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No Women In CS? Well, Not For Long | TechCrunch

No Women In CS? Well, Not For Long | TechCrunch | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
At Stanford, just under 21 percent of undergraduate CS majors, the school’s most popular major, are women. Surrounding the school, Silicon Valley is..
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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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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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Crisis in Cape Town: 3 months until the taps run dry

Crisis in Cape Town: 3 months until the taps run dry | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

After almost three years of record-breaking drought, Cape Town is dealing with a scenario that a major developed city has never faced in the 21st century. In May, the taps could run dry, leaving Capetonians without reliable access to water.

 

Just a few years ago Cape Town’s water supply seemed secure. Access to water in South Africa’s largest city was taken for granted, and affluent residents prided themselves on well-kept lawns and backyard pools. Now, after almost three years of record-breaking drought, Cape Town is dealing with a scenario that a major developed city has never faced in the 21st century. In May, the taps could run dry, leaving Capetonians without reliable access to water.

 

Cape Town has always depended on dams and reservoirs to ensure a steady supply of water, but in recent decades infrastructure projects failed to keep up with population growth. In just over 20 years, Cape Town’s population grew by around 80 per cent, from 2.4 million in 1995 to 4.3 million in 2018. During the same time period dam storage increased by only 15 per cent. Combined with the population boom, erratic weather and a persistent drought have created a severe crisis.

 

Even with water restrictions in place, experts have said that 11 May will be “Day Zero”. This is the official date when reservoir capacity will reach 13.5 per cent and the city will no longer be able to provide water to its residents. City officials, while doing all they can to avert disaster, are reckoning with the fact that the current crisis isn’t a short-term problem. Less frequent rainfall and a changing climate means that drier conditions are likely to become the new normal.


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Evolution in Hawaii: A Supplement to 'Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science'

Evolution in Hawaii: A Supplement to 'Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science' | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Download a PDF of "Evolution in Hawaii" by the National Academy of Sciences for free.
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5 Ways to Get Girls into STEM

5 Ways to Get Girls into STEM | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Engineering consultant and author Karen Purcell stresses the importance of capturing young girls' interest in STEM subjects and career paths, offering five strategies to make this happen.
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Going green for little kids means dressing in the dark, turning off the iPad

Going green for little kids means dressing in the dark, turning off the iPad | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Classroom lessons make their way home, and the Chesapeake Bay seems the better for it.
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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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Stretchy Slabs Found in the Deep Earth

Stretchy Slabs Found in the Deep Earth | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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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Eating yogurt may reduce cardiovascular disease risk

Eating yogurt may reduce cardiovascular disease risk | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A new study in the American Journal of Hypertension, published by Oxford University Press, suggests that higher yogurt intake is associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive men and women.
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8 must-read Canadian books for children and young adults during Black History Month | CBC Books

8 must-read Canadian books for children and young adults during Black History Month | CBC Books | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Here are eight children's and young reader books featuring Black Canadian protagonists and characters.
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The Book of Negro is a good read too.The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill 4.45 · Rating details · 58,507 Ratings · 5,496 Reviews Based on a true story, "The Book of Negroes" tells the story of Aminata, a young girl abducted from her village in Mali aged 11 in 1755, and who, after a deathly journey on a slave ship where she witnesses the brutal repression of a slave revolt, is sold to a plantation owner in South Carolina, who rapes her. She is brought to New York, where she escapes her owner.
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Scientists directly observe electron dynamics of the Northern Lights

Scientists directly observe electron dynamics of the Northern Lights | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
“The shower of electrons bouncing across Earth's magnetosphere, commonly known as the Northern Lights, has been directly observed for the first time by an international team of scientists. While the cause of these colorful auroras has long been hypothesized, researchers had never directly observed the underlying mechanism until now. The results have been published in Nature.”
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