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Do you know Africa?

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Many of Africa’s leaders will be in town next week attending a White House summit. The continent’s land is shared among 49 countries — many of which rarely make U.S. headlines. How familiar are you with Africa’s geography?


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Jason Schneider's curator insight, March 9, 2015 3:41 PM

http://lizardpoint.com/geography/africa-quiz.php

This is easier because it shows you the shape of the countries. As for this quiz, I can locate any African country but some of them, not precisely. I'm able to locate Ethiopia, Libya and Angola obviously because they're bigger but not Togo, Eritrea and Rwanda. However, I can closely locate the smaller countries but not precisely.

Jared Medeiros's curator insight, March 29, 2015 5:21 PM

I love interactive maps like this.  These are the best way to learn where things are in the world geographically.  Africa is the toughest, for myself, continent in the world to be able to locate and identify where certain countries are.  This is in part because Africa has so many countries and also Africa is a part of the world that is not often taught in school, therefore you have limited thoughts and ideas about these types of areas.

David Lizotte's curator insight, April 22, 2015 1:54 PM

I have always been fascinated with Africa and its history. Through its history one can understand why Africa is the way it is today. Its a shame that Africa does not have more of a focus in the Public School Curriculum. Its played a huge part in developing western civilization, whether it be in ancient Alexandria providing grain for the Roman Republic or the coltan extracted through inhumane means in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Africa is a continent that has been raped and torn in a repetitive manor under a variety of foul experiences brought upon by western countries. These are the same western countries that are held of high interest and regards in subject manor instituted in the Public School System. Africa has also been apart of amazing developments of human civilization, for example the Trans Saharan Trade Route which linked Kingdoms such as Ancient Ghana to dynasties far in the Middle East. It is also the birthplace of man (no big deal). In either case there needs to be a stronger push on teaching/molding "Africa" (yes, I know... broad) into the curriculum. It is important in both understanding the history of the world, specifically western civilization and how it coined itself  “civilized.” Through introducing basic aspects, history, and dilemmas (both old and modern) it could inspire more interest and an expansion of knowledge from student to student. School is and will most likely continue to be Euro-centric and have large flares of Americana and other “themes” of North America. 

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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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Geology IN: Scientists Discover How Bacteria Changes Ions Into Gold

Geology IN: Scientists Discover How Bacteria Changes Ions Into Gold | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Special 'nugget-producing' bacteria may hold the key to more efficient processing of gold ore, mine tailings and recycled electronics
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Beach bummers

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From tiny and gross to huge and terrifying, all sorts of living things can wreck your day in the sun. Here are some things to watch for and ways to protect yourself.
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Scientists create better tools to study the processes of life

Scientists create better tools to study the processes of life | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed a new biological tool for examining molecules - the building blocks of life - which they say could provide new insights and other benefits such as reducing the numbers of animals used in experiments.

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A Good App and A Good Site for Learning About Endangered Animals via @rmbyrne

A Good App and A Good Site for Learning About Endangered Animals via @rmbyrne | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
WWF Together  is a beautiful iPad app and Android app that features interactive stories about endangered animals around the world. Eac

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Find Your Path through the NGSS

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Find your path through the new Next Generation Science Standards using the Concord Consortium's interactive pathfinder.
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Museum of the Future: Portable and Personal

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Dayanita Singh has spent the past decade creating customizable photo books that are a portable exhibit and catalog in one.

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Teaching and Assessment with Math Processes

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"Teaching and assessment in math go hand in hand. What ties them together are the mathematical processes. Our job as teachers is to help students build mathematical knowledge and skills of the curriculum through the 7 mathematical processes. They  include:

* problem solving
* reasoning and proving
* reflecting
* selecting tools and computational strategies
* connecting
* representing
* communicating"


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Building a Bridge Between Engineering and the Humanities

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Boosting enrollments in STEM is not enough. An educational system that merges humanities and sciences, creating whole-brain engineers and scientifically inspired humanists, fosters more than just innovation. It yields more-flexible individuals who adapt to unanticipated changes as the world evolves unpredictably.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, June 20, 12:09 AM

"Boosting enrollments in STEM is not enough. An educational system that merges humanities and sciences, creating whole-brain engineers and scientifically inspired humanists, fosters more than just innovation. It yields more-flexible individuals who adapt to unanticipated changes as the world evolves unpredictably." (ByJulio M. Ottino and Gary Saul Morson).

