What sparks invention? Find answers on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s updated website for kids, teens, teachers, and parents. Highlights include a video series on innovation created with NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation that covers topics from 3-D printing to self-driving cars to synthetic diamonds. There also are videos showcasing teen inventors, inventor trading cards, and a “cool IP” timeline of historic patents.
Explore 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.”
The market for educational apps has exploded, but which ones work best for teachers?
Michelle Luhtala, a high school librarian from Connecticut, crowd-sourced an extensive list of top apps voted on by educators around the country.
Six weeks, 30 “awesome projects,” fun virtual field trips to places like Lego in Denmark and Disney every Friday. Welcome to Maker Camp 2014, a virtual DIY camp for teens 13 to 18 years of age sponsored by Make: magazine. Free and open to all on Google+, the camp runs from July 7 until August 14 and there is no registration – just go on any day you wish.
What do the Trans-Alaska pipeline, Brooklyn Bridge, and aviatrix Amelia Earhart have in common? They’re all featured on a new, interactive map of America’s greatest engineering feats and engineering-education milestones developed by PBS’s American Experience with organizations like the American Society for Engineering Education.
U.S. Geological Survey/photo of trans-Alaskan pipeline by Dave Houseknecht
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Share a ride. Plant a tree. There are lots of ways individuals can have a positive impact on the planet. Earth Day 2014′s theme is Green Cities. Since buildings worldwide are responsible for a third of all greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the carbon footprint of schools, homes, and offices can pay huge dividends.
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Whether its swifter, safer bobsleds or high-performance speed-skating suits, science and engineering are as much on display at the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia. Catch the high-tech action in the latest installment of the Emmy Award-winning “Science of Sports” series from the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn.
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Million Women Mentors (MWM), a collaborative initiative launched for National Mentoring Month in January, aims to raise interest – and participation in stem by matching 1 million female engineers, scientists, and other successful STEM professionals with women and girls aspiring to pursue STEM degrees and careers.
For years, America’s leaders have decried the poor showing of American students on international comparisons of math and science skills. But a new Department of Education report finds that many states outperform their global peers, including top STEM achiever Massachusetts.