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Fast Home Wireless: A Content Weapon?

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Following a recent announcement by Qualcomm, another semiconductor maker announces a huge upgrade in the speed of wireless home routers. The Broadcom offering is expected to allow all sorts of devices to send video at speeds that make transmitting content as easy as changing channels.
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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 Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects - Edutopia ~ by Mariko Nobori

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects - Edutopia ~ by Mariko Nobori | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
We followed a sophomore world studies class through a three-week project called Controlling Factors, created by teaching partners Mary Mobley (English) and Michael Chambers (world history). They designed a project that capitalized on the wild popularity among their students of the best-selling novel The Hunger Games. Built on specific English and world history state standards, the project covered concepts including the pre-World War II global economic crisis, the rise of totalitarianism, and the societal moral dilemmas that world leaders at that time faced, and then had students draw parallels to similar fictional themes in the book.

Here is a breakdown of key steps, with some examples from Mobley and Chambers's project:

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Saving Chesapeake Bay - It's a Job - YouTube

Since the passage of federal clean water and air laws in the 1970s, a burgeoning new industry has sprouted that creates jobs and stimulates the economy throu...
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The Oregon Trail Generation: Life before and after mainstream tech

The Oregon Trail Generation: Life before and after mainstream tech | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
We’re an enigma, those of us born at the tail end of the '70s and the start of the '80s.
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We’re an enigma, those of us born at the tail end of the '70s and the start of the '80s. Some of the “generational” experts lazily glob us on to Generation X, and others just shove us over to the Millennials they love to hate — no one really gets us or knows where we belong.

We’ve been called Generation Catalano, Xennials, and The Lucky Ones, but no name has really stuck for this strange micro-generation that has both a healthy portion of Gen X grunge cynicism and a dash of the unbridled optimism of Millennials.

A big part of what makes us the square peg in the round hole of named generations is our strange relationship with technology and the Internet. We came of age just as the very essence of communication was experiencing a seismic shift, and it’s given us a unique perspective that’s half analog old school and half digital new school.

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Urban Farmers Say It's Time They Got Their Own Research Farms

Urban Farmers Say It's Time They Got Their Own Research Farms | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The University of the District of Columbia is the one land-grant university in the U.S. with an urban focus. It's leading research on growing food in raised beds, hoop houses and shipping containers.

 

Tags: agriculture, food, urban, unit 5 agriculture. 


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Katie's curator insight, May 22, 12:07 PM

The amount of food being grown in urban cities has increased. This increases the need to grow more in a smaller place. They also need help when they need a soil test or have a pest outbreak. In order to learn how to do that farmers turn to institutions. This article suggest that farmers need to have there own research farms. This is an example of issues in contemporary commercial agriculture. 

Eden Eaves's curator insight, Today, 2:28 PM

Almost 80 percent of Americans live in urban areas and that means many people are wanting to grow their own food in the busy city life. To learn how to properly do this, these people turn to land-grant colleges and universities to give then helpful advice. Many colleges do help with urban and rural ares, but there is only one one in the entire country that is devoted singularly to urban farming; The University of the District of Columbia.

This is a great example of the distribution of agricultural and a great way to educate people on the proper way to cultivate and harvest your own food in small, limited spaces. It also proves that we really can prosper everywhere with the right tools and knowledge about urban farming.

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Girls With Toys: A Powerful, Funny, Inspiring Response to Sexism in Science

Girls With Toys: A Powerful, Funny, Inspiring Response to Sexism in Science | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
On Saturday morning, I turned on NPR while I made breakfast for my daughter and me. We had a big day ahead: first the farmers market, then a nearby forest preserve’s migratory bird festival featuring a mist-netting demonstration and the chance to take home and dissect your own owl pellet....
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Tim Peake asks for help in space food science experiment - BBC News

Tim Peake asks for help in space food science experiment - BBC News | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
British astronaut Tim Peake invites schoolchildren to help him in an experiment to learn more about how to grow food in space.
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El Niño is back in town - Geographical

El Niño is back in town - Geographical | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
As the infamous Pacific climate event El Niño is declared for 2015, what does this means for weather conditions around the world?
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Paul Gayle had no job, no money, a baby and 16 lessons from the Obama administration to teach him what to do next

Paul Gayle had no job, no money, a baby and 16 lessons from the Obama administration to teach him what to do next | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A father's initiative
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In school gardens, lessons are ripe for learning - Palo Alto Online

In school gardens, lessons are ripe for learning - Palo Alto Online | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Living Classroom, an 8-year-old nonprofit that aims to bring students closer to the natural world through the building and maintaining of school gardens and through curriculum on everything from the life cycle of a plant to the genetics of heirloom...
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On the Trail of Captain John Smith

