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Educator Resources | Agency by Design

Educator Resources | Agency by Design | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

Educator Resources 


A key goal of maker-centered education is to help young people and adults feel empowered to build and shape their worlds. Acquiring this sense of maker empowerment is strongly supported by learning to notice and engage with the designed dimension of one’s physical and conceptual environment—in other words, by having a sensitivity to design. This sensitivity develops when young people and adults have opportunities to: look closely and reflect on the design of objects and systems, explore the complexity of design, and understand themselves as designers of their worlds.

The interrelated nature of these capacities—looking closely, exploring complexity, and finding opportunity—is illustrated by the three parts of the circle pictured below.

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The debates around STEM v STEAM are plentiful - many STEM advocates disconnect STEM content from meaningful and engaging contexts; seemingly forgetting about active and inquiry focussed pedagogies that can only operate well in a rich integrated ecosystem.  We advocate for STEM+ and the "+" is essential.
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STEM Summit - An Online Summit

STEM Summit - An  Online Summit | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Education Week offers you a big-picture look at how states, districts, and schools can overcome the obstacles that prevent more students from succeeding in STEM as they progress through school.
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Creating Citizen Scientists: Connecting Students to the World

Creating Citizen Scientists: Connecting Students to the World | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
On the first day of school, science classrooms around the country welcomed back their scientists, who also happen to be their students. As we're establishing classroom cultures and norms, it's an optimal time to celebrate citizenship — not only in the classroom, but in the community. After all, these students will someday change the world… and that day may be today.

The notion of being a scientist used to require one to go to a lab. Now, we're able to collect and manipulate relevant data from anywhere. From the heart rate monitors in their smartwatches and accelerometers in their phones to simply taking note of the natural world around them, our students have the opportunity to connect with the outside world, which provides them with a starting point for interacting with the larger world and someday changing it for the better.
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On the first day of school, science classrooms around the country welcomed back their scientists, who also happen to be their students. As we're establishing classroom cultures and norms, it's an optimal time to celebrate citizenship — not only in the classroom, but in the community. After all, these students will someday change the world… and that day may be today. The notion of being a scientist used to require one to go to a lab. Now, we're able to collect and manipulate relevant data from anywhere. From the heart rate monitors in their smartwatches and accelerometers in their phones to simply taking note of the natural world around them, our students have the opportunity to connect with the outside world, which provides them with a starting point for interacting with the larger world and someday changing it for the better.
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NASA Missions

NASA Missions | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Updates on all NASA Missions
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Issue 6 —

Issue 6 — | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Hello World issue 6 brings together a collection of experts, who address the challenges of ethics, and how that affects and underpins the teaching of computer science. They share ideas, thoughts and experiences, and look at how to inspire students, whilst grounding them in an ethical ethos.

Also in this issue:
Bringing Minecraft – and a bicycle! – to the classroom
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to KS3 computing
Using Escape Rooms to improve problem-solving skills
What’s turning girls off computer science?
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Hello World issue 6 brings together a collection of experts, who address the challenges of ethics, and how that affects and underpins the teaching of computer science. They share ideas, thoughts and experiences, and look at how to inspire students, whilst grounding them in an ethical ethos.
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Climate Change Is a Thing. You Should Teach It, Science Teachers Group Says - Curriculum Matters - Education Week

Climate Change Is a Thing. You Should Teach It, Science Teachers Group Says - Curriculum Matters - Education Week | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
The major group representing science educators is making this point crystal clear: The scientific consensus for climate change due to human activity is overwhelming, and the topic must be taught in K-12 classrooms.

The National Science Teachers Association says in its position statement, released this morning, that the science of climate change is as well established as other fields, like plate tectonics and planetary astronomy, and that the subject should be taught in K-12 education. 
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The major group representing science educators is making this point crystal clear: The scientific consensus for climate change due to human activity is overwhelming, and the topic must be taught in K-12 classrooms. The National Science Teachers Association says in its position statement, released this morning, that the science of climate change is as well established as other fields, like plate tectonics and planetary astronomy, and that the subject should be taught in K-12 education.
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The Future of the IT Profession and the Fourth Industrial Revolution | EDUCAUSE

The Future of the IT Profession and the Fourth Industrial Revolution | EDUCAUSE | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

This issue of EDUCAUSE Review is focusing on "The Future of the IT Profession." My reaction? There has never been a better time to be an IT leader, and I've been in and around information technology for almost forty years now, across a wide range of sectors. Over all that time, we IT leaders have been hungry for information technology to be a key topic of discussion at the board level. Today it is. More than that, its impact is being overtly discussed, at least here in the United Kingdom, by government ministers, by policy wonks, and even by those in the media, who are asking questions about the profound changes we are all experiencing in almost every aspect of our lives.

