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Will teaching kids to code boost math SAT scores? - Boston Globe

In a recent study, Brigham Young University researchers taught Utah middle schoolers basic programming skills in twice weekly afterschool programs and measured a significant increase in math test scores after a few months. “We saw growth in certain math skills like functions and variables used in algebra,” said Geoffrey Wright, an associate professor in the technology engineering education program at Brigham Young University who conducted the research.

 

“It’s not enough to just teach kids some programming language and magically expect they’ll make the connection to math skills,” Schanzer said. “Teachers have to point out explicitly how functions taught in programming will be seen again in their math class.” If taught the appropriate computer language with a teacher well-versed in the curriculum, he added, students should be able to use a neurological process called transfer to quickly pick up novel math concepts that overlap with what they learned in programming.


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The Flavor Connection [Interactive]: Scientific American

The Flavor Connection [Interactive]: Scientific American | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Scientists link common flavor compounds across the world's favorite ingredients
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On holidays we talk about food. Check out this graphic

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The Sixth Day of Esri Holiday Maps – Deck the HDTVs | ArcGIS Blog

The Sixth Day of Esri Holiday Maps – Deck the HDTVs | ArcGIS Blog | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
This map of the US by county shows where households have a higher potential to own a high-definition TV. Counties shaded in dark green are more likely to have an HDTV.
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When Black Girls Code - Huffington Post

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When Black Girls Code
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In high school, I took advanced courses in physics and was the only minority student at my all-girls boarding school, to take the highest level of math as part of the International Baccalaureate program.
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Broadening engagement..

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The gender gap in science

The gender gap in science | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
In science, as in the social sciences, there remains a gendered publication and citation gap.
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Future of Computer Science

Future of Computer Science | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
In this white paper we present insights from the Computer Science Executive Round Table that discussed the need for STEM education, particularly computer science, in the US. (RT @TCS_News: What does the future of #ComputerScience education look like?
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11 Overlay Maps That Will Change The Way You See The World

11 Overlay Maps That Will Change The Way You See The World | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"All maps face the challenge of making the globe appear to scale in two dimensions. Most, like the traditional Mercator projection, keep either size or shape consistent — not both — which skews our perception of continents and countries one way or the other. 

But when you compare square mileage, a whole new world appears. Inspired by this map of Africa's true size from German graphic designer Kai Krause, we created 11 map overlays to open your eyes to some real geography."


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Siri Anderson's curator insight, January 22, 2014 8:28 AM

Thanks to Seth Dixon for curating awesome Geography tools for all.

 

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Too Few Girls and Minorities Study Tech Subjects - New York Times

Too Few Girls and Minorities Study Tech Subjects - New York Times | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Too Few Girls and Minorities Study Tech Subjects New York Times Compared with upper-income Americans, a greater percentage are raised by parents who have not gone to college or graduated from high school, and more grow up with single parents who do...
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Welcome to our Hour of Code!

Pamela welcomes you to our programming community here. If YouTube is blocked for you and this video doesn't load, just keep going!

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Paul Herring's curator insight, December 10, 2013 1:52 AM

Khan Academy's Hour of Code - create a Christmas card

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UnderwayCTD Installed on Latest NOAA Fisheries Vessel Bell M. Shimada (click to read full article)

UnderwayCTD Installed on Latest NOAA Fisheries Vessel Bell M. Shimada (click to read full article) | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The state of the art fisheries research vessel Bell M. Shimada, operated by the North West Fisheries Science Center has become the latest ship to feature the Oceanscience UnderwayCTD moving vessel underway profiler. The NOAA ship was commissioned in 2010 and operates off the coast of the Northwestern US. The Bell M. Shimada is the first of two new vessels for NOAA fisheries research, the second being the Reuben Lasker that will be operated by the South West Fisheries Science Center. As part of an initiative to improve productivity, NOAA scientists identified the UnderwayCTD as a tool to allow them to gather high quality CTD data while underway instead of relying on inferior methods. Prior to receiving their UnderwayCTD, technicians on board dropped expendable temperature probes (XBT) during their surveys. The XBTs were their only real option and were far from satisfactory in terms of data quality and sustainability. Replacing the XBTs with UnderwayCTD deployments will eliminate or greatly reduce this seafloor waste generation activity, in a small part reducing the environmental footprint of the fisheries surveys.

