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Mathematics Cartoons
Carolina Biological Supply Co. keeps an archive of math cartoons. Their copyright policy gives teachers permission to download the cartoons for use in their classroom. You can access the archive by going to

Content to Win Wireless Computer Lab
CDW•G and Discovery Channel School have partnered to give away a Wireless Computer Lab — complete with 20 IBM Think Pad Notebook Computers, accessories, on-site set up and the flexibility to take the technology anywhere in the school.

To register your school, go to

Deadline: May 15, 2004

Projector System Contest
Philips Consumer Electronics is offering a TechOver sweepstakes in which it will give away two complete multimedia systems to an educational institution.

The systems are valued at $5,000 and each includes a cSmart projector, a VCR, DVD player, portable audio system, monitor, PD speaker system, soundcard, and CD-RW drive.

To enter, an official representing a school must complete a survey for Philips. The survey can be completed online or on the telephone. Only one entry is allowed pre school. The sweepstakes ends June 30, 2002. For more information or to enter, go to

Free Digital Camera or Microscope Camera from Intel
Intel is looking for teachers who are using computers and/or related technology in interesting and innovative ways, and who
would be willing to share their story as part of their exciting new Innovation Odyssey: Your story can be whizzy and cutting edge, or ti can be practical and everyday. It can be anywhere in the world. It can be during school or after school, or in a non-school setting. It can be in kindergarten, or in community college. It can be in a two room school, a home school or a 4,000-student mega-high school. Intel has writers who will help turn your story into something great and useful for other people to learn from. All the instructions are on the website. Even if you don?t decide to submit a story (and notice that
everyone who submits a story- EVEN IF INTEL DOESN?T DECIDE TO USE IT!- gets a free computer microscope or digital
camera!) Be sure to check out the site every few days to see what creative and dedicated teachers are up to. There will
be a new story posted every weekday through the year, and among them will be ideas both useful and inspiring.

A Guide to Gender Fair Education in Science and Math
This booklet is intended for teachers in grades K-12, guidance counselors, school administrators, preservice teachers and their college instructors and interested parents.

The information included in this publication has been gathered from the reseach and programs developed and refined by hundreds of dedicated teachers and researchers in the field of educational equity.

This guide provides practical strategies for addressing equity.

You can download a copy free by going to You will need a copy of acrobat reader to access and this is free as well and a link is provided from the ael website.

You can also order by calling 800-624-9120 and requesting product number D98-007. Cost is $7.50 per copy.

Profiles in Science:
A Guide to National Science Foundation Funded High School Instructional Materials. This document compiles information about a variety of high school science instructional materials that were developed with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and address the National Science Education Standards. Available at no cost by calling the SCI Center at 719-531-5550 or via e-mail

Laboratory Safety Training
Get free laboratory safety-training via email. Flinn Scientific Science Department Meeting Safety Notes is a unique program that provides an informative 5-10 minute safety-training lesson to science teachers every month. Training can be held as part of your monthly department meetings or can be organized as a short safety meeting.

Simply email your name, school name and school address to Flinn Scientific at to receive your FREE Science Department Meeting Safety Notes.

Show Me Center
The University of Missouri's Show-Me Center has produced two new brochures designed to help with community outreach: Implementing Standards-Based Mathematics Curricula: Preparing the Community, the District and Teachers and Mathematics Education & Your Child: What Parents Should Know. Both brochures can be downloaded.

Graphing Calculators in Middle Grades-Resource Guide
The Eisenhower Regional Consortium at AEL is pleased to announce a new on-line product, Graphing Calculators in Middle Grades Mathematics: A Resource Guide for the Classroom and for Professional Development.

Produced in partnership with the Center of Excellence for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Tennessee at Martin, the resource guide focuses on the development of key middle grades mathematics concepts.

The seventeen calculator-enhanced lessons include teachers' notes, reproducible student handouts, and keystrokes for the TI-73, TI-83 Plus, Casio fx-7400G Plus, and the Casio CFX-9850GB Plus.

To download your free copy of this new resource, visit the Consortium web site at

To read an article about the new guide featured in the current ENC Focus magazine, go to

Studying the Moon- Free Technology Rich Lessons!
Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB), as part of EduConnect, a federal innovation technology challenge grant, has developed a teaching module of 12 lessons called Moon Mania.

Genetic Basics
Genetic Basics, 68-page booklet targeted to high school and early college science students and teachers. Produced by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the publication includes descriptions of how genes work, "strange but true" exceptions to the rules of genetics, reasons why basis research is important and worthwhile, connections between genes and diseases, and genetic research in the 21st century.

Access this publication online at or request a copy by sending e-mail to or by calling (301) 496-7301.

