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

Off to the STEM Races

When students build race cars and compete in races, they can learn science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts, are more likely to retain what they learned, and have fun in the process, educators have found.

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Partnering With Scientists

While it’s common for many teachers to have a scientist visit their classroom once or twice a year, some teachers have formed long-term partnerships that enable scientists to spend significant time with their students. Cindy Hopkins, science teacher at Kaffie Middle School in Corpus Christi, Texas, met one of her scientist partners— Janel Ortiz, a […]

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Striving for a Zero-Waste School

Taking actions to become a zero-waste school can be “a big pain,” says Brian Shmaefsky, professor of biology and environmental science at Lone Star College in Kingwood, Texas. But he adds, “As an environmental scientist, I typically look at waste reduction because of budget concerns…Now [that] we can provide digital [assignments and tests] at school, it […]

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Teaching About Science in the News

How do you teach students to differentiate between science fact and science fiction? Are they able to compare “what pops up on Facebook” to legitimate science news sources like the National Science Foundation? Read this NSTA Reports story to learn what real teachers are doing to combat fake news.

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Giving a Hand to STEM

Teachers who want their students to work on real-life science, technology, engineering, and math projects that help solve community problems are having their students create prosthetic hands.

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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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