Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Ask It!

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Ask It!

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The National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which serves as the nation's advisor in science and engineering, has expanded its iWASwondering.org website --a project developed to encourage young people, especially girls, to pursue an interest in science. Launched in 2006, it is the companion website to the successful book series Women's Adventures in Science. Both showcase the accomplishments of contemporary women in science, highlighting the lives and careers of some of today's most fascinating scientists.

ASK IT!, a moderated forum and free online resource designed to model the scientific process, is the newest interactive feature on the website. Students are invited to identify and formulate a scientific question, expand upon an existing one, and pose possible answers to those posted on the online forum. Students can also vote for the questions they would like to see answered by an expert in the field, and scientists from around the country will post responses to selected student inquiries. ASK IT! works well in a variety of educational settings, such as classrooms, pull-out programs, and afterschool programs. …

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