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Students get hands-on with STEM

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Spaghetti, mini-marshmallows, Popsicle sticks and Q-tips could change the way students at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School view bridges, buildings, towers and other man-made structures.

 

Many of the 210 students in Pre-K3 through eighth grade at the Fee Avenue school in Melbourne participate in weekly projects using such items under the school’s STEM program. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

 

“The STEM program provides real-world context to the math and science concepts. The students are able to see that what they learn in the classroom has application in the real world,” middle school science teacher Luci D’Amico said.

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Practical applications and deeper learning with inquiry-based learning.

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The fundamentals of space-time: Part 1 - Andrew Pontzen and Tom Whyntie

The fundamentals of space-time: Part 1 - Andrew Pontzen and Tom Whyntie | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it

Space is where things happen. Time is when things happen. And sometimes, in order to really look at the universe, you need to take those two concepts and mash them together.


In this first lesson of a three-part series on space-time, hilarious hosts Andrew Pontzen and Tom Whyntie go through the basics of space and time individually, and use a flip book to illustrate how we can begin to look at them together.

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Fun science with a different perspective... Great for your STEM based learning environment. 

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NASA's Eyes on the Solar System | NASA.gov

NASA's Eyes on the Solar System | NASA.gov | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Eyes on the Solar System is a 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data. Explore the cosmos from your computer. Hop on an asteroid. Fly with NASA's Voyager spacecraft. See the entire solar system moving in real time. It's up to you. You control space and time.
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WOW! This is so very cool to add to your STEM-based learning environment.

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Training Teachers to Teach Critical Thinking | Edutopia

Training Teachers to Teach Critical Thinking | Edutopia | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it

Define what critical thinking in the classroom is.


It's an approach to teaching that allows students to make sense of the content. They analyze the content, they evaluate the content, and they're able to apply it to their daily lives. Teachers ask specific questions to get the students to do those things.

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To provide a professional development workshop on this topic has many conditions that must be met prior to moving toward teaching critical thinking basic skills.

 

I used metacognitive learning strategies as a starting point before working on the critical thinking skills.

 

Then adapting/ modifying to the teaching - learning environment and culture is another consideration that has to be made especially in Southeast Asia. 

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Scientists pinpoint exotic new particle called quantum droplet

Scientists pinpoint exotic new particle called quantum droplet | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the field of quantum physics, you could call this a droplet in the bucket. Physicists in Germany and the United States said on Wednesday they have discovered an exotic new type of particle that they call a quantum droplet, or dropleton. Writing in the journal Nature, they said it behaves a bit like a liquid droplet and described it as a quasiparticle - an amalgamation of smaller types of particles. The discovery, they added, could be useful in the development of nanotechnology, including the design of optoelectronic devices.
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"They have discovered an exotic new type of particle that they call a quantum droplet, or dropleton." It is getting more interesting with possible applications of the new knowledge.

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Providing STEM Role Models

Providing STEM Role Models | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Science role models were key to my journey. A pinnacle moment was when I watched a show on PBS called 3-2-1 Contact, which featured a segment with a teenaged black girl solving problems. When I saw h
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These are excellent teaching and learning resources for the STEM based learning environments.

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Vermont helps students with personalized learning plans

Vermont helps students with personalized learning plans | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it
HINESBURG -- Abby Trombley wasn’t feeling challenged in school.

 

"The key to personalized learning plans is to taking the time to sit down with the students and ask where you want to go and figure out the best way to get there," she said. "We have the same high ambitions for all of you but we know you have to walk different paths to get there."

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This is a high school example of an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). I have used and developed my own ILP a long time ago. When I first started my master's degree and now current PhD studies, I developed my ILP.

 

I remember writing and informing my PhD adviser that the current PhD program does not fit with my Individual Learning Plan.


Everyone must take charge of their own learning and not be afraid to change, modify or move from a program that doesn't fit your needs. You’re paying for it, so you have the ultimate say.Thank goodness, there is always another PhD program out there to choose from and everyone should remember there is always another choice.


Program managers should remember that the learners are the true end users of the learning experiences and the reason they have a job.

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Beyond Angry Birds, Five Apps That Test Your Physics Skills

Beyond Angry Birds, Five Apps That Test Your Physics Skills | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Here are five other games for the Angry Birds fan that do an even better job of integrating physics and problem solving into addictive, just-one-more-try experiences.
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Beyond Angry Birds, these physics games can be a helpful and fun activities to add to your STEM-based learning environment.

