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Science Education Is Woefully Uncreative. That Has to Change

When students (especially non-science majors) take required science classes, there is a reason. It’s not so that they can learn about the names of …

Physics

8 Switches To Update Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century

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Pedagogy

Project-Based Learning and Gamification: Two Great Tastes That Go Great Together

Times of flux should signal the A-OK for some experimentation in schools. My own school, for instance, is encouraging more PBL.<p>In my room, we've got …

Teaching

The Science Of Cell Division, Illustrated

One of the 10 award-winning science visualizations from the 2016 Vizzies<p>When her colleague Jie Xiao approached her to make an illustration for a journal article, Jennifer Fairman didn’t know just how challenging the assignment would be. Xiao was studying <i>E. coli</i> bacteria. Her team had revealed the …

Artist threads the world of science and math onto your notebooks

In normal scientific study there is rarely much room for embroidery.<p>Greek artist Chara wants to change this by curating her Etsy shop, FabulousCatPapers, to include an array of intricate embroidered notebooks inspired by science journals. From finite math principles to magnified images of the human …

Mathematics

The Gamification Hexad Saves My Classroom! Guest Blog

Well, this is a first, but I hope you will agree, it is a good first! I was lucky enough to be asked to scan a chapter of a new book that …

Teaching

10 quirky beautiful stories starring the natural world

<b>Because sometimes natural science is stranger than fiction.</b><p>From wildly dancing spiders and disappearing lakes to immortal animals and giant …

High-flying invention marks B.C. student as top science mind of his age

<i>The Globe’s B.C. bureau is profiling 10 young people aged 20 and under who are doing great things in fields ranging from arts to science to activism. At 17, inventor Raymond Wang is in talks with major aircraft manufacturers about his device that will improve air quality in aircraft cabins.</i><p>Grade 12 …

Genius at Play: A Brilliant Mathematician on Tinkering, Thinkering, and the Art of Being a Professional Nonunderstander

Anatomy of thought at the fault line of invention and discovery.<p><i>“Mathematical Science,”</i> wrote Ada Lovelace in contemplating the nature of the imagination, <i>“is the language of the unseen relations between things.”</i> Few have mastered that language and transmuted it into Lovelace’s “poetical science” …

Design Thinking Comes of Age

There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.<p>This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of …

Design Thinking

The best way to learn math is to learn how to fail productively

Singapore, the land of many math geniuses, may have discovered the secret to learning mathematics (pdf). It employs a teaching method called productive failure (pdf), pioneered by Manu Kapur, head of the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore.<p>Students who are …

Teaching

Electric Eels Double Electric Charge With Simple Physics Trick

One of the most unique fish, electric eels are more dangerous than previously thought due to a simple mechanism that ups the voltage they …

Going from Cookbook to Inquiry...Messy but worth it.

WHAT AM I DOING TO HELP KIDS ACHIEVE?<br>HOW DO I KNOW WHEN THEY ARE THERE?<br>WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE? Cooking in Chemistry…..What do you do when you have a …

Chemistry

A Framework For Student Motivation In A Blended Classroom

<b>A Framework For Student Motivation In A Blended Classroom</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>Student motivation is an obscured piece of the academic puzzle, if for no other …

A Microbiologist Recreated 'Starry Night' With Bacteria In A Petri Dish

And it's not too shabby.<p>If only Vincent van Gogh could have lived to see this strikingly accurate reproduction of his iconic "Starry Night" -- especially since, instead of oil on canvas, the work is a bacteria on petri. Because even with these most minute of materials, the night sky still swirls …

Biology

The Mistakes That Quality Assessments Avoid

<b>The Mistakes That Quality Assessments Avoid</b>by <b>Daniel R. Venables,</b> Founding Director of the Center for Authentic PLCsIt’s that time of the school year …

Pedagogy

Arctic 'Doomsday Vault' opens to retrieve vital seeds for Syria

<b>Svalbard, Norway (CNN) —</b> Humanity has had to cash in on its insurance policy earlier than expected.<p>Deep in the side of a mountain in the Arctic archipelago is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.<p>Known as the "Doomsday Vault," this seed bank -- operated by the Norwegian government and containing a seed …

Agriculture

Why Humanity’s Survival May Depend on Colonizing Mars

After decades of space exploration and countless movies on the subject, why exactly does Mars continue to inspire such high levels of cultural and scientific fascination?<p>Both the red planet and NASA are coasting on a wave of newfound popularity, taking center stage in big-budget Hollywood …

Space

Watch the Laws of Physics Come to Life as Magnetic Putty Devours Everything

Silly putty is a pretty weird substance, but magnetic putty is like an alien life form. Not only can it be twisted, stretched, and compressed every …

The Inconvenient Truth About Assessment

<b>The Inconvenient Truths About Assessment</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p><i>For in-person professional development from TeachThought on effective assessment (or any other</i> …

Why we are teaching science wrong, and how to make it right

Active problem-solving confers a deeper understanding of science than does a standard lecture. But some university lecturers are reluctant to change …

The definitive guide to understanding science on the Internet

You know you shouldn't believe everything you read on the Internet. Well, that's doubly true when it comes to scientific stories and studies.<p>As the …

Diffusion and Osmosis experiments

<b>Diffusion</b> is the name for the way molecules move from areas of high concentration, where there are lots of other similar molecules, to areas of low …

My Extra Credit Assignment: Turn a General Chemistry Topic into a Science Museum Exhibit

When traveling, I always make a point to explore local science museums. I look for engaging exhibits that explain scientific concepts in informative …

Science Museums

Building Molar Mass

An advantage to teaching on the trimester schedule allows me the opportunity to teach the same course again roughly twelve weeks later. So after …

Chemistry

Water: the weirdest liquid on the planet

The more scientists examine H2O, the stranger it starts to seem. Water bends all the rules – but if it didn’t, ice would sink and firefighters’ hoses would be useless<p>Water is the only substance on Earth whose chemical formula has entered the vernacular. We all know H2O, even if we don’t understand …

Drug Discovery from Your Soil: Behind the Scenes of a Citizen Science Project

Making Medicines from Soil (Image Credit: C Coker, Cichewicz Lab)<p><i>Taking you behind the scenes and into the laboratory of the Citizen Science Soil</i> …

Smart Plankton-Like Particles Could Swim Upstream In The Human Body

They swim just like parasites, but would do good instead of harm<p>From armored fish scales to ice-proof airplane coating based on frog’s skin, the natural world has long been an inspiration to engineers. For those designing implantable medical devices, incorporating elements of the natural world has …

Why do we get sleep in our eyes?

Our eyes fill up with gunk as we sleep, but what is it? As Jason G Goldman discovers, the stuff has a more important job than it seems.<p>The first thing I do when I wake up each morning is look at the long list of notifications that have silently accumulated on my phone as I slept. The second thing I …

Skin Care