The Science Teacher

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

Articles from Vol. 83, No. 3, March

Building a Greener Future: Using Engineering Design to Connect Classroom with Community
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Integrating engineering and science in the classroom can be challenging, and creating authentic experiences that address real-world problems is often even more difficult. A Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC 2012),...
Building a Greener Future: Using Engineering Design to Connect Classroom with Community
Integrating engineering and science in the classroom can be challenging, and creating authentic experiences that address real-world problems is often even more difficult. A Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC 2012), however, calls for high school...
Career of the Month
Systems Engineer Systems engineers coordinate with business owners, operations staff, and professionals, supporting a wide range of industries to ensure that products or services are well integrated and solve the right problems. Increased technology...
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Widely Affected Sea Turtles
Researchers investigating the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on sea turtles found that over 320,000 juvenile sea turtles from populations throughout the Atlantic Ocean were likely present in the northern Gulf of Mexico during the 87-day...
Designing a Pop-Up Future
What if you could make any object out of a flat sheet of paper? That future may be on the horizon. Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have characterized a fundamental origami fold, or tessellation,...
Does It Mix? Introducing Students to Partition Coefficients
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Environmental scientists focus on the health of our waters, including oceans, lakes, and groundwater. Water covers 70% of our planet and is essential for all living creatures. About 70% of the human body also consists of water,...
Does It Mix? Introducing Students to Partition Coefficients
Environmental scientists focus on the health of our waters, including oceans, lakes, and groundwater. Water covers 70% of our planet and is essential for all living creatures. About 70% of the human body also consists of water, which serves as a solvent...
Don't Believe Everything You Hear-Or Read
On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles broadcast his now famous "War of the Worlds" radio drama, causing panic among many listeners who believed an actual Martian attack was afoot. The realistic, news-bulletin format of Welles's broadcast has been blamed...
Editor's Corner
Write for The Science Teacher (Part 2) Last month in this column Managing Editor Scott Stuckey and I shared some tips and encouragement for writing for The Science Teacher (TST). This month we'll hear comments from three authors who have successfully...
Emotional Intelligence Is Important, Too
It may seem intuitive to associate a higher intelligence quotient (IQ) with higher grades. Although IQ and aptitude are important, there's another measure related to academic performance that may be just as important: emotional intelligence (EI). ...
Happy Nations Can Thank Their Genes
The citizens of nations which rate themselves happiest display a specific genetic feature: Their DNA is more likely to contain a specific allele involved in sensory pleasure and pain reduction, say researchers. Michael Minkov of the Varna University...
Headline Science
Designing a Pop-Up Future What if you could make any object out of a flat sheet of paper? That future may be on the horizon. Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have characterized a fundamental...
Health Wise
Emotional Intelligence Is Important, Too It may seem intuitive to associate a higher intelligence quotient (IQ) with higher grades. Although IQ and aptitude are important, there's another measure related to academic performance that may be just...
Idea Bank
Using Earthquakes as "Teachable Moments" Earthquakes command attention. When students hear about temblors, such as recent ones in Chile, Afghanistan, and Japan, they may wonder about the death toll and damage estimates, how often earthquakes happen,...
Mastering Scientific Practices with Technology, Part 2. (Science 2.0: Using Web Tools to Support Learning
Last month, we discussed how technology can help students engage in three of the scientific practices described in the Next Generation Science Standards. This month, we address three more practices. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Analyzing and interpreting...
Moon Phase Affects Rainfall
When the Moon is high in the sky, Earth's atmosphere bulges, creating imperceptible changes in the amount of rain that falls below, according to a new research paper. "This is the first study to convincingly connect the tidal force of the Moon with...
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: Books Published in 2015
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Science teachers and mentors continue to be challenged to meet the high expectations of A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. Indeed the Framework urges us to help learners "[build]...
Powered by the Sun
