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Browning, Fred; Moore, Kaitlyn; Campos, Jennifer – Physics Teacher, 2019
The possibility of negative temperatures on the Kelvin scale is intriguing and confusing simultaneously. This is because students are used to thinking of temperature as a measure of the internal energy of a system. While this concept is good for many systems, it does not work for all systems. Nuclear and electron spin systems, along with lasers…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Computer Simulation
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Hilborn, Robert C. – Physics Teacher, 2019
Work, kinetic energy (KE), and potential energy (PE) are key physics concepts, taught in essentially every introductory physics course along with the physical laws such as the work-kinetic energy theorem and the conservation of mechanical energy, which describe how the values of those quantities change during various processes. Quite appropriately…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Kinetics, Energy, Scientific Concepts
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Sirola, Christopher – Physics Teacher, 2019
One of the most consequential inventions of modern times is the telescope. Almost immediately upon turning it to the skies, Galileo made discoveries that altered our perceptions of our place in the cosmos forever: features on the Moon, the rotation of the Sun, the composition of the Milky Way, the phases of Venus, and the four large moons of…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Astronomy, Light
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Hartigan, Campbell; Hademenos, George – Physics Teacher, 2019
One way that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiatives are being utilized is to encourage schools and teachers to integrate key science-based concepts into daily instruction. The reason is simple: it is more than just an instructional improvement or curricular enhancement; it is a research-based strategy that addresses the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, STEM Education, Robotics
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Lerach, David G.; Yestness, Nissa R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
An in-class case study is presented for use in a liberal arts core extreme weather course, designed to foster science literacy, appreciation, and critical thinking skills in nonscience majors. Students are ultimately shown the critical importance of the physical sciences in their daily lives and encouraged to consider STEM (science, technology,…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Weather, Scientific Literacy, Critical Thinking
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McDonald, Kelly K.; Martin, Allison R.; Watters, Cody P.; Landerholm, Thomas E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Many studies illustrate the positive influences of undergraduate research experiences on student learning, attitudes, and retention in the sciences. At our institution, over 90% of the biology majors surveyed reported a desire to participate in undergraduate research, but only 3% per year have the opportunity to work in a traditional…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Scientific Research, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
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Erickson, Brian; Crews, Tracy – Science Teacher, 2019
This article describes a five-lesson curriculum that introduces students to the primary cause, multiple predicted impacts, and possible solutions to ocean acidification. It builds upon the strengths of over 90 existing teaching resources on the topic while also contributing new ways to teach about the impacts and solutions to this pressing…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Oceanography, Teaching Methods, Science Teachers
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Botzum, Krystalyn; Sparks, Kelly; Smothers, Moriah – Science and Children, 2019
While curriculum designed as project-based learning is not suitable for use with every science standard, this methodology can be used when teaching concepts that naturally contain some flexibility. With small adaptations, teachers can implement these practices into the classroom regardless of the grade level. This article provides a detailed…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Student Projects, Scientific Concepts
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Edmondson, Elizabeth; Navy, Shannon; Maeng, Jennifer; Gonczi, Amanda; Mannarino, Anne – Science and Children, 2019
Problem-based learning (PBL) involves students solving a problem with multiple solutions over time, like scientists in real-world contexts. This fourth-grade PBL unit had students become part of an endeavor to help their state of Virginia become energy independent. It conceptualized energy independence as becoming self-sufficient for energy…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Elementary School Science, Grade 4, Elementary School Students
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Grumbach, Elizabeth – Science and Children, 2019
This article describes an 8-10 week problem-based learning unit for fifth graders that introduced them to the facts underlying global climate change. This unit was inspired by the lack of awareness in our national population around this clear threat to our global ecosystem and takes on this goal: to provide students (our future advocates and…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Climate
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Herreid, Clyde Freeman – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
This column provides original articles on innovations in case study teaching, assessment of the method, as well as case studies with teaching notes. This issue provides a recipe for writing great case studies.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Teaching Methods, Cooking Instruction, Program Development
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Butera, Brett; Esser, Scott – Science Teacher, 2019
Citizen science can provide insightful data to inform decisions, while also serving to enhance ecological awareness and foster environmental stewardship among participants. In this article, high school student citizen scientists investigate how trees respond to changing mountain climate during a field trip to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) to…
Descriptors: Forestry, Science Education, Scientists, Conservation (Environment)
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Masters, Heidi; Hilgendorf, Chelsey; Stundahl, Lisa; Gresl, Megan; Jentsch, Amber – Science and Children, 2019
To support elementary school students in finding a solution to an engineering problem, the authors developed a series of five lessons using the 5E Instructional Model (Bybee 2014). The lessons align with the "Next Generation Science Standards" and the "Common Core State Standards" and integrate the teaching and learning of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 2, Elementary School Students
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Elam, Mark; Solli, Anne; Mäkitalo, Åsa – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
What are the current challenges and opportunities for bringing actor-network theory (ANT) into issues-based science education? This article discusses experiences gained from introducing an educational version of ANT deploying digital technology into an upper secondary school science class. This teaching innovation, called "controversy…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science and Society, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Concept Mapping
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Trautman, Nancy; Manker, Jeff; Mitchell, Kiandra; Kahler, Phil – Science Teacher, 2019
In the 1990s, classes throughout the United States began participating in Classroom FeederWatch, sending data on birds they had seen at feeders in their schoolyards to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The launch of eBird in 2002 opened up new possibilities for submitting data on all types of bird species, allowing users to record and upload…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Animals, Ornithology
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