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Green Cities: Earth Day 2014

Sustainable green globeShare 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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Science & Engineering of the Sochi Olympics

Snowboard scene with NSF logo for 2014 winter olympicsWhether 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 STEM Mentors

Million Woman Mentors logoMillion 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.

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States with World-Class STEM

raised hands in classroomFor 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.

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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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Virtual DIY Camp for Teens

cereal box robotCereal box robots and virtual field trips are among the offerings in the 2013 Maker Camp, a free, virtual DIY camp for teens 13 years of age and up sponsored by Make magazine that runs through August 16.

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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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Web Resource: Teachers TryScience

Teachers TryScience logoLooking for tips on how to arrange desks to promote hands-on learning? How about lessons that combine engineering, technology, and earth sciences? Teachers TryScience, a website hosted by the New York Hall of Science for K-12 STEM educators, has free, engaging lessons, teaching strategies, collaboration tools, and other resources in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese designed to spark students’ interest in STEM.

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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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