STEM Teaching Tools

Interested in resources for equitable three-dimensional, NGSS-aligned science instruction? The Institute for Science and Math Education, where I work as a learning scientist/researcher, offers a growing portfolio of practice briefs and professional learning resources for teachers and administrators. You can find these resources at STEMTeachingTools.org.

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Immersive Research Experiences for Science Teachers: Neural Engineering

I wear several hats in STEM education. In one of my roles, I have the wonderful opportunity of working with secondary science teachers each summer, supporting them in the design and enactment of engineering design in their science classrooms. Learn more about this important work here: Immersive Research Experience Helps Secondary School Science Teachers Bring [...]

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Infographic: Essential Practices for K-12 Science Classrooms

I love infographics, so this new one from the National Academies Press caught my eye. This interactive infographic presents information on the NGSS science and engineering practices, with links to additional information. Check it out here: Essential Practices for K-12 Science Classrooms Infographic.

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A Time for Tolerance and Action: Post-election Resources for STEM Educators

For many people I know, the past 10 days have been difficult as we come to terms of what the new post-election reality may mean for our country. I have the good fortune to work with an amazing group of STEM educators who are grappling with what these transitions may mean for those of us [...]

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NGSS for Afterschool Educators

The Afterschool Alliance has released an assortment of valuable tools to support afterschool educators in understanding and aligning their programs to the Next Generation Science Standards. “Getting Started with the Next Generation Science Standards” is a great primer full of ideas and resources to support this work. Another useful resource is the practice brief, “What [...]

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Building Artificial Neural Networks in AP Biology

Last summer, wearing my hat as Pre-College Education Manager at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, I worked with a cohort of six teachers participating in our Research for Teachers program. The work of biology teacher Larry Bencivengo from Mercer Island High School is featured in this video. Check it out and see how teachers [...]

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Botanical Heart Throbs: Investigating the Neuroactive Properties of Plants

Back in 2013, Laughing Crow Curriculum was hired by the Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience program at the University of Washington to assist with the development and production of a curriculum consisting of eight lesson plans. We wrote about it in this previous blog post. One of these lesson plans was recently featured in an [...]

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Brains-Computers-Machines: Teaching resources for science educators

A new article published this month in CBE–Life Sciences Education by Eric H. Chudler and Laughing Crow Curriculum founder Kristen Clapper Bergsman provides supports to secondary science teachers with an interest in bringing neural engineering content into their classrooms. “Brains-Computers-Machines: Neural Engineering in Science Classrooms” highlights internet-based teaching resources on the following topics: Neural Engineering [...]

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Evaluating Curriculum Materials for NGSS Alignment

I recently authored a new Practice Brief for the growing library of STEM Teaching Tools. This online resource provides practical resources for STEM practitioners, especially in support of implementing the Next Generation Science Standards. My Practice Brief, “Evaluating Curriculum Materials for Alignment with the New Vision for K-12 Science Education,” was designed to support teachers, [...]

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Science Teachers Head to the Engineering Lab at UW Summer Program

I currently wear many (part-time) hats within the field of STEM education. One of those hats is as manager of pre-college education programs at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) at the University of Washington. I have the privilege of working with pre-college students and K-12 teachers within the context of neural engineering. As [...]

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