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Dec 5, 2022

Why Tinkering is Important for Kids

A new study finds that tinkering with “everyday” science-related objects at home could be an important way to build science interests and skills in kids, but children may not always know if they have access to these items. 

Headshot of Zach VanHekken

Nov 18, 2022

My Student Experience: Science Education Major Zach VanHekken Recognized as 2022 Leader of the Pack Finalist

Zach VanHekken, a senior double majoring in science education and chemistry, was named a Leaders of the Pack finalist for his contributions in leadership, scholarship and service. 

Associate Professor Cesar Delgado talks about using virtual reality to teach size and scale in science classrooms

Aug 30, 2022

How Can Virtual Reality Better Help Students Understand Size and Scale in Science? ‘It’s a More Interactive, Embodied Way of Experiencing Objects,’ Says Associate Professor Cesar Delgado

As students begin to learn about concepts related to size and scale in science, there will always be objects that are too small for the eye to see or too large or far away to experience up close. In these instances, Associate Professor Cesar Delgado believes that virtual reality can close the gap in understanding. 

Aug 17, 2022

Meet Our Incoming Students: 4 of Our Newest Goodnight Scholars

The NC State College of Education will welcome four incoming Goodnight Scholars this fall. Meet them and learn why they chose the College of Education. 

High school teachers and NC State researchers stand in front of a paper mill in New Bern, N.C.

Jun 22, 2022

Field Trip to New Bern Paper Mill with Professor Meg Blanchard Sparks Interest in Soft Biodegradable Electronics Among Teachers, Graduate Students

High school science teachers and researchers from NC State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had an opportunity to gain firsthand experience with bio-based electronics during a field trip connected to two grant-funded projects involving Professor and University Faculty Scholar Meg Blanchard. 

Wake STEM Early College Students

May 26, 2022

College of Education Faculty Contribute to New Handbook of Research on Science Teacher Education

A new book co-edited by Gail Jones, an Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor in the NC State College of Education, is providing insights into science teacher education through a thorough review of research related to science teacher preparation, induction and career-long professional learning. The book’s 35 chapters are divided into six sections, two of which were edited by Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor Sarah Carrier and Professor Soonhye Park. 

Two students working on a STEM education project

May 11, 2022

Three Videos from College of Education Researchers Featured in National Science Foundation’s 2022 STEM for All Video Showcase

Three videos from NC State College of Education faculty, staff and students, including researchers from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, are featured at the National Science Foundation’s 2022 STEM For All Video Showcase, which is being held virtually from May 10-17. 

Jessica Richardson

Apr 27, 2022

Jessica Richardson ’15, ’22MSA: ‘I Chose Education Because I Believe That Each Student Deserves an Exceptional Education from Champion Teachers Who Advocate for Them’

When Jessica Richardson ’15, ’22MSA decided she wanted to grow more as an educator, she enrolled in the NC State College of Education's School Administration program. Now, as she graduates, she feels she prepared her for the next step in her career, where she will serve as an assistant principal. 

Allyson and Jason Sarnowski

Apr 27, 2022

Father, Daughter With Passion for STEM Education Will Share Graduation Day

Allyson Sarnowski '22 and Jason Sarnowski '22MED will both graduate from the College of Education this May, after Allyson, who is earning her bachelor's degree in science education, inspired her father to earn his Master of Education in STEM Education. 

NC State College of Education Professor Soonhye Park disucsses PCK

Mar 28, 2022

How Can Developing Strong Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) Help Teachers Better Engage Their Students in Science Learning? ‘PCK Enables Teachers to Translate Their Content Knowledge into Forms That are More Accessible and Comprehensible to Students,’ Says Professor Soonhye Park

There are strong connections between students’ engagement and academic achievement in science and their ultimate career intentions in STEM fields. For this reason, Soonhye Park, a professor of science education in the NC State College of Education, believes engaging K-12 students in science activities is critical to both prepare scientifically literate students and produce a future STEM workforce.