NSTA Web Seminars

January 27, 2010

Most teachers are busy and rarely have time for any professional development. However, the NSTA learning center is providing many different webinars on different topics in order to deepen the teaching and learning in the classroom. The uncpming webinars are “spark girls’ interest in engineering” and “Teaching Biotechnology: New Tools and Resources for the STEM Career Pipeline”. NSTA is joining force with “Engineer Your Life (EYL)”, a national campaign to showcase engineering as an exciting and rewarding career choice for high school girls. More than 75% of girls familiar with EYL indicated the site inspired them to take an engineering course in college. If teachers know more strategies in helping their students become more interested in a subject, the students’ future will become promising. Therefore, I believe that these are great opportunities for teachers to expand their horizon in teaching. All you need to do is turn on your computer and register online! You can sit comfortably at, and you will gain something valuable from listening to the professionals! Isn’t it wonderful?

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Be The Dinosaur

January 20, 2010

Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous is coming to the Rochester Museum and Science center February 5, 2010 through May 4, 2010. Part of the exhibit includes a state-of-the-art Be the Dinosaur™ Simulator Pod where visitors can become a dinosaur exploring the environment and learning what food different dinosaurs ate, where they found it, and how they survived. Along the way, students will learn about their environment, the plants, animals and insects that share it, and the relationships among them in an accurate, hands-on interactive world.  Back in the dinosaur world, they will explore the mysteries and theories of dinosaur behavior, find and communicate with others in their herd, cooperate in defense, use their sense of smell to find food and other animals, and more. This highly interactive event gives a new venue to students to learn about the dinosaurs

The Kid’s Science Challenge!

January 19, 2010


Above is the Third grade Girl Scout Troop 52997, they won honors in two categories in the 2009 Kids’ Science Challenge!!

The Kids’ Challenge is a free nationwide competition for 3rd to 6th graders. Students are encouraged to come up with different questions to submit ideas or problems in the science field. Even though this is a free competition, the raised questions by students will be given the opportunity to collaborate with scientists to see their ideas come alive! This competition promotes critical thinking. It will provide students a different experience in learning scientific topics which could potentially spark students’ interest in Science. It is essential to increase students’ interest in science field at an early age. Therefore, it is highly recommended that teachers should encourage their students to enter this competition to have some fun!

This year’s science fields are:
Detective Science (forensics)
Bio-inspired Designs (biomimicry)
Imagining Sports on Mars (in cooperation with NASA/JPL)

The first thousand students to enter the competition receive free hands-on activity kits.  These kits include simulated Mars soil, fingerprint and density experiments. These are the

Our website features curricula alligned to national standards, downloadable activities, videos with scientists and engineers demonstrating our activities, games and a forum for kids to ask our KSC scientists questions directly.

This year’s science fields are:
Detective Science (forensics)
Bio-inspired Designs (biomimicry)
Imagining Sports on Mars (in cooperation with NASA/JPL)

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Quality STEM Education Takes on New Importance

January 11, 2010

Quality STEM education takes on new importance

Laura J. Fuller, a guest columnist along with many experts believe that the Information Age is coming to an end and the next phase of economic dominance will be by industries in the areas of biology and biotechnology.

She stated that President Obama recently recognized this shift in his six priorities for the Race to the Top initiative focusing on improving K-12 schools. The second priority gives competitive preference specifically to science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM).

He said schools should “offer a rigorous course of study in mathematics, the sciences, technology and engineering,” and cooperate with industry experts to help teachers incorporate STEM content across grades and disciplines.” He also said that schools should try to prepare students for careers in the sciences.

Laura believes as educators, we have an even greater responsibility to prepare our students- specifically our female students– for their lives in this same world.

She stated that women were beginning to make inroads into the various science fields when she was in college, but she usually wound up being the only woman or one of a small minority among her science department. She felt that she wasn’t encouraged to further pursue studies or research compare to the men who were being supported in these areas.

Laura believes that as educators, we need to know that advanced math and science education is no longer only for the superintelligent, motivated students. A working knowledge of both is necessary for all of America’s children. 

It’s also parents’ responsibility to weave science into everyday experiences. They must educate themselves as their children progress through school in order to have these important conversations with them. 

We all must work together to meet the challenges of the future and to prepare our children to excel in this environment.