OpenChem is first and foremost to extend the benefit that we have seen since 2009 from open and free publication of individual chemistry courses to an entire curriculum. What MIT did ten years ago with its OpenCourseWare initiative was to plant the idea of making quality educational resources universally accessible. The MOOCs have laudably extended this approach by providing instructional paths through individual courses at scale. What UCI hopes to do with this initiative is to present a coherent, full curriculum by a top faculty. Today, a learner can sit with us in our lecture halls and follow four years' worth of chemistry core classes and electives. That is the key innovation: making a full undergraduate education's worth of classes available for immediate incorporation in part or in full by institutions of higher education or by individual professors
Dr. Gordon Dahlby's insight:
Could be the Kahn for 7-12 Chemistry and scale chem study in HS beyond tradition?
Join us to learn more about one of the Internet's most exciting and powerful tools! Wolfram|Alpha introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers — not by searching the web, but by performing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods. We are looking forward to showing you how you can use Wolfram|Alpha in your very own classroom, regardless of your subject matter. Wolfram|Alpha covers subjects from math to chemistry and physics, even history and astronomy!
Press Release 13-032 National Science Foundation and NBC Learn Release New 'Science Behind The News' Videos
Five original videos explore science behind current events related to mathematical and physical sciences
A theoretical physicist explains the science behind quantum computing in new NSF-NBC Learn video. Credit and Larger Version
February 27, 2013
The National Science Foundation and NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, released today five new videos in the Science Behind The News series.
Science Behind The News is a relatively new, fast-paced video series supported by NSF that explores the science, technology, engineering and mathematics behind current events. Each video features at least one interview with an NSF-funded scientist or researcher.
The five new videos highlight work funded by NSF's Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences. The scope of scientific and educational activity supported in the directorate is enormous, ranging from phenomena at cosmological distances, to environmental science on the human scale, through quantum mechanical processes in atomic and subatomic physics, to phenomena of the unimaginably small.
There are 12 Science Behind The News episodes available to teachers and students at Science360: The Knowledge Network and for free at NBCLearn.com.
New videos released today include:
1. Predictive Policing
The LAPD is using a new tactic in their fight against crime called "predictive policing." It's a computer program that was originally developed by a team at UCLA, including mathematician Andrea Bertozzi and anthropologist Jeff Brantingham.
2. Impacts on Jupiter
The impacts of comets on the surface of Jupiter are a fairly common experience. At the University of Central Florida, astronomers Joseph Harrington and Csaba Palotai are leading a project that studies precisely how these impacts happen, and also provides valuable information about what might happen if such a comet struck Earth.
3. Drug-Resistant Bacteria
As disease-causing bacteria become increasingly resistant to antibiotics, scientists like Erin Carlson from Indiana University are turning to natural sources to find new medicines.
4. Bio-Inspired Materials
In the search for the next groundbreaking tough material, scientists like David Kisailus from the University of California, Riverside, are looking to nature for inspiration, including under the sea where one little crustacean packs a walloping punch--the peacock mantis shrimp.
5. Quantum Computers
Imagine if engineers could build a computer to be millions of times faster than anything that exists today, yet so small that it's microscopic. John Preskill, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, explains the science behind quantum computing, the next great frontier in computer science.
SunShot Initiative and the role solar power is playing in our growing clean energy economy.
During the discussion, U.S. solar industry experts from across the country will share how this domestic renewable energy source is creating jobs, strengthening our nation’s manufacturing capabilities and providing Americans with affordable, clean energy.
We will be taking your questions in advance and during the Hangout. Submit your questions by emailing email@example.com, posting comments on the Energy Department’s Facebook page or Google+ event, or tweeting @ENERGY using #askEnergy.
STEM Academy, a non-profit focused on improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for all students, has partnered with 3D printing company Stratasys to enhance STEM programming.
Power-Curve Society, written by David Bollier, examines how technological innovation is restructuring productivity and the social and economic impact resulting from these changes. It addresses the growing concern about the technological displacement of jobs, stagnant middle class income, and wealth disparities in an emerging "winner-take-all" economy. It also examines cutting-edge innovations in personal data ecosystems that could potentially unlock a revolutionary wave of individual economic empowerment. Power-Curve Society is the Report of the Twenty-First Annual Roundtable on Information Technology, a dialogue convened by the Communications and Society Program.
The Mathematics Curriculum Study explores the relationship between student coursetaking and achievement by examining the content and challenge of two mathematics courses taught in the nation’s public high schools—algebra I and geometry. Conducted in conjunction with the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) High School Transcript Study (HSTS), the study uses textbooks as an indirect measure of what was taught in classrooms, but not how it was taught (i.e., classroom instruction). The study uses curriculum topics to describe the content of the mathematics courses and course levels to denote the content and complexity of the courses. The results are based on analyses of the curriculum topics and course levels developed from the textbook information, coursetaking data from the 2005 NAEP HSTS, and performance data from the twelfth-grade 2005 NAEP mathematics assessment.
Highlights of the study findings show that about 65 percent of the material covered in high school graduates’ algebra I was devoted to algebra topics, while about 66 percent of the material covered in graduates’ geometry courses focused on geometry topics. School course titles often overstated course content and challenge. Approximately 73 percent of graduates in “honors” algebra I classes received a curriculum ranked as an intermediate algebra I course, while 62 percent of graduates who took a geometry course labeled “honors” by their school received a curriculum ranked as intermediate geometry. Graduates who took rigorous algebra I and geometry courses scored higher on NAEP than graduates who took beginner or intermediate courses.
Games for a Digital Age explores the market potential of a fast moving field, tracking innovations from the commercial game industry and academic game labs, and examining pockets of game-based experimentation in the classroom and other learning settings. The authors conclude that current approaches tosolving key educational challenges are ripe for disruption, but that the marketplace is slow to adapt and dominated by forces that may well resist high-quality digital products. Whilegames are by no means a “silver bullet” to the current challenges that roil America’s schools, this report is a timely reminder that our educational institutions would be wise to more robustly leverage the ubiquitous digital media—including digital games—that currently pervadechildren’s lives.
Join us at the Techbridge Summer Institute in Oakland, CA July 31- August 2, 2013. This summer institute focuses on the development of STEM educators and offers strategies and curriculum for engaging girls in science, technology, and engineering. During this workshop we will explore science, technology and engineering through inquiry-based activities.
Techbridge's experienced staff will guide you through:
Recruiting and engaging girls in a STEM program
Training on Techbridge's hands-on curriculum for grades 5-12
Planning field trips and visits with role models
Planning family outreach
Developing STEM facilitation skills
Integrating career exploration into your programming