08.14.2017

In 2017, we have expanded the NCSE Science Booster Club program with volunteer led clubs across the country. We now have clubs up and running not only in Iowa, but also in Nebraska, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Indiana, and West Virginia. Washington DC, too! Many of the volunteer club leaders have started to bring activities to large events, involving thousands of people. Combined, the clubs are working with an average of 2,500 people every week.

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Julia Dent Grant with micro-Grants, 1854, via Wikimedia CommonsSeptember is fast approaching—which means it’s time for our third annual back-to-school microgrant cycle. Every year NCSE’s Science Booster Club program uses the funds we raise to buy durable equipment for science teachers.

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I spent last week at the National Science Teachers Association’s Summer Congress. This was my first Summer Congress, as I was recently elected to NSTA’s Board as the Division Director of Research in Science Teaching.
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If you haven’t read the recent New York magazine article by David Wallace-Wells on climate change, you probably should. I read this viral (and absolutely terrifying) article on July 10, 2017, under somewhat unusual circumstances. As I had it open on my phone, my family and I were driving on the I-15 through Las Vegas.

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There is a particular feeling that arises when you see something very grand and beautiful in the natural world. Or, at least, I thought there was a particular feeling, but in the past week I have had an opportunity to see many people have this kind of striking encounter, and I noticed some more variation than I expected.

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