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Iowa Science Teachers Journal

1989

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Science Notes - News & Features Publication Available From Nih Jan 1989

Science Notes - News & Features Publication Available From Nih

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers a publication titled News & Features from NIH free of charge to interested science educators.


Cover - Front Matter - Table Of Contents Jan 1989

Cover - Front Matter - Table Of Contents

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

No abstract provided.


N.S.F. Impact On An Iowa Teacher Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Paul D. Jones Jan 1989

N.S.F. Impact On An Iowa Teacher Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Paul D. Jones

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

"The Integration of Research and Teaching Science and Mathematics--a six-week (two weeks each summer) N.S.F. supported program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Contact Professor Max Dresden, Executive Director, Institute for Theoretical Physics" When I read this advertisement in the January 1985 issue of the Physics Teacher, I thought it looked interesting so I applied. In May of 1985 I was notified of my acceptance into the program, and then I wondered what I was getting into.


Astronomy Bulletin - The 1989 Summer Sky, P. Steven Leiker, Thomas A. Hockey Jan 1989

Astronomy Bulletin - The 1989 Summer Sky, P. Steven Leiker, Thomas A. Hockey

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

No abstract provided.


Two Models For The Teaching Of Science-Related Social Issues, Patricia R. Simpson Jan 1989

Two Models For The Teaching Of Science-Related Social Issues, Patricia R. Simpson

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

In the past ten years, major reports have appeared criticizing the educational system. A number of these suggest that schools are not producing adults willing to take an active citizenship role in society. Such reports as A Nation at Risk (NCEE, 1983) and The Carnegie Report (Boyer, 1983) are among many general education studies which address this point. Reports from specific content areas (Harms & Yager, 1981; Patrick & Remy, 1985; Ramsey & Hungerford, 1988) have also voiced concern regarding a seeming lack of American interest in dealing with the many science, technology and society (STS) issues which face the …


How Long Is A Snail's Pace?, Carl W. Bollwinkel Jan 1989

How Long Is A Snail's Pace?, Carl W. Bollwinkel

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

For a change of pace, you and your students may find the study of land snails a stimulating adventure. Strange as it may seem, many students find pet snails amazing and lovable. Snails provide excellent opportunities for observation, experimentation and other process studies as well as providing a wealth of content concerning an animal from one of the lower phyla. And, a snail's pace is an example of one of life's great virtues -- patience. How long is a snail's pace? Considering that a snail is one foot, or has one foot, the answer must be ..... Surely not, but …


Geodes: A Look At Iowa's State Rock, Brian J. Witzke Jan 1989

Geodes: A Look At Iowa's State Rock, Brian J. Witzke

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

Iowa geodes have long been objects of curiosity, their sparkling interiors containing some of the most beautiful crystals to be found anywhere in the Midwest. Although geodes are known from many localities around the world, one of the most productive and famous collecting regions is encompassed within a 35-mile radius of Keokuk, Iowa. Rock collectors commonly refer to geodes from this region as "Keokuk geodes." In keeping with the world-renowned status of the Iowa geodes, the Iowa General Assembly declared the geode as the official "State Rock" in 1967.


A National Computer Conferencing Network For Science Education, Jack A. Gerlovich Jan 1989

A National Computer Conferencing Network For Science Education, Jack A. Gerlovich

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

If science educators -- curriculum planners, supervisors and teachers -- were linked by telecommunications networks, all could experience the advantages of a conference without the usual disadvantages, such as travel costs or loss of valuable work hours. And these experiences could be frequent, regular and on-going. Motivated by such possibilities, the Council of State Science Supervisors began setting up a national telecommunications network for science education in 1986. Support for the idea came in the form of a grant from the National Science Foundation, the cooperation of state and federal government agencies and equipment and technical aid from the IBM …


Science Education Initiatives For The 1990s, Carl W. Bollwinkel Jan 1989

Science Education Initiatives For The 1990s, Carl W. Bollwinkel

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

The following article was prepared by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) whose president, Dr. Hans Andersen of Indiana University, and I talked about these initiatives at an NSTA convention. Dr. Andersen believes strongly in these initiatives and asked me to publish them in the ISTJ.


Science Notes - Wisconsin Dnr Offers Informative Poster On The Water Cycle, Stephanie A. Althof Jan 1989

Science Notes - Wisconsin Dnr Offers Informative Poster On The Water Cycle, Stephanie A. Althof

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (in cooperation with the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey) has made available an 11" x 17" color poster titled "Groundwater and Land Use in the Water Cycle." The poster illustrates various aspects of the water cycle from precipitation to transpiration and evaporation including runoff, erosion, saturation, groundwater movement and the location of and movement through various aquifers.


