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What Engineering, the E in STEM, means to K-12 education | Daily ...

What Engineering, the E in STEM, means to K-12 education | Daily ... | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a term used to describe having these four topics integrated into K-12 education. It is an important topic and integrating STEM topics into any class can help students learn and explore.
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The Inquiry Process, Step By Step

The Inquiry Process, Step By Step | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Created by educators in Australia, this diagram can be a helpful resource for students, as they embark on the inquiry learning process.
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Google Modded Minecraft, Now Includes Quantum Physics

Google Modded Minecraft, Now Includes Quantum Physics | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

Quantum physics is complicated and hard to understand. Minecraft is popular, addictive, and fun to play. Combining the two may seem strange, but that’s exactly what Google has done with their free qCraft mod for the game. It adds new blocks and features to introduce players to the world of quantum physics.

 

Some of the new blocks in the game introduce the concepts of quantum entanglement, superposition, and observer dependency. These are complicated ideas that can be difficult to explain. One way around that is to let gamers experience these things for themselves.

 

Future versions of the mod could introduce even more quantum concepts, but these seem like good building blocks (puns!) to start with. You can download the modded qCraft version of Minecraft over at qCraft.org and start exploring your new quantum world.

 

Here’s a preview of qCraft from the YouTube channel MinecraftTeachr:

 

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NASA Is Making History With Laser Communication in Space

NASA Is Making History With Laser Communication in Space | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
NASA is using lasers to speed up communication between a station in New Mexico and spacecraft orbiting the Moon.
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MixBit - create videos together

MixBit - create videos together | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

Record, edit and publish videos right from your mobile device. We provide powerful yet simple editing tools like rearranging and trimming clips — everything you need for that perfect video.

MixBit is brought to you by Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the co-founders of YouTube. We created YouTube to give you a way to share videos, and now we want to help you create videos, together.


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Lara N. Madden's curator insight, October 24, 2013 1:43 PM

We were just talking about an app like this... @uaaftc #iteachak

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Create and collaborate on videos up to an hour long ...

gustavo salazar's curator insight, November 6, 2013 9:51 AM

excelente aplicación

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Astronaut Uses Single Strand of Hair to Move Around in Zero Gravity

Astronaut Uses Single Strand of Hair to Move Around in Zero Gravity | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
It doesn't take much to move in space, as NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg recently demonstrated aboard the International Space Station using a strand of hair.
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Anne Kelly Knowles Uses GIS Tools to Re-Write History

Anne Kelly Knowles Uses GIS Tools to Re-Write History | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The American Ingenuity Award winner is using geographic information systems to map history's most iconic landscapes
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mapping the past using GIS..

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Star Trek Project-Based Learning!

Star Trek Project-Based Learning! | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The fabulous 5th grade teachers, Erin Curtiss and Erin Hutchins, designed a science project-based learning (PBL) unit based on the beloved TV show, Star Trek. Here is the driving question of the PB...

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Chris Carter's curator insight, October 23, 2013 9:11 PM

A brilliant example of project-based learning.

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nsf.gov - Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering

nsf.gov - Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
This report continues a series of Congressionally-mandated biennial reports, providing data on the participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering education and employment.

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Brenee King's curator insight, October 23, 2013 10:39 PM

NSF data on women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in STEM fields.

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Women workers lag in STEM | STEMwire

Women workers lag in STEM | STEMwire | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Paul Pineiro's curator insight, March 28, 2013 10:35 AM

March is Women's History Month. STEMwire looks at 40-years of STEM-occupation data relative to women.

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Explore the Shocking Effects of Climate Change on 6 Continents

Explore the Shocking Effects of Climate Change on 6 Continents | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
These six videos from the Climate Reality Project's 24 Hours of Reality show the devastation climate change has had across the world.
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New App Provides New Direction for Researchers Examining How Children Learn From Nature

New App Provides New Direction for Researchers Examining How Children Learn From Nature | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
An iPad app is the first of its kind to be used as a research technique that examines how children respond to certain environments.
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Brenee King's curator insight, October 23, 2013 10:20 PM

Loving the use of technology such as iPads for research purposes.

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Federation of American Scientists :: Digital Human

Federation of American Scientists :: Digital Human | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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Take a look at the digital human project. It is amazing. Oh my beating heart...

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Sesame Street Wants Kids to Log On and Learn STEM

Sesame Street Wants Kids to Log On and Learn STEM | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Sesame Workshop, the educational non-profit arm of Sesame Street, launched a new digital destination for children to explore STEM topics.
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What a wonderful , wonderful introduction to kids.. in education often we have decided not to teach science, math, technology and engineering. Thank you Sesame Street!!!

