As science teachers are preparing for the summer, many will be planning lessons and purchasing supplies for their classes next year. But just how much do science teachers spend on their classes from their own personal funds? After conducting a nationwide survey of middle and high school science teachers, a research team at North Carolina State University has an answer for us. Their research revealed that 70 percent of science teachers do not have adequate funding to support science instruction for their students, leading to almost 95% of science teachers spending their own money to support learning in their classroom. To discuss their research and its implications for science instruction in urban, rural and suburban schools, Emily Cayton (Graduate Research Assistant) and M. Gail Jones (professor of STEM Education) join co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler to close out season 11 of Lab Out Loud. Show notes at: Supporting Science Education with Out of Pocket Teacher Expenses About the “Lab Out Loud” Podcast
Lab Out Loud is a podcast and blog that began in October 2007 to examine topics relevant to teachers of science and the science classroom. Lab Out Loud discusses science news and science education with leading scientists, researchers, science writers and other important figures in the field.
Have you ever had a good idea for a game where kids can learn science? Lab Out Loud’s guest this week has, and he has even made those ideas into a reality! Nathan Schreiber joins co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler this week to talk about his Science Ninjas games that teach real science with engaging graphics, fun characters, and easy-to-follow instructions. Listen to learn how you might teach with Valence, a game that combines advanced chemistry with simple rules and ninjas! Show notes at: Learn Chemistry with Valence – a Board Game with Ninjas! About the “Lab Out Loud” Podcast
Do you have middle and high school students doing original research? Consider connecting them with the open-access Journal of Emerging Investigators for guidance and a chance to publish their findings. Jamilla Akhund-Zade (Co-Editor-In-Chief) and Nico Wagner (Director of Outreach) join Lab Out Loud to talk about the Journal of Emerging Investigators and how it can guide young scientists in the research process that ultimately helps them develop the skills they need to publish their own research. Show notes at: https://laboutloud.com/2018/04/episode-186-emerging-investigators/ About the “Lab Out Loud” Podcast
For the third episode in a three-part series on place-based education in science, Lab Out Loud welcomes Chris Wyland to the show. Chris is a middle school math and science teacher at the Cottonwood School of Civics and Science in Portland, where the focus of the entire school is encouraging exploration of the natural world and involvement in the local community through the arts and sciences. Continuing a discussion of place-based education in science, Chris joins co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler to explain this approach in an ecology unit where his middle school students are partnering with the Portland Parks and Recreation Department to apply their scientific knowledge to fieldwork that benefits their local community. Show notes at: https://laboutloud.com/2018/04/episode-185-place-based-education-ecology-unit About the “Lab Out Loud” Podcast
For the second episode in a three-part series on place-based education in science, Lab Out Loud welcomes Kevin Krasnow to the show. As ecologist, researcher and educator at Teton Science Schools, Kevin is currently studying the differences in field research by comparing the outcomes from inquiry research, citizen science, and adventure hike experiences for middle/high school students. Kevin joins us co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler to discuss the experiment while sharing some of his preliminary findings from these treatment groups by measuring student understanding of the nature of science, attitudes about science, and self-efficacy. Show notes at: https://laboutloud.com/?p=4235 About the “Lab Out Loud” Podcast