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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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Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning?

Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
As an ever-growing array of virtual reality tools hits schools, educators wonder if the technology lives up to its hype.
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Global Math Task Twitter Challenge - what is it and how you can participate by Heidi Samuelson

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Mapped: the United States and Canada at the same latitudes as Europe

Mapped: the United States and Canada at the same latitudes as Europe | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
When looking at a regular map of the world, it may be difficult to images what city is on the same latitude as yours. We've solved that problem.
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Eclipse: Who? What? Where? When? and How? | Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. NASA created this website to provide a guide to this amazing event. Here you will find activities, events, broadcasts, and resources from NASA and our partners across the nation.
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Happy 100th Anniversary, Langley on This Week @NASA – July 21, 2017

Our Langley Research Center officially celebrated its 100th anniversary on July 17. Groundbreaking took place on that date in 1917, for what is now known a
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Researchers Engineer Bionic Spinach Plants to Detect Bombs

Researchers Engineer Bionic Spinach Plants to Detect Bombs | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
MIT engineers have used nanotechnology to create nanobionic plants that can sense anything from nerve gas to chemicals used in explosives in ground water.
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Looking for leaders in physics education? Try New Jersey.

Looking for leaders in physics education? Try New Jersey. | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Schools in the Garden State are changing the order of science classes in high school and recruiting more teachers. As a result, more diverse students are getting access to physics – and liking it.
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A Russian Soyuz rocket provided a ride share to space for more than 70 satellites this morning

A Russian Soyuz rocket provided a ride share to space for more than 70 satellites this morning | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A Russian Soyuz rocket launched a whopping 73 satellites into space this morning, sending the spacecraft into three different orbits around Earth. The satellites — ranging from tiny probes th
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Stargazers on standby: Solar flare set to strike Earth (VIDEOS)

Stargazers on standby: Solar flare set to strike Earth (VIDEOS) | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

A solar flare has sent a blast of magnetic particles hurtling toward Earth – but don’t worry, we’re not set for a mass extinction event, rather a dazzling light show above the US and Canada.
Solar flares, which are mostly harmless ejections of energy from the surface of the sun, send clouds of particles made up of electrons and ions into our atmosphere. They usually reach our planet within a day or two, treating earthlings to majestic ‘auroras’, fluorescent light shows caused by collisions between sun particles and nitrogen and oxygen.


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Let's Build Roller Coasters!

Let's Build Roller Coasters! | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, July 13, 9:25 PM
The push for STEM education opens the door to a different kind of learning experience, one that allows students to manipulate content in 3D, test ideas, and innovate. It's a departure from the traditional lecture learning of the past, and an approach that opens the door to possibilities, problem solving, and progressive integration of subjects. Thrill seekers wanted.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 14, 2:39 PM
Roller Coasters are one thing students can build. A well-thought out project engages.
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21st Century learners must be literate in multi-cultural issues

21st Century learners must be literate in multi-cultural issues | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

Against this background, learners in the 21st Century will be expected to develop their ability to communicate, interact, clinch deals, and collaboratively work with individuals from other cultural groups across the globe.


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Some good points.

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Some good points.

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No, NASA Didn't Invent Tang

There's more on this story -- and links to Vintage Tang ads! -- on the companion blog over at Discover
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The ecological disaster that is Trump’s border wall: a visual guide

The ecological disaster that is Trump’s border wall: a visual guide | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The wall could cut off a Texas wildlife refuge and the habitat of big, beautiful cats.
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A million bottles a minute: world's plastic binge 'as dangerous as climate change'

A million bottles a minute: world's plastic binge 'as dangerous as climate change' | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans, coastlines and other environments

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Facts about whales

Whales are marine mammals, members of the cetacea order which also includes dolphins and porpoises. Some whales have teeth while others have baleen, there are over 40 different species.
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32 breathtaking drone photos that show the majesty of our world

32 breathtaking drone photos that show the majesty of our world | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Most drones comes equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly changing photography as we know it. Here are 32 of the best drone photos.

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NPC 17: Who's Teaching The STEM Teachers About Robotics?

NPC 17: Who's Teaching The STEM Teachers About Robotics? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
National Principal's Conference: Robots.education Is Teaching The Teachers About Robotics and STEMSTEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and it's fraternal twin STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Arts, Math) are fairly knew initiatives in schools across the country. Schools are t
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The state of Virginia has a plan. Do others. In Virginia there is a professional development plan  /state wide

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Space Photos of the Week: A Giant Molecular Cloud and All Its Star Babies

Space Photos of the Week: A Giant Molecular Cloud and All Its Star Babies | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
An enormous barred spiral galaxy, a close-up of Jupiter's great red spot, and more this week in space.
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Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: A Lovely Children’s Book About the World’s First Computer Programmer

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: A Lovely Children’s Book About the World’s First Computer Programmer | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

How a little girl with dreams of flying changed the world in footnotes.


One of the most interesting and timeless aspects of Lovelace’s story is that her foray into programming bore the mark of what Albert Einstein called “combinatory play,” which he considered the key characteristic of how his mind worked and which bespeaks the combinatorial nature of all creativity — the ability to connect the seemingly unconnected by cross-pollinating questions and insights across disparate domains to create something entirely novel.


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12 Excellent Physics Apps for High School Students

12 Excellent Physics Apps for High School Students | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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This 3D printed heart beats just like the real one

This 3D printed heart beats just like the real one | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Researchers at ETH, led by doctoral student Nicholas Cohrs, created an artificial silicone heart that was 3D printed and beats just like a real heart.
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FIRST Global | International robotics challenge to ignite a passion for  STEM

FIRST Global | International robotics challenge to ignite a passion for  STEM | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
FIRST Global organizes a yearly international robotics challenge to ignite a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among the more than two billion youths across the world.

 

The not-for-profit public charity provides the framework for an “olympics”-style robotics challenge where one team from every nation is invited to participate in a global robotics event that builds bridges between high school students with different backgrounds, languages, religions, and customs.

 

By bringing these future STEM leaders together in an engaging and collaborative competition that drives home the importance, excitement, and applicability of STEM education, FIRST Global inspires students to learn the skills they will need to make the discoveries their parents and grandparents would consider miracles, impossibilities, or just plain science fiction.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?&tag=First+Global+Challenge+2017

 


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FIRST Global organizes a yearly international robotics challenge to ignite a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among the more than two billion youths across the world.

 

The not-for-profit public charity provides the framework for an “olympics”-style robotics challenge where one team from every nation is invited to participate in a global robotics event that builds bridges between high school students with different backgrounds, languages, religions, and customs.

 

By bringing these future STEM leaders together in an engaging and collaborative competition that drives home the importance, excitement, and applicability of STEM education, FIRST Global inspires students to learn the skills they will need to make the discoveries their parents and grandparents would consider miracles, impossibilities, or just plain science fiction.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?&tag=First+Global+Challenge+2017

 

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Space Odyssey - The Video Game

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Space Odyssey is raising funds for Space Odyssey - The Video Game on Kickstarter!

A unique opportunity for gamers and fans to build the game — suggest ideas, ask questions & participate in development.
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