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Roberts, Julia Link – NCSSS Journal, 2015
How do schools with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fit in with state goals to increase innovation and to boost the economy? This article briefly discusses how educators can encourage creativity and innovation.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Innovation, Creativity, Teaching Methods
Forman, Jennifer; Gubbins, Elizabeth Jean; Villanueva, Merzili; Massicotte, Cindy; Callahan, Carolyn; Tofel-Grehl, Colby – NCSSS Journal, 2015
A limited number of highly selective high schools specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education have existed for many decades, encouraging youth with identified STEM talent to pursue careers as STEM leaders and innovators. As members of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, High Schools, Secondary School Curriculum, Teaching Methods
Roberts, Julia Link – NCSSSMST Journal, 2012
Advocating for advanced learning or talent development in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is both timely and very important. It is very important to speak out on behalf of talent development as the future of society depends on providing opportunities for developing talent to optimum levels. Some basic questions can set an…
Descriptors: Talent, Advocacy, Talent Development, STEM Education
Lindeman, Cheryl A. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2012
Teaching and learning in the information age can be stressful. It seems only yesterday teachers were trying to imagine what the information age would be like. Now their brains are bombarded by billions of words every time they perform a "Google Search." There is a calm to the chaos when teachers focus on the foundation of their profession. Their…
Descriptors: Evidence, Instructional Design, Biotechnology, Teaching Methods
Tang, Sherry – NCSSSMST Journal, 2012
Plasticizers are chemical additives that enhance plastic flexibility. They are ubiquitous environmental contaminants and are commonly found in river and lake waters (Fromme et al 2002). The present study aimed to investigate the effects of a water-soluble plasticizer, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) on developing Medaka ("Oryzias latipes") embryos. Three…
Descriptors: Developmental Delays, Developmental Stages, Science Education, Science Experiments
Lindeman, Cheryl A. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2011
The challenge for those who are working with talented STEM students is to engage them with like-minded science leaders through direct contact and by using meaningful web resources. The author discovered new web resources by attending a workshop and by reading an alumni magazine. She introduced both web resources to her senior classes and…
Descriptors: Talent, STEM Education, Internet, Teaching Methods
Dunn, Michelle – NCSSSMST Journal, 2011
The purpose of this project was to construct and test an off-grid photovoltaic (PV) system in which the power from a solar array could be stored in a rechargeable battery and a flywheel motor generator assembly. The mechanical flywheel energy storage system would in turn effectively power a 12-volt DC appliance. The voltage and current of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Energy, Power Technology, Equipment
O'Leary, Sarah; Styer, Susan C. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2010
The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), located in Aurora Illinois, is a public, three-year residential high school for students who are academically talented in mathematics and/or science. The mission statement of IMSA is to "ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition." This…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Biology, Educational Change, Science Process Skills
Garofalo, Joe; Trinter, Christine – NCSSSMST Journal, 2009
Most mathematical functions can be represented in numerous ways. The main representations typically addressed in school, often referred to as "the big three," are graphical, algebraic, and numerical representations, but there are others as well (e.g., diagrams, words, simulations). These different types of representations "often illuminate…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Teaching Methods, Equations (Mathematics)
Mason, Letita R. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2009
Global survival hinges on an appreciation that the solutions to problems reside within the collective strength of diversity. However, achieving inclusion is often relegated to periodic infusions of multiculturalism into the mainstream of organizational culture. And "diversity" is quickly becoming the latest buzzword for an idea that, though…
Descriptors: School Culture, Educational Environment, Diversity (Institutional), Cultural Pluralism
Gill, Kohl S. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
The author was born and raised in rural, northern Mississippi. He went to a local school, the North Pontotoc Attendance Center, from first grade on. The author was always interested in math and science, but, then, he was interested in most all subjects. The expected path that his friends and siblings had followed was clear: attend a junior college…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Teaching Methods, Outcomes of Education, High Schools
Garofalo, Joe; Cory, Beth – NCSSSMST Journal, 2007
Mathematical knowledge can be categorized in different ways. One commonly used way is to distinguish between procedural mathematical knowledge and conceptual mathematical knowledge. Procedural knowledge of mathematics refers to formal language, symbols, algorithms, and rules. Conceptual knowledge is essential for meaningful understanding of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Symbols (Mathematics), Mathematical Applications, Mathematics Instruction
Garofalo, Joe; Juersivich, Nicole – NCSSSMST Journal, 2007
There is much research that documents what many teachers know, that students struggle with many concepts in probability and statistics. This article presents two sample activities the authors use to help preservice teachers develop ideas about how they can use technology to promote their students' ability to understand mathematics and connect…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Statistical Inference, Sampling, Probability
Lindeman, Cheryl A. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2007
As a veteran teacher at a NCSSSMST (National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology) high school, the author takes pride in allowing her students to stretch their minds. But as a teacher of gifted juniors and seniors, it has always been a challenge to keep her students up to date with key events in…
Descriptors: High Schools, Teaching Methods, Experienced Teachers, Science Education
Teahan, John; Sharp, Brian – NCSSSMST Journal, 2002
Discusses positive effects of digital photography on the teaching of mathematics and cost-effectiveness for schools. Discusses appropriate digital camera resolution, storage, printers, and handheld options for classroom use. (KHR)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Technology, Instructional Development
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