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Science, technology, engineering and math in K-12
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STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia

STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"I brought a superhero into my classroom the other day. He wasn't wearing a cape. He didn't have an alias. But he had the greatest superpower of all: inspiration.

When you teach using project-based learning (PBL), one brings outside expertise into the classroom. My eighth graders begin the year creating science fiction based origin stories for original superhero characters as an introduction to a greater advocacy unit. Therefore, it seemed natural to bring in an actual scientist. Which brought me to CalTech and Dr. Spyridon Michalakis."


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Using varied modalities for reflection and processing is an excellent practice.
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GIS, Geoliteracy, and ESRI..What are you waiting for?

GIS, Geoliteracy, and ESRI..What are you waiting for? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
This year the changes in climate, the storms and devastation have caused us all to take time to pay attention to weather, to where places are and to what a disaster map is in many places. You should have also learned how and why storms are tracked. People all of a sudden were worrying and…
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Infographic: Here's how we can see inside the human body using MRI

Infographic: Here's how we can see inside the human body using MRI | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
An infographic explores how we use radio waves and magnetic fields to see inside the body. Put another way, this is the science behind MRI.
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Alexa, Can I Trust You?

Security diagnostics expose vulnerabilities and privacy threats that exist in commercial Intelligent Virtual Assistants (IVA)-- diagnostics offer the possibility of securer IVA ecosystems. This paper explores security and privacy concerns with these popular consumer devices.
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How the Internet of Crops is solving the issue of food waste

How the Internet of Crops is solving the issue of food waste | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Almost $1 trillion of crops are wasted around the world according to the UN. Centaur Analytics is using IoT to to help farmers cut down on this food waste.
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How Did This Weird, Super-Salty Pond Form in Antarctica?

How Did This Weird, Super-Salty Pond Form in Antarctica? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The salts that make Antarctica's Don Juan Pond one of the saltiest bodies of water on Earth come from deep groundwater, not waters closer to the surface, a new study
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A Helping of Science With Your Thanksgiving Dinner

A Helping of Science With Your Thanksgiving Dinner | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Biology. Chemistry. Physics. It’s all there on your plate. Take a moment to appreciate it before you dig in.
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Harvard scientists made a material that creates completely new states of light

Harvard scientists made a material that creates completely new states of light | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Harvard researchers have succeeded in creating a new material that causes light to act in entirely new ways. This discovery can help researchers learn more about the properties of light, but also may have some practical applications.

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"There is nothing in nature that can do this."

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New “Women of NASA” Lego Immortalizes the STEM Contributions of Sally Ride, Margaret Hamilton, Mae Jemison & Nancy Grace Roman

New “Women of NASA” Lego Immortalizes the STEM Contributions of Sally Ride, Margaret Hamilton, Mae Jemison & Nancy Grace Roman | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

Earlier this year, the Lego company announced that it would produce a Women of NASA Lego set, based on a proposal it received from science writer Maia Weinstock. In that proposal, Weinstock wrote:
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Backflipping Robot Is A Giant Leap For Robot Kind

Backflipping Robot Is A Giant Leap For Robot Kind | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
As it jumps, twists and lands a full backflip, Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot takes another step toward full functionality in a world designed for humans.

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Now this is geeky-cool stuff! 

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How Weehawken elementary students are learning math -- and having fun while doing it

How Weehawken elementary students are learning math -- and having fun while doing it | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Elementary students at the Weehawken School District's Theodore Roosevelt School were recently introduced to a new video game called ST Math.

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3 Dangerous Ideas From Ray Kurzweil

3 Dangerous Ideas From Ray Kurzweil | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Peter Diamandis recently interviewed Ray Kurzweil at the Googleplex for a 90-minute webinar on disruptive and dangerous ideas. Watch and read to learn more!

