PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN) July 1994, No. 2 An electronic newsletter of the AIP Educatio
PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN)
July 1994, No. 2
An electronic newsletter of the AIP Education Division
GRANTS FOR JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE PROJECTS
The Toshiba America Foundation, an organization that supports
precollegiate science education, offers a number of grants to
junior high and high schools for development of science, math, and
technology projects. These projects could include hands-on
laboratory experiments, interactive computer work, and curriculum-
development programs. Schools must provide a detailed description
of their projects, including management and budget information.
Grant requests of $5,000 or less may be submitted at any time.
Requests for larger grants must be submitted for approval by the
foundation's board or directors; semi-annual deadlines for these
requests are August 1 and February 1.
(For a copy of the grant guidelines, contact: Toshiba America
Foundation, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 4100, New York, NY
10020; telephone: 212-596-0600; fax: 212-593-3875)
AAAS INVITES NOMINATIONS FOR MENTOR AWARDS
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
invites nominations for two Mentor Awards, which honor educators
who are dedicated to guiding women, minorities and people with
disabilities to careers in the science and engineering fields. The
Lifetime Mentor Award, which recognizes 10 years or more of
mentoring, includes a $5,000 cash prize and a commemorative plaque;
the 1994 Mentor Award, which recognizes less than 10 years,
includes a $2,500 cash prize and a commemorative plaque.
(For more information, contact Yolanda George or Paula Lee at AAAS,
FREE NEWSLETTER ON TEACHING ASTRONOMY
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific publishes "The Universe in
the Classroom," a free newsletter on teaching astronomy to
elementary and high school students. Each issue contains hands-on
activities, reviews of astronomy-related resources, and articles on
such topics as space exploration and astronomical phenomena. The
newsletter is published four times during the school year.
(To order, send your request on school letterhead to: Astronomical
Society of the Pacific, Teachers' Newsletter, Dept. N, 390 Ashton
Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112)
CONFERENCE TO DEMONSTRATE, DISCUSS INTERNET APPLICATIONS
An upcoming national conference called "Breaking the Barriers to
the National Information Infrastructure" will explore the obstacles
that arise when people start to develop and deliver applications on
the information infrastructure. The conference, co-sponsored by
the Information Infrastructure Task Force (IITF) and the Council on
Competitiveness, will take place Sept. 7-8, 1994, at the ANA Hotel
in Washington, DC. More than 20 real-life applications will be
featured in demonstrations showing how advanced information
technology applies to areas such as interactive science education,
remote patient evaluation with telemedicine, manufacturing
processes, and digital music libraries. High-level speakers from
industry, government and academia will include Commerce Secretary
Ronald H. Brown, who chairs the IITF, and John Young, chairman of
Smart Valley and co-chair of the Council's NII Advisory Committee.
(To receive a conference agenda and registration form, call the
conference's automated fax information and delivery system at:
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