This brief video for students explains how the Science Writer features can help them write a more successful science report.
2017 Judges This year’s PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award judges are Emily Anthes, Amy Ellis Nutt, Robin Marantz Henig, and Emma Marris.
The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW), in cooperation with NASW, this week launched a new fundraising campaign to provide travel fellowships for international science writers attending the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017) scheduled for October 26-30 in San Francisco.
Screenshot of CAST’s Science Writer.
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Science Writer is an interactive, web-based instructional learning tool designed to help students in writing a complete science report; it supports students throughout the process of writing a science report. Research has revealed several effective instructional practices in improving the written language performance of students, and Science Writer has been designed to provide these:Science writers must fit their writing styles to suit a variety of materials and audiences. They write news stories manuals, and press releases for non-profit and for-profit corporations. Their main job is to describe science without using scientific terms. Science Writer is a technology-based learning environment that can provide plentiful opportunities for practice—a critical element to successful reading or writing strategy instruction. Science Writer enables students to demonstrate their knowledge of science concepts through writing, structures the writing processes as it relates to content-area writing, structures the thought process required for scientific writing, provides opportunities for structured practice and utilizes the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework to meet the needs of a wide range of students. Science Writer's Agent characters, Max, Sam and Eko, provide tailored support. Max and Sam give students a model and the reasoning behind it, and Eko gives students specific hints on how to progress. Additional support and tools are detailed throughout this manual. CAST Science Writer has been made possible in part by generous support from the NEC Foundation, The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Text Help, and an anonymous donor. Science writers can work for newspapers writing science and technology stories, environmental stories, or business stories about science-based corporations. Some write for magazines that cover medicine, the environment, natural science, academics, or business. Some are hired by medical software companies, universities, and other research institutions. Manufacturers hire science writers to produce copy for public relations, direct mail, and newsletters. Welcome to CAST Science Writer, the tool that supports students in writing lab and class reports. This tool is geared toward middle school and high school students. Check out the supports and help available in Science Writer described below. Or click the "Take a Tour" button above to see how Science Writer works.