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Teaching sex and gender more accurately can counter gender stereotypes and encourage all students to study STEM. Iurii Krasilnikov/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Trans students benefit from gender-inclusive classrooms, research shows – and so do the other students and science itself

‘Don’t Say Gay’ bills claim to use science to justify a binary definition of sex based on certain traits. But the biology of sex and gender is not so simple.
Introductory science classes typically require students to memorize facts, rather than teaching them the basis of scientific thinking. Maskot via Getty Images

Improving science literacy means changing science education

College science classes often fall short of helping students see connections across subjects. Can a new approach make a difference?

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.

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