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. April SB&F April SB&F Download April 22, 2014 The April issue of SB&F features a special look at the new "Cosmos" series featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, and a look back at the original "Cosmos" with Carl Sagan. Presidential STEM awards program accepting nominations Presidential STEM awards program accepting nominations Wednesday, March 26, 2014 The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is seeking nominations for exceptional mathematics or science teachers who are currently teaching grades K-6 for the 2014 award year. Nominations for this award year will close on April 15. To submit a nomination for an exceptional K-6 teacher, complete the nomination form available on the PAEMST website, and submit the teacher’s name, email address and school contact information. Teachers may also apply directly at www.paemst.org. Identifying math anxiety in the classroom and at home Identifying math anxiety in the classroom and at home Driving Force April 9, 2014 Racing pulse and sweaty palms—math tests can cause symptoms that are similar to a heart attack, but are in fact the signs of math anxiety. I saw it for the first time last week at a learning center where I tutor kids in chemistry. A young girl walked in and she was nearly paralyzed with fear over her math homework. This form of angst is unlike other forms of anxiety; it has nothing to do with intelligence or working memory, yet it has been defined as a negative affective response to mathematics. March SB&F March SB&F Download March 18, 2014 The March issue of SB&F has a special bibliography of books celebrating women in science.