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Classroom Hero: Hands-on labs motivate students

Classroom Hero: Hands-on labs motivate students | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
As the eighth-graders struggle to float corks in the center of glass jars of water, the hubbub of their deliberations is muted against a background of baroque music.
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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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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Last week, the publisher unveiled the last of five special covers featuring disciplines that guide school curricula nationwide — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, also known as STEAM. It's part of an effort, the company says, to encourage young readers to double-down on their studies and explore fields said to lead to better jobs.

"We plan to continue to motivate our fans to explore their passions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math and present these disciplines through some of our favorite young heroes who are doing just that — following their dreams and preparing for the challenges that await them ahead," David Gabriel, Senior VP for Sales & Marketing of Marvel Comics said in a statement.

Available in November, the covers are alternative prints of several titles. Famous heroes such as the Hulk and Spiderman make appearances. So do lesser-knowns Gwenpool — an amalgam of Spiderman's Gwen Stacy and meta-jokester Deadpool — and kid genius Moongirl.

The covers also coincide with the debut of Marvel's new Iron Man, Riri Williams, a 15-year-old engineering prodigy, who is also featured.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 28, 5:47 PM

Article covers quite a bit of activity in the media space around support for STEM. Lots of good info.

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Global Climate Change Model: Making Predictions About Future Climate | Concord Consortium

Global Climate Change Model: Making Predictions About Future Climate | Concord Consortium | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
How might Earth's temperature change in the future? Use this model to explore how changing human emissions of greenhouse gases might affect the temperature. The model incorporates positive and negative feedback loops. Ice cover and cloud cover change in response to the level of water vapor and temperature in the model.
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We have had the hottest summer in history.. take a look at this climate change model from Concord,org
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Educational Partnership Program

Educational Partnership Program | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
On this site you will be able to access information about NOAA's four Cooperative Science Centers, download forms to apply undergraduate and graduate scholarships, and learn the requirements for eligibility to apply for the Environmental Entrepreneurship Program. This site also provides links to NOAA programs and line offices.
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Take a deep dive into the world's largest marine reserve

Take a deep dive into the world's largest marine reserve | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The flora and fauna of the newest U.S. refuge.
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3 Reasons the Standing Rock Sioux Can Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

3 Reasons the Standing Rock Sioux Can Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
America has more than 2.5 million miles of oil and gas pipelines crossing the country in every direction. So plans to construct the 1,172-mile Dakota Access pipeline from oil fields in North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to Patoka, Illinois, were supposed to be a nonevent. The regulatory process was largely through state commissions and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and far less stringent than the successfully opposed Keystone XL pipeline.


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Where Is Earth In The Universe?

Where Is Earth In The Universe? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Before the Laniakea Supercluster was outlined in 2014, most astronomers placed the Milky Way inside the Virgo Supercluster. The Laniakea Supercluster is much bigger, containing about 100,000 galaxies and spanning 520 million light-years. Its name is an homage to Polynesian explorers who navigated the Pacific ocean by looking at the stars, and means "immeasurable heaven" in Hawaiian. The definition of "supercluster" is an evolving one, however, and scientists think that our place in the universe may alter yet again as research continues to advance.

Via THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*, Stephania Savva
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The definition of “supercluster” is an evolving one.

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Four Important Lessons from Cuba's Urban Food Survival Strategy

Four Important Lessons from Cuba's Urban Food Survival Strategy | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Cuba has come a long way since the collapse of the Soviet Union, when the loss of imports crucial for the island nation’s industrial agriculture system—such as chemical pesticides and fertilizers—left Cuba with a severe food crisis in the 1990s. Today, Cuba has become a regional leader in sustainable agricultural research. Within its practices and institutions lies a model for localized and small-scale urban agriculture.

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Bring ideas to life with free online Arduino simulator and PCB apps | Autodesk Circuits

Bring ideas to life with free online Arduino simulator and PCB apps | Autodesk Circuits | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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Why Don't Lightsabers Burn Your Hands Off? (Because Science w/ Kyle Hill)

We’ve covered many aspects of lightsabers but by popular demand, we are doing another. With how powerful lightsabers are, why don’t they burn their holder’
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Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

"President Barack Obama designated tens of thousands of acres of Maine forest as a national monument on Wednesday, one day before the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.  The area, known as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, spans 87,500 acres of the state’s stunning northern woods. The area is named for Mount Katahdin, which is Maine’s highest mountain and is located within the adjacent Baxter State Park."

