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Strawberries with a thirst - National Science Foundation (press release)

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National Science Foundation (press release) Strawberries with a thirst National Science Foundation (press release) One of eight NSF-funded math institutes, AIM brings 800 mathematicians from around the world to Palo Alto each year to study a "whole...
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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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Following the lessons of learning science in schools isn’t convenient

Following the lessons of learning science in schools isn’t convenient | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today! Some of the most celebrated education reform efforts today serve to make instruction more difficult. Personalized learning, project-based learning, mastery-based learning – they all …
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Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis

Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis, an interactive resource from The Pew Charitable Trusts, allows you to sort and analyze data on key fiscal, economic, and demographic trends in the 50 states and understand their impact on states’ fiscal health.
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Stinks, Bangs and Booms: The Rise and Fall of the Chemistry Set

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"Have you ever wondered about the origins of the chemistry set or its evolution from the Young Chemists Pocket Companion of 1797 to the modern kits we know today? Stinks, Bangs, and Booms answer those questions and more as it traces the rise and fall of the American chemistry set through four interactive chapters: Inception (1791), Heyday (1920-1960), The Decline (1960-1979), and The Resurgence (1980-Today). The engaging online interface was created by Bluecadet and draws upon the plentiful research and archival material of the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Interactive elements and mini-games keep readers interested and users have the opportunity to delve a little deeper or move on to the next section. One particularly interesting activity, featured in the Heyday chapter, includes listening to the short oral histories of professors, business leaders, and others as they remember their first chemistry sets. While most site visitors will be intrigued by the American chemistry set's colorful history, educators and librarians are sure to find many exciting uses for this amazing website."


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Pedaling pictures: The art and science of GPS doodling

Pedaling pictures: The art and science of GPS doodling | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
WallyGPX draws on Baltimore with his mountain bike and GPS tracking data.
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January 2018: Earth's 5th Warmest January on Record by Dr. Jeff Masters | Category 6

January 2018: Earth's 5th Warmest January on Record by Dr. Jeff Masters | Category 6 | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
January 2018 was the planet's fifth warmest January since record keeping began in 1880, said NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) on Tuesday. NASA also rated January 2018 as the fifth warmest January on record, with the only warmer Januarys being 2016, 2017, 2007 and 2015. Global ocean temperatures during January 2018 were the fifth warmest on record, and global land temperatures were the eighth warmest on record. Global satellite-measured temperatures in January 2018 for the lowest 8 km of the atmosphere were the tenth warmest in the 40-year record, according to the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) and RSS.


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Illustrative Mathematics

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Alignment The instructional materials for Open Up Resources Illustrative Mathematics Grade 6 meet the expectation for alignment to the CCSS. In Gateway 1, the instructional materials meet the expectations for focus by assessing grade-level content and spending at least 65% of class time on the...
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Researchers invent tiny, light-powered wires to modulate brain's electrical signals

Researchers invent tiny, light-powered wires to modulate brain's electrical signals | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The human brain largely remains a black box: How the network of fast-moving electrical signals turns into thought, movement and disease remains poorly understood. But it is electrical, so it can be hacked—the question is finding a precise, easy way to manipulate electrical signaling between neurons.

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This Is How Generation Z Will Bypass College

This Is How Generation Z Will Bypass College | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Generation Z will leverage their online resourcefulness to uncover the right learning platforms to level-up their know-how and skill sets. Resources like General Assembly, Lynda.com, Udemy, Udacity, Coursera, and YouTube are already giving Generation Z the learning edge to leapfrog college.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 21, 12:32 AM

Some interesting links.

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We are finding it challenging when students use third-party resources instead of our curriculum. The problem is students don't always select the best learning resources. 
 
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A day in the life of a scientist: DILOS™ Program - Save the Water™

A day in the life of a scientist: DILOS™ Program - Save the Water™ | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Save the Water™ conducts water research to identify toxic chemicals harmful to humans, animals, and the environment; We find methods to eliminate the toxins and improve the quality of drinking water; and, to apply this research towards the education of present and future generations.
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Google’s new AI algorithm predicts heart disease by looking at your eyes

Google’s new AI algorithm predicts heart disease by looking at your eyes | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Google is proving more and more medical diagnoses can be done using machine learning. Its latest looks at cardiovascular risk, but experts say it needs further tests before it can be used in real life.
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Spectacular dinosaur stomping grounds discovered just outside D.C.

