The Magic of Spring, Seeds, and Science!


by Priscilla Robinson

Spring in the Pacific Northwest comes with a fanfare of germinating seeds, blossoming flowers, and budding trees.  As a science educator, I like to jump on Mother Nature’s bandwagon to bring this burst of plant life into my classroom.  What your students see every day can bloom into teachable moments.  These learning ideas will help you make the most out of the magic and science of spring.

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STEM Galore with OneCar and More!


By Priscilla Robinson

The performance components in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have spawned so many wonderful opportunities to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in the classroom. The STEM curriculum is based on the idea of educating students in these four specific disciplines via an interdisciplinary and applied approach.  Students exploring and searching for solutions to real-world problems give rise to classroom excitement and authentic learning.

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Science Fairs in the News


latino-professor-newspaperYou might be surprised how much news there is about the ubiquitous science fair!  We have collected a few worthy articles for you.  Some are funny, others are provocative—and they’re all worth a look.

If you come across an article of interest, please share it with us in the Comments section below.

Happy reading!

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Science Fair Discussion Starters


Discussion Starters - Educational Innovations NewsletterWhy are science fairs important?  What makes the science fair process valuable?  It’s an excellent question and a good way to start a class discussion about this time-honored tradition.  Why DO we ask our students to work on a science fair project year after year?   The answer, in a nutshell, is to help them learn how to think like scientists.  Scientists find answers to questions that interest them.  Your students simply need to ask themselves, What do I want to know more about?

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Science Fair Lesson


Lesson - Educational Innovations Blog

Before starting any science fair project, your students need a strong foundation in the scientific method.

As this helpful primer from Science Buddies states, “Whether you are doing a science fair project, a classroom science activity, independent research, or any other hands-on science inquiry, understanding the steps of the scientific method will help you focus your scientific question and work through your observations and data to answer the question as well as possible.”

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