Category Archives: NSTA Reports

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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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Zika, @neiltyson, and flick picks from POTUS: Twitter tales for science teachers






You can’t believe everything you see in social media, but when something’s popular on Twitter/Facebook/Snapchat, it’s sure to be something you can use to catch students’ attention. The stories that caught our eye this week run the gamut from truly frightening to beautifully inspirational. Spoiler alert… Neil deGrasse Tyson is NOT the astrophysicist with the […]

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STEM’s Good Samaritans






To help children with disabilities become more mobile, educators and students participating in a worldwide outreach program called GoBabyGo use their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to modify electric–powered toy cars the children can operate.






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The Paris Agreement: What Do Science Teachers Need to Know for Class on Monday?






The Paris Climate agreement is top news this weekend. Here are a few resources teachers can share with their students on Monday. Share this tweet Seeing the Earth from 250 miles up gives you a new appreciation for why we need to take care of it. #ParisAgreement pic.twitter.com/mGPdUKRRi7 — Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) December 12, 2015 […]

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eCYBERMISSION Volunteers Help Power Student Innovation






Volunteers for eCYBERMISSION [a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams] play an integral part in supporting and helping to build students’ interest STEM. During the past competition year, team “Power Up” (a 9th-grade team from Jenks, Oklahoma) sought to use the kinetic energy captured through […]

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Bringing NGSS Topics to Life with a 2-Minute Science Podcast






A few years ago, I had the pleasure of giving a presentation at the NSTA STEM Forum in St. Louis. I got lots of questions, but I also got something unexpected—homework. One science teacher challenged me to make understandable science stories that she could use in her classroom. To answer this, I’ve created a weekly […]

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Schools Offer Specialized Science






To motivate students to learn science, some schools are expanding the range of their courses. Botany and paleontology are just some of the courses being added to science departments.






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Can Science Teachers Save Our Democracy?






A few months ago, I started to write an op-ed with the statement that science teachers are saving our democracy. Why do I believe this? Because science teachers provide the tools our children need to remain well-informed, participatory citizens. Jefferson said, “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own governance.” Today […]

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Teaching Climate Change With Stories of Success






Science teachers often find teaching about climate change challenging; when they discuss the dire consequences of rising CO2, students have a propensity to shut down. The common belief has been that if people understood climate change science, they would want to do something about it. But years of speaking to students about environmental issues made […]

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Meeting the Demand for Future STEM Teachers






The University of Virginia (U.Va.) made headlines in August when it announced its new five-year, undergraduate dual-degree program that will allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in teaching. U.Va. joins other universities around the country in offering these programs to meet the demand for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers.






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