What science educators have learned in and out of the classroom to promote student learning and career development, as well as reflections on STEM disciplines, institutions, and professional conduct.

  • November 22, 2013

    A new website offers evaluators of STEM education programs some excellent tools for designing and executing evaluations that are sensitive to context, population, and purpose. BeyondRigor.org is the brainchild of Eric Jolly, Ph.D., of the Science Museum of Minnesota, and Patricia B. Campbell, Ph.D., who are both members of AAAS, as well as Tom R. Kibler of Campbell-Kibler Associates, Inc.—under funding from the National Science Foundation. Campbell and Jolly responded to MemberCentral about the site and the resources it encompasses. »

  • March 18, 2013

    In your average school, education has become a struggle for teachers to teach and for students to stay interested, let alone keep ahead of the curve. Yet, there is a cry for these kids to stay on top of things not only to get a decent job, but also so to advance fields of science and technology. »

  • March 13, 2013

    While teaching at a science education class at Purdue University, the class showed us several popular myths of science that are ingrained in society. While tutoring this week, I decided to research the myth of theories. This myth is essentially the erroneous understanding of the hierarchical relationship stating that facts become hypothesis, which in turn become theories, and only after significant time and evidence do these theories become a law. »

  • March 11, 2013

    I was in Cuba, as it turns out, on a religious-cultural-educational mission watching CNN in my Havana hotel room on an island 90 miles from our shores with which we have no formal relations. I was the advantaged foreigner in a disadvantaged land. Up pops an excerpt of a January 30 interview with Bill Gates talking about what makes a good teacher. »

  • March 1, 2013

    Kids and teens programming is everywhere in the news of late. A 12-year-old made a whack-a-mole Justin Beiber iPhone app. Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, declares that New York school systems are adding a software engineering pilot program»