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Bee Biodiversity Critical for Crops

bee foraging on blueberry flowersBees are among North America’s most important agricultural asset, increasing yields in roughly three-quarters of our crops. But as researchers funded by the National Science Foundation are learning, plants need a diversity of pollinators – and everyday gardeners can help.

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Google Science Fair 2018

2016 Google Science Fair winners Ashton, Julie and LukeThe Google Science Fair gets underway in September, offering students between 13 and 18 a chance to compete for scholarships, travel, and other prizes. Submissions are due December 2018, with winners announced the following April.

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Connect With LinkEngineering

LinkEngineering design process logoAs a teacher, you’re supposed to have all the answers–but sometimes, you just don’t. LinkEngineering, the National Academy of Engineering’s professional learning portal for PreK-12 educators, has you covered with a network of engineering experts and seasoned STEM teachers who can provide inspiration, instructional tips, live video chats, resources, and advice.

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Designing Desert Digs

gila woodpecker in saguaro cactusHigh school students design a permanent guest village within the Saguaro National Park in Arizona after studying the desert ecology. Their designs must provide a true desert experience for visitors while emphasizing sustainable design, protecting the natural environment, and conserving energy and resources.

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ASEE Panel: Equity in STEM

2018 STEM Forum ASEE panel posterThink it’s impossible to inspire more women and minorities to succeed in engineering? ASEE’s panel of professionals have proven otherwise, and shared ideas about how teachers can help keep their students interested in a STEM career – and learn that failure is part of the design process – at NSTA’s 2018 STEM Forum in Philadelphia.

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National Park Service Ups STEM

park serviceThe National Park Service, steward of mountain ranges and monuments, offers STEM lessons, education programs, and other teacher resources. The aim: reach a quarter of America’s students through real and virtual field trips. State parks are serving up STEM, too!

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Manufacture Your Future Teacher Challenge

Discovery Arconic Manufacturing Your FutureFrom 3-D printing to robotics and artificial intelligence, technology is radically altering traditional manufacturing. How would you bring these exciting career paths to life in your classroom? Make a pitch in the Manufacture Your Future Teacher Challenge for a chance to win $5,000 to put your proposal into action! Deadline: October 19. 2018.

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ASEE Is 125!

Chicago World's Fair Ferris WheelThe year 1893 saw enormous innovations, from the Ferris Wheel’s debut to the birth of the American Society for Engineering Education. Celebrate 125 years at the heart of engineering education with eGFI’s Big Wheel design activity – or join us for the annual conference in Salt Lake City June 24 to 27, 2018.

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Lift Your STEM PD with NASA

NASA logoLooking for hands-on ways to teach forces and motion or refresh your Earth science lessons with the latest research? NASA’s STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University has you covered with free webinars, activities, and other useful resources.

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