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Do You Listen to Music While Working? Here's What It Does to Your Brain (and It's Pretty Awesome) | #Research

Do You Listen to Music While Working? Here's What It Does to Your Brain (and It's Pretty Awesome) | #Research | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The Chorus to Remember

Music can make a huge difference in your workday. Feel free to crank up the volume if noise has you working like a snail, you've got a case of the Monday's, or you've got something mundane or familiar to do. Ideally, though, make your playlists out of songs you already know, and if your tasks involve any sort of linguistic processing, focus on lyric-free options. Lastly, if you have something to learn, pump up your mood with music before you get started.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?q=music

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, July 21, 12:54 PM
The Chorus to Remember

Music can make a huge difference in your workday. Feel free to crank up the volume if noise has you working like a snail, you've got a case of the Monday's, or you've got something mundane or familiar to do. Ideally, though, make your playlists out of songs you already know, and if your tasks involve any sort of linguistic processing, focus on lyric-free options. Lastly, if you have something to learn, pump up your mood with music before you get started.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?q=music

 

 

Jerry Busone's curator insight, July 22, 10:45 AM

Who knew...and folks tell me to turn it down :-)

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 23, 5:12 AM

Classical or instrumental music enhances mental performance more than music with lyrics. Music can make rote or routine tasks (think folding laundry or filing papers) less boring and more enjoyable. Runners who listen to music go faster. But when you need to give learning and remembering your full attention, silence is golden

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Who wields the knife? | #Robotics #Surgery #Medicine #Research 

Who wields the knife? | #Robotics #Surgery #Medicine #Research  | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
THEY don’t drink, they don’t get tired and they don’t go on strike. To hospital managers, the idea of robots operating on patients without human intervention is an attractive one. To patients, though, the crucial question is, “are they better than human surgeons?” Surgery is messy and complicated. A routine operation can become life-threatening in minutes.

Such considerations have meant that the role of robots in operating theatres has been limited until now to being little more than motorised, precision tools for surgeons to deploy—a far cry from the smart surgical pods and “med-bays” of science fiction. But a paper published this week in Science Translational Medicine, by Peter Kim of the Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC, and his colleagues, brings the idea of real robot surgeons, operating under only the lightest of human supervision, a step closer. Though not yet let loose on people, it has successfully stitched up the intestines of piglets.

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 7, 7:39 PM

THEY don’t drink, they don’t get tired and they don’t go on strike. To hospital managers, the idea of robots operating on patients without human intervention is an attractive one. To patients, though, the crucial question is, “are they better than human surgeons?” Surgery is messy and complicated. A routine operation can become life-threatening in minutes.

Such considerations have meant that the role of robots in operating theatres has been limited until now to being little more than motorised, precision tools for surgeons to deploy—a far cry from the smart surgical pods and “med-bays” of science fiction. But a paper published this week in Science Translational Medicine, by Peter Kim of the Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC, and his colleagues, brings the idea of real robot surgeons, operating under only the lightest of human supervision, a step closer. Though not yet let loose on people, it has successfully stitched up the intestines of piglets.

 

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3D Printed Tactile Books Allow Visually Impaired Children to Experience Stories | #3DPrinting | #Braille 

3D Printed Tactile Books Allow Visually Impaired Children to Experience Stories | #3DPrinting | #Braille  | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Braille has been around since 1824, when blind Frenchman Louis Braille invented the system of raised dots that would allow blind people to read with their fingertips.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?tag=3D

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?tag=3D-Printing

 

 


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Braille has been around since 1824, when blind Frenchman Louis Braille invented the system of raised dots that would allow blind people to read with their fingertips.

 

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Stephania Savva's curator insight, March 11, 12:38 AM
Braille has been around since 1824, when blind Frenchman Louis Braille invented the system of raised dots that would allow blind people to read with their fingertips.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?tag=3D

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?tag=3D-Printing

 

Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales's curator insight, March 16, 7:21 AM
Braille has been around since 1824, when blind Frenchman Louis Braille invented the system of raised dots that would allow blind people to read with their fingertips.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?tag=3D

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?tag=3D-Printing

 

Sonia Ng's curator insight, March 20, 6:12 AM

I think it is very creative and innovative. "A 3D printed version of the Noah’s Ark story allows children to feel the raindrops, the texture of the boat, the waves."This way kids who are visually impaired can still get a chance to 'see' the world.They can experience things like we do and they can get a chance to visualize in their minds what things are like.Although it may be quite thick and heavy to carry around  as they are 3D raised pictures,i think it is a nice thing for the visually impaired children to have as they get to a chance to read picture books like normal children.It will not be heavy as these 3D raised pictures can be printed on any surface and parents can choose the lighter books for convenience sake.However it will be thick as the 3D raised pictures have to bulge out for the visually impaired children to read.I think it is worth it as the visually impaired children get a chance to have a normal reading experience with picture books this way.

