The Science Teacher

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

Articles from Vol. 85, No. 2, February

Additive Engineer
Additive engineering is a new and expanding field. Additive engineers design many types of products (ranging from household goods to airplane parts) that are manufactured using 3-D printers. Josh Mook is innovation leader at General Electric's new...
Arguing over Life and Death: Students Decide: Which Endangered Species Should Be Saved?
Imagine you could save just one of the 23,000 species threatened with extinction. Which of these species--identified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (see "On the web")--would you save? How would you decide? Would you...
Drones for the Science Classroom
Drones can be an exciting learning tool. There are two primary types of drones that can be used in and out of the classroom. The first is piloted by a human using a remote control. The second type of drone is controlled by code that is uploaded to...
Electromagnetic Waves and the Speed of Light
Waves come in a variety of forms and speeds. The speed of a wave moving along a violin string or stretched Slinky, or the speed of sound in air--all vary with different conditions. Only the speed of light in a vacuum, or free space, has no variation....
ELEMENTS OF MAKING: A Framework to Support Making in the Science Classroom
Kyle Albernaz is a preservice chemistry teacher who wants to bring creativity and passion into his classroom. Back when he was a student himself, Kyle remembers a dichotomy between his fellow students: Those driven by logic were drawn to the sciences;...
Going beyond The: Using Modeling to Teach DNA Replication
Ask your students what a chromosome looks like and they will probably describe an X-shaped object similar to what is shown in Figure 1 (page 48). But how much do they really know about chromosomes? * Do your students know that the X-shaped chromosomes...
GROUPING MINERALS BY THEIR FORMULAS; Students Use the Periodic Table to Identify Patterns in Mineral Formulas and Develop Classification Systems
Minerals are commonly taught in ways that emphasize mineral identification for its own sake or maybe to help identify rocks. But how do minerals fit in with other science content we teach? I use mineral formulas to help Earth science students wonder...
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Ecological Variety Not Affected in Mass Extinctions Sixty five million years ago, clouds of ash choked the skies over Earth. Dinosaurs, along with about half of all the species on Earth, staggered and died. But in the seas, a colorful population...
"Making" a Difference
It's been called a technological and creative learning revolution. The maker movement is a rapidly expanding global community of inventors, tinkerers, designers, and other do-it-yourselfers. If there is any doubt about its status as a true movement,...
Making Old New Again
In 1942, students at Armstrong Technical High School in Washington, D.C., and Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, made model airplanes according to U.S. Navy specifications. The models helped train civilian and military personnel....
Our Watershed: Students Use Data and Models to Make a Difference in Their Own School Yard
Science becomes engaging when students know that what they learn in the classroom relates to their own lives and communities. This article describes a project in which students use field exploration and online software to design virtual solutions to...
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2018
BOOKS PUBLISHED in 2017 We invite you to explore this year's list of Outstanding Science Trade Books, which builds upon our 45-year history of identifying the very best in science books for children. In the award-winning titles below, you'll find...
The Global Warming Express
The Global Warming Express By Marina Weber. $14.95. 114 pp. Terra Nova Books. Santa Fe, NM. 2017. ISBN: 9781938288937. This book highlights animals that have been affected by climate change. The journey begins when two animal friends, Fluff...
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