The Science Teacher

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

Articles from Vol. 82, No. 8, November

21st-Century Citizen Science: From Global Awareness to Global Contribution
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With rapidly evolving technology, the world is more connected than ever, and citizens around the globe can contribute to science like never before (Dickinson and Bonney 2012). Reflecting the growing capacity of citizen science,...
21st-Century Citizen Science: From Global Awareness to Global Contribution
With rapidly evolving technology, the world is more connected than ever, and citizens around the globe can contribute to science like never before (Dickinson and Bonney 2012). Reflecting the growing capacity of citizen science, this article presents...
Atoms under the Floorboards
Atoms Under the Floorboards By Chris Woodford. $27. 336 pp. Bloomsbury Children's Books. New York. 2015. ISBN: 9781472912220. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Science teachers' bookshelves are not lacking for volumes that seek to explain the science...
Cancer Patient Receives Ribs Printed in 3D
The physicians treating a 54-year-old Spanish man's chest-wall sarcoma decided to remove his sternum and a portion of his rib cage and replace it with an implant. The implant was designed and manufactured by a medical device company that used a...
Career of the Month
November 2015, Based on Interviews With Professionals Using Science in the Workplace Citizen Scientist (and Research Chemist) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While working as a research chemist for a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey, Jim Springer...
Citizen Science
Many of today's most important questions about nature, the environment, health, Earth, and space require data collected on a scale that no individual scientist could gather in a lifetime. Enter the burgeoning field of citizen science, where investigations...
Citizen Scientist (and Research Chemist)
While working as a research chemist for a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey, Jim Springer began devoting spare time to studying butterflies as a citizen scientist--someone of any age or background who volunteers to help gather or analyze scientific...
Citizen Scientists Aid Astronomers
Some 37,000 citizen scientists combed through 430,000 images to help an international team of researchers discover 29 new gravitational lens candidates. Gravitational lens systems are massive galaxies that act like special lenses. Their gravity bends...
Conferences
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Editor's Corner
November 2015, Notes From the Field Editor Citizen Science Many of today's most important questions about nature, the environment, health, Earth, and space require data collected on a scale that no individual scientist could gather in a lifetime....
Exercise Helps Bullied Teens
As high schools across the country continue to reduce physical education, recess, and athletic programs, a new study shows that regular exercise significantly reduces both suicidal thoughts and attempts among students who are bullied. Using data...
Headline Science
November 2015, Current News in Science Research Why Babies Smile Why do babies smile? A team of computer scientists, roboticists, and developmental psychologists confirm what most parents suspect: Babies smile to make the other person smile back....
Health Wise
November 2015, Helping Students Make Healthy Choices "Study Drugs" Don't Help With Studying Almost 9% of high school seniors say they use "study drugs," and fewer teens than in the past regard taking prescription amphetamines as harmful, according...
Hummingbird: Citizen Science: Students Become Citizen Scientists to Contribute to Research That May Help Declining Populations of Hummingbirds
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Pollinators such as hummingbirds are critical to the reproduction of many flowering plants. Hummingbirds help maintain genetic diversity of local plant populations because they travel farther than other pollinators, spreading...
Humming Bird Citizen Science: Students Become Citizen Scientists to Contribute to Research That May Help Declining Populations of Hummingbirds
Pollinators such as hummingbirds are critical to the reproduction of many flowering plants. Hummingbirds help maintain genetic diversity of local plant populations because they travel farther than other pollinators, spreading pollen between distinct...
Keeping Soils Fertile
Soil must have certain qualities to support healthy plant growth: It must have moderate permeability and porosity such that water, air, and nutrients can move through it and be available for uptake, and its texture and structure must allow roots to...
No Blue Ribbon: Reforming Science Fairs in Middle and High School Science Education
Imagine middle and high school science classes without a science fair. Participation in science fairs is declining (Harmon 2011), a trend that some teachers, parents, and students find disturbing. They might argue that without science fairs, students...
No Blue Ribbon: Reforming Science Fairs in Middle and High School Science Education
Imagine middle and high school science classes without a science fair. Participation in science fairs is declining (Harmon 2011), a trend that some teachers, parents, and students find disturbing. They might argue that without science fairs, students...
NSTA Nashville Conference Hotels
