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Picture-perfect elementary STEM






This morning in New Orleans, as part of the Urban Science Education Leadership (USEL) session, presenters from the Baltimore City Public Schools described their district’s Elementary STEM Teacher Clinic and how it transformed the teachers who participated in it.

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With STEM, almost everything is possible






In New Orleans, we heard from DARPA’s Geoffrey Ling about an amazing medical breakthrough.






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The scoop on the Next Generation Science Standards






Stephen Pruitt enlightened conference attendees about the standards and asked them to lead the way for implementation in their states.






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Picture science and reading together






Emily Morgan and Karen Ansberry, authors of the popular Picture-Perfect Science Lessons Series, led a lively group of teachers in exploring classroom strategies and lessons that combine science with reading in the elementary grades. The Picture-Perfect Science Preconference Workshop at the New Orleans NSTA Area Conference included activities highlighting reading strategies like making connections, questioning, […]

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Science at The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s national conference






The National Association for the Education of Young Children‘s annual conference has plenty of sessions about teaching science to young children, so many that I am going to have to make some tough decisions about which to attend. Fortunately, presenters can upload their handouts to the NAEYC website so I can look there to get […]

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Adapting to the beak you have






Seventy or more science educators vied for 50 seats in one popular workshop at the NSTA Conference in Kansas City. It was called “Activities from Across the Earth System.”  Adaptable for K-12 students, the experts handed out these practical lessons and urged groups to demonstrate “adaptation investigation” the first of five take-aways. Acting as birds […]

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Teaching and learning about wind energy






On an appropriately blustery morning in Kansas City, the short course “Wind Energy for the Science Classroom,” led by Joe Rand of The KidWind Project in St. Paul, MN, supplied participants with background information and sample classroom lessons on the rapidly growing field of wind energy. Joe began with an overview of where the industry […]

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So how was the conference?






Read what your colleagues had to say.






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Spend a little, gain a lot






I revisited a popular session held last year in New Orleans to see who showed up this year.






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Creating tomorrow’s STEM workforce






In the 21st century, our country will have “so many things we need that we don’t have a workforce for,” said Garland Thompson during his Shell Science Seminar “Talent Knows No Color Line.” He says “we need to train up a new crew to do that work.”






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