When I see an interesting science tidbit in the news I post it in Twitter as a way to bookmark it until I get a chance to post it all here. Here’s the latest news dump for y’all!
An adopt-a-school program results in a new science lab for Trafalgar Elementary.
School officials transformed an empty storage room into the new lab after BJ’s Wholesale in Cape Coral donated $1,200 for materials and supplies through its Adopt-A-School program. The lab features models of the human body, microscopes, magnifying glasses and even two classroom animals -“Duke” the hedgehog and “Tinkerbell” the bearded dragon.
Students at the Marine Oceanographic Academy had to research theme parks and then create their own.
“It’s not your typical high school, but I think that’s what I like about it,” said Bolduc, a Port St. Lucie resident. “We don’t always have class. We’re out in the field. We’re getting dirty. It’s perfect.”
The Institute of Biotechnology is established at Santa Fe High School.
Members of the faculty and staff collaborated with the University of Florida, Santa Fe College and the Center of Excellence in Regenerative Health Biotechnology to develop the first courses in Biotechnology to be offered in Florida.
Florida father and son science team works at the South Pole.
“It wasn’t a vacation,” Mike Potash said. “It was definitely done in a spirit that we had a mission to accomplish.”
I like this story mainly because of this quote:
“This thing was basically a set of testes looking for the female.”
So far, no “strengths and weaknesses” garbage in the Texas science standards, but another problem did crop up. An amendment narrowly passed for the time being:
Describe the sufficiency or insufficiency of common ancestry to explain the sudden appearance, stasis and sequential nature of groups in the fossil record.