How Can Kids Become Citizen Scientists? Citizen Science Education 

How Can Kids Become Citizen Scientists?

By Shayna Keyles Twitter @shaynakeyles Instagram @shaynakeyles Picture a scientist. Who comes to mind? I’ll bet they’re at least a college graduate, an adult with expertise, with plenty of research and experience under their belt. It’s true that professional scientists are people who have accumulated years of specialized expertise in scientific fields, which enables them to focus their research and use advanced tools and data collection methods to achieve goals. But that doesn’t mean science is limited by age or education. In fact, anyone can be a scientist, average citizens…

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Biology Education Science Policy 

The “Google Manifesto”: Bad Biology, Ignorance of Evolutionary Processes, and Privilege

By Agustin Fuentes, PhD, University of Notre Dame There are biological differences between the sexes, including average body size and upper body strength, and aspects of reproductive physiology. There is also a range of gendered differences in behavior and perception as contemporary societies structure developmental patterns and expectations differently for boys and girls. But there are more biological similarities than differences, and more gender overlaps than discontinuities, between males and females—we are the same species after all. These differences and similarities can, and do, play roles in shaping performance on specific tasks by individuals…

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Citizen Science Education 

SciGirls Offers Real STEM Role Models for Young Girls

By Shayna Keyles Twitter @shaynakeyles Instagram @shaynakeyles As a young girl, I loved watching Bill Nye’s experiments, Steve Irwin’s expeditions, and Michio Kaku’s explanations of the universe. These men made science look cool and exciting. But they also reinforced the idea that science was less accessible for girls like me, who weren’t physically fit enough to be an astronaut or confident enough with numbers to be a theoretical physicist. The closest thing I had to a female scientist role model was Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus, but the…

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NASA Seeking Student Science Experiments Astronomy Education 

NASA Seeking Student Science Experiments

Attention college students: Do you want to send some science experiments to the edge of space with a NASA balloon? NASA is accepting applications now through December 16 from graduate and undergraduate university students to fly experiments to the edge of space on a scientific balloon. Students and professors interested in applying are invited to participate in a November 11 teleconference. Up to 12 student teams will build and fly their experiments as part of the High Altitude Student Platform program, a joint project between NASA and the Louisiana State…

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Educational Resources, Science Teaching Resources, STEM Resources Education 

Free New Resources for Science Teachers

New resources for science teachers are now available from the GotScience Teachers STEM Education Resource Center! Two e-book science teaching discussion guides and activities are now available for free download from GotScience.org. Click here to get your free e-book. You will be prompted to enter a little information and select free teaching materials for either middle school or high school. Did You Know? Ensuring that all students have access to high-quality learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is a priority of the US Department of Education. In…

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Failed Experiments Move Science Forward Education Health 

Failed Experiments Move Science Forward

A new series for ResearchGate by Katherine Lindemann Article contributed by Michele Heisler Researchers don’t dream of negative studies, but experiments that don’t go as expected and trials that yield negative results are critical for moving science forward. To highlight this important part of the research process, we asked research scientists to speak about their own experiences with “failure.” Our first contributor is Michele Heisler, a health services researcher who develops and tests health system-based interventions. There is a certain moment that every researcher who develops and evaluates health care interventions…

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professor advice for university freshmen Education 

Tips from Professors for University Freshmen

As August draws to a close, many young people are starting their first year at college and university. To help them prepare, professors in various science departments at top universities share what they think is essential knowledge for incoming freshmen. Lindsay Whaley, a professor from the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Dartmouth College: “Scale back on your extra-curricular involvement by about half of what you are currently planning to do. Intellectual growth requires time for reflection. Personal growth requires bandwidth for unexpected interactions and adventures. You will stunt your growth…

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Educational Resources, Science Teaching Resources, STEM Resources Education 

Now Available: FREE Science Teaching Materials

The GotScience Teachers STEM Education Resource Center is proud to announce the release of the GotScience.org Discussion Guides. This 36-page PDF e-book of high school science teaching discussion guides and activities is now available for FREE download from GotScience.org.  Click here to get your free download. A second e-book for middle school science teaching is coming later this summer. More About the Project Ensuring that all students have access to high-quality learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects is a priority of the US Department of Education….

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