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edX offers online AP courses

e-learning keyboardWhether seeking to prepare for Advanced Placement® Biology exams or take engineering math, high school students now can access 27 free online courses from the MIT-Harvard edX consortium designed to help boost their chance of college STEM success.

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New Tool for Teaching Kids to Code

kid coding computerTo encourage more schools to teach computer science, the nonprofit Code.org has launched Code Studio — a set of tools, lesson plans, and curriculum to help students in kindergarten through high school explore the underlying concepts behind coding. The site includes a dashboard for teachers to monitor their students’ progress.

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Patent Office Debuts Innovation Site for Kids

kid inventorWhat sparks invention? Find answers on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s updated website for kids, teens, teachers, and parents. Highlights include a video series on innovation created with NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation that covers topics from 3-D printing to self-driving cars to synthetic diamonds. There also are videos showcasing teen inventors, inventor trading cards, and a “cool IP” timeline of historic patents.

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Teachers’ Top Apps

education appThe market for educational apps has exploded, but which ones work best for teachers?
Michelle Luhtala, a high school librarian from Connecticut, crowd-sourced an extensive list of top apps voted on by educators around the country.

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Engineering Map of America

Trans-Alaska pipelineWhat do the Trans-Alaska pipeline, Brooklyn Bridge, and aviatrix Amelia Earhart have in common? They’re all featured on a new, interactive map of America’s greatest engineering feats and engineering-education milestones developed by PBS’s American Experience with organizations like the American Society for Engineering Education.

U.S. Geological Survey/photo of trans-Alaskan pipeline by Dave Houseknecht

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The Accelerator: Resource for Engineering Students

BYU engineering students with neonatal ventilatorEngineering undergraduates and graduate students do some pretty amazing things, such as developing an inexpensive neonatal ventilator for newborns in developing countries like these Brigham Young University engineering seniors (above) did. Learn about their projects, find scholarships and internships, and connect with other engineering students by subscribing to “The Accelerator,” ASEE’s free monthly e-newsletter and blog.

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Summer STEM Learning

summer bookSummer is a great time to recharge, refresh, and learn new things. Check out eGFI’s collection of engineering education and STEM learning opportunities!

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Green Cities: Earth Day 2014

Sustainable green globeShare a ride. Plant a tree. There are lots of ways individuals can have a positive impact on the planet. Earth Day 2014′s theme is Green Cities. Since buildings worldwide are responsible for a third of all greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the carbon footprint of schools, homes, and offices can pay huge dividends.

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March Madness STEM Resources

Basketball MadnessJust as athletes “learn from the game,” the annual NCAA March Madness basketball competition offers students a timely, engaging way to hone their STEM knowledge and skills. eGFI has compiled some bracket-busting resources to pep up your math and science classes.

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