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Rigorous Project-Based Learning Transforms AP Courses

Rigorous Project-Based Learning Transforms AP Courses | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Through a project called Knowledge in Action, researchers at the University of Washington have been exploring whether project-based learning can help high school students with diverse learning styles understand content more deeply in advanced...
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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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New online NASA library offers all your free space porn in one place

New online NASA library offers all your free space porn in one place | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Everything a space nerd ever wanted.
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Create Interactive Stories with Photo Collages

Create Interactive Stories with Photo Collages | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
This week, your challenge is to create an interactive story around a photo collage. You can use placeholder photos and graphics, or rework an existing project into a photo collage.

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How eliminating two EPA programs could affect large parts of America

How eliminating two EPA programs could affect large parts of America | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes stretch across multiple regions. Trump wants to cut these programs.
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Geology IN: The Texture of Igneous rocks

Geology IN: The Texture of Igneous rocks | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Aphanitic (a = not, phaner = visible) rocks in contrast to phaneritic rocks, typically form from lava which crystallize rapidly on o
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MIT Researchers Design Way to 3D Print with Plants

MIT Researchers Design Way to 3D Print with Plants | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
World Coverage of the 3D Ecosystem

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 26, 8:30 PM

Wow, this is wild stuff! 

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Jellyfish Invading Japan

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Helping to close the education gap

Helping to close the education gap | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
We're committing $50 million over the next two years to support nonprofits who are building tech-based learning solutions that tackle education challenges.
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Graphene's Infusion in Textiles is the Future of Wearable Electronics

Graphene's Infusion in Textiles is the Future of Wearable Electronics | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Smart clothes are a highly promising field of development, where everything from health monitors to LED displays are integrated into clothes. But the textiles developed are said to rely on rigid components, unfit to be worn practically, as clothes.

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Jeff's curator insight, March 26, 4:13 AM
Clothes, linen, furniture... Smart textiles will be a great improvement for home iot
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Virtual Base Ten Blocks Great for Early Math Learning reviewed via CommonSense media 

Virtual Base Ten Blocks Great for Early Math Learning reviewed via CommonSense media  | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators. Site contains a Software Reviews Database, articles from Technology & Learning Magazine, articles from Educators in Educators' eZine, Event and Contest listings, Reader suggested Web sites, and weekly news updates on education technology leaders." />

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Registration fees | science-and-you.com

Registration fees | science-and-you.com | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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On May 4, 5 and 6, 2017, McGill University will host the Journées internationales de la culture scientifique (JICS) - Science and You in Montreal. This international event, which is organized by Association francophone pour le savoir - ACFAS, is the opportunity for stakeholders in the scientific, cultural, and business community to meet with public decision-makers and people who are passionate about science. Throughout the activities held during these 3 days, different leading figures will invite the participants to exchange, discuss, learn, acquire new skills, and to think about the various uses of digital technologies for the dissemination of scientific knowledge, the creation of scientific communities and access to knowledge for people living in remote regions. The Journées internationales de la culture scientifique - Science and You program includes: • 8 opening keynotes (May 4) • 20 discussion panels (May 5) • 4 practical training workshops (May 6) • Various activities (Science-moi!) open to the general public: national finals “Ma thèse en 180 secondes” (competition), “La preuve par l’image” (exhibit), launch and publication of a special issue of Découvrir magazine dedicated to scientific culture … All of the presentations, except the workshops and general public activities, will be simultaneously translated into English or French as necessary. The training workshops are offered in both languages, to facilitate interaction between the trainer and participants, thus giving the participants the opportunity to fully seize the tools presented during these workshops.
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Chemists ID catalytic 'key' for converting CO2 to methanol

Chemists ID catalytic 'key' for converting CO2 to methanol | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) and converting it to useful chemicals such as methanol could reduce both pollution and our dependence on petroleum products. So scientists are intensely interested in the catalysts that facilitate such chemical conversions. Like molecular dealmakers, catalysts bring the reacting chemicals together in a way that makes it easier for them to break and rearrange their chemical bonds. Understanding details of these molecular interactions could point to strategies to improve the catalysts for more energy-efficient reactions.

