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Kids Ahead - The coolest science, technology, engineering, and math stuff for kids like you!

Kids Ahead - The coolest science, technology, engineering, and math stuff for kids like you! | My Favorite Science Sites | Scoop.it
The Kids Ahead program is an initiative to increase the number of kids with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competencies and interests.
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NOAA Ocean Explorer: Education

NOAA Ocean Explorer: Education | My Favorite Science Sites | Scoop.it
The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research strives to engage broad audiences to enhance America’s environmental literacy through the excitement of ocean discovery. Increasing this literacy requires high-quality, effective collaborations between ocean explorers and America’s teachers. NOAA regularly forms such collaborations to reach out in new ways to the public to improve the literacy of learners with respect to ocean issues.
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Community Resources | UTeach Outreach

Community Resources | UTeach Outreach | My Favorite Science Sites | Scoop.it

At UTeach Outreach, we believe we can change the world, one future scientist, engineer, and mathematician at a time, starting with students and teachers in Austin. Since 2003, UTeach Outreach has placed approximately 4,000 UT students to teach science lessons in more than 200 classrooms across Austin, most of which serve underprivileged students. UTeach Outreach students have spent more than 28,000 hours engaging public school students and teachers with UTeach lessons. 

Each semester, Outreach students and partnering student organizations host field trips for schools in the area on the University of Texas campus. These trips help introduce core STEM concepts and help over 750 3rd, 4th, or 5th graders each semester. In addition, student volunteers have spend more than 6,600 hours each year working on STEM-related special events and UTeach Outreach presentations.

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NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive

NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive | My Favorite Science Sites | Scoop.it
Our online interactive mapping platform allows you to layer your own markers, text, paths, and other media with a variety of pre-designed data layers. 
No mapping experience required.
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Research Highlights - US Forest Service Research & Development

Research Highlights - US Forest Service Research & Development | My Favorite Science Sites | Scoop.it
      The Research and Development (R&D) deputy area of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service works at the forefront of science to improve the health and use of our Nation's forests and grasslands. Research has been part of the Forest Service mission since the agency's inception in 1905. 
      Today, more than 500 Forest Service researchers work in a range of biological, physical, and social science fields to promote sustainable management of the Nation's diverse forests and rangelands. Their research covers a lot of territory by maintaining programs in all 50 States, U.S. territories, and U.S. commonwealths. 
      The work has a steady focus on informing policy and land-management decisions, whether it addresses invasive insects, degraded river ecosystems, or sustainable ways to harvest forest products.
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Environmental Literacy - Northern Research Station - USDA Forest Service

Environmental Literacy - Northern Research Station - USDA Forest Service | My Favorite Science Sites | Scoop.it
The mission of the Northern Research Station Environmental Literacy Program is to integrate Forest Service Research results and sound scientific practices into local, regional, and national environmental literacy efforts. Our vision is to help create an informed citizenry, and make an enduring impact on people’s values and attitudes toward nature and their role in conserving natural resources for current and future generations.
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Outdoor Learning: National Wildlife Refuge System

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Outdoor Learning provides you with links to fun facts and info you can use for every trip to our refuges.

Mission Statement: 

 The Mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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American Museum of Natural History: Curriculum Collections

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Collections of activities, articles, videos and more, for educators, families, students and anyone interested in teaching or learning about science. 
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Focus on Forests

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MISSION:  Project Learning Tree advances environmental literacy and promotes stewardship through excellence in environmental education, professional development, and curriculum resources that use trees and forests as windows on the world. 
 VISION:  PLT is committed to creating a future where the next generation values the natural world and has the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions and take responsible actions to sustain forests and the broader environment. 
GOALS :To develop students' awareness, appreciation, skills, and commitment to address environmental issues. To provide a framework for students to apply scientific processes and higher order thinking skills to resolve environmental problems. To help students acquire an appreciation and tolerance of diverse viewpoints on environmental issues and develop attitudes and actions based on analysis and evaluation of the available information. To encourage creativity, originality, and flexibility to resolve environmental problems and issues. To inspire and empower students to become responsible, productive, and participatory members of society.
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Natural Inquirer >> Science Journal for Students >> Web Resources

Natural Inquirer >> Science Journal for Students >> Web Resources | My Favorite Science Sites | Scoop.it
Natural Inquirer >> Web resources for teachers and science students to learn more about the environment and natural resources
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Rock Key

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This Rock Key has been designed and written to assist children and adults in identifying the common rocks they find in their back yards and on memorable vacations. Anyone may copy it freely for noncommercial use.
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The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom: Home

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An interactive reference guide to rocks, minerals, and gemstones.
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STEM-Works - Science, Technology, Math & Engineering Resources for Kids

