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New K-12 STEM Journal

Omaha Zoo AcademyConnected Science Learning, a new online journal for STEM educators, seeks to bridge the gap between informal and traditional education settings by highlighting effective programs and partnerships that enhance STEM learning. The inaugural issue, released March 15, includes articles on Omaha’s “Zoo Academy,” a museum partnership with Denver schools, and a Franklin Institute program on applying neuroscience to education.

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Resource: Carnegie Science Center

carnegie science centerThe Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. seeks to inspire learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and to motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology.

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Event: Science for Homeschool. San Francisco, CA. Nov. 30, 2010.

structure_kid1The Exploratorium Science Museum in San Francisco is offering a program for homeschooled students on Biological and Geological Cycles, November 30, 2010, 1 – 4pm. Cost: $50 per child.

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Museum: Science and Industry, Chicago

Science and Industry Chicago DemonstrationChicago’s Museum of Science and Industry is one of the largest science museums in the world, housing more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits. the Museum’s Center for the Advancement of Science Education offers student learning labs, after-school science clubs, teen volunteer programs, teacher development classes, and community outreach. Teachers may be particularly interested in the museum’s online activities.

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Museum of Glass. Takoma, Washington

In addition to school tours and ongoing programs for educators and students, the Museum of Glass in Takoma, Washington, offers helpful online resources, such as a “Learn about glass” page, and curriculum guides.

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Museum Roadshows Aid School Budgets

American Museum of Natural HistoryFacing tight budgets and other pressures, schools are taking fewer museum field trips. So museums are taking their shows on the road, via travel programs, videoconferencing, and computer-based lessons. Yet, some worry that kids will lose out, missing “the wow factor of actually seeing that huge Triceratops skeleton.”

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Event: NanoDays at Smithsonian’s Spark!Lab, March 27 – April 3, 2010


The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center joins NISENET to present NanoDays 2010, Mar 27, – Apr 03, a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future.

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Event: Nanodays at Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC

nanodays_exJoin Museum staff and area scientists at the Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC, March 27, as we celebrate NanoDays 2010: a day of hands-on programs and demonstrations about nanoscale science, engineering and technology. We will feature various science and technology related activities designed to excite, engage and educate people of all ages about the science of the very small.

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Science Sessions in NYC

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City offers a number of science workshops and courses for students and teachers alike. Check out the ones coming up this January and February.

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