteorology Share-a-thon
Session 729, Friday March 23, 2001, 12:30-1:30
Regal Riverfront Hotel, Missouri
5. Earth Science Share-a-thon II
Session 730, Saturday March 24, 2001, 8:00-9:00
Regal Riverfront Hotel, Meramec
Science Songwriting Contest
The Science Songwriters' Association, a nonprofit service organization, sponsors the National Student Science Songwriting Contest. To obtain a flyer, please go to web site, sciencesongs.net.
This association of educators believe in the power of music to teach and reach students and would like to see music used more widely in science classrooms. Students who write their own songs to describe science ideas process those ideas more fully and make them their own. They also have fun doing it.
We invite you to spread the word concerning this contest and request at least one state contact from your organization through which we can communicate about the contest.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send me an email with "song contest" in the subject line, or call me on the telephone at 760-734-1443.
Lynda J. Jones
SSA Co-President and
Contest Committee Head
INDIANA JUNIOR ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
The 2000 Indiana Junior Academy of Science competition was held at IU-East in Richmond, on Nov. 3. The following students were winners in the various competitions.
Problem Solving Exam
Individual - William Change - Bloomington South H.S.
Team - Bloomington South H.S.
Individual - Erin Hall - Paoli Jr/Sr. H.S.
Research Paper Competition
Individual - Sarah Kessan - Eastern High School
Outstanding Junior Scientist
Individual - Terri Myers - Northwestern High School
Top School - Eastern High School
Sponsor - Sharon McElroy
Congratulations to all the winners!
Indiana Student Software Awards Competition
I S S A C 2 0 0 1
The Indiana Student Software Awards Competition was created to encourage and reward the creativity and talents of Indiana software technology high school and college students.
Students, or teams of students, who have developed a software project for personal enrichment, as a course or research project, or as a result of collaboration with an industrial partner may submit projects for ISSAC 2001. A panel of judges will evaluate each project on the basis of its creativity, technical merits and functionality.
For more information please visit http://www.butler.edu/csse/issac2001/
Timeline for ISSAC 2001:
Jan. 15 to Feb. 2 Registration of software projects
March 5 Submission of projects
April 9 Announcement of finalists
April 18 ITP Technology Summit
Demonstrations by finalists
Awards presentation ceremony
May 18 Cyber Star Awards - first place winners honored
Six Entry Categories:
Four Awards in Each Category:
Primary sponsors of ISSAC 2001:
In response to teacher and parent requests the IU Bloomington Physics Department has created a new forum for teachers and others interested in Physics teaching in the area - area is defined loosely. The web page can be found at <http://www.indiana.edu/~hisci/>. The forum is intended to provide an easy way to communicate with the IU Physics Department and is monitored by faculty and staff in the department. If you have questions on Physics or the Physical Sciences or just wish to communicate with us or others who are involved in Physics teaching this is a quick and easy way to do so.
The January newsletter is now on the Web and can be found at:
National Audubon Society
Some of you may be interested in a web site <www.enature.com> that gives you free access to all the photos from the National Audubon Society's field guides, allows you to generate local lists of birds and other animal plant groups, plus other features.
These guys took some of the best projects from the best museums in the country and adapted them for the Web. These simple activities, for grades K-3, include classifying animals, learning where butterflies come from, and finding out what kinds of particles are hiding in your nose.
Uncover the origins of the first known evidence of life on earth. Read about the final space walk and the first jetpack testing by the crew of the space ship Discovery. Learn how one wild teacher motivated his students to learn physics through the use of a first-hand lesson on lightning. You can do all this and more through the ABC news Web page science link. This site is packed with exciting information useful for designing up-to-date lessons in science.
PASSPORT TO THE UNIVERSE
The PASSPORT TO THE UNIVERSE website will debut in January 2001, and provide full background on the videos and online opportunities. Its 5 main sections-"Black Holes," "Seeing the Universe," "The Cosmic Ecosystem," "Research/ers" and "New & Now"-will provide key information and images, and direct links to additional web resources suitable for students and teachers. Special sections for educators will demonstrate specific correlation of program content to the National Science Education Standards and to State Frameworks.
