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# 21st Century STEM Resources

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## No TV Show Has Ever Loved Math as Much as Futurama | Underwire | Wired.com

Two months after the show's finale, WIRED spoke to Singh and  Futurama executive producer and head writer David X. Cohen about Futurama's legacy, mathematical and otherwise.
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

I always enjoyed the show with Keeler's Theorem...

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## Inquiry Learning Ideas for Math and Science With iPads

Giving children ample opportunities to develop sound investigative skills at an early age is essential to nurturing their ability to think critically and scientifically as they get older.
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

The article provides excerpts form the book "iPad in Education for Dummies". Looks like fun STEM Based Learning!

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## Scientists take "4D printing" a step further

Using a 3D printer, people can already determine the length, width and depth of an object that they create. Thanks to research being conducted at the University of Colorado, Boulder, however, a fourth dimension can now be included – time. And no, we're not talking about how long it takes to 3D-print an item. Instead, it's now possible to print objects that change their shape at a given time.

The scientists, led by Prof. H. Jerry Qi, have developed a "4D printing" process in which shape-memory polymer fibers are deposited in key areas of a composite material item as it's being printed. By carefully controlling factors such as the location and orientation of the fibers, those areas of the item will fold, stretch, curl or twist in a predictable fashion when exposed to a stimulus such as water, heat or mechanical pressure.

The concept was proposed earlier this year by MIT's Skylar Tibbits, who used his own 4D printing process to create a variety of small self-assembling objects. "We advanced this concept by creating composite materials that can morph into several different, complicated shapes based on a different physical mechanism,” said Martin L. Dunn of the Singapore University of Technology and Design, who collaborated with Qi on the latest research.

This means that one 4D-printed object could change shape in different ways, depending on the type of stimulus to which it was exposed. That functionality could make it possible (for example) to print a photovoltaic panel in a flat shape, expose it to water to cause it to fold up for shipping, and then expose it to heat to make it fold out to yet another shape that's optimal for catching sunlight.

Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This 4D printing is reminding me of Star Trek's replicator...is food next?

Samantha Hogan's curator insight,

Wow! Interested to see what the next step will be in 3D printing!

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## Project-Based Learning Idea For Science: Using Machines

Project-Based Learning Ideas For Science: Using Machines

If you’re looking for an interesting project-based learning idea for science, the following “Dream Fort” contest might be worth considering. Information appears below, as do the relevant images and contact information you’ll need to participate.

“To promote the fall 2013 release of The Fort on Fourth Street: A Story of the Six Simple Machines, Sylvan Dell Publishing is teaming up with author Lois Spangler, and giving readers the chance to bring their creativity to life with the Dream Fort Design Contest.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This sounds like a great science / math fair idea for the whole school.

Victoria Brandon's curator insight,

Awesome ideas for simple machines.  Allows students to use what they have learned and apply it to a project!

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## Museum of Science and Industry | GoREACT

Experiment with chemistry virtually anywhere with goREACT! In this drag-and-drop laboratory, combine elements from the Periodic Table to create chemical reactions and discover the chemistry in the world around you!

With goREACT, you can become a virtual chemist. Whether you're a novice or expert, the free play and guided modes make it fun and fascinating.

Initiate nearly 300 virtual chemical reactions by dragging elements into the Reaction Area.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

What a great chemistry classroom activity resource...with no messy cleanup. Enjoy! Can be used in a multilingual classroom too!

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## Critical Search Skills Students Should Know - Edudemic

There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This is a great guide. Please consider running Zotero or Evernote in the background to save the inquiry based search.

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## Learning Math Just Got Easier With The Problem Generator From Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha is one of the best alternative search engines for finding answers to computational queries. Now, Wolfram Alpha has taken the same computational power and turned it into a solution for one of learning’s most “nightmarish” problems – learning mathematics.

The Wolfram Problem Generator helps students solve practice problems with clear step-by-step directions. To use Wolfram Problem Generator you need to have a Wolfram Alpha Pro account. You can take it for a free trial before going in for a pro subscription.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This would be a good math teaching resource to add to your bookmarks.

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## Learn to Code, Code to Learn

In this demo-filled talk MIT’s Mitch Resnick, one of the main creators of the kids coding program called Scratch, outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies — but also create them.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

Great activities for STEM based learning.

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## Howard Gardner: ‘Multiple intelligences’ are not ‘learning styles’

The fields of psychology and education were revolutionized 30 years ago when the now world-renowned psychologist Howard Gardner published his 1983 book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences,” which detailed a new model of human intelligence that went beyond the traditional view that there was a single kind that could be measured by standardized tests. (You can read his account of how he came up with the theory here.)

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

I agreed, do not call them learning styles. Instead adjust from the observed intelligences displayed by the learner, adapt, change and modify to the correct teaching and learning approaches needed to achieve the learning outcomes...remember to have FUN in the learning process!

