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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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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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New cyber shield takes out Curtinnovation Awards - News and Events | Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

New cyber shield takes out Curtinnovation Awards - News and Events | Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
An innovative software shield developed by Curtin University researchers that prevents increasingly common cyber security attacks has been crowned the overall winner in the 2017 Curtinnovation Awards.
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If time is fuzzy, the idea of causality may be in trouble

If time is fuzzy, the idea of causality may be in trouble | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Let’s do the time warp again
The first thought experiment that Dr Brukner’s group came up with, published earlier this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by him and two of his students, Esteban Castro Ruiz and Flaminia Giacomini, involved an imaginary clock of great precision. The accuracy with which such a clock could be read is constrained by Werner Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. This limits how well pairs of properties of any physical system (such as location and velocity) can be measured. The more precisely one member of a pair is known, the more uncertain is the value of the other.
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8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them

8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
We need to teach our children these eight skills as part of their education in digital citizenship.
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Clothes that grow with your child win Dyson prize - BBC News

Clothes that grow with your child win Dyson prize - BBC News | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

Clothes that grow with your child have won the UK's annual James Dyson prize for innovation.


The prototype garments fit children aged between six months and three years, and were created by engineering graduate Ryan Yasin.

His creation is now being considered for a worldwide prize.

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Accessible Science

Accessible Science | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

In 2006 Jen Nagarah and Kate Fraser, science teachers and teachers of the visually impaired, wished for a website where activities and resources about teaching science could be shared with other teachers, as well as with parents and students. The first version had very few activities or materials. In 2008 Phase II of the website involved developing a new format and the addition of much more material. Many staff in a variety of roles from across the campus were involved. 


 The site was moved from www.perkins.org to its current location on www.perkinselearning.org in February 2014. We are grateful to SAP for their support of this project. We believe that all students, including those who are blind or visually impaired, deafblind, or those who have additional disabilities, can fully participate in science education and activities. The goal of this site is to share techniques and strategies to make science accessible to all. We have adapted activities to meet the needs of our students. We hope these adaptation ideas inspire teachers to find their own creative ways to include students who are visually impaired in the science classroom. 


 We invite you to share your ideas, resources and activities with us!Activities and resources for making science accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired

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Curtin Robotics Club - Technologies,STEM (7,8,9,10)

Curtin Robotics Club - Technologies,STEM (7,8,9,10) | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Curtin University’s Cesar Ortega-Sanchez discusses the benefits students derive from the Curtin Robotics Club. See and hear how the robotics club allows students to build both a technical skill set in robotics and computer engineering and also broader vocational skills such as team working, problem solving, mentoring and working across disciplines, leading to some surprising outcomes such as a remote controlled dress!
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Science learning boost for primary school students - Read - The Department of Education

Science learning boost for primary school students - Read - The Department of Education | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Two hundred primary schools will have classrooms converted into science laboratories over the next four years to boost STEM learning for students.

With an estimated 75 per cent of future jobs requiring critical thinking and problem-solving skills, today’s announcement will allow more primary students to conduct hands-on science experiments.

Melville Primary School science teacher Peter Bruce said a science laboratory would help develop students’ mindsets as they entered the room.  


Melville Primary School students have been visiting their local secondary school to use science facilities.
“Their natural curiosity would be boosted by having equipment on hand and models of inflatable planets and insects hanging from the ceiling,” he said.

“They’d be able to work in small teams, record observations and set up investigations that take longer to produce outcomes like salinity studies and caring for frogs.”
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Science is important but moves too fast: five charts on how Australians view science and scientists

Science is important but moves too fast: five charts on how Australians view science and scientists | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

 Ninety percent of Australians feel science has made life easier overall. But we’re a complex nation when it comes to the finer details of how we view science and scientists.

We recently released results of the 2017 Australian Beliefs and Attitudes Towards Science (ABAS) survey, which was conducted by the Australian Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, and commissioned by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

The report contains a snapshot of beliefs and attitudes of Australians towards science, and also links key attitudes and beliefs with demographic characteristics of the survey sample.

