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Animals and Science in the Classroom

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Animal Related Career Summer Intensive

The summer is always a hectic time of the year, especially for students!  There are numerous educational opportunities for students to partake in over the summer.  This summer we had our second Animal Related Career Summer Intensive for high school students.  Take a look at what we did...

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Summer Break!

We are well into the beautiful season of summer!  Many educators are on summer break but that does not mean that they stop thinking about their classrooms and what should be planned for the fall.  If you are looking for ideas or are wanting to learn more about the Next Generation Science Standards, look into a professional development.  We offer quality PD's that are quite cost-effective!  Click...

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Alternatives to dissection

Animal and plant dissection are school lessons that have been integrated into biology and life science classrooms for many years.  There are times when students or teachers don't like the idea of dissecting an organism that was once living for educational purposes.  If you fit that category and would like other options, but don't know where to turn I give three great alternatives below. ...

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7 things you should know about canine influenza

In Chicago, over 1,000 dogs have been recently infected with the canine influenza virus and five had died within a short amount of time.  Multiple pet stores have closed as a result of the widely spreading infection and pet parents are understandably on high alert.  With the recent outbreak of the contagious virus it is imperative that pet owners remain educated about the facts associated with...

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NSTA conference 2015

Earlier this month members of the STEM team were able to attend the National Science Teachers Association annual conference here in Chicago.  The conference is always loaded with educational programming to help you prepare and extend your lessons.  The focus is of course science but heavily incorporates engineering as the Next Generation Science Standards have encouraged teachers to integrate t...

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Reflecting on Practice

In December of 2014 The University of Illinois Extension partnered with the Cook County Forest Preserve to present Reflecting on Practice to fellow educators and staff. Reflecting on Practice was developed at the Lawrence Hall of science and is a professional learning program for informal science educators. The program immerses informal educators in discussions about, reflections on, and appl...

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The Young Naturalist Awards 2015

The Young Naturalist Awards are sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History.  The competition is a research based science contest for students in grades 7-12.  The deadline is March first so get your entries in soon!  Learn more here :...

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