HowStuff Works Express
Science and technology web site and classroom magazine geared toward middle school students. Because of an increase in sponsorship funding, the editors of HowStuffWorks are currently offering up to 60 copies of the print version of the magazine to interested middle school teachers for free. The magazine includes regular features such as NeatStuff, a focus on technology; Express Quest, which proposes Internet-based science projects; and Toy Autopsy, which dissects and explains a popular toy or game. Online teacher?s guides are available to help educators integrate these articles into their lesson plans.

Science Screen Report and Science Screen Report for Kid
Two fascinating series of informative videotapes devoted to timely yet timeless topics related to science, engineering, and medicine provided free of charge to school districts nationwide through corporate sponsorship. They are designed to get the increasingly complex story of today?s scientific and technology developments across to the student in a positive and objective manner. Both inform, motivate and transport young people to visible adventures in science and technology. Each issue offers exciting action narrative and stimulating visions of science, engineering, and medicine at work. This helps students form an appreciation of science and motivates them to continue their studies, or simply to accept technology as part of our increasingly complex world. To request a preview packet, call 1-800-ASK-INFO or checkout their website at

National Science Foundation
The NSF?s Science and Engineering Outreach program, find out why, offers you its annual free informal education materials, produced especially for students in grades 2 and 3 to share with their families. These innovative, hands-on learning materials in science, engineering, mathematics and technology are designed to encourage children and their families to get more involved in ?everyday science.? The materials offer fun-filled activities that will enlighten children and their families about science and how it plays an important role in everyday life.

Titled find out why, each of this year?s five magazines includes topics drawn from the everyday experiences of young children. Each issue includes a hands-on activity, a short background article about the activity, resources and a mathematics activity. There is also a colorful poster that encourages children to explore, ask questions and find answers about the world around them.

You may also get further information about find out why at or write to them at find out why, c/o Crabtree + Company, 200 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046.

To subscribe to TIME for Kids call 1-800-777-8600. You can also download the find out why poster and current and past issues from their website at This website also provides information on other outreach activities.

Water Education Models Available for Loan
The Kentucky Environmental Education Council, the Kentucky Division of Water and Northern Kentucky University are collaborating on a project to help teachers provide instruction on water quality issues. The project has placed tabletop watershed models, called Enviroscapes, in 24 Kentucky schools and the Louisville Nature Center. Enviroscape models, each valued at $2,000, provide a visual and hands-on way to teach students of all ages how runoff pollutes water systems and how communities can prevent water pollution.

The models are available for two-week loan to any school wishing to use them. Interdisciplinary lesson plans aligned with the state's core content are available for all grade levels.

For information, contact The Kentucky Environmental Education Council at (800) 882-5271, or go to the council's Web site at Click on "Resource Schools," then the appropriate education region, then the e-mail link to the contact person at the school nearest you.

TERC Science Curriculum Units

TERC is offering the pre-publication version of its new web-based,content-rich Leveraging Learning science curriculum units. Designed for students in grades 2-8, The units can be accessed at no cost at:

The units integrate hands-on and online classroom activities and assessments. They also support mastery of standards-based science content and process.

The Leveraging Learning units cover topics such as acid rain, groundwater, solar energy, the human digestive and circulatory systems,and pets. With titles like "Is Our Surface Water in Danger?", each unit focuses on a
central question that leads to exploration of important environmental and social issues.

The units supplement a core science curriculum and incorporate online letter and data sharing, display and analysis. The units are also designed for flexibility. Teachers can do activities one after the other, or spread
them out over a semester or full year. A carefully designed Teacher's Guide for each unit and all necessary materials are available from the site.

Find Out Why
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Science and Engineering Outreach program, find out why, offers you its annual free informal education materials, produced especially for students in grades 2 and 3 to share with their families.

These innovative, hands-on learning materials in science, engineering, mathematics and technology are designed to encourage children and their families to get more involved in "everyday science." The materials offer funfilled activities that will enlighten children and their families about science and how it plays an important role in everyday life.

Titled find out why, each of this year's five TIME for Kids magazines include topics drawn from the everyday experiences of young children. Each issue includes a hands-on activity, a short background article about the activity, resources and a mathematics activity. There is also a colorful poster that encourages children to explore, ask questions and find answers about the world around them.

To subscribe to TIME for Kids call 800-777-8600. You can also download the find out why poster and current and past issues from their website at

Algebra with the TI-83+: A Free Video Tutorial
New Algebra Video Series shows you technology in action.

Texas Instruments is developing a brand new Explorations video series, Algebra with the TI-83 Plus: A Video Tutorial that will show you step-by-step how to integrate technology in your algebra classroom. You will learn from experienced mathematics educators how they use technology in their classrooms.

Check out this new teacher-to-teacher training by receiving the first video in the series free of charge.

Call 1-800-TI-CARES, or visit for more information and to request your FREE introductory video. (complete series scheduled for release Winter 2001)

Galapagos Undersea Volcanoes
Learn how scientist map undersea valcanoes and study the chemistry of lava flows by participating in Expeditions to the Seafloor.

Read about the research expedition to explore the undersea valcanoes of the Galapagos.

