science curriculum

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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Kansas schools to teach climate change, evolution under new standards

The Kansas state school board Tuesday approved new, multistate science standards for public schools that treat both evolution and climate change as key concepts to be taught from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

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Ohio Bio-Med Science Academy introduces rural students to science ed

Located on the Northeast Ohio Medical University campus, the Bio-Med Science Academy, a year-round public high school, is bringing opportunity to rural students who may be interested in pursuing careers in science and medicine.

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Skype brings science to rural classrooms

Four students in Maine had the chance to study shoreline organisms this past year thanks to a pilot program created by Vanderbilt University's Aspirnaut Program, which uses Skype to bring hands-on science experiments to rural classrooms in Arkansas, Maine, Montana, and Tennessee.

Seeking the Sasquatch of Elementary School Science

Get ready for NextGen science

Educators have devised Next Generation Science Standards that will radically change the way science is taught in classrooms. A key to fulfilling the promise of NGSS will be training teachers to adapt.

Bringing Science to Rural Classrooms