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The debates around STEM v STEAM are plentiful - many STEM advocates disconnect STEM content from meaningful and engaging contexts; seemingly forgetting about active and inquiry focussed pedagogies that can only operate well in a rich integrated ecosystem.  We advocate for STEM+ and the "+" is essential.
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This Genius Map Explains How Everything in Physics Is Connected

This Genius Map Explains How Everything in Physics Is Connected | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
The video shows that there's a gaping "chasm of ignorance" that physicists need to fill in before we can truly understand how the Universe works. This includes things like dark matter and energy, which work in theory, but so far have never been directly observed or explained.

The bottom line in all of this is that, the more we learn, the more we realise how much we have left to discover, and that's one of the things we love the most about science.

So, for anyone who's ever hurt their brain by trying to think about what the Universe is expanding into, or what exactly space-time is made of, this is for you. Because when the history of physics is broken down into a palatable 8 minutes, it suddenly doesn't seem so scary after all.

Now, check out the video below, and go and use your newly minted expertise to impress some dinner table conversationalists. 
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This tiny mint box is actually a self-contained PC packing a Raspberry Pi

This tiny mint box is actually a self-contained PC packing a Raspberry Pi | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
While a few decades back you would’ve needed an entire room to fit in a computer, technology has come such a long way you can literally pack a PC right in a tiny mint box – and this is precisely what this crafty recreational inventor has done with his Raspberry Pi.

Developer Matt Wagner has managed to cram an almost entirely self-contained computer setup inside an Altoids mint box. While the resourceful inventor initially came up with the idea around 2012 when Raspberry Pi first launched, he had to wait a couple of years until the company eventually released the ultra compact Pi Zero.
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February 11 - International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2017 | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

February 11 - International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2017 | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

This International Day of Women and Girls in Science is an opportunity for all to take a stand for girls and women in science.

Girls continue to face stereotypes and social and cultural restrictions, limiting access to education and funding for research, preventing them from scientific careers and reaching their full potential. Women remain a minority in science research and decision-making. This throws a shadow over all efforts to reach the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change – both of which highlight the key roles of gender equality and science.

At the same time, girls and women shoulder the heaviest burdens of poverty and inequality – they stand on the frontlines of climate change, including the disasters resulting from natural hazards. Girls and women in rural and disadvantaged areas are hit hardest.

Meaningful progress must start with the rights and dignity of women, by nurturing their ingenuity and innovation.
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Integrating the study of STEM in secondary schools -

Integrating the study of STEM in secondary schools - | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

10:45am. Year 9 woodwork technology class. Students are building chairs and have been told to cut and join pieces of wood to form a right-angled triangle. With little time to explore it further, the teacher tells their students exactly how to cut the wood to achieve the desired angles. Fast forward only a few weeks and the same students are in class, but this time it’s maths. The time-old sigh of bored students echoes around the room: “why are we learning this anyway, we’re never going to use it”. You guessed it, they were learning about how to calculate the angles of a triangle.


Our secondary education system, designed largely in and for the industrial era, is in desperate need of revision if it is to remain effective in preparing students for their adult lives. One opportunity is to combine the isolated study of science, maths and technology (like woodwork – though all the cool kids are now running “maker spaces” instead) into a single, integrated “STEM” subject. Doing so will provide context to students, making learning relevant and engaging, whilst likely save time. Most importantly it creates a natural setting for students to hone their problem solving and logical reasoning skills, critical to their success in a rapidly changing world.

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Robots, Yes Robots, Could Be Trump’s Greatest Threat

Robots, Yes Robots, Could Be Trump’s Greatest Threat | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
The rise of automation is destined to replace some worker employment, and it could increasingly cause friction with efforts to create new jobs, a hallmark of the Donald Trump administration. Many…
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Hacking the classroom | Brian Aspinall | TEDxKitchenerED

Brian is a grade 7/8 teacher on a mission to expose as many kids as he can to coding and computer science. In this passionate talk, he makes a case for the importance of exposing youth to the principles of coding and computational thinking to prepare them for a rapidly changing future.

