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Geography in the News: Pumpkins

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"Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner and pumpkins are already showing up at roadside stands. Jack o’lanterns, decorative displays and pumpkin pies are the main destinies of most pumpkins in the United States. Elsewhere in the world, however, the pumpkin is nearly exclusively considered a food crop or animal feed."


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Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, November 27, 2013 4:25 PM

I have been a long-time fan of pumpkin coffee, and tomorrow I will probably have some with my cousins and family... Some areas of Asia allow consumption of dogs, other areas of the US allow consumption of roadkill, and that is different from what most people in RI are used to... So I guess, it's not really my business what other people and countries do with their pumpkin crops, as long as it doesn't negatively affect other people.  My neighbor has won some prizes, I think 3rd place in RI for largest pumpkin contests, which is pretty cool, because for several months, you can see their pumpkin garden from my backyard.  Those pumpkins are enormous, and made me wonder if there was anything being done to make the modified pumpkins more usable in food.  I know GMOs are a touchy issue, but to feed the starving people around the world, you have to wonder if one pumpkin at 2000 lbs could feed a village of people.  Lots of people that don't like GMOs probably do unhealthy things in other ways, so their huge activism movements really boggle me.  Labeling GMOs is one thing, but stopping genetic modifications seems as controversial as starting them, especially when some people can benefit from them.  Whatever, I guess pumpkins are cool for whatever people want to do with them, including smashing them... this week on RIC's campus I saw a smashed pumpkin.  The only thing that really popped into my head was not "what a waste," or "oh, those delinquents," but rather "that seems fun."  I did assume though, that no one was hurt by the smashing of the pumpkin...

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, March 19, 5:14 PM

Although you wouldn't think it there are many different countries and specific regions that demonstrate the perfect cropping land and fertilization process to grow pumpkins. Out of the US power house pumpkin growing Illinois is named number 1. Along side California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvainnia, Mississippi. But lets travel abroad to Africa, now me personally I wouldnt think that there are alot of pumpkin patches in Africa but there are many different places in Africa that pumpkins are grown. SOme of these places are Egypt with (690,000) and then there is South Africa with (378,776). I found these numbers quite interesting because one wouldn't think that there are pumpkin patches in Africa.

Pamela Shields's curator insight, August 29, 10:10 AM

@Danyl †  so inspirational!

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All the Cool Kids Are Doing Science: Why will.i.am Is Making It Hip to Be a 'Nerd'

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If there aren’t enough American workers for today’s tech jobs, imagine the nation in 2024 if we don’t find fresh ways to get kids interested.
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Surmounting the Barriers: Ethnic Diversity in Engineering Education: Summary of a Workshop

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Surmounting the Barriers: Ethnic Diversity in Engineering Education is the summary of a workshop held in September 2013 to take a fresh look at the impediments to greater diversification in engineering education. The workshop brought together educators in engineering from two- and four-year colleges and staff members from the three sponsoring organizations: the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Engineering and the American Society for Engineering Education. While the goal of diversifying engineering education has long been recognized, studied, and subjected to attempted interventions, progress has been fitful and slow. This report discusses reasons why past recommendations to improve diversity had not been adopted in full or in part. Surmounting the Barriers identifies a series of key impediments, including a lack of incentives for faculty and institutions; inadequate or only short-term financial support; an unsupportive institutional and faculty culture and environment; a lack of institutional and constituent engagement; and inadequate assessments, metrics, and data tracking. The report also shares success stories about instances where barriers to diversity have been identified and surmounted, and the resources that could enable real solutions to implement steps toward progress.
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5 STEM resources for higher ed and K-12 classrooms ~ Education DIVE

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by Roger Riddell

 

"These platforms are among the best providing a more engaging science, technology, engineering, and math learning experience."


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Efforts encourage women in science, technology fields - Lima Ohio

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Craig J. Orosz | The Lima NewsMoriah Henry, 16, left, and M'lynn Jones, 16, build random number generators on circuit boards in Kirk Fosnaugh's class at Lima Senior High School.
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Citizen Science in the Classrom: Mapping Mars and Be a Martian with NASA ... - PLoS Blogs (blog)

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HS-ESS1-4 Use mathematical or computational representations to predict the motion of orbiting objects in the solar system.
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Science and Math simulations for your class - Innovation: Education

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In science and math simulations for your class, Good simulations occupy a middle space between macro-scale observations and abstract concepts for discussion

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Simulations in science

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QuestFour - a board game coming to Kickstarter

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A board game for young engineers and programmers!
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nsf.gov - Multimedia Gallery - US National Science Foundation (NSF)

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NSF's mission is to advance the progress of science, a mission accomplished by funding proposals for research and education made by scientists, engineers, and educators from across the country.
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20 Good Map Creation Tools for Students | Free Technology for Teachers

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This is Richard Byrne's updated list of  20 good online map creation tools for students and teachers.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, August 19, 7:44 PM

These are excellent resources for your teaching and learning environments.

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Teaching geography and maps, then check out these online tools. There will be a perfect one for your needs. Enjoy!

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Can technology solve K-12 budgetary deficits? - Tech Page One

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National forum focuses on how the arts can improve schools - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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We learn math. We learn science. Art is another way to learn more. “You can be creative. You can explore.
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3D Systems Entices Budding Engineers with Products Unveiled at IMTS - 3DPrint.com

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DIGITAL education initiative is to promote advancing digital literacy in K-12 STEM education, in keeping with President Obama's 2015 fiscal budget plan.
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WhyPaks

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Professional development and resources from DaVinci Minds.

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Free Physics simulations from CK-12

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Bugscope: Home

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Using electron microscopes to "see" bugs. Awesome !!
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Participate - Mars Exploration Program

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Exploration of the Planet Mars - missions, videos, images and information
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3-D Printer Could Turn Space Station into 'Machine Shop' - Armed with Science

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The program has spurred a stellar K-12 educational outreach initiative coined Future Engineers.
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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

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Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. How do you create a culture of using questioning in the classroom?
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Women and Ethnic Minorities in STEM: An Intersectional Analysis - YouTube

Talk by Moin Syed, University of Minnesota, at the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) Diversity through the Disciplines Symposium, April 10...
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Math Puzzles For Teens

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A variety of math puzzles for everyone. Teen Math Puzzles is divided into categories that will challenge, stimulate and help you learn.

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Best educational apps for middle schoolers

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It's that time of the year again when parents, teachers and students start thinking about heading back to school. If you have an iOS device, you can


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STEM Activity App

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Aspire Institute was created to advance knowledge and solutions in response to social and educational challenges. We believe the STEM Activity App does just that. STEM education is growing more important every year, yet many students lose interest before middle school. This app was designed, and continues to be improved, in an effort to help teachers and families encourage their students and children to love learning about STEM. Together, we can inspire the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians!


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Transformative science - National Science Foundation (press release)

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Phys.Org Transformative science National Science Foundation (press release) A new public-private partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Cancer Institute (NCI), Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and The V Foundation for Cancer...
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Group: 3D Mapping | GeoNet

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Get updated on all things 3D GIS for organization in both tactical and strategic decision making.
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Maker Movement Reinvents Education - Newsweek

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Sample Popsicle Catapult for STEM Class

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Half of my 4th and 5th grade STEM students (those not working in a center in our "Maker Studio") are 2 days into a 4 day unit on creating popsicle catapults, which my district STEM mentor and peer ...

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