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Vahey, Phil; Vidiksis, Regan; Adair, Alexandra – American Educator, 2019
Turning everyday activities such as baking into scientific activities is more than just fun: it is important for our children's futures. Science investigations provide an opportunity for children to learn about scientific concepts and listen to their peers, family, and community members, and to respond to their questions or ideas. It also provides…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Interests, Learning Activities, Parent Role
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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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Holbert, Nathan; Wilensky, Uri – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
In this article we propose that educational game design should work to create games as objects-to-think-with--games that engage players in the exploration of and experimentation with personally interesting questions around domain-relevant representations. We argue that this design focuses on developing tools and interactions that the player can…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Educational Games, Video Games, Discovery Learning
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Tan, Shun Yu; Hölttä-Otto, Katja; Anariba, Franklin – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
A hands-on design activity named "electrochemistry designette" that incorporates design thinking with the aims to strengthen electrochemistry concepts, introduce prototyping ideas, encourage student class participation, and foster creativity is presented. This active learning activity, which lies at the interface of design and…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Education, Engineering, Hands on Science
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Smith, Caroline; Fitzallen, Noleine; Watson, Jane; Wright, Suzie – Teaching Science, 2019
STEM education is becoming more common in schools and provides a range of exciting real-world contexts in which students can engage. However, a gap in most approaches to STEM remains the collection and use of data that can be used concurrently to develop statistical literacy and science literacy. This paper describes a STEM activity carried out…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Jacobs, Greg C. – Physics Teacher, 2018
The Tasks Inspired by Physics Education Research (TIPERS) workbooks pose questions in styles quite different from the end-of-chapter problems that those of us of a certain age were assigned back in the days before Netscape. My own spin on TIPERS is not just to do them on paper, but to have students set up the situations in the laboratory to…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Education, Workbooks, Science Activities
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Peffley, Nicole – Science Teacher, 2018
This inquiry-based lesson gets students moving to simulate chemical reactions in a way that allows them to visualize, understand, and retain information about chemical reactions in the stratosphere. Students then look at scientific data and conduct research to understand trends in the data and the impact of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). These…
Descriptors: Science Education, Chemistry, Radiation, Science Activities
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Dark, Marta L.; Hylton, Derrick J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
This article describes a general education course offering, Physics and the Arts. During the development of this course, physics and arts faculty collaborated closely. We cover the usual physics phenomena for such a course--light, color, and sound--in addition to gravity, equilibrium, and spacetime. Goals of the course are to increase students'…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Education, Art Education, General Education
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Desforges, Ruth – Primary Science, 2018
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has a huge collection of unique and curious objects from the natural world that have been loaned to us by HM Revenue and Customs after being seized at the UK border. Among the turtle shells and snake skins, the strangest of these is perhaps the freestanding rhino-foot ash tray. This single object can open up…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Animals, Science Education, Wildlife
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Fox, Lisa – Primary Science, 2018
In this article, trainee teacher, Lisa Fox, outlines some of her successful activities pulling science and art together while on her teaching practice. The activities were planned for nursery-age children through Grade 6. The purpose was to show that all ages can develop phase-related science knowledge and explore and demonstrate this through art.…
Descriptors: Art Education, Science Education, Integrated Activities, Science Activities
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Egan, Padraig – Primary Science, 2018
Artists and scientists attempt to understand all manner of things through skills such as observation, classifying, measuring, and making new connections. They share an innate curiosity about the world and how things work. This can be viewed as the common bond that ties the two disciplines together. In this article, Padraig Egan explores how art…
Descriptors: Science Education, Art Education, Integrated Activities, Science Activities
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Blake, Mel; McKee, James; Statom, Richard; Qiu, Chiong; Menapace, Francis – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
Micrometeorites originate from small pieces of rock from space colliding with the Earth's atmosphere at high velocity, such as the Perseid meteors which hit the atmosphere at 60 km/s. When they do so, they burn up, causing a flash of light that we see as a meteor. Many groups have been successful collecting these particles using various devices.…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Scientific Research, Data Collection, Astronomy
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Zellner, Nicolle – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
An introductory Astronomy survey course is often taken to satisfy a college graduation requirement for non-science majors at colleges around the United States. In this course, material that can be broadly categorized into topics related to "the sky", "the Solar System", "the Galaxy", and "cosmology" is…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Nonmajors, Astronomy
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Schmitt, Franz-Josef; Schröder, Christian; Campbell, Züleyha Yenice; Moldenhauer, Marcus; Friedrich, Thomas – Athens Journal of Education, 2018
Research-based learning motivates students to identify with different subjects. The orientation program MINTgrün at Technische Universität Berlin offers two study semesters for open choices of teaching modules, including a series of specially designed laboratories covering topics like robotics, construction, environmental research, programming,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Student Centered Learning, Blended Learning
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Sumrall, William J.; Sumrall, Kristen M.; Robinson, Hannah A. – Science Activities: Projects and Curriculum Ideas in STEM Classrooms, 2018
Biomimicry is a difficult concept for younger children to grasp. This manuscript describes a group of successful activities that we have used to teach biomimicry to first graders. The activity begins with a class discussion about camouflage, a concept many students have experienced. Then the students participate in an activity in which they are…
Descriptors: National Standards, Academic Standards, Science Education, Biology
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