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Bridging the Informal-Formal Science Education Divide

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Release Date: 07/06/2022

Air Pressure show art Air Pressure

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I was recently reading the September/October 2022 issue of “Science & Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the Science 101 column, written by Matt Bobrowsky.  He wrote a column entitled, “Do You Have a Weather-Related Activity That My Students Would Enjoy?”   In this column, Matt addressed two topics:  Air Pressure and Barometers.  This leads me to do a two-part podcast series.  This podcast will look at the topic of air pressure and how it can be explained to...

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Joyful Science show art Joyful Science

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I was recently reading the September/October 2022 issue of “Science & Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the Editor’s Note column, written by Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn.  She wrote a column entitled, “Joyful Science.”   Remember to plan lessons, follow the curriculum, and cover the content, but don’t forget that essential element in the planning — the students.  Create space and time for them to find the joys in learning by figuring things out, debating, assessing data, developing...

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Joyful Science show art Joyful Science

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I was recently reading the September/October 2022 issue of “Science & Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the Editor’s Note column, written by Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn.  She wrote a column entitled, “Joyful Science.”   Remember to plan lessons, follow the curriculum, and cover the content, but don’t forget that essential element in the planning — the students.  Create space and time for them to find the joys in learning by figuring things out, debating, assessing data, developing...

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Air Quality with CanAirIO show art Air Quality with CanAirIO

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I was recently reading the September/October 2022 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the Citizen Science column, written by Jill Nugent.  She wrote a column entitled, “Getting a Sense of Local Air Quality.”   CanAirIO is a citizen science project using mobile and static sensors to measure air quality with cell phones and low-cost technology.  They are looking to build a citizen network, an air quality map that will allow them to know what we are breathing and how we can...

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Our Dynamic Earth show art Our Dynamic Earth

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I was recently reading the September/October 2022 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the Editor’s Corner, written by Patty McGinnis.  She wrote a column entitled, “The Human Side of Our Dynamic Earth.”   Unfortunately, an increasing number and severity of natural disasters has been tied to climate change.  While we may not be able to stop natural disasters from occurring, we can educate students about the link between climate change and natural disasters and the...

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Our Dynamic Earth show art Our Dynamic Earth

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I was recently reading the September/October 2022 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the Editor’s Corner, written by Patty McGinnis.  She wrote a column entitled, “The Human Side of Our Dynamic Earth.”   Unfortunately, an increasing number and severity of natural disasters has been tied to climate change.  While we may not be able to stop natural disasters from occurring, we can educate students about the link between climate change and natural disasters and the...

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Energy Literacy show art Energy Literacy

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I was recently reading the July/August 2022 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the Editor’s Corner, written by Patty McGinnis.  She wrote a column entitled, “Energy Literacy.”   The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) defines energy literacy as “an understanding of the nature and role of energy in the world and daily lives accompanied by the ability to apply this understanding to answer questions and solve problems.”

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Teaching Societal Issues show art Teaching Societal Issues

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I was recently reading the July/August 2022 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the Editor’s Corner, written by Ann Haley MacKenzie.  She wrote a column entitles, “Teaching Societal Issues in the Science Classroom.”   By incorporating societal issues into our classrooms, we provide students a chance to explore topics in depth, instead of simply glossing over the content.  Here are some reasons to include societal issues in science courses: --These issues justify information...

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Bridging the Informal-Formal Science Education Divide show art Bridging the Informal-Formal Science Education Divide

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I was recently reading the June 23, 2022 issue of “NSTA Weekly” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the NSTA Blog feature “With, Not For: Why the Distinction Matters” written by Beth Murphy.   It is important to foster collaboration between organizations and schools, providing professional learning experiences for educators, and implementing program evaluation that supports practitioners to do their best work.  Collaboration provides the opportunity to bridge the informal-formal science education divide. ...

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Railway Engineer show art Railway Engineer

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I was recently reading the May/June 2022 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the “Career of the Month” column, written by Luba Vangelova.  She wrote an article entitled, “Railway Engineer.” Railway engineers design and maintain rail systems used by trains of various types, ranging from long-distance cargo trains to metropolitan light-rail and subway trains.  Cassie Gouger is senior director of design within Union Pacific Railroad’s engineering department, in Omaha,...

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I was recently reading the June 23, 2022 issue of “NSTA Weekly” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the NSTA Blog feature “With, Not For: Why the Distinction Matters” written by Beth Murphy.  

It is important to foster collaboration between organizations and schools, providing professional learning experiences for educators, and implementing program evaluation that supports practitioners to do their best work.  Collaboration provides the opportunity to bridge the informal-formal science education divide.