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This issue of EDUCAUSE Review is focusing on "The Future of the IT Profession." My reaction? There has never been a better time to be an IT leader, and I've been in and around information technology for almost forty years now, across a wide range of sectors. Over all that time, we IT leaders have been hungry for information technology to be a key topic of discussion at the board level. Today it is. More than that, its impact is being overtly discussed, at least here in the United Kingdom, by government ministers, by policy wonks, and even by those in the media, who are asking questions about the profound changes we are all experiencing in almost every aspect of our lives.

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When flying to Mars is your day job

When flying to Mars is your day job | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Sending missions to Mars for a living sounds like a dream job. But not every day can be launch day - so what do Nasa's spacecraft engineers get up to the rest of the time?

Dr Farah Alibay is based at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and works on the InSight mission - which lifted off to Mars in May 2018.

It aims to land on the planet in November and have a look inside - taking its internal temperature and listening for "Marsquakes" to learn more about how our nearest neighbour formed.
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Sending missions to Mars for a living sounds like a dream job. But not every day can be launch day - so what do Nasa's spacecraft engineers get up to the rest of the time? Dr Farah Alibay is based at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and works on the InSight mission - which lifted off to Mars in May 2018. It aims to land on the planet in November and have a look inside - taking its internal temperature and listening for "Marsquakes" to learn more about how our nearest neighbour formed.
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I Am Not Good At Math And You Shouldn’t Be Either. – Q.E.D. –

I Am Not Good At Math And You Shouldn’t Be Either. – Q.E.D. – | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Okay. The title of this article sounds a bit provocative. It is hard to escape that notion. But, really, it’s not. To be “good at math” is a direct reference to the K to 12 math curriculum. I am sure many of you did well in the arts, languages, and sciences, but I am also pretty sure you don’t think you automatically qualify as an artist, writer, or scientist based on just mastery of high school exploration of those subjects. Then why do we shrink the expansive universe of mathematics into a bloody speck and proclaim “victory” for tackling such a tiny part of the mathematical trail?
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"Okay. The title of this article sounds a bit provocative. It is hard to escape that notion. But, really, it’s not. To be “good at math” is a direct reference to the K to 12 math curriculum. I am sure many of you did well in the arts, languages, and sciences, but I am also pretty sure you don’t think you automatically qualify as an artist, writer, or scientist based on just mastery of high school exploration of those subjects. Then why do we shrink the expansive universe of mathematics into a bloody speck and proclaim “victory” for tackling such a tiny part of the mathematical trail?"

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Play Has Indirect Benefits for STEM Ed

Play Has Indirect Benefits for STEM Ed | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
A new report from the Toy Association aims to bring the fun into STEM education while dispelling a few myths.

The report, "Decoding STEM/STEAM," examines common myths related to STEM education, such as the idea that being good at math is an in-born quality, that students must be highly proficient in math to explore other areas of STEM, that memorization is a central part of STEM careers or that only white men are welcomed into STEM fields as professionals.

The report also looks into the differences between formal and informal learning, such as the former generally being teacher-led while the latter tends to be self-directed, or the fact that formal learning tends to be segregated by age, while informal learning often spans generations.
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The report also looks into the differences between formal and informal learning, such as the former generally being teacher-led while the latter tends to be self-directed, or the fact that formal learning tends to be segregated by age, while informal learning often spans generations.
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The report also looks into the differences between formal and informal learning, such as the former generally being teacher-led while the latter tends to be self-directed, or the fact that formal learning tends to be segregated by age, while informal learning often spans generations.
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A Literacy-Based Strategy to Help Teachers Integrate Science Skills | MindShift | KQED News

