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. 4, April-May

A CULTURE OF ACCEPTANCE: Practicing "Science for All" Means Acknowledging and Including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students in the Classroom
Anationwide study (Kosciw et al. 2016) reveals a troubling truth: More than 80% of students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) have experienced verbal or physical harassment at school and reported higher absenteeism and lower...
An Early Attempt at Flight
Orville and Wilbur Wright are known as the brothers who first solved the problem of powered, controlled, and sustained human flight, but few remember the inventors who tried but didn't succeed. In some cases, records survive that offer insights into...
Biomedical Engineer
Work overview. My current focus is Second Sight's new product, called Orion. Most blindness involves damage to the optic nerve, which carries signals from the eyes to the brain. Orion will bypass the optic nerve by directly stimulating the visual...
Bringing Life Processes to Life: Modeling Protein Synthesis in a Language All Students Can Understand
Protein synthesis, involving such abstract concepts as DNA, RNA, transcription, and translation, is one of many biological processes too small to be seen by the naked eye. This combination of scientific jargon and sub-microscopic elements can make...
Cambodia's Last Leopards on Brink of Extinction
A new study has confirmed that the world's last breeding population of leopards in Cambodia is at immediate risk of extinction, having declined 72% during a five-year period. The population represents the last remaining leopards in all of eastern Indochina,...
Jupiter's Poles Show Geometric Arrays of Storms
Jupiter, the biggest planet in the solar system, has no tilt as it moves, so its poles have never been visible from Earth. But in the past two years, with NASA's Juno spacecraft, scientists have gotten a good look at the top and bottom of the planet...
LOVE THE LAB, HATE THE LAB REPORT? Implementing an "Intervention" Lab Report Format That Even Struggling Students Will Complete
Iteach chemistry to highly diverse groups of students at a large, urban high school in San Diego County, where enrollment in a laboratory science is mandatory. While the student participation rate for lab activities is over 98%, the turn-in rate for...
Nature Can Reduce Pesticide Use, Environment Impact
Farmers around the world are turning to nature to help them reduce pesticide use, environmental impact, and increasing yields in some cases. Specifically, they're attracting birds and other vertebrates, which keep pests and other invasive species...
Science for All
This issue marks our 23rd consecutive annual spring issue devoted to the theme, "Science for All." Originally focusing on teaching in multicultural classrooms, this theme has evolved considerably over its lifetime, and now targets a broad range of...
The Protein Resume
"Remember to put your answers in your own words!" As teachers, we say this a lot. We want our students to demonstrate understanding by translating information into their own words. However, as students use increasingly diverse internet sources, it...
The Slowing of Light in Glass
In life, some things change and some things don't. In physics, something that never changes is the speed of light in free space: 299,792,458 meters per second, identified by the symbol c. The constancy of c in a vacuum is a cornerstone of physics in...
Understanding Earthquakes: Investigating the Sumatra-Andaman Earthquake of 2004
It began at 7:59 a.m. on December 26, 2004. What started as a typical day soon turned into one of the deadliest days in modern history when a 9.3 magnitude earthquake--the third largest ever recorded--struck off the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia (National...
USING THE LAND: A Project-Based Learning Activity to Determine How Best to Redevelop the Site of a Demolished Shopping Mall
Land use and development are complex issues rooted in ecology and environmental science as well as in politics and economics. This complexity lends itself to a problem-based learning (PBL) lesson for environmental science students. In PBL, teachers...
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