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Five Questions for Robert Ballard

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As children, many people have dreamed of plunging beneath the ocean surface to explore the unknown world below. Dr. Robert Ballard is living his childhood dream.
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This 15-Year-Old's Science Project Will Light Up Your World

This 15-Year-Old's Science Project Will Light Up Your World | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
We talked to Ann Makosinski, 15-year-old designer of the Hollow Flashlight, about her innovative design and its placement in the Google Science Fair.
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White Wolf: Teenager's invention could possibly cleanup the Ocean's plastic pollution problems (Video)

White Wolf: Teenager's invention could possibly cleanup the Ocean's plastic pollution problems (Video) | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands.Find beautiful Videos creations, photographie,wolf wisdom,quotes,wolf poetry,native american legends.
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Science Experiments, Videos, and Science Fair Ideas at Sciencebob.com

Science Experiments, Videos, and Science Fair Ideas at Sciencebob.com | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Enter the world of Science Bob to try lots of home experiments, watch experiment videos, and get science fair ideas.
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In The World: Mapping the logistics of megacities - MIT News Office

In The World: Mapping the logistics of megacities - MIT News Office | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
New open-source online maps generated by MIT students provide details of urban supply chains.
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What students can do with technology. This and the urban cities comparison from ESRI.. awesome.

 

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Geography Awareness Week Toolkit

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This is a resource page for Geography Awareness Week 2011. It contains media and outreach materials, the missions booklet and background information, and more.
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Get started.. go get the resources.

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Stephen Howell — Teaching kids to program using Scratch and the Kinect

Extract lifted directly from defuse.ixd.ie/ This talk will show how anybody, especially kids and non-programmers, can design and develop games and interactiv...
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GIS Day November 20, 2013 - Discovering the World Through GIS

GIS Day November 20, 2013 - Discovering the World Through GIS | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
On November 20th join in the worldwide celebration saluting geospatial technology and its power to better our lives.
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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 9, 2013 5:24 PM
This year GIS Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 20, and we want you to be part of the celebration. Host a GIS Day event for your co-workers, at a local school, or for your community. This is your opportunity to demonstrate how you use GIS in your daily work, and how this powerful technology plays a role in making our world a better place!

To receive free giveaways to hand out during a GIS Day event, the event information must be registered by September 20.
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Life with Pi: The Raspberry Pi costs just £32 but can do just about anything - if you put the hours in

Life with Pi: The Raspberry Pi costs just £32 but can do just about anything - if you put the hours in | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
How does a slender piece of circuit board become a global phenomenon, selling more than 1 million units in its first year?

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Pleased that my nephew thought he had to tell me about this.

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sylvia martinez's curator insight, August 13, 2013 11:19 AM

Some nice project examples!

Gordon Dahlby's curator insight, August 14, 2013 9:03 AM

Many opportunities for students at various ages.

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Game based learning

Game‐Based Learning Twitter:@kkapp By Karl M. Kapp Bloomsburg University  July 21, 2013

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Spongelab | Build-A-Body

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This is a good way of learning and discovering body systems  .. a game.

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38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed

38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Some prime examples of map porn for all my fellow amateur cartographers to get lost in. Get it?
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This is a collection of maps that you have not seen. Explore, examine and evaluate ways in which you can use them.

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LinkedIn launches University Pages to help career-minded students find the right college

LinkedIn launches University Pages to help career-minded students find the right college | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
LinkedIn, the network that aims to link professionals with potential employers just launched its University Pages. These new pages are meant to help prospective students find the college or university that fits those best.

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What I Wish I Knew About Computer Science Earlier (EdSurge News)

What I Wish I Knew About Computer Science Earlier (EdSurge News) | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The one thing that I wish I had known about computer science (and programming more generally) earlier is that it is a profoundly creative and interdisciplinary pursuit

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Paul Herring's curator insight, May 16, 2013 6:50 PM

Some great insights here into the creativity of coding!

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Dual Maps v5: Google Maps, Street View and Bing Maps in an embeddable control : Map Channels, free mapping tools

Dual Maps v5: Google Maps, Street View and Bing Maps in an embeddable control : Map Channels, free mapping tools | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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Sander de Wilde's curator insight, September 11, 2013 2:59 AM

Put four maps on your homepage.

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SERC - Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on Chesapeake Bay

SERC - Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on Chesapeake Bay | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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This is one of my favorite places to teach environmental science. It has outreach for those who cannot attend in person. Great educational programs at all levels.

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Water: The Essential Resource - Course

Water: The Essential Resource - Course | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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This is a great way to do professional development. It is going to be awesome.

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 10, 2013 8:01 AM
Session 1 - Water: Earth's Essential Resource (October 9 - October 16)
Session 2 - Aquatic and Marine Ecosystems (October 16 - October 23)
Session 3 - From Mountain to Ocean (October 23 - October 30)
Session 4 - Water Quality (October 30 - November 6)
Session 5 - Consequences of Human Water Use (November 6 - November 13)
Session 6 - The Ocean (November 13 - November 20)
Session 7 - Water Stewardship: Adaptation and Mitigation (November 20 - December 4)
Session 8 - Water Reflection (December 4 - December 11)
Lesson Plan Submission (October 23 - October 30)
Implementation Report Submission (November 20 - December 4)
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 21, 2013 11:37 PM
The goal of this massive open online course is to increase environmental education in classrooms across the state of California in support of the EEI initiative. The course aims to provide support for teachers to integrate this content into their teaching. Teachers taking this course will:

increase environmental science content knowledge
increase environmental literacy around issues of water
prepare to implement environmental content in their classrooms using engaging, and effective instructional strategies, and
share and reflect about their practices in a collaborative online environment
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Empowering Children to Change the Fate of Sea Turtles in El Salvador

Empowering Children to Change the Fate of Sea Turtles in El Salvador | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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This is a personal interest of mine. I did an Earthwatch grant and then took the study of sea turtles, and their migration back to school. There is great GIS information on how they are tracked.

