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Robotics Competition Teaches Valuable Skills For Potential Careers - WBOY-TV

Robotics Competition Teaches Valuable Skills For Potential Careers - WBOY-TV | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The Robert C Byrd National Aerospace Center in Bridgeport was home to some friendly competition on Saturday.
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Awakening the World to the Power of Geography

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"GIS is waking up the world to the power of geography, this science of integration, and…creating a better future," proclaimed Esri founder Jack Dangermond at the 2015 Esri User Conference.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 13, 2015 4:29 PM

If you haven't discovered the power of geography or the power of GIS, this article from ArcNews is for you.  If you need to convince others of the power of geography, this is for you to strengthen your case.  


Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

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Mom to governor: ‘Please buy my child a teacher’

Mom to governor: ‘Please buy my child a teacher’ | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
'Transfer my taxes from the purchase of things to the purchase of people.'
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Smart List: 34 STEM Networks & Maker Resources

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By Getting Smart Staff - For the 3rd Annual Smart List we're celebrating 10 great state STEM networks, 10 STEM networks and resources & 14 maker resources.

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Gyro Boy Lego Mindstorms Education 45544 kit.

Building Instructions http://robotsquare.com/2013/10/01/education-ev3-45544-instruction/
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Tech Diversity’s Big Problem: How To Find 10,000 Black Engineers

Tech Diversity’s Big Problem: How To Find 10,000 Black Engineers | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The National Association of Black Engineers wants to triple the number of engineering degrees awarded to African-Americans, to 10,000.

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Volcanic Rock Hints at Source of Earth's Water

Volcanic Rock Hints at Source of Earth's Water | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Hydrogen isotopes suggest that some water was present when the planet formed
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Awesome volcanology!

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The Ganges River Is Dying Under the Weight of Modern India

The Ganges River Is Dying Under the Weight of Modern India | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The country’s future depends on keeping the holy river alive.

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Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 14, 2015 7:00 PM

The Ganges River is a place of religion for these people, they see it as a place where they can bathe for the forgiveness of sins and for ancestors alike. The only problem with this really is that it is a very dirty river, sewage and other sorts of waste, germs and disease are running through it. Unfortunately, the people are drinking from this river.  

Alex Vielman's curator insight, December 15, 2015 12:21 AM

The Ganges River is the most populated region in all of India. The river is sacred and is very holy to the people of India. The river is a religious river in which the people residing in the area use it as a symbolization or purification, life, bathing and drinking. The bigger issue for 'purification' is the fact that the river is very polluted and unsanitary. The pollution not only threatens the people because it could be used for drinking but it also affects the thousands of species, for example fish, that are in the river. The fish could be a source of food for the very overpopulated area but instead the very own people of India are damaging the river. One would think that a river so sacred would be protected and cleaned but it fails to meet these standards. Overall, regardless of the pollution, India still uses it for its religious beliefs and still declare it a holy river. 

Sarah Holloway's curator insight, February 16, 2016 6:26 PM

This article touches on very serious religious and environmental issues connected to the Ganges River.  The Ganges is the sacred river of Hinduism and in part because the river valley is the most heavily populated region of India.  Simultaneously, this holy river is an incredibly polluted river as it's the watershed for a industrial region that struggles with significant sanitation problems; this is a great article on the environmental and cultural issues of development.

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Simpsons Sunblocker - Pattern Recognition, Shapes and Space

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The purpose of this activity is to give students an opportunity to explore the concept of geometric proportionality. The essential question in this task is "How do we use math to find the height of things that are difficult to measure?" Since students will be working in teams, this activity helps to establish group norms.


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Chris Carter's curator insight, November 12, 2015 9:33 PM

Don't say, "Doh!" Check this amazing lesson out! Body/kinesthetic, maths, and fun!!!

