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Field Trips Last a Lifetime

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Release Date: 02/23/2021

NOAA Satellites Predict and Protect show art NOAA Satellites Predict and Protect

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I was recently reading the May/June 2021 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the section “Scope on the Skies” written by Bob Riddle. Bob wrote an article entitled “Earth Watch.” The planet Earth is currently the only place where we can live, and just like our homes, classrooms, and local communities, there is a constant need for environmental awareness. This should highlight both the importance of thinking globally while deal

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Citizen Science: Conservation Cameras show art Citizen Science: Conservation Cameras

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I was recently reading the May/June 2021 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Citizen Science” written by Jill Nugent.  Jill wrote an article entitled “Conservation Cameras: From the Wild to Your Classroom.” The Zoological Society of London’s “Instant Wild” empowers you to take part in vital conservation work by bringing you LIVE images and videos from amazing locations all around the world for you to identify.  For more information, please visit:

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The Intentional Integration of Computational Thinking show art The Intentional Integration of Computational Thinking

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I was recently reading the May/June 2021 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the section “Interdisciplinary Ideas” written by Raja Ridgway. Raja wrote an article entitled “The Intentional Integration of Computational Thinking.” Computational Thinking Practices: • Decomposition — Breaking down into components. • Pattern Matching — Finding similarities between components. • Abstraction — The process of reducing comp

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Mathematics and Computational Thinking show art Mathematics and Computational Thinking

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I was recently reading the May/June 2021 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the section “From the Editor’s Desk” written by Patty McGinnis. Patty wrote an article entitled “Mathematics and Computational Thinking: A Bridge to STEM Careers.” Science practices have changed drastically over the years as a result of digital tools at the disposal of scientists. As a result, the sheer volume of data available necessitates an unde

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Careers in Exploration Geology -- Prospecting show art Careers in Exploration Geology -- Prospecting

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I was recently reading the March/April 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Career of the Month” written by Luba Vangelova.  Luba wrote an article entitled “Exploration Geologist Quinton Hennigh.” Exploration geologists, also known as prospectors, look for new sources of mineral deposits.  They use a mix of geological, geophysical, and geochemical knowledge to analyze data and test hypotheses about where deposits are likely to be found.  “You...

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Stall Catchers: A Citizen Science Game to Accelerate Alzheimer’s Research show art Stall Catchers: A Citizen Science Game to Accelerate Alzheimer’s Research

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I was recently reading the March/April 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Citizen Science” written by Jill Nugent.  Jill wrote an article entitled “Accelerating Alzheimer’s Research with Stall Catchers.” Stall Catchers, created by the Human Computation Institute at Cornell University, is an online citizen science game designed to speed up Alzheimer’s disease research.  You can learn more by visiting the game’s website at:

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Scientific Literacy show art Scientific Literacy

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I was recently reading the March/April 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the section “Commentary” written by Andrew Zucker. Andrew wrote an article entitled “Teaching Scientific Literacy.” Here are five themes to consider in order to promote scientific literacy: • Pay attention to the personal and societal contexts of science. • Relate scientific literacy to traditional forms of literacy. • Teach about how

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Technology and Scientific Habits of Mind show art Technology and Scientific Habits of Mind

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I was recently reading the March/April 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the section “Editor’s Corner” written by Ann Haley Mackenzie. Ann wrote an article entitled “Technology and Scientific Habits of Mind.” The focus of her article was on the importance of curiosity, persistence and perseverance. If we are too busy covering the content instead of providing a place for uncovering the science content with the s

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Culturally Responsive Teaching show art Culturally Responsive Teaching

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I was recently reading the March/April 2021 issue of “Science and Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the “Editor’s Note” section, written by Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn. Elizabeth wrote an article entitled, “Culturally Responsive Teaching.” At the heart of Culturally Responsive and Relevant Teaching is a willingness to listen, reflect, and celebrate the richness that cultural and linguistic diversity has to offer.

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Best STEM Trade Books for Middle School Students show art Best STEM Trade Books for Middle School Students

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The National Science Teaching Association in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council released the 2021 list of the Best STEM Trade Books for Students. In this podcast we look at the 7 books recommended for students in grades 6 - 8. • All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team • Beastly Bionics: Rad Robots, Brilliant Biomimicry, and Incredible Inventions Inspired by Nature • Changing the Equation: 50+ US Black Women in STEM • Galileo! Galileo! • Machines That

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I was recently reading the January/February 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Current Science Classroom” written by Chris Anderson.  Chris wrote an article entitled “Field Trips Last a Lifetime.”

Nothing can replace the authenticity and impact of an in-person field experience for kids, however, until the public health and school funding battles are won it’s up to us to get creative and bring the world to our students.