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Sci-Toons: Fun Videos Convey Serious Science

Brown university scitoonsWhat is graphene? How do we see color? These are just two of the questions Brown University researchers answer in a series of engaging animated videos called Sci-Toons designed for informal and after-school science programs.

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Energy Literacy Videos

Energy Literacy From weather patterns and food supplies to society’s daily electricity needs, energy drives everything. The U.S. Department of Energy’s new energy literacy video series highlights the seven principles that demonstrate energy’s role across the natural and social sciences, and is part of a broader set of education resources, lessons, and activities maintained by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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Hack The Martian Contest & Resources

Mars hopper artist renditionHack him back! Why just watch The Martian when you can participate in a design contest (and possibly win $25,000) to help marooned astronaut Mark Watney, track his progress on interactive maps, or download free activities to incorporate space science and engineering in your classroom?

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Good Thinking! Smithsonian STEM PD

Smithsonian Science Good Thinking!Anywhere, anytime STEM professional development. That’s the idea behind The Smithsonian Science Education Center’s new web series, Good Thinking! The Science of Teaching Science, whose free animated videos identify common misconceptions, explore the science of how humans learn, and provide instructional techniques for effectively conveying scientific principles.

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STEM Lessons From – and About – Space

astronaut Nyberg takes eye test aboard ISSWhether you seek images of the cosmos to enhance your science class, hands-on activities to make forces and motion come to life, or free professional development webinars, look no further than NASA’s resources for educators.

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Online K-12 Engineering Certificate Program

Tufts OKEE engineering programDo you consider teachers to be “doctors of learning?” The faculty at Tufts University’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach do. And they have just launched an Online K-12 Engineering Education (OKEE) Certificate Program to empower K-12 educators to bring hands-on engineering to their students.

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SciJinks for Kids: Wild Weather

SciJinks volcanoFrom tidal curiosities and solar flares to bad weather jokes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s SciJinks website offers a wealth of resources for learning and teaching about Earth’s climate and geography.

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Smithsonian Opens New Innovation Hall

Smithsonian innovation hallOn July 1, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open its new innovation wing, with interactive exhibits and programs focused on the theme of U.S. enterprise, business, and invention. The centerpiece of the 45,000-square-foot space is the studio of Ralph Baer, inventor of the home video game.

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Nanotechnology Lessons & Games

Nanostructures from NIST science as artUltra-tiny nanoscale engineered materials and technologies show up in products from cosmetics to medicine. To help teach this rapidly expanding area of STEM, TryNano has assembled a webpage with lessons, games, and other free resources.

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