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The Go Direct SpectroVis Plus Spectrophotometer: Listening to Plants (Part 2)

Continuing the story of the Vernier Go Direct SpectroVis Plus Spectrophotometer, we will now apply its power it for a more traditional use; to inspect the transmission and absorption of fluid or a material suspended in a fluid. And that fluid can be easily and quickly generated with little more than a sample of plant leaf and some isopropyl […]

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Fire Air Dephlogisticated and the Vernier Go Direct Wireless Oxygen Sensor

Oxygen is one of those very cool elements that can both save a life and kill whether in absence or abundance. Oxygen is necessary for life as we know it, but yet it oxidizes one of the most common elements in the universe. Oxygen, to most students, is both a red ball on a model […]

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Within 20 Years, These 8 Inventions Could Become Reality

Imagine if you were asked what technology would look like in two decades. Through our ExploraVision science competition, that very same question has fueled over 400,000 young minds in the U.S. and Canada for 26 years. This year, nearly 5,000 students from Kindergarten through 12th grade imagined ways to solve or treat common issues in […]

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Wild Spirits: Measuring Life and Death with the Pasco Wireless CO2 sensor

A student once asked me why if carbon dioxide is so much heavier than air, how come the lower atmosphere doesn’t become thick with CO2 and kill everything? “Umm, well…because it…umm…doesn’t?” The student then asked if I was going to answer her question with another question? Which of course is also a question. So how […]

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Robert E. Yager Exemplary Teaching Award—2018 winners

The Robert E. Yager Exemplary Teaching Award recognizes six full-time K–-12 teachers of science who successfully use innovation and excellence in their classroom. District II None awarded District IV James Brown Science Teacher Sand Creek Middle School Albany, NY James Brown believes when students are taught in an interdisciplinary manner through a lens of how […]

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Robert E. Yager Excellence in Teaching Awards — 2017 winners

This award recognizes excellence and innovation in the field of science education. This award acknowledges teachers who share Robert Yager’s passion for education and continued professional development. This award also honors Robert Yager’s effort to make excellent science education accessible to students of the 21st century and beyond. Awardees will have exhibited excellence and innovation […]

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Exemplary science teaching leads to better assessment of student learning

Too often science teachers focus on the information included in textbooks and a specific curriculum. But these resources do not include Exemplary Science Teaching. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) continue to focus on conventional ideas and reforms, as well as the Big Ideas. Too little has been focused on strengthening pedagogy and how it […]

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“Knowledge” — how to use the term to illustrate the “doing” of science 

“Knowledge” has several meanings for its use with student learning! A definition of “Knowledge” is traditionally considered information to help reform science education.  It refers to information that can be used to indicate what others have learned.    A search of five dictionaries has yielded several examples of the meaning for the term “Knowledge.” Some […]

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Constructivist theory and its use in the Next Generation Science Standards

The people involved with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have indicated that they did not plan to “mess” with teaching goals, professional development of teachers, and the ways teachers teach which were used as headings in the 1996 National Science Education  Standards (NSES).  But the National Governors Association has called for improving “training” of […]

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Do You Know What You Do Not Know?

The recent report by the Pew Research Center was titled “A Look at What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science” and according to their website found “….. that most Americans can answer basic questions about several scientific terms and concepts, such as the layers of the Earth and the elements needed to […]

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