National Ecological Observatory Network Studies Wildfire in Unprecedented DetailIn the largest study of its kind, NEON will collaborate with Colorado State University to provide airborne remote sensing data to study the full range of wildfire effects
In response to one of the worst wildfires in Colorado history, scientists from the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU) are leading a first of its kind, large-scale wildfire impact study on the High Park Fire in partnership with Colorado's newest research facility, the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). The study will provide critical data to communities still grappling with how to respond to major water quality, erosion and ecosystem restoration issues in an area spanning more than 136 square miles.
Change the Equation aligns corporate efforts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to ensure that they add up to real, measurable growth in the achievement and STEM fluency of U.S.
Welcome to the STEMworks! Change the Equation (CTEq) is proud to host this database of programs that deepen young people's learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The database aims to be a critical resource for funders, program developers and STEM advocates alike. Funders can find programs that maximize the return on their investment. Those who develop STEM learning programs can benchmark their work against successful exemplars. Advocates can point to excellent programs as they make the case for quality.
The programs in this database have to clear a high bar. WestEd, an independent non-profit research, development, and service organization, rigorously reviews all of them against Change the Equation's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy and an accompanying Rubric. Only programs that perform well against the principles are admitted.
STEMworks is itself a work in progress. The programs in this database are by no means the only excellent STEM learning programs in the country. Rather, they are the first in what is a growing list of effective programs. We will continuously improve the content and function of this resource as we review new programs.
We’re very proud to announce the upcoming public launch of Planet Stewards, NOAA’s career pathway badges for middle and high school students. We will be opening a no-cost training for up to 500 middle and high school science teachers in July 2013. The training will be conducted fully online over the first three weeks of July. Work at your own time and pace, supplemented by optional live events. Earn your NOAA Teacher Badge!
When you’re done, you can bring your students into the platform to earn over 15 NOAA Career Pathway badges, all aligned to NGSS standards. Up to two professional development credits will be made available through Boise State University for an extra fee of $60 per credit.
The STEMx™ network is a multi-state STEM network developed for states, by states. This grassroots movement provides an accessible platform to share, analyze and disseminate quality STEM education tools to transform education, expand the number of STEM teachers, increase student achievement in STEM and grow tomorrow’s innovators.
The STEMx™ network is currently composed of 17 state STEM networks, many of which have been working side-by-side for several years.
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Structure and Function
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are due to be released this spring. The standards are being written by a group of 41 writers from across the country in a process managed by Achieve and overseen by a consortium of 26 states. NSTA is a partner in the NGSS development process and has been providing guidance and input to the writers and lead states. For more information about NGSS, click here.
NGSS is based on A Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council in 2011. The Framework combines three important dimensions: core disciplinary ideas, scientific and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. This web seminar is one in a series of seven that explore the crosscutting concepts to provide K-12 teachers with strategies for implementing NGSS in the classroom.
The seven Crosscutting Concepts include:
PatternsCause and Effect—Mechanism and ExplanationScale, Proportion, and QuantitySystems and System ModelsEnergy and Matter—Flows, Cycles, and ConservationStructure and FunctionStability and Change
Participants might also be interested in a series of web seminars held previously on the Scientific and Engineering Practices. The archived programs are available for viewing here.
Sometimes astronomy is like real estate -- what's important is location, location, and location. Astronomers have resolved a major problem in their understanding of a class of stars that undergo regular outbursts by accurately measuring the distance to a famous example of the type.
The researchers used the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) and the European VLBI Network (EVN) to precisely locate one of the most-observed variable-star systems in the sky -- a double-star system called SS Cygni -- at 370 light-years from Earth. This new distance measurement meant that an explanation for the system's regular outbursts that applies to similar pairs also applies to SS Cygni.
Want to make a quick million? All you have to do is figure out a little math problem that goes like this: Ax + By = Cz. Simple algebra, right?
