You can lend a hand to science education, too.

By February 10th, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Comment 1

National Lab Day is the brain child of Jack Hidary who wants to improve science, technology, engineering, and math education in the U.S.A. Through National Lab Day, scientists are matched with teachers in need of their intellectual capital. Much like you–citizen scientists–are lending your brains to science, scientists participating in National Lab Day are lending their brains to K-12 grade education. And there are opportunities for you to help teachers, too. Check out National Lab Day for more information. Here’s a terrific video summarizing this effort, just released at the infamous TED conference today. It reminds me of this magical remix of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.

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  1. Science is really a complicated subject, possibly at times, a field with a lot of ego at stake. That’s clear. There have even been bouts of “outsiderness” in the scientific community (molecular biology vs. ecology, or mathematics vs. physics), and degrees of dogma rising above scientific acumen are too numerous (even once is too much as inside the “Clovis first” mandate). Skepticism has long served science well, nonetheless it may be time for just a new paradigm — a subtle, yet potent shift in approach and thinking. Could “selfless restraint” fill that duty? It has all the right elements with no excess baggage that all too regularly goes with skepticism. One glance at the “skeptics” forums and internet sites, and it is possible to see the kind of illogics that once in a while find their way into scientific thinking.


    3 Apr 10 at 10:20 am

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