PASSPORT TO THE UNIVERSE and the two LIVE FROM specials are made possible, in part, by support from NASA's Office of Space Science and the NASA Education Division, and through special cooperation with the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the "Structure and Evolution of the Universe" Education Forum. P2K also thanks NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Fermilab and the "Connections" project (Department of Energy-NASA-NSF), the Space Telescope Science Institute (NASA-ESA), and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
2001-it's the perfect year for a space odyssey. But this P2K adventure is all science fact, and offers innovative, exciting but always practical ways to enliven the science curriculum.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
For more information, send e-mail to email@example.com, or
The PASSPORT TO THE UNIVERSE website will debut in January, 2001, but you can already sign up now for discuss-universe (an online forum for educators) and updates-universe (P2K's online newsletter, to be published weekly from January-May 2001).
Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and in the message body write only (e.g. turn off any signature message): subscribe discuss-universe (or) subscribe updates-universe
For more on past, present and future PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE Modules, check out: http://passporttoknowledge.com
"Building Big" helps kids think about structures they see every day & the impact of technology on society. The television series, website, & activity guide can be used to help teach basic physical science concepts. The website includes animated interactive labs on engineering concepts & problem solving activities; historical
overviews that introduce bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams, & tunnels, & the forces that affect them; & a database of engineering marvels. (NEH/NSF)
The Centennial of Flight -- The Future of Flight
"The Centennial of Flight -- The Future of Flight" is dedicated to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first powered flight & the development of aviation over the past century. It offers aerospace-related products & programs that help
connect students & teachers to aeronautics & space flight. (USCFC)
Chandra X-ray Observatory
"Chandra X-ray Observatory" features news & information about NASA's newest space telescope. As the world's most powerful X-ray observatory, Chandra joins the Hubble Space Telescope & NASA's other observatories in a study of our universe, providing insights into the universe's structure & evolution. Visitors can track
Chandra in orbit, watch live images from NASA-TV, & learn more about prior shuttle launch preparations. (NASA)
The Earthquake Hazards Program
"The Earthquake Hazards Program" offers frequently asked questions about earthquakes, research on earthquakes, & more. Visitors can follow recent seismic activity around the world, view hazard maps,
or learn what a geophysicist does. (USGS)
"healthfinder kids" is a place where kids can find information on protecting their bodies & minds. It offers more than 75 games & activities, information on safe web navigation, & a link to art contents. The website also has a section for parents & other caregivers of children with links to products & information that promote children's health. (ODPHP,HHS)
Learning Technologies Project (LTP)
"Learning Technologies Project (LTP)" is part of a government initiative, the High Performance Computing & Communications (HPCC) program, whose mission is to accelerate the development, application, & transfer of high-performance technologies to the U.S. engineering & science communities. The website offers resources such as online instructional materials tied to NASA
missions, movies, aeronautics projects, & the Remote Sensing Public Access Center, which makes space instrumentation data available to the public. (NASA) http://learn.arc.nasa.gov/
Twenty-three Reasons Why The English Language is Hard to Learn
1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
2. The farm was used to produce produce.
3. The dump was so full it had to refuse more refuse.
4. We must polish the Polish furniture.
5. He would lead if he would get the lead out.
6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10. A did not object to the object.
11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13. Two of them were too close to the door to close it.
14. A seamstress and awesome fell down into a sewer line.
15. A buck does funny things when the does are present.
16. To help with the planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18. After a number of injections my jaw got number.
19. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
20. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
22. We drive on parkways and park in driveways.
23. Secure and insecure have opposite means but flammable and inflammable mean the same.
From the Vermont Science Teacher's Newsletter, Fall 200, with modifications.
Did you know..........
- the IDOE's science web site (http://www.doe.state.in.us/science) has information about professional development opportunities.
- Be sure to check out The Inquiry Learning Forum (http://ilf.crlt.indiana.edu)
- Special Convention Events
- Advanced registration is due no later than January 19, 2001. Advanced registration can be done at: <www.cmcglobal.com/hasti>
- Westin Hotel is the HASTI headquarters hotel. The Hyatt Regency is also holding rooms for HASTI attendees. Special rates are good through January 12, 2001. Call the hotels directly.
- Don't forget to bring along a tote bag to gather your treasures from the Exhibit Hall!!!!!
Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc.
5007 West 14th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46224