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A Different Kind of Diversity: The Changing Face of Engineering Education

A Different Kind of Diversity: The Changing Face of Engineering Education | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
We face unprecedented global challenges and opportunities, from the need for clean water and clean energy to fighting cyber terrorism. These challenges demand new ideas, and one obvious approach is simply to increase volume.

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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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Museum of the Future: Portable and Personal

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Dayanita Singh has spent the past decade creating customizable photo books that are a portable exhibit and catalog in one.

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Teaching and Assessment with Math Processes

Teaching and Assessment with Math Processes | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"Teaching and assessment in math go hand in hand. What ties them together are the mathematical processes. Our job as teachers is to help students build mathematical knowledge and skills of the curriculum through the 7 mathematical processes. They  include:

* problem solving
* reasoning and proving
* reflecting
* selecting tools and computational strategies
* connecting
* representing
* communicating"


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Building a Bridge Between Engineering and the Humanities

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Boosting enrollments in STEM is not enough. An educational system that merges humanities and sciences, creating whole-brain engineers and scientifically inspired humanists, fosters more than just innovation. It yields more-flexible individuals who adapt to unanticipated changes as the world evolves unpredictably.

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"Boosting enrollments in STEM is not enough. An educational system that merges humanities and sciences, creating whole-brain engineers and scientifically inspired humanists, fosters more than just innovation. It yields more-flexible individuals who adapt to unanticipated changes as the world evolves unpredictably." (ByJulio M. Ottino and Gary Saul Morson).

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Rare extreme helium star identified by astronomers

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(Phys.org)—Astronomers have identified another rare example of an extreme helium star. The star, designated GALEX J184559.8−413827 (or J1845−4138 for short), was initially classified as a faint helium-rich "hot subdwarf," but new spectroscopic observations reveal that this star is more hydrogen-deficient than previously thought. The finding is available in a paper published June 11 on arXiv.org.

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Say goodbye to itchy bug bites with this electric pen

Say goodbye to itchy bug bites with this electric pen | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
You'll be invincible against bug bites with this itch-stopping pen

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Sea Level Change Observations from Space- Portal NASA

Sea Level Change Observations from Space- Portal NASA | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Visit NASA's new portal for an in-depth look at the science behind sea level change.
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Absolutely beautiful media on Sea  Level Change from NASA https://sealevel.nasa.gov/multimedia

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Prototype device enables photon-photon interactions at room temperature for quantum computing

Prototype device enables photon-photon interactions at room temperature for quantum computing | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Ordinarily, light particles—photons—don't interact. If two photons collide in a vacuum, they simply pass through each other.

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Deep Sea Mining Industry Is Totally Wild West | The Tyee

Deep Sea Mining Industry Is Totally Wild West | The Tyee | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Many scientists, however, argue that we do not yet know enough about the potential effects of mining in deep-sea ecosystems to create sound regulations, let alone begin mining. Nugent agrees, but he also notes “the time to write environmental protections is before an activity becomes profitable.


“There are no regulations yet. This is a wonderful, I would even say historic, opportunity to help write the rulebook to [govern] an extractive activity before the activity begins.”

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Florida's iDigFossils program uses giant 3D printed shark teeth to get kids into STEM subjects

Florida's iDigFossils program uses giant 3D printed shark teeth to get kids into STEM subjects | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A new educational curriculum known as iDigFossils has reported great success in making STEM subjects more interesting for young people. It makes use of 3D printed replicas of the Florida Museum of National History's fossil collection to encourage a more hands-on approach to learning
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NASA's Wild Fabric Is Basically Chain Mail From the Future

NASA's Wild Fabric Is Basically Chain Mail From the Future | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The shiny space fabric pulls triple duty.
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Environmental Racism Is the New Jim Crow

Environmental Racism Is the New Jim Crow | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Vann R. Newkirk II argues that America’s air and water systems disadvantage communities of color.

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PBL and STEAM Education: A Natural Fit @Edutopia

PBL and STEAM Education: A Natural Fit @Edutopia | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Both project-based learning and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education are growing rapidly in our schools. Some schools are doing STEAM, some are doing PBL, and some are leveraging the strengths of both. Both PBL and STEAM help schools target rigorous learning and problem solving. As many teachers know, STEAM education isn't just the course content—it’s the process of being scientists, mathematicians, engineers, artists, and technological entrepreneurs. Here are some ways that PBL and STEAM can complement each other in your classroom and school.


