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Join a Citizen STEM Project!

NASA GLOBE Observer appEvery day, millions of ordinary people young and old help advance knowledge in fields as diverse as astronomy and zoology. These “citizen” scientists and engineers record bird sightings and rainfall amounts, classify stars, monitor lead in local tap water, count frogs, and even discover comets! Here’s a sampling of projects. Where will you or your students volunteer?

Some projects spur new legislation. Others inspire community involvement and a lifelong interest in STEM.

Here’s a sampling of projects. Where will you or your students dive in?

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Dream Big for Engineers Week 2017

Engineers Week 2017 Dream Big posterIntroduce a girl to engineering. Live stream the Future City finals from Washington, D.C. Make slime and other cool stuff. National Engineers Week kicks off Feb. 19 – 25, 2017 and this year’s theme – Dream Big – takes its title from a spectacular IMAX movie about engineering that premieres at big-screen theaters around the country. How will you celebrate?

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STEM Takes Wing!

kids watching birdsWant to engage your students while helping scientists get the “big picture” on what’s happening to bird populations worldwide? Grab some binoculars and join the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which takes place February 17-20, 2017.

One of the oldest and biggest citizen-science projects is the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, held this year from February 17 to 20

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DREAM BIG Engineering Film Debuts

Dream Big engineering movie posterThink engineering is about as exciting as watching paint dry? DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World, a new giant-screen movie, promises to challenge those perceptions … big time.

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Computer Science Education Week 2016

computer coding graphicWant to inspire your students? Join millions in celebrating Computer Science Education Week – and computer pioneer Grace Hopper’s birthday – from December 5 to 11 this year by hosting an Hour of Code or other fun activity.

Join more than 41,000 U.S. schools, libraries, and other organizations celebrating Computer Science Education Week this year by hosting hour-of-code events from December 5 to 11. (Get how-to details here.)

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Website: Cyber Safety Resources


The Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use provides research and outreach services to address issues of the safe and responsible Internet use, with downloadable teacher guides and student handouts.

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No Phishing! Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2016

Cybersecurity password theftThe Department of Homeland Security designates October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Its “Stop, Think, Connect” toolkit includes materials for various audiences, including students and educators, as well as guides to social media, phishing, and other topics.

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Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park New Melones LakeTo celebrate its 100th birthday and engage the next century’s environmentalists, the National Park Service is opening parks to 4th graders and their teachers and parents for free. Every Kid in a Park includes trip planning tools and teacher activity guides. No time or funds for field trips? Take a virtual tour of the Grand Canyon or explore resources for teaching history to citizen science.

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K-12 Engineering Education Podcast

podcast headphonesWhat’s the best way to teach and inspire kids to think like engineers? How can schools ensure equity of access in engineering? The K-12 Engineering Education Podcast plans to cover these and a wide variety other topics in and effort to engage teachers, parents, entrepreneurs, and engineers in finding batter ways to educate and inspire kids in engineering thinking. Give it a listen!

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