Spectacular dinosaur stomping grounds discovered just outside D.C. | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
“ The 110-million-year-old footprints were uncovered by a self-taught fossil hunter — and they’re some of the best in the world.”
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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, January 31, 4:19 PM
Awesome new findings!!
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Stretchy Slabs Found in the Deep Earth

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A study suggests that the common belief that the Earth's rigid tectonic plates stay strong when they slide under another plate, known as subduction, may not be universal.
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Rethinking Infrastructure in an Era of Unprecedented Weather Events | Issues in Science and Technology

Rethinking Infrastructure in an Era of Unprecedented Weather Events | Issues in Science and Technology | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Interdependence of infrastructure. Although it is clear that infrastructure components are interdependent, they are often designed, managed, and maintained as separate entities. The transportation bureau manages the transportation system. The storm water bureau manages storm water. And so on. Yet the extent of these interdependencies is likely increasing, creating complexities that are inimical to the current understanding of how perturbations cause large-scale outages. It is well established that the services provided by one infrastructure are required for others to function (for example, power generation requires water, and traffic signaling requires electricity). What is less well known is how the decades and centuries of building and interconnecting infrastructure, embedding new hardware, and lately connecting with information and communication technologies have resulted in a kludge of unpredictability. The 2011 Southwest blackout, for instance, shows how vulnerabilities can propagate across infrastructure. What began as a minor outage in Arizona cascaded to Mexico and Southern California over the course of 11 minutes. The blackout ultimately left roughly seven million people without power. It resulted in loss of transportation services as well as water treatment capacity.
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One common failure is an overconfidence, bordering on hubris, in the ability to tightly control complex social and ecological systems through the management of technological systems.
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New, MIT-based program proposes transforming physicists, engineers into teachers

New, MIT-based program proposes transforming physicists, engineers into teachers | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Doyung Lee is a living rebuke to the old maxim that those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach. Lee, who is 24, has a bachelor’s degree in engineering that led him to become a programmer, a profession with high pay and good prospects. But he said he was “pretty miserable …
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De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children

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"For librarians, educators, and parents in search of books for young readers, De Colores is a blog dedicated to "review[ing] and critiqu[ing] children's and young adult books about Raza peoples throughout the Diaspora." De Colores is authored and edited by educator Beverly Slapin and authored by a team of literature scholars, librarians, educators, and activists. Visitors can find the most recent book reviews on the site's homepage. Each book review contains a thorough synopsis and a short passage of the book - some entries reference books of related interest. Visitors can also browse previously reviewed books by title or by labels, which include author names and subject tags. The essays/stories section features longer essays that incorporate related children's literature. Another highlight of this blog is the valuable teaching resource "How to Tell the Difference: A Guide for Evaluating Children's Books for Honest Portrayals of Raza People."


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NHS Teaching resources

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Here you’ll find a range of teaching resources designed to help schools educate 11-16 year olds about organ and tissue donation, including three lesson plans and a condensed summary lesson each linking to the PSHE and Science elements of the National Curriculum. Co-created with teachers, educators and clinicians each lesson plan includes PowerPoint slides, activity sheets and real-life stories.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 23, 1:03 AM

Free teaching resources to educate and engage your students about organ and tissue donation.

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Korean Natural Farming: Managing Farm Systems Holistically | Northeast Organic Farming Association: Massachusetts Chapter

Korean Natural Farming: Managing Farm Systems Holistically | Northeast Organic Farming Association: Massachusetts Chapter | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

The natural farming movement grew in the Far East, while a similar pattern was developing with the organic movement in Europe and America. Both of these “movements” came about out of a response to the Green Revolution and the heavy move toward chemically based agriculture in the 1940’s worldwide. Over the span of the 7 hour day, about 22 of us learned many of the recipes used in KNF for enhanced farm production through conversation, power point, mutual sharing, and, most importantly, hands on demonstrations. Many thanks to Linda Ugelow who pushed the idea of inviting Aaron in the first place and has been doing a lot of experimentation. She helped a lot during the day, and brought a few completed recipes to help with demonstrations. Korean Natural Farming recognizes three general stages in plant development, and has developed recipes for products for each of these stages. For the nutritional growth vegetative stage, FAA, FPJ, LAB, and OHN are appropriate to use. For the changeover period (when the plant is in “puberty”), the go-to recipes are LAB, OHN, WCaP, and FFJ. And in the full on reproductive stage, it is advisable to use LAB, WCA, and OHN. Here are most of the basic recipes and their abbreviations:


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