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‘Jaw-dropping’: Rare total solar eclipse will ‘bring people to tears’

‘Jaw-dropping’: Rare total solar eclipse will ‘bring people to tears’ | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The US is set to experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in almost a century on August 21 – giving millions of Americans the chance to observe the rare celestial event.
NASA revealed details and viewing advice for the upcoming eclipse, which will see the moon pass between the sun and Earth, casting a dark shadow and making visible the solar corona – the sun’s normally obscured atmosphere, as well as bright stars and planets.

A total of 14 states from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east will experience more than two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day over a span of almost two hours.

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What is 4-D printing? The new frontier of 3-D printing could revolutionize space exploration

What is 4-D printing? The new frontier of 3-D printing could revolutionize space exploration | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
You've heard of 3-D printing, but do you know about "4-D printing?"

The new technology could lead to innovations in several fields of science, adding new tools to medical and space exploration industries alike. It's a process that requires the perfect storm of light, collapsible materials and tension between parts to cause an entire object to bloom like a flower. The object will rise, expand and take its own shape over time. That's what makes it 4-D.

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Humpback whales swim under San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge (VIDEO) - RT

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Humpback whales are seen from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.


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Bizarre asexual, glow-in-the-dark sea creatures invade Pacific (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Bizarre asexual, glow-in-the-dark sea creatures invade Pacific (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A party of pyrosomes invading the Pacific is causing great concern that the non-native creature could damage the area's food chain. Millions of the translucent, cucumber-shaped species have been spotted much further north than their usual haunts.

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Make Your Own Map

Maps Mania is a blog dedicated to tracking the very best digital interactive maps on the internet and the tools used to create them.

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Nasa just discovered '10 new planets like Earth'

Nasa just discovered '10 new planets like Earth' | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Space agency says latest discoveries have 'significant implications for the search for life' in other parts of the universe

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Rising Waters…What Should Be Done?

Rising Waters…What Should Be Done? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
  How can we embrace the rising sea and create better lives in an urbanized world? Look here! The hardest part is not to control the flow of water, but the flow of decisions. Who will take leadership and legal ownership to the problem? How can we cross organizational boundaries that reflects the cross-cutting nature…
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents: Space Odyssey - The Video Game

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Space Odyssey is raising funds for Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents: 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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ChemCaper - World's No.1 Chemistry Adventure Game

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In a World-First, Scientists Have Achieved 'Liquid Light' at Room Temperature

In a World-First, Scientists Have Achieved 'Liquid Light' at Room Temperature | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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Kids, Education and Engineering -- SteamUniverse

Kids, Education and Engineering -- SteamUniverse | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
While plenty of STEM lessons cover science, math and even technology, engineering is often left out. This dedicated educator has figured out numerous ways to bring the "E" into the classroom to help those other topics become more real for the youngest students.
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Blackfeet Researcher Leads Her Tribe Back to Traditional Foods

Blackfeet Researcher Leads Her Tribe Back to Traditional Foods | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Researcher Abaki Beck, 23, has vivid childhood memories of helping her mother, grandmothers, and aunts pick traditional foods and medicines on the Blackfeet Nation in northwest Montana. Because her great-grandmother passed down her vast knowledge of the tribe’s traditions, Beck learned the importance of eating these foods at an early age.

“Our people survived genocide in part because [traditional] foods and medicines.”
Well before white settlers colonized their land, Blackfeet Nation members used more than 200 types of plants for food and remedies. But forced assimilation and reliance on the U.S. government for food adversely shifted most nations’ diets from whole foods to industrialized processed foods and eroded tribal health. More than 80 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native adults are overweight or obese, and half of American Indian children are predicted to develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes, according to the Indian Health Clinical Reporting system.

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Stahler, Sadavoy's model shows all stars are born in pairs

Stahler, Sadavoy's model shows all stars are born in pairs | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Trade publication about the rapidly evolving supercomputer market.
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