Data from an amateur group of naturalists enabled a study about butterfly populations in a warming Massachusetts climate. Amateur data is becoming increasingly valuable to scientists as the need for data often surpasses its availability.
The National Science Foundation awarded six organizations some very big grants in order to make education about climate change more effective in our schools. One grant recipient from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science noted that the subject was controversial, and he’s right.
A summit at a beautiful site in Allegany County, Md., brought more than 160 educators together to share ideas about teaching environmental literacy from every school system in Maryland. A time to learn and love the outdoors.
Students in Maryland attended a crime scene camp last month, and from this we can see why juries have noticed a “CSI Effect” and why students learn by participating in activities that put information into a context of something that’s important to them.
Teachers in Freeport, Ill., joined others from across the state at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago to build a talented robot. This robot could even pick up trash around a shipwreck in Lake Michigan. Great learning experience.
This year, the Perseids meteor shower should put on quite a show, peaking in the early morning Sunday but, unfortunately, after sunrise in the US. Viewing should be awesome on Saturday night, though, before the moon rises just after midnight.
Some of the first images are now available from Curiosity, the Mars largest and most advanced Mars rover ever sent into space, which landed successfully on a flat surface late in the evening on Aug. 5.
In Kansas, where the whole creationism-evolution debate for our public schools began more than a decade ago, candidates for seats on the State Board of Education are being questioned about their beliefs and how they feel about changing the state’s biology curriculum for the sixth time since 1997.
A new Advanced Placement course for biology, to be used on the 2012-2013 test, is being well received by science teachers.
The British medical journal Lancet has expunged from the published scientific record the landmark report that first linked autism to the measles, mumps, and rubella…