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‘Tis the season for science

Festive holidays and winter weather can be disruptive for the classroom schedule at this time of year but can also provide inspiration for appealing science activities. Take advantage of cooking themes to teach some chemistry or take a cue from weather reports to delve into a lesson about frost. The December 2012 issue of NSTA’s […]

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What are science teachers reading in June?

Science teachers are reading an eclectic selection of teaching resources this month, judging by the top content on NSTA’s website. You can look inside these books by downloading a free sample chapter at the NSTA Science Store.  Post a comment or tweet using the hashtag #nstareading to tell us what you’ve been reading and what […]

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Wrapping Up the Old Year, Preparing for the New Year

We’ve heard that after the school year ends, many teachers spend time catching up on NSTA Reports articles they didn’t have a chance to read thoroughly earlier. To help you make the most of this precious downtime, here’s a selection of 2011–2012 stories we think you’ll enjoy reading—or re-reading.

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November notes

Some bits and pieces gleaned from listserves, blogs, and tweets– Professional development 10 Amazing Free Online Computer Science Classes from Stanford University.  Each class is open to the public and is taught by a Stanford professor. Non-Stanford students do not get academic credit, but certificates are awarded as a document of participation. Wouldn’t it be […]

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Science Lessons From History

Find out how and why science educators around the country are integrating history in their science lessons to help students make connections to their world.

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Getting ready for college chemistry

Why are these Texas high school students from the ChemBridge Program smiling? Perhaps it’s because they’re taking a course that lets them earn college chemistry credit and high school science credit–and helps them get ready for college chemistry.

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Celebrate science in October

It’s almost October and it’s time to celebrate science. Get ready for Earth Science Week this year (October 9–15, 2011). The theme is “Our Ever-Changing Earth.” You can move right into National Chemistry Week (October 16–22, 2011) The theme this year is “Chemistry—Our Health, Our Future.” Both of these websites have lots of resources, and […]

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Benefitting from undergrad research experience

Chemistry teacher Derrick Wood is one of more than 200 Drew University alumni who conducted research as an undergraduate with a fellow of the Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE) program. Find out how RISE benefits the students–and their scientist mentors.

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The gourmet science lab

Activities that focus on food and cooking can help students see how relevant and fascinating science can be in everyday life.  In a recent illustration of the enduring appeal of food’s scientific underpinnings, one of the most sought-after classroom slots for Harvard undergraduates is in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ course “Science […]

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Modeling biological systems

When we see the word “model” some of us get flashbacks to Styrofoam planets, papier-mâché volcanoes, or pretzel-stick log cabins. Their construction often was more of an arts-and-crafts exercise. But models in science can be more than representations of objects. As the editor notes, models “help us make predictions, understand complex systems, generate new ideas, […]

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