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Extreme Event: Free STEM Games

Koshlund Science Museum Extreme Event game“It started out as a beautiful day, but in a disaster, anything can happen at any time…” So begins Extreme Event, a free, hour-long role-playing game from the National Academy of Sciences’ Marian Koshland Science Museum. The game is latest addition to teacher resources designed to help students and communities use science to address climate change, health, and other problems.

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Computer Science Education Week 2017

cartoon kid computer coderWant to inspire your students? Join millions in celebrating Computer Science Education Week – and computer pioneer Grace Hopper’s birthday – from December 4 to 10 this year by hosting an Hour of Code or other fun activity.

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Best STEM Books 2017

2017 Best STEM Books logoWhat do computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, Hitler’s atomic bomb effort, and the Slinky have in common? All are among the National Science Teachers Association’s inaugural list of 31 Best STEM Books for 2017.

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Teacher’s App Gauges Students’ Well-Being

Emotions Count screen shot iconsSchools around the country have come to view social and emotional well-being as key to learning. They might want to check with Gina Greco, a fourth grade teacher in Auburn, Wash., who worked with local college students to develop a web-based app that asks students how they feel – and flags those who might need intervention.

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Engineering the National Pastime

baseball and batBaseball traditions may not have changed much, but engineering has helped improve performance, safety, and equipment – including perfecting the swing. Baseball also offers a great context for teaching math and science, and eGFI has compiled some helpful sites.

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Disaster Engineering

Hurricane Maria strands PR familiesHurricanes, earthquakes, and other destructive events offer timely “teachable moments” about the role of engineers in improving weather forecasts and reducing the toll from natural disasters. eGFI Teachers’s collection of activities, feature articles, and other resources can help you integrate engineering into your classes – and inspire the next generation of “crisis” engineers.

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Computer Science Resources

computer graphicTo help teachers and students as young as six explore the rewarding fields of computer science and engineering, eGFI has compiled this list of activities, free online courses, computer animations, and other resources.

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Build a Cereal Box Eclipse Viewer

boy viewing eclipse using cereal box pinhole projectorTurn an empty cereal box into a pinhole projector or choose another DIY project for safely viewing the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Don’t forget to look around, too, as your shadow sharpens, the horizon colors with sunset hues, and birds roost!

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Eclipse 101: What, Where, How?

eclipse illustrationOn August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to a solar eclipse, including a 90-mile swath of totality stretching from Oregon’s coast to Charleston, S.C. NASA has assembled a helpful guide for where, when, and how to experience the eclipse, including tips for safe viewing.

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