Megan Doty

I am the e-Learning Engagement Specialist with NSTA. I look forward to working with teachers to ensure their science instruction is innovative and engaging for all students. Before coming to NSTA, I worked as a first grade teacher in Omaha, Nebraska and received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.





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Recent Posts by Megan

Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:38 AM in Engineering in Biology
Hi Kaitlyn, I'm not sure what grade level you teach, but I hope this article can be helpful! It discusses biomimicry in a middle school classroom, but if you needed you may be able to adjust for the level of your students. Do any other biology teachers have ideas to add? -Megan

Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:32 AM in Astronomy Resources
Hi Lizzy, I found a few articles here in the Learning Center that might be helpful! Check out these links to see if any could be used in your school/classroom: I would also recommend searching under...

Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:27 AM in Science in fourth grade
Hi Ariana, Great question! I'd like to recommend two of the NSTA journals to help with ideas for older elementary students. The first,  Science and Children , is full of ideas for students in the elementary grades. I've narrowed down a search here in the Learning Center to show all the articles from this journal - you can find them here:

Recent Reviews by Megan

Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:18 AM
5 Student-Focused Vocabulary Instruction
Interactive word walls put the students in charge of their vocabulary understanding. Classes can add pictures, labels, even real-world objects to the word wall to increase understanding of concept-specific words. These word walls allow for differentiation throughout classes, as different classes can add the specific supports they need. This would be an engaging way to assist students with their vocabulary understanding.

Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:56 AM
5 Sunspo
This article explains how students involved in a science club researched and modeled sunspots over time. It explains how students collaborated with themselves and professionals to better explain their findings. Students learned how to make a model and revise it after peer review to better present their research.

Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:38 AM
5 Engineering Activity
This article explains an engineering activity used in first grade that incorporates science and math. Students are required to build a cost effective house that can withstand "wind," "rain," and an "earthquake" (tests completed in the classroom, not actual weather events). Students must create their houses with materials they "buy" from a class store to incorporate their math skills. Overall, a fun and enriching experience!

Recent Public Collections by Megan

Clean Water

7 Resources

This is a collection of resources related to clean water.

Science Sampler: A student-centered project focused on obtaining clean drinking water for the community
Type: Journal Article

Water You Engineering? An Activity to Develop Water-Quality Awareness
Type: Journal Article

Renewable Energy

8 Resources

This is a collection of resources related to renewable energy.

A Solar Energy Cycle
Type: Journal Article

Science Sampler: Solar Panels and alternative energy in the eighth-grade classroom
Type: Journal Article


13 Resources

This is a collection of resources related to using Phenomena within three-dimensional teaching and learning.

Type: User uploaded resource

NGSS@NSTA Web Seminar Archive Page
Type: User uploaded resource