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Best High Schools for STEM Methodology

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U.S. News looked at nearly 500 public high schools to identify the best in math and science education.
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Watch Full Episodes Online of The Crowd & the Cloud on PBS

Watch Full Episodes Online of The Crowd & the Cloud on PBS | STEM Education models and innovations with Gaming | Scoop.it
THE CROWD & THE CLOUD is a documentary series showcasing the power of Citizen Science in the Digital Age. This multi-part series, hosted by former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, takes viewers on a global tour of the projects and people on the front lines of citizen science and crowdsourcing. By observing their environment, monitoring neighborhoods, and collecting information about the world

Distributed nationally by American Public Television
The Crowd & The Cloud is made possible by NSF, The National Science Foundation, "Where Discoveries Begin."
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State of the Climate - American Meteorological Society

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State of the Climate
An international, peer-reviewed publication released each summer, the State of the Climate is the authoritative annual summary of the global climate published as a supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
The report, compiled by NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate at the National Centers for Environmental Information is based on contributions from scientists from around the world. It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice, and in space.

State of the Climate in 2016

This is the twenty-seventh issuance of the annual assessment now known as State of the Climate. Surface temperature and carbon dioxide concentration, two of the more publicly recognized indicators of global-scale climate change, set new highs during 2016, as did several surface and near-surface indicators and essential climate variables. Notably, the increase in CO2 concentration was the largest in the nearly six-decade observational record.
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Reinventing Project-Based Learning, 2nd Edition

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Author:By Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss, description: Reinventing Project-Based Learning, 2nd Edition (RENVT2), Category: Paperback Books, Length: 286 pages
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LEVERAGING ESSA TO PROMOTE SCIENCE AND STEM EDUCATION IN STATES

LEVERAGING ESSA TO PROMOTE SCIENCE AND STEM EDUCATION IN STATES 
Introduction 
The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states the opportunity to craft new goals and strategies for science education. By setting clear goals for science achievement, states can leverage existing policies, including assessments and graduation requirements, to help drive toward set goals. Generally, states could elect to develop new programs and initiatives using funding provided by ESSA, and/or incorporate science into their new accountability systems. States are crafting their goals and strategies for science education through the development of new consolidated state plans, required by ESSA, and through new programs and initiatives using funding provided by ESSA. This brief provides a landscape analysis of all states’ current assessment requirements and graduation requirements in science to help set the national policy context for science. To look at states’ current goals and approaches to science inclusion in their accountability plans under ESSA, as well as how they can leverage funding opportunities in ESSA to support science, this brief limits its scope to only those 16 states and the District of Columbia who submitted plans to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) in the first round of submissions (May 2017). Once the remainder of plans have been submitted, the ESSA-focused sections of this brief will be updated to reflect the remaining states. Further, while the focus of this brief is specifically on science, the way that states develop ESSA strategies does not allow for the disentanglement of science from STEM; therefore, when discussing funding opportunities and state proposals for the use of funds provided through ESSA, the scope will broaden to STEM activities and initiatives.
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BNL Newsroom | New Efficient, Low-Temperature Catalyst for Converting Water and CO to Hydrogen Gas and CO2

Scientists have developed a new low-temperature catalyst for producing high-purity hydrogen gas while simultaneously using up carbon monoxide (CO). The discovery—described in a paper set to publish online in the journal Science on Thursday, June 22, 2017—could improve the performance of fuel cells that run on hydrogen fuel but can be poisoned by CO.

“This catalyst produces a purer form of hydrogen to feed into the fuel cell,” said José Rodriguez, a chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory. Rodriguez and colleagues in Brookhaven’s Chemistry Division—Ping Liu and Wenqian Xu—were among the team of scientists who helped to characterize the structural and mechanistic details of the catalyst, which was synthesized and tested by collaborators at Peking University in an effort led by Chemistry Professor Ding Ma.
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Sciences to become hands-on in move away from rote learning - Independent.ie

Sciences to become hands-on in move away from rote learning - Independent.ie | STEM Education models and innovations with Gaming | Scoop.it
Practical exams in Leaving Certificate science subjects are finally on the horizon.
Government curriculum advisers have recommended 90-minute laboratory-based practicals in biology, chemistry and physics, to be worth 30pc of the marks for those subjects.
An overhaul in Leaving Cert science subjects is part of wider moves to ensure school-leavers and graduates in Ireland are equipped with necessary skills for the modern age.

