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Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Brings Science to Classrooms

A huge warehouse in Chimayo holds a treasure trove – boxes filled with materials needed to teach young students lessons about energy, matter, or other science topics. Operated by the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation, a nonprofit with programs fostering educational opportunities in communities in the shadow of the national laboratory in Los Alamos,… Read more »

Iowa Schools Partners With Community College to Teach Sixth-Graders Chemistry

For at least five weeks, a portion of Lincoln Intermediate sixth-graders has been learning chemistry through a variety of hands-on activities. “Doing is learning,” said Lisa Hugi, a teacher at Lincoln Intermediate in Mason City. Hugi’s 90 sixth-grade students are part of a “pilot project” being done in collaboration with Nikae Perkinson, Natural Sciences Division chairwoman… Read more »

Congratulations to New Mexico for Adopting the NGSS

On November 14, the New Mexico Public Education Dept filed official records indicating the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards as well as 6 additional STEM standards for K-12 students. With the adoption, NM joins 19 other states and the District of Columbia as official adoption states. NSTA congratulates the science teachers, scientists, education… Read more »

Fires, floods, hurricanes: Teachers turn natural disasters into science and history lessons

he fires may be out in the Wine Country, but they’re still a daily topic in many California classrooms. At Design Tech High, a charter school in Burlingame that’s affiliated with Oracle, students are analyzing the science behind the Tubbs Fire that raged through Sonoma County in October and creating blueprints for how the destroyed neighborhoods… Read more »

Next Generation Science Standards Program Underway

In order for students to better observe nature, Chester Elementary School is embarking on the Next Generation Science Standards program, which promotes outdoor learning through hands-on experiences. The elementary school is serving as a model for other schools in Plumas Unified School District. The California Department of Education adopted the new Outdoor Core curriculum to… Read more »

Salinas Valley (CA) Teachers Get Ready for New Science Standards

Ms. Frizzle’s students are used to the weird things that happen in her classroom, like going to the first Thanksgiving or chasing after birds to see where they live. Something unusual indeed happens in “The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge,” where Tim, Wanda, Dorothy Ann, Ralphie and Keesha jump on the bus with… Read more »

NSTA Expresses Support for White Paper on Features of NGSS-Aligned Instructional Materials

In a letter to the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA), NSTA Executive Director expressed support for Priority Features of NGSS-Aligned Instructional Materials, a white paper developed by science teachers in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington State. NSTA strongly supports the efforts of science teachers in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington to describe the high quality… Read more »

Eighth-Grade Teachers in Iowa are Changing the Way Science in Taught

Memorization no longer equals learning, and Iowa’s teachers must adapt their methods. Nearly 30 eighth-grade science teachers devoted time on Oct. 28 to collaborate and learn the best practices to engage and educate their students according to new standards at an event hosted by the University of Iowa. The state implemented new science standards in… Read more »

New Mexico to Adopt Science Standards ‘In Their Entirety’

After facing an onslaught of opposition, New Mexico’s Public Education Department officials on Wednesday decided to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards “in their entirety” with just six state-specific standards, well short of the 35 additions the agency proposed last month. The science standards outlined by Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski on Wednesday contain none of… Read more »