Though New Year’s Day is a memory, there is still plenty to celebrate, especially for science teachers. Start with the periodic table of the elements, which turns 150 years old this year. In fact, 2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table; it launches January 29 with an opening ceremony in France. National Engineers Week (Eweek) will be held February 17-23. We’ve got more information about both celebrations as well as activities to use in your classroom. Finally, at ANS, we’re celebrating the debut of our new teacher workshop program, incorporating NGSS standards and our Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World™ curriculum in an improved, flexible format. Read on, and let’s get the party started.
April 17, 2019 • Volume 45
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This year marks the 150th anniversary of Dmitry Mendeleev’s discovery of the Periodic System and has been proclaimed the “International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements” (IYPT2019) by a consortium of organizations including the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, which oversees naming of the elements, among other responsibilities. The IYPT2019 kicks off with an opening ceremony on January 29 in Paris. You can visit the IYPT2019 website to find events in your area, or to register your own events.
Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, Engineers Week (EWeek) is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing interest in engineering and technology careers. This year, consider bringing an engineer into your plans.
• Classroom visits. Hearing from someone who applies science and engineering practices to real-world problems every day shows students that they can use what they’re learning after they graduate.
• Digital visits. Some members are so interested in sharing their knowledge that they reach out in a number of ways. If you can’t connect with an engineer near you, think about a twitter chat or Skype session.
• Judging or mentoring design challenges. If you’ve already got a design challenge planned, think about inviting an engineer to judge the finals. Or, bring in an engineer to meet with student teams for help creating challenges.
• Career days. Many members make career days a tradition and participate at their local schools every year.
If you’re in the Minneapolis area, we hope you’ll plan on attending ANS’s “Navigating Nuclear Science: Effective Teaching and Learning Strategies” workshop June 8 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. Participants will learn radiation basics, how nuclear reactors harness fission to produce electricity cleanly and safely, the latest in nuclear science and technology, and effective ways of teaching complex nuclear topics. The workshop will include NGSS-aligned lesson plans, including those from ANS’s newest education initiative, Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World™. Registration will open mid-February. For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
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