Before we can get kids excited about science, we have to first start with getting teachers excited about teaching science. This year’s participants at Science in the Rockies shared some of the their underlying reasons for focusing their effort on being better science teachers.
In July, my team of naturalists and I will lead a group of about 120 science enthusiasts on an educational cruise to Alaska. Our Science at Sea 2009 cruise was sold out and this year we’ve added more space and taken our custom shore excursions to a whole new level.
I wanted to offer free registration for our second Science at Sea trip to a Facebook fan who could tell us why they wanted to join us on the coolest field trip ever this summer.
Contestants had to submit a video giving us a creative look at why they should win the free registration. After much deliberation, five pots of coffee, and two breaks to go out into the parking lot and blow something up, the judges have decided to announce three winners…
Tis the season for spooky, slimy science. The kids are excited for the upcoming holiday, restless in their seats and it’s hard to keep their attention on the lessons at hand. Early childhood teachers know that getting kids excited about science is only part of the challenge. Getting them engaged, focused and excited about what they are learning so they retain it is another big part of the puzzle.
Funnel the excitement for the holiday into an unforgettable classroom experience that will make it home to the dinner table. Why not combine a literary lesson along with a science lesson? For example, read Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin and then learn about polymers while you make Insta-Worms.
This is just one example of a great literary connection to make with your students. Do you want to learn more? Join Julie Gintzler for a one-day training that will help you build more literature connections, teach more science and have more fun while creating unforgettable learning experiences.
Story Time Slime is more than a collection of great hands-on activities. It’s a whole new way to teach science through
No one has to twist my arm to visit highly motivated teachers in Florida. Our Hands-on Science Boot Camp kicked off its fall tour with stops in Tampa and Orlando. We consider a boot camp to be one-day, highly intensive, roll-up-your-sleeves and get messy training with a single, strategic focus: To find new ways to get students fully engaged and excited about learning science. I’m always honored to have repeat participants from past years, and I always seek these people out and ask them this question… Why did you come back? Without fail, these returning participants are focused on some aspect of their science teaching and they’re looking for some creative ways to solve their problems.
We had a great group of returning teachers from the Brevard Public School who shared their latest plan for engaging students in their hands-on/minds-on approach to learning… and it’s called Brevard Public Schools HSSS Team (Harris Super Science Saturday Program). Science trainers at the district level target schools that could benefit from modeling and training of their students and staff. For six weeks, the students and teachers at the school show up for a few hours in the afternoon to explore
You read it correctly – we are taking the Steve Spangler Science experience to the high seas for one week in 2011 with Holland America Cruise lines for Science at Sea 2011.
This is our second field trip to Alaska. In 2009, we set sail led by an award-winning group of naturalists and traveled from Anchorage along the inside passage to Vancouver, BC, Canada. It was an unforgettable trip…to read what our fellow passengers had to say about the excursion, visit the Science at Sea 2009 page.
Who should take the Science at Sea cruise? Teachers, parents, families, adventure-lovers - anyone who wants to experience Alaska with a naturalist on private shore excursions. It’s a true Alaskan adventure. This experience will be unique and customized to Science at Sea participants and won’t be available anywhere else.