Science Notes - Recombinant Dna Simulation, Stephanie A. Althof Jan 1989

Science Notes - Recombinant Dna Simulation, Stephanie A. Althof

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

In a recent letter to ISTJ, Marshalltown science teacher James J. Hungerford strongly recommended a simulation of recombinant DNA that he found in the April 1987 issue of The Science Teacher. Using Christie L. Jenkins' article, Recombinant Paper Plasmids as a guide, Hungerford was able to reproduce the simulation for his students and found that they both enjoyed and learned from the experience.


Science Notes - Summer Programs For Teachers Jan 1989

Science Notes - Summer Programs For Teachers

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

The National Science Foundation publishes a list of NSF funded summer programs for teachers.


Science Notes - U.S. Geological Survey Teacher's Packets, Stephanie A. Althof Jan 1989

Science Notes - U.S. Geological Survey Teacher's Packets, Stephanie A. Althof

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

The United States Geological Survey has compiled two packets of teaching aids which vary according to purpose and grade level. One, "Teacher's Packet of Geologic Materials," is available to secondary teachers of earth science (for whom the contents were selected) and to college teachers of geology. Another packet, "Selected Packet of Geologic Teaching Aids," was compiled for elementary and secondary teachers of geography, social studies, general science, environmental education and oceanography.


Science Notes - Nasa Launches Distribution Center For Aerospace Education Materials Jan 1989

Science Notes - Nasa Launches Distribution Center For Aerospace Education Materials

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has established a national distribution center for educational materials as part of the NASA Teacher Resource Center Network. For a minimal charge, the NASA Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE) is able to make NASA-related, educational audiovisual materials available through its mail order service.


Science Calendar Jan 1989

Science Calendar

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

No abstract provided.


Science Notes - Groundwater Newsletter Jan 1989

Science Notes - Groundwater Newsletter

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

If you would like to keep updated on groundwater issues in Iowa, you may want to receive the Groundwater Protection News, a newsletter published by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources five to six times per year.


Editor's Corner - New Assistant Editors, Carl W. Bollwinkel, Laurence A. Hutzell, Francis C. Peterson Jan 1989

Editor's Corner - New Assistant Editors, Carl W. Bollwinkel, Laurence A. Hutzell, Francis C. Peterson

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

It is a special pleasure to introduce two new assistant editors in the physical sciences. Chemistry and physics articles have not been abundant in recent issues and both editors are particularly interested in locating articles of practical value to classroom teachers. As each of the new editors states in his editorial, many readers have excellent ideas for classroom activities. Some of these activities may not be totally new but have a new approach which will prove helpful to other teachers. The entire editorial staff is eager to aid you in preparing articles for publication. Contact one of the editors to …


Science Notes - Catalog Of Free Loan Materials Offered By Modern Talking Pictures Service, Stephanie A. Althof Jan 1989

Science Notes - Catalog Of Free Loan Materials Offered By Modern Talking Pictures Service, Stephanie A. Althof

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

The Modern Talking Picture Service recently released its latest Free Loan Materials catalog. Included in the listings are videos, 16mm films, kits, posters, booklets and folders (there is a nominal fee for some of the teaching materials) designed for use in science, home economics/ consumer education, health/physical education, social studies, agriculture, ecology and other subjects. All of the materials are most appropriate for use in secondary schools.


Science Notes - The Universe In Your Desk: Astronomy Resource Guide Available From Project Star, Stephanie A. Althof Jan 1989

Science Notes - The Universe In Your Desk: Astronomy Resource Guide Available From Project Star, Stephanie A. Althof

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

Project STAR (Science Teaching through its Astronomical Roots) recently released the third edition of its astronomy resource guide "The Universe in Your Desk." Prepared by Darrel Hoff, the booklet is the culmination of over 40 high school teachers' efforts and is available to science teachers at no cost.


Science Notes - National Science Teachers Association Departement Of Science, Space And Technology Programs, Stephanie A. Althof Jan 1989

Science Notes - National Science Teachers Association Departement Of Science, Space And Technology Programs, Stephanie A. Althof

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

The National Science Teachers Association recently announced the formation of a new department. The Department of Science, Space and Technology (SST) Programs has been created to administer the following areas: NASA Educational Workshops for Math and Science Teachers (NEWMAST), NASA Educational Workshops for Elementary School Teachers (NEWEST), Space Science Student Involvement Program (SSIP), Student Space Science Foundation and Wee Wonders (a science-based video series for young children).


