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21 Amazing STEM Resources You Can Use Right Now to Change the World |TopCoder Blog

21 Amazing STEM Resources You Can Use Right Now to Change the World |TopCoder Blog | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
This whole STEM problem our country faces is really eye-opening for a plethora of reasons. Want proof? See our last STEM focused post that canvassed some shocking stats on the state of STEM Ed. Ever since I became the lead on NoNameSite.com, a TopCoder initiative and on-line gaming community based on games that teach specific STEM skills and core concepts, I have learned so much. In fact, without a formal background in education, I’ve learned a ton.

Of all that I’ve learned, the most important with regards to STEM education are the number of resources and professionals making STEM awareness and education their full time gig. Numerous dedicated teachers, organizations, corporations, etc make our national STEM problem their challenge and they are hell-bent on solving it. Through a number of programs, resources, endorsements, and websites there is bound to be a way you too can make a difference in a young person’s life.

I’ve compiled a list of some great resources and tips for encouraging the youngsters in your life to get involved with science, technology, engineering, or math related activities. Consider it an early Holiday gift, but it’s one that you will have to act on to see that it makes an impact. It may be cliché but the truth is the youths of today are the future of our tomorrows.

Without further ado, I present 21 amazing STEM resources to share or even try out yourselves!

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Great STEM Resources for any classroom!

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Norridge robotics class teaches teamwork

Norridge robotics class teaches teamwork | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
NORRIDGE — Learning math and science can be fun. Students in a new robotics class at Norridge School District 80 are staying after school — because they want to, said Brandy Ross, a math teacher at Leigh School.
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Our children have to learn and know 10x more than their parents.

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Exceptional students receive engineering and technology scholarships - Cambridge Network

Exceptional students receive engineering and technology scholarships - Cambridge Network | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
The Belling Engineering Scholarship is awarded to Archie Lodge. The scholarship is worth £12,000 (£3,000 per year for four years).

The IET Jubilee Scholarships are awarded to Daniel Eatough, Luke Godfrey, and Daniel Jones. Each Jubilee Scholarship is worth £2,000.
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Education Experts Blog | Home Grown STEMs

Education Experts Blog | Home Grown STEMs | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

President Obama wants to staple green cards to their diplomas.

These notions were bandied about the presidential campaign like plastic beads at Mardi Gras, and they came up again last week when the House passed legislation that would make 55,000 green cards available a year to foreigners earning advanced degrees in STEM fields. The measure won't go any further because Democrats want broader immigration reform, but the general idea has bipartisan support.

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Where is the STEM of Creativity?

Where is the STEM of Creativity? | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
How do we address the importance of creativity? Shouldn’t we stress it? And where is the STEM of creativity?

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31 Surprising (& Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn

31 Surprising (& Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

This post begins "Have you checked your assumptions about student learning at the door?" It then provides 31 research findings that may make you pause and reconsider some of your beliefs. 

* Are there any benefits to "playing scary and violent video games"?

* Can video games impact "disruptive behaviors and enhance positive development in ADHD children"?

* Is it best to teach very young children how to play with a toy or should we allow them to explore on their own?

An additional 28 findings) are provided in this post. 


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Some interesting and surprising findings to make us think about our own preconceptions.

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STEM Students Must Be Taught to Fail

STEM Students Must Be Taught to Fail | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

Within minutes of losing the presidential election, the Republican party was back on its feet, and preparing for the 2014 election cycle. In that way they were like most competitors. Star running backs, for instance, are tackled a dozen times in an ordinary 60 minute football game. Because falling is part of any competitive game, coaches teach their athletes how to fall in ways that prevent permanent injury and make it easier to get up and back into the game.

As a mechanical engineering professor at Northwestern University, I believe that that's precisely what we should be teaching our students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects: how to fail...

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25 Powerful Women Engineers In Tech

25 Powerful Women Engineers In Tech | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

What glass ceiling?...There's an awful lot of hand wringing in the Valley over how few women are becoming engineers, particularly software engineers.
Less than 12 percent of computer science degrees earned in 2010-11 were awarded to women.
But here's the crazy thing. For those who do enter the field, the sky's the limit. There's ample opportunity to become a big power player, at big companies and at hot startups

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/25-powerful-women-engineers-2012-8?op=1#ixzz2BkIWincH


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Florida Governor Wants Science Majors To Pay Less Tuition #STEM

Florida Governor Wants Science Majors To Pay Less Tuition #STEM | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

A task force commissioned by Florida Governor Rick Scott has an idea that the state will be putting to a vote soon: Giving a tuition discount to students...

