The Science Teacher

The monthly magazine of the National Science Teachers Association. Articles cover innovations in science and science teaching methods.

Articles from Vol. 74, No. 4, April-May

Accomplishing Multiple Goals through Community Connections: Students Conduct Radon Testing in Area Homes to Investigate Air Quality
With schools being asked to accomplish more and more, it is increasingly important to, whenever possible, address multiple goals in teaching. The call for high school rigor and relevance demands that students be given opportunities to engage in real-life...
Asking Authentic Questions with Tangible Consequences
As a physics teacher, it seems irresponsible to teach energy without asking students hard, relevant questions such as, "What will we do when oil becomes prohibitively expensive?" Therefore, in the fall of 2005, I asked my physics students to identify...
Ask the Experts
Q What color is the blood in a person's veins? I've heard it described as "blue," but it looks to me to be dark red, as it appears when blood is drawn during a lab test. Lori Glazik 8th Grade Science Teacher S.E. Gross Middle School Brookfield,...
Bat Flight
Brown University engineers and biologists have joined forces to record the fine details of wing and body movement in bat flight, together with the patterns of air movement that generate lift. The effort marks the first such measurements made in bats...
Brain Response to Risky Decisions
Should you have surgery that is likely to extend your life, but poses some risk that you will not survive? Should you consider leaving a comfortable job for one that pays better, but is less secure? Researchers at the University of California, Los...
Bridging the Gap between Classrooms and Research Laboratories: One Teacher's RET Experience Working in a Mycology Lab
In the ever-expanding realm of science, educators struggle to share new discoveries and techniques with their students. Keeping abreast of recent advances can be daunting, even for the most motivated teacher. Fortunately, the National Science Foundation's...
Community Collaborations
As coeditor for this Community Collaborations issue of The Science Teacher (TST), I am honored to have the opportunity to offer a few thoughts about the potential promise these collaborations offer students, teachers, and community members. I define...
Community Service Learning: Making Education Interesting and Relevant
In this issue of The Science Teacher (TST), we continue our tradition of devoting the April/May issue to partnerships connecting students, teachers, and the community. Science activities that take students outside the school walls can combine the best...
Empowering Youth: An International Program Prepares Students to Lead Environmental Stewardship of the Gulf of Maine Watershed
The ocean and estuarine ecosystems of both the United States and Canada are under considerable stress from factors such as pollution runoff, overfishing, coastal development, and the introduction of nonnative species (U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy...
Environmental Research Puts Science into Action: Students Carry out Research Projects to Improve the Environment in Their Communities
The new paradigm for student research should be articulations and collaborations with local governmental, academic, and civic entities. This will enable students to make lasting contributions to bettering their communities through scientific research,...
Ice Spikes and Glacier Warming?
Tiny lab versions of 3.7 m snow spikes that form naturally on some high mountain glaciers may someday help scientists mitigate the effects of global warming in the Andes, according to a professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. [ILLUSTRATION...
Learning through Stories
High school chemistry students at Unionville High School in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, embrace the tenets of "writing to learn" pedagogy in their class. For example, while studying gas laws, students created children's books about the properties...
New Twist on DNA
Scientists have combined bright fluorescent dye molecules with DNA nanostructure templates to make nanosized fluorescent labels that hold considerable promise for studying fundamental chemical and biochemical reactions in single molecules or cells...
Quest Guidebooks: Students Team Up with Mentors to Develop Ways of Attracting Visitors to Conservation Properties
Conservation properties provide excellent outdoor classrooms. To give students the opportunity to contribute to their community and learn about local natural history, our school partnered with eight local conservation properties on Martha's Vineyard,...
The Invention Factory: Student Inventions Aid Individuals with Disabilities
The Invention Factory is a nontraditional youth-based, after-school program in Honolulu that teaches information technology and mechanics to teenagers through interactive, hands-on projects that improve human computer interaction for individuals with...
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