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STEM Education Conference 2017

STEM Education Conference 2017 | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
The 2017 STEM Education Conference Aims:
To engage Primary and Secondary teachers, STEM leaders and school administrators with:
The current and future world of employment.
How industry and government agencies have established programs and processes to foster innovation.
What challenges industry and government agencies face and how they form and foster multi-disciplinary teams to tackle these challenges.
Grass roots reasons to change school practices and approaches to STEM education.
Industry and successful school STEM models and partnerships.
Pedagogy to better engage students with authentic and problem-based learning experiences that help reflect the world of work.
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STEM sell gets girls involved

STEM sell gets girls involved | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
A real chance exists to bridge the gender divide in the number of girls studying maths and sciences by demonstrating how these subjects are a springboard to socially valuable, stimulating and worthwhile careers, a world-renowned researcher says.
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Google igniteCS

Google igniteCS | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

Spark passion for computer science by volunteering in your community

How does it work?

Team up
Gather a group of undergraduates and find a community partner.

Sign up
One delegate from each teams signs up through this site.

Access resources
Sign in to your volunteer portal to access lesson plans and request a free kit of materials.

Volunteer
Begin working with kids in your community to help them experience CS!

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"In its quest to make computer science education free and accessible to everyone, Google is expanding its igniteCS program. The initiative pairs volunteer computer science undergrads, who serve as mentors, and younger students, who learn from them.

Libraries now are being recruited as sites to host the growing program. “Our goal really is to make computer science free and accessible to everyone,” said Erin Mindell Cannon, a Google program manager. “Computer science, in a lot of ways, is so broad and so intangible that I think a lot of students don’t understand what it can be.”" (from DML)
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New Kids On The Blockchain

New Kids On The Blockchain | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

An elementary school in Melbourne, Australia is on the forefront of the next digital revolution, teaching students about blockchain technology and its potential applications.

In Melbourne, Australia, local reports have recently focused attention on Wooranna Park Primary School, a small public institution which sits in one of country’s “most disadvantaged urban areas.” But, don’t be misled by Wooranna Park’s humble profile. The primary school is giving students a digital leg up through its pioneering education.

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An elementary school in Melbourne, Australia is on the forefront of the next digital revolution, teaching students about blockchain technology and its potential applications.
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Be Internet Awesome | Digital Safety Resources

Be Internet Awesome | Digital Safety Resources | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

Play your way to Internet Awesome. 

 
Interland is an adventure-packed online game that makes learning about digital safety and citizenship interactive and fun—just like the Internet itself. Here, kids will help their fellow Internauts combat badly behaved hackers, phishers, oversharers, and bullies by practicing the skills they need to be good digital citizens.


Interland Certificate of Awesomeness and Badges Proof of Internet awesomeness comes in the form of an official certificate and badge for each lesson.

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Interland is an adventure-packed online game that makes learning about digital safety and citizenship interactive and fun—just like the Internet itself. Here, kids will help their fellow Internauts combat badly behaved hackers, phishers, oversharers, and bullies by practicing the skills they need to be good digital citizens. 

 Interland Certificate of Awesomeness and Badges Proof of Internet awesomeness comes in the form of an official certificate and badge for each lesson.
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This Illustrated Periodic Table Shows How We Regularly Interact With Each Element

This Illustrated Periodic Table Shows How We Regularly Interact With Each Element | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
The ability to name all of the elements on the periodic table from actinium to zinc is an impressive feat. Actually being able to explain how each element functions in the real world is a little more challenging. If you agree that learning the everyday relevance of all the Earth’s elements is just as important as memorizing their symbols, check out the chart above. This graphic, spotted by inhabitat, presents the information found in a traditional periodic table with pictographs and labels indicating where you might encounter each element in your life.

“The Periodic Table of Elements, in Pictures and Words” was created by Boeing software engineer Keith Enevoldsen. He frames the design as a tool for teaching students in elementary through high school, but it can also be used by adults looking to polish their rusty knowledge from chemistry class. The uses of some elements are widely known: Sodium, for instance, is paired with a picture of a salt shaker, while neon is illustrated with an illuminated advertising sign. Others, though, aren’t so obvious: Did you know that strontium is used in fireworks, or that boron can be found in sports equipment? What about scandium in bicycles, or tantalum in cell phones? There’s a helpful illustration accompanying each element found in nature.