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Choosing a Map Projection

"Cartographers at National Geographic discuss how they select an appropriate map projection for the September 2012 magazine map supplement. --World maps usually center on the land, with the Pacific Ocean divided as bookends. To show each ocean as a whole with the least distortion for our 'Beneath the Oceans' supplement map, we used a map projection called an interrupted Mollweide centered on the Pacific."


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There is no one perfect map projection that fits all circumstances and situations. Think of a situation in which this map projection would be an ideal way to represent the Earth and in another situation that same projection would give you an incredibly limited perspective.  This video provides good insight into how to choose a map projection for a cartographic project. Here is National Geographic's lesson using this video.

 

Tags: cartography, K12, geospatial, NationalGeographic, water

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Physicists Just Found a Loophole in Graphene That Could Unlock Clean, Limitless Energy

Physicists Just Found a Loophole in Graphene That Could Unlock Clean, Limitless Energy | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
New research has delved into graphene's rippling, discovering a physical phenomenon on an atomic scale that could be exploited as a way to produce a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.

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Magnetic cells could fix a broken heart after cardiac arrest

Magnetic cells could fix a broken heart after cardiac arrest | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
How do you mend a broken heart? Use a magnet of course.

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The Hour of Code is Dec 4-10 - 

The Hour of Code is Dec 4-10 -  | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
What is The Hour of Code? "The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", t

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Drowning in garbage

Drowning in garbage | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The world produces more than 3.5 million tons of garbage a day — and that figure is growing.
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Scientists find key to regenerating blood vessels

Scientists find key to regenerating blood vessels | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A new study led by researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) identifies a signaling pathway that is essential for angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels. The findings, published in Nature Communications, may improve current strategies to improve blood flow in ischemic tissue, such as that found in atherosclerosis and peripheral vascular disease associated with diabetes.

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NASA@SC17: Home Page

NASA@SC17: Home Page | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
NASA participation in the annual Supercomputing conference taking place in Denver, CO, USA from November 13-16, 2017
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Researchers identify how bacterium survives in oxygen-poor environments

Researchers identify how bacterium survives in oxygen-poor environments | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

Columbia University biologists have revealed a mechanism by which bacterial cells in crowded, oxygen-deprived environments access oxygen for energy production, ensuring survival of the cell.


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How can cubes made of paper help teach particle physics? | CERN

How can cubes made of paper help teach particle physics? | CERN | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Particle physics and the accelerators used to study the field, have been, for decades, a complex topic that most people avoid. But as accelerators are being used more and more for outside of high-energy physics (from cancer treatment to developing new materials) a new augmented reality app – AcceleratAR – hopes to change this by simplifying the topic to make it more approachable and easier to comprehend for the general public.

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The Big Guide to STEM: Resource for Teachers from Boxlight - Class Tech Tips

The Big Guide to STEM: Resource for Teachers from Boxlight - Class Tech Tips | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The folks at Boxlight have just published The Big Guide to STEM an ebook full of STEM resources for teachers and students.

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The first interstellar astroid ever discovered - Holy Kaw!

The first interstellar astroid ever discovered - Holy Kaw! | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
‘Oumuamua is a strange, strange object. First off, it's an asteroid visiting form outside our solar system. Scientists have never seen that before. Second, it is about four hundred meters long and only forty meters thick. That means it is basically a massive, flying pencil. Learn more about how ‘Oumuamua was discovered, how long it will be in our own solar system, and where it will be heading next in this video.
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New research presumes to answer whether technology is good or bad for learning - Christensen Institute

By: Michael B. Horn

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The CryptoClub

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CryptoClub Afterschool: In a CryptoClub afterschool program, middle-grade students explore cryptography while applying mathematics to make and break secret codes. 

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A civil rights 'emergency': justice, clean air and water in the age of Trump

A civil rights 'emergency': justice, clean air and water in the age of Trump | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The Trump administration is peeling away rules designed to protect clean air and water, fueling a growing urgency around the struggle for environmental justice, say political leaders, academics and activists
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