Monday April 7, 2008 | Ira Flatow

April 4, 2008 at 1:23 pm | Posted in On Air | 4 Comments

Carl Flatow 1997Ira Flatow, host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation Science Friday, will be on the show during this edition of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins.  We’ll talk about science education and getting the general public interested in science.  We’ll also be joined by two local science experts who work towards getting Charlotteans interested in science.



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  1. The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County is in partnership with NPR as well as NASA for this program. PLCMC owns the island in Teen Second Life that the science show will be streamed to for teens. A volunteer from NASA will be working with the youth and teachers for activities related to the Science Friday program. I am a librarian at ImaginOn, which is a branch for children and teens at PLCMC and have managed the island since 2006.

  2. Want better science teachers – pay them competitive salaries. Once the teachers market looks more like the larger market (BAs in English making less than BS in Physics…not the other way around) – we won’t be grousing about getting college graduates to teach High School students.

  3. Hi,

    A large issue here in North Carolina is that very little time is spent on teaching science in the elementary grades, and what time is spent on science usually is textbook-based. I currently teach preservice elementary students at UNC Charlotte, where my students are expected to spend clinical time in elementary classrooms. As part of the methods class, my students are expected to teach two science lessons to their elementary students over the semester. Many of my students find that science is taught perhaps once a week, and then is based on reading a section of their textbook and answering questions in writing. With very little time spent on science, it is no surprise that our students don’t do well in science.

  4. Really enjoyed the fact you guys had Ira on. Thanks!


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