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The science of anatomy is undergoing a revival - The Conversation

The science of anatomy is undergoing a revival - The Conversation | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The Conversation The science of anatomy is undergoing a revival The Conversation Anatomy gained impetus, even catapulting scientists such as Thomas Henry Huxley (“Darwin's bulldog”) into celebrity status, from the realisation that organisms had a...
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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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36 amazing facts about polar bears

36 amazing facts about polar bears | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Did you know that polar bears' fur is actually transparent, not white? Learn more about these amazing animals in this infographic.

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3D printing could help repair damaged knees with cartilage-mimicking hydrogel

3D printing could help repair damaged knees with cartilage-mimicking hydrogel | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Researchers have created a new type of 3D bioprinting material designed to form custom cartilage knee implants.

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March for Science PHL

March for Science PHL | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The March for Science is a celebration of science. It's not about scientists or politicians, it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world. Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?
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Want to inspire kids to learn STEM? Get them to build a robot

Want to inspire kids to learn STEM? Get them to build a robot | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"The music is pumping, the crowd is cheering and people are dancing. This is science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), but not as you know it. I’m at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre as an invited judge for the 2016 Australia Regional FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. The competition is for students aged around 14-18 who, with the help of mentors and teachers, have six weeks (or significantly less in several cases) to design, build and program a robot for a designated challenge. This would be a difficult task even …"


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Great story from DownUnder about FIRST competition.
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The Baxter Center for Science Education

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The Baxter Center for Science Education connects students and teachers to real-world scientific ideas and experiences. We provide professional development for teachers to implement authentic and innovative life science programs in their schools with a focus on hands-on, inquiry-based activities aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This initiative is a collaborative partnership with Lindblom Math & Science Academy (LMSA), the Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) at Northwestern University, and Baxter International Inc. The Center’s mission is to work with partners from the K-12 community, academia, and industry to empower teachers to engage their students in authentic science experiences adapted to their diverse learning environments. By developing programs based on real-world scientific challenges, we hope to inspire a lifelong enthusiasm for STEM disciplines that will inform students’ daily lives. Our vision is to foster tomorrow’s innovations by developing the next generation of scientists and engineers. The work of the Baxter Center for Science Education would be impossible without the help of our community including Baxter and Northwestern scientists, colleagues at the School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, student volunteers, school administrators, and especially our teachers. Whether it is leading an activity at a workshop, developing exciting new curriculum for us to share, or volunteering to help out at an event, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish all that we do without the help of our friends. A lot of talented people come together to make sure that we can reach as many teachers and students as possible.
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Lego targets pre-Mindstorms minds with its Boost educational kit

Lego targets pre-Mindstorms minds with its Boost educational kit | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Boost is an impressive kit. The five on-board building experiences cover a lot of ground, from a robot to a guitar, to quasi Lego “3D printer” that’s..
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New microscopy method breaks color barrier of optical imaging

New microscopy method breaks color barrier of optical imaging | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Researchers at Columbia University have made a significant step toward breaking the so-called "color barrier" of light microscopy for biological systems, allowing for much more comprehensive, system-wide labeling and imaging of a greater number of biomolecules in living cells and tissues than is currently attainable. The advancement has the potential for many future applications, including helping to guide the development of therapies to treat and cure disease.

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Play | Reach for the Sun | Games for Change

Play | Reach for the Sun | Games for Change | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Manage your plant to make as many seeds as possible before winter comes in this educational resource management simulation.
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In the past years in the U.S. many people have stopped skateboarding. Even though it has dropped in the U.S. skateboarding has become more popular in many countries around the world. Professional skateboarding has also became more common around the world. In the U.S. in 2006 10.13 million people participated in skateboarding, but in a 2015 only 6.44 million americans participated in skateboarding.  The cause of the numbers declining may be because of the number of injuries included in the sport. Also, police have started cracking down on skateboarding in towns and in some towns skateboarding is banned from the public. Even though the number of skateboarding participants has dropped there are still many skateboarders in the U.S.

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Awesome Earth Science Apps, Websites, and Games

Awesome Earth Science Apps, Websites, and Games | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The best Earth science lessons help kids build a greater understanding of the world around them. The subject gives students opportunities for inquiry into the complex workings of our planet and the natural phenomena that affect us on a daily basis. Students gain insight into the issues we face as a community, including natural disasters, climate change, fuel scarcity, and environmental pollution. Encompassing a wide range of terrestrial topics that include geology, meteorology, astronomy, and oceanography, here's a list of digital tools to support your Earth science lessons.
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Inquiry Question: Why did the Pacific Islander choose to migrate to Australia?

 

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Brought to Australia with the First Fleet in 1788, sugarcane plantations were established in the 1860s when the industry began to enjoy rapid expansion.

 

Most initial sugarcane plantations were privately owned so their owners could not afford the cost of Australian wages without compromising their prices on the international market.

 

To solve the problem, between 1863 and 1904, around 62 000 Pacific Islanders migrated to Queensland to work on the sugarcane plantations.

 

 The Pacific Islanders were contracted for a period of three years as indentured labourers. This meant that in exchange for their passage into the country, food and accommodation, they had to keep working until their debt was paid.

