The Science Teacher

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

Articles from Vol. 81, No. 6, September

A World of Her Own
A World of Her Own By Michael Elsohn Ross. $19.95. 224 pp. Chicago Review Press. Chicago. 2014. ISBN: 9781613744383. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In A World of Her Own, Michael Elsohn Ross writes as descriptively about 19thcentury female explorers...
Career of the Month
Roboticist After learning to program computers as a child in Austria, Matthias Scheutz developed an even greater interest in philosophy and the mind. He combines these passions in a career focused on using human cognition as a model to make machines...
Career of the Month
Roboticist After learning to program computers as a child in Austria, Matthias Scheutz developed an even greater interest in philosophy and the mind. He combines these passions in a career focused on using human cognition as a model to make machines...
Cellulose Breakdown
Investigations into making liquid fuel from plant biomass [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Transportation of goods and people accounts for over 25% of global energy consumption, and more than 95% of this energy comes from petroleum (Metz et al. 2007)....
Cellulose Breakdown: Investigations into Making Liquid Fuel from Plant Biomass
Transportation of goods and people accounts for over 25% of global energy consumption, and more than 95% of this energy comes from petroleum (Metz et al. 2007). As we rapidly consume oil, we face economic costs, environmental accidents (e.g., the 2010...
Chemical Storeroom Cleanout
A science teacher recently asked about the best way to clean a chemical storeroom. This necessary activity can be challenging, safety-wise. How can teachers best address these safety challenges? Guidelines for the cleanout Below are guidelines...
Editor's Corner
September 2014, Notes From the Field Editor Science Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century These are exciting times for science teachers. New technologies--social media and cloud computing, mobile smart devices, probeware and sensors, "big...
Engaging Them Early
Welcome to another school year. This column provides tips to help you tackle the many challenges that new science teachers face. I've gleaned these techniques from my own experiences and from those of colleagues and readers eager to help you succeed....
Enhancing Adolescents' Motivation for Science
Enhancing Adolescents' Motivation for Science By Lee Shumow and Jennifer A. Schmidt. $27.95. 170 pp. Corwin Press. Thousand Oaks, CA. 2014. ISBN: 9781452269696. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] How can teachers motivate all of their students,...
Expanding Google in the Classroom
Google started out as just a search engine, but today it offers many more potentially transformative tools for the science classroom. Let's explore some of them. Advanced Search Results of the standard Google search are the most-visited websites...
Going Viral: Using Laptops, Flash Drives, and YouTube Videos to Model the Structure and Function of Viruses
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Viruses are all around us--and within us. They replicate inside the cells of living organisms. An estimated 1.6 million to 40 million of them occupy each cubic meter of the air we breathe (Whon et al. 2012). The activity described...
Going Viral: Using Laptops, Flash Drives, and YouTube Videos to Model the Structure and Function of Viruses
Viruses are all around us--and within us. They replicate inside the cells of living organisms. An estimated 1.6 million to 40 million of them occupy each cubic meter of the air we breathe (Whon et al. 2012). The activity described in this article helps...
Headline Science
Will Internet Dashboards Cut Energy Use? What makes people conserve energy? For many, it's high utility bills. But for others--including millions of students in college residence halls--those costs are invisible, wrapped into their housing bills....
Health Wise
Preventing Teen Suicide Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for high school students after accidents and homicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC 2010). A survey of 13,633 U.S. high school students found:...
Lights and Larvae
Using optogenetics to teach recombinant DNA and neurobiology Switching genes between organisms and controlling an animal's brain using lasers may seem like science fiction, but with advancements in a technique called optogenetics, such experiments...
Lights and Larvae: Using Optogenetics to Teach Recombinant DNA and Neurobiology
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Switching genes between organisms and controlling an animal's brain using lasers may seem like science fiction, but with advancements in a technique called optogenetics, such experiments are now common in neuroscience research....
Lyme Disease May Predate Humans
