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Children learn science in nature play long before they get to school classrooms and labs

New research demonstrates the many aspects of nature play that make it a great way for young children to gain STEM knowledge.
An orientation week organizer wearing a shirt promoting physical distancing of two metres sits in a new outdoor ampitheatre at Université de Sherbrooke piloted this past fall. (Michel Caron/UdeS )

Outdoor education at universities can be a positive legacy of COVID-19

Université de Sherbrooke introduced 10 new outdoor classrooms during COVID-19 and created a guide about outdoor teaching. It will fine-tune outdoor teaching in response to student feedback.
Insects are an inexpensive and effective way to teach children about science. Ariel Skelley/DigitalVision via Getty Images Plus

Want to teach kids about nature? Insects can help

Insects are plentiful and inexpensive. Even when children aren’t attending school in person, they can learn from the encounters they have with insects outside.
Our educational systems should be doing more to ensure STEM classrooms are places where relevant inquiry pertaining to real-life issues thrives. (Flickr/Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action)

STEM learning should engage students’ minds, hands and hearts

Teachers could better support young people’s scientific inquiry into urgent planetary and social issues if school testing valued practical science.
Akibo Watson, Corinne Fischer, Ashley Berlot and Jarrett Sannerud, second-year neuroscience students at Binghamton University, preparing reagents for team’s Parkinson disease project. Jonathan Cohen/Binghamton University

At these colleges, students begin serious research their first year

While undergraduates rarely get serious research experience during their first year of college, some faculty are working to change that. A scholar says the new approach could boost diversity in STEM.
Can lab coats lead kids to feel more like a scientist? Africa Studio/Shutterstock.com

Lab coats help students see themselves as future scientists

In order to get more young people to see themselves as future scientists, researchers argue that it helps to outfit the students with a simple article of clothing: a lab coat.
Most science teachers spend $450 on lab materials their students wouldn’t otherwise have. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Science teachers sacrifice to provide lab materials for students

Urban and rural science teachers often lack funding for science lab materials and pay out of pocket to provide those materials for their students, new research detailed in this Speed Read shows.

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