Tag Archives: Elementary Education

Active or passive science?

One of my biggest questions is how to get the younger elementary students involved in science. Should we do more hands-on activities, having them participate in the environment or should we watch videos? —F., Texas “Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through […]

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Cool/Hot Tech

I have been thinking about getting a thermal imaging camera. Specifically, an attachment for an iPhone that allows it to do thermal imaging. If you had one in your classroom, what would you use it for?  – R., Alaska This is a great idea! Having a hands-on device to explore phenomena beyond our senses is an […]

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“Engineering Habits of Mind” Empower Performance: Featured Presentation at #NSTA16 Nashville

Not long ago, engineering was an academic subject mainly reserved for college students. But as states put new science standards in place, many elementary teachers face the expectation that students must learn engineering concepts and skills starting as early as kindergarten. Can you really teach engineering to very young students? I’ve been working in the […]

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Science Education Evolving: NSTA’s Plan for Supporting Science Educators and Working Toward a More Scientifically Literate Future

A clear vision supported by specific plans is critical to the success of any organization. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has the dual responsibility of furthering the important mission of promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all while also maintaining viability. For this reason, we recently updated our strategic vision […]

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