Category Archives: NSTA Reports

Science Education in Prison

When Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, started an education program last spring at the Chillicothe Women’s Correctional Center, biology professor Mary Haskins says she “jumped” at the chance to teach a semester of environmental science there. “The work is … Continue reading

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Teaching Agriculture to Elementary Students

“It is important for elementary students to learn about agriculture because there is a lot of illiteracy when it comes to agriculture. Social media is a main contributor to ag-illiteracy because there are a lot of negative social media campaigns … Continue reading

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Learning About STEM and Preventing Fires

After learning about fire dynamics— how fires start, spread, and develop— and doing hands-on activities with firefighters, eighth graders in Georgia’s Cobb County School District solve a virtual fire-related crime with help from an arson investigator as part of a partnership involving the district’s middle schools, the Cobb County Fire Department, and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Continue reading

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Educating Students About Aerospace Careers

“212,000 pilots are needed for North America alone. 193,000 maintenance technicians are needed for North America alone…There’s a good opportunity for students to pursue aviation jobs. A student can start at a regional airline at $60,000 a year.” Continue reading

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Apply to Serve on the NSTA Board or Council by Dennis Schatz

Now that fall is almost here it is time for you and our colleagues to apply to be an NSTA board or council member. The web portal to apply – or nominate someone else – is now open at https://www.nsta.org/about/governance/nominations.aspx. … Continue reading

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Encouraging Creativity in STEM Class

Creativity often may be overlooked in science, technology, engineering, and
math (STEM), but STEM teachers are finding ways to make their lessons and courses innovative and encourage their students to be creative. Continue reading

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Learning About STEM Through BMX

Teaching students science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by connecting it with bicycle motocross (BMX), closed-course bike racing over natural or simulated rough terrain, is possible with programs from the American Bicycle Association’s USA BMX philanthropic arm, the USA BMX Foundation, located in Gilbert, Arizona. Continue reading

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My Journey to NSTA

Guest blog post by Paul Orbe Dear NSTA Members: I would like to take this opportunity to share my experience with NSTA, our professional organization. Before I embark in storytelling I deem necessary to offer a quick overview in how … Continue reading

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How NSTA Expanded My Small Town World

Guest blog post by Pam Devers I grew up as the typical “small town girl living in a small town world” (Journey).  In the eighth grade my mind was set that I was going to be a science teacher and … Continue reading

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Robert E. Yager Exemplary Teaching Award—2019 winners

The Robert E. Yager Exemplary Teaching Award recognizes six full-time K–12 teachers of science who successfully use innovation and excellence in their classroom. District III Katherine OwensSTEM TeacherWashington Episcopal SchoolBethesda, Maryland After almost a decade in the consumer product industry … Continue reading

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