Science Education Podcasts

Posted by on Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Censeo Group evaluation team has been working on a number of evaluations of NSF and NIH-funded projects to support Primary Investigators and project teams as they build science curriculum materials and design professional development efforts for teachers to provide instruction aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Designing a Middle Grades Spatial Skills Curriculum; DR K112 #1720801. Dr. Nick Lux from Montana State University and his team are developing curriculum materials that use Minecraft to help teach middle school students important spatial skills. Zipping Towards STEM: Integrating Engineering Design into the Middle School Physical Science Curriculum; ITEST #1513205. The University of Akron project team developed a curriculum that brought engineering design principles into the curriculum unit on force and motion offered in the Akron Public School District. In this unit, students design, test, and redesign model stock mini-cars using computer- assisted design software, 3D printers, as well as virtual and desktop wind tunnels. PAGES: Progressing through the Ages: Global Climate Change, Evolution and Societal Well-being; NIH SEPA, R25OD020203-01A1. An ambitious teacher education program, the goal of PAGES us to empower K–12 science teachers to use high quality NGSS-aligned units that integrate ecology, evolution, and climate change topics across grade-bands. The University of Illinois team, under the lead...

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Evaluation of Health in Our Hands NIH-SEPA

Posted by on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

We are excited to support the Health In Our Hands (HiOH) team from Michigan State University in their work of developing, testing, and implementing science learning materials; blending classroom instruction and community-based learning; and examining how a community partnership can help support student science learning. This five-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award (NIH-SEPA) will give students and community members opportunities to understand, explain and apply ideas about health-related phenomena to their lives. Students will use two science curriculum units that the HiOH team previously created to investigate diabetes and addiction. By learning what controls their health, young people can understand that their genes are not the only thing that controls their health. They can make decisions and take actions to impact their own lives and the lives of their loved ones. The evaluation will examine successes and challenges of project implementation and the impact of the project on students, teachers, and the community. The evaluation will also support the community coalition in conducting a self-assessment of its processes and structures. This information will help the coalition to strengthen its impact and build stronger community connections to support student science learning. Read more about the project here: and read the press...

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