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A century of change in the nation’s capital, in maps

A century of change in the nation’s capital, in maps | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The U.S. Geological Survey just put 178,000 historical maps on one web site. We animated some of them for you.
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Science, technology, engineering and math in K-12
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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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Chris Carter's curator insight, April 4, 8:23 PM
Using varied modalities for reflection and processing is an excellent practice.
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14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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National Oceanographic Data Center Home Page

National Oceanographic Data Center Home Page | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) are responsible for hosting and providing public access to one of the most significant archives for environmental data on Earth with over 20 petabytes of comprehensive oceanic, atmospheric, and geophysical data. /index.html
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A first look at Elon Musk's next grand idea

A first look at Elon Musk's next grand idea | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Elon Musk revealed Friday a first glimpse at the network of traffic-beating underground tunnels he hopes to create.

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THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*'s curator insight, Today, 3:54 AM

Elon Musk's tunnel vision gets rendered.

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4 Awesome STEM Project Ideas by Piers Golden

4 Awesome STEM Project Ideas by Piers Golden | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
By Piers Golden

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UW study: Exposure to computers, robots boost STEM interest in young girls

UW study: Exposure to computers, robots boost STEM interest in young girls | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Research from the UW's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) found when 6-year-old girls participated in a computer-programming activity, they expressed a bigger interest in technology and more positive attitudes about their own skills and abilities than girls who didn't try it.
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Mercedes Timmons's curator insight, April 28, 1:09 PM
My opinion on puppy mills is that they are a terrible place for dogs to live and that they shouldn’t exist.The reason that I think puppy mills are terrible is that the dogs get many different diseases (heart disease, the kidney disease,etc.) The diseases are caused because the dogs don’t get the proper care that they need space.They are housed in overcrowded cages with minimum food, and water.So they don’t have any space for themselves.The dogs have wired flooring in their cages, which can injure their legs and paws.The mother is killed because they only focus on breeding the dogs,so that means that the puppy can’t get the care from its mother that it needs.There are other reasons that I think puppy mills are bad,but theses ones are more of the major reasons that they are bad. 
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Humans alter Earth's chemistry from beyond the grave

Humans alter Earth's chemistry from beyond the grave | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
It's not only in life that humans leave their mark on Nature. In death, our decomposing corpses alter the chemistry of precious soil, scientists warned on Wednesday.

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Live Video of Owls, Ospreys, and More

Live Video of Owls, Ospreys, and More | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Explore.org offers the largest collection of live nature webcams on the web. In the gallery of live webcams you will find video feeds featuring owls in their nests, ospreys in their nests, and bald eagles in nests, and video feeds featuring puffins. As it is spring in the northern hemisphere, the bird videos feeds are the best they will be all year because birds will soon be hatching in those nests seen the webcams.

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The Student-Centered Math Class - Edutopia

The Student-Centered Math Class - Edutopia | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Close your eyes and picture the most recent math class you taught. Who is doing the math? Who is doing the talking? Who is doing the thinking? Three years ago, my answer would have been “me”—the teacher. My students were doing math, but I was probably telling them how to think and what to do most of the time.

My big aha moment was being introduced to the research of Peter Liljedahl, a professor at Simon Fraser University. Liljedahl proposes three strategies that you can implement in order to create what he calls the thinking classroom: Start with good problems, use visibly random groups, and work regularly on vertical nonpermanent surfaces. I started using these three strategies in my math classes, and they have been an absolute game-changer. I can confidently say that my students now do most of the thinking and talking in my classroom.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, April 26, 2:17 PM
From my experience, teachers in elementary math classes do most of the talking and do most of the work. . Need a game changer? Consider the changes in this article. They make sense and will change the dynamnic.
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An artificial womb successfully grew baby sheep — and humans could be next

An artificial womb successfully grew baby sheep — and humans could be next | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Inside what look like oversized ziplock bags strewn with tubes of blood and fluid, eight fetal lambs continued to develop — much like they would have inside their mothers. Over four weeks, their lungs and brains grew, they sprouted wool, opened their eyes, wriggled around, and learned to swallow, according to a new study that takes the first step toward an artificial womb. One day, this device could help to bring premature human babies to term outside the uterus — but right now, it has only been tested on sheep.

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'Huge skills gap': High school students falling behind four-year-olds

'Huge skills gap': High school students falling behind four-year-olds | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
With the younger generation learning to code before they learn to read, today's high school students need to quickly catch up.

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Could this rather esurient caterpillar help stem the plastic deluge?

Could this rather esurient caterpillar help stem the plastic deluge? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
European researchers have discovered a species of caterpillar capable of eating a common form of plastic. What lessons can nature teach us about cleaning up the nearly indestructible pollutant?
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Nanoparticle vaccine shows potential as immunotherapy to fight multiple cancer types

Nanoparticle vaccine shows potential as immunotherapy to fight multiple cancer types | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have developed a first-of-its-kind nanoparticle vaccine immunotherapy that targets several different cancer types.