Cover - Front Matter - Table Of Contents Jan 1989

Cover - Front Matter - Table Of Contents

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

No abstract provided.


Inexpensive Computer Software For Science Teaching In Iowa Schools, John B. Cook Jan 1989

Inexpensive Computer Software For Science Teaching In Iowa Schools, John B. Cook

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

Between January and April 1989, the author collected and compiled information on inexpensive instructional computer software to support science teaching. For each piece of software, information was collected on the topics it covered, how it could be obtained, and how much it would cost for school purchase in Iowa. The complied data was limited to inexpensive software for two reasons: (1) to keep the size of the data base manageable, and (2) to focus on software that schools can afford to obtain.


Astronomy News, P. Steven Leiker, Thomas A. Hockey Jan 1989

Astronomy News, P. Steven Leiker, Thomas A. Hockey

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

On September 30, 1989, astronomers from across the state gathered in Ames to attend the Iowa Astronomy Convention. Sponsored by state astronomy organizations, the convention brought together astronomy professionals, teachers and hobbyists for the first of what is intended to be an annual event.


A Comparative Summary Of Instructional Science Materials And Outdoor Experiences For Students In Iowa Elementary Schools From 1980-1987, Greg Stefanich, Mary Norton, Jan Anderson Jan 1989

A Comparative Summary Of Instructional Science Materials And Outdoor Experiences For Students In Iowa Elementary Schools From 1980-1987, Greg Stefanich, Mary Norton, Jan Anderson

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

Following the development of the "new science programs" in the late 1960's, Iowa became a leading state in the adoption and implementation of activity-based science in elementary classrooms. A survey conducted by Anderson in 1980 indicated that approximately 40 percent of the school districts in Iowa were using NSF developed programs in their elementary buildings. Research on the NSF curricula indicates that the programs were more effective in raising student performance and attitudes than the traditional reading-based programs. Shymansky (1989) indicates that students using the NSF curricula showed significant gains in achievement, process skills, perceptions and analytic skills. They generally …


Science Notes - Gary E. Downs And Karen L. Murphy Receive Iowa Science Teachers Section Awards Jan 1989

Science Notes - Gary E. Downs And Karen L. Murphy Receive Iowa Science Teachers Section Awards

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

Gary E. Downs and Karen L. Murphy were recently presented with Iowa Science Teachers Section Outstanding Service Awards for 1989. Both award recipients were honored at the ISTS Fall Conference and School Science and Mathematics Association Annual Convention in Des Moines.


Astronomy Bulletin - The 1989-90 Winter Sky, P. Steven Leiker, Thomas A. Hockey Jan 1989

Astronomy Bulletin - The 1989-90 Winter Sky, P. Steven Leiker, Thomas A. Hockey

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

No abstract provided.


Astronomy Resources, P. Steven Leiker, Thomas A. Hockey Jan 1989

Astronomy Resources, P. Steven Leiker, Thomas A. Hockey

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

"The locus of points such that the sum of the distances between each point and two other fixed focii is constant." This definition of the ellipse, that figure from geometry so important to the understanding planetary and stellar orbits, may be familiar, yet it often remains confusing. We find that creating an ellipse in front of a class as we discuss its features helps to clarify this mathematical definition.


Science Notes - Iowa State University Offers "Desert Wilderness" Seminar Jan 1989

Science Notes - Iowa State University Offers "Desert Wilderness" Seminar

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

The Environmental Studies Program at Iowa State University will sponsor a "Desert Wilderness" seminar during the spring semester of 1990. Participants will meet one evening per week to study literature, natural and human history and wilderness legislation.


Science Notes - Outback Opportunity: Australia Bound Jan 1989

Science Notes - Outback Opportunity: Australia Bound

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

Duane Toomsen of the Iowa Department of Education will be leading a tour group to Australia during the summer of 1990. Participants will have the opportunity to visit Sydney, the Australian Capital Territory and Canberra, the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales and Victoria, Darwin and Kakadu National Park, tropical rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef and many other areas of interest.


Science Notes - Top Science And Mathematics Teachers Honored Jan 1989

Science Notes - Top Science And Mathematics Teachers Honored

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

The White House has announced the 1989 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. Across the country, 112 dedicated and talented junior high, middle and senior high school science and mathematics teachers were selected to receive the awards. In Iowa, the recipients were Earl Ockenga (mathematics) of Malcolm Price Laboratory School, Cedar Falls, and Floyd F. Sturtevant (science) of Ames High School, Ames.