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Design Thinking in Schools K12 Directory

Design Thinking in Schools: K12 is a global directory of schools, programs and resources for building creative confidence in youth.
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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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'Huge skills gap': High school students falling behind four-year-olds

'Huge skills gap': High school students falling behind four-year-olds | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
With the younger generation learning to code before they learn to read, today's high school students need to quickly catch up.

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Could this rather esurient caterpillar help stem the plastic deluge?

Could this rather esurient caterpillar help stem the plastic deluge? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
European researchers have discovered a species of caterpillar capable of eating a common form of plastic. What lessons can nature teach us about cleaning up the nearly indestructible pollutant?
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Nanoparticle vaccine shows potential as immunotherapy to fight multiple cancer types

Nanoparticle vaccine shows potential as immunotherapy to fight multiple cancer types | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have developed a first-of-its-kind nanoparticle vaccine immunotherapy that targets several different cancer types.

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Watch the Causes of Death Change Across America

Watch the Causes of Death Change Across America | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

The patterns highlight key social and economic issues in the country
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11 Best Robotics for Kids: Inventor Kits that Unleash Imagination - Avatar Generation

11 Best Robotics for Kids: Inventor Kits that Unleash Imagination - Avatar Generation | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Watch in amazement as your kids have a blast learning about STEM as they play. With robotics for kids, the entertainment never ends and neither does their learning experience. While kids are building and programming their robots, they are learning how moving parts fit and work together to create a common goal. The following robotics kits vary in their limitations and capabilities. Some kits are very simple and easy, you can build a few different robots and use a controller to drive them. Other sets offer endless possibilities from building to designing and even programming. Here are 11 of the best robotics for kids in 2017, for inventing and building robots.

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16 Best Drones for Kids and Teens: Popular & New in 2017 - Avatar Generation

16 Best Drones for Kids and Teens: Popular & New in 2017 - Avatar Generation | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The best drones for kids are those that engage play, inspire creativity and don’t break after being bounced into walls! While younger kids may love the idea of flying a drone high in the sky, many drones are not for beginners. These little machines will get thrashed about so finding a durable drone is important. There is such a variety of features to consider, that picking the perfect drone might seem like an impossible task. Finding drones for teens is an easier job as the majority of drones are suitable for over 14’s. Some drones feature very high resolution HD cameras, some only take still pictures, and others are just great fun for gaming. Gearing up for the holiday season, many new drones will be available later in the year. Here is a list of 16 popular and soon to be released drones for kids and teens in 2017.

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The Space Telescopes of Tomorrow [Infographic]

The Space Telescopes of Tomorrow [Infographic] | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Tomorrow's telescopes will give us a glimpse of the earliest years of our universe. This is life after Hubble.
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Research Guides: Education: Mathematics Teacher Resources

Research Guides: Education: Mathematics Teacher Resources | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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"The University of Michigan Library offers this helpful list of web resources for teaching mathematics. This list includes items that will appeal to K-12 mathematics instructors, adult educators, and college level mathematics instructors alike. Resources are divided into three categories: resources for teachers (most resources fall into this category), resources for algebra, and resources for statistics. While some of the links included on this list no longer work, most will take visitors to working pages. Included are teaching tips, videos to incorporate into the classroom, websites, free online textbooks, printable worksheets, games, and more. The diversity of these resources offers a useful one-stop shop for instructors looking for additional materials or ideas."


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Road Salt is Turning North #America's #Freshwater Lakes into #Saltwater

Road Salt is Turning North #America's #Freshwater Lakes into #Saltwater | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
If current trends continue, many freshwater lakes in the US and Canada will be too salty for human use or aquatic life.

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Is Your Math Program Improving Your School Culture? [rubric]

Is Your Math Program Improving Your School Culture? [rubric] | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
What to look for in math edtech that positively impacts school culture and growth mindset.
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The Lands We Share: America's Protected Areas

The Lands We Share: America's Protected Areas | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Over a quarter of America's land and marine area is designated for protection. But 'protection' takes many different forms.
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Here is a new way of learning why we need to protect the earth.
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An Aurora Named Steve

An Aurora Named Steve | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
SCIENCE Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the Northern Lights, a new feature was discovered recently. Nobody knew what this strange ribbon of purple light was, so … it was called Steve. (European Space Agency) Use our resource to meet Steve, fox fire, and other oddities of the aurora. Teachers,…
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Should the U.S. Government Restrict Fertilizer Use to Improve Water Quality?

