science

How the Heck Do You Implement “Student Empowerment”?

Most classrooms follow a prescribed formula. Teachers plan and lay out what is going to be learned. Students come into class and have the responsibility of switching themselves into “ready” mode, waiting for the teacher to instruct and guide them in the day’s tasks. Surely there are parts of the learning process where the control could be shifted to the students – where teachers can hand them responsibility and freedom and give them a voice in what they would learn.

Kids Want to Know: How Is Science Relevant?

In a new poll, many parents said they're worried that schools aren't adequately preparing students for a changing workforce. And too much emphasis on memorizing facts in the classroom, both parents and kids say, is keeping young people from getting excited about science and technology careers.

Dive Into Science With Zombies, Superheroes, and Fairies

Sometimes, being thrown into a new situation with few resources and little knowledge can be the best way to innovate. Educators, especially those who work in smaller rural districts, can sometimes be called on to teach classes without a lot of support or resources. While those moments can be terrifying, it’s also a good time to step back from the anxious swirl of curriculum and standards to think like a kid. What would they love? Zombies, superheroes, and fairies, of course!

Why Are Women Still Walking Away From Science?

Studies are beginning to show that significant biases against women still exist in science graduate programs. Only 14 percent of physics professors in the U.S. are women. Eileen Pollack’s New York Times Magazine article delves into why women still aren’t reaching the highest levels of academia and industry, despite the high numbers of women with college … Continue reading Why Are Women Still Walking Away From Science? →

Bringing Scientists to Schools, and the Thrill of Field Trips to Class

An Australian organization called Scientists in Schools has flipped the field trip upside down, pairing volunteer scientists and mathematicians with classrooms around the country. By bringing a practicing scientist into the classroom students, the aim is to connect learning to its real-world application, inspiring students to pursue careers in science and math.

New Science Standards Aim to Relate Concepts to Students’ Lives

A consortium of science and education organizations has released the first set of science standards since the original set prepared by the National Research Council and the American Association for Advancement in Science 15 years ago. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aim to incorporate the scientific community’s understanding of science as it has grown … Continue reading New Science Standards Aim to Relate Concepts to Students’ Lives →

How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning

Scientists are always uncovering new ways into how people learn best, and some of the most recent neuroscience research has shown connections between basic survival functions, social and emotional reactions to the world, and creative impulses. Students’ social and emotional reactions to learning are imperative to feeling motivated to learn and to their ability to … Continue reading How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning →

How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries

In this TED-Ed video “How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries,” Adam Savage, best known for Mythbusters fame, explains how some of the most fundamental discoveries in science came from simple and creative ideas about how to solve problems. We’re all “meat and water,” he says, and we all have the capacity to work at … Continue reading How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries →

Five Amazing Videos That Show Why Science is Awesome

Science teachers looking for fun videos to show how shockingly exciting science can be, look no further. Molly Michelson, who produces the Science in Action videos for the California Academy of Sciences, has seen a lot of videos explaining the science in everyday life. She’s put together her top five favorite science videos. 1. This … Continue reading Five Amazing Videos That Show Why Science is Awesome →

More Doodling Makes For Better Learning

Science Doodling is often seen as a sign of distraction. If you’re doodling, you’re not paying attention. If you’re drawing, you’re not taking notes. You’re not listening. You’re not learning. But research published in the latest edition of the journal Science challenges the anti-doodling stance. It contends that not only can doodling help students learn, … Continue reading More Doodling Makes For Better Learning →

Preventing the Summer Slide with DIY Tech and Science Projects

Continuing our summer slide series, in which we’ve offered ideas on how to keep learners’ math and literacy skills sharpened, we now turn our focus to science and tech-related ideas. The summer months provide a great opportunity for students to work on projects that help extend some of the ideas they might have learned during … Continue reading Preventing the Summer Slide with DIY Tech and Science Projects →