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Tackle Plastics for World Oceans Day

fish made from ocean plasticClean a beach, create art, or help monitor marine debris as a citizen scientist. Check out these lesson plans and other resources for celebrating World Oceans Day June 8.

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Generation Nano Superhero Winners

Generation Nano 2018 superheroWhat does a solar-powered, high-flying hero named Heliora have in common with a peppy polymer that transforms into a cell-size, chain-welding warrior to battle an antibiotic-resistant superbug? Both won the 2018 Generation Nano challenge!

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Meet the Ocean Cleanup Crew

Boyan SlatA diving trip in Greece drove a Dutch teen named Boyan Slat to spend the next 10 years devising a way to clean up ocean plastic. His giant boom is set to launch in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch this year. Other eco-activists have developed trash-intercepting water wheels and campaigns to reduce the use of plastic drinking straws.

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Plastic Hits the Road

MacRebur founder Toby McCartneyThe road to a greener future may start in northwest England’s Cumbria county, where plastic litter is turning up in an unusual new place: street pavements.

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Room to Grow

Singapore's Sky GreensIndoor ‘vertical farming’ could be an answer to urban food needs and shrinking agricultural space – if cost and energy obstacles can be overcome. Already, pioneers are sprouting up in places like Japan, Singapore, and in U.S. university “closed environment agriculture” labs.

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ASEE Engineering Day Highlights

ASEE at NSTA regional in New Orleans Dec. 2017Couldn’t make it to ASEE’s Engineering Day at the 2017 National Science Teachers Association regional conferences or annual STEM Forum? Check out these hands-on highlights – and join us at the NSTA STEM Forum in Philadelphia July 11-13, 2018!

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America’s Got STEM Talent!

Regeneron STS 2018 winnersOne developed a mathematical model that predicts the spread of potato blight. Another examined the response of lung cells to electronic cigarettes. The teens who topped this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search come from 31 schools in 15 states. But all underscore the importance of elementary science instruction – an advantage few U.S. students currently enjoy, a new report notes.

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BP STEM Study Abroad Scholarships

AFS BP Global STEM AcademiesAFS and energy giant BP have teamed up to create a new study abroad scholarship for high school STEM students that covers travel, housing, and program costs for BP Global STEM Academies in Brazil, Egypt, and the United States this summer. Apply by March 31, 2018.

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Playful STEM: OK Go Sandbox

OK Go SandboxOK Go is a wildly popular band that “likes to make stuff.” AnnMarie Thomas, a University of St. Thomas engineering educator and amateur circus aerialist, likes to make stuff, too. Put them together and the result is OK Go Sandbox, a free, video-rich repository of design challenges, curricula, and other resources that put the *fun* in fundamental STEM concepts while fostering creativity.

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