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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 1:26pm

We have been quite busy here at the School for Science and Math. We are now well into the second semester.Freshman students recently constructed a digital soil map of Davidson County by analyzing soil samples that they collected from their homes and plotting the results using GIS software. Soon, they will be visiting both the Metro waste water and drinking water treatment facilities to learn about the science behind these important municipal services and to ponder how they might be improved.The sophomore class worked in the fall semester to clone and sequence the GAPDH gene from several...

SCP Coordinator Publishes in National Journal for Teachers

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 5:19pm

The December 2008 issue of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) middle school journal, Science Scope, featured an article by MNPS teacher and CSO Scientist-in-the-Classroom Coordinator, Jeannie Tuschl.As a program coordinator at the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach (CSO), under the direction of Dr. Virginia Shepherd, Ms. Tuschl initiated the Volunteer Scientist-in-the-Classroom Partnership (vSCP) at Vanderbilt University in collaboration with Dr. Patrice Moss-Gray at Meharry Medical College and Dr. Todd Gary at Tennessee State University. Volunteer graduate students and...

Snacks4theBrain! Now Available at the Vanderbilt Discover Archive!

Monday, January 5, 2009 - 7:46pm

The Center for Science Outreach is pleased that its popular podcast, Snacks4theBrain! has been included in the newly released Discover Archive, an extraordinary project from Vanderbilt's Jean and Alexander Heard Library. The rapidly growing research resource offers many ways to access S4theB! but one way is to perform a simple search for "snacks" and "brain", which results in this page.The next episode, number 78, of Snacks, will feature amazing end of semester presentations by the School for Science and Math's sophomore class, as well as some fun independent music and the return of Tech Tip...

Science gets short shrift

Monday, November 24, 2008 - 6:14pm

See an article from the front page of the November 23, 2008 Tennessean about the state of science education and how our office is working to improve the problems facing Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, as well as schools in general.View the article on the Tennessean's website or view a PDF of the article.

Family Science Night for Antioch and Cane Ridge Middle School Students

Monday, November 17, 2008 - 12:18pm

Did you ever eat ice cream made with liquid nitrogen? Or gaze at the stars from inside a gigantic balloon? Or send a water bottle rocket into the night sky?Students and their parents in Cane Ridge and Antioch area middle schools were invited to an evening of science fun at Cane Ridge High School last Tuesday evening. Over 400 participants chose to attend 6 of the more than 40 hands-on science activities during the two-hour event.Sponsored by the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach in collaboration with Metro Nashville Public Schools, this event featured activities taught by science...

Former Science Teaching Fellow Voted Best Public School Teacher

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 1:37pm

David Petersen, a former participant in the Scientist-in-the-Classroom Partnership (formerly the National Science Foundation GK-12) program was recently voted the best public school teacher in the Nashville Scene's 2008 Best of Nashville Readers' Poll.While in the program, David was a fellow at Cameron Middle School. He is currently a math teacher at Independence High School in Thompsons Station, TN. Congratulations, David!

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