Category Archives: NSTA Reports

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Let’s Help Every Student Succeed with STEM






NSTA, in collaboration with 100kin10 and other key STEM leaders, has developed a new campaign designed to ensure that STEM and science/STEM teachers are a focus of the new federal education law at the state and local levels. The goal of the Every Student Succeeds with STEM campaign is to support members of the STEM community […]

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Engaging Students in the STEM Lab






Schools nationwide are adding STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Labs, spaces where students can apply science and math concepts.






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We Are Not Forgotten: How One Teacher’s Dedication Brought Rewards for Many






“Mrs. Conerly, you really do care about us!” “Mrs. Conerly why do you do this for us?” “ Mrs. Conerly no one has ever helped us like this before!” In my time at South Pike Senior High School, these were continuous comments from my scholars for five years. I soon began to know why. I […]

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The Mixed Blessings of Substitute Teachers






Like all educators, science teachers rely on substitutes to lead their classrooms when they have to take a day (or more) of leave. In a recent anonymous NSTA Reports poll, 46.8% of participants reported needing a substitute for their classroom three or four times a year, with 28.6% reporting they depend on substitutes five or […]

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Dear President-Elect Trump: Make STEM a National Imperative






The presidential election last week surprised everyone, delighted some, and confounded quite a few. Wherever you landed on this spectrum post-election day, as teachers, there is one thing that we can all agree on: that we must work even harder now to ensure that our students—all students—have the necessary tools and the opportunities to develop […]

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Science Lessons for the Next President—and Your Students






A recent feature in Science Magazine (21 Oct 2016) offers “Science lessons for the next president.” As I read the article I realized that these lessons exemplify the reason that all citizens need to be scientifically literate. While by no means comprehensive, the article covers the range of science-based issues that the next president will […]

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Bright Ideas for Middle Schoolers through the Bright Schools Competition!






Begin Developing your BRIGHT Schools Team The goal of the Bright Schools program is to create a learning experience that will help students, parents and teachers better understand the link among light, sleep and student health and performance. Through the Bright Schools Competition, students in grades 6-8 select a topic related to light and sleep […]

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Science and the Star Wars Universe






When Rogue One: A Star Wars Story debuts next month, science teachers who use the Star Wars films in their classrooms will have another tool not just for teaching science, but also for integrating it with other subjects.






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Best STEM Books for K-12: List Coming Soon from NSTA






Over the last few years, members of the teaching community have asked for a list of books containing the best STEM content for K–12. So we’re thrilled to be working on that now and to be able to invite readers to join us in late November, when we announce the list. Please bookmark this site (Best STEM Books […]

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Computer Science Should Supplement, not Supplant Science Education

Text-based header reading "No one argues that American students need more computational skills. Yet computer science should not be used to take the place of science graduation requirements that, in many states, now only require 2 to 3 science related classes across an entire four year high school program."






Computer science (CS) aficionados have a lot to celebrate recently. Just today, new Frameworks for Computer Science were released. A few weeks ago, a new law (AB2329) signed by California Governor Jerry Brown will bring computer science to every grade in the state’s public schools. Federal legislation introduced in September—the Computer Science for All Act—would […]

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