Author Archives: Debra Shapiro

Debra Shapiro

Associate editor of NSTA Reports, the association's member newspaper; contributing writer for the NSTA blog; and editor of the Freebies for Science Teachers and NSTA Calendar web pages. Follow me on Twitter: @Debra_NSTA

Preparing Science Teachers for High-Need Schools






“Our challenge is recruiting and developing teachers for a mid-sized city and preparing teachers to serve in high-need schools. [Teaching low-income students requires] a specialized skill set beyond teaching content,” says Mark Neal, director of Project Inspire, a teacher apprenticeship program serving Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the Hamilton County School District.

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Students Teaching Science to Younger Students






High school and college students are teaching science to younger students as part of outreach efforts such as the Wide Horizons Nature Program in Kansas, the Science Ambassadors program in Georgia, and Kids Are Scientists Too, which operates in eight states and in Ontario, Canada.






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Engaging Students in the STEM Lab






Schools nationwide are adding STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Labs, spaces where students can apply science and math concepts.






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Science and the Star Wars Universe






When Rogue One: A Star Wars Story debuts next month, science teachers who use the Star Wars films in their classrooms will have another tool not just for teaching science, but also for integrating it with other subjects.






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Teens Flock to Science Cafés






Science cafés are not just for adults anymore.






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Solar Panels Enhance STEM Learning






Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers and students are acquiring solar panels for their schools to save on energy bills and to educate students about solar power.






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Learning Early About STEM Careers Through CTE






Career and Technical Education (CTE), long the bastion of U.S. high schools, is becoming more common in middle schools and linked with science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) courses. Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is one supporter, offering middle level CTE courses in Technology and Engineering Education, Business and Information Technology, and Family […]

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Studying Science at the Zoo






Schools around the country are partnering with their local zoos to establish “zoo schools,” or classrooms at the zoo that enable teachers to incorporate zoo resources into their lessons.






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Teaching Students About Marine Technology






“We use marine technology as a hook to teach engineering and technology,” says Deidre Sullivan, director and principal investigator of the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center in Monterey, California.






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Adding More STEM to the School Day






Schools seeking to enhance students’ learning of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are adopting in-school STEM enrichment programs that reach student populations in need of additional learning opportunities, connect students with scientists, and/or provide more challenging curriculum.






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