Newton Network Newsletter: March 2012

Greetings from the Newton Network!

Welcome to March! It’s hard to believe that the school year is flying by and we only have a few months left in the year. This month, we bring you lesson plans on the science behind sports as well as science camps and competitions, professional development opportunities, and more.

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In This Issue:

Science of Sports– Hockey is an exciting game and can be educational as well! NBC Learn and NBC Sports partnered with the National Science Foundation and the National Hockey League to bring you this free resource. The Science of NHL Hockey explores the math and science behind hockey. Topics explored include hockey geometry, vectors, and projectile motion. For more information, visit NBC Science of NHL Hockey.

The Science of NFL Football resource is similar to the Science of NHL Hockey. The Football resource explores how the Pythagorean Theorem relates to football and studies torque and center of mass. Football also discusses the importance of nutrition and hydration and how they relate to our health. For more information, visit NBC Science of NFL Football.

To view the complete series and other resources, visit NBC Free Resources.

the Journal– the Journal is an educational resource that focuses on “transforming education through technology”. Available online and in print, the Journal follows current events in education, new technology, resources, and more. They review educational apps, web 2.0 tools, professional development and lesson plans. They also have their own webinars and virtual conferences. For more information, visit The Journal.

NERDS– NERDS (Nevada Educators Really Doing Science) is taking its final trip this summer. Participating teachers will be going to Plumas, CA, to do science experiments in the Feather River Watershed. In addition to the week-long trip, there will be pre- and post-sessions covering the material and how to teach it to your students. If you are interested, please visit the NERDS website. If you are outside Northern Nevada, please call ((775) 784-4777) for information about transportation. Applications are due March 10, 2012.

Web 2.0– National Geographic Maps are a great tool you can use in your classroom. Maps are available for every part of the world and come with interactive lesson plans as well. You can design your own map using their interactive map kit, making your maps as large or small as you need them. All maps are also printable and free National Geographic Mapping.

Professional Development–Self-directed courses are available through the NASA Electronic Professional Development Network. Self-directed courses allow you to work at the pace you want and require assignments or outside materials. These courses are free and always available. For more information, visit NASA ePDN.

Upcoming Events– Doodle 4 Google 2012 is an art competition hosted by Google. Students in grades K-12 make a Google doodle based on the theme “If I could travel in, I’d visit…” The winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship and their school will receive a $50,000 technology grant. Submissions are due by March 23, 2012. For more information, visit Google Doodle.

NASA’s Climate Science Research for Educators and Students is now accepting applications for the 2012 Summer Workshop. The workshop is for educators and students in grades 9-12. Participants will learn more about the sun, Earth, and atmosphere interactions, and will build instruments to aid in experiments.  A follow up workshop will take place online in August, 2012. Applications are due June 1, 2012. For more information, visit the Climate Science Research for Educators and Students website.

NASA’s Space Settlement Design Contest is for students 11-18 years old. Students will design a space settlement that is self-sufficient, permanent, and a place people can live in. The contest is open to anyone in the world and you can enter individually or as teams. For more information, visit the NASA Space Settlement Contest.

Engineering summer camps at the University of Nevada, Reno, are now accepting applications for students in all grade levels. Some of the camps include, Computer Science Camp and the Introduction to Engineering Camp. For more information, visit Engineering Outreach or contact Debbie DeLauer at (

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