Author - Teresa Tucker

Engaging in Summer Science Fun AND Learning!

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Summer is a time for kids to sleep in, escape the structured routine of school, play, and reconnect with family and friends. It can also be a time to explore, create, and try new things. And encouraging students to do that can be really helpful for their next teachers, as it can reduce the learning loss so many students experience during long breaks from school.

Reading is one of the most effective ways to lessen and even prevent this learning loss, but how can teachers and parents prevent science learning loss? Opportunities abound for science learning for students of all ages, especially for our youngest learners. It’s easier than you think to add scientific analysis without much fuss, so check out the activity below to see how you can do it. All it takes is a few minutes, and a couple cereal boxes!

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Open (Lab) Doors with Virtual Science Labs for Students of All Ages

As we settle into 2018, the shock of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) has started to wear off. NGSS offers a shift from textbook learning and rote memory, returning students back to deep meaningful investigations in the science classroom. It encourages schools to reach out to the community and industry for guest speakers and projects to show students the types of jobs available to them and the training needed for those jobs. Innovation drives the US economy and statistics show that we’ve started to lag behind other countries. NGSS encourages students to become thinkers, tinkers, and explorers. By allowing science classrooms to again become a place for investigations, students can go back to pondering, exploring, planning, creating, modeling, looking for patterns and trends, and watching a design fail miserably and starting all over again.

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Greasy Hands and Safety Glasses: The Adventures of a High School Robotics Team

All’s quiet in the shop. It’s a momentary lull as 28 high school students and 15 adult mentors have split off to work with their sub-teams. In the programming room, one can hear the soft clattering of keystrokes on laptops and the light buzz of music leaking out of earbuds. There’s the slight screeching sound of a dry-erase marker on the conference room whiteboard as the safety and marketing sub-teams play the safety video. Ah, there it is. Clanggg reverberates through the silence as a wrench hits the concrete floor in the build room and the quiet ends as student and mentor voices erupt in chatter. The mechanical and electrical sub-teams are working on the robot, tossing around several ideas for students to consider. Read More