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Mysterious Deep-Space Explosions Baffle Scientists

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6th graders are always drawn to explosions

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MINDSTORMS Featured in MegaFactories: LEGO - National Geographic

Learn all about Mindstorms NXT 2.0. Build and program your own robots!


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We will be using Lego Mindstorm next year

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With enough time and Lego you can do remarkable things
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Milky Way Galaxy Collided with Andromeda 10 Billion Years Ago, Astronomers Suggest | Astronomy | Sci-News.com

Milky Way Galaxy Collided with Andromeda 10 Billion Years Ago, Astronomers Suggest | Astronomy | Sci-News.com | Science Education | Scoop.it
Our Milky Way Galaxy and the Andromeda galaxy had a close encounter around 10 billion years ago, according to European astronomers.

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It is pretty fun to talk about such large numbers with sixth graders.

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Chemistry Challenge Inspires Middle School Students | July 1, 2013 ...

Chemistry Challenge Inspires Middle School Students | July 1, 2013 ... | Science Education | Scoop.it
Eshan Kemp, a sixth-grader at Odie Middle School in Bellevue, Wash., was crowned national champion at the “You Be the Chemist” challenge finals held in Philadelphia on June 24. Kemp (left) is shown with other competition ...
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How we used technology to develop student-led learning in science

How we used technology to develop student-led learning in science | Science Education | Scoop.it
Teacher David Andrews explores how tablets and apps can complement traditional learning techniques

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John Pearce's curator insight, July 6, 2013 6:21 PM

A neat discussion on how technology can be used in science, Importantly the point is made that "It's always been made clear to pupils, parents and staff that we would use technology if it was the best tool for the job to enhance learning."

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ISTE 2013: Building Technology into the Common Core Standards

ISTE 2013: Building Technology into the Common Core Standards | Science Education | Scoop.it
Educators find creative ways to use technology to improve learning outcomes and assessments.

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We have implemented the common core here for math & Language arts.  Science is next.  I'm a fan but I understand the anxiety associated with it.

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Surviving middle school – again – Schools of Thought - CNN.com ...

Surviving middle school – again – Schools of Thought - CNN.com ... | Science Education | Scoop.it
By Wendy Sachs, Special to CNN (CNN) -- About a year ago, I sat in the auditorium at South Orange Middle School in suburban New Jersey and listened to the cheerful principal prepare the incoming sixth-grade parents for ...
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Not a science page but it is an interesting take on middle school today.

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We live in a world increasingly dominated by science. And that’s fine. I became a science writer because I think science is the most exciting, dynamic, consequential part of human cultu...

We live in a world increasingly dominated by science. And that’s fine. I became a science writer because I think science is the most exciting, dynamic, consequential part of human cultu... | Science Education | Scoop.it
Science writer John Horgan responds to the major recent report on the value of the humanities.
Pair with Dorion Sagan on why science and philosophy need each other. (YES!
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Twitter / IFLScience: This Week In Science. Full ...

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This Week In Science.
Full references on Facebook http://t.co/SnIR4hIbBT
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Cool overview of science news.  This could actually count as about 10 sources

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What is talent – and can science spot what we will be best at? - The Guardian

What is talent – and can science spot what we will be best at? - The Guardian | Science Education | Scoop.it
What is talent – and can science spot what we will be best at?
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My interest in the science of talent has a personal backstory.
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I love any idea that incorporates scientific method into an everyday topic.  Students need relevance.

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Video: Digital Transformation Comes to Education | MIT Sloan ...

Video: Digital Transformation Comes to Education | MIT Sloan ... | Science Education | Scoop.it
A leading textbook company is remaking itself for digital education.
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It needs to happen.  I am no longer a fan of paper text books

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Education giant Pearson debuts the first class of its virtual ed tech ...

Education giant Pearson debuts the first class of its virtual ed tech ... | Science Education | Scoop.it
Pearson Catalyst, the new ed tech startup program launched by publishing company Pearson, has announced the companies in its inaugural class.
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We use Pearson text and on-line resources in our district

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Fighting wildfires with science - CBS News

Fighting wildfires with science - CBS News | Science Education | Scoop.it
Fighting wildfires with science
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(CBS News) LOS ANGELES - This is already one of the worst wildfire seasons on record, and it's only early July.
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Teaching Nonfiction Reading Skills in the Science Classroom

Teaching Nonfiction Reading Skills in the Science Classroom | Science Education | Scoop.it

I'd share a few handouts that I've been using in class this year to teach nonfiction reading skills in my sixth grade science classroom.

