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U.S. State Science Standards Are "Mediocre to Awful"

U.S. State Science Standards Are "Mediocre to Awful"

How state science standards stack up, according to a new report from The Fordham Institute A new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute paints a grim picture of state science standards across the United States.

February 1, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
Science Education Experts Respond to Obama's Speech

Science Education Experts Respond to Obama's Speech

Obama delivering his 2012 State of the Union address In his State of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama spent less time than in years past discussing his ambitions to reform science education.

January 25, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
Museum Plans to Put Scientists On Display

Museum Plans to Put Scientists On Display

A rendering of the exterior of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Nature Research Center Imagine walking through a science museum and, among the usual displays of dinosaur bones, butterflies, and amphibians you come upon a series of windows into state-of-the-art research labs.

January 20, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
Building A (Real) Bridge to 2012

Building A (Real) Bridge to 2012

One winning solution, displayed at the Museum of Science Boston The paper bridge we built, holding up numerous poker chips How does a bridge work?

December 31, 2011 — Anna Kuchment
Ask Brian Greene Anything-Really

Ask Brian Greene Anything-Really


Tonight PBS airs the second of its four part series “Fabric of the Cosmos,” (9 pm ET/PT) based on the bestselling book by Columbia physicist and mathematician Brian Greene.

November 9, 2011 — Anna Kuchment
Where Rotting Pumpkins and Engineering Converge

Where Rotting Pumpkins and Engineering Converge

Mt. Olive High School's trebuchet Got a Jack-O-Lantern that’s past its prime? In the story below, Rose Eveleth reports on one creative way of tossing it.

November 7, 2011 — Anna Kuchment
Woolly Bear Olympics, Ball Galls, and more fall bug fun

Woolly Bear Olympics, Ball Galls, and more fall bug fun

A Monarch butterfly on a goldenrod plant Watching a Monarch butterfly flit past the 9 th floor windows of our Manhattan offices the other day reminded me that the annual fall migration is in full swing.

October 13, 2011 — Anna Kuchment
A Biology Teacher's Ode to Sir David Attenborough

A Biology Teacher's Ode to Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough, © BBC/Rolf Marriott. Molly Josephs, who teaches 5 th , 7 th and 9 th grade biology at The Dalton School in Manhattan, wrote to me recently about the educational value of nature films for kids.

September 22, 2011 — Anna Kuchment
The New, New Math: A Parent's Guide

The New, New Math: A Parent's Guide

Kindergarten counting bears There are big changes underway in how kids across the country are learning math. Forty-four states plus the District of Columbia have adopted a common set of standards that detail what students should understand and be able to do at each grade level, from Kindergarten through the end of high school.

September 6, 2011 — Anna Kuchment

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