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December 02, 2014

Alan Alda Wonders: Can You Explain Sleep to a 6th Grader?

For its fourth annual Flame Challenge, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science is daring scientists to explain a particularly tricky subject.

November 12, 2014

'Interstellar' Lesson Plans Aim to Bring Science Fiction Into Classrooms

Following the release of new movie "Interstellar," Paramount Pictures has teamed up with Google Play for Education to create a set of free math, science, and arts and literature lesson plans based on the film.

April 03, 2014

Baby Pandas Improve Every Classroom Lecture

Animal cameras have started soaring in popularity, but do they have any pedagogical value?

March 13, 2014

Should Schools Treat Coding as a 'Basic Literacy'?

With many schools offering relatively little in the way of computer science course, a growing number of young students are turning to private coding programs.

March 11, 2014

Traveling STEM Fair Draws In Teachers and Students

Thousands of students and teachers took over George Washington University on Saturday to learn more about science, technology, engineering, and math.

February 18, 2014

Alan Alda Dares Scientists to Explain Colors to 5th Graders

The newest round of an annual contest dares scientists to explain a difficult concept to a young but discerning demographic.

February 09, 2014

So Your Students Have Asked You About Creationism ...

The evolution debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham could bring up some tricky questions for teachers about a bitter cultural division.

February 05, 2014

Children's Favorite TV Science Teacher Bill Nye Debates Creationism

TV personality Bill Nye took on Creation Museum founder Ken Ham in a PowerPoint-heavy debate about a topic that still weighs heavily in American curricula.

January 07, 2014

Did McDonald's-Eating Teacher's Class Project Go Too Far?

John Cisna, a high school science teacher in Iowa, reportedly lost nearly 40 pounds in part by partaking of an calorie-limited McDonalds-only diet that he used as a class project on nutrition. But did he cross a line by involving his students in his weight loss expedition?

December 18, 2013

Study: iPads Help Students Grasp Challenging Science Concepts

A new study by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics suggests tablet-computer simulation programs can significantly boost students' grasp of difficult scientific concepts.

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