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Everything you always wanted to know about raising science-literate kids

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

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

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

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

A moth is born

Virginia Tiger Moth, shot by DaynaT via Flickr So, our caterpillar finally came out of its cocoon, and it’s a … beautiful white moth. To be specific, it's a Virginia Tiger moth (Spilosoma virginica), which comes from the arctiidae family ( and are two useful sites for identifying bugs)...

August 8, 2011 — Anna Kuchment

A moth is born!

So, our caterpillar finally came out of its cacoon, and  it's a ... beautiful white moth. Surfing and, I tentatively identified it as a Virginia Tiger moth (Spilosoma virginica), which comes from the archtiidae family, and includes our caterpillar, which was likely a yellow woolly bear...

August 7, 2011 — Anna Kuchment

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