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  • How to Discuss Vaccines in a Classroom

    In light of the measles outbreak in California and the Southwest, are you wondering what role, if any, schools can play in teaching students about vaccines?  Here are a few resources including lesson plans about the science of vaccines, infectious diseases, and modeling an outbreak.


  • Science Fairy Tales

    This post from the PBS NewsHour blog has great advice about the kind of stories to tell your children before bedtime.  Mixing up the nightly story routine with tales of scientists is a wonderful idea.


  • Back-to-School: Confidence in Science

  • MSTE hosts Professional Development for Unit 4 Science Teachers

    During the two weeks of July 16-27, MSTE in collaboration with Champaign CUSD4 hosted a Summer Institute for 20 middle school and high school science teachers from district CUSD4 at the Beckman Institute at UIUC. The Summer Institute is part of the two-year long Partnership for Implementing the Framework for K-12 Science Education (PIFSE) project funded by the Illinois State Board of Education.

  • The Sounds of Space

    If you learned that sound does not travel in a vacuum, like space, then you have your Physics teacher to thank.  This doesn't, however, mean that space is silent.  Plasma makes a cacophany of creepy whistles that at once remind me of bad electronic-music and birds at dawn.