A Literacy-Based Strategy to Help Teachers Integrate Science Skills | MindShift | KQED News | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Many elementary school teachers love to teach reading and writing, but are less comfortable with science and math. It’s not a hard and fast truth, of course, but learning to read is a big focus of the early school years, so it makes sense that teachers who gravitate toward elementary school like teaching literacy. But it’s also important to expose kids to science early and get them excited about the practices that define scientific inquiry. And literature may be the perfect starting point. Stories are full of tension, conflict and dilemmas that make wonderful departure points for engineering projects that weave subjects together.
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Many elementary school teachers love to teach reading and writing, but are less comfortable with science and math. It’s not a hard and fast truth, of course, but learning to read is a big focus of the early school years, so it makes sense that teachers who gravitate toward elementary school like teaching literacy. But it’s also important to expose kids to science early and get them excited about the practices that define scientific inquiry. And literature may be the perfect starting point. Stories are full of tension, conflict and dilemmas that make wonderful departure points for engineering projects that weave subjects together.
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Beauty and Joy of Computing

Beauty and Joy of Computing | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

BJC Curriculum


In this course, you will create programs using the Snap programming language, you will learn some of the most powerful ideas of computer science, you will be creative, and you will discuss the social implications of computing, thinking deeply about how you can be personally active in promoting the benefits and reducing the possible harms.

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In this course, you will create programs using the Snap programming language, you will learn some of the most powerful ideas of computer science, you will be creative, and you will discuss the social implications of computing, thinking deeply about how you can be personally active in promoting the benefits and reducing the possible harms.
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Space chief sets first priorities

Space chief sets first priorities | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Australia is late to the party in relation to the space sector, according to the newly-appointed Australian Government space tsar Megan Clark, but we’ve ended up with the most industry-focussed national agency in the world.

Dr Clark said the key roles that the industry had demanded of the new Australian Space Agency was to provide a single door for industry and a single voice in international interactions; to provide a clear and consistent national strategic policy in the area of civil space; and the enabling infrastructure to allow the local industry to flourish.
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Dr Clark said the key roles that the industry had demanded of the new Australian Space Agency was to provide a single door for industry and a single voice in international interactions; to provide a clear and consistent national strategic policy in the area of civil space; and the enabling infrastructure to allow the local industry to flourish.
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Education Matters Magazine

Education Matters Magazine | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
With more and more students showing a keen interest in exploring STEM subjects in innovative ways, the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is developing a framework that aims to secure the future of STEM clubs in the state.
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An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools

An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

"There is merit in school students learning coding. We live in a digital world where computer programs underlie everything from business, marketing, aviation, science and medicine, to name several disciplines. During a recent presentation at a radio station, one of our hosts said that IT would have been better background for his career in radio than journalism."


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Home . DESIGN SQUAD GLOBAL | PBS KIDS

Home . DESIGN SQUAD GLOBAL | PBS KIDS | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

Engage Kids in Hands-on Engineering 


Use DESIGN SQUAD GLOBAL hands-on activities and videos in classrooms and afterschool programs, in libraries and museums, at events and at home, along with our newest resource DESIGN SQUAD GLOBAL CLUBS that connect 10- to 13-year-olds in out-of-school programs around the world. 


Be creative and help people with engineering at DESIGN SQUAD GLOBAL. Watch videos, play games, try activities, and share designs with the community.

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Engage Kids in Hands-on Engineering Use DESIGN SQUAD GLOBAL hands-on activities and videos in classrooms and afterschool programs, in libraries and museums, at events and at home, along with our newest resource DESIGN SQUAD GLOBAL CLUBS that connect 10- to 13-year-olds in out-of-school programs around the world. Be creative and help people with engineering at DESIGN SQUAD GLOBAL. Watch videos, play games, try activities, and share designs with the community.
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I, Pseudocoder: Reflections of a Literacy Teacher-Educator on Teaching Coding as Critical Literacy - Learning & Technology Library (LearnTechLib)

