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Academia Is Hard to Get Into. Everyone—Especially Women and Minorities—Should Still Try.

Academia Is Hard to Get Into. Everyone—Especially Women and Minorities—Should Still Try. | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A New York Times Upshot article has been making its way around my Facebook and Twitter feeds recently: “So Many Research Scientists, So Few Openings a
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Summer programs help prepare minority students for college STEM

Summer programs help prepare minority students for college STEM | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
When Oscar Leong graduated from his Los Angeles high school four years ago, he ranked second in his class, with a 4.4 GPA and a scholarship to Swarthmore
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3D Bioprinter Make Artificial Bones From Scratch

3D Bioprinter Make Artificial Bones From Scratch | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
If 3D printing is already impacting manufacturing today, what breakthroughs could bioprinting — or printing any mix of organic and inorganic materials — achieve tomorrow?... read more
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, July 20, 2016 6:06 PM

This is such geeky-cool stuff! 

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Chocolate: The Maya Food Of The Gods

Chocolate: The Maya Food Of The Gods | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

The Maya loved chocolate too: "The Maya had been using cacao beans to make a beverage called Xocoatl for millennia. Cacao fueled the growth of the Maya empire and was even used as money. In fact, the Maya’s numerical system, represented in dots and bars, is said to come from using cacao beans and lines drawn in the sand to calculate figures."


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Sean P Burns's curator insight, January 16, 2014 4:24 PM

Being a chocolate lover myself, I found this article to be a fun read.  I wonder exactly what the drink consisted of along with the taste since chocolate is now processed in many different ways. I had no clue that the Maya’s where one of the originals to make and use Cacao beans into the well-known chocolate drink.  

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Mesoamerica: The Maya Part 1

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Joe Awe, owner of Nine Belize and teacher of History and Tourism at SHJC, has a little history lesson entitled 'A Concise History Of Mesoamerica And The Ancient Maya Part 1.' 


"The Maya did not evolve in isolation.  They made up one of the cultures of mesoamerica.  Their neighbours like the peoples like the Zapoteca, Huaxteca, Tolteca, Tlaxcalans, Mexica (Aztecs) – these peoples were all contemporary with the ancient Maya."


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Your World Map is Hiding Something

Your World Map is Hiding Something | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Most world maps show Alaska larger than Mexico and Greenland about the same size as Africa. In reality, Mexico is larger than Alaska and Africa is about 14x the size of Greenland.
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California Considers Diploma Seal for STEM Proficiency - Curriculum Matters - Education Week

California Considers Diploma Seal for STEM Proficiency - Curriculum Matters - Education Week | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
California students could soon earn a seal on their diplomas for demonstrating proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and math, known as STEM subjects. 

A bill that would create the seal passed the state's House of Representatives earlier this year and is slated to be be heard in the Senate in the new session, which begins this week. The bill's sponsor, Ling Ling Chang, a Republican, said the seal is a part of an effort to encourage more students to pursue studies in STEM, according to EdSource. The seal would also announce students' accomplishments in STEM subjects to colleges and employers.

Students could earn the seal by meeting requirements such as maintaining a 3.0 grade point average, taking four years of coursework in science and math, and earning certain scores on the state's standardized test in science or on an SAT, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate Test. The requirements include a mix of science and math achievements. They do not currently require students to take any single interdisciplinary "STEM" course or a test that blends science, technology, engineering, and math learning. 

California would join Virginia in offering a seal to note graduates who have demonstrated proficiency in STEM subjects. Texas students can also now receive an endorsement for STEM on their diplomas: In July, the state board approved a new series of courses in computer science, career and technical education, and other subjects that qualify for the endorsement.

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How to Make Math More Emotionally Engaging For Students

How to Make Math More Emotionally Engaging For Students | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Math is a subject that brings out anxiety in kids and adults. Talking through math's usefulness and being clear about why a math concept matters could help
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Augmented Wearables and the Future of Museums: An Update

Augmented Wearables and the Future of Museums: An Update | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Augmented, virtual and mixed reality, or the sensed reality of the virtual, makes you feel like you are having an authentic experience.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, August 8, 2016 5:15 PM
The augmented reality biz certainly seems to be ramping up. 
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Cuba's Had A Lung Cancer Vaccine For Years, And Now It's Coming To The U.S.