I am very pleased with this as so ofen science gets shorted for the little ones who love the discovery of science.

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SCI-Arc students take 3D printing to the robots | GizMag.com

SCI-Arc students take 3D printing to the robots | GizMag.com | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

Since it launched in 2011, the Robot House at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) has challenged students to create material forms of digital models by orchestrating complex robotic movements in space. But aided by the 3D printer they are breaking even newer ground.

 

Peter Testa, Principal at Testa|Weiser and founding director of the MIT Emergent Design Group (EDG), initiated and designed the Robot House. The "House" is actually a lab containing 5 medium-scale and one smaller scale robotic arms that can be fitted with an array of tools for gripping and manipulating materials. He explains that from the first installation of the Staübli Unimation robot arms the goal has been to create a "design platform" based on a software program that can accurately relate a digitally conceived design to the creation of physical form, using all or some of the robot arms.

 

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2006-2016 Map of Future Forces affecting education.

KnowledgeWorks Foundation and the Institute for the Future present the 2006-2016 Map of Future Forces affecting education. Created by a range of experts and ...
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Don't get stuck in the use of technology without this as a guide for future thinking and tranformational learning.

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US-Russia CyberFair - Connecting Youth Through Volunteerism

US-Russia CyberFair - Connecting Youth Through Volunteerism | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Globally connected youth and educators! http://www.ipopp.org "Connecting Through Youth Volunteerism" is a challenge for youth to use digital media (using web...
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Soil Association : Down on the farm

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The Soil Association is the UK's leading environmental charity promoting sustainable, organic farming and championing human health.
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The “All Things Google” eBook

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Who hasn’t used Google Search? But did you know you can search Google images with a picture you already have? What is Google Drive?

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University pushes arts in STEM curriculum

University pushes arts in STEM curriculum | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Brenee King's curator insight, October 23, 2013 10:22 PM

Love this connection between art and STEM!

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Top 10 STEM Resources - including science games!

Top 10 STEM Resources - including science games! | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Explore 10 great curriculum resources for K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) classrooms.

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Ileane Smith's curator insight, October 15, 2013 8:53 AM

Great collection of resources here.

My favorite from this list is  www.egfi-k12.org which is a product of ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education)


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Geography in the News: Pumpkins

Geography in the News: Pumpkins | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner and pumpkins are already showing up at roadside stands. Jack o’lanterns, decorative displays and pumpkin pies are the main destinies of most pumpkins in the United States. Elsewhere in the world, however, the pumpkin is nearly exclusively considered a food crop or animal feed."


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Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, November 27, 2013 4:25 PM

I have been a long-time fan of pumpkin coffee, and tomorrow I will probably have some with my cousins and family... Some areas of Asia allow consumption of dogs, other areas of the US allow consumption of roadkill, and that is different from what most people in RI are used to... So I guess, it's not really my business what other people and countries do with their pumpkin crops, as long as it doesn't negatively affect other people.  My neighbor has won some prizes, I think 3rd place in RI for largest pumpkin contests, which is pretty cool, because for several months, you can see their pumpkin garden from my backyard.  Those pumpkins are enormous, and made me wonder if there was anything being done to make the modified pumpkins more usable in food.  I know GMOs are a touchy issue, but to feed the starving people around the world, you have to wonder if one pumpkin at 2000 lbs could feed a village of people.  Lots of people that don't like GMOs probably do unhealthy things in other ways, so their huge activism movements really boggle me.  Labeling GMOs is one thing, but stopping genetic modifications seems as controversial as starting them, especially when some people can benefit from them.  Whatever, I guess pumpkins are cool for whatever people want to do with them, including smashing them... this week on RIC's campus I saw a smashed pumpkin.  The only thing that really popped into my head was not "what a waste," or "oh, those delinquents," but rather "that seems fun."  I did assume though, that no one was hurt by the smashing of the pumpkin...

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, March 19, 2014 5:14 PM

Although you wouldn't think it there are many different countries and specific regions that demonstrate the perfect cropping land and fertilization process to grow pumpkins. Out of the US power house pumpkin growing Illinois is named number 1. Along side California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvainnia, Mississippi. But lets travel abroad to Africa, now me personally I wouldnt think that there are alot of pumpkin patches in Africa but there are many different places in Africa that pumpkins are grown. SOme of these places are Egypt with (690,000) and then there is South Africa with (378,776). I found these numbers quite interesting because one wouldn't think that there are pumpkin patches in Africa.

Pamela Shields's curator insight, August 29, 2014 10:10 AM

@Danyl †  so inspirational!