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Ten Super Summer Science Activities

Education World – Staff Writer

“Hoping to avoid the summer slide? Science activities, projects and experiments are perfect for keeping kids’ brains engaged during the school break. Check out these cool summer science activities for students of all ages:” (more)

Guiding Students to Science Literacy

Edutopia – Jayne Lecky

“It’s said that science asks questions (the scientific method) and engineering solves problems (the engineering design process). In order to have a truly inquiry-based science classroom, there must be both questions and answers. They may not all be the right questions and answers, but coming up with them takes students to true science literacy. But we can’t simply tell our students to solve a problem—we must give them a structured process to do so.” (more)

Rural schools find ways to bring science innovations closer to home

Ed Source – Carolyn Jones

“In an effort to bring the latest innovations in science education to students in some of the most remote parts of California, some county offices of education are investing in engineering labs, science camps, mobile classrooms and other initiatives to help rural students compete with their urban counterparts. Rural schools often lack science facilities or can’t offer the same field trip opportunities as urban districts can. Science teachers also have less access to professional learning workshops or conferences and rural schools also face challenges filling science teaching positions.” (more)

3 keys to filling the STEM pipeline

E-School News – Rob Lamb

“Many educators are familiar with the research suggesting the demand for employees in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. For instance, the nonpartisan New American Economy notes that for every unemployed STEM worker in the United States, there were 13 job openings in 2016. That’s up from five job openings for every unemployed STEM worker in 2010.” (more)

Why It’s Time to Rethink School Science Fairs

KQED News Mind/Shift – Daisy Yuhas

“Springtime is science fair season. Thousands of kids across the country, from elementary through high school, spend weeks or months coaxing seedlings to grow, building devices to harness solar energy and carefully mixing acids and bases. Often, as was certainly the case for me as an eighth grader in suburban Pennsylvania, the result is an all-hands-on-deck enterprise. Parents regularly join in the effort, helping students design their experiments and test their results — not to mention ferrying them back and forth from stores to pick up supplies.” (more)

The New Librarian: How I created a makerspace

E-School News – Todd Burleson

“As an elementary educator for most of my career, I’ve had the privilege of working with a variety of learners—from inner-city students in North Carolina to university-level students in Chicago—but I found my true calling as the librarian at Hubbard Woods Elementary in Winnetka, Illinois. I’ve been called the “Willy Wonka of school librarians” because I transformed our traditional library into what I call an IDEA (Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Art) Lab complete with flexible furniture, robotics, engineering tools, iPads, laptops, and sewing machines.” (more)