Cuba's Had A Lung Cancer Vaccine For Years, And Now It's Coming To The U.S. | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama became the first president to visit Cuba in almost 90 years when he and first lady Michelle Obama traveled to the island natio
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Implicit Surfaces of Space functions

Besides 3D Graphs that draws functions with (x,y) as parameters, you are now able to view implicit surfaces of a function in a graph with MathTouchBook.


Surfaces are then defined by space functions with (x,y,z) parameters, and will draw a skin where the value is zero ! Optional parameter t stands for time and will allow to animate anything as you can see in the Video.


A special method for computing values were used: more than 200 000 calls must be done through the whole graph of each function when the shape changes, and the CPU can hardly do that. The solution was to reuse the OpenGL Shading Language (GLSL) function exporter: It translates the function into a source that can be compiled directly with OpenGL drivers, so it is executed 1000 times faster by the Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) of your Smartphone or Tablet.


The new update also brings a better keyboard , with fractional numbers, and many improvements and corrections.


https://mathtouchbook.wordpress.com/2016/03/09/graphs-with-living-implicit-surfaces-are-ready/

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LEGO Education: How does it fit into your STEM Curriculum?

LEGO Education: How does it fit into your STEM Curriculum? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Jeff sits down with Margaret Weigel from Lego Education to discuss LEGO Mindstorms and how they can fit into your STEM Education Curriculum.

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Mallory Lessard's curator insight, October 22, 2016 9:21 AM

Legos for the classroom

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What’s the Deal with Aunt Sally?

What’s the Deal with Aunt Sally? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
MIND Mathematician Brandon Smith explains why PEMDAS is more than a rule you should memorize.

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The Perseid meteor shower could be twice as awesome this year. Here’s how to watch.

The Perseid meteor shower could be twice as awesome this year. Here’s how to watch. | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The meteor shower may become an "outburst" this year, if astronomical predictions hold firm.
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Could STEM scholarships for women be the key to closing the gender gap in tech?

Could STEM scholarships for women be the key to closing the gender gap in tech? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
We all know that the tech world has gender inequality issues, but companies can help close those gaps with scholarships and programs that will help encourage more women to take the lead in technology activities and initiatives. Here’s how.
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The Top Ten Maya Sites

The Top Ten Maya Sites | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

Agreed!  Xunantunich and Caracol rule.  Cahal Pech is nice, and has a great visitor's center.  Barton Creek is fun on a canoe, and rank as one of the world's must unique caves..  Where's ATM?


The Best Maya Sites to visit - Xunantunich, Altun Ha, Caracol, Cahal Pech, Santa Rita, Lamanai, Cerro Maya, Barton Creek Cave, Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun.


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The People of My Mayan Village Exhibit

The People of My Mayan Village Exhibit | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

The People of My Mayan Village art exhibit is currently at the Benque HoC.  They had the opening ceremony on Friday, and they got video of most of the paintings.  There's some beautiful, and cultural, art there.  Thanks go out to the Mexican Embassy for bringing this here.


"The People of my Mayan Village Travelling Exhibitions is now at the Benque House of Culture, stop by and appreciate these beautiful masterpieces courtesy of the Mexican Embassy in Belize."


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Exploring The Mystery of the Maya

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Excellent article about Xunantunich from Taste of Life magazine.

 

"A symphony of howler monkeys, parakeets and toucans announce a new day at the foothills of the ancient mountains of Belize. An alarm clock is a trivial possession here in the Cayo District, where creatures great and small sing homage to Kinich Ahau, the Mayan sun god, as the first golden rays slice through the dense jungle."


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Free Technology for Teachers: Exploring Marine Science in Google Earth

Free Technology for Teachers: Exploring Marine Science in Google Earth | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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This rare Ottoman atlas contains beautiful maps of the world (Retronaut)

This rare Ottoman atlas contains beautiful maps of the world (Retronaut) | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
From the Mediterranean to a young United States, all labeled with precise Ottoman Turkish calligraphy.
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Why National Parks Are Actually Secret Museums

Why National Parks Are Actually Secret Museums | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A photographer documents the hidden wildlife and historical collections at America's famous natural monuments.
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Commercial Flight to Moon Approved by FAA - YouTube

Make ABC News your daily news outlet for breaking national and world news, broadcast video coverage, and exclusive interviews that will help you stay up t

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The Big List of Board Games that Inspire Mathematical Thinking

The Big List of Board Games that Inspire Mathematical Thinking | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
These board games incorporate math in unique and fun ways!
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The Best Astronomy Photos of 2016

The Best Astronomy Photos of 2016 | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
10 of the over 130 spectacular images deemed worthy enough to be placed on the shortlist for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year.

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