Lyme disease is a stealthy, often misdiagnosed disease that was only recognized about 40 years ago, but new discoveries of ticks fossilized in amber show that the bacteria that cause it may have been lurking around for 15 million years--long before...
Marconi Sends His Regrets
In the fall of 1899, Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, invited Guglielmo Marconi to come to his home in Nova Scotia for a visit. "I should be glad to have the opportunity of talking over with you the possibility of wireless telephony...
Preventing Teen Suicide
Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for high school students after accidents and homicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC 2010). A survey of 13,633 U.S. high school students found: * 17% seriously considered...
Right to the Source
Exploring Science and History With the Library of Congress Marconi Sends His Regrets In the fall of 1899, Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, invited Guglielmo Marconi to come to his home in Nova Scotia for a visit. "I should be...
Safer Science
Chemical Storeroom Cleanout A science teacher recently asked about the best way to clean a chemical storeroom. This necessary activity can be challenging, safety-wise. How can teachers best address these safety challenges? Guidelines for the...
Science 2.0
September 2014, Using Web Tools to Support Learning Expanding Google in the Classroom Google started out as just a search engine, but today it offers many more potentially transformative tools for the science classroom. Let's explore some of...
Science Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
These are exciting times for science teachers. New technologies--social media and cloud computing, mobile smart devices, probeware and sensors, "big data," advanced computational modeling, and countless others--could revolutionize science teaching...
Scientists Name Top 10 New Species
An appealing carnivorous mammal, a 12-meter-tall tree that has been hiding in plain sight, and a sea anemone that lives under an Antarctic glacier are among the species identified by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's International...
Supporting Newly Hired Science Teachers: Using Research to Inform Practice
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] New teachers are common in the teaching workforce (Ingersoll and Merrill 2012). All new teachers will learn about the school curriculum and school policies in their first years. New science teachers, however, need to attend...
Supporting Newly Hired Science Teachers: Using Research to Inform Practice
New teachers are common in the teaching workforce (Ingersoll and Merrill 2012). All new teachers will learn about the school curriculum and school policies in their first years. New science teachers, however, need to attend to the Next Generation of...
The Green Room
Too Much of a Good Thing Eutrophication is a decline in water quality due to increasing concentrations of inorganic nutrients. It's a natural process for an aging lake, but agricultural runoff and sewage can greatly accelerate it. Learn more on...
The New Teacher's Toolbox
Engaging Them Early Welcome to another school year. This column provides tips to help you tackle the many challenges that new science teachers face. I've gleaned these techniques from my own experiences and from those of colleagues and readers eager...
Too Much of a Good Thing
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Eutrophication is a decline in water quality due to increasing concentrations of inorganic nutrients. It's a natural process for an aging lake, but agricultural runoff and sewage can greatly accelerate it. Learn more on the...
Using Mobile Devices in Field Science
A herpetology research experience to build students' 21st-century skills Students today need advanced tools and competencies to succeed in our global economy. Technology can provide students with critical learning experiences (Gee 2003; Gee 2004;...
Using Mobile Devices in Field Science: A Herpetology Research Experience to Build Students' 21st-Century Skills
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Students today need advanced tools and competencies to succeed in our global economy. Technology can provide students with critical learning experiences (Gee 2003; Gee 2004; Jenkins 2009) but is often affordable only to affluent...
Using Physics Gadgets & Gizmos, Grades 9-12
Using Physics Gadgets & Gizmos, Grades 9-12 By Matthew Bobrowsky, Mikko Korhonen, and Jukka Kohtamaki. $32.95. 169 pp. NSTA Press. Arlington, VA. 2014. ISBN: 9781936959365. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Using Physics Gadgets & Gizmos,...
Viewing Living Neurons in 3-D
Researchers have created a 3-D imaging system that reveals neural activity throughout the brains of living animals. This technique could help scientists discover how neuronal networks process sensory information and generate behavior. The team,...
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