To Make Science Real, Kids Want More Fun -
"Reduce the amount of information, reduce the number of facts that we ask kids to cram into their heads, so that there is time in the school day for students to explore, to try things out and then … go back and revisit their ideas," she says. "So, the shift in vision by [Next Generation] would put kids in more active charge of their learning."That’s a chaotic kind of classroom to manage, but it’s key, Colson says, to getting more students out of the science boredom rut and saying, “This is real. It makes sense. It’s interesting.”
NY Hosts World's Largest Gingerbread Exhibit -
Watch this quick video from the Associated Press featuring NYSCI’s world record-breaking Gingerbread Lane and its creator, Chef Jon Lovitch. We are psyched to know that Jon is already planning for 2014!
Every 11 years, our sun reaches a height in its solar cycle. During this solar maximum, the sun’s polarity disappears for a bit, and re-emerges with its poles in the opposite direction.
Fortunately for us, late 2013 is the expected time for the the sun’s solar maximum. While we may not be able to see this awesome natural occurrence, we do see its effect on earth.
The change in polarity causes the sun to emit charged particles throughout the galaxy. Some of these particles fall into the Earth’s atmosphere and on impact radiate different gases in the form of light, also known as the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
With the Solar Maximum occurring, this winter’s Northern Lights will be a spectacle everyone needs to keep an eye on!
Sources: NASA SPACE SUN PICTURE
#nysci rockets in #snow #newyork #snowstorm (at New York Hall of Science)
The company of wolves -
FOXES can be tamed deliberately, by selective breeding (see article). But this probably recapitulates a process that happened accidentally, many millennia ago, to…
Fed up with fruit flies? Hide those oranges!
Party like it’s your 50th Anniversary! Join us for the celebration by making an Annual Fund gift today. (photo: Andrew Kelly)
Greening the Big Apple in a Changing Climate -
And The Merriam-Webster Word of the Year Is … Science! -
The Merriam-Webster dictionary noted an increased interest in the word “science” this year and crowned the word as its 2013 Word of the Year.
"It is a word that is connected to broad cultural dichotomies: observation and intuition, evidence and tradition. A wide variety of discussions centered on science this year, from climate change to educational policy. We saw heated debates about ‘phony’ science, or whether science held all the answers." The result was a 176 percent increase in lookups of the word "science" in 2013 compared with 2012.