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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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Summer of Making 2016

Maker Camp 2014 logoSix weeks, 30 “awesome projects,” fun virtual field trips to places like Lego in Denmark and Disney every Friday. Welcome to Maker Camp 2014, a virtual DIY camp for teens 13 to 18 years of age sponsored by Make: magazine. Free and open to all on Google+, the camp runs from July 7 until August 14 and there is no registration – just go on any day you wish.

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New K-12 STEM Journal

Omaha Zoo AcademyConnected Science Learning, a new online journal for STEM educators, seeks to bridge the gap between informal and traditional education settings by highlighting effective programs and partnerships that enhance STEM learning. The inaugural issue, released March 15, includes articles on Omaha’s “Zoo Academy,” a museum partnership with Denver schools, and a Franklin Institute program on applying neuroscience to education.

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Super Small Science: Nano Videos

Nanotechnology super small science videoNanotechnology – an emerging field that measures materials in billionths of a meter – is showing up in products from cosmetics to pharmaceuticals to cellphones. To help introduce this fascinating subject to K-12 students, the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn have teamed up to create a series of short videos. Nanotechnology: Super Small Science is just one of several free nanoscience and engineering education resources the federal government has developed for teachers.

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Integrated STEM Curricula

Chalk drawn gearsMission to Mars, CubeSats, and Polymers for the Planet are among the hands-on engineering units developed by 4th to 8th grade science teachers in a unique partnership between the Boeing Company and the Teaching Channel.

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Video Snippets Show Elementary Engineering in Action

EiE Video SnippetsWhat does it mean for fourth graders to plan and carry out investigations? How can you help students develop engineering habits of mind? Engineering is Elementary’s new “video snippets” lets teachers see what integrated STEM and Next Generation Science Standards look like in real classrooms.

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Online Safety Education Initiative

cybersecurity padlock on digital imagesThe CyberPatriot Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) is a set of three fun, interactive learning modules aimed at increasing K-6 students’ awareness of online safety and cybersecurity principles. The free program kit comes with curriculum on these topics to supplement material presented in the interactive learning modules.

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Thankful Engineering

Toon turkey with football and helmetWhat does engineering have to do with Thanksgiving? Plenty, including football broadcasting technology and meatless Tofurkey, among other holiday delights.

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