It is almost 11 years since the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) started work on a shake-up of the science curricula and, in 2014, it sent its final recommendations to the Department of Education.
Now, in a sign the department is ready to go ahead with the changes, it recently asked the State Examinations Commission (SEC) to conduct school trials in the practicals to assess the feasibility of introducing them into the assessment regime.

The practicals would allow students to demonstrate what they know in a real-life way, rather than relying solely on written exams, for which many depend on rote learning.
The overall changes proposed for the three Leaving Cert subjects, both in terms of a new syllabus and the practicals, allow for continuity with the more inquiry-based focus on teaching and learning now being implemented in science at junior cycle.  

Read more: Forget cramming, get a good night's sleep instead to ace exams
The new specifications for science subjects, at both Junior Cert and Leaving Cert, put an emphasis on the application of knowledge in real-world contexts. In other words, students should be able "to do" rather than only "to know".

The junior cycle changes in science were introduced for first years last September, as part of the ongoing reforms, and the first students to experience these will complete junior cycle in 2019.
Sixth-year students in 30 schools will participate in the trials for the practicals in October, before a final decision on their inclusion into the assessment regime.

The SEC is due to deliver a report on the trials to the department by February and, even if there is no further delay, it is likely to be 2021 at the earliest before the first practicals take place, as the new syllabus would be introduced for fifth years.
That time scale would allow for the first cohort of students to have experienced the junior cycle reforms to progress to similarly modernised syllabuses for physics, chemistry and biology at Leaving Cert level.

The practicals proposed for the Leaving Cert would be assessed by external examiners, not the students' own teachers, so avoiding the sort of dispute that has arisen around some of the junior cycle reforms.
The changes are regarded as long overdue and received a broad welcome in an extensive consultation process that the NCCA conducted as part of its deliberations.

Recent reports from the chief examiner about the performance of candidates in Leaving Cert science exams have drawn attention to their shortcomings.
Reflecting on the 2013 chemistry exam, the chief examiner stated "the ability of candidates to perform experiments safely and co-operatively, select and manipulate suitable apparatus and make accurate observations and measurements cannot be determined in a written paper."

Concern about the present sole reliance on written exams in the science subjects also emerged during the NCCA consultation on changes, where it found "much criticism of the expectation on learners to learn material off by heart", arising from its consultations about the changes.
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ED-Funded VR Game Simulates Chemistry Lab Experiences -- THE Journal

ED-Funded VR Game Simulates Chemistry Lab Experiences -- THE Journal | STEM Education models and innovations with Gaming | Scoop.it
Schell Games, a full-service game design and development company based in Pittsburgh, recently released a video trailer for its upcoming educational virtual reality (VR) game that seeks to better engage high school students in chemistry concepts.
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Coding for What? - DML Central

Coding for What? - DML Central | STEM Education models and innovations with Gaming | Scoop.it
Ben Williamson argues that if kids need to learn to code, it should be for digital citizenship, not to become complicit with computational propaganda.
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Harnessing wave energy to light up coastal communities -- Science Nation | NSF - National Science Foundation

There's a new renewable energy player in town and it's about to make waves in the industry. Despite its massive potential as a source for renewable energy, the ocean is unlikely to contribute meaningfully to electricity supplies without dramatic, innovation-driven reductions in the cost of energy conversion. That's where engineers Balky Nair, Rahul Shendure and Tim Mundon come in with their company, Oscilla Power. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), they're developing a utility-scale wave energy harvester called the Triton. It's a sturdy system with few moving parts -- rugged enough to stand up to harsh seas with little need for maintenance. This technology shows promise as a means for delivering utility-scale electric power to the grid at a price that is competitive with conventional fossil or renewable technologies. The team plans more tests with increasingly larger and more sophisticated prototypes. At full scale, each Triton system will be 30 yards wide and will power more than 650 homes. Original air date: February 8, 2016
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Code To The Future is the Leader for Computer Science Immersion. Having been highlighted by the White House for helping start America’s first elementary Computer Science Magnet Schools, Code To The Future provides the premier Solution for Districts and Families.
Our Mission is to inspire students to become aware of their incredible potential, and equip them with the skills necessary for success in school and life.

