AAAS STEM volunteers needed in Georgia AAAS Serves August 17, 2015 Project REFOCUS, a AAAS national STEM-volunteer program at the University of Georgia, is looking for retired or working STEM professionals to assist K-12 teachers in the Clarke County (GA) School District in the 2015-16 school year. Volunteers can interact with students on investigations and classwork, plan activities jointly with the teachers, and be a resource for teachers and students. Volunteers must commit to 30 hours (about 2 hours each week) in the classroom each semester. VIDEO: James Kakalios uses comic superheros to teach science Video March 10, 2015 University of Minnesota physics professor James Kakalios grew up reading comic books. He was a fan of The Flash, Spiderman and The Fantastic Four, among others. In 2001, he taught a freshman seminar that focused on the physics of superheroes as a way to motivate students. The course was wildly popular and lead to his authoring two books on the subject, The Physics of Superheroes and The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics. Astronomer Lynn Cominsky 5 Things About Me: Astronomer Lynn Cominsky Member Spotlight February 25, 2015 Lynn Cominsky is dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of scientists. Her group has helped to train over 65,000 teachers in innovative ways to teach astrophysics. When she’s not working, she enjoys caring for a menagerie of animals at her ranch and launching rockets in the desert.   NextGen VOICES survey: What was missing from your science education? Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Answer our latest NextGen VOICES survey and get featured in Science. The questions is: What was missing from your science education? Name and describe a course that would have better prepared you for your science career. Your course can be as serious (“Preventing Plagiarism 239”) or as quirky (“Handwriting for Physicians 101”) as you choose. Feel free to be creative!To submit, go to: Mentor the next generation of scientists AAAS Serves September 8, 2014 Science education non- profit Iridescent recently launched a new version of their online project based learning and mentoring platform the Curiosity Machine. This learning experience includes videos of scientists and design challenges. A key aspect of the design challenges is that students upload pictures and videos, along with textual responses about their learning, and receive individualized feedback from mentors. Susan Levine traces kids' math skills back to early parent-talk Susan Levine traces kids' math skills back to early parent-talk Member Spotlight August 21, 2014 When AAAS Fellow Susan Levine conducted a study of conversations between parents and children, she expected to learn more about the effect of parent-talk on children’s language development. Instead, she discovered something that intrigued her even more and changed the course of her research career: the ways parents and kids talked (or didn’t talk) about mathematics. June SB&F June SB&F Download June 17, 2014 The June issue of SB&F contains a special feature on combatting the summer learning loss experienced by K-12 students. May SB&F May SB&F Download June 17, 2014 The May issue of SB&F features stories about two recent and exciting AAAS education and outreach activities! AAAS/SSE STEM volunteer program thriving at 10-year mark AAAS Serves June 2, 2014 Attendance at this year’s AAAS/SSE STEM Volunteer Program Annual Meeting impressed even its most ardent supporters. About 80 people turned up to listen to Heidi Schweingruber, deputy director the National Research Council’s (NRC) Board on Science Education, talk about a two-year study and report published by a combined NAE (National Academy of Engineering)/NRC Committee, entitled “STEM Integration in K-12 Education.” Her presentation was followed by a panel of five STEM volunteers and their teachers talking about their collaborations in the classroom. These five partnerships were a small representation of the 115-strong AAAS/SSE STEM volunteer team who are supporting teachers in the City of Falls Church, Va., and in four counties in the Washington, D.C.-metro area. VIDEO: 2014 AAAS/SSE meeting: Teacher experiences, a panel discussion Video June 02, 2014 The 2014 AAAS/SSE STEM Volunteer Program Annual Meeting concluded with a panel of five STEM volunteers and their teachers talking about their collaborations in the classroom. The partnerships represented two elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools located throughout Fairfax, Arlington, and Montgomery Counties. The discussion covered a range of  educational disciplines and teaching strategies outlined in the NAE/NRC report, including problem-based learning, Project Lead The Way, applications of knowledge in real-world environments, and active engagement of students in scientifically meaningful tasks. The pairs talked about their classroom activities, which centered on topics such as environmental issues, marine science, engineering design processes and industrial chemistry.