Post Tagged with: "Science"

Participants in UAB's CORD program making a multicolored tower by pouring household liquids of varying weights into a cylinder. Credit: Sherrel Wheeler Stewart/WBHM.

UAB CORD Program Helps Students Get Ahead of the Curve in Science

Students in Alabama and throughout the South are back in school this month. However, long before the first day of school, hundreds of kids spent part of their summer in labs at UAB. The goal? Getting ahead of the curve in science class.

This textbook is used by some Tennessee Schools to teach students about Islam. Credit: Chas Sisk/WPLN.
Teaching Tough Topics / Tennessee

Teaching Tough Topics: Textbook Fight Riles Tennessee

What should school children be taught about Islam? In Florida and North Carolina, parents claim students are being “indoctrinated” with a sanitized version of the Muslim faith. One of the fiercest fights so far is happening right now in Tennessee. As Chas Sisk of WPLN reports, it could reveal the playbook for future battles.

The view from a science classroom at nationally recognized Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School in Irondale, Alabama. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Alabama / Audio / Multimedia / science / STEM

INTERVIEW: Dr. Minda Berbeco On Alabama’s New Science Standards

Alabama’s State Board of Education is set to vote tomorrow on new K-12 science standards that would go into effect next school year. Most science teachers in the state say the new standards are better than the current decade-old ones. We wanted a national perspective too, so our Alabama reporter caught up with Dr. Minda Berbeco, Programs and Policy Director for the National Center for Science Education. He asks if she’s surprised there hasn’t been much controversy on standards dealing with evolution, climate change, and more.

Jennifer Brown, Alabama's 2015-2015 Teacher of the Year. Alabama State Department of Education photo.
Alabama / Audio

INTERVIEW: Alabama Teacher Of The Year On Common Core, Charters, “Rebel” Mascots & More

Vestavia Hills, Ala. science teacher Jennifer Brown is that state’s 2015-2016 Teacher of The Year. The 16-year educator, who once wanted to be a professional basketball player, sits down with our Alabama reporter to talk about her motivations and about controversial issues like Common Core, charter schools, standardized testing and Vestavia Hills City Schools’ “Rebel” mascot.

A slide in Dr. Gulnaz Javan's Crime Scene Investigation class at Alabama State University. Photos by Dan Carsen. NOTE: Viewers may find some photos below the story disturbing.
Alabama / Audio / Multimedia / science

A New Word, a New Way to Investigate Murders

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Believe it or not, in a healthy human body, microbial cells outnumber human cells by about ten to one. Scientists, doctors, and health-conscious people are learning more and more about our “personal ecosystems.” But what happens to this individualized community of life after we die? Some Alabama State University forensics researchers are looking [...]

Money Tight, Scientists Turn To “Crowdfunding” Research

Money Tight, Scientists Turn To “Crowdfunding” Research

In the past decade, it’s gotten much harder for scientists to get the federal grants that fund the vast majority of American research. This year’s sequester has made it even more difficult, and the government shutdown is likely to slow things down even further. So scientists are looking for new ways to pay for their work, including “crowdfunding.” But going online and asking the public for money has real drawbacks. Even so, as Alabama reporter Dan Carsen tells us, some think it could open up the field in a good way.

ASPIRE Inspires Teens Into STEM
Louisiana / Making The Grade / Poverty / science / STEM / Video

ASPIRE Inspires Teens Into STEM

LSU-Shreveport students are helping inner-city teens connect with science and math with a hands-on, after-school program known as ASPIRE – for After School Program for Innovation and Respect for Education.

What You Need to Know: STEM Education
Resources / What You Need To Know

What You Need to Know: STEM Education

Deep concern is growing in the United States that our schools are not preparing a sufficient number of students, teachers, and practitioners in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Studies have shown that a large majority of secondary school students fail to reach proficiency in math and science, and many are taught by teachers lacking adequate subject matter knowledge.