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The culture of engineering does not take women seriously

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Isolation and ‘blatant sexual harassment’ among the issues reported by female engineering scholars, writes Brian Rubineau

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The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

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Originally published at http://blog.iat.com/2015/09/30/a-perfect-storm-for-maker-education/ Perfect Storm: an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically.  The term This term is also used to describe an actual phenomenon that happens to occur in such a confluence, resulting in an event of unusual magnitude. Maker Movement: The maker movement,…
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I put "Maker Ed" under STEM not to exclude other areas of making, like music and art, but as design processes within sciences and engineering.
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Engineer GirlEssay Contest - Engineering and Animals

Engineer GirlEssay Contest - Engineering and Animals | STEM Education models and innovations with Gaming | Scoop.it
Engineers affect everything about the way people live, so it is not surprising that they also have a big impact on the animal world. Environmental engineers, for example, are often tasked with evaluating projects in order to minimize negative effects on valuable animal species. In some cases, engineers have developed ingenious solutions to help animals and people share the planet. 

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) maintains a list, known as the IUCN Red List, which ranks the conservation status of thousands of species. For your essay, choose an animal that is ranked by IUCN as either: vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered. Learn about the animal and consider how engineering might improve life for that species. To prepare your essay consider the following questions: 

Why did you choose this species, and what problem or problems does it face? 
What ideas have already been tested that may help to design a solution and begin solving those problems? 
What specific solution would you suggest to help solve the problems faced by this species? 
Aside from the animals, who would benefit from your proposed solution? 
Are there any policies or standards currently in place that would affect the way your solution could be implemented? 
Who would have to be involved in implementing the proposed solution? 
Who should fund the proposed solution?
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NSTA Conferences & Professional Development

NSTA Conferences on Science Education

NSTA conferences offer the latest in science content, teaching strategy, and research to enhance and expand your professional growth. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to collaborate with science education leaders and your peers. Each year, NSTA hosts a national conference on science education (in the spring), three area conferences (in the fall), and a STEM Forum & Expo.

Twitter hashtags: #NSTA17 (2017 conferences), #NSTA (all-purpose)

Upcoming Conferences
Baltimore: Oct. 5–7, 2017 


Milwaukee: Nov. 9–11, 2017 


New Orleans: Nov. 30–Dec. 2, 2017 


Atlanta (National): Mar. 15–18, 2018


STEM Forum & Expo: July 13–15, 2018

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No Shortcuts in Course Design - DML Central

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"There are no shortcuts to learning and teaching. We can’t flip, copy and paste, and rubric our way to community building." — Kim Jaxon
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Making the Most of ESSA: Opportunities to Advance STEM Education A Review of ESSA Plans for Innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

This resource is intended to spark a sense of possibility and offer some concrete examples from state Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans. It is not intended to be an exhaustive set of policy recommendations. This resource reflects trends, innovations and exemplars focused on STEM education captured from 25 draft and submitted ESSA plans, as well as strategies from STEM experts. We hope this information will influence your work and jump-start important conversations about how you can use ESSA to better support STEM education in your state.
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State ESSA plans opportunity for K-12, higher ed to develop STEM career pipeline

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Two new reports from Achieve and Education First look at ways states have used ESSA plans to promote STEM curricula and move away from former federal accountability measures that only emphasized reading and math, reports Education Week. 
Looking at states that have already submitted or have drafted plans, these groups find that the most common measures considered are: counting science testing as determinations of student success, tapping into federal funding streams through ESSA that support STEM education, including AP or IB science indicators in accountability, and enhancing career and technical education. 
States using ESSA for science emphasis are tapping into a timely opportunity for improving student outcomes across the board, as Ed Week reports more girls than ever already took the AP computer science exam this year, while the number of minorities who took it have tripled — and counterparts working with higher ed are also in a prime position to create more learning opportunities for students with these backgrounds. 
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The Best of Cassini—13 Years in Orbit Around Saturn

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This September, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will take its final measurements and images as it plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere at 77,000 miles per hour, burning up high above the cloud tops.

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From the New Issue of Make: Our 8 Standout Dev Boards | Make:

From the New Issue of Make: Our 8 Standout Dev Boards | Make: | STEM Education models and innovations with Gaming | Scoop.it
These eight boards stand out for their advanced specs, built-in offerings, and, in some cases, their innovative interface options.
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Engineering highly adaptable robots requires new tools for new rules

Engineering highly adaptable robots requires new tools for new rules | STEM Education models and innovations with Gaming | Scoop.it
Northwestern University mechanical engineering professor Todd Murphey and his team are engineering robots that one might say could make robotic assistance as seamless as "humanly" possible. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the team is using novel algorithmic tools, such as a drawing robot, to develop the algorithms, or rules of behavior, that would greatly enhance a robot's ability to adapt to human unpredictability.

