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NCSSSMST Journal, 2009
Keystone Science School and Keystone Center for Science and Public Policy programs blend learning in the natural world with developing mediation and conflict resolution skills. Since 2004, these two divisions of The Keystone Center in Colorado have partnered with the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and…
Descriptors: Fuels, Obesity, Conflict Resolution, Consortia
Carpenter, Matt – NCSSSMST Journal, 2009
The purpose of this study was to determine whether increased levels of UV radiation and temperatures from global warming have a significant impact on dissolved oxygen (DO) output from the alga, "Euglena," which affects other organisms in the ecosystem. The original hypothesis stated that if temperature was increased along with exposure time to…
Descriptors: Radiation, Climate, Plants (Botany), Ecology
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)
Hegyes, Louis L. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2009
In this article, the author explains why he feels it is important for college and university affiliates to attend the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST) conferences. He states that those attending the conferences will have an opportunity to network with the NCSSSMST high school…
Descriptors: High Schools, Conferences (Gatherings), Higher Education, Mathematics Education
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
Asai, Elizabeth; Cao, Sharon – NCSSSMST Journal, 2009
The purpose of this investigation was to determine if three Western species of the Panax, Lycium, and Astragalus genera had antibacterial and/or antioxidant properties, and how their properties compared to Eastern herbs in the same genera. The group hypothesized that when compared, the corresponding herbs would have identical antibacterial and…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Microbiology, Radiation, Science Experiments
Williams, Arthur S. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2009
At the 2009 Professional Conference of the NCSSSMST, humanities types were gratified to find eight sessions devoted to the arts and humanities as well as several others with a civic or humanistic component. Integration and inclusion, it seemed, were in the air, embracing not just science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but philosophy,…
Descriptors: Humanistic Education, Fine Arts, Scientific Concepts, Engineering
Marshall, Stephanie Pace – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
In this keynote address presented at the 2008 National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST) Professional Conference, Stephanie Marshall describes what is needed to transform STEM education in today's world. While such an endeavor will take multiple systemic actions, here Marshall focuses on…
Descriptors: World Problems, Innovation, Laboratories, Educational Technology
Templin, Elizabeth, Comp. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
The Consortium celebrated its 20th anniversary at the 2008 Professional Conference in Dallas, Texas in February 2008. Founding president Stephanie Pace Marshall and former presidents Joan Barber, Janet Hugo, Ron Laugen, Cheryl Lindeman, Dennis Lundgren, and Betty Stapp responded to questions about the organization and their involvement with…
Descriptors: Consortia, Presidents, Reflection, Cooperation
Scheppler, Judy; Kolar, Christopher – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
This article informs about the formation of a school's Institutional Review Board (IRB), presents examples of research that IRBs often encounter, elevates awareness of human subjects research concerns for faculty and staff, and discusses how emerging requirements for science competitions may affect schools, staff and students. An IRB is the group…
Descriptors: Student Research, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Biomedicine, Educational Environment
Gaudi, B. Scott – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
The author grew up in Staunton, Illinois, a small town in the middle of the state about an hour northeast of St. Louis. Staunton is a rural community like many others in the midwest, populated by hardworking, down-to-earth people who value friends, family, and tradition. Staunton was not an easy place for someone like him to grow up and flourish.…
Descriptors: High Schools, Special Schools, Educational Experience, Culture Conflict
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
Kunz, William – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
Success begets success and opportunity begets opportunity. This principle is something that the author sees at work in his own life. One example of opportunities begetting opportunities is the experience he had at the Academy of Science and Technology to practice his programming skills. The Academy served as a great training ground for what would…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Biotechnology, Science Fairs, Programming
Estkowski, Terri – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
In life, each person is offered opportunities, one after the other, until life ceases. For the author, one of those opportunities was to attend the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center (KAMSC), an NCSSSMST school. While attending KAMSC as a member of its inaugural class required a bit of imagination regarding the opportunity at hand, and…
Descriptors: College Preparation, Science Education, Mathematics Education, High Schools
Ruffin, Kenyatta – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
In this article, the author cites the unusual attributes of his school. In his school, a focus on mathematics, science, and technology never equated to an absence of other disciplines. In his school, admission came with a price--not a financial debt, but a moral obligation. Ethical leadership and service was engrained in students' hearts, their…
Descriptors: Institutional Characteristics, School Culture, Cultural Pluralism, Ethics
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