Platform for Collaborating with the Scientific Community
Presented by the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), Scientist in the Classroomprovides a platform for teachers and scientists to collaborate as colleagues, peers, and partners in furthering science education. While scientists can act as a resource for teachers and students, in turn teachers and students can help scientists better understand how to convey their work to a larger, more diverse, and often skeptical audience. By connecting early career scientists with educators, NCSE hopes to enrich middle school and high school students’ climate change and evolution education, and to give scientists a better understanding of the challenges teachers face when presenting these often socially contentious and misunderstood topics.
Throughout the summer months, students can explore the science behind some of their favorite summer activities. On PBS LearningMedia’s Science of Summer website, students will discover the physics of sailing, the chemistry of campfires, the mineral composition of sand, the forces that allow humans to ride bicycles and rollercoasters—and more.
Google’s Science Journal transforms students’ mobile devices into a science laboratory, encouraging students to conduct authentic experiments, collect and visualize data, and record observations from the world around them. The app, which is available for iOS, Android, and most Chromebooks, offers a suite of tools to measure light, motion, sound, G-forces, and more.
When students ask, “How does that work?” they can easily find out on the JigSpace platform. Using the app (for iOS), students can view step-by-step interactive 3D breakdowns of complex ideas, objects, and phenomena.