Newton Network Newsletter: March 2011

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Greetings from the Newton Network!

This month, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by focusing on math and probability in your lesson plan. We have information on more professional development opportunities for you and educational opportunities for your students. We also have another Web 2.0 tool to aid you in the classroom.

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In This Issue:

St Patricks DaySt. Patrick’s Day– Every year, March 17 is celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day. People all over the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with festivals, parades, and wearing green. But how much do you know about the history of St. Patrick’s Day?

You can incorporate math into lesson plans for St. Patrick’s Day as well. Probability can be used to teach about luck and chance, using an interactive probability tool for grades 3-12.

If you are looking for math worksheets for St. Patrick’s Day, check out Math Drills.

For interactive probability problems for middle and high school students, visit Cut The Knot.

Nevada Pathway ProjectPathway to Nevada’s Future– Pathway to Nevada’s Future is a statewide grant focusing on improving student engagement and achievement in the classroom. It focuses on improving educational technology to prepare students to compete in a global, and technology-based, economy. Pathway provides professional development training to participating teachers and administrators in the use of technology in the classroom.

PAEMST– The annual Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is currently accepting nominations for the 2011 award. Teachers who are nominated have until May 2, 2011 to fill out the application. This year, nominees must be a math or science teacher for grades 7-12. Recipients of the award will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. for recognition and professional development opportunities. Recipients will also receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. To nominate a teacher, or find out more about the award, visit

Web 2.0Chart Tool is an online, free website that allows users to create different charts, including scatter plots, bar, and pie charts. The charts are completely customizable and are available in 2- and 3-D. After the graph is created, users can e-mail the graph to others or download it as a JPG or PDF file. Registration is free but not required to create and save graphs.

Professional DevelopmentNASA’s Simulation-Based Aerospace Engineering Teacher Professional Development Program is accepting applicants for a two-week paid internship in July 2011. The internship is open to all STEM middle and high school teachers. Applicants are required to apply in groups of two or four. Applications are due by 8:00 AM EST March 7, 2011.

NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project connects K-12 teachers and students with NASA by providing free educational and professional development opportunities. Past topics for professional development include Rocketry/Forces in Motion, Solar System Science, and Lunar Sample Certification. More information on how to request professional development workshops.

Upcoming Events– NASA is holding the Future of Flight Art Contest, an art contest depicting what the future will bring in terms of flight and exploration. The contest is open to all students enrolled in high school or college, regardless of field of study. NASA hopes to encourage students of all courses of study to think about the future of flight and exploration through digital or two- or three-dimensional art, literature, or video. Entries are due by April 15, 2011.

Google has partnered with CERN, National Geographic, Scientific American, and the LEGO Group to launch the first Google Science Fair. It is the first online science fair available to students around the world age 13-18. Participating students have the option of working alone or in groups of up to three students. Entries are due by April 4, 2011 and finalists will be selected in July, 2011. Prizes include a trip with National Geographic Expeditions, scholarships, internships, and more.

Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) gives students the opportunity to design a flight experiment to be carried out on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. Students compete within the community for their experiment to be taken into low Earth orbit on the final flight of the Space Shuttle in April.

The Young Scientist Challenge is a national science competition for students in grades three through eight. Students are required to make a video one to two minutes in length about a science problem. Entries are due by April 15, 2011. Finalists will participate in a summer mentorship program and will be flown to St. Paul, Minnesota, to present their project.

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