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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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LED-studded ‘electronic skin’ monitors your health, makes you look like a cyborg

LED-studded ‘electronic skin’ monitors your health, makes you look like a cyborg | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A team of engineers from the University of Tokyo has developed an ultrathin, breathable, and stretchable display that can be worn directly on the skin.
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California Academy of Sciences :: Resources for Teachers

California Academy of Sciences :: Resources for Teachers | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
With the help of the California Academy of Sciences, teachers can design Life Science, Earth Science, Astronomy, or Physical Science lessons around current research and experiments, or use one of the site's free K-12 lesson plans or unit studies in an even wider variety of subjects. Take your time exploring the website. Many of their resources are difficult to locate through browsing but can be found through the excellent search options instead. Or, try bookmarking the more robust areas, such as lesson plans and topic videos.

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NASA Kids' Club - Fun Games for Learning About Space

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NASA Kids' Club is a collection games, interactive activities, and images for students in Kindergarten through fourth grade. At the cente

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Brain immune system is key to recovery from motor neuron degeneration

Brain immune system is key to recovery from motor neuron degeneration | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The selective demise of motor neurons is the hallmark of Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Yet neurologists have suspected there are other types of brain cells involved in the progressio
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NAS Announces the Launch of the LabX Public Engagement Program

NAS Announces the Launch of the LabX Public Engagement Program
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The National Academy of Science shares ways to do Citizen science.
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Hurricane Harvey Three Months On: Tens of Thousands Still Homeless from Worst Natural Disaster in US History | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Hurricane Harvey Three Months On: Tens of Thousands Still Homeless from Worst Natural Disaster in US History | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
“Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the United States in late August of this year, killing at least 90 people and devastating much of the region around Houston, Texas. Three months later, tens of thousands of people are homeless, home construction has hardly begun and the long-term health consequences of the disaster have yet to be tallied.By some measures, Harvey is the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States, with estimated costs of nearly $200 billion, including flood damage to more than 300,000 homes. It was followed in September by Hurricane Irma, which struck the Caribbean and Florida, and Hurricane Maria, which destroyed much of the infrastructure and housing stock on the US island territory of Puerto Rico.”
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What's Wrong with Our Food System? Capitalism.

What's Wrong with Our Food System? Capitalism. | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

In a new book, the decades-long veteran of the global food justice movement says there's no way of substantively changing or transforming the food system, and tackling the immense problems of world hunger and labour exploitation that characterize it, without changing the economic system in which it operates. The problem with North Americans in particular is that as much as they may want to feed the hungry and create a more just and equitable world, many of them still lack a firm understanding of how the capitalist system operates and makes possible -- even necessary -- tremendous levels of suffering and exploitation.


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25 Best STEM (STEAM) Chapter Books for Kids

25 Best STEM (STEAM) Chapter Books for Kids | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
I'm so excited to see more STEM and STEAM chapter books (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). The stories in these middle grade titles make STEM enticing. Whether or not your kids are even interested in STEM, see what develops after reading one of these books.

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Stanford engineers develop a new method of keeping the lights on if the world turns to 100% renewables

Stanford engineers develop a new method of keeping the lights on if the world turns to 100% renewables | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

Editor's note: This article comes from Stanford News Service, and is authored by Taylor Kubota. Researchers from Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Denmark have proposed three separate ways to avoid blackouts through clean energy. 


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20 Staple Foods from Around the World [infographic]

20 Staple Foods from Around the World [infographic] | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Want to incorporate new flavors into your cooking? Use our infographic to learn more about the ingredients used in cuisines from around the world.
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Cooking and eating are more global than ever in some places. You might find the ingredients at a lower price in an international market.
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How Are GMOs Regulated? | GMO Answers

How Are GMOs Regulated? | GMO Answers | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Before they reach the market, crops from genetically modified seeds are studied extensively to make sure they are safe for people, animals and the environment.  Today’s genetically modified products are the most researched and tested agricultural products in history.  In fact, genetically modified...
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America’s Real Digital Divide

America’s Real Digital Divide | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The problem isn’t that poor children don’t have access to computers. It’s that they spend too much time in front of them.
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THIS IS... so wrong. People are still fighting for access and up to date tools.. never might effective broadband, and then framing for best use ...There probably are people with too many screens but I can take you where there are too little and limited access.
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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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Some interesting links.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, February 21, 1:22 PM
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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