 

The remainder returned to their homes when the government passed legislation in 1901 to deport them.

 

It has been suggested that those who were paid received £6 per year to work ten hours per day on the plantation.

 

 

The use of cheap, imported labour came up against a great deal of opposition. Trade unions were particularly concerned that the Pacific Islanders, in much the same way as the Chinese, would take the jobs of the white-Australians.

 

The immigrants also accepted lower wages and worse conditions, leaving many people fearing that companies could force even their white workers to accept the substandard conditions.

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Parents May Hold the Key to Teens’ Embrace of STEM Education

Parents May Hold the Key to Teens’ Embrace of STEM Education | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
After providing parents information about the importance of the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, researchers found teens were much more likely to engage in STEM fields — even years later.

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Is Your Math Program Improving Your School Culture? [rubric]

Is Your Math Program Improving Your School Culture? [rubric] | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
What to look for in math edtech that positively impacts school culture and growth mindset.
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The Lands We Share: America's Protected Areas

The Lands We Share: America's Protected Areas | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Over a quarter of America's land and marine area is designated for protection. But 'protection' takes many different forms.
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Earth Day Connections Between GIS, Environmenta... | GeoNet

Earth Day Connections Between GIS, Environmenta... | GeoNet | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
I wrote an essay and created a video connecting GIS, environmental education, and environmental science with a goal that these resources would
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Thousands of tiny satellites are about to go into space and possibly ruin it forever

Thousands of tiny satellites are about to go into space and possibly ruin it forever | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Space is a mess.
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BP oil spill did $17.2 billion in damage to natural resources, scientists find

BP oil spill did $17.2 billion in damage to natural resources, scientists find | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill did $17.2 billion in damage to the natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico, a team of scientists recently found after a six-year study of the impact of the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

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3 Important iPad Resources for Science Teachers

3 Important iPad Resources for Science Teachers | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
 Here are three interesting free resources for science teachers using iPad with their students in class. These are courses provided by Apple Education featuring various tips, ideas and content designed specifically to help teachers integrate iPad in their science instruction. You will get to explore curated science collections, discover relevant apps, books and iTunes u materials and lessons to compliment your classroom instruction. We invite you to check them out below and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page.

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- RocketEd, Rockets for STEM

- RocketEd, Rockets for STEM | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Exciting, engaging, easy, and affordable STEM solutions based on model rocketry and 3D printing. Launch science off the page!
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Salt makes you hungry, not thirsty, study says

Salt makes you hungry, not thirsty, study says | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
These pretzels are making me…hungry?

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Geology IN: Molten 'Jet Stream' Discovered Deep Inside Earth

Geology IN: Molten 'Jet Stream' Discovered Deep Inside Earth | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Swarm's three satellites provide a high-resolution picture of the Earth's magnetic field. A molten iron 'jet stream' is found 186
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Researchers discover mitochondrial 'circuit breaker' that protects heart from damage

Researchers discover mitochondrial 'circuit breaker' that protects heart from damage | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A team of scientists from the National Institutes of Health has discovered biological mechanisms that appear to prevent damage to the heart muscle's "power grid," the network of mitochondrial circuits that provide energy to cells. One of those mechanisms, the researchers found, acts much like a circuit breaker, allowing energy to continue moving throughout the heart muscle cells even when individual components of those cells—the mitochondria—have been damaged.

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Brooke Lea Wathen's curator insight, April 20, 1:29 PM
The difference between Fantasy and Biographies is obviously, Fantasy is 100% made up, and Biographies is 100% truth. Fantasy always use magical beings, monsters, etc. as its plot. Whereas biographies only have one real person as their main characters, can't make up anything, it has to be based on facts, dates, proof, and real events, and needs to based on that person's life. To get a better understanding, Biography examples would be Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator,  Play, Louis, Play!, Albert Einstein, The Crossing: How George Washington Saved the American Revolution.  Examples of fantasy would be Harry Potter, The Inheritance Cycle, The Underland Chronicles, The similarities would be, you can learn a moral, lesson, from both genres. They could even have the same lesson, but can be taught different ways. Their really isn't much similarities. But the differences are monumental. 
 
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Number Rack & Geoboard - Good Apps for Elementary School Math via @rmbyrn

Number Rack & Geoboard - Good Apps for Elementary School Math via @rmbyrn | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Geoboard is a free app on which students stretch virtual rubber bands over pegboards to create lines and shapes to learn about perimeter

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Clinical Trials of a New "Cancer Vaccine" Show That It May Actually Work

Clinical Trials of a New "Cancer Vaccine" Show That It May Actually Work | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A new personalized cancer vaccine has been designed to target 20 mutated proteins unique to each patient's tumors. The vaccine seems to have prevented early relapse in 12 patients with skin cancer, keeping them cancer free for more than 2 years.

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After taking the vaccine, 12 patients have been cancer free for over 2 years.

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A Shared Belief: Washington Voters Overwhelmingly Support STEM in Schools

A Shared Belief: Washington Voters Overwhelmingly Support STEM in Schools | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
According to the statewide survey commissioned by nonprofit Washington STEM and executed by research consultancy Strategies 360, 94% of Washington voters believe every child should have access to a high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math ed

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