 

Tags: conservation, physical, biogeography, environment.


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This new robot is squishy and cute

This new robot is squishy and cute | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Researchers at Harvard University have developed an entirely soft robot, nicknamed the Octobot.
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Cheating , Bribery and Scandal How the Ancient Greeks did the Olympic Games.

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Experiment with Ecosystems | Concord Consortium

Experiment with Ecosystems | Concord Consortium | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The goal of this activity is to give students the opportunity to “think like a scientist,“ making hypotheses, doing experiments, making observations, and analyzing data. Students are encouraged to construct and conduct their own experiments with ecosystems comprising grass, rabbits, and up to two predator species: hawks and foxes.
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Earthquakes Around the World | Concord Consortium

Earthquakes Around the World | Concord Consortium | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Certain parts of the world are more susceptible to earthquake activity and volcanic eruptions than others. In this activity you will use a computer model to investigate the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that have occurred around the world since 1960.
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NOAA Education Resources: NOAA in Your Backyard

NOAA Education Resources: NOAA in Your Backyard | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Links and contacts to NOAA scientists, offices, field sites, and educators in major regions of the U.S..
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NOAA Education Resources: Marine Life Theme Homepage

NOAA Education Resources: Marine Life Theme Homepage | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Introductory index page for education resource collections on the aquatic life in the ocean, coastal areas, and estuaries.
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NASA's Juno probe gets its first close look at Jupiter

NASA's Juno probe gets its first close look at Jupiter | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A look at our solar system's largest planet.
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Mount Everest Isn't The Tallest Mountain In The World

Mount Everest Isn't The Tallest Mountain In The World | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Although Mount Everest has the highest altitude in the world, it's not technically the tallest mountain. If "tallest" means the height from
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Biocubes: Life In One Cubic Foot | Smithsonian Ocean Portal

Biocubes: Life In One Cubic Foot | Smithsonian Ocean Portal | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
How much life can you find in one cubic foot?

The answer will surprise you. It turns out, quite a lot! Biocubes are hollow one foot cubic frames, that can be placed almost anywhere. They have been used to study mussel beds, rivers, trees, fields, coral reefs, and even the ocean midwater where there is nothing to cling to and no place to hide. 

The Biocube program was inspired by a feature article in National Geographic that involved Smithsonian scientists and led to a book, "A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity." The sites featured in the book were documented by photographer David Liittschwager, assisted by a professional field crew and in consultation with various biologists. David set out to document how much life would pass through one cubic foot over the course of a normal day. The cubes were placed around the world and highlighted the staggering biodiversity revealed by studying one cubic foot at a time. Almost every cubic foot sampled yielded more than a hundred different species. Because of the standard sampling size, biocubes can be used to show interesting differences among living communities from different continents, different habitats, and wild versus domesticated land.

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Physicists Just Confirmed Evidence of A Possible Fifth Fundamental Force

Physicists Just Confirmed Evidence of A Possible Fifth Fundamental Force | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A deeper look into studies that were previously conducted by Hungarian physicists has recently uncovered evidence of a fifth fundamental force of nature. If confirmed, it could stand as an explanation for dark matter.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, August 28, 1:44 AM
Thanks to the work of Hungarian physicists, we may now have the tools necessary to explain the riddle of dark matter.  The discovery of a so-called fifth fundamental force in nature will do much to uncover the lingering secrets of the universe.  A groundbreaking discovery.
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Will the Periodic Table Ever Be Complete?

Recently, humanity filled the periodic table up to atomic number 118, which nicely rounds out that row. But are we done yet? Have we discovered all of th
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This new weather satellite is a game changer — if it can survive the journey to launch

This new weather satellite is a game changer — if it can survive the journey to launch | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
NOAA's next-generation weather satellite will monitor storms with higher resolution than any other U.S. satellite of its kind.
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