Brian is a grade 7/8 teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert who develops web applications to support 21st century learning practices and pedagogies. His latest project, edmettle, is a tool to support and develop student feedback to improve learning. Brian speaks professionally on the topics of 21st century education, assessment and evaluation and has given two TEDx talks on education reform.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and is currently completing his Masters of Professional Education in Math & Computational Strategies.
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Teach statistics before calculus!

Teach statistics before calculus! | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age.
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Physicists unveil new form of matter—time crystals

Physicists unveil new form of matter—time crystals | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Normal crystals, likes diamond, are an atomic lattice that repeats in space, but physicists recently suggested making materials that repeat in time. Last year, UC Berkeley's Norman Yao sketched out the phases surroundin
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Tesla Foundation Group – STEAM ED

Tesla Foundation Group – STEAM ED | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
The Tesla Foundation has partnered with key educators, aviators, roboticist, scientist, and engineers to offer K-12 and College level courses in Unmanned Aerial Systems for education and workforce development. The transition from the “Information Age” to the “Autonomous Age” is here and we are on the forefront of the largest migration of education and labor since the transition from “Farm to Factory” which occurred at the turn of the 20th century.
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Fun Games with S.T.E.M. Games for Kids - Building blocks

Today we are doing a S.T.E.M. activity. S.T.E.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education.

For this activity we will need
1 - building blocks
2 - plastic cups (we used 3oz size)
3 - and large craft sticks

S.T.E.M. activities are great to do with your kids because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success. But also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively.

We had three building challenges for our activity.

Challenge #1 build a tower with only one block at the base
Challenge#2 build the tallest tower you can with a square shaped base
Challenge #3 build the strongest tower you can we tested the strength of our towers by seeing whose tower could hold the most books.

Building with blocks is great even at a young age, it develops motor skills and hand-eye coordination, spatial skills, a capacity for creative and divergent thinking, social skills, and language skills.
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Report: Innovative science instruction boosts academic performance among English learners

Report: Innovative science instruction boosts academic performance among English learners | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
The study, released Thursday, concludes that districts throughout California can close the science achievement gap between English learners and their higher-performing peers by preparing elementary teachers to give regular, engaging science lessons, offering tests in students’ native languages and adopting the Next Generation Science Standards, among other steps.

Currently, some schools, particularly those in low-income areas where immigrant children are more likely to reside, provide scant science instruction because the schools lack the money for lab equipment or the teachers haven’t been trained, according to the report. At the elementary level, science instruction is encouraged but not required.
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Why STEAM? | STEAM Studio

Why STEAM? | STEAM Studio | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) converge in this educational space at the River Arts Makers Place (RAMP), engaging the next generation of makers, engineers, artists and entrepreneurs, who work side-by-side with faculty and staff experts experienced in all facets of the creative process. 


Located less than a mile from campus, RAMP is a 100,000-square-foot building that houses other creative neighbors, including Cheap Joe’s Art Supply and Astral Designs. Multiple working artist and design studios, and a glass-blowing space are also onsite. 


UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio brings together innovation, design and fabrication with equipment for 3D modeling and printing, as well as water jet, laser and plasma cutters. It features multiple forms of metal fabrication equipment alongside a state-of-the-art woodworking facility and spaces designed specifically to support cross-disciplinary learning through collaborations. 


Developed by UNC Asheville, the state’s designated public liberal arts university and a national leader in making an impact, STEAM Studio connects campus into the creative community of Asheville.

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STEM, and what it means to Australia's education system

STEM, and what it means to Australia's education system | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Dr Linda Pfeiffer explains why it's important and how "nerdy" subjects are now being taught in our schools.
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This Mind-Boggling Map Explains How Everything in Mathematics Is Connected

This Mind-Boggling Map Explains How Everything in Mathematics Is Connected | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
We've then got two main sections that represent the two major fields in mathematics today - Pure Mathematics (an appreciation of the language of numbers itself) and Applied Mathematics (how that language can be used to solve real-world problems).