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## The Smartest Kids In The World: 50 Brilliant Students That Model A Love For Learning

There have always been some pretty smart—make that incredibly smart—teenagers around.

Take, for example, the French mathematician Evariste Galois (1811–1832; at left), who invented the field of abstract algebra known as group theory while still in his teens. This branch of mathematics lies at the heart of modern quantum mechanics, among other things.

Galois may have been brilliant, but he was no nerd: He died in a duel over a love affair at the tender age of 21! So, teen geniuses are nothing new. However, it does seem like there are more of them around today than ever before.

Some of them are inventors; some, like Galois, solve difficult mathematical problems; some are brilliant artists, performers, or entrepreneurs; and some have encyclopedic knowledge, speak multiple languages, or can correctly spell any word.

They are all smart. Very smart. Smart way beyond their years. So, how do we measure intelligence? The most popular measure for intelligence is the Stanford-Binet IQ test offered through Mensa International, an organization for high-IQ people. An average IQ score is 85–114; 144 or above is considered genius-level. Yet, some people have intelligence and gifts that defy or go beyond a test score.

At first glance, it’s pretty hard to recognize the smartest teenagers. Just like fruit and other gifts of nature, we can’t (and shouldn’t) judge that proverbial book by its cover. You’ll recognize the diversity among these 50 smart teenagers and find very little in common among them in terms of physical characteristics, locations, background, etc.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This can be reviewed and allow students to read about their peers. Here's the key to the kingdom of knowledge...inquiry base, student centered learning... the main reason for the  learners success.

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## Numbers for Life Free Short Course Goes Live Oct. 21 | Carnegie Foundation

In this short course, you will see four lessons from the Quantway® course developed by the Carnegie Foundation.

These lessons will develop your understanding of common numbers often found in the news, on advertisements, and online.

You will see how numbers play important roles in arguments you hear about daily like issues such as gun control, smoking, pollution, and heart attacks.  And by the end of this course, you’ll be able to use numbers to communicate your ideas.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This is exciting new development for STEM based math teaching and learning. The Carnegie Foundation stands behind this new teaching approach. I recommend taking the short Free on-line 5 week course. Remember," A willingness to learn math in a new way." is the  course prerequisite.

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## American Geosciences Institute - AGI Education Free for K-12 Educators

AGI Education offers an exciting array of cutting-edge products and services for K-12 educators including NSF-funded curricula, high-definition videos, classroom activities, teacher professional development, and online resources.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

A very large resource bank with more than 150  K-12 Earth Science lesson plan activties.

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## A Framework For Student Motivation In A Blended Classroom

tudent motivation is an obscured piece of the academic puzzle, if for no other reason than what it implies: That students are inherently demotivated, and that the source for motivation is usually external.

It’s also difficult to measure, and education at large has become infatuated with the researching, measuring, and charting every step of the learning process.

This has had the ironic result of putting it at odds with abstractions of understanding, including curiosity, creativity, innovation, design thinking, agency, self-direction, and other equally endearing components of 21st century learning.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This model works well within the STEM-based learning classroom. I would add Universal Design for Learning within the scope and sequence of the blended learning model.

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## Popular Science | New Technology, Science News, The Future Now

Each year, the editors of Popular Science search all corners of the material world—cars, skyscrapers, drones, phones—to find the 100 innovations that are reshaping the future right before our eyes.

Best of What’s New winners make our world and our lives safer, more efficient, and straight-up better than we thought possible. These innovations make the stuff of science fiction—restoring sight to the blind, conversing with computers—the stuff of reality.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

Top 100 trends and innovations that could will change our world...

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## 'SimplyNano 1' experimental kit for schools now available [video]

'SimplyNano 1' experimental kit for schools now available in English and Russian

In the first edition of the "SimplyNano 1" experimental kit 850 kits were produced in German and French. In Switzerland the teaching tool is already used at 600 secondary schools. The response of teachers and schools is very positive and the demand is high.

The experiments can be used in biology, chemistry or physics classes. The introduction of the "SimplyNano 1" experimental kit is accompanied with teaching courses that demonstrate the use of the kit.

Via Gust MEES
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

Let the creative and innovative Nano Games begin...at a local high school near you!  This is so cool!

Gust MEES's curator insight,

In the first edition of the "SimplyNano 1" experimental kit 850 kits were produced in German and French. In Switzerland the teaching tool is already used at 600 secondary schools. The response of teachers and schools is very positive and the demand is high.

The experiments can be used in biology, chemistry or physics classes. The introduction of the "SimplyNano 1" experimental kit is accompanied with teaching courses that demonstrate the use of the kit.

Gust MEES's curator insight,

In the first edition of the "SimplyNano 1" experimental kit 850 kits were produced in German and French. In Switzerland the teaching tool is already used at 600 secondary schools. The response of teachers and schools is very positive and the demand is high.

