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Finding Solutions to Solar's Soft Cost Dilemma

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Interested in going solar? In many ways, this is an ideal time to explore the possibility. The U.S. solar industry is stronger than ever with 2012 annual growth expected to top 70 percent over 2011.
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Circuit Scramble - Android Apps on Google Play

Circuit Scramble
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The fascinating physics of everyday life

The fascinating physics of everyday life | STEM Education models and innovations with Gaming | Scoop.it
Physics doesn't just happen in a fancy lab -- it happens when you push a piece of buttered toast off the table or drop a couple of raisins in a fizzy drink or watch a coffee spill dry. Become a more interesting dinner guest as physicist Helen Czerski presents various concepts in physics you can become familiar with using everyday things found in your kitchen.
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Alaska’s Permafrost Is Thawing

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ALASKA’S PERMAFROST
IS THAWING
The loss of frozen ground in Arctic regions is a striking result of
climate change. And it is also a cause of more warming to come.

BY HENRY FOUNTAIN
AUG. 23, 2017
YUKON DELTA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Alaska — The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as other parts of the planet, and even here in sub-Arctic Alaska the rate of warming is high. Sea ice and wildlife habitat are disappearing; higher sea levels threaten coastal native villages.

But to the scientists from Woods Hole Research Center who have come here to study the effects of climate change, the most urgent is the fate of permafrost, the always-frozen ground that underlies much of the state.

Starting just a few feet below the surface and extending tens or even hundreds of feet down, it contains vast amounts of carbon in organic matter — plants that took carbon dioxide from the atmosphere centuries ago, died and froze before they could decompose. Worldwide, permafrost is thought to contain about twice as much carbon as is currently in the atmosphere.

Once this ancient organic material thaws, microbes convert some of it to carbon dioxide and methane, which can flow into the atmosphere and cause even more warming. Scientists have estimated that the process of permafrost thawing could contribute as much as 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit to global warming over the next several centuries, independent of what society does to reduce emissions from burning fossil fuels and other activities.
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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.
Jeff At CQU's curator insight, June 15, 11:58 PM

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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MakePad is the First DIY Tablet Based on Raspberry Pi - Press Release - Digital Journal

SAN FRANCISCO - September 20, 2017 - (Newswire.com)
​​​​Albeit very few students have had computer science lessons on an on-the-spot basis, the majority lacks access to both technical information and equipment, though. In spite of these restrictions, even those not-so-fortunate kids still find themselves emerged in a plethora of social networks, instant messaging and online-gaming. Paradox? Worse: Instead of learning how to think, children have been more inclined to mimic unfiltered and common-sense-web-based knowledge on daily basis. Even if you turn off your internet router, they will find a way around it.

Feeling uneased already? We are and we have been for a long time. That is the main reason why MakePi was born envisioning to cope with STEM’s teaching and learning processes. Let us walk you through all the features of our MakePad and share how we have designed, developed and implemented them to fulfill our founders’ vision.

1) 10.1” TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAY

MakePi developed a solution for a 10.1” touchscreen display that could be controlled and, thus, keeping all of RaspberryPi’s four USB ports free to be used with a lot of other peripherals. This solution will allow students to explore endless possibilities with their fingertips.

2) OPERATIONAL SYSTEM CUSTOMIZED FOR STEM EDUCATION

Based on Linux distribution Debian 9, MakePad’s OS (MakeOS) feels fun and fast. Customized toward a user-friendly perception, we have optimized its operations for touchscreen appliances. Nonetheless, it offers support for many peripherals since we have kept all USB and GPIO ports free to be used.

3) CHILDREN CAN ASSEMBLE THE TABLET WITH THEIR OWN HANDS

All the components can be easily assembled to the inner section of the tablet because of its tethering patterns. Except for the RaspberryPi’s, all the other circuits had to be customized for both functionality and user-friendly design. Children will understand how the hardware works altogether by connecting the cables and comprehending the logical sequence to power up the MakePad.

4) MOBILITY WITH A LITHIUM BATTERY OF 12-HOUR-AUTONOMY

Besides being equipped with a powerful battery, MakePad’s DIY concept allows children to easily replace it with additional units.

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DiscoverE

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We help unite, mobilize, and support the engineering and technology volunteer communities. We provide engineering activities for kids and students.
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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

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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

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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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