NSTA’s K–12 Science Education Journals: December 2014 Issues Online

The titles of this month’s journal articles from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) are so fun, you may just feel like you’re getting an early holiday present when you read them: “Elephant Trunks and Dolphin Tails,” “Cinderella Separates a Mixture,” “Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold,” and “An Engineer Does What Now?” But these lighthearted titles represent very serious teaching strategies and lesson plans. Browse through the thought-provoking selections below and learn more about community health and heredity, incorporating engineering design and technology into classrooms, biomedical engineering, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and other important topics in K–12 science education.

Science and Children

S&C cover for December 2014Young children work at macroscopic scales that are directly observable and move on to those that are too small, too large, too fast, or too slow to observe as they learn.

Featured articles (please note, only those marked “free” are available to nonmembers without a fee):

Science Scope

Science Scope cover for December 2014Ebola, vaccinations, and concussions are just some of the health issues making headlines recently. In this issue, we explore health-related topics that are sure to engage students and reinforce the notion that the body is a system of multiple interacting subsystems.

Featured articles (please note, only those marked “free” are available to nonmembers without a fee):

The Science Teacher

The Science Teacher cover for December 2014Engineering has a rich history that goes back at least as far as the ancient metallurgists who transported humanity out of the Stone Age. Twentieth-century engineers gave us everything from radar and television to lunar landings and the internet; the Human Genome Project that radically transformed the life sciences; and improvements in health, sanitation, and medicine that led to a 30-year increase in life expectancy, which surely ranks as one of society’s greatest achievements. By incorporating engineering design and technology into our classrooms, we allow students to apply their developing science understanding to solving problems that are practical, relevant, and important in their daily lives. All of the feature articles in this issue address this important effort.

Featured articles (please note, only those marked “free” are available to nonmembers without a fee):


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