I, Pseudocoder: Reflections of a Literacy Teacher-Educator on Teaching Coding as Critical Literacy - Learning & Technology Library (LearnTechLib) | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
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This article is a commentary essay that uses the connected learning framework (Ito et al., 2013) as a lens to explore the relationship between making, coding, and critical literacy in the context of literacy teacher education. Critical literacy theorists have argued that it is important to understand the perspective and positionality of an author in order to make sense of a text in the context of history, society, and cultural norms (Alvermann, Moon, & Hagood, 1999; Gee, 1999; Jewitt, 2008). Likewise, software, written by coders, is also a form of media that requires interrogation and critical analysis. Increasingly, digital technologies have played a part in individuals’ social, political, and economic lives, yet only a small percentage of individuals can read the code that has designed this software (Rushkoff, 2010). Therefore, to foster greater civic literacy and engagement, an important aspect of literacy instruction in the digital era should include a basic understanding of the fundamentals of coding languages. However, few teacher educators have the knowledge of computer programming to integrate coding into literacy education courses and, therefore, this aspect is missing from much of current teacher education.
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Abstract This article is a commentary essay that uses the connected learning framework (Ito et al., 2013) as a lens to explore the relationship between making, coding, and critical literacy in the context of literacy teacher education. Critical literacy theorists have argued that it is important to understand the perspective and positionality of an author in order to make sense of a text in the context of history, society, and cultural norms (Alvermann, Moon, & Hagood, 1999; Gee, 1999; Jewitt, 2008). Likewise, software, written by coders, is also a form of media that requires interrogation and critical analysis. Increasingly, digital technologies have played a part in individuals’ social, political, and economic lives, yet only a small percentage of individuals can read the code that has designed this software (Rushkoff, 2010). Therefore, to foster greater civic literacy and engagement, an important aspect of literacy instruction in the digital era should include a basic understanding of the fundamentals of coding languages. However, few teacher educators have the knowledge of computer programming to integrate coding into literacy education courses and, therefore, this aspect is missing from much of current teacher education.
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GLOBAL EDUCATION STEM STEM IS A CULTURE, NOT A CONTENT - Infographic Archive

GLOBAL EDUCATION STEM STEM IS A CULTURE, NOT A CONTENT - Infographic Archive | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
 

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Digital Forensics Challenge -- Beginner - Pivot Project Cybersecurity Challenges

Digital Forensics Challenge -- Beginner - Pivot Project Cybersecurity Challenges | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it

The Toy Story Police Department (TSPD) is investigating a series of kidnappings. Baby stuffed animals are being kidnapped from their homes and sold on the international stuffed slave market. Sheriff Woody raided the office of the suspected ringleader. The Toy Story Incident Response (TSIR) team was able to perform data acquisition on found devices and computers. The suspect claims he is innocent and that any evidence found was planted on his computer. TSPD has also captured a laptop from one of the alleged stuffed animal buyers. Your job is to analyze the acquired data and answer the questions in the attached document so that Sheriff Woody can bust this evil stuffed slave market.

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The Toy Story Police Department (TSPD) is investigating a series of kidnappings. Baby stuffed animals are being kidnapped from their homes and sold on the international stuffed slave market. Sheriff Woody raided the office of the suspected ringleader. The Toy Story Incident Response (TSIR) team was able to perform data acquisition on found devices and computers. The suspect claims he is innocent and that any evidence found was planted on his computer. TSPD has also captured a laptop from one of the alleged stuffed animal buyers. Your job is to analyze the acquired data and answer the questions in the attached document so that Sheriff Woody can bust this evil stuffed slave market.
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STEM GRANTS FOR FRINGE WORLD EVENTS | FRINGE WORLD Festival - 18 January - 17 February 2019

STEM GRANTS FOR FRINGE WORLD EVENTS | FRINGE WORLD Festival - 18 January - 17 February 2019 | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Two of the biggest Non-For-Profit powerhouses in Western Australia have partnered to support STEM events to be part of the 2019 FRINGE WORLD Festival.  

Scitech, through support from Inspiring Australia, has partnered with FRINGE WORLD to present the FRINGE WORLD Festival and Inspiring Australia WA Science-Arts Grant.

Events that register with FRINGE WORLD for the 2019 Festival may be eligible for grants of between $500 to $5,000 for events that demonstrate a connection to and promotion of scientific concepts as part of the show.

FRINGE WORLD Festival Director Amber Hasler said that the Festival was excited to be partnering with Scitech to provide grants for Fringe artists.
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Two of the biggest Non-For-Profit powerhouses in Western Australia have partnered to support STEM events to be part of the 2019 FRINGE WORLD Festival.  

Scitech, through support from Inspiring Australia, has partnered with FRINGE WORLD to present the FRINGE WORLD Festival and Inspiring Australia WA Science-Arts Grant.

Events that register with FRINGE WORLD for the 2019 Festival may be eligible for grants of between $500 to $5,000 for events that demonstrate a connection to and promotion of scientific concepts as part of the show.

FRINGE WORLD Festival Director Amber Hasler said that the Festival was excited to be partnering with Scitech to provide grants for Fringe artists.

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Arduino UNO Compatible board developed to learn coding

Arduino UNO Compatible board developed to learn coding | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Maker UNO - Arduino UNO Compatible board designed and developed specially for students to learn coding and microcontroller.

