science curriculum

Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards

Administrators need to be ready for the increased rigor of the NGSS

Zombies invade STEM in new online program

Zombies will be feeding the minds of STEM students using a new program created by Texas Instruments that blends science and math concepts with popular television shows and movies. The “STEM Behind Hollywood” program provides free teaching materials that also feature forensics, space, and superheroes.

Guesses and hype give way to data in study of education

What works in science and math education? Until recently, there had been few solid answers—just guesses and hunches, marketing hype, and extrapolations from small pilot studies. But now, a little-known office in the DOE is starting to get some real data, using the randomized clinical trial method, in which groups of subjects are randomly assigned to get either an experimental therapy, the standard therapy, a placebo, or nothing.

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Exemplary science standards: How does your state compare?

With states weighing whether to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a new analysis from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute compares the existing science standards of 38 states with the NGSS and exemplary standards from three other states.

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Alabama district expands robotics program

The Shelby County Board of Education is expanding its science and technology programs this year by offering Chelsea Middle School the same robotics course available at Oak Mountain Middle School.

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Middle school teachers get online training to improve classroom teaching

Twelve middle-school science teachers from Riverside and San Bernardino counties (Calif.) spent three days earlier this week in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Riverside to participate in a national pilot program requiring the use of a rich, web-based environment designed for teachers to reflect on their classroom practice.

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Ala. Gov. Bentley supports funding for math, science, and technology

Gov. Robert Bentley visited Oak Mountain Middle School as between 300 and 400 instructors began two-week training in conjunction with the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative.

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Should students dissect animals or should schools move to virtual dissections?

Increasingly, states are giving students the right to decide whether they want to dissect animals. Eleven states now have dissection choice laws enabling students to decide whether they want to dissect a frog or fetal pig.

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Retired scientists lend a hand to busy teachers

As a senior scientist at the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Morris Aizenman was used to dealing with the complexities of astronomy, astrophysics, and earth sciences. But some of the most challenging questions he gets these days come from curious 7-year-olds. Aizenman has been volunteering in STEM classes at Taylor Elementary School in Arlington, Va.

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