Episode 92 – STEM in Primary Classrooms

As the Common Core State Standards in Math and English Language Arts are being adopted and implemented in classrooms nationwide, educators have been wondering if there will be any room left for science – especially for younger students.  When we caught wind of a growing movement to increase STEM content in Minnesota elementary schools, we knew we had to investigate. […]

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Episode 76 – Not Another Lab Report

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL76.mp3 Our guest this week is Fred Ende.  As a middle-school science teacher, Fred quickly became frustrated with cookie-cutter, partial inquiry and simple scientific method lab reports that rarely engaged students in the content.  Deciding to change this mode, Fred created open-ended lab experiences where students investigated their own questions, became interested in sharing their work, and ultimately improved their […]

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Episode 65 – Framing a New Vision for Science Education

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL65.mp3 Join us to kick off our 2011-2012 season by talking science standards with Jonathan Osborne from Stanford University.  As a committee member who helped draft the Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards released this summer, Osborne talks to us about science practices, crosscutting concepts and core ideas found within the framework. Preview from the Show: The intention of […]

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Episode 64 – A Visit with Science Olympiad

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL65.mp3 In our final show of the season, we talk with Dr. Gerard J. Putz (President of Science Olympiad) and Jennifer Kopach (Marketing Director) about the Science Olympiad National Tournament to be hosted on May 20-21 by the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Listen and learn how Science Olympiad has changed and continues to be one of the premiere science […]

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Episode 39 – Standards and Science Education

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL39.mp3   Our guest this week is Barry Cartwright – the Science Content Specialist for the Colorado Department of Education.  In November, Colorado recently released their Final Draft of the Colorado Academic Standards in Science.  Barry discusses some of the highlights of the new Colorado science standards and the future of standards in science education. Links: Colorado Academic Standards in […]

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