NSTA Science Store recently sent along a press release to announce their new book, Science Beyond the Classroom. Here is the description from their site:
Taking science education beyond the classroom provides learning opportunities and experiences for students that just aren’t available within school walls, and Science Beyond the Classroom has a wealth of ideas on how to do it successfully. These carefully selected articles from the NSTA journals Science Scope and Science and Children were gathered into a compendium because of the value of informal science education in providing access to those experiences and in tapping into student interests.
Science Beyond the Classroom provides an overview of information and ideas—many of them include step-by-step, teacher-tested instructions and guidelines—that can be easily modified and adapted by teachers and others—scout leaders, club sponsors, parents, and home schoolers among them—who want to nurture enthusiasm for science. An introduc¬tion providing background and ideas for using the articles and a list of additional articles and web sites leads each of the five sections:
• Extending Science Learning Beyond the Curriculum: Projects and Challenges
• Extending Science Learning Beyond the School Building Walls: Using Local Sites
• Extending Science Learning Beyond the School Day: Clubs, Camps and Science Expositions
• Extending Science Learning to the Family: Take-Home Projects and Family Science Events
• Extending Science Learning to Informal Institutions: Museums, Zoos, and Other Field Trips
With its potential for engaging student interest, this book aims also at encouraging more students to enter academic fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.