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Al Gore Hosts Online STEM Town Hall

Al GoreFormer Vice President Al Gore will host an interactive, online town hall focused on STEM Education. The live event, which will connect young people from the United States with students from around the world, takes place November 17, 2010, at 12 p.m. ET. Also participating are inventor Dean Kamen and astronaut Sally Ride.

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Event: Smithsonian Two-Day Online Conference

Smithsonian Q and AInteract with Smithsonian scientists, curators, and educators in this free, two-day online conference April 28-29. In live presentations, demonstrations, and moderated forums, teachers, students, and anyone interested can use critical thinking skills to address problems in science, history, arts, and culture.

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Resource: Global SchoolNet

Global SchoolNetGlobal SchoolNet, a non-profit organization founded in 1984, supports 21st century learning and aims to improve academic performance through content driven collaboration. It engages teachers and K-12 students in meaningful project learning exchanges worldwide and helps them to develop science, math, literacy and communication skills.

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Resource: iEARN

iEARN LogoiEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the Internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world. There are more than 150 projects in iEARN, all designed and facilitated by teachers and students to fit their curriculum and classroom needs and schedules.

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Competition: Find the Red Balloons — Solved!

Game over! After 8 hours 56 minutes, an MIT team solved the contest, entered by more than 4,000 teams.

The DARPA competition, starting Dec. 5, challenges teams to compete for a $40,000 prize, to be the first to submit the locations of 10 moored, 8-foot, red, weather balloons at 10 fixed locations in the continental United States. Participants must register on the competition website and should check there for full details and rules.

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Local and Global Environments

For this Internet-based collaborative project, Square Life, students investigate their local environment and share that information with other students from around the country and the world.

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