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National Engineers Week 2016

DiscoverE Engineers Week 2016Introduce a girl to engineering of find an engaging hands-on activity to do with your class. The 65th annual Engineers Week, which takes place Feb. 21 to 27, has plenty of fun local events designed to raise awareness of what engineers do to make the world a healthier, safer place. New this year: Global Day on Feb 24 brings together the international community to give students around the world a chance to experience engineering.

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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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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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