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. 7, October

Acoustical Consultant
Sound experts combine science and art to "systematically and reliably control how something will sound to an audience," says Los Angeles--based acoustical consultant Pantelis Vassilakis. "This requires an understanding of sound as a physical entity,...
Call for Papers
The Science Teacher (TST) is seeking manuscripts of approximately 2,000 words that describe new and creative ideas for the secondary science classroom. Manuscripts should provide worthwhile ideas and practical help for teachers as they relate to the...
Career of the Month
Acoustical Consultant Sound experts combine science and art to "systematically and reliably control how something will sound to an audience," says Los Angeles--based acoustical consultant Pantelis Vassilakis. "This requires an understanding of sound...
Dancing with Radium
When Marie and Pierre Curie discovered the chemical element radium in 1898, it was thought to be a cure for everything. Its harsh toxicity was as yet unknown. People took radium baths at spas to treat rheumatism. Women rubbed radium creams on their...
Editor's Corner
Science and the Arts "The greatest scientists are always artists as well. "--Albert Einstein Einstein played the violin and piano, Richard Feynman the bongos. Max Planck composed songs and operas and played piano, organ, and cello. Neuroscientist...
Focus on Physics
Skateboard Physics As with all sports, skateboarding involves a lot of intriguing physics. I've marveled at the maneuvers of skilled skateboarder Alex Hewitt (my grandson). When traveling along a horizontal surface, Alex crouches and then springs...
Getting an A in STEM: Beginning a Steam Collaboration between Art and Chemistry Students
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The existence of all but the simplest consumer products available today results from combining expertise from two broad areas: science and technology with art and design. Aesthetics are important to how the products are marketed--and...
Getting an A in STEM: Beginning a Steam Collaboration between Art and Chemistry Students
The existence of all but the simplest consumer products available today results from combining expertise from two broad areas: science and technology with art and design. Aesthetics are important to how the products are marketed--and also how they...
Headline Science
Measuring Head Impacts in Youth Football Nearly three-quarters of the football players in the United States are under age 14. But amid growing concern about concussion risk in football, most head-impact research has focused on college and professional...
Health Wise
If Students Injure Their Heads In a recent anonymous online survey, KidsHealth.org (KH 2015) asked parents and coaches what they should do if a child takes a hit to the head on a playing field. The correct answer--according to numerous health associations...
If Students Injure Their Heads
In a recent anonymous online survey, KidsHealth.org (KH 2015) asked parents and coaches what they should do if a child takes a hit to the head on a playing field. The correct answer--according to numerous health associations and laws in all 50 states...
Measuring Head Impacts in Youth Football
Nearly three-quarters of the football players in the United States are under age 14. But amid growing concern about concussion risk in football, most head-impact research has focused on college and professional players. Researchers at Virginia Tech...
Measuring Metabolism: Examining the Effects of Temperature on the Metabolic Rates of Beetles
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Several decades ago, physiologists devised a simple way to indirectly measure metabolic rate--the rate at which an organism burns calories--in small animals such as hamsters. These experiments involved a metabolic chamber...
Measuring Metabolism: Examining the Effects of Temperature on the Metabolic Rates of Beetles
Several decades ago, physiologists devised a simple way to indirectly measure metabolic rate--the rate at which an organism burns calories--in small animals such as hamsters. These experiments involved a metabolic chamber made by connecting a sealed...
Right to the Source
Exploring Science and History With the Library of Congress Dancing With Radium When Marie and Pierre Curie discovered the chemical element radium in 1898, it was thought to be a cure for everything. Its harsh toxicity was as yet unknown. People...
Science 2.0
Students as Empowered Learners In the September issue, we wrote about the new standards for digital skills established by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) (www.iste.org/standards). Now, let's look at how the standards...
Science and Art in the National Parks: Celebrating the Centennial of the U.S. National Park Service
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This year marks the U.S. National Park Service's 100th anniversary. Although the nation's first national park--Yellowstone--dates to 1872, the government organization protecting and administering the national parks was founded...
Science and Art in the National Parks: Celebrating the Centennial of the U.S. National Park Service
This year marks the U.S. National Park Service's 100th anniversary. Although the nation's first national park--Yellowstone--dates to 1872, the government organization protecting and administering the national parks was founded just a hundred years...
Science and the Arts
"The greatest scientists are always artists as well."--Albert Einstein Einstein played the violin and piano, Richard Feynman the bongos. Max Planck composed songs and operas and played piano, organ, and cello. Neuroscientist Santiago Ramon y Cajal...
Sculpting the Barnyard Gene Pool: Immersing Students in the Science and Engineering of Chicken Genetics and Hatcheries
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Project-based learning (PBL) isn't solely a student creating a PowerPoint about photosynthesis in biology class, designing a periodic table poster in chemistry, or constructing a papier-mache volcano in Earth science. PBL...
Sculpting the Barnyard Gene Pool: Immersing Students in the Science and Engineering of Chicken Genetics and Hatcheries
Project-based learning (PBL) isn't solely a student creating a PowerPoint about photosynthesis in biology class, designing a periodic table poster in chemistry, or constructing a papier--mache volcano in Earth science. PBL takes student engagement...
Skateboard Physics
As with all sports, skateboarding involves a lot of intriguing physics. I've marveled at the maneuvers of skilled skateboarder Alex Hewitt (my grandson). When traveling along a horizontal surface, Alex crouches and then springs upward with his skateboard...
Students as Empowered Learners
In the September issue, we wrote about the new standards for digital skills established by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) (www.iste.orglstandards). Now, let's look at how the standards can be applied to science content....
The Art-Science Connection: Student Create Art Inspired by Extracurricular Lab Investigations
We developed an integrated science-and-art program to engage science students from a performing arts hight school in hand-on, inquiry-based lab experiences. The students participated in eight biology-focused investigation at a local university with...
The Art-Science Connection: Students Create Art Inspired by Extracurricular Lab Investigations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We developed an integrated science-and-art program to engage science students from a performing arts high school in hands-on, inquiry based lab experiences. The students participated in eight biology-focused investigations...
Write for the Science Teacher
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Why YOU should publish The main purpose of NSTA's well-rounded publishing program is to allow our members to share ideas with thousands of other people who teach science. The content reflects the needs of its audience of...
Write for the Science Teacher
Why YOU should publish The main purpose of NSTA's well-rounded publishing program is to allow our members to share ideas with thousands of other people who teach science. The content reflects the needs of its audience of classroom teachers, science...
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