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Engineering librarians play a vital role in Engineering Village evolution

Engineering librarians play a vital role in Engineering Village evolution | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
There’s a saying that the squeaky wheel gets the oil. In the case of the recent Engineering Village (EV) update, this could be restated as the forthright librarian acquires the ability to reorder the facets.
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Bite Sci-zed video channel makes alum a YouTube star | BrandeisNOW

Bite Sci-zed video channel makes alum a YouTube star | BrandeisNOW | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

She's on a short list of possible next-generation science educators

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Neil deGrasse Tyson tweets for science literacy

Neil deGrasse Tyson tweets for science literacy | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
What is life like for astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, a man in demand at a time when science needs all the defenders it can find? 'I'm tired,' says Tyson, 54, the man who famously demoted Pluto.
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5 Tools to Build Relevancy Into Conversations With Kids About Civil Engineering | ASCE

5 Tools to Build Relevancy Into Conversations With Kids About Civil Engineering | ASCE | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

Before you do outreach this year, be sure you know the tools that are available to you. Because nothing talks civil engineering like:
1. Your Story – Your path to civil engineering and your love for the work you do is one of the greatest tools you have to generate excitement and inspire the next generation. Did choose engineering to follow in someone’s footsteps? Did you think you were headed in a different direction until someone told you about a career that you knew nothing about? Were you told that civil engineering wasn’t for you, but always knew it was meant to be? No matter what your story, there will be a young person whose imagination is lit up by your experience.....

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Report: Middle School Students Using Smartphones More Interested in STEM

Report: Middle School Students Using Smartphones More Interested in STEM | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
Middle school students who use mobile devices for school work are more likely to express an interest in STEM subjects, yet there's a large gap in the number of students using the devices at home and those using them in school, according to a new...
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STEM Gap Widens for Minorities

STEM Gap Widens for Minorities | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
As the nation’s demand for more workers in the math, science, engineering, and technology grows, the skills gap among the largest ethnic and racial minorities continues to widen, a commissioned survey has found.
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Another Year, Another Pledge For Computer Science Education Week | GeekMom | Wired.com

Another Year, Another Pledge For Computer Science Education Week | GeekMom | Wired.com | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

Celebrated on the week of Grace Hopper's birthday, Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is a celebration of computers in our lives and history, with a focus on the education of the next generations of forward thinkers. It exists to raise awareness about the importance of preparing kids for the future ahead of them, a future so thoroughly intertwined with technology that they can no longer be unbound.

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Google Forms a teacher/student connection

Kettle-Moraine High School teacher Ms. Kornowski finds a way of connecting with her students to build meaningful relationships with them. Learn more about te...

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TED Blog | 8 math talks to blow your mind

TED Blog | 8 math talks to blow your mind | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading -- through TED.com, our annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events.

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STEM Education push transforming Long Island schools

STEM Education push transforming Long Island schools | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

The country's push to bolster science, technology, engineering and math education -- widely known as STEM -- is starting to transform public schools nationwide and is being felt across Long Island.

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SLU gets $127,192 grant from Henry Luce Foundation - St. Louis Business Journal

SLU gets $127,192 grant from Henry Luce Foundation - St. Louis Business Journal | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology received a $127,192 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support two fellowships for graduate women who plan to pursue doctoral degrees in engineering fields

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Now, dancing robots to teach autistic kids

Now, dancing robots to teach autistic kids | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

Dancing robots may be better at improving the communication skills of children with autism than human teachers, researchers believe...


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Can Video Games Reshape STEM Education - ASME

Can Video Games Reshape STEM Education - ASME | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

An explosion in his laboratory has shrunk Harold to nanoscale and flung him to the ceiling. As Harold journeys through strange new worlds, his lab partner, Nikki, helps him to understand nanoscale forces to get back to full size. Harold must find all the pages of his notebook and all the parts of the broken shrinking machine but first he must stop a tiny alien race, the Nanoids, who have been stealing his technology.

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STEM Results Profile of the Day- Women in Engineering Program (WEP) at UT-Austin | blog.stemconnector.org

STEM Results Profile of the Day- Women in Engineering Program (WEP) at UT-Austin | blog.stemconnector.org | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it


WEP reaches over 1,500 engineering students and over 2,000 precollege students annually through outreach, recruitment, retention, leadership development and career development initiatives. In the 2011-2012 academic year, $56,150 was awarded through WEP initiatives. One of the key goals for the WEP program is to increase retention and improve graduation rates for women engineers enrolled at CSE. Towards that goal, 70% of those enrolled in the WEP program graduate with an engineering degree after 4 years, while 23% of all engineering undergraduate students at CSE are women.

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Basketball legend Abdul-Jabbar shoots for science education

Basketball legend Abdul-Jabbar shoots for science education | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

Hoop dreams rarely come true, says basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. So he’s working to steer more children away from fantasies of pro sports and Hollywood fame for the world of STEM — science, technology, engineering and math.

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Middle School science classes experiment with stink bug traps

Middle School science classes experiment with stink bug traps | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

Stink bugs grow more notorious each year for destroying crops and being a general nuisance in the Eastern Panhandle.


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