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Tech Visionary Elon Musk Talks About Electric Cars, Spaceships, Mars Colonization and Hyperloops at D11

Tech Visionary Elon Musk Talks About Electric Cars, Spaceships, Mars Colonization and Hyperloops at D11 | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
"Mars is a fixer-upper of a planet, but we could make it work," says Tesla and SpaceX head Elon Musk.

 

Elon Musk dreams big. It’s hard not to get taken along for the ride — whether it’s a soon-to-launch cross-country Supercharger network that allows Tesla drivers to cross from Los Angeles to New York, an in-the-works reusable rocket that will help pioneer the colonization of Mars, or a hypothetical replacement for high-speed rail called the Hyperloop.

He was the evening speaker at D11 2013, where he said a mainstream Tesla is three to four years out, shook off electric car naysayers, announced the new nationwide Supercharger network, explained why he’s so excited about Mars, shared his views on immigration and how they diverged from FWD.us and tried to convince other smart folks to join him in doing big-picture stuff.


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STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia

STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"I brought a superhero into my classroom the other day. He wasn't wearing a cape. He didn't have an alias. But he had the greatest superpower of all: inspiration.

When you teach using project-based learning (PBL), one brings outside expertise into the classroom. My eighth graders begin the year creating science fiction based origin stories for original superhero characters as an introduction to a greater advocacy unit. Therefore, it seemed natural to bring in an actual scientist. Which brought me to CalTech and Dr. Spyridon Michalakis."


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U.S. Teachers Have Middling Literacy and Numeracy Skills: Report

U.S. Teachers Have Middling Literacy and Numeracy Skills: Report | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Researchers find that U.S. teachers perform about as well as other American college graduates in literacy skills, but lag both fellow college-educated Americans and their international peers in math skills.

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Understanding the Universe: Quanta, Symmetry, and Topology (speaker: Frank Wilczek, MIT)

Frank Wilczek, Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology http://web.mit.edu/physics/people/faculty/wilczek_frank.htm

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Scientists may have solved a mystery: Why is Antarctic sea ice growing?

Scientists may have solved a mystery: Why is Antarctic sea ice growing? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The small minority of climate change models accurately predicted the expansion of Antarctic sea ice, and now scientists think they know why.
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iCivics | Free Lesson Plans and Games for Learning Civics

iCivics | Free Lesson Plans and Games for Learning Civics | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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Why social interaction is essential to learning math - The Edvocate

Why social interaction is essential to learning math - The Edvocate | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
**The Edvocate is pleased to publish guest posts as way to fuel important conversations surrounding P-20 education in America.
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4 Educators’ Keys to Connecting STEM and Social Studies -- THE Journal

4 Educators’ Keys to Connecting STEM and Social Studies -- THE Journal | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Cross-curricular projects delve into sustainability issues, the societal implications of inventions and how rivers give birth to civilizations.

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Home | 3D Resources

Home | 3D Resources | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
3D Resources web application
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Can the Circus Go On Without Elephants? Ringling Bets It Can

Can the Circus Go On Without Elephants? Ringling Bets It Can | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
After Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey eliminated elephants from its lineup, the circus must balance its nostalgic appeal with modernization efforts.

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NASA's PACE mission will uncover new information about health of our oceans

NASA's PACE mission will uncover new information about health of our oceans | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
NASA's Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission is a first-of-its-kind project that aims to answer key questions about the consequences of climate change on the health of our oceans and their relationshi

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Diversity of Organisms | HHMI BioInteractive

Diversity of Organisms | HHMI BioInteractive | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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"BioInteractive is a website created by science education specialists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and hosts a rich collection of award-winning online resources for the biology classroom. Its Diversity of Organisms page contains a number of resources about characteristics, classification, and evolution of different organisms. One highlight of this page is its engaging short films: Popped Secret explains how scientists identified that modern day corn was cultivated from the teosinte plant and The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa, directed by Academy Award winner Jessica Yu, is a portrait of a young Mozambique boy who decides to pursue a career in biology in order to preserve Gorongosa National Park. BioInteractive also excels at providing accessible visualizations that illuminate biological processes, such as the lifecycle of a virus. Finally, BioInteractive includes an innovative, interactive activity called "WildCam Gorongosa" where students can examine 52 photographs from Gorongosa National Park and, with the aid of some online tools, see if they can identify animals."


