Back in January, I attended ScienceOnline 2011. The conference was full of science lovers doing exciting things online, but I was particularly impressed by the work being done by Stacy Baker, a high school biology teacher in Long Island, New York. Somehow I missed her at the conference and never got the chance to meet her in person, but everywhere I turned, it seemed, I was hearing about her classroom blogging project. Ms. Baker makes her blog, Extreme Biology, an integral part of her teaching. And it’s not just Ms. Baker doing the blogging–her students regularly take to the blog to write about anything and everything biology-related.
The blog has attracted the attention of science communicators far and wide. In fact, at ScienceOnline, Ms. Baker had an incredible announcement: Four of her students had been selected to blog for Scitable, an educational portal run by publishing giant Nature.
I still remember the great science teachers I’ve had in my life–and, in particular, how the education I got in middle and high school set me on the road to a science career. I wish I’d had a public forum in which to write about science at the time. And so I thought I’d take a page from Nature‘s book and give a few more of Ms. Baker’s students a chance to have some of their science blogging read by a wider audience. In the next few weeks, I will be publishing guest posts written by several of Ms. Baker’s high school students. Their posts cover everything from cancer to climate change–all I asked is that they write about something in science that interested them.
Stay tuned for these guest posts–I hope you find reading them to be as enjoyable as I did.
P.S. I’d love to run more of these kinds of guest posts–if you’re a high school student that would be interested in writing a post for this blog, please get in touch.