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Spangler Science Club – Making Science Fun Every Month

It's a big day around the Spangler Labs - we are shipping hundreds of our Spangler Science Club kits to our new members. To those of you who have gifted or joined as a member, we welcome you with open arms to the first kit of the month club that not only delivers more than a dozen experiments to your door each month, [...]

STEM and Humanities are The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter, a film by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is an illustration of why we need to build an education system that goes well beyond the teaching and memorizing of facts and the ability to regurgitate those facts on a standardized test. The Heart of the Matter from americanacad on Vimeo. We need to give the students [...]

Christmas Science Craft – Pearl Swirl Reindeers

By Blog Editor Susan Wells My favorite part of my job as Social Media Manager at Steve Spangler Science is seeing all the amazing experiments and lessons teachers share with us on Twitter. Some of our nation's best teachers share how they make science come alive in their classrooms. This week, we received a tweet from Zachary Champagne, a district facilitator for the [...]

What Are the Next Generation Science Standards and Why Do We Need Them?

A few weeks back, we demystified the Common Core State Standards to clearly explain what they are all about. Common Core does not cover science. The Next Generation Science Standards were designed to set a national standard in science and give teachers and their students direction towards college prep and careers in science. Before the NGSS came into play, the states used the National Science Education [...]

Ms. Cobb Incorporates Life Lessons Into 7th Grade Math with Slime Day

JoAnna Cobb is a 7th grade math teacher at Bedford Middle School. This is her 10th year of teaching. Ms. Cobb says she "adores mathematics and the way math is involved in every aspect of daily living."   My mission as a teacher is to instill a love of math and a love of learning in students.  Educational goals following naturally from those [...]

President Obama Grants Waivers to 10 States for No Child Left Behind Act

By Blog Editor Susan Wells Yesterday, President Barack Obama gave 10 states a waiver from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) 2001 Act. It was a bipartisan federal law signed by President George W. Bush on Jan. 8, 2002 that was a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The ESEA was enacted in 1965 and reauthorized in 1994. It was the [...]

President Obama… Please Let Me Help You Make Science Cool

President Barack Obama held a town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters on Wednesday... and his comment about making science cool caught my attention. “I’m frustrated by stories about how we can’t find enough engineers and computer programmers. That means our education system is not working. That’s why we are emphasizing math and science,” Obama said, noting efforts to “make science cool” for [...]

NASA Looking for Future Rocket Scientists for Summer Program

NASA is looking for high school students across the country who want to participate in their INSPIRE program - Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience. The year-round program is for students entering 9th through 12th grade for the 2011/2012 school year in good academic standing and an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM, education and careers. [...]

Women Scientists Who Made a Difference

By Guest Blogger Susan Wells When you think of scientists, you think of the greats, like Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Issac Newton, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, Galileo Galilei and Nikola Tesla. But what about the women scientists? Our world would be lacking without their contributions to science and research. A little while ago on our Twitter feed, @spanglerscience, we asked if anyone could name [...]

Stop Squeezing Science in Elementary Education

Fourth Graders in the United States Show No Gain in Science in 10 Years Science instruction must be an important and integral subject throughout a student's entire education. The subject is doubled up with social studies or pushed into more of an extra-curricular or special subject. Many elementary educators are squeezing science into their lesson plan. Students are not getting the science education and [...]