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Web Resources: Polar Bears International

polarbearsThe educational site Polar Bears International provides resources for teachers and students, including curricular units, handbooks and information, news items, links to other helpful sites, an appealing Powerpoint for grades K-4, posters, games, and quizzes.

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Website: Science Guy

small-05On the Science Guy website you’ll find: links to science videos, Science audio and video podcasts, articles, inexpensive science projects, science Resources, people profiles, and views on science related issues.

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Website: Gas Hydrates and Crystallography Resources

Gas Hydrates in Solid FormThis website on gas hydrates and crystallography from the University of California-Irvine provides resources, information, and class materials for teachers. It offers information, documents, presentations, photos, and data from past programs and projects, as well as lab activities, experiments, lesson plans, software, and an online tutorial.

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Exhibit: Babylonian Mathematics. New York City. Dec. 17, 2010

Photograph of the obverse side of tablet Plimpton 322The exhibition Before Pythagoras: The Culture of Old Babylonian Mathematics, being held at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in New New York City through Dec. 17, 2010, presents an unprecedented grouping of tablets from the first golden age of mathematics, highlighting both classroom training and advanced curiosity-driven mathematics. Admission: Free.

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Conference: Women in Engineering, UMaryland, Feb. 26, 2011

A. James Clark School of EngineeringThe Women in Engineering Program at the University of Maryland will hold the 2011 DREAM Conference for girls in grades 11 and 12 on February 26, 2011, welcoming over 300 participants to the University of Maryland campus for a series of workshops, forums, demonstrations and discussions to ignite interest in engineering.

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Event: Girl Day at UT-Austin, Feb. 26, 2011

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Families and educators are encouraged to join their students at UT for an afternoon of engineering fun. Girl Day gives 1st through 8th grade students a chance to have fun doing grade-specific, hands-on engineering activities; meet students, professors and engineers from industry; and see what it’s like to be an engineer. Date: Feb. 26, 2011.

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What’s the Digital Age Doing to Young Brains?

Plugged InEven as more schools adopt new technology to boost student learning, researchers are voicing concern about what the stream of stimuli from computers and cellphones is doing to young brains. “The worry is we’re raising a generation of kids in front of screens whose brains are going to be wired differently.”

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Achievement Gap: Play to Their Strengths

ClassroomEducators who try to fix the achievement gap afflicting young black males by focusing on their shortcomings have it backwards, argues Yvette Jackson, chief executive officer of the National Urban Alliance. “We must embrace a new approach to African-American males that focuses less on what they aren’t doing and builds on what they can and want to do as the path to improving their academic performance.”

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Chicago Schools Try Online Science

Child Learning from ComputerTwenty one Chicago schools are trying out a digital science program from Discovery Education, hoping to raise low levels of science readiness. “We’re trying to connect with students where they’re at,” said John Loehr, Chicago Public Schools’ science director. “It’s an environment they can respond to, and then we can give them the resources to expand and keep learning.”

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