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This graphic, spotted by inhabitat, presents the information found in a traditional periodic table with pictographs and labels indicating where you might encounter each element in your life.
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3 reasons to use Scratch across the curriculum

3 reasons to use Scratch across the curriculum | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Scratch has become a popular way to introduce coding to young people around the world. Yet many schools are just beginning to realize the potential of Scratch to support project-based learning across subject areas and grade levels.

How can you integrate Scratch into your curriculum to help students learn to think creatively and work collaboratively? Here are three things to know about Scratch — and the opportunities it opens up for learners with diverse interests and backgrounds.
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(1) Learners as Creators: Release of the 2nd Digital Literacy Brief - YouTube

Download the report at http://go.nmc.org/2017-digilit. What does digital literacy look like around the world? A host of frameworks, tools, and exemplars are increasingly placing college students in the driver’s seat as content and media creators. In a discussion moderated by lead author Bryan Alexander, join the NMC for the official release of our follow-up NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief focused on digital literacy. In addition to expanding upon the preliminary definitions outlined in the first report, the brief includes more global and discipline-specific information and context. The aim is for this deep exploration of frameworks and initiatives to contribute to the body of knowledge used by the higher education community to inform strategic planning around digital literacy.
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(1) Jason Silva invites you to take the Breakthrough Junior Challenge - YouTube

Jason Silva has hosted 5 seasons of the Emmy-nominated, global hit TV series Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel. Here Jason encourages students from 13-18 to take part in the 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge. Register for the Challenge at www.breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org.

 

The deadline for entries is October 1, 2017. #breakthroughjuniorchallenge

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Jason Silva has hosted 5 seasons of the Emmy-nominated, global hit TV series Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel. Here Jason encourages students from 13-18 to take part in the 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge. Register for the Challenge at www.breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org.

 

The deadline for entries is October 1, 2017. #breakthroughjuniorchallenge

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Curtin University STEM resources  - ABC Splash

Curtin University STEM resources  - ABC Splash | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
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Women in STEM | Australia's Science Channel

Women in STEM | Australia's Science Channel | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

Australia’s Science Channel is free and open to everyone. We work with leading minds, universities from around Australia, organisations and institutions to provide compelling science stories for everyone to watch, read, listen and share thoughts on what’s happening in science. Australia’s Science Channel is operated and developed by The Royal Institution of Australia Inc., an independent charity and unique national science hub promoting public awareness and understanding of science.






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Australia’s Science Channel is free and open to everyone. We work with leading minds, universities from around Australia, organisations and institutions to provide compelling science stories for everyone to watch, read, listen and share thoughts on what’s happening in science. Australia’s Science Channel is operated and developed by The Royal Institution of Australia Inc., an independent charity and unique national science hub promoting public awareness and understanding of science.
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Be the Change: Building Support for Scientist Engagement

Be the Change: Building Support for Scientist Engagement | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

The UCS Science Network invites you to a webinar to learn strategies for building support for scientist engagement with the public and decision makers.

Date: Thursday, August 31
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

This webinar will feature the following individuals and organizations that have been part of this movement, and who will discuss strategies and resources for transitioning to a culture that is more supportive of sharing science more broadly:

Elyse Aurbach-Pruitt, co-founder and co-director, RELATE (Researchers Expanding Lay-Audience Teaching and Engagement)
Nalini Nadkarni and Caitlin Weber, STEM Ambassador Program (STEMAP)
Dan Pomeroy, managing director and senior policy advisor, International Policy Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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The UCS Science Network invites you to a webinar to learn strategies for building support for scientist engagement with the public and decision makers. 

 Date: Thursday, August 31 
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT 

This webinar will feature the following individuals and organizations that have been part of this movement, and who will discuss strategies and resources for transitioning to a culture that is more supportive of sharing science more broadly:
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Fernbrook Students Inspired at Summer STEAM Program

Fernbrook Students Inspired at Summer STEAM Program | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
RANDOLPH, NJ- More than 100 rising third to fifth grade students at Fernbook Elementary School in Randolph spent three weeks engaged in creative problem solving and learning about engineering, environmental science, computer technology, art technology and performing arts activities through the Summer STEAM Program.

