#SnowySTEM: Activities for Snow Days with Kids

Seattle is melting out (so much slush) from our recent, record-breaking snowstorm. We had snow and ice stretching over two weeks, and 5 days with no school. While much of the city appeared to be grumbling over the snow, I absolutely adore it and I have to say, I am a bit sad to see [...]

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Brain Awareness Week: Neuroscience Education Resources

Brain Awareness Week is coming up March 11-17, 2019. What will you do to help kids learn about their brains? Dr. Eric Chudler (who I have collaborated with for many years on a variety of projects) talks about the importance of brain outreach in this new video produced by the Dana Foundation.  Some great resources [...]

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STEM Global launches website

If you are a high school student, undergraduate student, or teacher interested in global health, check out the STEM Global website, launched today by the Washington Global Health Alliance. This website will feature a growing listing of resources focused on global health education…including some materials that we had a hand in developing!

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Inspiring the next generation of global health leaders

We’re excited to be partnering again with the Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA). See our previous collaborations with them here and here. We are supporting WGHA in the planning and preparation for their STEM Global teacher workshop, a one-day event for secondary science teachers interested in global health, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates [...]

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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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