Teaching the science of energy, force, and motion through an engineering design challenge Solar energy is clean, free, and abundant worldwide. The challenge, however, is to convert it to useful forms that can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels....
Powered by the Sun: Teaching the Science of Energy, Force, and Motion through an Engineering Design Challenge
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Solar energy is clean, free, and abundant worldwide. The challenge, however, is to convert it to useful forms that can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. This article presents an activity for physical science classes in...
Right to the Source: Exploring Science and History with the Library of Congress
Don't Believe Everything You Hear--or Read On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles broadcast his now famous "War of the Worlds" radio drama, causing panic among many listeners who believed an actual Martian attack was afoot. The realistic, news-bulletin...
Safer Science
Safer Use of Toxic Chemicals As most high school science teachers know, poisons exist in high school science labs. Poisons, or toxic chemicals, have even made the National Institutes of Health's list of laboratory hazard classes (see "On the web")....
Safer Use of Toxic Chemicals
As most high school science teachers know, poisons exist in high school science labs. Poisons, or toxic chemicals, have even made the National Institutes of Health's list of laboratory hazard classes (see "On the web"). Science teachers should determine...
Science 2.0
Mastering Scientific Practices With Technology, Part 2 Last month, we discussed how technology can help students engage in three of the scientific practices described in the Next Generation Science Standards. This month, we address three more practices....
Science's Super Star: The Starlet Sea Anemone Is an Ideal Tool for Student Inquiry
Animal biology is fascinating for its incredible diversity in life strategies. These strategies amaze scientists and can also fire the enthusiasm of science students. One group of animals impressive in this way is the phylum Cnidaria, containing some...
Science's Super Star: The Starlet Sea Anemone Is an Ideal Tool for Student Inquiry
Animal biology is fascinating for its incredible diversity in life strategies. These strategies amaze scientists and can also fire the enthusiasm of science students. One group of animals impressive in this way is the phylum Cnidaria, containing some...
Systems Engineer
Systems engineers coordinate with business owners, operations staff, and professionals, supporting a wide range of industries to ensure that products or services are well integrated and solve the right problems. Increased technology deployment is raising...
The Green Room
The Top Five Environmental Stories of 2015 Last year was filled with fascinating environmental stories, including these five (see "On the web" for more information): 1. Paris climate change agreement. More than 180 countries agreed to limit greenhouse...
The Language of Science: Addressing the Linguistic Challenges of Science Texts
Education in science and engineering should develop students' ability to read and write domain-specific texts (NRC 2012). Unfortunately, "science teachers are not generally well prepared to help their students penetrate the linguistic puzzles that...
The Language of Science: Addressing the Linguistic Challenges of Science Texts
Education in science and engineering should develop students' ability to read and write domain-specific texts (NRC 2012). Unfortunately, "science teachers are not generally well prepared to help their students penetrate the linguistic puzzles that...
The Top Five Environmental Stories of 2015
Last year was filled with fascinating environmental stories, including these five (see "On the web" for more information): 1. Paris climate change agreement. More than 180 countries agreed to limit greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate change....
Using Earthquakes as "Teachable Moments"
Earthquakes command attention. When students hear about temblors, such as recent ones in Chile, Afghanistan, and Japan, they may wonder about the death toll and damage estimates, how often earthquakes happen, and even how these events fit within a...
What We Call Misconceptions May Be Necessary Stepping-Stones toward Making Sense of the World
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The title of this article highlights a view of science learning uncommon in schools today--one in which teachers and students view misconceptions as useful for making sense of the world (NRC 2008). What are misconceptions?...
What We Call Misconceptions May Be Necessary Stepping-Stones toward Making Sense of the World
The title of this article highlights a view of science learning uncommon in schools today--one in which teachers and students view misconceptions as useful for making sense of the world (NRC 2008). What are misconceptions? Many consider them to be...
Write for the Science Teacher (Part 2)
Last month in this column Managing Editor Scott Stuckey and I shared some tips and encouragement for writing for The Science Teacher (TST). This month we'll hear comments from three authors who have successfully published in TST. "Writing for The...
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