Murphey points out that in order for robots to help people, they have to have at least a basic understanding of the types of tasks people can do. Some tasks, like lifting and placing an object, are close to the types of tasks that robots already do. Other tasks, like drawing, are harder for robots, partly because there are so many ways to get the same image. As Murphey explains: "And so, drawing is a type of task that's maybe not the same as that sort of precision manufacturing task that we've seen robots do historically."
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Learning Studios - Digital Promise Global

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A Learning Studio is a place where learners define the problems they want to solve and design solutions to address them. Leveraging powerful technology, students engage in activities and projects that expose them to skills and concepts such as design thinking, three dimensional design, and social entrepreneurship.
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Let the learners take control of what and how they learn...create a sense of ownership and encourage creative development.
Jess Rodgers's comment, May 31, 10:20 PM
This is a great video Tina. It has so many great ideas for redefining task in the classroom to engage critical thinking for students of all ages. I love the superhero idea for young students completing a sustainability project- it arguably adds value to content for kids. Definite evidence of student-centered learning. Thanks for the scoop Tina.
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This is an interesting article with a video regarding learning studios.

 

"A Learning Studio is a place where learners define the problems they want to solve and design solutions to address them."

Source: http://global.digitalpromise.org/learning-studios/

 

Although the concept and implantation is quite new, with only 60 schools utilising this concept throughout the world at the time of writing, the potential is huge and system may well increase drastically in time.

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Stereotypes about “Brilliance” Affect Girls’ Interests as Early as Age 6, New Study Finds

Stereotypes about “Brilliance” Affect Girls’ Interests as Early as Age 6, New Study Finds | STEM Education models and innovations with Gaming | Scoop.it
By the age of 6, girls become less likely than boys to associate brilliance with their own gender and are more likely to avoid activities said to require brilliance, shows a new study conducted by researchers at New York University, the University of Illinois, and Princeton University.
The findings appear in the journal Science.
The research, led by Lin Bian, a doctoral student at the University of Illinois, and NYU psychology professor Andrei Cimpian, demonstrates how early gender stereotypes take hold and points to the potential of their life-long impact. Sarah-Jane Leslie, professor of philosophy at Princeton University, also contributed to the research.
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The K12 Engineering Education Podcast

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This is the podcast for all the educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and parents out there who are interested in getting kids into engineering at younger ages. Listen to real conversations among various professionals in the engineering education space, as we try to find better ways to educate and inspire kids in engineering thinking. .

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Irreverent Learning

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There are dozens of resources available to tell you about makerspace. How to create one, how to implement one, etc. Articles about libraries as the hub for a school's makerspace; articles telling you what you need to set up and what kinds of projects you might do; and many, many, many books to read to better understand and implement a makerspace.

I was thinking about makerspace today as I was watching a couple of kindergarten students build a fantastic structure with wooden blocks. And then I was watching some kids make drawings influenced by a rather heated conversation about emojis. And later I watched some kids figure out how to create their own manipulatives so they could better understand a particular way of solving a particular kind of math problem.

Makers. Making. And just randomly in a classroom.

I agree that some resources for some kinds of makerspace activities require storage and often an electrical outlet so those tools also require rules. And I agree that having a space or resources for kids to use for specific kinds of tasks or problems, or for extension activities, or for supplemental work when they've finished their other work might require a separate space if only to reduce distraction for other kids and for storage.

But I've also seen what kids can do with some craft sticks and Play-Doh®. Toss in some markers, a few sheets of construction paper, some chenille sticks, and random other stuff and who knows what they'll make? Give them access to a tablet or laptop with the ability to record something and stand back.

Then they'll be asking for other stuff when they say "It would be cool if we had something that let us. . . " because they might know exactly what they want but they have an image in their heads for what they want to create, to make.

So when schools and teachers talking about setting aside space so they can have a single place for making, I assume that's mostly for quality and damage control because making can be messy.

If you're waiting for a budget or a special room for a makerspace, stop waiting. Get some craft sticks, duct tape in different sizes and colors, chenille sticks, styrofoam shapes, and whatever else. Mismatched buttons, leftover pieces of cardboard, small nuts and bolts that don't seem to have a home, leftover wire, glue sticks, yarn or string. All kinds of stuff you can pick up while walking through Michael's, Hobby Lobby, your garage, and elsewhere. If you want to be organized, but each of them in their own bins or baskets. Or just make the stuff available on a table or on a shelf in your classroom.

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Jumpstart Projects with Cayenne - myDevices Cayenne

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Jumpstart Raspberry Pi & Arduino Projects with Cayenne
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