The VISTA Voice

Cosmos: Learning by Watching

Billions and billions of TV seasons ago, Carl Sagan brought science to the masses with his blockbuster series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.” One of the most popular series ever to air on public television, Sagan used the series as a digital classroom, sharing the wonder of science with over 500 million viewers in more than 60 countries.

We love the teaching motif, which is still evident…

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Ed Week Asked, We Answered

This week Liana Heitin with Education Week posed the question: Why does STEM learning have to be "real world"? Great question Liana and thanks for bringing attention to this important topic! Here at VISTA we talk about "inquiry-based learning" a lot. We've taught hundreds of K-12 teachers in Virginia on how to implement problem-based learning (or "real world learning"...

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I Couldn’t Picture Myself as a Scientist

Actress Mayim Bialik doesn’t just play a scientist on the hit TV series “The Big Bang Theory,” she actually holds a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA...

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Real World Applications

"The engagement level was huge! It was fascinating to hear from parents that dinnertime conversation was now about climate change.”

Laurie Goss of Taylor Elementary invited us into her classroom where her second grade students are learning about how they can protect plants and animals in their habitats from the effects of climate change. Students propose solutions like more solar energy…

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From Camp To Classroom

The children looked like they were playing in the stream. Upon closer inspection, it was revealed that they were doing science!

Kathy Lamont’s science class was on a field trip. They were testing water and looking at different marine species. The kids scooped up tadpoles and other samples. One was a frog much larger than the others. The student who found it was so excited; she did some…

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The Differences Between Project Based Learning and Problem Based Learning

It's easy to get lost in the alphabet soup of academic jargon. It's especially easy when two similar, but strikingly different teaching approaches have the same acronym – in this case, PBL. So what is the difference between Project Based Learning and Problem Based Learning?...

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