STEM-Works - Science, Technology, Math & Engineering Resources for Kids | My Favorite Science Sites | Scoop.it
A resource for teachers, mentors, parents, STEM professionals and volunteers eager to help children learn about science, technology, engineering and math.
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Next Generation Science Standards

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The National Research Council's (NRC) Framework describes a vision of what it means to be proficient in science; it rests on a view of science as both a body of knowledge and an evidence-based, model and theory building enterprise that continually extends, refines, and revises knowledge. It presents three dimensions that will be combined to form each standard: Practices, core ideas, and crosscutting.
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Curriculum for K-12 teachers - www.teachengineering.org

Curriculum for K-12 teachers - www.teachengineering.org | My Favorite Science Sites | Scoop.it

Children learn through experiences, and the earlier we create STEM-based hands-on learning experiences, the better. Engineering design, by its nature, is an inquiry-based pedagogical strategy that promotes learning across disciplines. Engineering curricula introduces K-12 students to everyday applications of science, mathematics, technology and engineering that match their values and view of the world. 

TeachEngineering lessons and activities are designed to engage students in hands-on STEM experiences in order to improve their understanding of fundamental concepts in a way that capitalizes upon their design, visualization, creativity and teamwork skills and yearnings.

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Outreach@MIT

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Showcasing real science and engineering from MIT’s students and faculty, our outreach programs offer a glimpse inside our labs, our classrooms and our innovative spirit. Stay for an hour at a workshop, come to an evening of science-inspired theater, or join us for a summer program. Meet us at our teaching and learning centers in Cambridge, or use our digital resources at home or in your classrooms. We’re sure you’ll be surprised and inspired to do more.
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USGS.gov | Science for a changing world

USGS.gov | Science for a changing world | My Favorite Science Sites | Scoop.it
We provide science about the natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods; the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources we rely on; the health of our ecosystems and environment; and the impacts of climate and land-use change. Our scientists develop new methods and tools to supply timely, relevant, and useful information about the Earth and its processes.
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Climate Change Atlas

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The Climate Change Atlas documents the current and possible future distribution of 134 tree species and 147 bird species in the Eastern United States and gives detailed information on environmental characteristics defining these distributions.
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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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“We connect students and the public with current research and citizen science. Our goal is to transform the way people learn, inspiring people of all ages to care about birds and the critical issues facing our environment today.” 

—Nancy Trautmann, director, Education Program.

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U.S. National Park Service: For Teachers

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National Parks are America's largest classrooms. Find lesson plans about these great places.

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Cornell Lab of Ornithology: BirdSleuth K-12

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: BirdSleuth K-12 | My Favorite Science Sites | Scoop.it

What is BirdSleuth? BirdSleuth is an inquiry-based science curriculum that engages kids in scientific study and real data collection through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s exciting citizen-science projects. BirdSleuth provides educators with kits that: Encourage kids to answer their own questions about nature using the scientific process Spend time outdoors, connecting with nature by focusing on the fascinating sights, sounds, and behaviors of birds Motivate kids by the real-world importance of the data they enter online, which scientists use to understand and conserve birds Birdsleuth offers a variety of resources for all types of educators no matter the setting.

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What To Do

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The forest and the outdoors are a place for adventure, learning, fun, and discovery! There are so many possibilities. It might be tough deciding where to begin. Check out these games and activities, which can help get you going.

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Big Think

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Big Think is a knowledge forum. In our digital age, we’re drowning in information. The web offers us infinite data points—news stories, tweets, wikis, status updates, etc—but very little to connect the dots or illuminate the larger patterns linking them together. Here at Big Think, we believe that success in the future is about knowing the ideas that allow you to manage and master this universe of information. Therefore, we aim to help you move above and beyond random information, toward real knowledge, offering big ideas from fields outside your own that you can apply toward the questions and challenges in your own life.  Because as we move from the information age to the knowledge era, the more ideas you command, the more you will be able to guide the course of your own life and positively impact the lives of those around you. That's our big idea.
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Buy Trees and Learn About Trees - Visit our Online Nursery

Buy Trees and Learn About Trees - Visit our Online Nursery | My Favorite Science Sites | Scoop.it
This official site of the Arbor Day Foundation provides information about planting and caring for trees, our Rain Forest Rescue and Tree City USA programs, and much more. Buy trees and give a gift of trees through our Trees in Memory and Trees for America programs.
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Birds

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Cornell Lab of Ornithology, We use science to understand the world, to find new ways to make conservation work, and to involve people who share our passion. We offer help for birders through All About Birds website on all bird info, questions, etc.
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