Happy Science Trails!

Oct 23 2013 Published by under Synaptic Misfires

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am excited to say that I have started a new, FULL TIME job as the Science Education Writer at Science News for Students! You can check out all my science education stuff over at Eureka!Lab! And don't worry, Scicurious will continue! I've got my new digs up and running over at Science News, and the science...and the WEIRD SCIENCE, will continue on!!!

I have been, and always will be, a proud Scientopian. And you might see a personal post or two here from me from time to time. 🙂 And of course I'll be here, reading and commenting  at some of my fav places.

So readers and fellow bloggers, please update your bookmarks, and make sure not to miss any Scicurious! The blog continues on!

5 responses so far

  • Congrats!!! Enjoy the new job!

  • arlenna says:

    Yes, congratulations! We will miss the Scicurious posts, but you will always be a part of our community!

  • bsci says:

    Congratulations!
    Having kids, I'm looking forward to seeing how you adapt your writing towards younger agess. I also look forward to reading about new things to teach & do with them. The vocabulary list under each post is interesting.
    I wish your new blog had a comments section since that really does enrich discussion, but I get that a comments section on a blog for kids would need to be very actively monitored.

    • Scicurious says:

      Thanks! The Scicurious blog DOES have comments, so those will continue. I can ask about comments for the other, but I think that may be a no good, it's more of a pile of articles.

      Latest post is up there about the Do it Yourself Science Zone if you are interested in science activities!

      • bsci says:

        I'm still thinking about why comments on EurekaLab might matter. The standard model for early childhood education is top-down delivery of facts. Even when there are classroom or home experiments, they are designed with known outcomes. An article-based blog continues this approach where kids can read about science, but their questions aren't welcome. A comments section is one way to address this. In an unrealistic ideal, kids read about some sort of finding & then say, "This doesn't make sense." or "Couldn't X also be happening?" or "What if they did this instead?" Some answers might be "That's been tried and the result was X" or "That wouldn't affect the key finding here" or "I don't think anyone has done that yet."

        Put another way, an ideal comments section could verbalize how scientists approach a question and allow kids to start thinking like a scientist.

        The open nature & disorder of a comments section might not be good for this. Heavy moderation would help, but still leave things disorganized. Perhaps articles could be followed by an "ask a question/give a response" box. Good questions to share are posted with responses. I realize this wouldn't be trivial to set up or manage, but just figured I'd brainstorm here.

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