Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 11:49am
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.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 09/03/2013 - 3:16pm
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.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 08/20/2013 - 11:23am
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.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 2:17pm
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.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 2:06pm
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.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 9:16am
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.