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Preparing for jobs in STEM fields should begin as early as elementary school - NewsOK.com

Preparing for jobs in STEM fields should begin as early as elementary school - NewsOK.com | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
U.S. industries will lack one million STEM graduates over the next eight years, leaving as many as 500,000 jobs unfilled. To prepare kids for jobs in those fields preparation should begin as early as elementary school, experts say.
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This chemistry fire demonstration has repeatedly burned students

This chemistry fire demonstration has repeatedly burned students | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The fire at a Fairfax County high school was the latest in a string of accidents involving chemistry demonstrations.
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Living Bridges

"In Northeast India just north of Bangladesh is the province of Meghalaya."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 9, 2015 4:44 PM

The living bridges of Meghalaya are truly sights to behold; these astonishing bridges are a natural way that local people have adapted to an incredibly flood-prone environment.  The organic building materials prevent erosion and keep people in contact during times of flood.  Here is another video and articles (BBC, Atlas Obscura, Inhabitat, and MNN) with more ecological and cultural context on these living bridges. 


Tags: environment, environment adapt, SouthAsia, water, weather climate, indigenousbiogeography.

Tanya Townsend's curator insight, November 20, 2015 4:16 PM

I think these bridges are of great value to the world... Nature provides us with such amazing natural resources. There is really no need to do half the damage we do to it. what a beautiful way to keep the environment's natural beauty intacted

 

Kimmy Jay's curator insight, November 20, 2015 6:28 PM

H/E Interaction 

 

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Institute for Inquiry: Examining the Art of Science Education

Institute for Inquiry: Examining the Art of Science Education | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The Institute for Inquiry® (IFI) is a professional development program that addresses the theory and practice of inquiry-based science education. Inquiry is an approach to learning that involves exploring the natural or material world in a way that leads to asking questions, making observations, planning investigations to develop explanations, rigorously testing those explanations, and discussing and debating results with others—all in the service of coming to a deeper understanding of scientific phenomena and scientific practices.
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10 Doubts Teachers have About Teaching Coding

10 Doubts Teachers have About Teaching Coding | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Teaching kids to code is "just as important" or "more important" than teaching courses like math, science, history and English. Here are top 10 myths that might be holding teachers form integrating coding literacy in their curriculum.
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Top 10 Ways You're Probably Using Email Wrong

Top 10 Ways You're Probably Using Email Wrong | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Email is the technology tool everyone relies on and yet perhaps also hates (it’s the cockroach of the internet!). Love it or hate it, we could probably all stand to improve our email skills, from managing our inboxes to sending more elegant email messages. Here are ten of the top mistakes we make with our email.

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What will we eat on Mars?

What will we eat on Mars? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The past, present and future of food in space -- from astronaut ice cream to "Enchilasagna" on Mars.
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Interesting... a good read.

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STEM Integration with Code.org

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Get ready for Hour of Code & Computer Science Education Week! Interested in teaching coding to your students, but not sure where to...

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100Kin10 wants 100,000 new STEM teachers

100Kin10 wants 100,000 new STEM teachers | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
100Kin10 is a nonprofit working toward a single goal: It wants to help train 100,000 new STEM teachers in the U.S. by 2021.

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12 Of The Best Math Apps For Kids

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“12 Of The Best Math Apps For Kids”


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Google’s new ‘About me’ tool lets you control personal information shown by Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and more

Google’s new ‘About me’ tool lets you control personal information shown by Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and more | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Google has launched a new tool called About me that lets you see, edit, and remove the personal information that the company's services show to other users. Google confirmed to VentureBeat that the feature started rolling out to users this week.
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Mapping Every Single U.S. Road Fatality From 2004 to 2013

Mapping Every Single U.S. Road Fatality From 2004 to 2013 | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The death toll amounts to 373,377 lost lives.

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What Computational Physics Is Really About - WIRED

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Often people will say that there are three ways of doing science: experiment, theory, and computational. These people are wrong. Here's why.
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Maya Lin Used 168,000 Marbles to Model the Chesapeake Bay

Maya Lin Used 168,000 Marbles to Model the Chesapeake Bay | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The artist’s highly imaginative waterway was created using satellite imagery from NASA

 

Nearly half a century later, the American artist, who became famous at 21 years old for winning the design competition to create the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is using the same glimmering spheres to portray the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States.

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