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Science, technology, engineering and math in K-12
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When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
By identifying thinking routines for students, teachers can help deepen metacognitive skills that are applicable to all areas of life.
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Using Data Visualizations to Empower Informal STEM Educators

Using Data Visualizations to Empower Informal STEM Educators | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Educators working in informal learning spaces must attend to learning goals without the structures provided by a formal learning institution. While the need for STEM learning opportunities i
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40 maps that explain food in America

40 maps that explain food in America | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves, wrote the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. Almost 200 years later, how nations feed themselves has gotten a lot more complicated. That’s particularly true in the US, where food insecurity coexists with an obesity crisis, where fast food is everywhere and farmer’s markets are spreading, where foodies have never had more power and McDonald’s has never had more locations, and where the possibility of a barbecue-based civil war is always near. So here are 40 maps, charts, and graphs that show where our food comes from and how we eat it, with some drinking thrown in for good measure.
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Mentors for Minority Students

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There are many unsung heroes who make a difference in a child's life. When Father's Day is over and all the tributes have been posted there are two outstanding fathers who make a difference every day that I am proud to know . Dr. Rudy Jackson, and Dr. Jesse Bemley. I am not sure why…
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Space Photos of the Week: These Stars Gonna Shock Your Socks Off

Space Photos of the Week: These Stars Gonna Shock Your Socks Off | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Space photos of the week, June 12—18, 2016.
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From Viking 1 to Mars 2020: The history of exploring the Red Planet

From Viking 1 to Mars 2020: The history of exploring the Red Planet | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Since the first spacecraft arrived at Mars 40 years ago, scientists have been dreaming of bigger and better martian explorations. Here's a look back at the search for life on Mars, and a glimpse of what's to come.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Geography Games Based on Google Maps and Google Earth

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Geography Games Based on Google Maps and Google Earth | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Teens Like Science, Not Science Class, Study Finds

Teens Like Science, Not Science Class, Study Finds | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The study finds that teenagers prefer learning about science through hands-on labs.
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This virtual lab will revolutionize science class

This virtual lab will revolutionize science class | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Virtual reality is no longer part of some distant future, and it's not just for gaming and entertainment anymore. Michael Bodekaer wants to use it to make quality education more accessible.
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Refers to interesting research that the blend gives better learning results than only virtual labs or only real labs, and surprisingly, students learn more from virtual than from real labs.
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How Geospatial Analytics Are Changing Habitat Conservation

"The BirdReturns program is an effort to provide 'pop-up habitats' for some of the millions of shorebirds, such as sandpipers and plovers that migrate along the Pacific Flyway, a route that spans from Alaska to South America. Birds flying on this journey seek out the increasingly rare wetlands teeming with tasty insects to fuel their long-distance flights.  Over the last century, California's Central Valley has lost 95% of the wetlands habitat to development, agriculture, and other land use changes. As a solution, scientists use big data, binoculars, and rice paddies."


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This project combines data from satellite imagery to map surface water in California's Central Valley, and individual bird observations to select locations that can be temporarily converted into wetlands to aid the migratory birds (for more information than the video provides about this project, read this article). 

 

This is a great example of using both 'big' geospatial data as represented by the satellite imagery and combining it with field data and actual observations to make the world a better place.  We need more decision makers that can think spatially and use geographic skills.  

 

Tags: physicalCalifornia, water, environmentbiogeography, remote sensing.

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Microsoft Releases Free, Early-Access Version of Minecraft: Education Edition

Microsoft Releases Free, Early-Access Version of Minecraft: Education Edition | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Teachers get a chance to explore Minecraft’s digital worlds in advance of the game’s September release.

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Happy Cephalopod Week! - Science Friday

Happy Cephalopod Week! - Science Friday | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A yearly celebration of all things tentacled, from public radio's Science Friday.
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Australia's Science Channel

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STEM Literacy through Infographics

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This video explores the STEM Learning through Infographics project (SLI), which utilizes a “citizen science journalism” approach to empower secondary school students to produce authentic new
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Geology IN: New research reveals secrets of former subglacial lakes in North America

Geology IN: New research reveals secrets of former subglacial lakes in North America | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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Engaging Women and Girls in STEM through Data Science Event

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Engaging Women and Girls in STEM through Data Science Event
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Geology IN: World's large river deltas continue to degrade from human activity

Geology IN: World's large river deltas continue to degrade from human activity | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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Free Technology for Teachers: Connected Mind - A Mind Mapping App in Chrome

Free Technology for Teachers: Connected Mind - A Mind Mapping App in Chrome | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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A handful of the world’s coral reefs are actually thriving

A handful of the world’s coral reefs are actually thriving | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
There are 15 of them, according to a new study published in Nature.
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Excellent Ecology and Environmental Science Apps, Games, and Sites

Excellent Ecology and Environmental Science Apps, Games, and Sites | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Great options for all ages that'll help students understand and empathize with the interconnectedness of Earth and it's varied environments.

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Great options for all ages that'll help students understand and empathize with the interconnectedness of Earth and it's varied environments.