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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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STEM Voice Video Contest

STEM Voice Video contest logoThe STEM Voice™ Video Competition asks kids in grades 5-12 to create videos that show the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math. They can act in it, create an animation, sing – the video just has to be appropriate for all viewers. Two grand prize winners will receive $1,000 in cash awards. The submission deadline is April 17, 2015.

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Engineering 4 U Video Contest

NAE E4U logoSubmit a short video about how achieving one or more of the National Academy of Engineering’s “Grand Challenges” would lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world and win up to $25,000. Submissions due by March 2, 2015.

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Kavli Science-In-Fiction Contest

2014 Kavli Science in Fiction contestsThe Kavli “Science In Fiction” contest asks middle and high school students to create short videos explaining how current or developing technologies could turn interplanetary travel, cyborgs or other science fiction concepts into reality. Entry period runs from Nov. 1, 2013 to March 21, 2014.

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Video: Snow Engineers

castleBenjy Miegs, a snow sculptor and student at Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering, explains snow sculpting in this cool video.

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Videos: Material Marvels

Ainissa RamirezAinissa Ramirez, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale, explains the wonders of her ever-expanding field in a series of YouTube videos. In the latest, she describes how a layer of carbon that is one atom thick, called graphene, will revolutionize our lives.

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New MIT & TED-Ed STEM Videos

spyKhan Academy’s YouTube math tutorials may not be Academy Award quality, but their academic merit is clear from their popularity with students and teachers. Now, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and TED are adding to the K-12 STEM video playlist.

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