On the Trail of Captain John Smith | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Go on an interactive journey with Captain John Smith to discover Jamestown and the year 1607!
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http://www.nationalgeographic.com/chesapeake/resources/

 

 

 

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Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Childhood Piano Lessons Did to You

Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Childhood Piano Lessons Did to You | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
If your parents forced you to practice your scales by saying it would "build character," they were onto something. The Washington Post reports that one of the largest scientific studies into music's effect on the brain has found something striking: Musical training doesn't just affect your musical ability — it provides tremendous benefits to children's emotional and behavioral maturation. The study by the University of Vermont College of Medicine found that even those who never made it past nursery rhyme songs and do-re-mi's likely received some major developmental benefits just from playing. The study provides even more evidence as to why providing children with high-quality music education may be one of the [...]
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I especially liked the observation that schools that deprive most of their students of studying music or the arts are depriving them of much more than simply not learning an instrument - it is depriving them of a good way to developed executive function for one thing. -Lon 

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Prague astronomical clock | Wikiwand

Prague astronomical clock | Wikiwand | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The Prague astronomical clock, or Prague orloj , is a medieval astronomical clock located in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working.
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Your Contribution to the California Drought

Your Contribution to the California Drought | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The average American consumes more than 300 gallons of California water each week by eating food that was produced there.
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Scientists discover gorgeous and fragile new sea creatures

Scientists discover gorgeous and fragile new sea creatures | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Scientists aboard the schooner TARA found new species of plankton and other creatures, while discovering their sensitivity to changing ocean conditions.
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Plate Tectonics and the Formation of Central America and the Caribbean

This animation is made from a time series of maps reconstructing the movements of continental crust or blocks, as South America pulled away from North America, starting 170 million years ago. Note that South America is still clinging to Africa at the beginning of the series.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 22, 4:37 PM

The land bridge connecting North and South America is hardly permanent (on a geological time scale that is).  This video is an animated version of the still maps from this article.  


Tags: Mexico, tectonicsphysical, video, Middle America.

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A Test of Education Reform - Education Next

A Test of Education Reform - Education Next | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
I’m a strong supporter of assessments and accountability, and I wouldn't opt out, but I think it’s unfair to discount the views of those who disagree.
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It would be nice if the testing was year beginning and year ending for a student, so that the "blame' IS FAIRLY placed.

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The Anatomy of a Tornado

Jim Cantore gives an INCREDIBLE step-by-step description and 3D view into how a tornado forms - like you've never seen before!

 

Tags: physical, weather and climate, visualization.


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JIM CANTORE MUESTRA PASO A PASO EL DESARROLLO DE UN TORNADO EN 3D

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This amazing video shows everything from funnel clouds and weak tornadoes to F5, tornadoes which cause major damage. It explains how a tornado originates from a super cell (rotating thunderstorm) to how it forms from a rear flank downdraft. 

When identifying the formation of a tornado and the direction in which it will be heading, satellite imagery and aerial photography are needed for accurate data.

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Computer or Pen ... why not both!

Computer or Pen ... why not both! | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The Phree is an interesting device that will probably be very useful to a lot of people. The Phree is a pen that can write on pretty much

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We all get stung by bee colony collapse

We all get stung by bee colony collapse | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, the Obama administration will announce plans to protect bees, other pollinators and their breeding grounds. Honeybees are critical to our food supply. One of every three bites of our food originates from bees pollinating the flowers that produce many of our fruits, nuts and vegetables. Last June, President Obama established a Pollinator Health Task Force to focus federal efforts to stem pollinator loss.
The honeybee population in the United States is now less than half of what it was at the end of World War II. Driven largely by industrial farming practices, that decline was well underway when, in 2006, commercial beekeepers began finding many of their hives suddenly abandoned. Colony collapse appears to be linked to a variety of factors that work in concert to weaken bees.
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The Stark Inequality of U.S. Public Schools, Mapped

The Stark Inequality of U.S. Public Schools, Mapped | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Who attends America’s “high-poverty” public schools—and where.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, May 18, 2:49 AM

A powerful and effective use of infographics to transform data into information and, hopefully, knowledge.

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STEM Everywhere: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in the Real World

STEM Everywhere: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in the Real World | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Explore STEM education in settings beyond the classroom walls, and see how opportunities to learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are all around us.
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Frontiers of Computational Thinking: A SXSW Report—Stephen Wolfram Blog

Frontiers of Computational Thinking: A SXSW Report—Stephen Wolfram Blog | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Frontiers of Computational Thinking: A SXSW Report—Stephen Wolfram Blog http://t.co/g2BwugAWcP via @knowledgepowers #SXSW
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