Starting next year, students in Alabama will be required to learn about evolution and climate change—a move that upends the state’s decade-old science standards.
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar broke new ground in its scientifically accurate portrayal of black holes and wormholes. A scientific journal is now urging educators to feature the film in their classes when teaching such topics as general relativity.
For the past eight years, 21-year-old Zack Kopplin has been fighting to keep creationism out of Louisiana’s science classrooms. Despite a series of setbacks and the feeling that he’s continually losing battles, Kopplin still feels he’ll win the war. We spoke with him to learn more.
Crafted in 1876 by Ellen Harding Baker of Cedar County, Iowa, this embroidered quilt is more than mere folk-art object or household item: it was actually used by Harding Baker as a visual aid for astronomy lectures she'd give in her community. It's now part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Would you focus your time on lab experiments? Expound on your own scientific career or field? Plan some activities? Tell us after the jump what it is you think secondary education could most use in its science classes!
In September, a Kansas group filed a lawsuit attempting to block the state from adopting new science guidelines, saying it was an attempt to indoctrinate students into a "non-theistic worldview." But a federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit, ruling that it failed to sufficiently demonstrate any specific injuries.
Is it the text books that need revamping? Does the curriculum need a refresh? Should we broaden the slate of experiments? Whatever you think the problem is, tell us what you think we could do to fix science education — and why it would work — in the comments now.
Being able to understand and interpret basic scientific concepts and methods is incredibly important, and it's also become increasingly controversial. So what should we be doing to improve scientific literacy?
Camera traps are just the coolest. In Nicaragua, scientist Miguel Ordeñana uses them to study carnivores, like jaguars and ocelots. And now the organization that he works with, Paso Pacifico, is teaching local kids to use them as well.
"Yum, these grass and plants are delicious!" Mother cavy thinks as she eats her breakfast. "I will feed some to my baby cavies too!" she says. The baby cavies love to play in the grass! But they've gotten all dirty! "Time for your bath," Mother cavy says. Mother cavy and her babies like to spend the afternoon…
Who was the person who first sparked your interest in science? It could be someone from your own life, a fictional character with a penchant for the lab, or a scientist whose work caught your interest.
Before either Bill Nye or Carl Sagan were on television, Nye was a student in Sagan's astronomy class at Cornell. Here's Nye reminiscing about that class — and the advice Sagan gave him before he started his own show.
Renowned physicist Brian Greene is here to answer all your questions about theoretical physics, superstring theory, and his new online science education website, World Science U, launching today.
What do you do when a student asks for advice on how to pick up girls instead of answering a biology exam question? After reading this teacher's response, I'd say he nailed it.
In a case that's lasted five years, the Supreme Court of Ohio upheld the termination of John Freshwater, an eighth-grade science teacher who refused to remove religious content from his class. But the decision was reached for a different reason than you may think.
Wrong, wrong, wrong, Toys "R" Us. Wrong. An inane commercial like this — in which children are taught that science and the environment are boring — sends the exact wrong message.
For Zack Kopplin, it all started back in 2008 with the passing of the Louisiana Science Education Act. The bill made it considerably easier for teachers to introduce creationist textbooks into the classroom. Outraged, he wrote a research paper about it for a high school English class. Nearly five years later, the…
The world could use more scientists like Leon Lederman, and not just because his Nobel Prize winning research led to the discovery of the muon neutrino.
Earlier this year, the 2012 Space Foundation Student Art Contest invited kids from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade to submit original artwork of the Universe. The only requirements were that the students adhere to the theme, "Space is Infinite - Explore!"