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Fun new ways to engage students online in real world simulations on app friendly devices.

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The Nation Report Card: First Look-2013 Mathematics and Reading Trial Urban District Assessment | ERIC

The Nation Report Card: First Look-2013 Mathematics and Reading Trial Urban District Assessment | ERIC | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), in partnership with the National Assessment Governing Board and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS), created the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) in 2002 to support the...
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Takeaways from Math Methods: How Will You Teach Effectively?

Takeaways from Math Methods: How Will You Teach Effectively? | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it

In a perfect world, preservice teachers (PSTs) in my mathematics methods course would leave each class session with 8-10 important ideas that I have tried to cleverly squeeze into a 150-minute session.

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STEM supported math teaching approaches with PST's.

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6 Life Habits That Programming Could Teach You Today

6 Life Habits That Programming Could Teach You Today | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Everything important that you need to know about living a successful life, you can get from a computer program. Don't believe me? Read on.
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"Yes, I know, it’s quite a nerdy thing to say — but the truth is that there’s a lot of wisdom in code….in while statements, arrays, methods, objects and all that. In fact, a whole lot that I learned about managing life in general came directly from my study of various programming languages'.

 

Lifelong learning is all about the application of knowledge in the real world...It's OK being a nerd in understanding...

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WIRED's Top 13 Stories of 2013 | Wired.com

WIRED's Top 13 Stories of 2013 | Wired.com | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Our biggest stories of the year show just how big the WIRED world is.
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My favorite Wired article is the one I posted in Scoop.it on,"How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses" and is worth reviewing again.

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Making waves: In the hunt for invisibility, other benefits seen

Making waves: In the hunt for invisibility, other benefits seen | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A new way of assembling things, called metamaterials, may in the not too distant future help to protect a building from earthquakes by bending seismic waves around it. Similarly, tsunami waves could be bent around towns, and soundwaves bent around a room to make it soundproof

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"While the holy grail of metamaterials is still to make objects and people invisible to the eye, they are set to have a more tangible commercial impact playing more mundane roles - from satellite antennas to wirelessly charging cellphones".

 

This is an interesting STEM-based article to review.

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OpenEd - Largest K-12 OER. Quarter Million Common Core Videos and Games.

OpenEd - Largest K-12 OER. Quarter Million Common Core Videos and Games. | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Largest collection of K-12 videos, games and assessments for all Common Core State Standards, flipped classroom LMS. All open source and Open API.
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This is an world class STEM based teaching and learning resources site.

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Big Bang breakthrough announced; gravity waves detected

Big Bang breakthrough announced; gravity waves detected | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Scientists have new evidence of the universe's inflation, the rapid expansion less than a second after the Big Bang.

 

What's more, researchers discovered evidence for the first time of what Albert Einstein predicted in his general theory of relativity: Gravitational waves.

 

These are essentially ripples in space-time, which have been thought of as the "first tremors of the Big Bang," according to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

 

A telescope at the South Pole called BICEP2 -- Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization 2 -- was critical to the discovery. The telescope allowed scientists to analyze the polarization of light left over from the early universe, leading to Monday's landmark announcement.

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This would be an interesting topic to discuss and develop into a STEM inquiry-based learning experience.

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Science Notebooks | Reading Rockets

Science Notebooks | Reading Rockets | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it
RationaleA science notebook, such as the one shown in the figure below, is a strategy for students to record and reflect on inquiry-based observations, activities, investigations, and experiments in order to increase their understanding of science instruction. Science notebooks are also an excellent tool for students to communicate their understanding of science concepts, for teachers to provide students with feedback, and, finally, to assess students (Shepardson & Britsch, 2000, 2001).
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Don't forget to engage the students with blended learning by using Evernote and create a digital science notebook  and other STEM-based / language learning e-notebooks.

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How does my brain work? | TED.com

How does my brain work?  | TED.com | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it
How exactly does the brain -- a 3-pound snarl of nervous tissue -- create inspired inventions, the feeling of hunger, the experience of beauty, the sense of self? Researchers at the edge of science explain …
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This is  a very good TED that can be used in your STEM teaching and learning environment.

