Pokémon GO: Has Your Science Classroom Evolved with the Phenomenon?

As students are returning to school, they might be hunting for Pokémon with the wildly popular PokémonGo app. Part of the game allows students students to evolve their Pokémon into other pocket monsters. But is this an accurate portrayal of biological evolution? Can science educators actually use PokémonGo to teach evolution or other scientific concepts? To help answer some of these questions, we are happy to welcome Dr. […]

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Climate Change in Science Education: Survey Results

In February, the journal Science published an article entitled “Climate Confusion Among U.S. Teachers” that has been attracting a great deal of mainstream media attention. Examining a nationwide survey of how middle school and high science teachers address climate change in their classes, the article reveals some encouraging insights and uncovers a few areas for improvement. To help us better […]

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Be Climate Smart with the @NCSE’s Mark McCaffrey

Season eight of of Lab Out Loud starts with our thoughts turning towards climate science.  As Programs and Policy Director for the National Center for Science Education, Mark McCaffrey boasts an impressive resume in climate and environmental science.  Mark helped lead the development of the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) and has testified before the House Subcommittee on Research about climate […]

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One Hecto-sode: 100 Episodes Promoting Science Education

For our 100th episode, we welcome Glenn Branch to the show.  As Deputy Director for the National Center for Science Education, Glenn talks to us about the center, how they support climate change education, and how the NCSE can defend science in your classroom. Lab Out Loud thanks NSTA and our listeners for support of 100 episodes. Listen to how we […]

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Episode 73 – NCSE Now Defending Climate Change Education

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL73.mp3 As science educators are increasingly reporting attacks on climate change education, the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is announcing that they will also be defending climate change science in public school science education.  Join us as Dr. Eugenie Scott explains this new initiative for NCSE by adding climate change to their portfolio in defending good science education. Links: […]

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Episode 59 – The Courage to Teach

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL59.mp3   This week we discuss evolution education with Dr. Eric Plutzer, co-author of “Defeating Creationism in the Courtroom, But Not in the Classroom” – a recently published article in Science Magazine.  Dr. Plutzer discusses the paper, and what the results reveal about how much evolution is actually being taught in biology classrooms across the nation. The Cautious 60: The […]

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Episode 15 – Expelled Exposed

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/nstalol15.mp3   In response to the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, we decided to talk with someone who has invested her life defending evolution. Dr. Eugenie Scott, Director for the National Center for Science Education, talks to us about the movie, the NCSE response, and the place of evolution in science education. National Center for Science Education Expelled Exposed: Flunked, […]

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