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Science, technology, engineering and math in K-12
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Building Social Skills and Literacy Through Gaming - OnlineUniversities.com

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Chris Carter's curator insight, July 28, 2013 12:01 PM

Refreshing counterpoint to fears.

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Afterschool Universe

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Web Site supporting NASA's Afterschool Universe Astronomy Program for Middle-School
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Jncredible resources .. good professional development.

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fterschool Universe is an out-of-school-time astronomy program targeted at middle school students. It explores astronomy concepts through engaging hands-on activities and takes participants on a journey through the Universe beyond the solar system. This program is now widely available to afterschool program providers to run in your local communities.
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Cargo Bridge 2 - ENGINEERING.com | Games & Puzzles

Cargo Bridge 2 - ENGINEERING.com | Games & Puzzles | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Build a bridge and test your consctruction skills. Help your workers to collect items located on the other side of valley.
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engineering and gaming!

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New Scientist TV: How the Higgs could explain secrets of the universe

New Scientist TV: How the Higgs could explain secrets of the universe | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? | Food Matters, Scientific American Blog Network

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? | Food Matters, Scientific American Blog Network | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The following is a parable grounded in science with an aim toward Socratic questioning.

It’s dinnertime somewhere. A kid pushes a small pile of sautéed broccoli to ...
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Agriculture is important in STEM too.

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Visual Thinking and Seeing Creatively [Infographic]

Visual Thinking and Seeing Creatively [Infographic] | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, August 21, 2013 6:37 AM

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a method initiated by teacher-facilitated discussions of art images and documented to have a cascading positive effect on both teachers and students. It is perhaps the simplest way in which teachers and schools can provide students with key behaviors sought by Common Core Standards: thinking skills that become habitual and transfer from lesson to lesson, oral and written language literacy, visual literacy, and collaborative interactions among peers.

Deborah Chad's curator insight, August 31, 2013 6:02 PM

More inforgraphics and thinking again this is the way to present the FH journey from PD through implementation

Siri Anderson's curator insight, September 4, 2013 10:25 AM

Regardless of discipline this process can help organize student consideration of what is and what can be!

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‘Sesame Street’ Widens Its Focus

‘Sesame Street’ Widens Its Focus | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
With its usual silliness, “Sesame Street” is introducing serious concepts about nature, science, math and engineering to its target audience of children too young to read.
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STEM comes to Sesame Street!!

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Mystery of the Missing Women in Science

Mystery of the Missing Women in Science | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Female students are catching up or surpassing male counterparts in math and science, yet the fields like engineering and computer science remain male dominated.
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What’s next for libraries? E-Rate, bandwidth, benchmarks and capacity goals | ALA DistrictDispatch.org

What’s next for libraries? E-Rate, bandwidth, benchmarks and capacity goals | ALA DistrictDispatch.org | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

At the forefront of our minds right now are the many questions posed in the E-rate Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and how they may affect libraries.

 

This notice, with over 600 questions, is the most comprehensive review of the program since it began in 1997.

 

ALA and the library community need to review these other broadband initiatives and research to better craft our comments. Let’s start with this question the FCC poses:

 

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Harlem DNA Lab gives school kids a dose of science during the summer months

Harlem DNA Lab gives school kids a dose of science during the summer months | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The city is trying to STEM the summer learning loss gap with a healthy dose of science, technology, engineering and math while kids are out of school.
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Number Squares logic puzzles tour

This is a tour of the Number Squares logic puzzles, designed for Apple II computers, and now playable for free on the web.
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Chemistry resources to use in K-12 Science classes

Chemistry resources to use in K-12 Science classes | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Chemistry information to help your students review concepts learned in science. These resources can also be useful to science teachers as they plan their instruction.

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An Underground Pool Drying Up

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Portions of the High Plains Aquifer are rapidly being depleted by farmers who are pumping too much water to irrigate their crops, particularly in the southern half in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Levels have declined up to 242 feet in some areas, from predevelopment — before substantial groundwater irrigation began — to 2011.

 


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Really helpful information. Thank you. I had been wondering about this.Students should have an awareness of the water problems we have , and of various groundwater problems. Thank you.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 20, 2013 12:29 PM

The article connected to this map from the New York Times can be found here.  "Two years of extreme drought, during which farmers relied almost completely on groundwater, have brought the seriousness of the problem home. In 2011 and 2012, the Kansas Geological Survey reports, the average water level in the state’s portion of the aquifer dropped 4.25 feet — nearly a third of the total decline since 1996."


Tags: wateragriculture, environment, consumption, resources, environment depend.

Michael Miller's curator insight, May 20, 2013 1:41 PM

The recent PBS special on the Dust Bowl also addressed this current problem and how some American farmers are not learning from past mistakes.

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Space archaeologist unlocks secrets of ancient civilizations

Space archaeologist unlocks secrets of ancient civilizations | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Dr Sarah Parcak uses satellite technology to unearth Egypt's ancient settlements, pyramids and palaces lost in the sands of time.

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 4, 2014 12:10 AM

It is interesting to find out that in this specific article there is controversy over the looting of tombs over 5,000 years ago as soon as the deceased were buried there were many more looting acts taken place. The Arab spring is an important landmark to think of when relating this to the reading.