Should the U.S. Government Restrict Fertilizer Use to Improve Water Quality? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Artificial fertilizers benefit farmers with the ability to grow crops on the same land year after year, but they can also contaminate freshwater and damage an
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10 Exciting Engineering Toys for Girls - Avatar Generation

10 Exciting Engineering Toys for Girls - Avatar Generation | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
On average, boys have more engineering driven toys than girls. That has been drastically changed with engineering toys for girls popping up all over. These various kits and play sets encourage girls to use their imaginations and open up to the possibilities of building and interacting with toys more. No matter what young girls are into, there is a STEM based kit that will cater to their tastes. These kits allow you to build your own doll house, make a working theme park or create fashion and accessories that incorporate technology. With these engineering toys for girls, not only will they enjoy hours of fun, but they will also be learning about moving parts, building and interjecting technology into basic designs. With simple designs to start with, as they grow the sky is the limit to how they can apply these skills into their life.

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Aunque diseñados bajo el estereotipo, con el que no estoy de acuerdo, de que las niñas juegan con muñecas y los niños con robots, estos juegos pretenden adicionalmente acercar a las niñas al mundo de la tecnología.

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How To Make a Powered Car | Electric Car | #Maker #MakerED #MakerSpaces #LEARNingByDoing #Creativity #PracTICE

Learn How to make a Powered Car. Make this easy powered car out of household items, DC motor and Paperboard Electric Car DIY. Template

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=makered

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Ideas+for+makerspaces

 


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Learn How to make a Powered Car. Make this easy powered car out of household items, DC motor and Paperboard Electric Car DIY. Template

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=makered

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Ideas+for+makerspaces

 

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Field Day Lab - The Yard

Field Day Lab - The Yard | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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ABOUT THE YARD Most adults would just call the Yard an unsafe junk yard that children should absolutely stay away from. Of course that makes the crew even more curious to explore it. Take a look around the Yard. You'll find the section of scrap metal that lived another life as a bike or a jeep or maybe even parts of a space ship. Hop over the creek (or wade through it, if you're extra adventurous) and watch how water currents change. Visit the prairie and run your hands through the long grass that has grown up around old crates, statues, and rollerskates. Explore castles created from crates, towers of wood pallets, and half-buried shipping containers with skylights punched through the roofs. Even more mysterious is the Wasteland… no one really knows what is out there… yet. (Did you see that carousel horse peeking up out of the water? That old toboggan teetering at the edge of the crater? You can spy it from the treehouse in the woods, the one with the working telescope right next to the zip line, just beyond the trampoline.) Mr. Hart keeps the Yard running, sorting, fixing, and repurposing the garbage other adults don't want any more. He also spends a lot of time trying to figure out how the kids keep getting into the Yard and then patching holes in the fences, filling in holes in the ground, and scratching his head with amazement that the kids keep finding ways to get in. ABOUT FIELD DAY Field Day teamed up with Wisconsin teachers to conceive, design and test the games. We will research not only the impact of the individual games on learning but also the way teachers are brought into the process as co-designers. We update and weed out games based on how well they perform with an audience of learners. We give additional time to the games that show high levels of potential impact and we let sub-par concepts die off. We are so proud to have been funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Virtual Schools. We're grateful for the constant support of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Want help using these games in your class? We are partnering with WI Virtual Schools and several teachers to create teacher guides and resources to help you integrate these games into your class.
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iPad Science Apps for Elementary Teachers curated by Educators' Technology

Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Geology IN: Gemstone Guide: Classification of Gemstones

Geology IN: Gemstone Guide: Classification of Gemstones | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Gemstone Guide: Classification of Gemstones A gemstone is a mineral or rock, which can be used in jewelry after cutting or facetin
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The Field Beckons: A Photo Poem. Click on first image to start. - Joseph Kerski, Ph.D. - Geographer

The Field Beckons: A Photo Poem. Click on first image to start. - Joseph Kerski, Ph.D. - Geographer | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
 All photographs by Joseph Kerski.  Get out into the field!
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4 Ways the Universe Can Kill You

4 Ways the Universe Can Kill You | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
There’s a level of danger out in space that’s beyond even our own imaginations. We asked our How the Universe Works experts to describe the most mind boggling way the universe could kill us.

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Researchers Have Found a "Reset Button" for Aging Cells

Researchers Have Found a "Reset Button" for Aging Cells | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
From revitalizing heartbeats and increasing longevity, to removing disorders via gene editing, blood-borne challenges are approached with new solutions as quickly as we can innovate them. While many of the solutions we currently have can tackle blood disorders reactively, researchers at the University of Lunds in Sweden have devised a method that could address blood disorders proactively.

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Startling before-and-after images of #melting #glaciers tell the story of #climate change

Startling before-and-after images of #melting #glaciers tell the story of #climate change | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
These images are worth a thousand words in explaining the impacts of ice retreating against warming temperatures.
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36 amazing facts about polar bears

36 amazing facts about polar bears | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Did you know that polar bears' fur is actually transparent, not white? Learn more about these amazing animals in this infographic.

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3D printing could help repair damaged knees with cartilage-mimicking hydrogel

3D printing could help repair damaged knees with cartilage-mimicking hydrogel | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Researchers have created a new type of 3D bioprinting material designed to form custom cartilage knee implants.

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