50 Teams of Middle School Students Named National Finalists in Inaugural Year of the Bright Schools Competition

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“Congratulations to all of the national finalists who competed in the competition this year,” said NSTA Executive Director Dr. David Evans. “We are pleased that so many students choose to use science to explore the connection between light and sleep. The students used important scientific practices, such as planning and carrying out investigations, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. These skills will serve them well in the future regardless of their career path.”

All students who enter the competition receive a certificate of participation. Students on the first-place national winning team will each receive a cash prize of $5,000; second place students will receive $2,500; and third-place students will receive $1,500. The coach/teacher of the first place team will also receive a prize package, including Vernier Middle School Probeware, an all-expense paid trip to an NSTA conference, and membership to NSTA. The second-place coach/teacher will receive an all-expense paid trip to an NSTA conference and membership to NSTA, and the third-place coach/teacher will receive membership to NSTA and a $500 gift certificate to use in the NSTA Science Store.

More information about the competition is available at  http://brightschoolscompetition.org.

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About NSTA

The Arlington, VA-based  National Science Teachers Association  (NSTA) is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

Contact: National Sleep Foundation: (571) 388-5645 or  nsfmedia@sleepfoundation.org.

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