Learn about each day's scientific findings in near realtime, including a slide show, interviews with scientists and crew, and hot topics for indepth learning.

Find out why scientists are curious about these remote underwater locations, their cruise objectives, the tools they'll use, and who's who on the ship.

E-mail questions to shipboard scientists and read the questions and answers posted by other students and teachers.

Use interactive learning modules, slide shows, videos, quizzes, activities, and other resources.

To receive a free educator's packet, contact Trevor Walsh at: or by phone 419-244-2674 x116 or Stephanie Murphy at: or by phone 508-289-2271. Visit the website at

ChemMatters Quarterly Magazine
ChemMatters is an award-winning quarterly magazine for high school chemistry students. Each issue includes articles which reveal chemistry at work in everyday life.ChemMatters was designed for teachers to use as a supplement to their first year high school chemistry course. A teacher's guide is available which provides additional information on articles, follow-up hands-on activities, classroom demonstrations, and additional resources.
A copy of the magazine is available for download on-line at or you can sign up and for a minimum charge receive a hard copy by mail.

Helping Your Child Learn Math
Helping Your Child Learn Math, book with activities parents can use to help K-5 students learn algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability. Contact ED Pubs, U.S. Department of Education, PO Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398; 1-877-433-7827; (Copies are available in alternate formats upon request.)

Free Videos for Elementary and Secondary Programs
Science Screen Report videotapes of elementary and secondary programs, provided free to schools through corporate sponsorship. Topics include physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, space science, and engineering. Videos are accompanied by teacher guides and review sheets.
To request a sponsor, see or call 1-800-232-2133. (Supplemental CD-ROMs will be available for the 2000-2001 academic year.)

"25 Ways to Use Origami in the Classroom"
"25 Ways to Use Origami in the Classroom." Send a self-addressed stamped envelope with two first-class postage stamps to MIM, PO Box 567, Langhorne, PA 19047.

Laboratory Safety Guidelines
"Laboratory Safety Guidelines", available from The Laboratory Safety Institute by calling 508-647-1900. The guidelines also appear online at the web site

Hands-On Plastics-A Scientific Investigation Kit
Hands-On Plastics-A Scientific Investigation Kit, which can help middle school teachers answer basic chemistry questions about plastics. Developed by the American Plastics Council in conjunction with the National Middle Level Science Teachers Association, the kit contains classroom activities; background materials; student handouts; and links to information on the history of plastics, recycling, resource conservation, food safety, and sports. It is available online at or on a CD-ROM, which teachers can request by calling 1-800-243-5790. All materials in the kit is aligned to the National Science Education Standards.

Making Sense of Integrated Science-A Guide for HS
Making Sense of Integrated Science-A Guide for High School (Executive Summary), which presents highlights of the report's first four chapters. The first chapter discusses what it means to integrate the sciences in a curriculum, distinguished primarily from coordinating the sciences. The second chapter looks at changes needed to implement an integrated science program, and the third chapter describes the planning needed for implementation. The final chapter gives three case studies of implementing an integrated science program. The complete guide will be available from the BSCS web site:

PEAnut Software for Windows
Geometry, statistics and graphing freeware written by a teacher for teachers.
(Also see for activities that can be used with this software.
Get Adobe Acrobat Reader Note: The activities require Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

StarOffice Software
Download StarOffice Software, free. Excellent option if you don't have an office system on your computer. It is interoperable with Microsoft Office which makes it easy to exchange files with others. For more information and download instructions, see;$sessionid$Q4P2W3QAAG0BLAMTA00E3NUBSMDLIUDO

For your possible interest, here is an update on how to obtain free
copies (up to ten each, for educators) of the Into The Arctic CD-ROM.

Science teachers and other curious types may be interested in this free
CD-ROM relating to ice core data, with lesson plans. It combines math,
chemistry and history when students see unusual amounts of debris in the ice
and can link it to events such as the Industrial Revolution or the Mt.
Vesuvius eruption. Part of the National Science Foundation's "Into the
Arctic" program, the CD-ROM can be viewed/ordered via a couple of different

The Into the Arctic registration form is actually within the ARCSS web site
but can be reached from NSIDC's web pages via the following: -- NSIDC Home Page (with much useful

information for teachers and students).
Go to "Data Catalog"
At the bottom of the "What's new..." section, click the "Into the
Arctic: Information and Educational Activities for
Studying Climate" link. This takes you to the Into the Arctic information
page with a link at the bottom for ordering the CD.

Alternately, to get to the information page directly, go to:

Free Scholarship Search
Find money and more. Over 400,000 schools and colleges. Will tailor search to your specifications. Sections for teachers and parents as well as students.

TI Middle School Newsletter
Texas Instruments has just put out a free newsletter for middle
grades called "Five 2 Eight". It contains activities and
information for use with the TIs. To sign up, go to

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Wide variety of free software sorted by age group.

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