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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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Star Trek Space Food Contest

International Space Shuttle astronaut Luca Parmitano juggling food packsCalling all Starfleet cadets! Star Trek and NASA want you to “boldly go where no one has gone before” and engineer the future of food in space by creating a digital 3-D model of a non-edible, food-related item for future astronauts living aboard the International Space Station.

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FIRST STEM Equity Grants

DC McKinley Tech FIRST robotics team 2010To broaden access and reduce inequities in STEM education and after-school programming, FIRST® has partnered with Apple and Microsoft to provide grants of up to $50,000 to as many as 15 communities in United States and Canada for the coming school year. Letters of intent are due March 11, 2016.

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ASEE K-12 Engineering Workshop 2016

ASEE 2015 K12 workshop teachers making circuitsWhether you’re seeking fun, immediately useful ways to enrich your STEM, literacy, or art classes or an opportunity to network and learn alongside STEM teachers and engineering faculty from across the country, the American Society for Engineering Education’s annual K-12 Workshop is the place to be.
WHERE: New Orleans Convention Center, Louisiana
WHEN: June 25, 2016
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
New this year: A curriculum exchange and half-day Sunday workshop on integrating STEM through making!

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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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Hour of Code 2015

computer code handThink computer science is only for an elite group of professionals? An Hour of Code could change your mind – and inspire your students! More than 41,000 U.S. schools, libraries, and other organizations are celebrating Computer Science Education Week this year by hosting hour-of-code events from December 7 to 13, 2015. Will you class be one of them?

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Connect with LinkEngineering Nov 18

NSF booth at 2014 USA Science and Engineering FesitvalSeek inspiration or instructional tips for your STEM classes? Find out how the National Academy of Engineering’s new LinkEngineering portal can connect you with engineering experts, educators, activities, and more at a Town Hall Google Hangout November 18 from 1 to 2 pm EST.

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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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