Category Archives: Science Education

Creating a Revolution, One Eclipse at a Time

Alex Longo is not a typical 16-year old. As an eighth grader, he submitted a proposal to the Mars Rover 2020 landing site selection committee. Now a high school junior, Alex’s proposal, and his in-person advocacy have resulted in the … Continue reading

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Thinking About Space

The advent of the personal computer and the Worldwide Web revolutionized the way we interact with each other, and information about, well about everything. A cliché, without a doubt. From an educational standpoint, these virtual interactions have yet to fulfill … Continue reading

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Probing for Understanding

“Be very, very careful what you put into that head, because you will never, ever get it out.” – Attributed to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (1473-1530) As with most quotes, the one above is surely taken out of context. Educators like … Continue reading

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Analogous Shifts: NGSS and the Hubble Space Telescope

This past March, I attended the National Science Teachers Association’s National Conference on Science Education in Chicago. For the past few years, most sessions have revolved around helping teachers understand, and apply, the Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC, 2011), … Continue reading

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How to Have a Personal Experience with the Universe

One of the programs I manage at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is Project ASTRO.  The basic idea of Project ASTRO is to partner volunteer astronomers with classroom teachers.  Each astronomer visits their teachers classroom multiple times during the … Continue reading

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Changing Minds, Changing Hearts

A recent blog post by Mark McCaffrey on the NCSE website (http://ncse.com/blog/2015/01/hitched-to-everything-0016113), got me thinking about how scientists communicate about their scientific research.  Basically, the blog reflected on John Muir and how he was able to effectively convey the awe … Continue reading

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Changing Minds

” Be very, very careful what you put in that head because you will never ever get it out.” – Attributed to Thomas Cardinal Wolsey (b 1473, d 1530) Take a moment to think about what you know about the … Continue reading

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