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2014 ExploraVision Contest

Back to the Future car ExploraVision is a K-12 science competition that focuses on what it takes to bring ideas to reality. Student teams envision what a current technology might look like in 20 years and describe the development steps, pros and cons, and obstacles. Sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association and Toshiba, this year’s contest is linked to the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Program a Friend

man in mazeIn this activity, students working in pairs learn basic computer programming and software engineering concepts by building an obstacle course, then steering a blindfolded friend through it by using a series of commands. They re-run the maze to improve on their “program.”

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Innovative App Challenge 2013

smart phonesThere’s a smartphone app for just about everything these days. What’s left to invent? Plenty. And U.S. middle and high school students could win $10,000 for their school by dreaming up the most compelling concept in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Submission deadline: January 18, 2013.

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Get Your Game On!

get your game onDo your students enjoy gaming? Harness their interest – and boost their STEM learning – with the Got Game design contest sponsored by STEMFuse.The competition is open to students in grades 5 – 12.

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Program: One Laptop Per Child

OLPC MongoliaThe One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program aims to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop. To this end, hardware, content, and software has been designed for collaborative, fun, and self-empowered learning.

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Student Invents Solar Tree

Aiden DwyerOn a hike through the Catskill Mountains in New York, Aidan Dwyer, a seventh-grader, noticed that the branches of oak trees seemed to follow a pattern. Inspired, he created a tree-like arrangement of small solar panels capable of generating 20-50% more energy than a traditional flat designs.

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More Schools Are Catching the iPad Bug

iPadApple’s iPad hasn’t yet taken over the nation’s classrooms, but it’s starting to look as though it might. In Colorado, Manitou Springs Middle School plans to buy an iPad for every fifth-through-eighth grader next year and have one for every high schooler the following year. Now in pilot: an iPad-only algebra curriculum.

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New App Aids Class Participation

Using an AppEver stumble with students’ names? Or struggle to perk up class participation? Most schools view cellphones as disruptive nuisances, but a new iPhone app called Pikme could turn them into powerful tools for educators.

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Will Tech Doom Teachers’ Unions?

Tech WorldForget politics and budget battles. Digital learning, not legislatures, represents the biggest threat to teachers’ unions, argues Stanford political science professor Terry Moe in his new book, Special Interest. Part history, part analysis of education trends, the book details the rise of the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers.

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