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OSA Foundation - Youth Education Resources - Education outreach is one of the most important and significant ways we can support local communities and inspire tomorrow's young scientists. The OSAF and OSA offer a variety of educational resources; many are available free of charge. For complete details: http://www.osa-foundation.org/programs/resources

Popular Science National School Inventors Challenge -- Calling all teachers! Win $5,000 worth of science equipment for your school! Popular Science Magazine is hosting the 1st annual School Inventors Challenge which calls upon the youth of America to come up with an invention that improves our world. It is free to enter and elementary, middle school and high school teachers can apply. Winners will be featured in our September issue and on our website. You can access the program at: http://www.popsci.com/sciencecontest. Enter by June 30, 2009

Pests Without Pesticides Posters -- California Safe Schools Coalition has partnered with internationally celebrated artist Michael Bruza to launch an innovative children's safety poster campaign, aimed at reducing pests without the use of pesticides. California Safe Schools is a parent driven nonprofit environmental Coalition of over forty organizations located in Southern California committed to the health and safety of children, teachers, staff, and community members who reside near school sites. California Safe Schools is nationally recognized for creating the most stringent pesticide policy for schools in the United States. To view posters and for further information: http://www.calisafe.org .

KidMAX offers schools and other non-profit organizations FREE and/or bargain-priced materials and free advertisement (for wanted or available materials) through the California Materials Exchange Program (CalMAX). CalMAX is an online and printed listing service designed to find markets for materials previously discarded and to assist in the re-utilization of industry by-products, salvaged materials and other resources. Listings in CalMAX of interest to schools are highlighted with a "KidMAX" icon. CalMAX online services include an electronic database and interactive website, located at www.ciwmb.ca.gov/calmax/. Listings can be placed online and are posted to the website within 24 hours. CalMAX publishes a quarterly catalog with classified listings, feature articles, special pull-out inserts, a directory of reuse organizations and other useful "reuse specific" information. Information and articles available in the quarterly catalog are also available online. Call KidMAX toll free at 877-520-9703 for more information or to place a listing.

RAFT (Resource Area for Teachers)
Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT) provides thousands of Bay Area teachers and community groups with a wide range of interactive learning materials, enhancing math, science, technology and art programs. Materials are surplus items donated by over 1,000 local businesses and range from cardboard tubes to computers! www.raft.net.

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