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Internet of Things: Governments start to take a closer look | CyberSecurity

Internet of Things: Governments start to take a closer look | CyberSecurity | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Ofcom and the FTC are the latest government agencies to start work on their strategies for, and responses to, the IoT.

 

 

 

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=wearables

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Internet+of+Things

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?tag=Internet+of+things

 

http://globaleducationandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/why-is-it-a-must-to-have-basics-knowledge-of-cyber-security-in-a-connected-technology-world/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?tag=Quantum

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?tag=cyberwar

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?tag=NSA

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?tag=TAO

 


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Excellent Ecology and Environmental Science Apps, Games, and Sites

Excellent Ecology and Environmental Science Apps, Games, and Sites | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Great options for all ages that'll help students understand and empathize with the interconnectedness of Earth and it's varied environments.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 8, 2014 5:14 PM

Great options for all ages that'll help students understand and empathize with the interconnectedness of Earth and it's varied environments.


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French surgeon performs world’s first spinal fusion surgery using 3D printed spine cages

French surgeon performs world’s first spinal fusion surgery using 3D printed spine cages | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A surgeon in Lyon, France has performed the world's first spinal fusion surgery using customized spine cages created with a 3D printer.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, July 22, 2014 8:07 AM

A surgeon in Lyon, France has performed the world's first spinal fusion surgery using customized spine cages created with a 3D printer.


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LEGO Digital Designer 4.3.8

LEGO Digital Designer 4.3.8 | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Get your kids to design LEGO models

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 10, 2013 11:58 AM

Many of my students love this tool and it can be used for fine arts as well!  

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 10, 2013 12:00 PM

Design and play all mixed in together to make learning fun and exciting!  Five stars for this design oriented game which your male students will love!

J Weidenbenner's curator insight, January 3, 2014 9:05 AM

Legos for learning, anyone?

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Visual Thinking and Seeing Creatively [Infographic]

Visual Thinking and Seeing Creatively [Infographic] | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Aurion Learning's curator insight, August 21, 2013 5:27 AM

Useful to keep in mind when designing learner-friendly e-learning material!

Deborah Chad's curator insight, August 31, 2013 6:02 PM

More inforgraphics and thinking again this is the way to present the FH journey from PD through implementation

Siri Anderson's curator insight, September 4, 2013 10:25 AM

Regardless of discipline this process can help organize student consideration of what is and what can be!

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What Do We Mean by 'Reading' Maps?

What Do We Mean by 'Reading' Maps? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The common-core standards present an ambiguous message on how to draw information from maps and charts, Phil Gersmehl says.

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mufidmmn's comment, July 24, 2013 4:08 AM
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Taryn Coxall's curator insight, August 5, 2013 9:38 PM

This is a resource i feel would be relevant to those students who struggle to be egaged in their reading

This can be used on readers on many different level

the reading maps foccus on language arts, Its description is communicated through charts, graphs, and maps intead of normal paragraphs and text

Shelby Porter's comment, September 30, 2013 11:19 AM
I feel the skill of reading a map is very important, but it becoming less prevalent in classrooms. Teachers may find it more difficult to teach and therefore are not going in depth with it. I remember as a child in grade school we would color maps or have to find where the states are. We never were taught how to fully understand the uses of a map and all the different ways they are used and how to read them. It is becoming a lost skill in a world that needs to be more appreciative of geography.
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To innovate, scientists and engineers find inspiration in the arts | SmartPlanet

To innovate, scientists and engineers find inspiration in the arts | SmartPlanet | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

In the innovation field, a rebirth of Renaissance thinking is brewing. Scientists and engineers are engaging with the arts to think creatively.

 

The idea is also currently reflected in the debates on re-vamping the U.S. educational system to boost the innovation skills of U.S. students. Media artist John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, has spoken at numerous events — including before Congress — about the value of incorporating the arts to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) educational initiatives, turning STEM to “STEAM,” as Maeda has said.

 


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Jean-Loup Castaigne's curator insight, May 6, 2013 2:32 AM

To innovate, scientists and engineers find inspiration in the arts

davidconover's curator insight, May 6, 2013 10:20 AM

The Arts is the mixing bowl for science, technology, engineering and math.

Sharla Shults's curator insight, May 6, 2013 8:20 PM

Some disciplines have evolved to their own death. Engineering has evolved logically, but not necessarily culturally,” Silver of Intel and Makey Makey, who was trained as an electrical engineer, told me at PopTech. “Creativity isn’t part of that any more. So we look to where it is; we’re desperate for it. We look to art. And it’s wonderful, because it’s there.”

