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The Power of Maps, Past and Present

The Power of Maps, Past and Present | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
New ways of envisioning how America once looked, and how it is changing.

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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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Gravitational waves: Numbers don't do them justice - BBC News

Gravitational waves: Numbers don't do them justice - BBC News | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

Jonathan Amos reflects on the significance of Thursday’s announcement – and the mind-boggling scale of the black hole merger itself.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, February 13, 12:03 PM

This is a great example of how an illustration can really help improve your story and make a stronger impression than words alone.

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Cyanobacteria ‘See’ Like Microscopic Eyeballs, New Study Finds | Biology | Sci-News.com

Cyanobacteria ‘See’ Like Microscopic Eyeballs, New Study Finds | Biology | Sci-News.com | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
According to a study published in the journal eLife, cyanobacteria cells act as spherical microlenses, allowing the cell to see a light source and move towards it.
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Gravitational waves: 'we can hear the universe' – live

Gravitational waves: 'we can hear the universe' – live | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
‘We are going to see things that we never knew existed’ say scientists announcing the detection of gravitational waves
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Digital radiograph of a large bull mummy from the National Museum of Natural History collection (Cat# A413941-0) Radiography has been a standard non-invasive and non-destructive technique for cultural [...]...

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How satellite technology is helping to fight illegal fishing

How satellite technology is helping to fight illegal fishing | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A new initiative is arming coastguards with satellite intelligence that allows them to target their search for pirate fishing vessels in remote marine areas
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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, February 13, 12:06 PM

Another nice blurb on the increasing use of technology to assist with monitoring the "unmonitorable" high seas.

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Geospatial and photogrammetry: When the mapping world and the gaming world collide

Geospatial and  photogrammetry: When the mapping world and the gaming world collide | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The gaming and the mapping world might look like two very distinct industries but when we give a closer look, we can discern some similarities. Both industries are now more than ever benefiting from

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How well do you know the world's countries?

How well do you know the world's countries? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The average person's geography skills are fairly poor beyond their region. Test your knowledge of the countries at HowStuffWorks.

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Audrey DeSisto's curator insight, February 9, 4:32 PM

On to geography...

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Tags: trivia, games.

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, February 13, 9:37 PM

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'Sedated by software': No one knows how to read maps anymore, experts say

'Sedated by software': No one knows how to read maps anymore, experts say | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The Royal Institute of Navigation are concerned about the nation's cartographical know-how and have suggested schools start teaching basic navigation.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 19, 12:59 PM

Today, many are unable to navigate without GPS devices, but they still need to learn map reading skills. They are convinced that their apps can do all the work and that an old fashioned paper map is outdated technology, but their spatial thinking skills become atrophied. Spatial skills are crucial for understanding the world as a global citizen, to understand your local environs and for making scientific discoveries.  So teach a kid how to read a map...the sooner the better. 

 

Tagsmapping, K12, location.

Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, February 9, 1:11 AM

I agree !!! and it is fun

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Video: Our Journey to Space

A look at the moments when we left Earth's atmosphere.


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The next wave in storytelling is short-form video :: Anish Patel

The next wave in storytelling is short-form video :: Anish Patel | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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This interesting article explains how many companies are using the affordances provided by Meerkat and Periscope on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram in order to win customer attention. The techniques themselves are interesting and creative educators will surely find ways to harness this delivery system in service to their students.


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Five Forces Catapulting Geography onto the World Stage | GIS Education Community

Five Forces Catapulting Geography onto the World Stage | GIS Education Community | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

Five Forces Catapulting Geography onto the World Stage

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A delightful way to teach kids about computers

A delightful way to teach kids about computers | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

Computer code is the next universal language, and its syntax will be limited only by the imaginations of the next generation of programmers.

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The Promise of Rural Education Collaboratives

The Promise of Rural Education Collaboratives | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

RT @HargreavesBC: Professional Capital in Rural Schools-report on why it's needed.

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The Role of Rural Women in Agriculture

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"Women are the backbone of the development of rural and national economies. They comprise 43% of the world’s agricultural labor force, which rises to 70% in some countries. In Africa, 80% of the agricultural production comes from small farmers, who are mostly rural women. Women comprise the largest percentage of the workforce in the agricultural sector, but do not have access and control over all land and productive resources. Realizing the importance of rural women in agriculture is an important aspect of gender relations. In many countries, the role of women in agriculture is considered just to be a 'help' and not an important economic contribution to agricultural production. Giving support to rural women is a way of breaking the vicious cycle that leads to rural poverty and to the expansion of slums in the cities, where the poor get poorer. Development strategies should consider rural women as the epicenter, paying special attention to their social skills both within and without agriculture sector."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 27, 11:41 AM

While rural women play a substantial role in agriculture around the world, it is often not in positions of ownership, regional influence, and agency.  This is an article discussing how empowering rural women in the agricultural sector by changed the cultural and economic institutions that shape their work can truly change the world we live in.  

 

Tags: gender in agriculture, developmentgender, agriculture, labor. 

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Waterways explores human-biosphere interactions in water based environments with the goal of
increasing your awareness about the environment and eco-stewardship.

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Why Some Colleges Are Ditching the Science Lecture For Hands-On Learning

Why Some Colleges Are Ditching the Science Lecture For Hands-On Learning | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The Learning Assistant Program at the University of Colorado Boulder trains undergraduates -- and by extension professors -- in better teaching techniques. It's
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4 Futuristic Gaming Technologies that will probably Blow your Mind

4 Futuristic Gaming Technologies that will probably Blow your Mind | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A Video Featuring Futuristic Gaming Technologies that will probably Blow your Mind

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Explore Mars in this new 360-degree video from NASA

Explore Mars in this new 360-degree video from NASA | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
See the Red Planet from Curiosity's perspective.
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Free Technology for Teachers: How do Solar Panels Work? - A TED-Ed Lesson

Free Technology for Teachers: How do Solar Panels Work? - A TED-Ed Lesson | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Free Technology for Teachers: Develop Mathematics Skills With Sushi Monster

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STEAM Art Lessons

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Science*Technology* Engineering*Art*Math This list of ART and technology rich STEAM lessons will continue to grow as our ideas grow. See...
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NASA's Juno Spacecraft Readies for Jupiter Encounter

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Readies for Jupiter Encounter | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft successfully fired its thrusters and adjusted its path as it nears a rendezvous with Jupiter.


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7 ways data collection is improving STEM education

7 ways data collection is improving STEM education | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
One district is getting students more active and analytical with data-collection tools, like probeware


Today’s students, being technology natives, expect the same kinds of engagement in the classroom as they seek out online. STEM classes in particular have a natural potential to be both tech-rich and inquiry-based, especially hands-on lab activities. The recent addition of probeware—sensory-based handheld devices for measuring things like water quality, light, and temperature—has allowed us to bring students out into nature and introduce them to the world of data collection and analysis. Here are 7 ways technology is enhancing and expanding STEM education in our school district.


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Student Innovators Take Local Action on Global Climate Challenge

Student Innovators Take Local Action on Global Climate Challenge | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

See what happens when a group of high school students pitch energy-saving proposals to a panel of entrepreneurs, professors, and sustainability experts.

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