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The Art of Creative Coding | Science | Classroom Resources | PBS Learning Media

The Art of Creative Coding | Science | Classroom Resources | PBS Learning Media | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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Beneath the ocean, a sea of drinkable water?

Beneath the ocean, a sea of drinkable water? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A new study suggests the presence of massive freshwater reserves amounting to billions of gallons of hidden underneath the world's oceans. Can the discovery delay an impending global water shortage?
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Interesting thinking about ways of harvesting this water. Lots of articles about it around.

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How 142 Nations Capitalize on Science: Scientific American

How 142 Nations Capitalize on Science: Scientific American | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
How well do mature and emerging nations capitalize on science?
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Good graphic and information here.

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Index

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National Governors Association - Chair's Initiative 2013-2014 - America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow's Jobs
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STEM for sure from the viewpoint of governors.

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You'll Make More Money If You Can Code

You'll Make More Money If You Can Code | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
"Our challenge is actually not convincing people that tech skills are really important," says Skillcrush founder Birnir. "It's convincing people that getting tech skills is some...
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Opportunity awaits you with these skills.

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Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Scientists have found reserves under the ocean that hold nearly 120,000 cubic miles of fresh water.

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COSEE WEST - 2012 - Ocean X Factor!

COSEE WEST - 2012 - Ocean X Factor! | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The College of Exploration is supporting COSEE WEST with online and onsite innovative learning programs.
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Great online learning...

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Carbon capture technology could be vital for climate targets - Phys.Org

Carbon capture technology could be vital for climate targets - Phys.Org | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Carbon capture technology could be vital for climate targets
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Peer-review science is taking off on Twitter, but who is tweeting what and why? - UdeMNouvelles

Peer-review science is taking off on Twitter, but who is tweeting what and why? - UdeMNouvelles | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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The study looked at tweets that were directly related to the peer-reviewed article in question. The tweets either contained a link directly to the article in a scientific database or contained highly specific bibliographic information that would enable anyone to find the study immediately (such as DOI or PMID numbers).

The analysis shows that a high number of tweets does not correspond to a high number of citations in peer-reviewed journals – a method of measuring impact that is generally accepted by the scientific community. As a result, the number one article on the list of researchers, dealing with an altered gene during radiation exposure, was tweeted 963 times but only received nine academic citations...'

"..."Considering the correlations revealed from our sample [...], we assume that the number of mentions on the Twitter network is not a good indicator of an article's impact. This could be due to many factors, including the fact that Twitter is not yet very popular among researchers and that the viability of Twitter as a tool for scientific communication remains underestimated," the authors wrote."


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k3hamilton's curator insight, December 11, 2013 9:55 AM

Twitter study of scholarly articles

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32 Mesmerising GIFs That Will Make You Fall In Love With Science

32 Mesmerising GIFs That Will Make You Fall In Love With Science | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The world in all its explosive, magnetic, and melting glory. Warning: You won't be able to stop staring at some of these.

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PlayScience III - Grade 3 Science App Launched

PlayScience III - Grade 3 Science App Launched | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
PlayAppsInc, a leading developer of K-12 educational iPad apps, launched its third app - PlayScience III.

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The Minecraft Cell: Biology Meets Game-Based Learning

The Minecraft Cell: Biology Meets Game-Based Learning | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Minecraft, the popular sandbox game, is beloved by educators for its use as a learning tool. It enables students to explore, create and imagine in a completely different way than they could ever do i
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STEM EDUCATION IN THE U.S. NEEDS IMPROVEMENT - U-T San Diego

STEM EDUCATION IN THE U.S. NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
U-T San Diego
STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The future of our innovation economy depends on the next generation's skills in these fields.
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Some of us have been saying this for years.

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