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Strive to Thrive! series receives award


Miami University's Terrific Science Press has received a Learning Magazine 2008 Teachers' Choice Award for the Family for the Strive to Thrive! series of student handbooks. The teen-friendly, magazine-style activity books challenge teens to explore important and timely health science issues that they confront in their daily lives.

Each title features hands-on activities (using readily available materials), magazine-style readings, thought-provoking questions and games and puzzles. Plus, the companion Web site at offers free games, puzzles and opportunities to learn more about each topic. The series is co-authored by Susan Gertz, Susan Hershberger and Lynn Hogue, all of the Miami University Center for Chemistry Education. Mickey Sarquis, director of the center, is the series editor.

The series includes Lather Up! Handwashing Activity Handbook; Wet Your Whistle! Drinking Water Activity Handbook; More Than Skin Deep! Skin Health Activity Handbook; Safe Not Sorry! Chemical Safety Activity Handbook; and Breathing Room! Indoor Pollution Activity Handbook. Visit to view details about the books, including links to the National Science Education Standards, and to order.

Terrific Science Press is the not-for-profit, small publishing arm of the Center for Chemistry Education. Formally established by Miami University in 1993, the center brings science to life for students and teachers of all ages through workshops, camps and teacher and student resource books. To learn more about the center, visit

Development of the Strive to Thrive! series was supported by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health and by Miami.

The Learning Magazine introduced the first Teachers' Choice Awards in 1994. Teachers evaluate the products on educational value, originality and creativity, ease of use, safety and durability, and high interest level and motivation for children. Teachers' Choice for the Family is the only awards program that requires evaluators to be both a teacher and a parent.


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