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Science, technology, engineering and math in K-12
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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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Using varied modalities for reflection and processing is an excellent practice.
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Q&A: Have any last-minute eclipse questions for a NASA expert?

Q&A: Have any last-minute eclipse questions for a NASA expert? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Join Washington Post reporter Joel Achenbach as he answers questions live with NASA solar physicist Ryan Milligan.
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Google Now Understands 30 More Languages

Google Now Understands 30 More Languages | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Google has added support for 30 more languages to its voice recognition software. This means another 1 billion people can now talk rather than type when they interact with Google.

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SpaceX Launches Its 12th Resupply Mission to the ISS

SpaceX Launches Its 12th Resupply Mission to the ISS | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
On board: more than 6,400 pounds of supplies.
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Check123 - Video Encyclopedia

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Check123 is the web's first Video Encyclopedia. Come and learn about arts, history, science, space, animals and more in 1, 2, or 3 minute Videos!!

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, May 17, 12:36 PM
Interesting collection. Seems more geared at K-13 than higher ed, though. 
 
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home - Lowe's Toolbox For Education

home - Lowe's Toolbox For Education | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Lowe's will donate up to $5 million to K-12 public/charter schools and to parent teacher groups - at as many as 1,000 different public schools per school year. Click here to see if you are eligible! Raise up to $5,000 for your school in minutes It's that easy when you take advantage of Lowe's...
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The US Won't Pay For the World's Best Climate Science

The US Won't Pay For the World's Best Climate Science | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Historically, the biggest chunk of money for the IPCC climate report has come from the US. Or rather, it used to.
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Explore Venus with a Strandbeest Rover

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There’s a little problem with sending drones to Venus: it’s too hostile for electronics; the temperature averages 867 °F and the pressure at sea level is 90 atmospheres. The world duration record i…
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The Link Between Gut Bacteria And Your Kid's Behavior Just Got Stronger

The Link Between Gut Bacteria And Your Kid's Behavior Just Got Stronger | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Ohio State University researchers have found that gut bacteria affect a toddler’s temperament. After examining the stool samples of 77 kids aged 18-27 months, the researchers concluded that it was time to step outside and get some fresh air. They also concluded that mood, curiosity, sociability, impulsivity, and — in boys — extroversion were linked to more genetically diverse bacterial species.

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THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*'s curator insight, August 11, 1:25 PM

Is your kid acting out? You may want to blame their gut.

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Can you really go blind staring at an eclipse?

Can you really go blind staring at an eclipse? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
No matter what your plans are for the total solar eclipse, do not look directly at the sun without your ISO-standard eclipse glasses on -- unless it is completely blocked by the moon.
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This is why you need special sunglasses to view the total eclipse

This is why you need special sunglasses to view the total eclipse | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Capital Weather Gang’s Angela Fritz explains what could happen to your eyes if you were to watch the Aug. 21 eclipse without special sunglasses and how to spot the ones that work.
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A battery-inspired strategy for carbon fixation

A battery-inspired strategy for carbon fixation | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
"The problem with most physical and chemical pathways for CO2 fixation is that their products are gases and liquids that need to be further liquefied or compressed, and that inevitably leads to additional energy consumption and even more CO2 emissions," says senior author Haoshen Zhou of Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and China's Nanjing University. "Instead, we are demonstrating an electrochemical strategy for CO2 fixation that yields solid carbon products, as well as a lithium-CO2 battery that can provide the energy necessary for that process."

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Why a total solar eclipse is a life-changing event, according to 8 eclipse chasers

Why a total solar eclipse is a life-changing event, according to 8 eclipse chasers | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
"You never forget your first kiss … you always remember your first time in the shadow," says one eclipse chaser.
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Bricklayer engages students in learning math

Bricklayer engages students in learning math | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Interdisciplinary team earns NSF grant for algebra alternative.
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Analysis | The space quiz: Test your knowledge about the eclipse, our solar system and beyond

Analysis | The space quiz: Test your knowledge about the eclipse, our solar system and beyond | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The first words spoken on the moon? Will the sun turn into a black hole and swallow earth? Etc.
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To the Moon(hack) and back

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A global coding event aims to set a world record.

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Dark, Cameras, Action: Scientists and Amateurs Prepare for Solar Eclipse

Dark, Cameras, Action: Scientists and Amateurs Prepare for Solar Eclipse | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Astronomers say the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 will be an experiment in solar physics conducted on a national scale, as citizen scientists join researchers in scrutinizing the star.
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How Do Physical Math Manipulatives Compare to Their Digital Counterparts?

How Do Physical Math Manipulatives Compare to Their Digital Counterparts? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
These digital manipulatives in ST Math enable deeper understanding of mathematical concepts using technology.
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High school chemistry lessons coming to Rock Creek Park

High school chemistry lessons coming to Rock Creek Park | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Montgomery schools launch new environmental program to develop “citizen scientists.”
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Starting this fall, students at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring will become “citizen scientists,” monitoring water quality in the Rock Creek watershed — an area that spans 60 square miles of the county. Students will collect and analyze water samples from the park and their local community. “Instead of teaching about the watershed within the classroom with pen and paper, students can actually go outside right in their schoolyard and study creeks and streams firsthand,” said Diane Lill, director of education at the Audubon Naturalist Society, based in Chevy Chase, which will help facilitate the program. Bethesda-based Veverka Family Foundation is giving $1 million to the National Park Foundation to fund various science education programs. The new one in Rock Creek Park will receive $100,000 of that funding. Under the training of chemistry teachers, local environmental experts and park rangers, Montgomery students will create a database of water-quality measurements. Students will then analyze their findings to identify areas in need of attention. The absence of certain organisms, for example, could indicate pollution, Lill said. Montgomery officials say they will expand the three-week program to Northwood and Albert Einstein high schools in 2018-2019 and to Wheaton and Montgomery Blair high schools the following year. Their goal is to eventually integrate the curriculum into chemistry classrooms countywide.

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Nanooze_15_environment_pages-19214xu.pdf

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What is a “Nanooze” (we say it….nah–news)? Nanooze is not a thing, Nanooze is a place. A place to hear about the latest exciting stuff in science and technology, particularly things related to Nanotechnology, the science of really small things !. This issue is about the Environment. Enjoy!
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L.A. Teacher Creates Catchy Math Videos That Teach Complicated Concepts -- THE Journal

L.A. Teacher Creates Catchy Math Videos That Teach Complicated Concepts -- THE Journal | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Los Angeles math teacher and tutor Huzefa Kapadia has created eight catchy music videos that explain fundamental and sometimes complicated math concepts.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 11, 1:29 PM
I watched the videos on You Tube and was impressed! My first thought is that most creative, confident, and courageous  teachers could also do this! If you can sing a little, dance a little, have a class, and have some like minded colleagues, you could create equally impressive educational videos. Least you should do is view and then share with with your class and the other teachers. Have some fun, Huzefa did!
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The Eclipse That Made America Great

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The solar eclipse of 1878 was a chance for the young nation’s scientists to finally shine.
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Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Environment

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Our model of human and economic development, developed during past industrial revolutions, has largely come at the expense of our planet. There is mounting scientific consensus that th
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Galaxy Radiation (A "Ridiculously Huge" Amount of Energy) - Sixty Symbols

Synchrotron radiation from galaxies can contain mind-boggling amounts of energy. Extra footage from this interview: More links and info below ↓ ↓ ↓ Extr
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