 

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 10, 2013 7:51 AM
Children can learn so much using these kinds of resources.
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Follow the Things

"Who makes the things that we buy?  Few of us know. They seem untouched by human hands. Occasionally there's a news story, a documentary film, or an artwork showing the hidden ingredients in our coffee, t-shirts, or iPads. They often 'expose' unpleasant working conditions to encourage more 'ethical' consumer or corporate behaviour. followthethings.com is this work's 'online store'. Here you can find out who has followed what, why and how; the techniques used to 'grab' its audiences; the discussions and impacts that this has provoked; and how to follow things yourself."
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Fran Martin's curator insight, September 10, 2013 3:37 AM

Great website by colleague Ian Cook at Exeter University

Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, September 10, 2013 3:56 AM

About Globalisation, flows and production today. 

Mr Ortloff's curator insight, October 8, 2013 12:32 PM

Where did your T-Shirt come from?   Where did the food your parents bought at the grocery store come from?  What's the origin of the components in your cell phone?  These questions all allude to what geographers call a commodity chain analysis.  Analyzing where the consumer goods that we use every day came from can make global issues hit a little closer to home and reinforce concepts such as globalization. The website Follow the Things is a great resource for learning  about commodity chains and mapping out your own personal geographies.

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Science 'Classroom Without Walls' Replete with Snapping Turtles, Snakes

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"Snake! Snake!" an eighth-grade student shouts from the boardwalk as she crosses a bridge. A dozen of her classmates rush over, scouring for the snake in the water. It's a Friday in April, and these North Carolina students are making their weekly trip from the science classroom into the stormwater wetlands behind Elizabeth City Middle School's baseball and soccer fields.

This manmade stormwater wetland, and the natural waterway it flows into, are more than just habitat for snakes, turtles and tadpoles. It's where students can learn about the environment "in living color," says teacher Darrell Walker.

"It's a classroom without walls," Walker tells his students. "Can we get this from a textbook?" They shake their heads no.

The wetland flows into the Pasquotank River, the town's primary source of drinking water located just a mile or so from the schoolyard. Last year, a specialist with the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute determined that runoff from the building, parking lots and athletic fields were draining into the existing wetlands, carrying oil and other hazardous material into the delicate ecosystem. So Walker pledged to tackle the problem.

 

He and his students partnered with the institute to plant native grasses and other marsh plants to filter the water coming off of the school grounds and transform it into a new habitat.

By the water, Walker's students point out a cloud of tadpoles living in the new pond. A few reach in and scoop the swimming pollywogs into their hands to examine them closer.

Tadpoles are a good thing, Walker explained. They're eating the algae and keeping the water clean. Today they're looking for examples of the four types of relationships in nature -- predation, commensalism, mutualism, and parasitism.

Walker turns them loose on the grounds, and the children, armed with cell phone cameras, return to him with plants, bones, moss, snapping turtles and lots of questions. If he can't identify it or explain it, he helps them send their photos and questions to professors at the nearby Elizabeth City State University.

And it doesn't stop at the food chain. The eighth graders learn chemistry by collecting water samples and measuring pH levels. They discuss sustainability -- how plastic bags and other trash contaminate the water.

Walker describes one touching moment where a group of his eighth grade girls found a turtle crossing their parking lot. He expected them to shy away from the reptile, but the girls instead formed a human shield around the animal, escorting it to the safety of the pond.

His goal is that they become good stewards of the environment and carry that message home to their families.

"We've only got this one planet and one shot," he says. "And we've got to get it right."


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Gordon Dahlby's curator insight, July 24, 2013 7:40 PM

Video on site.

Ron Peters's curator insight, December 19, 2013 9:17 AM

The best way to learn about the environment is to go in to the environment...

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MOOC on Water

"Water is an essential theme in social studies, science, and geography. Whether teaching about natural or human systems, water is part of the story. This course, framed around California's Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI), focuses on ocean and freshwater topics and strategies for teaching environmental topics in Grades 4-8. Resources and support are provided for how to use EEI to implement Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 6, 2013 8:27 AM

This new MOOC on water resources in California is project supported by National Geographic Education and Annenberg Learner.  This is a course is designed to span the disciplines and create an awareness in students about environmental issues that impact them. 


Tags: consumptionCalifornia, water, environment, resources, environment depend.

Top Free Classes's curator insight, September 10, 2013 12:45 AM

Starts in October.

Ana Cristina Gil's curator insight, October 12, 2013 6:53 PM

I find this video very informative because I didn’t know, that they have this type of course. I feel this course should be teach in every classroom around the United States, because is not only the adult that needs to learn how to protect the environment. We also need to educate our children because they are the future of America.  I think that by taking this class people will learn which places have the more environmental problem, and by becoming more aware of the issue , we all together will find the solution.

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Elmo Sesame Street Tart Recipe

Elmo Sesame Street Tart Recipe | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Elmo is the star of the children’s education series Sesame Street. Today, Day 6 of My Daily Tart, we will be turning Elmo into a tart. So exciting. It is a good way to get kids to eat more whole...

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Now get creative and think of ways to show other characters...

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