Tag Archives: STEM

Supporting Science through Interdisciplinary Instruction

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have totally transformed my students’ learning experiences in STEM. However, like most teachers, my biggest challenge has been finding the additional time that students need to observe, question, investigate, and interpret results. Thinking and learning takes time. Interdisciplinary instruction within my elementary classroom provides authentic, relevant learning experiences that […]

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Gain Valuable STEM Teaching Strategies and Resources at the Elementary STEM Showcase

The 8th Annual STEM Forum & Expo, hosted by NSTA this coming July in San Francisco, offers valuable resources for educators and organizations seeking to learn more about STEM education from preK through university. You will walk away from the STEM Forum & Expo with ideas you can use immediately in the classroom. And for […]

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Vernier Structures and Materials Tester: An Engineering Marvel To Test Student’s Engineering Marvels

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Back in 1986, David Vernier wrote a book titled “How to Build a Better Mousetrap: And 13 other science projects using the Apple II.” The premise of the book was to use software, hardware, and materials to construct what David called “Laboratory Interfacing.” In many ways, the book truly is more how to build a […]

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The Go Direct SpectroVis Plus Spectrophotometer: Listening to Plants (Part 2)

Continuing the story of the Vernier Go Direct SpectroVis Plus Spectrophotometer, we will now apply its power it for a more traditional use; to inspect the transmission and absorption of fluid or a material suspended in a fluid. And that fluid can be easily and quickly generated with little more than a sample of plant leaf and some isopropyl […]

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Ed News: State Legislation Could Accidentally Mess Up Science Education

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This week in education news, nationwide study revealed that college STEM summer bridge programs double the odds that students plan to pursue a STEM career, compared with students without program exposure; increase in state education funding doesn’t always reach teachers’ in the form of pay raises; new legislation in three states target science education; report […]

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Preparing Future Teachers to Put Investigation and Design at the Center of Their Classrooms

The recently released report Science and Engineering in Grades 6–12: Investigation and Design at the Center makes a strong statement right in the title: engaging students in scientific investigations and engineering design should be the core of what teachers do in their classrooms. Other blog posts have described how investigation engages students in doing science […]

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The Vernier Go Direct SpectroVis Plus Spectrophotometer: A picture is worth 570 wavelengths (Part 1)

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Of all the cool things invented by the universe, light is one of the most amazing. It solves all kinds of problems, can travel great distances with little effort, and its very existence has become possibly the greatest metaphor ever. And on the science education side, light is a critical feature of wave science yet has properties […]

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Ed News: Early An Overlooked Solution for Diversifying STEM

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This week in education news, educators want Pennsylvania to adopt science standards that help students recognize that science is part of everyday life; low-income students are much less likely than high-income students to complete four years of high school science; new proposed Florida bill would allow school districts to adopt their own academic standards, as […]

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Rolling from Inquiry into Engineering Design

Guest blogger Jill Jensen began her 24th year as a science educator this fall. For the past twelve years she has been an Inquiry, Design, Engineering, Art & Science (IDEAS) Coach at Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science in Eagan, MN. Her current role allows her to partner with classroom teachers to extend […]

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Ed News: Early STEM Provides Critical Foundation for Future Learning

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This week in education news, a New York City high school entrance exam finds brightest girls do better in STEM classes than on standardized entrance exams; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to invest in professional development providers; science brief suggests that early STEM experiences provide critical foundation for future learning; new survey finds […]

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