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News/Resources for Science Teachers

Check out this site for information on academic competitions and resources—from video to software to lesson plans—that you can use in the classroom.

Academic Competitions

Get your students involved! See these links to academic competitions:

Science Education Foundation of Indiana (SEFI)
(includes links to all Indiana science fair sites)
SEFI sponsors the Indiana Science Fairs held throughout the state. Students present their individual research in Science Fair competitions at the regional, state, and international levels. Full-tuition scholarships are awarded by a number of colleges and universities at the International Fair held each May.

Siemens Westinghouse Competition
The Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science & Technology continues the 50-year Westinghouse tradition of supporting math and science education in America. In the fall of each year, high school seniors are invited to submit independent research projects in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology. Students may enter as individuals or as part of a team.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
"The Olympics, the World Cup, and the World Series of science competitions"

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
First-place finalist receives a $4,000 undergraduate scholarship and an invitation to present his or her research at the National Symposium

Indiana Science Olympiad
(includes links to all regional, state, and national competitions)
Science Olympiad is a great tool that teachers can use to involve students in hand-on science activities.

Lego Robotics Tournament
Students have eight weeks to build, program, and test autonomous robots capable of completing various ‘missions.’

Indiana Academic Competitions for Excellence
Spell Bowl, Super Bowl, Decathlon, and M.A.T.H.
This site describes interscholastic competitions for senior high, junior high/middle, and elementary school students.

Math Counts
This is a coaching and competition program for middle school students nationwide that offers "a chance to explore cool mathematics that isn't always taught"in the classroom.

The Official Site for Math League Contests
Math League Contests build "student interest and confidence in mathematics through solving worthwhile problems."

Odyssey of the Mind
The Odyssey of the Mind School Program "fosters creative thinking and problem-solving skills among participating students from kindergarten through college."

NAQT Quiz Bowl Links
Check out these helpful resources for Quiz Bowl participants.

Teacher Resources

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
The council "provides guidelines for excellence in mathematics education and issues a call for all students to engage in more challenging mathematics."

Indiana Academic Standards
View the standards set by the Indiana Department of Education. Resources are divided into three groups: Curriculum Frameworks, Classroom Assessments, and End of Course Assessments to help students meet the expectations set by Indiana’s Academic Standards.

Math Archives
This site includes information on software, teaching materials, conferences, and databases related to math.

Math Forum @ Drexel
This site provides a resource for lesson planning and general math education.

Scholastic Teacher
Offers activities, resources, and lesson plans.

PBS Teacher Source
Offers activities, lesson plans, videos, and other resources.

Indiana Educators' Home: The Web Conference Site for Professional Development
Offers information on technology training, lesson plans, and learning activities.

Student Academic Center: Connections to Diversity Program