Category Archives: NSTA Reports

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Scientist Stereotypes Eroding Among Students






Although a small majority of students still hold stereotypical views of scientists, many students have a growing awareness that anyone can be a scientist, according to science educators participating in an informal NSTA Reports poll. Fifty-five percent said their students see scientists as most likely to be white males. However, when asked to compare the […]

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Striving for a Zero-Waste School






Taking actions to become a zero-waste school can be “a big pain,” says Brian Shmaefsky, professor of biology and environmental science at Lone Star College in Kingwood, Texas. But he adds, “As an environmental scientist, I typically look at waste reduction because of budget concerns…Now [that] we can provide digital [assignments and tests] at school, it […]

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The ABCs of Science Communication






Science teachers are science communicators. We all know that. We strive to make difficult concepts easy to understand everyday. If one method of getting the message across doesn’t work, we find a different way to reach our students, our audience. We have the freedom, and indeed, the imperative, to do this and the challenge of […]

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Teaching About Science in the News






How do you teach students to differentiate between science fact and science fiction? Are they able to compare “what pops up on Facebook” to legitimate science news sources like the National Science Foundation? Read this NSTA Reports story to learn what real teachers are doing to combat fake news.






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STEM-In-Action at its Best: Students Turn Ideas into Reality






When it comes to student-focused STEM projects at Taos Middle/High School, ideas seem limitless. It all started with information shared from a group of Taos students participating in a STEM demonstration during eCYBERMISSION‘s 2013-2014 National Judging & Educational Event (NJ&EE). The demonstration mentioned the use of Chitosan as a filtration. The students shared this information […]

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Giving a Hand to STEM






Teachers who want their students to work on real-life science, technology, engineering, and math projects that help solve community problems are having their students create prosthetic hands.






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Stand for Students, Stand for Science






Since the founding of our country, indeed since the beginning of western democracy, being well-informed includes being well-informed about science. “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government,” said Thomas Jefferson, 228 years ago, not long before he established the first science agency in the U.S. government, the Survey of […]

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Preparing Science Teachers for High-Need Schools






“Our challenge is recruiting and developing teachers for a mid-sized city and preparing teachers to serve in high-need schools. [Teaching low-income students requires] a specialized skill set beyond teaching content,” says Mark Neal, director of Project Inspire, a teacher apprenticeship program serving Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the Hamilton County School District.






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The Most Profound News of Valentine’s Day 2017

NSTA Executive Director David Evans






This Valentine’s Day, while most media attention was focused on the dismissal of the National Security Advisor, The New York Times ran a story that received much less media attention, but has far greater potential impact on our nation’s future. Amy Harmon reported in the article, Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support, about a just-released study by […]

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Students Teaching Science to Younger Students






High school and college students are teaching science to younger students as part of outreach efforts such as the Wide Horizons Nature Program in Kansas, the Science Ambassadors program in Georgia, and Kids Are Scientists Too, which operates in eight states and in Ontario, Canada.






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