You can mess around with and download a high-res, zoomable version here, and print it on a throw pillow here, because we all need something to look at on the couch when Taboo is getting a little too weird.

To fully appreciate Walliman's Map of Mathematics, you should definitely watch the video below to get the proper walkthrough.
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Simple Arduino Projects For Beginners - Makerspaces.com

In this tutorial, we’re going to help you create a few simple arduino projects that are perfect for beginners.  These basic projects will help you understand how to set up the Arduino software and then connect the components to perform a specific action.

If you’re completely brand new to Arduino, make sure you download our free ebook below.  This guide was created for the absolute beginner and will help you to understand the Arduino board along with its parts and components.
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Victoria sets new targets for students in maths and science

Victoria sets new targets for students in maths and science | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

One in five Victorian Year 10 students will be expected to have “excellent” critical and creative thinking skills by 2025.


The Herald Sun reported the benchmark is a 25 per cent increase on last year, and is part of a push to teach children hi-tech skills, including robotics, precision manufacturing and biotechnology.


Education Minister James Merlino told the publication students needed to cope in a “changing, global economy”.


“Many of the jobs our kids will have in the future do not even exist right now,” he said.

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Mathematical genius is fragile. We need to stop destroying it.

Mathematical genius is misunderstood. The term “genius” evokes feelings of envy. It paints a picture of a pre-determined minority of people who have truly mastered a discipline. A chosen few.


Yet there is nothing pre-determined about it. Mathematical genius resides within every one of us. Most people just don’t know it yet. That’s because genius is fragile. If you don’t embraced genius and tend to with care, it will slip away, leaving behind just a subdued vision of the mathematicians we could have become.


If you take even a cursory look through the annals of mathematics, you’ll see the fragile and often fickle nature of genius. Many of the legends of the field — whose talents and achievements are beyond dispute — could so easily have been forgotten by history. Their stories should act as a warning sign to educators today.

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What's Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families & Communities - iNACOL

What's Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families & Communities - iNACOL | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
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This paper is designed to inform schools, families and communities about the potential of personalized learning. This report describes why personalized learning matters and shows what personalized learning looks like in schools for teachers and for students.  

Through case studies, this paper illustrates what personalized learning looks like in practice, provides examples of teachers personalizing learning in their schools and districts, and shares student perspectives on how new instructional designs are meeting their unique needs. Education leaders, parents, teachers, students and communities can use this report to begin conversations around what modern learning environments look like and how schools can best prepare students for postsecondary success.
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All About Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime Show Drones

All About Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime Show Drones | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Synchronized programmable drones are entertaining for sure, and you can see them providing a wow factor like fireworks. They’re easier to control, allow for more elaborate effects, and are reusable. But the technology offers far more practical, and potentially life-saving, applications.
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A very big A in STEAM for this project!
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Upcycle it Design Challenge: About This Challenge

Upcycle it Design Challenge: About This Challenge | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Bring obsolete objects and unused gear back to life for a chance to win great prizes in the element14 Upcycle it Design Challenge with Intel® Edison.
 
We invite all engineers, DIY hobbyists and tinkerers to upcycle an obsolete item, computer, piece of electronic equipment or appliance and make a cool new electronics project built around the Intel® Edison Kit for Arduino.
 
The Upcycle it Design Challenge will choose 15 official challengers to receive a Challenger Kit for FREE.
 
For a chance to become a Challenger, submit your project idea using the enrollment form by March 3rd, 2017, and our Judges will select their favourite 15. The Challenger Kit comprises of the Intel® Edison Kit for Arduino, Intel® Edison Breakout Board, Arduino Protoshield R3, the Grove Starter Kit for Arduino, an AC/DC power supply and a USB cable.
 
Anyone completing a project by the 9th June deadline and posting at least 10 times on the Community detailing their project build will be in the running to win some awesome prizes, including a Keithley  DMM7510 Digital Multimeter worth almost $4,000.
 