Students selected the discipline they were most interested in and studied it July 24-August 10 in a special morning summer program at the school. This was the fourth year and largest year of the program at Fernbrook, which increased by 10 students.

Fernbook Teacher Jenise Janulis, the lead teacher and program director for STEAM, worked together with Fernbrook Media Specialist Michele Savvides to create the program. This summer was an exciting one for students who created a stop motion animation video, built robots outs of Legos, designed and constructed an irrigation system for the Outdoor Education Center, investigated the best growing environments for plants in the school garden and performed an educational show about bees.
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MLA Virtual Excursions – Meat And Livestock Australia

MLA Virtual Excursions – Meat And Livestock Australia | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
About the VC
Meat and Livestock Australia’s virtual excursion Farming Around Australia gives your students an exciting and engaging opportunity to talk to a working Aussie farmer. Students will learn about:
 
How farmers look after their animals and plants on their farm.
How different climates affect farms and the type of animals kept on them.
How technology is used to help run farms efficiently and sustainably.
 
Students will have the opportunity to complete interactive quizzes and to speak directly to a guest farmer to ask any questions they have about life on a farm.
Resources
Each participating classroom will receive a free activity pack including 2 posters and a cattle eartag activity so you can continue your learning in the classroom. There is also a variety of resources available for teachers and students at www.mla.com.au/education including:
 
Digital interactive lessons from Foundation to Year 6 with supporting lesson plans.
A ‘Virtual Farm’ where students can navigate around a digital farm, meet real Aussie farmers and watch videos.
Study guides covering curriculum outcomes including lesson plans, activities and worksheets.
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From the Farm to the Classroom FREE Virtual Excursion's - Linked to the curriculum! 

 Our FREE virtual excursion Farming Around Australia is filling up fast! Give your students the opportunity to interact with a working Aussie farmer by connecting them straight to your classroom. This authentic and engaging Foundation to Year 6 curriculum linked lesson gives your students an insight into life on an Australian sheep or cattle farm. Our Aussie farmer is looking forward to meeting your class and answering their questions.
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The Potato Pirates Coding Card Game

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This game is designed for ages 6 and up. With this, we are trying to make this obscure thing calling programming more accessible to everyone by gamifying it, bringing it offline and introducing a social element to encourage peer learning.

In this game you play as a Potato Pirate controlling a fleet of ships and have to eliminate all other players by attacking their ships with anti-potato attacks like mash, fry and roast. There are alliances, backstabbing, looting, plundering, hijacking and betrayal. Atop all the potato piracy, this game also covers fundamental programming concepts such as Booleans, variables, for loops, while loops, functions, control flow statements such as switch statements and conditionals.

So if you’re someone who is into potatoes, programming, piracy and party games, join the Potato Pirates crew at http://www.potatopirates.game
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States Want Computer Science, So What’s the Plan? – Code.org – Medium

States Want Computer Science, So What’s the Plan? – Code.org – Medium | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

 The toolkit includes six sections aligned to the policy recommendations outlined by the Code.org Advocacy Coalition:

- Current Landscape and Goals: Collecting data and surveying the current landscape of computer science education and setting strategic goals.
- Diversity: Keeping equity and diversity at the forefront of the initiative.
- Teacher Pipeline: Building up teachers’ capacity to offer computer science courses through professional development, certification, and pre-service programs.
- Curriculum and Courses: Defining standards, guiding curriculum, and allowing computer science to satisfy graduation requirements.
- Outreach: Communicating with and involving stakeholders.
- Funding: Allocating and accessing funds to drive the initiative.

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To learn digital money-making secrets, eight-year-old Seth swaps Singapore for Dandenong school

To learn digital money-making secrets, eight-year-old Seth swaps Singapore for Dandenong school | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Eight-year-old computer prodigy Seth Yee has swapped his home in Singapore for Dandenong North, drawn by a program at a local primary school where students are learning how to build the next Bitcoin.

In what is believed to be a Victorian first, students at Wooranna Park Primary School are being taught how to use the software behind Bitcoin to create their own security-encrypted digital currency.
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