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Get Involved on Earth Day, April 22
There is no better time for teachers to Green? their curriculum than Earth Day. Earth Day Network Educators Network helps teachers accomplish this by providing more than 300 standards-based lesson plans in several subjects and all grade levels, along with interactive activities, such as Environmental Jeopardy. 밫hings to Do to Green Your School?flyers suggest strategies such as avoiding the use of screen savers on computers; having students perform an energy audit (instructions provided); and as a class project, measuring how much junk mail the school receives, then asking those companies to remove the school from their mailing lists and measuring the effect of that request. New video curriculum highlighting green makeovers and the animated adventures of Gorilla in the Greenhouse also appears on Earth Day TV.
For more lesson plans, activities, and information, check Education World Earth Day Archives page; the U.S. Government Take Action in Your Classroom site; and the Wilderness Society Teachers Lounge. The American Chemical Society Chemists Celebrate Earth Day site showcases chemistry contributions to sustaining a healthy planet and environment. This year topic is the atmosphere, and the theme is the Sky the Limit.?Celebration ideas and details about K?2 and college contests can be found at chemistry.org/earthday.
Apply for the 2009 Weightless Flights of Discovery Program
The Northrop Grumman Corporation Foundation is accepting teacher applications for the 2009 Weightless Flights of Discovery program, an initiative that places teachers on micro- and zero-gravity flights to test Newton's Laws of Motion and energize students in the formative middle-school years.
Middle-school math and science teachers in public schools are welcome to apply for the program at www.northropgrumman.com/teachers. The Foundation has selected four locations for this year's flights:
Albuquerque, N.M. (Sept. 22)
Detroit (Sept. 24)
Norwalk, Conn. (Sept. 29)
Washington, D.C. (Oct. 2)
A maximum of 30 teachers in each of the cities will participate. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2009.
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NSTA express, April 22, 2009