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How to Apply for a National Geographic Student Expedition

Read about the application and selection process for National Geographic Student Expeditions and what steps to take to apply.
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Across All Fields, International Collaborations Is How Science Gets Done

Across All Fields, International Collaborations Is How Science Gets Done | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A new study reports that more scientists from all over the world are collaborating to further our understanding of science than ever before. From 1990 to 2015, the number of scientific papers the had multiple authors from more than one country doubled.
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News Archives - SpaceNews.com

News Archives - SpaceNews.com | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Daily coverage of the global space industry with an emphasis on business and political news.

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A Simple Guide to Design Learning 

A Simple Guide to Design Learning  | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Doris Wells-Papanek of www.designlearning.us published an article in “Innovation Journal” in which she said “Design is to doing as learning is to thinking.” Learning, Wells-Papnek explains, prepares students to think, and design enables them to do. The goal of design learning is to help students become great problem solvers as they progress through the steps of the design learning framework, challenged to be creative but mindful of the task put before them.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 13, 9:48 PM

Good stuff! Thanks to John Evans.

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The brain is ten times more powerful than thought, study finds

The brain is ten times more powerful than thought, study finds | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The study from the University of California, Los Angeles examined the structure and function of dendrites, revealing that that the brain is 10 times more active than previously thought.

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Global Water Initiative

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Water is the ultimate systems challenge.  It is the unique resource that is key to almost all drivers of growth – be it agricultural production, energy generation, industry an
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Journey under the Earth’s surface in Street View

Journey under the Earth’s surface in Street View | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
“You only realize how insignificant humans are when you’re standing next to a giant lake of fiery boiling rock. It’s like looking into the surface of the sun,” says explorer Geoff Mackley about the Marum crater.
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Female leaders join forces to mentor girls in STEM

Female leaders join forces to mentor girls in STEM | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A new initiative by female leaders to mentor and empower young girls seeking a career in STEM has been announced

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 25, 9:03 PM

YAY for Mentors!

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Tennessee schools need to teach geography better

Tennessee schools need to teach geography better | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Geography is a discipline that has students examine the world from cultural, physical, economic, and political standpoints, but you wouldn’t know that in many Tennessee schools.

During their middle and high school years, Tennessee’s students will take five required history courses and no required geography courses. The courses they do take have names that begin with “History and Geography”, but if one examines the full titles and the content of the courses, it is blatantly obvious that these are history courses.

This is the case for the current Social Studies standards and those that are proposed to soon replace the current standards. Some argue that geography can be adequately taught in such hybrid courses, but that is not the way it is taught in any college or university in the state.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 6, 11:36 AM

Preach on Kurt, preach on.  And clearly, it's not just Tennessee that needs this message. 

 

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Geographic Thinking Concepts: Geographic Perspective - A Sense of Place! 
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Scientists made a detailed "roadmap" for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s staggering.

Scientists made a detailed "roadmap" for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s staggering. | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Few people appreciate what it’d mean to take our climate goals seriously. (Think: no new gasoline-powered cars by 2030.)
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Life: The Excitement of Biology

Life: The Excitement of Biology | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
  Life: The Excitement of Biology is indexed by Biosis Previews,   Biological  Abstracts, CAB Abstracts, EBSCOhost Academic Search Ultimate, Google  Scholar,  Research Gate, Ulrich, and Zoological Record!     Life: The Excitement of Biology (LEB) ISSN 2325-081X (print), ISSN 2325-0828 (online)  LEB is a peer-reviewed journal whose vision is to  provide      the global  scientific…
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Teen Service Award Winners Fight Illiteracy and Climate Change

Teen Service Award Winners Fight Illiteracy and Climate Change | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
An inaugural awards program from National Geographic Student Expeditions honors youth for service to their communities.
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Thousands of Invisible Oil Spills Are Destroying the Gulf

Thousands of Invisible Oil Spills Are Destroying the Gulf | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Oil pollution in US waters didn't end with Deepwater Horizons. Small spills are a chronic problem, and their impact is cumulative.
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