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The Poetic Dance Between Simplicity and Uncertainty in Physics

The Poetic Dance Between Simplicity and Uncertainty in Physics

| August 19, 2014 | 2 Comments

A beautiful animated video explaining the beauty of physics in everyday life.

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How Small Words Make a Big Impact on Girls

How Small Words Make a Big Impact on Girls

| June 13, 2014 | 7 Comments

It’s easy for parents to feel overwhelmed by the many strands of advice about how to raise confident learners. But perhaps one of the most important things to keep in mind is that kids are soaking it all up, the bad and the good.

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How Hip Hop Can Foster the Scientific Mind

How Hip Hop Can Foster the Scientific Mind

| May 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s easy to get swept up in Chris Emdin’s passion for hip hop, for learning, for science, for the success of each and every one of his students. It’s this passion he brings to his work, the work he says can “change the world.”

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Elementary School Teachers Say They Need Science Training

Elementary School Teachers Say They Need Science Training

| April 21, 2014 | 10 Comments

Educators say the middle grades are a key time time to get kids jazzed about science, but many teachers say they lack the tools they need. In Chicago, a science museum is helping to fill the the gap.

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For Students of Science, Understanding Our Sugar Addiction

For Students of Science, Understanding Our Sugar Addiction

| January 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

This short and powerful video describes all the many reasons we crave sugar. It’s not only a great video to show science students (though older ones — drugs are mentioned too), it’s a fascinating look into how our bodies work for anyone who’s interested.

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How the Heck Do You Implement “Student Empowerment”?

How the Heck Do You Implement “Student Empowerment”?

| January 13, 2014 | 15 Comments

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.

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What’s Behind the Lack of Ethnic Diversity in Science Education?

What’s Behind the Lack of Ethnic Diversity in Science Education?

| January 4, 2014

Women and African-Americans are underrepresented among science and engineering graduate students. The Bridge Program, a collaboration between Fisk and Vanderbilt Universities, is working on changing this. And other programs are learning from its approach.

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Kids Want to Know: How Is Science Relevant?

Kids Want to Know: How Is Science Relevant?

| December 17, 2013

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.

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Dive Into Science With Zombies, Superheroes, and Fairies

Dive Into Science With Zombies, Superheroes, and Fairies

| November 27, 2013 | 5 Comments

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!

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Inquiry Learning Ideas for Math and Science With iPads

Inquiry Learning Ideas for Math and Science With iPads

| November 8, 2013 | 12 Comments

Giving children ample opportunities to develop sound investigative skills at an early age is essential to nurturing their ability to think critically and scientifically as they get older.

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