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Next generation science standards are a three dimensional approach to science education.
Next Generation Science Standards & StratoStar

The next generation science standards are designed to improve science education through a three-dimensional learning process. These science content standards set expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The idea behind the next generation science standards was to help prepare students...

Learning from failure is the best way to improve whatever you're working on.
Learning From Failure: How A Failed Mars Landing Sparked Innovation

Last month, a European probe called Schiaparelli crashed into the surface of Mars. The probe’s descent to the surface of Mars didn’t exactly go how scientists wanted it to. The retrorockets, which are designed to slow the descent, only fired for a few seconds rather...

Seadrones are making a huge splash in ocean technology.
Seadrones: Drones Are Taking To The Sea

Just as we’ve gotten used to drones flying overhead and the idea of autonomous, self-driving cars, another new and revolutionary technology is making a splash. Water drones, known as seadrones are already in the works and may soon be patrolling oceans and other bodies of...

pedaling power
Pedaling Power: Helping Students Concentrate

When it comes to helping students stay focused in the classroom, teachers have come up with all kinds of solutions. Everything from recesses to project-based learning, the ideas are creative and inventive. But, what if the real solution comes with two pedals? Educators are giving...

Light pollution is causing an entire generation to miss out on stargazing.
Light Pollution and the Loss of Stargazing

Have you ever stepped out of your house at night expecting to see the sky filled with stars only to be met with an empty sky? Better yet, have you ever traveled in the western US and seen hundreds upon hundreds of stars filling the...

Project base learning helps get students up out of their seats and invested in the learning process.
Project Based Learning: Inspiring Students This Fall

Getting students excited about learning can be difficult, especially during the first few months of school. Students are still thinking about their summer vacation and starting to countdown the days to the next break. The good news is, there are plenty of great ways to...

Project-based learning is a great way to get students involved, even from a student's perspective.
Project-Based Learning: A Student’s Perspective

As educators, we often forget about the perspective of the student. It’s easy to get wrapped up in State Standards, test scores, and lesson planning. But, what happens when we stop and take a look at the real impact of project-based learning on a student?...

As we explore deep space, we learn the effects it has on the human body.
Deep Space: Still Discovering the Effects of Space On the Body
Since before the Apollo astronauts first took a step on the moon, mankind has been fascinated with exploring space and the stars. Since the early days of hypothesising and staring at wide open fields of stars, we’ve been jumping at the chance to jet off into the deep unknown. In 1968, NASA sent a manned mission to the moon. That was the year Neil Armstrong walked on the surface of the moon and we started to explore deep space.
The Jupiter mission is expected to reveal new information about the planet.
NASA’s Jupiter Mission and What It Means

NASA recently launched a probe that is set to orbit around Jupiter for 20 months. The goal of the Juno spacecraft, the space probe that was launched for the Jupiter mission,  is to study the planet’s charged particle radiation belts and as much of the planet’s gasses as...

Scientists and researchers are calling for organizations to start mapping the ocean floor.
Mapping the Ocean Floor Like It Was The Moon Or Mars
Ocean experts at the General Bathymetric Chart of the Ocean have called for maps of the ocean floor to be made much like those of the Moon and Mars have been. Unlike the surface of those planetary bodies, much of Earth’s ocean floor hasn’t been mapped. In fact, large areas of the oceans are still represented by ancient mariner’s measurements. Today, only 5% of the seafloor has been mapped using modern methods whereas the entire Moon’s surface is known to a resolution of 7m. Leaving the GEBCO to question when the ocean floor will be mapped.