Tag Archives: scientific literacy

Sharing Enthusiasm to Increase STEM Interest

By Ricky Arnold An unexpected thunderstorm during my ninth-grade Earth science class led me to an equally unexpected career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and then to NASA. It was a pretty typical classroom: alphabetically-paired students working at black lab tables and the teacher managing a multitude of tasks at a large […]

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Science and the Media

Scientists Christian Tomasetti and Bert Vogelstein published an article in the journal Science, “Variation in cancer risk among tissues can be explained by the number of stem cell divisions” (Science, January 2, 2015, p 78). The discussion this article engendered provides an excellent teaching tool for teachers to showcase how scientific debate takes place among […]

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Science + Literacy Featured at NSTA’s Conference in Denver, CO, December 12-14

Learn about science + literacy  from experts in the field (your peers!) at NSTA’s Conference on Science Education in Denver, CO, December 12–14.  We’ll be offering content sessions developed for all levels and a featured presentation on Friday, December 13, 9:30–10:30 a.m. (“Play and Science Running Together”) by Kenneth Wesson (Educational Consultant, Neuroscience: San Jose, […]

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When understanding science concepts becomes especially important

There is nothing like a family illness for making the point that it is important for the average person to have a basic understanding of science concepts. Several recent hospitalizations among family and friends have made me aware of how much there is for me to learn about medical science and engineering, even though I […]

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