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Why Are Women Still Walking Away From Science?

Why Are Women Still Walking Away From Science?

| October 5, 2013 | 4 Comments

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 […]

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Give Students a Deeper Look at Birds’ Perilous Journey

Give Students a Deeper Look at Birds’ Perilous Journey

| September 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Many birds migrate thousands of miles every year. It’s a perilous journey, and an important one for the ecosystem. Of the estimated 20 billion birds that migrate south each fall, only about half return to breed in the spring.

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

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

| July 2, 2013 | 7 Comments

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.

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New Science Standards Aim to Relate Concepts to Students’ Lives

New Science Standards Aim to Relate Concepts to Students’ Lives

| April 10, 2013 | 6 Comments

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 […]

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How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning

How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning

| March 15, 2013 | 20 Comments

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 […]

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How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries

How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries

| January 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Five Amazing Videos That Show Why Science is Awesome

Five Amazing Videos That Show Why Science is Awesome

| December 5, 2012 | 4 Comments

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 […]

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More Doodling Makes For Better Learning

More Doodling Makes For Better Learning

| September 6, 2011 | 5 Comments

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, […]

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Preventing the Summer Slide with DIY Tech and Science Projects

Preventing the Summer Slide with DIY Tech and Science Projects

| June 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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