Archive for science education

Bill Nye on America’s ‘horrible’ science education

Posted in teaching with tags , on 6 February 2011 by Steve

Popular Mechanics interviews Bill Nye the Science Guy on the state of US science education (Nye: ‘It’s horrible’). He’s anxious that science education ramps up too late (‘Nearly every rocket scientist got interested in it before they were 10’) …” (more)

[Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, 6 February]

Science education: Hollywood to the rescue?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 4 February 2011 by Steve

“So President Obama has urged the United States to make Science Fair as cool as the Superbowl. Sure, some of us know that it already is. But how to convince those who don’t? The answer, according to a group of teachers, scientists and entertainment industry types meeting today in Beverly Hills, might be to get Hollywood involved …” (more)

[Erika Check Hayden, The Great Beyond, 2 February]

College upperclassmen still fail at scientific reasoning

Posted in teaching with tags on 8 January 2011 by Steve

“Most of us develop a sort of intuitive logic about how the natural world works. Unfortunately, a lot of that informal reasoning turns out to be wrong, which complicates scientific education. But as students make their way through the science education pipeline, they should gradually start moving beyond the informal reasoning of their earlier years. Or at least that’s what we’d like to think …” (more)

[John Timmer, Ars Technica, 7 January]