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Personalize Learning: Making the Shift to "Our" Classroom

Personalize Learning: Making the Shift to "Our" Classroom | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

One of the most difficult parts of our jobs as educators is to create a learning environment where our learners are engaged and meet content and curriculum goals. From my experience, the single most important challenge that needs to be addressed to earn engagement in our classrooms is to develop a culture of learner autonomy--allowing and encouraging learners to take control of their own learning. There are many barriers that we, as educators, must work to clear in order to create a strong culture that allows our learners to feel comfortable with working toward a common goal in the way that works best for them.


- See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2016/02/making-shift-to-our-classroom.html#sthash.Fe2mNysX.dpuf

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 14, 9:16 PM

One of the most difficult parts of our jobs as educators is to create a learning environment where our learners are engaged and meet content and curriculum goals. From my experience, the single most important challenge that needs to be addressed to earn engagement in our classrooms is to develop a culture of learner autonomy--allowing and encouraging learners to take control of their own learning. There are many barriers that we, as educators, must work to clear in order to create a strong culture that allows our learners to feel comfortable with working toward a common goal in the way that works best for them.


- See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2016/02/making-shift-to-our-classroom.html#sthash.Fe2mNysX.dpuf

 

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Robert Dart's curator insight, May 15, 8:19 PM
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Helen Teague's curator insight, May 22, 10:26 AM
Kathleen McClaskey's insight: Brian shares how he transformed his classroom to a learner-centered environment and what happened in the process with his learners. Here is a glimpse of his journey: "As teachers, it is difficult to let go of control and to let our learners find the best ways for them to achieve content and curriculum goals. To be clear, our role in the classroom needs to change, and I think the trend in education is moving the correct direction--achieving and creating a learner-driven, personalized atmosphere is the key. Providing learners with the tools to succeed should be the goal, and we should focus on allowing them to use those tools in the way that works best individually. Instead of providing the blueprint for learners to achieve a goal, educators should be allowing and guiding them in designing, developing, and implementing their plan for accomplishing it. When this happens, drastic changes take place regarding engagement in our classrooms and ownership of learning appears, leading to a higher level of achievement."
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Functional human heart tissue grown from skin cells | Research

Functional human heart tissue grown from skin cells | Research | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The need for heart transplants will always exceed the number of donor hearts available for transplant. Thanks to research just out from Massachusetts General Hospital, though, this may not continue to be a problem for much longer. Researchers there have just succeeded in growing fully contractile heart tissue by recellularizing a collagen scaffold, and they’re hoping to refine the method so that it can be used as a “functional myocardial patch” for cardiac injuries.

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The need for heart transplants will always exceed the number of donor hearts available for transplant. Thanks to research just out from Massachusetts General Hospital, though, this may not continue to be a problem for much longer. Researchers there have just succeeded in growing fully contractile heart tissue by recellularizing a collagen scaffold, and they’re hoping to refine the method so that it can be used as a “functional myocardial patch” for cardiac injuries.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 15, 2:18 PM

The need for heart transplants will always exceed the number of donor hearts available for transplant. Thanks to research just out from Massachusetts General Hospital, though, this may not continue to be a problem for much longer. Researchers there have just succeeded in growing fully contractile heart tissue by recellularizing a collagen scaffold, and they’re hoping to refine the method so that it can be used as a “functional myocardial patch” for cardiac injuries.

 

Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales's curator insight, March 16, 7:20 AM

The need for heart transplants will always exceed the number of donor hearts available for transplant. Thanks to research just out from Massachusetts General Hospital, though, this may not continue to be a problem for much longer. Researchers there have just succeeded in growing fully contractile heart tissue by recellularizing a collagen scaffold, and they’re hoping to refine the method so that it can be used as a “functional myocardial patch” for cardiac injuries.

 

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"100+ experiments in chemistry"

"100+ experiments in chemistry" | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Chemistry videos for education and just for fun

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Chris Carter's curator insight, July 28, 2015 1:10 AM

Oh my, my Science Teachers' Christmas just came early.

Donna Rosenberger's curator insight, July 28, 2015 1:45 PM

Check these out, if you do not have the time or equipment to do these in class.

Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, August 31, 2015 9:18 AM

Some fun videos, even though some of the slides are a bit wordy.

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The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth

The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Something experts in all fields tend to do when they’re practicing is to operate outside of their comfort zone and study themselves failing. The best figure skaters in the world spend more of their practice time practicing jumps that they don’t land than lesser figure skaters do. The same is true of musicians. When most musicians sit down to practice, they play the parts of pieces that they’re good at. Of course they do: it’s fun to succeed. But expert musicians tend to focus on the parts that are hard, the parts they haven’t yet mastered. The way to get better at a skill is to force yourself to practice just beyond your limits.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, October 20, 2014 8:04 PM

This is growth mindset. Failure as iteration. Wonderful!

