Al Byers

I help set, implement, manage, and evaluate the strategic vision for NSTA's high impact blended professional learning. This is done in cooperation with government agencies, state and local departments of education, universities, and foundations. This is possible with the expertise of a great team at NSTA. Prior to this I worked as an education specialist for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and prior to that I taught sixth and eighth grade physical science.




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Recent Posts by Al

Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:54 AM in STEM get girls encouraged?
Sydney I appreciate you asking your question. The late Sally Ride, the first US female NASA astronaut made involving girls in STEM a high priority throughout her efforts called Sally Ride Science. Leland Melvin, retired NASA astronaut (2 flights aboard ISS)-and prior head of NASA education is also speaking out on this topic. Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin recently hosted a summit calle...

Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:25 AM in FREE Force and Motion Kit
My wife, 5th grade teacher, for STEAM night several years ago, used an activity like this with plumbing insulation tubing, and students designing roller coasters. It was a huge hit...can you share any more into the type of activity you do, is there a URL or a lesson plan?

Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:53 AM in The Different Phases of the Moon
Nancy   Here’s a couple URLs that may be of assistance, including the specific misconception you are inquiring about below. There is rich literature about dealing with misconceptions, and many now are using the term “pre-conceptions” versus misconception, with the thinking that students making sense of the world around them is not “wrong” like a misunderstanding, but more as they wre...

Recent Reviews by Al

Thu Nov 11, 2010 5:21 PM
5 Love those simulations
This SciGuide has some nice movies, animations and simulations you can use directly with your students to help them learn the difficult concepts of Newton’s laws. The air track simulation in Newton’s third law allows you to control the mass and piston force, and zoom when you launch the carts. You can pause to take measurements as well. This is very helpful, especially if you do not have the physical tracks. Even if you do, compare and contrast the simulation to the real thing! If you need help on the concepts or laws, check out the free Science Objects for Newton’s Laws. The SciPack for Force and Motion provides unlimited email support from a content mentor and the ability to take a final assessment to demonstrate your content knowledge.

Thu Nov 11, 2010 5:16 PM
4 Love the coral reefs sims
This guide contains a list of pertinent URLs as well as some nice lessons plans on reefs. What I think teachers will find cool is they can access simulations to use in their classroom that can be used full screen. The Create a Reef is one of my favorites!

Thu Nov 11, 2010 5:14 PM
5 Bill Robertson Live (almost): Just as good
If you love the Stop Faking book on Force and Motion, you'll really enjoy this web seminar archive of Bill himself highlight difficult science topics in the same. He has a dynamic presentation and humorous presentation style and if Flash simulations are used during the session, they come back up for you to use live the archive. Good stuff.

Recent Public Collections by Al

Self-Directed Online Professional Development

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This series of research articles look at various theories, support strategies and interaction desired by adults completing self-directed e-PD

Online learning Learner characteristics and their approaches to learning.pdf
Type: User uploaded resource

Hands-on at a Distance Evaluation of a Temperature and Heat Distance Course.pdf
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These resources provide examples of lessons related to the use of catepillars in the classroom, and similar patterns of metamorphisis with mealworms.

Catepillar Metamorphosis Video
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The Early Years: Collards and Caterpillars
Type: Journal Article

Earth Sun and Moon

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Exploring Tides Simulation (Explore Learning)
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Science 101: What causes tides?
Type: Journal Article