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Growth Mindset In Learning Neglects “Fixed” Mindset In K-12 Math Curriculum Design

However, to champion growth mindset without addressing what mathematics is in the broadest sense — which means going beyond the claustrophobic confines of the educational wall — and why one should learn it, just puts “smiley face” band aids on cuts that go much deeper.

Why are you learning mathematics? Why are you learning this mathematics? Bypassing this is why pedagogy — sadly and ironically — has started to take up so much oxygen in mathematics. So much so, that few are paying attention to mathematics. What makes it worse, is that many teachers think they are — “if it was good enough for me, it is going to be good enough for you” is the general mantra probably recited.

But you need math? Okay. But why? And unless your answer can really attend to this question in a Simon Sinek way, be careful that your answer doesn’t resonate with the corporate answer of performance or careers. Because if it does, then we have just sold mathematics down the river — and not for the first time.
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Why are you learning mathematics? Why are you learning this mathematics? Bypassing this is why pedagogy — sadly and ironically — has started to take up so much oxygen in mathematics. So much so, that few are paying attention to mathematics. What makes it worse, is that many teachers think they are — “if it was good enough for me, it is going to be good enough for you” is the general mantra probably recited. But you need math? Okay. But why? And unless your answer can really attend to this question in a Simon Sinek way, be careful that your answer doesn’t resonate with the corporate answer of performance or careers. Because if it does, then we have just sold mathematics down the river — and not for the first time.
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STEM Interest Declining Among Teen Boys

STEM interest is dwindling among boys. A recent survey found that just 24 percent of boys 13 to 17 years old expect to pursue a STEM career, down from 36 percent in 2017. However, interest among girls those ages has held steady year-over-year at 11 percent.

The results came out of a survey among a sample of 1,000 teenagers who have volunteered to participate in online surveys and polls. This one was run earlier this year for a week and was conducted by Junior Achievement and Ernst & Young.
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STEM interest is dwindling among boys. A recent survey found that just 24 percent of boys 13 to 17 years old expect to pursue a STEM career, down from 36 percent in 2017. However, interest among girls those ages has held steady year-over-year at 11 percent. The results came out of a survey among a sample of 1,000 teenagers who have volunteered to participate in online surveys and polls. This one was run earlier this year for a week and was conducted by Junior Achievement and Ernst & Young.
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Futures thinking to engage reluctant science learners – case study —

Futures thinking to engage reluctant science learners – case study — | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
This classroom-based case study describes how futures thinking was introduced in a small, culturally diverse year 9 science class. Of 20 students, half were New Zealand European, almost a third Maori and the remainder East Asian. 
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Space agency to stimulate scientists

Space agency to stimulate scientists | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
“It will create high-wage, long-term jobs across the nation – including in rural and regional areas, and especially in STEM disciplines.

The agency would build on Australia’s capabilities, and optimise the nation’s research and development opportunities, Senator Cash said, while identifying growth areas in the civil space sector.

“Our future investments will need to be well targeted to get our capabilities in these areas to world standard so that we are globally competitive,” she said.

Meanwhile, Mr Marles said while the agency would serve many crucial functions, but most importantly it should seek to inspire and encourage participation in STEM.
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“It will create high-wage, long-term jobs across the nation – including in rural and regional areas, and especially in STEM disciplines. The agency would build on Australia’s capabilities, and optimise the nation’s research and development opportunities, Senator Cash said, while identifying growth areas in the civil space sector. “Our future investments will need to be well targeted to get our capabilities in these areas to world standard so that we are globally competitive,” she said. Meanwhile, Mr Marles said while the agency would serve many crucial functions, but most importantly it should seek to inspire and encourage participation in STEM.
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Giada Gerboni: The incredible potential of flexible, soft robots | TED Talk

Giada Gerboni: The incredible potential of flexible, soft robots | TED Talk | STEM+ [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] +PLUS+ | Scoop.it
Robots are designed for speed and precision -- but their rigidity has often limited how they're used. In this illuminating talk, biomedical engineer Giada Gerboni shares the latest developments in "soft robotics," an emerging field that aims to create nimble machines that imitate nature, like a robotic octopus. Learn more about how these flexible structures could play a critical role in surgery, medicine and our daily lives.
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Robots are designed for speed and precision -- but their rigidity has often limited how they're used. In this illuminating talk, biomedical engineer Giada Gerboni shares the latest developments in "soft robotics," an emerging field that aims to create nimble machines that imitate nature, like a robotic octopus. Learn more about how these flexible structures could play a critical role in surgery, medicine and our daily lives.
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