Miguel Herrera E.'s curator insight, October 21, 2014 10:55 AM

El secreto es practicar hasta superar los propios limites, auto impuestos  muy frecuentemente.

Audrey's curator insight, October 22, 2014 4:13 PM

Sounds like good advice.  Effective tutors always push learners.  

Audrey curating for http:/www./homeschoolsource.co.uk

 

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Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second

Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second

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Rachel Vartanian's curator insight, March 28, 2014 4:40 PM

EdTech is about education: student learning and outcomes. 

Jimena Acebes Sevilla's curator insight, August 18, 2014 8:33 PM

Primero la pedagogía, después la tecnología.

Stéphane Bataillard's curator insight, August 24, 2014 1:26 PM

A méditer...

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E-ELT: Europe's Extreme New Telescope - Space - YouTube

The Atacama desert in Chile is famous for nothing: no water, no plants, no animals. That makes it a perfect place for astronomy, and the ideal location to bu...

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Gust MEES's curator insight, July 18, 2014 10:26 AM

E-ELT: Europe's Extreme New Telescope - Space


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The Geography and Literacy Connection

The Geography and Literacy Connection | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"What do you think of when you hear the word literacy? Depending on what you teach, chances are geography is not the first thought that comes to mind. But believe it or not, geography and literacy naturally share many similarities. And you can deepen students’ learning in both geography and literacy when they are integrated in the curriculum."


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Ana Melo's curator insight, November 4, 2013 9:41 AM

Geography provides a lot of fundamental knowledge and gives you also a sense of place, which I find very relevant in times of globalization where you belong everywhere and nowhere simultaneously.

Chris Cividino's curator insight, November 8, 2013 12:06 AM

Understanding key terminology in geography is paramount to demonstrating deep knowledge of geographical concepts.

Max Minard's curator insight, March 21, 2015 10:45 PM

In this report, a researcher describes the relationship between geography and literacy on educational terms. When combined, these two very similar topics would provide major benefits to a child curriculum in school giving them a better insight on geography through literary concepts. These certain concepts help kids better recognize relationships within graphs and charts that give valuable geographic information. This article helps prove geography as a field of inquiry based on its relations with other subjects that help enhance the knowledge among the children in any school curriculum. 

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50 Awesome Facts About Earth To Share With Your Class [Infographic]

50 Awesome Facts About Earth To Share With Your Class [Infographic] | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
I bet you don't know the vast majority of these facts about Earth. I sure didn't and thought I was on my game. Guess not!

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Diana Turner's curator insight, August 18, 2013 4:57 PM

Geography factoids to stimulate academic reading and conversation in an intermediate ESL class.

Jacqui Sharp's curator insight, August 18, 2013 5:13 PM

I like how the information in this infographic is broken up into parts Space, Atmosphere, Sea, underearth and ground. It has lots of statistics that are backed up by sources.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 19, 2013 4:13 PM

Love this! I will share this one with my class

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Maps of Panem - The Hunger Games

Maps of Panem - The Hunger Games | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
From The Hunger Games trilogy: different perspectives on the country of Panem.

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Cam E's curator insight, January 28, 2014 12:50 PM

An interesting imagination of the Districts in the Hunger Games and where they might be in North America (excluding Cental American and the Carribean). All of these seem to come from some sort of common sense perspective based on the actual products from each region. We can see that the region which produces Electronics would be the geographical equivilent to California, which is well known for their technology within the Silicon Valley region. Some of these regions elude my minimal knowledge in Geography, and I can only guess at their purpose. Could the Luxury Item District be a tongue-in cheek joke about Las Vegas? Or even Hollywood? The "Peacekeepers" district being centered somewhat near Texas and the border with Mexico makes me wonder if it's placed there because of our border fence with Mexico.

Gabbie J's curator insight, May 9, 2014 8:16 PM

If you have ever read the Hunger Games series , then you were probably curious on where the districts are located. These are some interpretations that other people have made to try and fulfill the Hunger Games fans needs for a conclusion . You could even see what district you would live in if you lived in Panem. 

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 12, 2014 8:32 PM

I have never seen this movie, however my sister is very intelligent with every aspect of it. Panem is the country in which The Hunger Games takes place in both the book and the film. The country is separated into thirteen districts until the rebellion, reducing the number to twelve. Each district has their own job, as shown in this image. For example, one district promotes fishing, another agriculture, and also electricity. As one can see from this map, all the districts are shaped like the United States. According to my sister, Panem is classified as being the future United States. This is an interesting aspect if we think about it. One might think that from looking at this and knowing that it is going to be the "future US", that it appears that everyone will slowly drift apart and do their own thing. Everyone may end up being their own "district" in the future.