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  • 01 Dec 2018 9:42 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center

    Abstract:

    This report released in November 2018 from the Board on Science Education and the National Academy of Engineering Education, shows that one effective way to help students learn is to engage them in science investigation and engineering design by asking questions, collecting and analyzing data, and using this evidence to better understand the natural and built world. Science investigation and engineering design are heavily emphasized in A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards, which are now guiding the science education of many U.S. students. But this entails a dramatic shift from the traditional classroom dynamic, and teachers will need support and guidance as they implement this approach. The report describes evidence-based ways that teaching and learning can shift toward science investigations and engineering design to help realize this new vision in the classroom. The report provides guidance for teachers, administrators, providers of professional development, and creators of instructional materials on how to support students and teachers as they learn and instruct in this way.

    Sponsors: The Amgen Foundation and The Carnegie Corporation of New York

    Information Link:  https://www.nap.edu/resource/25216/interactive/


  • 09 Nov 2018 7:38 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    Resources for Teachers

    There are over 7 billion reasons to include population studies in your classroom. Whether you need a lesson plan covering a specific topic or a set of activities for Earth Day, we've got you covered.

    Link to Population Education (A Program of Population Connection)


  • 14 Oct 2018 11:30 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    This is a project from Arizona State University and the National Science Foundation that may be of interest to you, especially around the season for Halloween and “spooky science.”

    In honor of bicentennial anniversary of Frankenstein, we created Frankenstein200, a free, interactive blended learning experience that uses Mary Shelley’s classic tale of monsters and mayhem as a way to engage the public around STEM topics and the ethical challenges of emerging technology.

    The experience features an episodic online story game paired with fun, hands-on science activities related to robotics, genetic engineering, and electricity. By teaching a robot how to draw, experimenting with simple machines, or even bringing their own “creature” to life, learners can encounter the same questions Mary Shelley experienced when writing her most famous novel, while developing important 21st century skills of their own related to exploration, discovery, and critical thinking.

    These materials are adaptable to home, in class, or after-school activities and can be scaled to individual, small group, or full classroom-based lessons. We were very excited to have Frankenstein200 featured in School Library Journal and Science Friday and hope you will find these resources useful for your community of students and educators.

     Teachers' Guide 

    The teacher's guide can provide more information about this innovative new project. I’m also happy to answer any questions you might have.

    Bob Beard
    ASU Center for Science and the Imagination
    Bob.Beard@asu.edu


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