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Oh how deceptively innocuous a few elementary variables can seem. You’re actually looking at something inspired by one of the great mysteries of mathematics, known as Fermat’s Last Theorem and named after the 17th century French lawyer and mathematician Pierre de Fermat. Fermat came up with his own theorem back in 1637, scribbling it in the margins of his copy of the Greek text Arithmetica by Diophantus and surmising that — put your math caps on and buckle up — if n were an integer greater than 2, then the equation Xn + Yn = Zn has no positive integral solutions. The note was discovered after Fermat’s death, and it took over 350 years and untold failed attempts by others for someone to prove the theorem. In 1995, British mathematician Andrew Wiles, who’d been fascinated with the theorem since he was a child, finally got the job done, having puzzled over it in secret for roughly six years.
That’s where Texas billionaire D. Andrew Beal comes in. In 1993, he posited a closely related number theory problem hence dubbed Beal’s Conjecture (that first A-B-C equation above), where the only solution is possible when A, B and C have a common numerical factor and the exponents x, y and z are greater than 2. Beal’s been trying to solve his theorem ever since, reports ABC News, offering cash rewards in steadily increasing amounts — $5,000 in 1997, $100,000 in 2000 – to anyone with the knack to get the job done.
The prize total in 2013: $1 million, which is either a sign of Beal’s magnanimity or his skepticism that it’s actually possible. (Since Beal is worth a reported $8 billion, there’s little need to worry about whether he’ll actually pay the winner.)
It’s apparently not just about the money for Beal, either: In a statement, he said “I’d like to inspire young people to pursue math and science. Increasing the prize is a good way to draw attention to mathematics generally … I hope many more young people will find themselves drawn into the wonderful world of mathematics.”
Engineering concepts and the design process are integral parts of many college- and career-ready standards, including the recently-released state-led next-generation science standards (NGSS). But many K-12 teachers are not aware of how engineering can be used to inspire and improve student performance.
On June 12, the National Science Foundation (NSF) co-sponsors an event with DISCOVER Magazine and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to share the hallmarks of successful K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education--described in an NSF-funded National Research Council report--and to give examples of innovative research-based tools for engineering education, developed with NSF funding through NSF's Education and Human Resources directorate.
The discussion will be moderated by Stephen George, editor-in-chief at DISCOVER magazine, and will feature Mo Hosni, vice president, ASME Education; Joan Ferrini-Mundy, assistant director, NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources; Christine Cunningham, founder and director of Engineering is Elementary, and vice president at the Museum of Science in Boston; and Leigh Abts, research associate professor, A. James Clark School of Engineering, and the College of Education at the University of Maryland. The event is expected to be widely attended.
Leaders in STEM education
Capitol Hill briefing about the value of engineering education in K-12 schools
Wednesday, June 12, noon - 1:30 p.m.
Room B-338, Rayburn House Office Building
The Twitter hashtag for this event is #STEM_CapHill.
Media interested in attending the event should contact Maria Zacharias at email@example.com.
International Models for Inquiry-Based Science Education in Elementary Schools Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 10AM Eastern Time
In This Session La main à la pâte was founded by Dr. Georges Charpak, physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics (1992), to bring inquiry-based teaching and learning of science to elementary schools in France. Through exceptional leadership by the French Academy of Science and strategic recruitment of staff with strong content knowledge and experience from elementary education, today, it is estimated that 50% of primary school teachers throughout France teach science through minds-on, hands-on exploratory pedagogy.
The La main à la pâte Foundation has disseminated its program concept to more than fifty other countries on four continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa), and invites international leaders to an annual La main à la pate Symposium in Paris to learn from each other and share experiences. Specific emphasis is placed on the development of effective classroom practices in economically challenged regions where education resources are scarce.
Leaders of the organization will provide an overview of its goals and guiding principles and discuss the specific challenges and opportunities they see for science educators in France and other countries at a time when science education is more important than ever in the preparation of tomorrow’s global citizens for life in an increasingly technology-dominated world.