 

Each lesson is tied directly to a standard in the Common Core Literacy in History, Science and Technical Subjects


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Super important skill for secondary success.  Glad to see an emphasis on it in the Common Core

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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:36 PM

Nonfiction strategies that include close reading.

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Myths About Science Fair Experiments For Middle School Classes ...

Myths About Science Fair Experiments For Middle School Classes ... | Science Education | Scoop.it
When students get to sixth grade, they find that science fair experiments for middle school are not the same, but it may not be the way they imagine. I wrote a blog entry about some of the myths about middle school science projects.

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great article

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Curriki - Best Free Apps for Space and Astronomy

Curriki - Best Free Apps for Space and Astronomy | Science Education | Scoop.it
Curriki resource: More than 40 years after the first moon landing, we're still impressed by that ʺgiant leap for mankind.ʺ To honor this achievement, we've pulled together 5 of the best free apps related to astronomy.

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Great site for resources

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Janet Price's curator insight, September 24, 2013 8:30 PM

Some excellent apps to use! free

 

Joe Liu's curator insight, October 23, 2013 5:00 PM

This site can be used to have students download free apps that would be relevant for understanding and increasing the curiosity for the Space topic. I have already downloaded two of the apps which I found to engage the class as a whole.  They can use the apps as resources to complete assessments on phases of the moon, to support their own observations.

 

The best aspect is the free access. This means even more students can have access to this resource. However, it would be great if this site was updated more regularly with new apps when they become available.

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Giants of Science: Gregor Mendel | Science! | Geek.com

Giants of Science: Gregor Mendel | Science! | Geek.com | Science Education | Scoop.it
Plenty of people have revolutionized our understanding of the world, and plenty more have tried, but it was Mendel who best embodied the virtues of science. Mendel set out satisfy an impulse that seems to have come entirely ...
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Sony Computer Science Labs developing Legos with artificial intelligence

Sony Computer Science Labs developing Legos with artificial intelligence | Science Education | Scoop.it
With kids wanting to get their hands on tablets and smartphones rather than tops and jack-in-the-boxes, traditional toy makers are beginning to feel the heat. Although, it’s hard to imagine a perennial favorite like Lego go under, they aren’t...

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We are using Lego's for our robotics unit

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Trans-US solar plane finishes flight

Trans-US solar plane finishes flight | Science Education | Scoop.it
A solar-powered plane lands at New York's JFK airport, completing the final leg of its coast-to-coast journey despite a tear in its wing.
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Robot Rodeo, Y'all! | Popular Science

Robot Rodeo, Y'all! | Popular Science | Science Education | Scoop.it
It's 10 a.m. on a Wednesday, and I'm watching a robot poke a forest camouflage backpack with a stick. Here on the southern edge of Albuquerque, N.M.,
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I hope to create a competative robotics team this year with my 6th graders.

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Science Is a Pain in the Butt. Embrace It. | Experts' Corner | Big Think

Science Is a Pain in the Butt. Embrace It. | Experts' Corner | Big Think | Science Education | Scoop.it
Science is often awkward and frustratingly uncertain and mindbogglingly complicated. It is also what enriches our lives.
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Andy Murray's appliance of science - Telegraph

Andy Murray's appliance of science - Telegraph | Science Education | Scoop.it
If the Caledonian superman wins Wimbledon this year, it will be thanks to 50 pieces of sushi a day, a magic potion and a battalion of experts (RT @DrSimonSostaric: “@darrenburgess25: Impressive routine from Andy Murray.
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Another example of practical application of science in everyday life.

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Saul Perlmutter: 'Science is about figuring out your mistakes' - The Guardian

Saul Perlmutter: 'Science is about figuring out your mistakes' - The Guardian | Science Education | Scoop.it
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Saul Perlmutter: 'Science is about figuring out your mistakes'
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Nobel prize-winning astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter never thought "Eureka!
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16-year-old has finally succeeded in making plastic out of banana peels

16-year-old has finally succeeded in making plastic out of banana peels | Science Education | Scoop.it
A few years ago, Elif Bilgin, now 16, began thinking about slimy, used banana peels in an entirely new light.
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I hope to spotlight a teen science success story every week during next school year.  Highlight practical heros.

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This date in science: NASA rover Opportunity blasts off to Mars - EarthSky

This date in science: NASA rover Opportunity blasts off to Mars - EarthSky | Science Education | Scoop.it
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This date in science: NASA rover Opportunity blasts off to Mars
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July 7, 2003. On this date, NASA's Mars rover Opportunity blasted off on a journey to Mars.
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We are adding a robotics unit to our Astronomy core this year.  Our kids are going to design and program a Mars Rover simulation

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