The official Challengers must build their project in accordance with the challenge's terms and conditions. All projects must include the Intel® Edison.
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This Guy Is the Reason We Have Calculus. Why Haven't We Heard of Him?

This Guy Is the Reason We Have Calculus. Why Haven't We Heard of Him? | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

Long before Sir Isaac Newton, Pierre de Fermat, Gottfried Leibniz or the rest of the crew credited with the development of calculus, an astronomer and mathematician named Jyesthadeva put ink to palm leaves to record the mathematics of his teachers and possibly some of his own. 


In a small town in southern India in the 1500s, Jyesthadeva penned concepts important to developing a calculus system, and he did so in complete proofs that demonstrated infinite series expansions of trigonometric functions and gave precise approximations for complex calculations. “Calculus and everything derived from it depends to some extent on these concepts of infinitesimals and infinite series,” says Kim Plofker, author of Mathematics in India. By way of comparison, it wasn’t until the 1660s in Europe that a Westerner named James Gregory was able to independently do the same proof.

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You Don’t Need to Be Superwoman to Succeed in STEM

You Don’t Need to Be Superwoman to Succeed in STEM | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Outside of the classroom, I run a large research group of undergraduates in a variety of STEM and education disciplines. When I look at the students who are, or have been, part of this group over the last decade, the thing I am most proud of is the community that these young researchers have built. Typically about 80 percent of our group is female, and it is made clear from everyone’s first day in the lab that we will not tolerate discrimination. Male or female, gay or straight, transgender or cisgender, black or white — when students join this lab, the group commits to supporting them and assisting one another with research projects. These young researchers work collaboratively on research that has an impact beyond a grade or a class ranking.

Simply saying that discrimination isn’t allowed isn’t enough. Rather, this is a chance for faculty members to lead by example and to make sure that our students can identify and speak up against such bias and discrimination. When, as has happened with seemingly increasing frequency these past few years, sexual harassment in STEM academe is in the news, it’s important that we discuss it, not ignore it. We must have difficult yet respectful conversations about our differences. We also must question assumptions and simplifications we make — when we say that a program is for women in STEM, are we equally welcoming to both trans- and cis-women?

A way to support female undergraduates in STEM is to teach all undergraduates that there is no single model for what STEM success looks like. There are multiple paths in these fields, and even the most successful-looking scholars and executives have faced some roadblocks and stumbles along the way. As we work to make STEM more welcoming and encouraging for women today, I hope that part of that is sharing honest stories of what life as a woman in STEM can be, and not just the highlights. Let’s create an environment where we see each student, regardless of gender, as a unique individual, and where we teach them all to appreciate and acknowledge the differences of others.
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Interactive Storytelling and Coding

Interactive Storytelling and Coding | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
When someone shares with me a new technology tool, I immediately try to think of ways I can use it in the classroom. There are a lot of cool apps and websites out there, but not everything is appropriate for teaching to the curriculum. One of the most important things I can do in my work with teachers is to make sure I share solid ideas to help them teach their existing standards. So when coding came on the scene, I wasn’t sure how I could incorporate it into the literacy standards. Fortunately, I learned about interactive storytelling and coding using Scratch Jr., but there isn’t a lot of ideas or products to help me implement interactive storytelling with ease.
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Arts-Infused Project-Based Learning: Crafting Beautiful Work

Arts-Infused Project-Based Learning: Crafting Beautiful Work | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Learn how to bring cross-curricular, arts-infused project-based learning into your classroom.
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FREE WEBINAR: Assessment in a STEM & Robotics Learning Environment

FREE WEBINAR: Assessment in a STEM & Robotics Learning Environment | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Join CoderZ for ”Assessment in a STEM & Robotics Learning Environment”, a FREE WEBINAR for STEM professionals.

Meet Oded Reichsfeld, Director of STEM Curriculum and Pedagogy at Intelitek, and learn about assessment and evaluation in this interactive webinar:

-Learn how to apply formative assessment in your own class
-Connect with other STEM Professionals
-Help your students reach their maximum potential

Attend this free webinar and get the tools you need to take your STEM class to the next level.
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