Teachers can win Money, Prizes, and Recognition

Compaq's 21st Century Computer Using Teachers' Grants

Win $1,000 Grant for Your Classroom. Do you have a success story about how you have used computers in your classroom? Then tell us about it. We're rewarding the best three entries from each state with a $1,000 each. Winning entries will be posted to the Compaq Web site to inspire other schools around the country. So power up your computer and tell how you're using technology to nuture and challenge the minds of tomorrow's leaders.

Encarta Schoolhouse Lesson Plan Contest

Do you have an original lesson that you're especially proud of? A lesson you'd like to share with other educators? Enter your lesson in the Encarta Lesson Collection! The best lessons will be published on this Web site, and the authors will win valuable prizes. The contest has four entry periods. Check the contest rules for the information you'll need to enter.

ThinkQuest Junior - For Girls and Boys in Grades 4 through 6.

Inspired by the success of ThinkQuest, ThinkQuest Junior is a program that engages the strong interest of younger stsudents in computers and the Internet. It gives them and their teachers a structure for integrating computers and the Internet Style" of learning into their everyday lives. New for 1997, ThinkQuest Junior is for girls and boys in grades 4 through 6 who work together in teams of up to six students. Coached by their teachers, teams build Web-based educational materials. Prizes include cash and equipment awards to both students and their teachers.

Teachers' Choice Web Site Recommendation Contest

Based on the success of last years' Teachers' Choice contest, The Well Connected Educator is again awarding prizes to teachers who submit a web site they recommend for classroom use or for professional development. Decide on the one you think is best, enter the details on-line, and sit back for the random drawing. ou can enter several times a month and every month to increase your chances oif winnning.

Upcoming Events

Need more information on the events listed below? You will find many of the listed events detailed throughout this newsletter or you may call the RPSEC at (803) 648-6851, ext. 3313. Happy Planning!



1 SEPUP Followup Workshop (?pm to ?pm)

7 Planetarium Show (6pm and 7pm)

14 Planetarium Show (6pm and 7pm)

19-21 South Carolina Science Council - Fall Conference

Charleston, SC

21 Planetarium Show (6pm and 7pm)

22 Science Olympics (9am to 12:30pm)

26 High School Mathematics Competition

28 Planetarium Show (6pm and 7pm)

1997 Science Olympics

The 1997 Science Olympics will be held at USC Aiken on Saturday, November 22 from 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM. We invite all high schools in the CSRA to participate. A complete registration packet including application forms, rules, descriptions, and schedule were sent to all High School Science Chairs. The events include: Science Quiz, Titration Race, Vertebrate Anatomy, Paper Tower, Ping Pong Ball Catapult, Earth Science Practical, South Carolina Wildlife, Orienteering, and Mousetrap Dragster.

Please contact Dr. Gary Senn at (803) 648-6851 for more information.

Newsletter Fall 1997


Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
University of South Carolina Aiken
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