Category Archives: NSTA Reports

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Building Electric Cars Enhances STEM Learning

Students around the country are learning science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by designing, building, and racing electric cars.

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Building STEM Knowledge in a Breakerspace

A breakerspace—a makerspace workstation where students can disassemble toys, electronics, and appliances—engages students in learning what makes things work and investigating the world around them.

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Coming to a City near You—March for Science 2018

About this time last year NSTA and many of our teachers joined millions in the streets of Washington, DC and in cities nationwide for the March for Science 2017. This year, March for Science (MfS) 2018 is scheduled for April 14 (find out more here). We encourage you to join one of the more than […]

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NSTA Student Chapters Cultivate Professional, Community Ties

Whether they’re helping to judge a regional science fair; conducting family science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) nights; or learning about professional norms from an inservice teacher, members of NSTA Student Chapters are laying the foundations for their professional lives. At Stony Brook University, New York, all science teacher preparation students are strongly encouraged to […]

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Unlocking Science in Breakout Games

The popularity of escape rooms— physical adventure games in which players solve a series of puzzles to break out of a locked room—has carried over into science classrooms nationwide in the form of breakout box games.

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Sharing Enthusiasm to Increase STEM Interest

By Ricky Arnold An unexpected thunderstorm during my ninth-grade Earth science class led me to an equally unexpected career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and then to NASA. It was a pretty typical classroom: alphabetically-paired students working at black lab tables and the teacher managing a multitude of tasks at a large […]

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NASA Grants Rocket Informal Ed Ahead

Grants from NASA’s Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers (CP4SMPVC) enable the agency to partner with informal education venues to enhance their space science related–programs and engage teachers and students in NASA’s mission. But the CP4SMPVC hasn’t awarded new grants since early 2017. Why should science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers care about this?

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Educating Students About Veterinary Science

Veterinary schools at universities around the country are offering programs for students interested in veterinary medicine and informing them about careers in the field.

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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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