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19 things you didn't know you could do with a lemon

19 things you didn't know you could do with a lemon | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
When life gives you lemons... there's so much more you can do than make lemonade.

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Did you know that lemons can help get rid of acne?

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Living Atlas of the World | ArcGIS

Living Atlas of the World
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The Living Atlas of the World is the foremost collection of global geographic information used to support critical decision making. Learn More or read the FAQ.
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A River Reborn

A River Reborn | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Salmon return to Washington's Elwha River after the removal of two century-old dams
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This a story map journal... so interesting...This is the story of the Elwha River, one of the first, largest, and most successful cases of dam removal in the United States.
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Quantum experiments probe underlying physics of rogue ocean waves

Quantum experiments probe underlying physics of rogue ocean waves | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
By precisely controlling the quantum behavior of an ultracold atomic gas, Rice University physicists have created a model system for studying the wave phenomenon that may bring about rogue waves in Earth's oceans.

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Scientists set record resolution for drawing at the one-nanometer length scale

Scientists set record resolution for drawing at the one-nanometer length scale | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The ability to pattern materials at ever-smaller sizes—using electron-beam lithography (EBL), in which an electron-sensitive material is exposed to a focused beam of electrons, as a primary method—is driving advances in nanotechnology. When the feature size of materials is reduced from the macroscale to the nanoscale, individual atoms and molecules can be manipulated to dramatically alter material properties, such as color, chemical reactivity, electrical conductivity, and light interactions.

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About Esri | The Science of Where

About Esri | The Science of Where | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Esri believes The Science of Where can transform the world by unlocking data’s full potential in every organization. We pioneer problem solving using geographic information systems (GIS).
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DARPA to Use Electrical Stimulation to Enhance Military Training

DARPA to Use Electrical Stimulation to Enhance Military Training | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
It takes years to learn some of the most important national security skills, such as speaking foreign languages, analyzing surveillance images, and marksmanship. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) wants to speed up that training process using electrical stimulation to enhance the brain’s ability to learn. The Defense Department’s research arm, DARPA, today announced it had awarded multi-million-dollar contracts to eight university groups that will study and develop such technologies. 

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Opinion | Sowing Climate Doubt Among Schoolteachers

Opinion | Sowing Climate Doubt Among Schoolteachers | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A group known for attacking climate science has set its sights on America’s public schools.
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Peaks and Valleys

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A 3D tour of the highest and lowest places on earth.
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As we move across Earth's surface, its features often seem vividly vertical. Crags, cliffs, chasms, escarpments, gorges, trenches – tectonic forces have conspired with erosion to smash continents together, to erect vast mountain ranges, to carve deep canyons, to pry open abyssal ocean trenches. A distance of 12.3 vertical miles separates Earth's highest point – Mount Everest – and its lowest – the Pacific Ocean's Challenger Deep. But from a planetary perspective, these ups and downs are puny: if Earth were small enough to hold in our hand, it would be smoother than a billiard ball.
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An Aurora Named Steve

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SCIENCE Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the Northern Lights, a new feature was discovered recently. Nobody knew what this strange ribbon of purple light was, so … it was called Steve. (European Space Agency) Use our resource to meet Steve, fox fire, and other oddities of the aurora. Teachers,…
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Should the U.S. Government Restrict Fertilizer Use to Improve Water Quality?

Should the U.S. Government Restrict Fertilizer Use to Improve Water Quality? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Artificial fertilizers benefit farmers with the ability to grow crops on the same land year after year, but they can also contaminate freshwater and damage an
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10 Exciting Engineering Toys for Girls - Avatar Generation

10 Exciting Engineering Toys for Girls - Avatar Generation | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
On average, boys have more engineering driven toys than girls. That has been drastically changed with engineering toys for girls popping up all over. These various kits and play sets encourage girls to use their imaginations and open up to the possibilities of building and interacting with toys more. No matter what young girls are into, there is a STEM based kit that will cater to their tastes. These kits allow you to build your own doll house, make a working theme park or create fashion and accessories that incorporate technology. With these engineering toys for girls, not only will they enjoy hours of fun, but they will also be learning about moving parts, building and interjecting technology into basic designs. With simple designs to start with, as they grow the sky is the limit to how they can apply these skills into their life.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, April 24, 8:45 AM

Aunque diseñados bajo el estereotipo, con el que no estoy de acuerdo, de que las niñas juegan con muñecas y los niños con robots, estos juegos pretenden adicionalmente acercar a las niñas al mundo de la tecnología.

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How To Make a Powered Car | Electric Car | #Maker #MakerED #MakerSpaces #LEARNingByDoing #Creativity #PracTICE

Learn How to make a Powered Car. Make this easy powered car out of household items, DC motor and Paperboard Electric Car DIY. Template

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=makered

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Ideas+for+makerspaces

 


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Learn How to make a Powered Car. Make this easy powered car out of household items, DC motor and Paperboard Electric Car DIY. Template

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=makered

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Ideas+for+makerspaces