The experiments can be used in biology, chemistry or physics classes. The introduction of the "SimplyNano 1" experimental kit is accompanied with teaching courses that demonstrate the use of the kit.

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## 'Walter White Telling Chemistry Jokes' Meme Is Positively Charged

The 'Walter White Telling Chemistry Jokes' meme is more fun than 7th grade science class.
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This is the lighter side of chemisty...I was trying to mix it up and see what happens...

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## 12 Technologies To Dominate STEM Education | Campus Technology

The use of big data, instruction through mobile devices, online learning (including MOOCs), and virtual and remote laboratories that emulate real ones are the technologies that will have the greatest impact on "STEM+" education over the next year.

These are the findings of a group of global experts who weighed in on emerging technologies that will most influence education over the next five years. STEM+ covers the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) as well as additional skills for applying knowledge of those subjects in the real world.

A report compiled by a consortium of organizations identified 12 technologies that will dominate conversations in education through 2018, as well as the top trends and challenges that will affect these shifts as they unfold.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This is an interesting report and perspective on future STEM-based learning trends.

Susan M. Baxter's curator insight,

Report co-sponsored by IEEE focuses the academic technology debates on STEM curriculum - and emphasizes (rightly in my opinion) the use of publicly available "big data" sets for course-embedded research.

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## 10 Educational Web Resources Teachers Should See - Edudemic

Too often we teach in isolation–we all have our standards, goals, curricula, and tasks we need to accomplish. Time is short. We don’t get out of our rooms. There can be years before I see a colleague.

One time I introduced myself to a person at a conference. It turned we worked together. There’s just no backing down from that embarrassment. I am usually the type of person who goes around to say hi, but things are a bit crazy in education the last few years, and I must not be doing the best job. It’s a waving red flag that we need to get out and collaborate more.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

Great ideas to spice up STEM based learning.

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## The Inquiry Process, Step By Step | MindShift

Created by educators in Australia, this diagram can be a helpful resource for students, as they embark on the inquiry learning process.
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This is a nice infographic on the inquiry learning process.

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## Evidence-Based Argumentation in Science | Literacy in Learning Exchange

This one-hour on demand web seminar addresses the call to guide students as they develop science arguments that are supported by research-based evidence.

The presenters share examples of ways to teach students to glean appropriate evidence from informational texts and other resources and methods for compiling and sharing evidence in a cohesive, academic manner in both written and oral formats.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

Excellent teaching and learning resources in evidence- based arguments.

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## Start-Up Reinvents the Bicycle Wheel

Superpedestrian announced Monday that it will being selling the Copenhagen Wheel, which can make any bicycle into a motorized hybrid e-bike.
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This would make an interesting classroom STEM based learning experiance.

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## How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired

..."That’s why a new breed of educators, inspired by everything from the Internet to evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and AI, are inventing radical new ways for children to learn, grow, and thrive.

To them, knowledge isn’t a commodity that’s delivered from teacher to student but something that emerges from the students’ own curiosity-fueled exploration.

Teachers provide prompts, not answers, and then they step aside so students can teach themselves and one another. They are creating ways for children to discover their passion—and uncovering a generation of geniuses in the process."

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The concepts of 21st century STEM based teaching and learning....

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## Must Have STEM Teaching and LearningTools | TeachThought

STEM is not only a national priority, but an essential part of a modern workforce. To help your students prepare for the 21st century, teaching an integrated science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum is critical.

Fortunately, there are numerous websites and mobile apps that can help. South Carolina math and engineering teacher Chris Beyerle curates the following collection of must-have STEM tools.

He includes stalwarts (such as Google Earth and Bill Nye the Science Guy), newer mobile games (such as Vernier Video Physics and Monster Physics), and critical references (such as Pocket Body and goREACT).

There is a treasure trove of tools here. Check them out and add them to your toolkit.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

It is a good start. What programs would you add to the list? Brainpop is one I would add: http://www.brainpop.com/

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## Succeeding with Inquiry in Science and Math Classrooms

Thinking critically. Communicating effectively. Collaborating productively. Students need to develop proficiencies while mastering the practices, concepts, and ideas associated with mathematics and science. Successful students must be able to work with large data sets, design experiments, and apply what they’re learning to solve real-world problems.

Research shows that inquiry-based instruction boosts students’ critical thinking skills and promotes the kind of creative problem solving that turns the classroom into an energized learning environment.

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## JST VIRTUAL SCIENCE CENTER

The Japanese Science and Technology Center's Virtual Science Center's lessons are appropriate for middle school and high school use.

Some lessons offer more depth than others, but all of the activities offer excellent content. Here is the full list of lessons: Mind Lab, Search for ET, Physics of Amusement Parks, Optical Communications, Earth Guide, The World of Rust, Energy Transmission in Sports, the Human Genome, and the Mysteries of the Body.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

Excellent resources for supplemental materials or integrate with the lesson plan.

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