NSTA Conference - Philadelphia - March 17-21, 2010

Thu, 2010-09-09 20:24 -- Mike Newnham

It was an interesting three days at the National Science Teachers Association conference in Philadelphia. Smarter Science presented three workshops to an audience of largely American teachers, and a few Canadians. There were over 300 sessions a day at this conference! We found, though, Smarter Science is a little different. We are providing a framework for teachers so that they can implement inquiry-based science in their classrooms and we cannot find any similar framework at the conference.

There were many workshop on inquiry-based approaches to biology, chemistry, physics and environmental science but they are very specific and don't provide teachers with a system for leading their students to become independent learners.