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U.S. scientists achieve 'turning point' in fusion energy quest | Reuters

U.S. scientists achieve 'turning point' in fusion energy quest | Reuters | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. scientists announced on Wednesday an important milestone in the costly, decades-old quest to develop fusion energy, which, if harnessed successfully, promises a nearly inexhaustible energy source for future generations. For the first time, experiments have produced more energy from fusion reactions than the amount of energy put into the fusion fuel, scientists at the federally funded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California said. The researchers, led by physicist Omar Hurricane, described the achievement as important but said much more work is needed before fusion can become a viable energy source. They noted that did not produce self-heating nuclear fusion, known as ignition, that would be needed for any fusion power plant.
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The objective is clear, we are taking steps to achieve and reach the universal goal of unlimited, clean energy.

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For STEM Educators: Free NASA Teaching & Learning Resources | NASA Kids Club

For STEM Educators: Free NASA Teaching & Learning Resources | NASA Kids Club | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it
NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.
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A - Z Quick links for teaching and learning resources

Browse this alphabetical list for items of interest to educators. Locate top level sites for interesting topics, education pages for NASA missions, print materials, and other hard-to-find pages that offer resources for educators.

 

NASA Kids Club:

 

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html#.Uu2dqfmSz1J

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STEM - It all about the gravity | NASA

Astronaut readjusts to life back on Earth
“ > Don’t give him a baby for a while.
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...And now for something completely different...

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STEM Hands-on activities + virtual learning = best of both worlds! | RAFT

To enhance student learning, RAFT has identified more than 30 computer apps with hands-on education complements to cover a multitude of topics. Check them out, and please join us in thanking Cisco and Cisco CSR for assembling the volunteers at last year's App Safaris to find these matches. We hope you find them useful!

http://www.raft.net/public/pdfs/tip-sheets/link-hands-on-and-virtual-learning-tip-sheet.pdf

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Please review these excellent integrated e-learning supplemental resources for your teaching and learning environment.

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NSTA: Freebies for Science Teachers

NSTA: Freebies for Science Teachers | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it
Resources for science teachers

 

Check out the National Science Teachers Associations' "Freebies For Science Teachers"

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These are world class, free STEM based resources for all learning levels used in the 21st Century learning environment.

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Who doesn't like free?

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How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries - Adam Savage | TED Ed Talks

How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries - Adam Savage | TED Ed Talks | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it

Adam Savage walks through two spectacular examples of profound scientific discoveries that came from simple, creative methods anyone could have followed -- Eratosthenes' calculation of the Earth's circumference around 200 BC and Hippolyte Fizeau's measurement of the speed of light in 1849."

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This is an interesting presentation. Notice the question provide deeper learning and simulation leading toward inquiry-based teaching approach.

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10 Innovative Ways to Bring STEM to Schools

10 Innovative Ways to Bring STEM to Schools | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it
As schools look for innovative ways to bring in STEM learning, here's a possible road map for how to galvanize a school community.
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This is a great starter list...Can you suggest more?

 

My suggestion would be to have university seniors and graduate students come in as guest speakers to cover a topic related to their research project and promote STEM based education.

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A great list on how to bring STEM into the classroom.  Teachers are so busy and these are easy ways to incorporate STEM lessons with things that teachers are already teaching.

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2013: The Best Energy Stories of the Year | MIT Technology Review

2013: The Best Energy Stories of the Year | MIT Technology Review | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it

"Tesla’s profitable cars, cheap LEDs, half-price nuclear, and cheaper carbon capture are highlights of this year’s progress in clean energy".

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The good, the bad and the ugly energy stories provided by MIT Technology Review for STEM based teaching and learning.

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Subjects (Open Library)

Subjects (Open Library) | 21st Century STEM Teaching and Learning Resources | Scoop.it

To date, we have gathered over 20 million records from a variety of large catalogs as well as single contributions, with more on the way.

 

Open Library is an open project: the software is open, the data are open, the documentation is open, and we welcome your contribution. Whether you fix a typo, add a book, or write a widget--it's all welcome. We have a small team of fantastic programmers who have accomplished a lot, but we can't do it alone!

 

Open Library is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive, and has been funded in part by a grant from the California State Library and the Kahle/Austin Foundation.

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Excellent STEM-based e-books are available for your learning environment.

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