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5 Ways To Get Creative on International Dot Day

09/15/2021

Topics: art, STEM & STEAM

One of our favorite celebrations at school every year is International Dot Day! 

This amazing global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration is based on Peter H. Reynolds' book …

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NASA Brings 6 STEAM Projects to ISTE20 Live

11/18/2020

Topics: ISTE Conference & Expo, NASA, STEM & STEAM

NASA experts will present six STEAM projects that educators can bring back to their classrooms at the NASA Playground…

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Design Challenges Engage Students by Tapping Their Creativity

09/28/2020

Topics: STEM & STEAM

Years ago, Tim Needles quit giving homework to his art students at Smithtown East High School on Long Island, New York. Instead, he gave them optional “creative challenges.”

Such a challenge could…

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Video Poems Add Digital Literacy to Creativity and Expression

10/06/2021

Topics: Creativity, ISTE Standards for Students, STEM & STEAM

As an artist, Tim Needles has always written poetry. So, as an art teacher, it was a natural for him to merge words with visual arts in his classes. One result is video poetry.

But what Needles has…

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NASA resources: A universe of learning at your fingertips

NASA Resources: A Universe of Learning at Your Fingertips

12/21/2020

Topics: citizen science from NASA, NASA, NSSEC, STEM & STEAM

Searching for resources on the NASA website to challenge and inspire budding scientists can be a bit like exploring the universe: You’ll find a vast expanse of interesting data, visuals, stories and creations.…

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Educators Should Make Computer Science a Reality for Girls

02/18/2021

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, STEM & STEAM

Not long ago, I was a high school student sitting in a classroom wondering how taking a particular class would help me in life.

Luckily, most of the courses I was taking actually complemented what I planned to study in college – computer science.

Even as a child, I was intrigued…

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Cecilia Rodriguez Alcala: Education change agent in Paraguay

Cecilia Rodriguez Alcala: Education change agent in Paraguay

12/19/2018

Topics: STEM & STEAM

Cecilia Rodriguez Alcala’s Facebook page resembles that of many young adults: photos of art she likes, snapshots of her nieces and nephews, a group selfie on a night out with friends in Asunción, Paraguay. She also quotes Abraham Lincoln and posts links to media coverage of her job.

But…

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7 NASA Citizen Science Lessons Any Teacher Can Lead

04/14/2021

Topics: ISTE Standards for Students, NSSEC, STEM & STEAM

Even as a die-hard science geek, molecular biologist Melanie Peffer found her science classes painfully boring. It wasn’t until she started engaging in authentic scientific inquiry in real-world labs that she…

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Mitchel Resnick: Scratch creator, professor is an expert on helping student creativity flourish

Mitchel Resnick: Scratch creator, professor is an expert on helping student creativity flourish

09/21/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, STEM & STEAM

Mitchel Resnick’s portfolio is packed with impressive titles and honors – a bachelor’s in physics from Princeton University, a master’s and Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he works today. There’s even a stint as a science-technology…

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Make CS accessible to all students with physical computing

Make CS accessible to all students with physical computing

09/14/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Robotics, STEM & STEAM

The notion that computer science education is essential for all is picking up steam in the United States; however, we still are a long way from making it accessible and equitable for all.…

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