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Marshall, Cory – Science Teacher, 2019
This article describes how one teacher introduced Earth science topics to a 10th-grade biology class using a 3D printer. The activities described give students opportunities to visit Earth's geologic landmarks through kinesthetic modeling. 3D-printed topographical maps function as a supplement to, or replacement of, two-dimensional drawings,…
Descriptors: Computer Peripherals, Printing, Topography, Maps
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Touitou, Israel; Barry, Stephen; Bielik, Tom; Schneider, Barbara; Krajcik, Joseph – Science Teacher, 2018
Project-based learning (PBL) is an instructional approach to science teaching that supports the "Next Generation Science Standards" (Krajcik 2015; NGSS Lead States 2013). In a PBL lesson, students design and solve real-world problems or explain scientific phenomena. Students using a PBL model learn and retain more than those not using…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Physics, Units of Study
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Rodriguez, Shelly; Harron, Jason; Fletcher, Steven; Spock, Hannah – Science Teacher, 2018
While there is no official definition, making is generally thought of as turning ideas into products through design, invention, and building. Support is growing for integrating making into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Making can help high school students explore science concepts and phenomena, yet, lacking…
Descriptors: High School Students, Creative Development, Design, Curriculum Enrichment
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Hancock, James Brian, II; Lee, May – Science Teacher, 2018
Many teachers are confused about how to implement the phenomena-based teaching recommended by the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013). This article describes one possible approach--purposely repurposing existing activities. This process involves having teachers: (1) Choose a phenomenon that informs the development…
Descriptors: Concept Teaching, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods
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Lund, Alana; Roemmele, Christopher; Roetker, Lisa; Smith, Steven – Science Teacher, 2018
The study of earthquakes can help students build connections between theoretical analysis and real-world applications. However, units on earthquakes typically struggle to bridge that gap between theory and application. Traditional class activities focus on measuring earthquakes, such as triangulating epicenters by analyzing P and S wave arrival…
Descriptors: Seismology, Emergency Programs, Science Activities, Teaching Methods
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Forster, Michelle; Bestelmeyer, Stephanie; Baez-Rodriguez, Noelia; Berkowitz, Alan; Caplan, Bess; Esposito, Rhea; Grace, Elizabeth; McGee, Steven – Science Teacher, 2018
Thousands of students around the country have participated in activities using the Data Jam model, creating poetry, songs, videos, or sculpture to improve their data literacy, gain knowledge of local science research, and creatively express their findings. This article introduces the Data Jam model and describes how teachers can use it in…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Scientific Literacy, Science Activities, Science Instruction