Science Connections

Welcome to Science Connections! Science is changing before our eyes, now more than ever. How do we help kids (and ourselves) keep up? How are we preparing students to be the next generation of scientists?

Join our host Eric Cross as he sits down with educators, scientists, and subject-matter experts on ways to best support students in science classrooms. Hear how to inspire kids across the country to love learning science, and how you can bring that magic into your own classroom.


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Meet our host:
Eric Cross

Eric Cross is a seventh grade science/technology teacher, grade level lead, and digital learning innovator for Albert Einstein Academies, International Baccalaureate schools. He is also an adjunct professor of learning and technology at the University of San Diego and a Google certified innovator. Eric earned a bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific University and a Master of Education from the University of San Diego. He had 17 years of experience working with at-risk youth and underserved populations before becoming a middle school teacher. By building relationships with students, colleagues, and the community, he has become an empowered leader in and out of the classroom. Through meaningful learning experiences centered around student agency, he’s made STEM accessible to students with highly engaging lesson design, thoughtful integration of digital tools, and culturally relevant pedagogy.

S3: Science as the underdog

Season 3 is all about “science as the underdog.” Often overlooked in K–12 classrooms, science is actually key to student success. This season, we investigate why, and discuss how science can be better utilized in schools.

Listen as we dive into hot topics, including tips for integrating science instruction and literacy, the role of project-based learning, and community-building through science.

  • Episode 7: Telling the story of science

    Join us for a new episode with doctoral student and 2023 NSTA keynote speaker, Minerva Contreras. Listen as Minerva tells her science story, discusses the benefits of storytelling in science, and shares how diverse representation and inclusion in science opens doors for all students.

    And don’t forget to grab your Science Connections study guide to track your learning and find additional resources!

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  • Episode 6: Identifying and addressing pseudoscience

  • Episode 5: Thinking is power

  • Episode 4: Using AI and ChatGPT in the science classroom

  • Episode 3: Instructional strategies for integrating science and literacy

  • Episode 2: How science strengthens literacy and language development

  • Episode 1: Science as the underdog, and the research behind it.