We all learn from experience, which is why science labs are particularly effective in teaching the interdependencies of our environment.
Activities can generate the spark needed to move students beyond the book and into the field to become enlightened stewards of their
That’s what Science Scene is all about. Science Scene is a topical blog and a Facebook community designed to help educators keep learning fun and exciting.
Compiled and hosted by Forestry Suppliers, Science Scene discusses themes and ideas designed to spark new ideas for your classroom. We feature interviews and activities with educators who have been in the field and in the classroom to bring you concepts that work. In between, our blog looks at new products for the classroom, apps and other classroom aids, and takes you along on our own field excursions for even more ideas. Most importantly, Science Scene is presented in a format that expresses a strong scientific method, and always with a dedication to STEM objectives.
Encourage your students to go beyond the book and into the field.
Discover new ideas and methods to create an atmosphere of hands-on learning.
Our adventures with Science Scene have taken us into the field with some pretty amazing educators as we bring you stories that are relevant to the earth and environmental science studies in your classroom, and always with a dedication to STEM objectives.
We have studied macroinvertebrates in Alabama; visited Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute with GLOBE Program educators; gone behind the scenes at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center to observe Space Camp; and stepped back in time with Dr. Jim Lacefield as he explained the fascinating geology of Alabama and the southeastern United States… To name just a few.
Inform students of ecosystems and their importance to the overall health of the planet.
Science Scene introduces general topics and activities for consideration, then we take them further to expand through insightful interviews with professionals and educators who have successfully integrated these studies and labs into their own classrooms. For example, our macroinvertebrate entry introduces readers to the ongoing studies at the Cahaba River near Hoover High School in Hoover, Alabama. Over the years, science educator Janet Ort has led numerous classes to the river banks to collect samples and investigate water quality and ecosystem issues. Janet shares some of her experiences and activities that she performs with her classes, pointing out the importance of their individual and collective work, and how it has helped her students grow in awareness to become conscious environmental stewards.
Inspire students with inquiry-based skills that they will use throughout their lives.
To help place the activities in context, we also include background information, and feature informative interviews from local experts and guides like Taylor Steele and Dr. Jim Lacefield. We even incorporate complete lists of the equipment you’ll need to perform the activities yourself, and detailed, downloadable activity guides and materials.
In the end, our hope is to inform and inspire other educators to step outside of the classroom and into the field to ignite a spark of enlightenment to young minds, and set them on a path of discovery and lifelong learning.
Education—especially science education—is not a one-size-fits-all kind of vocation. Introducing young minds to all aspects of science is rewarding, but maintaining interest and relevance to today’s topics and contemporary culture is the goal. Because when students are involved; when things finally “click” and they begin to understand the interdependencies of our planet's systems... well, it just doesn't get any better than that.