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Benefits of a Bilingual Brain Infographic

Benefits of a Bilingual Brain Infographic | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Dual language education provides a unique and powerful opportunity to strengthen children's highest cognitive brain potentials.

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Virginia Doherty's curator insight, April 29, 2014 8:20 AM

For our visual learners. Another way to show the benefits of dual language.

Virginia Doherty's curator insight, April 29, 2014 8:21 AM

A visual representation of the benefits of dual language learning.

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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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Free Technology for Teachers: Explain VR Virtual Zoo - Animals in Virtual Reality

Free Technology for Teachers: Explain VR Virtual Zoo - Animals in Virtual Reality | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Folger Shakespeare Library

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Home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, the Folger welcomes scholars, arts lovers, teachers, students, and other visitors.
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A revealing new twist in the Common Core state standards controversy

A revealing new twist in the Common Core state standards controversy | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
And now we come full circle in the academic standards debate. A committee in the Michigan Senate has approved a bill that would require the state to drop the Common Core state standards, a move that a number of other states have already made. What’s different with this legislation is what comes next: It requires […]
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von Humboldt: The Invention of Nature

"Andrea Wulf's new book The Invention of Nature reveals the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and how he created the way we understand nature today. Though almost forgotten today, his name lingers everywhere from the Humboldt Current to the Humboldt penguin. Humboldt was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. Perceiving nature as an interconnected global force, Humboldt discovered similarities between climate zones across the world and predicted human-induced climate change. Wulf traces Humboldt’s influences through the great minds he inspired in revolution, evolution, ecology, conservation, art and literature.  In The Invention of Nature Wulf brings this lost hero to science and the forgotten father of environmentalism back to life."


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A Great Book to Read " The Invention of Nature"
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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 19, 4:30 PM

Alexander von Humboldt has been described as the last great ancient geographer concerned with understanding an eclectic cosmography as well as the first modern geographer. He is honored far and wide throughout Europe and especially  Latin America for his explorations, but given that people are confused as how to categorize him and classify his contributions, today he is under-appreciated.  Geographers need to reclaim his memory and call his extensive, globetrotting work on a wide range of subjects ‘geography.’  Here are more articles and videos on the man that I feel geographers should publicly champion as their intellectual ancestor the way that biologists point to Darwin.  

 

Tags:  historicalbiogeography, book reviews.

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Watch: Scuba-diving robot explores ocean depths

Watch: Scuba-diving robot explores ocean depths | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The OceanOne diver has explored a King Louis XIV shipwreck.

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Emerson Wants to Change the Perception That STEM Careers Are 'Too Hard'

Emerson Wants to Change the Perception That STEM Careers Are 'Too Hard' | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Emerson unveils new research that finds U.S. adults think STEM careers are "too hard" -- a perception it wants to change.

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The importance of Visual Mathematics


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Why Death by Lava Is Much Worse Than in the Movies (Because Science w/ Kyle Hill)

You’ve seen the Terminator die in molten steel and Gollum die in the fires of Mount Doom, but is it really that accurate? Kyle shows you the fiery truth i
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Middle Schoolers Built an Arduino Board Game to Explore Ancient Egypt

Middle Schoolers Built an Arduino Board Game to Explore Ancient Egypt | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A hidden sarcophagus, digital dice, mummy voice over, and desert sound effects. This board game looks like it's fun and educational.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, April 21, 1:38 PM
Quite a creative use of programming to bring ancient Egypt into the game world
David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 21, 7:45 PM

Now this is geeky-cool stuff! Thanks again to Norton Gusky.

Michelle Nimchuk's curator insight, April 22, 1:09 PM

Amazing school project that combines gamification with Ancient Egypt content knowledge and an Arduino Nano.

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NASA maps Zika's potential spread in the U.S.

NASA maps Zika's potential spread in the U.S. | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
NASA scientists have created a map to better target future search-and-destroy missions for the Zika-spreading female Aedes aegypti mosquito.
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​How PISA Is Changing to Reflect 21st Century Workforce Needs and Skills (EdSurge News)

​How PISA Is Changing to Reflect 21st Century Workforce Needs and Skills (EdSurge News) | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
First administered in the 2000 to assess the quality of education systems across the world, the PISA (short for Program for International Student Assessment) is currently undergoing significant changes.
No longer does the test, given every three years to 15-year-olds, ask about math, reading an

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3 Handy Resources of Clip Arts to Use for End of School Year Activities via @medkh9

3 Handy Resources of Clip Arts to Use for End of School Year Activities via @medkh9 | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Zap Zap Math–Clever, Robust Math App for K-6

Zap Zap Math–Clever, Robust Math App for K-6 | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Many of you are familiar with the award-winning free app called Zap Zap Math. I first learned about it through an email about their newly updated platform– …addictive math games.. kids …

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Can Math and Science Groove to Music?

Parts of this article first appeared on EdCircuit and are reprinted here with permission. Years of research show that the arts are closely linked to almost everything we want for our children:
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National Aquarium | Conservation Initiatives | Chesapeake Bay

National Aquarium | Conservation Initiatives | Chesapeake Bay | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The Aquarium strives to foster a sense of community responsibility and participation in the preservation and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay by providing opportunities for conservation action.
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The Mobile Native: 10 Must-Have Math Apps via Scott Newcomb

The Mobile Native: 10 Must-Have Math Apps via Scott Newcomb | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Scott Newcomb

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NOAA Spots Yet Another Bizarre, Deep-Sea Dweller - D-brief

NOAA Spots Yet Another Bizarre, Deep-Sea Dweller - D-brief | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A hydromedusa, a type of small jellyfish, caught on camera in the Mariana Trench looks too weird to come from Earth.
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Joan Ganz Cooney Center - PEEP: Making Science and Math Fun for Young Learners in Spanish and English

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Girls are still afraid of math, even when their moms are scientists

Girls are still afraid of math, even when their moms are scientists | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Understanding why girls do worse than boys (pdf) in math, and why they have more anxiety about the subject, is complicated. Cultural norms that favor boys, teacher bias, and even parents’ own math anxiety all seem to play a role. By that logic, things should be better in more countries where lots of women hold powerful math and engineerin

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Kim Delaney's curator insight, April 29, 11:59 PM
This source presents information that suggests that girls with mothers working in STEM fields do not fare better than their female peers whose mothers do not have STEM related careers.  Rather, the lack of family flexible STEM jobs, gender stereotypes, and lack of female role models keep females from securing these generally higher paying jobs. 
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Library STEAMs Ahead With Creative Program

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Suburban Washington library stocks kits that stoke youngsters’ imagination and interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math
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The Minecraft Generation

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How a clunky Swedish computer game is teaching millions of children to master the digital world.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 14, 8:30 PM

Found this in the Int'l NY Times.

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MakerGirl: STEM through 3-D Printing

MakerGirl is raising funds for MakerGirl Goes Mobile: Introducing STEM through 3-D Printing on Kickstarter!

Hosting educational 3D Printing Sessions across the U.S. to inspire young girls to become active leaders in STEM.


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David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 24, 8:12 PM

Check this out!

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9 Maps that Explain the World's Forests | World Resources Institute

9 Maps that Explain the World's Forests | World Resources Institute | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
With Global Forest Watch, everyone from business executives to policymakers to indigenous groups can find out what’s happening in forests around the world—and use this information to take action. Now that we have the ability to peer into forests around the globe, a number of telling stories are beginning to emerge.

Learn more about how you can make your own map, here.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Nearly 100 TED-Ed Lessons About Nature

Free Technology for Teachers: Nearly 100 TED-Ed Lessons About Nature | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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