NSTA Nashville Conference Hotels Numbers correspond to map on the following page. Room rates are per night and are subject to hotel room taxes (15.25%) plus $2.50 city tax. Taxes are subject to change. NSTA provides free shuttle service exclusively...
Odysseys in Nature: A Prairie Food Chain
Odysseys in Nature: A Prairie Food Chain By A.D. Tarbox. $29.95. 80 pp. The Creative Company. Mankato MN. 2015. ISBN: 9781608185429. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Prairies can be vast and seemingly endless. This book is one in a series called Odysseys...
Reading Science Stories
Reading Science Stories By Joy Hakim. $9.99. 149 pp. 2015. ISBN: 9780996272209. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Misunderstood. Ostracized. Passionate. Determined. These are just some of the traits of the scientists portrayed in Joy Hakim's e-book,...
Revising the Declaration of Independence
Exploring Science and History With the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson was one of the best-known citizen scientists of his time (see "Right to the Source" in the Summer 2015 issue). It's perhaps appropriate, then, that science has allowed the...
Right to the Source
Exploring Science and History With the Library of Congress Revising the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson was one of the best-known citizen scientists of his time (see "Right to the Source" in the Summer 2015 issue). It's perhaps appropriate,...
Safer Science
November 2015, Best Practices for Safety Issues in the Science Classroom and Laboratory Safety Acknowledgment Form for Earth and Space Science All science teachers should have students and their parents review and sign a safety acknowledgment...
Safety Acknowledgment Form for Earth and Space Science
All science teachers should have students and their parents review and sign a safety acknowledgment form, but those teaching Earth and space science must also include guidelines specific to their discipline. An introductory statement might read: "The...
Science 2.0
November 2015, Using Web Tools to Support Learning Science and Literacy in the Digital Age Science texts can be difficult for students to understand. Fortunately, online textbooks and other digital content can be accessed with powerful technology...
Science and Literacy in the Digital Age
November 2015, Using Web Tools to Support Learning Science texts can be difficult for students to understand. Fortunately, online textbooks and other digital content can be accessed with powerful technology tools that help students develop their...
Sewing Up Science: A Craft Approach for Teaching Electricity and Circuits
Traditionally, many teachers have used breadboards and alligator clips to teach students about circuits and electricity. Electronic textiles (e-textiles)--fabrics embedded with electrical or electronic components--offer a new model for teaching this...
Sewing Up Science: A Craft-Based Approach for Teaching Electricity and Circuits
Traditionally, many teachers have used breadboards and alligator clips to teach students about circuits and electricity. Electronic textiles (e-textiles)--fabrics embedded with electrical or electronic components--offer a new model for teaching this...
Start a Science Club: Create Citizen Scientists While Teaching Content and Helping Your Community
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Students in the East Palestine High School Science Club have the opportunity to serve our community as citizen scientists, doing such work as controlling the spread of local invasive plant species, participating in coastal...
Start a Science Club: Create Citizen Scientists While Teaching Content and Helping Your Community
Students in the East Palestine High School Science Club have the opportunity to serve our community as citizen scientists, doing such work as controlling the spread of local invasive plant species, participating in coastal cleanups and data collection,...
"Study Drugs" Don't Help with Studying
Almost 9% of high school seniors say they use "study drugs," and fewer teens than in the past regard taking prescription amphetamines as harmful, according to the most recent Monitoring the Future (MTF) study (NIDA 2014b). Prescription stimulants...
The Good Dads Die Young
When a good insect father pairs with a bad mother, he risks being exploited by her for childcare and could bear the ultimate cost by dying young. A new study, published in the journal eLife, was carried out with burying beetles. It also shows that...
The Green Room
November 2015, Making Your Teaching More Environmentally Friendly Keeping Soils Fertile Soil must have certain qualities to support healthy plant growth: It must have moderate permeability and porosity such that water, air, and nutrients can...
Three-Dimensional Instruction: Using a New Type of Teaching in the Science Classroom
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Science teaching and learning in the United States are at a pivotal point. A Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC 2012b) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS; NGSS Lead States 2013) shift science educators'...
Three-Dimensional Instruction: Using a New Type of Teaching in the Science Classroom
Science teaching and learning in the United States are at a pivotal point. A Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC 2012b) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS; NGSS Lead States 2013) shift science educators' focus from simply teaching...
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