Category Archives: Science Education

Infecting Students with Enthusiasm For Astrobiology

The virus that causes COVID-19 offers a teachable moment for thinking beyond our earthly limits In Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel Aurora (2015, Orbit Books), a starship undertakes a multi-generation voyage to the star Tau Ceti to colonize the moon of … Continue reading

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Chasing Shadows and Eating the Moon

Several years ago, a speaker told the audience at a conference I was attending how elementary teachers have very few opportunities for professional development in the area of science, and take advantage of fewer.  The amount of professional development in … Continue reading

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A Teachable Moment?

This past April, while attending the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference in St. Louis, Missouri, a friend came up to me and asked what I thought of the image of the black hole.  My reply: “what black hole?” The … Continue reading

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Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Doors to the Universe

The phrase a “window to the universe” has become ubiquitous every time a new observatory or astronomical instrument is built. While there is a certain aesthetic to the phrase, when applied so often it becomes easy to not think about … Continue reading

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