Posts By: Cindy Workosky

Tribune Editorial: Science Is What It Is. Until It Isn’t

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Because some people are more than uncomfortable with the current established views of such things as evolution and climate change, they cling to the belief that those scientific facts aren’t any more real or settled than, say, the old view that the Earth was the center of the… Read more »

More Fun to Figure It Out

Who knew that the table game Mouse Trap has seven subsystems? After a class period of exploration, sixth-graders in Greg Busse’s class not only knew about subsystems, they could identify where each started and ended in the game. Early in the semester, students were asked to use the game, where the object is to successfully… Read more »

Alaska Schools Now Have More Guidance on How to Teach Science in the Classroom

The Alaska State Board of Education unanimously approved new science standards on Friday, which are much more detailed about topics like climate change and evolution than the ones previously recommended for schools. It’s been more than a decade since the state reviewed how science is taught in the classroom. The new standards are based on a model called Next Generation Science… Read more »

The Biology Chronicles

Step into Godwin Heights (Michigan) High School biology teacher Cory Klocko’s classroom on any given day, and you’re bound to see few eyes on the teacher. Rather, you’ll see students discussing, hypothesizing and testing their theories to answer questions such as “Why is Addie sick?” Addie is a character in one of three narratives provided… Read more »

Proposed Utah Science Standards Head to State School Board

A State School Board committee on Friday approved new science standards for Utah public school students in grades K through five and nine through 12, but not before some pushback on the teaching of evolution and climate change. Except for some slight tweaks, the proposed standards were approved by the Standards and Assessment Committee and… Read more »

Report: States Face Continued Big Lift with Science Standards

New science standards have been adopted in some form by forty-three states (the most recent being Maine), based on some combination of the Next Generation Science Standards and the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education. But that’s hardly the final word for instilling more STEM into the classroom. A new report from Achieve, a survey among state education… Read more »

Maine Adopts the NGSS

Congratulations to Maine. Governor Janet Mills signed LD 283, which contained the revised science and engineering standards in the Maine Learning Results. The revised standards are an adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards. The signed bill is currently going through the Maine Administrative Procedure Act to officially become law through the Secretary of State’s… Read more »

Flint River Watershed Coalition Receives $74,000 Grant

FLINT, MI– A $74,000 grant from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has been awarded to Flint for the development and implementation of water quality monitoring program for the city’s river. The program, Flint River Green Bridges, is an expansion of the city’s existing Flint River Green program that’s implemented in 22 local school districts and… Read more »

New State Science Test Poses Challenges for Students, Teachers

Imagine you have to take a big state science test. It’s full of questions about life science, earth science, physics and chemistry. But wait — you haven’t taken all those courses in high school yet. That’s what some high school students and younger kids, in Kern County and across the state, may face when they… Read more »

Science Classes Come Alive in Local Schools

Local students aren’t learning science by the book anymore. Instead of memorizing facts or filling out worksheets, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) students are building their own solar water heaters or extracting DNA from strawberries. The projects serve as a jumping-off point for collecting and analyzing data, making graphs and writing about concepts. After… Read more »