Category Archives: NSTA Reports

The blogging arm of NSTA Reports (the association’s member newspaper) and of NSTA in general. Click on a headline to read the entire post.

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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Teaching Science at a Museum Magnet School

Museums and school districts around the country have partnered to create museum magnet schools, which combine formal and informal learning. These schools offer some advantages for science classes. “Partner[ing] with The Discovery Museum and Planetarium lends itself to many opportunities exclusive to a ‘space’ museum,” says Janine Walsh, seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher at Interdistrict […]

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The eCYBERMISSION STEM Competition Asks: What’s Your Volunteer Type?

“From my perspective as an advisor, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the interest and motivation eCYBERMISSION generates in my students. I use many of the website RESOURCES and videos to teach methods. The real learning comes from seeing a project of your own creation through to completion.” –2015 Team Advisor Volunteers for the eCYBERMISSION STEM competition help […]

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The TOMODACHI Experience

Over the course of a day, 350 million photos are uploaded to Facebook. 6,000 Tweets are sent each second, and young adults send or receive about 100 texts per day (hopefully not all of them during class time!). Together, this creates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data—so much that 90% of the data in the world […]

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Tweet All About It: Happening Now @NSTA

It’s been a busy week in the Twitterverse for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Our favorite shout-out came from Science Friday, promoting great science books for kids; we were delighted to see one of our readers’ favorites on the list: Next Time You See the Moon! Try reading some of these great science books […]

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