To Participate in the Live Session - Login at www.instantpresenter.com/edweb22 at the scheduled time. - There is no pre-registration for this event. - This webinar will be recorded and archived in this community for viewing at anytime.
Co-hosted by George DeBakey, President of DeBakey International, is the host and organizer of the edWeb Global community; and Anders Hedberg, President of Hedberg Consulting, is working to connect leaders in STEM education all around the world.
Presented by David Jasmin, Ph. D., Executive Director and Xavier Person, Coordinator, International Relations, La main à la pâte Foundation, Paris, France
This program is co-hosted by edWeb.net, the Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), and STEMconnector.org.
It’s amazing what happens when educators from around the world get together to share and collaborate. The 2013 Catalyst Summit is yet another example…
Scaling promising innovations in STEMx learning and teaching was the overarching theme of the 2013 HP Catalyst Summit, where more than 120 delegates from over 65 organizations in 16 countries came together as a learning community in São Paulo, Brazil. Through three-days of roundtables, workshops, keynote panels, and face-to-face collaboration and networking, the august group of education leaders from around the world, including representatives from Ministries of Education, non-profit organizations, schools, colleges, universities, policy makers and education reform experts, identified and explored four big ideas related to STEMx education transformation.
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Welcome to the The Great American Civic Hack
Join us for a three-month campaign to clean up the top civic repos and build new features to make them better.
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Gordon Dahlby's insight:
Might be an idea for HS social science course to work with comp sci courses as well as local city government
Science teachers looking for fun videos to show how shockingly exciting science can be, look no further. Molly Michelson, who produces the Science in Action videos for the California Academy of Sciences, has seen a lot of videos explaining the science in everyday life. She’s put together her top five favorite science videos.
1. This Science Friday video, Where’s the Octopus, explains how cephalopods like squid and octopus camouflage themselves in the wild. Known as the masters of optical illusion, this video has cool shots of an octopus going in and out of camouflaged states.
2. This Distillations Explainer uses Abraham Lincoln’s head and accompanying top hat to explain how hemoglobin carries oxygen in the blood and why it’s so efficient.
3. The NPR video “A Mystery: Why Can’t We Walk Straight,” narrated by Robert Krulwich of Radio Lab fame, raises more questions than it answers about a topic researchers are still studying. Kids will invariably start wondering and maybe even hoping to solve the mystery!
4. The Academy of Sciences takes us behind the headlines of big scientific discoveries with How Science Works, a video about the process of researching. How are scientific discoveries actually made? It turns out it’s not simple or easy and lots of people are involved.
5. The short and catchy “7,000 Kinds of Amphibians” video by the Academy of Sciences explains through song what makes amphibians unique. Watch out, the tune might stick in your head!
On August 5, 2012, one of the most challenging technical endeavors ever undertaken by NASA was achieved flawlessly. After an eight-year design and development and a nine-month cruise, a car-sized rover named Curiosity, carrying a dozen scientific instruments, was "sky craned" on the surface of Mars. This talk reviews the technical challenges and engineering steps, which were undertaken to accomplish this feat and describes the performance of Curiosity over the last six months, as well as the scientific results so far.
"Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroomby Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary Stager, does a fantastic job of laying out the pedagogical underpinnings for why "making" has a place in school.
"In their readable, down-to-earth style, Martinez and Stager provide a rich history of why making activities not just belong in school but are the root of genuine learning: "The maker movement may represent our best hope for reigniting progressive education," they write."
What people take from nature – water, food, timber, inspiration, relaxation – are so abundant, it seems self-evident. Until you try to quantitatively understand how and to what extent they contribute to humans.
In today’s world, where competition for and degradation of natural resources increases globally, it becomes ever more crucial to quantify the value of ecosystem services – the precise term that defines nature’s benefits, and even more important to link how different types of ecosystem services affect various components of human well-being.
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