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In Legislation to Support Climate Change Education, Symbolism is Not Enough by Glenn Branch

It’s a perfect storm. No fewer than fifteen measures to support climate change education in the public schools have been introduced in the statehouses of ten states so far in 2020. Why? Perhaps legislators are beginning to heed public opinion. … Continue reading

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Equity in STEM Education: It’s All About Culture!

Guest post by Alicia Santiago When you think about diversity, how does it show itself? When you stand before your students, do the faces looking back at you look like your own? Most likely, your answer is “no.” Classrooms and … Continue reading

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Building STEAM With Model Railroads

Are you a science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) teacher seeking a new way to interest students in these subjects? While model railroading is not a new hobby, STEAM teachers can accomplish learning goals while introducing it to a … Continue reading

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Medical Schools Offer STEM Pipeline Programs

Held both on medical school campuses and offsite, these programs are geared toward engaging students in STEM early on and giving students—especially underrepresented students—extra support in pursuing STEM majors and careers, including health care careers. Continue reading

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Go Green This Spring, Apply for a Green Ribbon School Award by Jim Elder

Is your school a green school? Is it doing amazing work in reducing environmental impacts, such as waste, water, energy, and transportation? Does your school work to improve the health and wellness of students and faculty with coordinated school health … Continue reading

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Enhancing STEM in PreK-3 Education by Kevin Anderson

In September of 2019, Education Commission of the States (ECS) brought together a group of experts in early childhood and/or STEM education to discuss policies and actions a state might implement to support STEM programming for preschool through third grade. … Continue reading

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Why Teach Evolution? by Beth Allan

Why teach evolution? Evolution isn’t just a unifying concept that connects elements of the natural world: It’s also the link among science, our students, and their world. Why is that important? Evolution can be used as a “hook,” a way … Continue reading

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What Makes a Good STEM Trade Book? by Carrie Launius & Christine Anne Royce

This is a question a lot of people are asking. Since 2016 NSTA has published the Best STEM Books a companion piece to the Outstanding Science Trade Books list. While many groups have recommended STEM trade books for children, there … Continue reading

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STEM For All Multiplex Launches by Joni Falk

This new, interactive video platform will enable researchers, educators, and parents to access federally funded innovative programs aimed at improving STEM teaching and learning. TERC is pleased to announce the launch of the STEM for All Multiplex, funded by the … Continue reading

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Inspiring Young Geoscientists With Fossils

“Unfortunately, geoscience [has] become a fossil science in and of itself. It is a vicious cycle [in which] fewer students are introduced to it at the K–12 level, thus fewer college students go into it, then numbers drop, and programs become downsized. Looking down the road, we will need those geoscientists to help with investigations on Earth and on other celestial bodies
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