Adopt a Physicist is open!

March 31, 2009

I did this in the fall and it was a lot of fun!  Register as a teacher (to adopt a physicist) or as a physicist (to be adopted).  This is an informal dialogue between physicists and high school students to give students a taste of what it’s like to be a physicist.  If you’re a […]

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Meet the Physicists. Meet me!

March 29, 2009

Hey guys, I’m featured as one of the physicists for Meet the Physicists on the Year of Science site.  The site is for the Celebrate Physics and Technology month ( which was March, so it’s about over now), and you can submit your questions to me and other physicists on the site. I should have […]

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It’s contest season!

March 10, 2009

I’ve been getting more and more notices about upcoming contests that K12 students can enter, professional opportunities for teachers, or grant deadlines coming up, so I thought I’d compile them into a blog post.  If you have others you would like to add, stick them in the comments! Teacher Institute at the Exploratorium Application deadline […]

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Ask a science education question

December 2, 2008

I just found out about a neat free service for science educators.  It’s mostly for those in Colorado, but those outside Colorado are welcome to use it as well.  It’s a free email servicer for teachers to ask questions directly of a science education expert, who will go out and find the answer for you.  […]

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The Physics Source – for Intro Physics

September 10, 2008

Posted from the PHYSLRNR listserv.  This resource looks very nice, useful and well-organized.  You can browse by topic (looking for a teaching activity on atomic physics?) as well as a wealth of other resources (click on PER-Support to look for assessments or how to use active engagement in the classroom). The AAPT, through COMPADRE has […]

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Upcoming FREE NSDL web seminars on science!

September 10, 2008

Again, for you K-12 educators out there… did you know the NSDL and NSTA offers free web seminars on science topics? These are very nicely done workshops, I’ve been to one, with a live presenter and chance to simulchat with other participants. Here’s the schedule Web Seminar 1 Date: Thursday, September 25, 2008 Time: 6:30-8:00 […]

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NASA Images Site

August 31, 2008

Phil Plait over at Bad Astronomy just spread the word about a sort-of-new NASA site with beautiful zoomable images from NASA. Phil writes: They have a ton of very cool images there, I must say. When they load, they are fitted to your screen, but then you can zoom in or out, which is fun. […]

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Activities for the first day of class!

August 14, 2008

The first day of class is coming up — here are some nice activities you can use on the first day, or anytime you need a warm-up activity. One teacher suggests: Look at the Nature of Science activities at the ENSI website. There are many, many fun and interesting ones to choose from and you […]

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A plethora of science teaching resources

August 1, 2008

Here is a list of useful resources for physics teaching: Simulations and Computer Modeling The National Science Digital Library just announced the creation of a new web resource for finding curriculum resources. The Open Source Physics Collection provides curriculum resources that engage students in physics, computation, and computer modeling. Computational physics and computer modeling provide […]

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Blogs on education

June 13, 2008

Hey, I just stumbled upon this very useful list of blogs from the National Science Digital Library — all having to do with education, digital technology, and inquiry, among other things. If you’re a STEM educator (that’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Math education, definitely check out this list. What a find! Also check out the […]

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Ice Stories

June 5, 2008

One thing I love about the Exploratorium is that the folks there always like to have fun. That means they want to do all sorts of cool stuff themselves, not just talk about it. So, they get to travel to China for the eclipse, or the Arctic to see research in action. Their latest project […]

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NSTA has a new podcast for teachers

January 2, 2008

Hey, the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) has a new podcast, called Lab Out Loud, just for science teachers. It looks like they’re trying to serve the professional development needs of teachers much like I have with my Science Teaching Tips podcast. You can check out their podcast at I think this is a […]

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