The National Science Education Standards specify that students
in grades 5–8 should study transfer of energy. Students, however,
may not understand why this is important. In summarizing the concept
of transfer of energy in his book Stop Faking It: Energy,
Bill Robertson writes: "Heat is a quantity of energy transferred
from one system to another. The first law of thermodynamics describes
the transfer of heat to and from a system. It's basically a statement
of conservation of energy applied to heat transfer. Heat can transfer
from one system to another through conduction and radiation. Hot
and cold liquids and gases can exchange places through a process
of convection. Different substances have different thermal conductivities,
which measure each substance's ability to conduct heat. Different
substances absorb and reradiate heat differently. This property
affects the heat balance of the Earth and is a key concept
for understanding the issue of global warming."
This issue of Science Class presents news stories, journals
articles, books, and web resources that can help you teach your
students the importance and relevance of transfer of energy.
of Energy in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
News stories selected for this month’s issue can help you
teach students about the transfer of energy.
to learn more.
of Energy on the Web
In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA
members can read "Infrared Thermometers." The link to
that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=51389.
is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content
chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so through
keywords; the keywords for this issue are
Transfer of Energy: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565510111066
Journal Articles on Transfer of Energy
The archives of Science Scope provide articles that arouse
students' imaginations while they learn about transfer of energy.
Click here to learn more:
To read about transfer of energy in NSTA Press and NSTA Recommends
books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-01/books_middle.htm.
To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
The December 28 issue of eSchool News featured
an article that points out that "while the importance of
whole-class learning is hardly new to education, it is more significant
than ever… [Today,] an educator failing to reach one student
can hurt a school's reputation as much as one who fails to reach
the entire class." Visit http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/reports/wholeclasslearning/index.cfm
to read a collection of articles, web links, and other resources
related to how technology can facilitate whole-class learning.
Three exciting free Web Seminars are being offered
in January, 2006:
Picture-Perfect Science: January 11
Preparing for the Journey to Space: January 19
Investigating Safely: January 25
These 90-minute live professional development experiences
use online learning technologies that allow you to interact with
nationally acclaimed experts; NSTA Press authors; and scientists,
engineers, and education specialists from NSTA government partners,
such as NASA and NOAA—all from the convenience of your desktop!
Educators use online tools that allow them to mark
up and annotate presenters' slides, share desktop applications,
or engage in chats, surveys, and polls with others online. Seminars
may be archived and are available for viewing after the live event
has occurred. For a full schedule of seminar topics, dates, and
times for January and February, and to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.
Registration is free, but the number of participants is limited,
so register early.
Seeks Elite University Status
China wants to transform its top universities into
the world’s best within a decade, and the country is spending
billions of dollars to attract big-name scholars and build first-class
research laboratories to accomplish this effort. China is focusing
on science and technology, areas that not only reflect its development
needs, but also mirror the preferences of an authoritarian system
that restricts speech. Many Chinese academics note that the biggest
drawback to this effort is the lack of academic freedom. To read
the article by Howard French that first appeared in The New
York Times, visit the Register-Guard at http://www.registerguard.com/news/2005/12/13/a1.chinauniversities.1213.p1.php?section=nation_world.
Science Scope (grades 69) has issued
a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:
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