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Maps of Panem - The Hunger Games

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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.  

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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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How Do Mathematicians Cut Cake?

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What's the fairest way to split up an apartment? A divorce settlement? A war-torn country? First, start with a cake.
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Wildfires Are Getting Worse: Time to Rehydrate Our Landscapes

Wildfires Are Getting Worse: Time to Rehydrate Our Landscapes | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Historically, our western landscapes were kept hydrated in part by beavers. According to Brock Dolman of The WATER Institute’s Bring Back the Beaver Campaign, the winsome rodents act as “water engineers”. By building dams they harvest water and direct its flow, and the moist soil that surrounds the pools yields lush vegetation. Beavers, he says, serve as ecological “shock absorbers” so that land is less susceptible to drought and fire. Beavers are native to much of California, and were numerous prior to the early nineteenth century, when they were mostly wiped out. (Water-wise, California’s “fur rush” was a bigger deal than the Gold Rush.) Nationwide, today beavers number around 10 million, down from an estimated 200 million when Europeans arrived on our shores.


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Get started with Dr. Geo for geometry

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A brief tutorial on how to get started with Dr. Geo II for learning geometry.

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Trends | School Bus to Mars

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssk5mn19cpM The future is already here, you just have to know where to find it. There's some very cool stuff happening out there with virtual reality in education. From the Lockheed Martin website: "The first people who will visit Mars are sitting in a school today. In fact, the first astronauts will arrive before today’s…
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Energy2D - Interactive Heat Transfer Simulations for Everyone

Energy2D - Interactive Heat Transfer Simulations for Everyone | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Interactive, visual , multiphysics program that models heat transfer..
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Concord.org Resources to teach Energy. Free Software
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The ArcGIS Imagery Book

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New views, new visions.
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Explore how remote sensing and imagery power GIS
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Impossibly Small Gadget Can Disinfect Water Within Minutes

Impossibly Small Gadget Can Disinfect Water Within Minutes | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Millions of people lack access to clean drinking water. It has been practice that people boil water or leave it under the sun to have clean water to drink. The process is inefficient, but now, scientists may have a new solution.
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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Last week, the publisher unveiled the last of five special covers featuring disciplines that guide school curricula nationwide — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, also known as STEAM. It's part of an effort, the company says, to encourage young readers to double-down on their studies and explore fields said to lead to better jobs.

"We plan to continue to motivate our fans to explore their passions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math and present these disciplines through some of our favorite young heroes who are doing just that — following their dreams and preparing for the challenges that await them ahead," David Gabriel, Senior VP for Sales & Marketing of Marvel Comics said in a statement.

Available in November, the covers are alternative prints of several titles. Famous heroes such as the Hulk and Spiderman make appearances. So do lesser-knowns Gwenpool — an amalgam of Spiderman's Gwen Stacy and meta-jokester Deadpool — and kid genius Moongirl.

The covers also coincide with the debut of Marvel's new Iron Man, Riri Williams, a 15-year-old engineering prodigy, who is also featured.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 28, 5:47 PM

Article covers quite a bit of activity in the media space around support for STEM. Lots of good info.

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Global Climate Change Model: Making Predictions About Future Climate | Concord Consortium

Global Climate Change Model: Making Predictions About Future Climate | Concord Consortium | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
How might Earth's temperature change in the future? Use this model to explore how changing human emissions of greenhouse gases might affect the temperature. The model incorporates positive and negative feedback loops. Ice cover and cloud cover change in response to the level of water vapor and temperature in the model.
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We have had the hottest summer in history.. take a look at this climate change model from Concord,org
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Educational Partnership Program

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On this site you will be able to access information about NOAA's four Cooperative Science Centers, download forms to apply undergraduate and graduate scholarships, and learn the requirements for eligibility to apply for the Environmental Entrepreneurship Program. This site also provides links to NOAA programs and line offices.
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The Depths of the Unseen Ocean

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"The depths below the ocean’s surface comprise a staggering 95 percent of the Earth’s living space, and much of it is unexplored by humans. To put into perspective just how deep the oceans go, this XKCD comic, (hi-res image).  Most of the ocean doesn’t even see sunlight. Even scientists aren’t familiar with everything that’s down there."


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XKCD is a comic strip that deals with many intellectual issues, but it can also be a wealth of quality scientific information.  This infographic on the oceans is staggering.

 

Tags: XKCD, artinfographic, physical, environmentwater.

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The Story of Brazil Nuts is Kind of Nuts - Modern Farmer

The Story of Brazil Nuts is Kind of Nuts - Modern Farmer | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The Brazil nut come from the Bertholletia excelsa tree, which is found throughout the Amazon rain forest—an area covering about 2.7 million-square miles in South America, stretching across northwest Brazil and into Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador. The trees grow in lowland rain forests where flooding isn’t prevalent and can live for 500 years or more.

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How Making Music Made Math Cool in this Classroom | Class Act

Robert “Mr. Mac” MacCarthy, a sixth grade math teacher at Willard Middle School in Berkeley, encourages his students to love math through creating rap music ...


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Breathtaking...!!
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Lowell High School students nurture real-world skills at farmers market

Lowell High School students nurture real-world skills at farmers market | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Once an occasional, informal seasonal happening, farmers markets have become big business. These days, towns without them are trying to get them started, while towns with them are looking for
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Using Arduino UNO To Teach Programming, STEM and Maker Skills

Using Arduino UNO To Teach Programming, STEM and Maker Skills | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Are you looking for a fun, hands-on activity to teach basic programming and maker skills at home or in the classroom? Arduino, and specifically, Arduino UNO are an excellent tool to teach and apply basic electronics and robotics skills.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, August 29, 10:22 PM

Love me some coding!

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Crew of simulated Mars mission 'returns' to Earth after one year

Crew of simulated Mars mission 'returns' to Earth after one year | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A year-long, simulated mission to 'Mars' is finally over, and the crew look like they've been through an otherworldly experience.
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This new robot is squishy and cute

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Researchers at Harvard University have developed an entirely soft robot, nicknamed the Octobot.
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Cheating , Bribery and Scandal How the Ancient Greeks did the Olympic Games.

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Experiment with Ecosystems | Concord Consortium

Experiment with Ecosystems | Concord Consortium | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The goal of this activity is to give students the opportunity to “think like a scientist,“ making hypotheses, doing experiments, making observations, and analyzing data. Students are encouraged to construct and conduct their own experiments with ecosystems comprising grass, rabbits, and up to two predator species: hawks and foxes.
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Earthquakes Around the World | Concord Consortium

Earthquakes Around the World | Concord Consortium | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Certain parts of the world are more susceptible to earthquake activity and volcanic eruptions than others. In this activity you will use a computer model to investigate the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that have occurred around the world since 1960.
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NOAA Education Resources: NOAA in Your Backyard

NOAA Education Resources: NOAA in Your Backyard | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Links and contacts to NOAA scientists, offices, field sites, and educators in major regions of the U.S..
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NOAA Education Resources: Marine Life Theme Homepage

NOAA Education Resources: Marine Life Theme Homepage | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Introductory index page for education resource collections on the aquatic life in the ocean, coastal areas, and estuaries.
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