Lauren Sellers's curator insight, May 20, 2014 11:51 AM

This describes human characteristics that defined this region because it shows how ancient artifacts are being unearthed through new-age technology.

Felix Ramos Jr.'s curator insight, March 19, 10:49 AM

Space archaeology only makes sense.  If we have the capability for satellites to take pictures of earth from above why shouldn't it be used for archaeological analysis?  I am sure that this is only the tip of the iceberg as far as what we will see in the future from this specific field. This article/video just lends more credibility to the fact that Archaeology should function as an interdisciplinary field.

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SEPAL

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You should know this program.

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SEPAL Resource Center
Library of hands-on science materials (equipment, lesson kits, books and videos, etc.) available to all SFSU student scientists involved in SEPAL programs and all Bay Area teachers.
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Constructive Chemistry | The Concord Consortium

Constructive Chemistry | The Concord Consortium | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
One of the most effective pedagogies in science education is to challenge students to design and construct something that performs a function, solves a problem or proves a hypothesis. Learning by design is a compelling way of engaging students.
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Great learrning by design project.

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 3, 2013 3:04 PM
One of the most effective pedagogies in science education is to challenge students to design and construct something that performs a function, solves a problem or proves a hypothesis. Learning by design is a compelling way of engaging students.
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Common Core Math: Best Resources for High School Educators

Common Core Math: Best Resources for High School Educators | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Common Core has certainly raised some questions -- from what assessment will look like, to curriculum development and how the standards are in practice. There's others, I'm sure.
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Linda Kekelis: Winnovating Opportunities for Girls in STEM ...

Linda Kekelis: Winnovating Opportunities for Girls in STEM ... | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Even though I've spent my life encouraging girls in STEM, I've done it in a way for a personal reason because I wanted my son to be around girls who are interested in things like building with Legos and tinkering and going to study ...

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Can Playing Video Games Give Girls an Edge In Math?

Can Playing Video Games Give Girls an Edge In Math? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Playing an action video game “can virtually eliminate” the gender difference in a basic capacity researchers call spatial attention, while at the same time reducing the gender difference in the ability to mentally rotate objects, a higher-level...
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STEM Doesn’t Mean Flowers

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An excerpt from a 2010 essay by Natalie Angier that objected to “the odious and increasingly pervasive term ‘STEM education.’”
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The term gets mangled and chewed up.We are really talking about science, technology, engineering, and math and the arts that help us understand them.

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Playing for Time: Can Music Stave off Dementia? - KTXL

Playing for Time: Can Music Stave off Dementia? - KTXL | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Playing for Time: Can Music Stave off Dementia?
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As scientists race to figure out how to promote healthy aging of the brain, and prevent dementia, their preliminary advice for senior citizens has become a chorus of voices: “Stay active!
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How To Organize Your Research With The Power Of Google Drive

How To Organize Your Research With The Power Of Google Drive | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Google Docs has made its home on Google Drive. So after one year, it’s high time to get used to calling it by the new account name.

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María Asunción Martínez Mayoral's curator insight, September 9, 2013 5:58 PM

Google no deja de sorprender; interesantes herramientas para investigación dentro de Google drive.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 14, 2013 1:55 PM

Amazing

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A quiz on America’s core curriculum

A quiz on America’s core curriculum | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Decide for yourself if the familiar core curriculum is so problem-free it’s appropriate to standardize it with the Common Core State Standards.
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Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education: A Nation Advancing? | National Academies Press

Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education: A Nation Advancing? | National Academies Press | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

Following a 2011 report by the National Research Council (NRC) on successful K-12 education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Congress asked the National Science Foundation to identify methods for tracking progress toward the report's recommendations. In response, the NRC convened the Committee on an Evaluation Framework for Successful K-12 STEM Education to take on this assignment. The committee developed 14 indicators linked to the 2011 report's recommendations. By providing a focused set of key indicators related to students' access to quality learning, educator's capacity, and policy and funding initiatives in STEM, the committee addresses the need for research and data that can be used to monitor progress in K-12 STEM education and make informed decisions about improving it.


The recommended indicators provide a framework for Congress and relevant deferral agencies to create and implement a national-level monitoring and reporting system that: assesses progress toward key improvements recommended by a previous National Research Council (2011) committee; measures student knowledge, interest, and participation in the STEM disciplines and STEM-related activities; tracks financial, human capital, and material investments in K-12 STEM education at the federal, state, and local levels; provides information about the capabilities of the STEM education workforce, including teachers and principals; and facilitates strategic planning for federal investments in STEM education and workforce development when used with labor force projections. All 14 indicators explained in this report are intended to form the core of this system. Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education: A Nation Advancing? summarizes the 14 indicators and tracks progress towards the initial report's recommendations.

 

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Chem Collective - Resources to Teach and Learn Chemistry

Chem Collective - Resources to Teach and Learn Chemistry | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Pascale Klinger's curator insight, November 19, 2013 1:48 PM

Its the periodic table, amazing. 

Ramanathan's curator insight, August 8, 2014 11:58 PM

It is a very good site for teachers.