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Free Technology for Teachers: Why the Metric System Matters - And How It Confounds Americans

Free Technology for Teachers: Why the Metric System Matters - And How It Confounds Americans | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Half the World Lives on 1% of Its Land, Mapped

Half the World Lives on 1% of Its Land, Mapped | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"Data viz extraordinaire Max Galka created this map using NASA’s gridded population data, which counts the global population within each nine-square-mile patch of Earth, instead of within each each district, state, or country border. Out of the 28 million total cells, the ones with a population over 8,000 are colored in yellow."

 

Tags: population, density, mapping, visualization.


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How to Unlock Your Phone’s Trusty Call-Blocking Powers

How to Unlock Your Phone’s Trusty Call-Blocking Powers | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Reject robo-calls with your phone's built-in call blocking powers.
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Teachers | iCivics

Teachers | iCivics | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Resources for teachers, curriculum and games.
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36 Resources for STEM Project-Based Learning Activities

36 Resources for STEM Project-Based Learning Activities | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Enjoy this list of 36 great resources for STEM project-based learning activities. The Activities are customizable for lots of grade levels!
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¿Eres productivo o simplemente estas ocupado? en @ElCanasto

¿Eres productivo o simplemente estas ocupado? en @ElCanasto | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Si realmente quieres ser productivo olvida las prioridades y céntrate en
cumplir tus compromisos. Recuerda que no podemos gestionar el tiempo, ni
las prioridades, pero si podemos gestionar nuestra atención y nuestro foco.

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These 10 units of measurement have fascinating roots

These 10 units of measurement have fascinating roots | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Not everything can be measured in feet and seconds. Over the course of history, we've had to come up with some pretty unique ways to measure things.

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STEMmersion Fairy Grantmother Presents…….

STEMmersion Fairy Grantmother Presents……. | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Fairy Grantmother Presents……. STEMmersion 2016 Discovery Education
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Watch beautiful bursts of plasma shoot from the sun in new NASA video

Watch beautiful bursts of plasma shoot from the sun in new NASA video | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A new video shot by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows Earth's nearest star burping plasma.
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Ray Kurzweil Outlines the Coming Biomedical Revolution [Video]

Ray Kurzweil Outlines the Coming Biomedical Revolution [Video] | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Will we live longer lives in the future? According to Ray Kurzweil, it's only a matter of time until technology begins successfully tackling age-related disease—and... read more
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Scientists call for better plastics design to protect marine life

Scientists call for better plastics design to protect marine life | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Improved materials would encourage recycling and prevent single-use containers from entering the oceans and breaking into small pieces

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Periodic Table of Elements: Los Alamos National Laboratory

Periodic Table of Elements: Los Alamos National Laboratory | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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"The Los Alamos National Laboratory publishes an annotated periodic table of elements as a resource for K-12 students. This accessible resource was originally created by Robert Husted back in 1992, but has since been updated and redesigned by other chemists at Los Alamos. The site's strength is its simplicity; students can click on each element to discover additional information. Each element's annotation follows a similar format, providing students with information about the element's history, sources, production, compounds, properties, uses, forms, isotopes, handling, hazards, or availability, as appropriate. In addition, students can find explanations of atomic numbers, atomic weights, and electron configuration on the How to Use page. The consistent format and clear language make this website a useful resource for students to explore during classroom projects or to study the periodic table at home."


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Math: The Pros & Cons of Productive Struggle

Math: The Pros & Cons of Productive Struggle | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Michelle Russell has spent time this summer considering what "productive struggle" should mean for the students in her math classroom. Read what she learned.
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Women 1.5 Times More Likely to Leave STEM Pipeline after Calculus Compared to Men: Lack of Mathematical Confidence a Potential Culprit

The substantial gender gap in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce can be traced back to the underrepresentation of women at various milestones in the career pathway. Calculus is a necessary step in this pathway and has been shown to often dissuade people from pursuing STEM fields. We examine the characteristics of students who begin college interested in STEM and either persist or switch out of the calculus sequence after taking Calculus I, and hence either continue to pursue a STEM major or are dissuaded from STEM disciplines. The data come from a unique, national survey focused on mainstream college calculus. Our analyses show that, while controlling for academic preparedness, career intentions, and instruction, the odds of a woman being dissuaded from continuing in calculus is 1.5 times greater than that for a man. Furthermore, women report they do not understand the course material well enough to continue significantly more often than men. When comparing women and men with above-average mathematical abilities and preparedness, we find women start and end the term with significantly lower mathematical confidence than men. This suggests a lack of mathematical confidence, rather than a lack of mathematically ability, may be responsible for the high departure rate of women. While it would be ideal to increase interest and participation of women in STEM at all stages of their careers, our findings indicate that if women persisted in STEM at the same rate as men starting in Calculus I, the number of women entering the STEM workforce would increase by 75%.

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