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Science & Engineering of the Sochi Olympics

Snowboard scene with NSF logo for 2014 winter olympicsWhether its swifter, safer bobsleds or high-performance speed-skating suits, science and engineering are as much on display at the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia. Catch the high-tech action in the latest installment of the Emmy Award-winning “Science of Sports” series from the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn.

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Pathways to STEM

Pathways to SciencePathways to Science has a searchable roster of more than 1,500 science, technology, engineering, and math education programs and professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers and students.including a separate engineering resources search engine.

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Computer Science Resources

computer graphicTo help teachers and students as young as six explore the rewarding fields of computer science and engineering, eGFI has compiled this list of activities, free online courses, computer animations, and other resources.

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Code Calling

web color chart Computer science has the highest pay for new college graduates, twice the national average job growth of more than double the national average, and applications that stretch from rock music to medicine. Yet 9 in 10 schools don’t teach programming. Code.org hopes to change that with a host of free resources to get kids as young as four creating websites and apps.

The answer is computer programming, and advocates from Microsoft founder Bill Gates to former president Bill Clinton are pushing to include it in the K-12 curriculum.

Far from being complicated algorithms only a geek could master, code writing can be learned by just about anyone — even four-year-olds. Code.org has compiled a host of websites, courses, and other free resources to help students hone programming skills from building websites to creating phone apps. There also are tips for using code writing and programming projects and activities in math or science classes to cover content standards.

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Virtual DIY Camp for Teens

cereal box robotCereal box robots and virtual field trips are among the offerings in the 2013 Maker Camp, a free, virtual DIY camp for teens 13 years of age and up sponsored by Make magazine that runs through August 16.

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Summer Learning @ Kids.gov

Kids.gov logoStudents can forget what they learned over the summer. To help stave off the slide, the U.S. government’s Kids.gov offers activities for kindergarteners through 8th graders, as well as resources for parents and teachers. Join the live Twitter chat June 20, 2013 to discuss fun and educational activities to do with kids this summer.

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Tune In to Daily Science News

radio mic Connecting your students to real-world science is just a mouse click away. Science Update, a daily online radio feature produced by the AAAS, offers 60-second news stories on the latest discoveries in science, technology, and medicine.

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STEM Career Resources for Students

STEM career student STEM Career, a website for students seeking to do something in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, offers a one-stop guide to resources from homework help to scholarship, college, and internship information. The site also contains links to resources for educators, counselors, and parents who want to help students pursue their STEM career dreams.

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Harvard STEM Teaching Videos

hands on science experimentLooking for a way to make probability come to life in your multicultural math class or give students a hands-on feel for fundamental calculus concepts? The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for for Astrophysics has compiled an extensive digital video library designed to enhance the understanding and teaching of K-12 STEM that includes with activities, assessment tools, and case studies – all developed by teachers for use in their classrooms. The 1,017 films are searchable by strand, national or state content standards, and instructional criteria such as engaging students in real-world problems.

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