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Rare extreme helium star identified by astronomers

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(Phys.org)—Astronomers have identified another rare example of an extreme helium star. The star, designated GALEX J184559.8−413827 (or J1845−4138 for short), was initially classified as a faint helium-rich "hot subdwarf," but new spectroscopic observations reveal that this star is more hydrogen-deficient than previously thought. The finding is available in a paper published June 11 on arXiv.org.

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Say goodbye to itchy bug bites with this electric pen

Say goodbye to itchy bug bites with this electric pen | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
You'll be invincible against bug bites with this itch-stopping pen

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Sea Level Change Observations from Space- Portal NASA

Sea Level Change Observations from Space- Portal NASA | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Visit NASA's new portal for an in-depth look at the science behind sea level change.
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Absolutely beautiful media on Sea  Level Change from NASA https://sealevel.nasa.gov/multimedia

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Prototype device enables photon-photon interactions at room temperature for quantum computing

Prototype device enables photon-photon interactions at room temperature for quantum computing | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Ordinarily, light particles—photons—don't interact. If two photons collide in a vacuum, they simply pass through each other.

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Want to get rid of space trash? This gecko-inspired robot may do the trick

Want to get rid of space trash? This gecko-inspired robot may do the trick | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Geckos, some of nature’s most skilled climbers, may hold the key to cleaning up the enormous amount of debris clogging up the space around Earth. Scientists at NASA and Stanford have develope
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Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional #universe in #brain networks #neurology #biology #science

Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional #universe in #brain networks #neurology #biology #science | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Using a sophisticated type of mathematics in a way that it has never been used before in neuroscience, a team from the Blue Brain Project has uncovered a universe of multi-dimensional geometrical structures and spaces within the networks of the brain. This research, published in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, has significant implications for our understanding of the brain.

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Resources for STEAM - Edutopia

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Discover information, examples, and tools related to incorporating aspects of the arts, design, and the humanities into STEM-based school activities.


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ChemCaper - World's No.1 Chemistry Adventure Game

ChemCaper - World's No.1 Chemistry Adventure Game | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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‘Jaw-dropping’: Rare total solar eclipse will ‘bring people to tears’

‘Jaw-dropping’: Rare total solar eclipse will ‘bring people to tears’ | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The US is set to experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in almost a century on August 21 – giving millions of Americans the chance to observe the rare celestial event.
NASA revealed details and viewing advice for the upcoming eclipse, which will see the moon pass between the sun and Earth, casting a dark shadow and making visible the solar corona – the sun’s normally obscured atmosphere, as well as bright stars and planets.

A total of 14 states from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east will experience more than two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day over a span of almost two hours.

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What is 4-D printing? The new frontier of 3-D printing could revolutionize space exploration

What is 4-D printing? The new frontier of 3-D printing could revolutionize space exploration | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
You've heard of 3-D printing, but do you know about "4-D printing?"

The new technology could lead to innovations in several fields of science, adding new tools to medical and space exploration industries alike. It's a process that requires the perfect storm of light, collapsible materials and tension between parts to cause an entire object to bloom like a flower. The object will rise, expand and take its own shape over time. That's what makes it 4-D.

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Humpback whales swim under San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge (VIDEO) - RT

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Humpback whales are seen from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.


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Bizarre asexual, glow-in-the-dark sea creatures invade Pacific (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Bizarre asexual, glow-in-the-dark sea creatures invade Pacific (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A party of pyrosomes invading the Pacific is causing great concern that the non-native creature could damage the area's food chain. Millions of the translucent, cucumber-shaped species have been spotted much further north than their usual haunts.

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Make Your Own Map

Maps Mania is a blog dedicated to tracking the very best digital interactive maps on the internet and the tools used to create them.

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Nasa just discovered '10 new planets like Earth'

Nasa just discovered '10 new planets like Earth' | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Space agency says latest discoveries have 'significant implications for the search for life' in other parts of the universe

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Rising Waters…What Should Be Done?

Rising Waters…What Should Be Done? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
  How can we embrace the rising sea and create better lives in an urbanized world? Look here! The hardest part is not to control the flow of water, but the flow of decisions. Who will take leadership and legal ownership to the problem? How can we cross organizational boundaries that reflects the cross-cutting nature…
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents: Space Odyssey - The Video Game

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Space Odyssey is raising funds for Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents: Space Odyssey - The Video Game on Kickstarter!

A unique opportunity for gamers and fans to build the game — suggest ideas, ask questions & participate in development.
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