Author Archives: Carole Hayward

How Are Car Crashes, Packaging Design, and Bridge Design Related? (Hint: Integrated STEM)

Imagine a nationwide team of STEM education experts creating a GPS system of sorts for educators who want to chart a course toward an integrated STEM approach—one that’s aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and the Framework for 21st Century Learning. That’s exactly how NSTA’s STEM Road Map Curriculum […]

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Understanding the Intermingling of Engineering and Life Sciences (and How Best to Teach It)

For engineers to design and make the systems and devices all of us depend on in our daily lives, they need scientific and mathematical knowledge. Simultaneously, scientists benefit from engineering advances evident in the devices, instruments, and processes they use to test and understand the natural world. Project Infuse, a National Science-funded project, has been […]

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Did You Get My Message?

Curiosity and non-conformity are two traits that have served science educator and eBooks+ Kids author Martha Harney very well throughout her professional life. Harney, an elementary science specialist for the Northeast Elementary School in Waltham, Mass., grew up among people who instilled in her a lifelong love for learning new things. “For me, the curiosity […]

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The #NSTA18 Charlotte Exhibit Hall: A Science Teacher’s Playground

Do the twist! With the Dynamic DNA kit from 3D Molecular Designs, that is. Or if you’re really brave, face off against the Zombie Apocalypse with Texas Instruments. The Exhibit Hall at NSTA conferences has been called “The Science Teachers’ Playground” with good reason. There is so much to do, and win, and bring back […]

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Center Your Learning in the NSTA Learning Center

Are you looking for a professional learning community specifically for K-16 science teachers? The NSTA Learning Center is stocked with resources, customized lesson plans, online modules, and community forums, and will change the ways you access and leverage professional learning. Research suggests that professional learning for science educators should be an ongoing, continuous endeavor taking […]

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Why Attend? | #NSTA18 in Charlotte, North Carolina

Known as the “Queen City,” Charlotte, North Carolina, is the third-fastest-growing major city in the United States. It is easy to understand what makes the city so popular thanks to its bustling and diverse restaurant and art scene, fabulous weather, and friendly people. That’s why NSTA is excited to host the NSTA Area Conference on […]

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NSTA’s 2018 National Harbor Conference: Personalize Your Schedule Based on Content Area

Happening right outside the nation’s capital, NSTA’s 2018 National Harbor conference on science education will take place November 15–17. If you’ve ever attended, you know that the best thing about the conference is that there is so much to choose from—and you also know that’s the most challenging thing about attending an NSTA conference—so what […]

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Sequencing Matters: How to Promote Long-Lasting Understanding of Physical Science for Middle Schoolers

Beginner, as well as veteran, middle school science educators will find what they need to reimagine the teaching of physical science in Patrick Brown’s new NSTA Press book Instructional Sequence Matters, Grades 6-8: Structuring Lessons With the NGSS in Mind. The book guides its readers on how to make simple shifts in the way they […]

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NSTA’s E-mail List Server: A Gold Mine of Help at Your Fingertips

One of the most popular and accessible ways for members to get quick professional development advice and stay abreast of education trends is through the free NSTA’s E-Mail List Server. Through the list server, thousands of NSTA members from teachers to administrators are able to reach out virtually for help from fellow members. Discussion topics […]

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Simple Ways to Make the Best Schedule for Your Grade Level at #NSTA18 Charlotte

NSTA’s 2018 Charlotte conference on science education is right around the corner (November 29–December 1). If you’ve ever attended, you know that you get up to 13 hours of credit for sessions in vital areas like STEM, literacy, and 3D learning. You probably also know that exhibitors like Astrocamp Virginia; Carolina Biological Supply Co.; the […]

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