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Thank You, Science Teachers

During Teacher Appreciation Week and every week, we are thankful to science teachers for their dedication and commitment to helping students explore, question, and learn more about the world. This month’s issue of Book Beat is our small gesture of … Continue reading

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Harboring Hazardous Chemicals and Disposing of Them

1. Harboring Hazardous Chemicals Middle and high school science labs and chemical storerooms have been known to harbor large amounts of hazardous chemicals for years. Given the unknowns about school budgets, teachers try to purchase as many chemicals as they … Continue reading

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Reflecting on This Week’s Daily Do

Introduction Our last weekend in April. Many of you have been providing opportunities for students to do science through distance and home learning for as many as four weeks. Before reading further, pause for just a moment to reflect on … Continue reading

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Reflecting on this week’s Daily Do

Another Friday brings another chance to catch your breath (hopefully!) and reflect on the opportunities we provided students-as-scientists and -as-engineers to make sense of natural phenomena (observable events that occur in the universe and that we can use our science … Continue reading

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Reflecting on this week’s Daily Do

Another week has passed. Amidst all of the stressors in our new daily lives, let’s take a deep breath together and reflect on students’ opportunities for sensemaking this week. Sensemaking is about actively trying to figure out how the world … Continue reading

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Flu Transmission Simulation

Body aches, chills, nausea, and fever are some of the worst red flags when it comes to flu season. As with most flu bugs, the symptoms last for a few days and generally start to subside as the virus runs … Continue reading

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Reflecting on this week’s Daily Do

With another week of home and distance learning behind us, it’s time to take a reflective look back and a hopeful – perhaps even excited – look forward. We shared in last week’s blog how crucial it is to give … Continue reading

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Extended Lab Shut-down Closeout

I. Best of Times, Worst of Times With the extended closing of schools resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, it is possible that some school district may need to be closed for the balance of the academic year. In any case, … Continue reading

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Reflecting on this week’s Daily Do

We know we can’t recreate the science classroom in our students’ homes, but we can continue to give our students experience with relevant, intriguing phenomena to create the need to engage in science learning to answer their questions about what … 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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