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New Lens on Ocean Environment

undersea coral shelfExplore dead zones and learn about threats to undersea habitats in an engaging, video-rich education program from Earth Echo International designed to empower youth to help protect “our water planet.”

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Code Calling

web color chart Computer science has the highest pay for new college graduates, twice the national average job growth of more than double the national average, and applications that stretch from rock music to medicine. Yet 9 in 10 schools don’t teach programming. Code.org hopes to change that with a host of free resources to get kids as young as four creating websites and apps.

The answer is computer programming, and advocates from Microsoft founder Bill Gates to former president Bill Clinton are pushing to include it in the K-12 curriculum.

Far from being complicated algorithms only a geek could master, code writing can be learned by just about anyone — even four-year-olds. Code.org has compiled a host of websites, courses, and other free resources to help students hone programming skills from building websites to creating phone apps. There also are tips for using code writing and programming projects and activities in math or science classes to cover content standards.

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Mission: Solar System

Teachers TryScience logoTo mark the Year of the Solar System, NASA and PBS’s Design Squad Nation have teamed up to create a series of fun, space-based engineering challenges for children in grades 4 to 8.

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Intro to Engineering: Free Workshop

Idaho National Lab science teachers workshopBecome the “go-to Person” for engineering and technology instruction – or simply provide better guidance to students interested in pursuing STEM majors and careers. Widener University, in Chester, Pa., is offering a free, interactive Introduction to Engineering Workshop for high school teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators from July 30–Aug. 1, 2013. Lodging, breakfasts, and lunches included.

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Tune In to Daily Science News

radio mic Connecting your students to real-world science is just a mouse click away. Science Update, a daily online radio feature produced by the AAAS, offers 60-second news stories on the latest discoveries in science, technology, and medicine.

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NASA’s Summer of Innovation 2013

NASA Summer of Innovation logoWant to help your STEM students beat the “summer slide?” NASA’s Summer of Innovation project offers summer day camps for middle school kids, teacher professional development opportunities, and minigrants of up to $2,500 for schools, youth organizations, or other partners to infuse STEM content into existing after-school or summer programs. The application deadline is June 10, 2013.

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Sustainability Counts! Math Awareness Month

math numbers and symbolsSustainability is the theme of this year’s Mathematics Awareness Month. Teachers will find plenty of activities, contests, and other free educational resources that link math with environmental applications, including the Energy Challenge, which teaches students the mathematics of their school’s energy use and then has them develop and implement an action plan to reduce energy consumption.

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Plagiarism Education Week

plagiarism weekLaunched to help educators help their students understand that originality matters, Plagiarism Education Week offers free webinars with tips for teachers, new resources for students on conducting better online research and proper citations, and a student poster contest.

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Find Funding for Your Classroom

money mazeTired of digging into your pocket because your school’s shoestring budget won’t stretch to cover materials or equipment? A new grant-finding site offers a free, searchable database – updated daily – of more than 600 grants and other funding opportunities culled from federal, state, regional, and community sources.

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