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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

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Engage students with this successful approach to integrated studies that combines science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Quick, Draw a Scientist!

As long as science is perceived as geeky, U.S. students are less likely to embrace STEM subjects. They need to reimagine what scientists look like.

STEM and Writing: A Super Combination

Read how a quantum physicist, who was a guest speaker in a language arts classroom, inspired the imagination and writing of the middle school students.

Why Students Leave STEM

To keep women and people of color engaged in STEM, let's ignite an early passion for these topics, provide mentors and role models, and emphasize subject relevance.

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STEM Everywhere: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in the Real World

Explore STEM education in settings beyond the classroom walls, and see how opportunities to learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are all around us.

STEM to STEAM: Resources Toolkit

Whether you are looking for resources on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math or on infusing the arts to transform STEM into STEAM, these curated compilations will help you plan different approaches to integrated studies.

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Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education

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Helping Students to Develop an Appreciation for Math

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Resources for STEAM

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Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education

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Resources and Downloads for STEM

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From Modern Farm to Sustainable Table: Teaching STEM and Humanities with Authenticity

Follow a ninth grade interdisciplinary PBL class from an on-site sustainability study through designing hydroponic gardens, growing food, and an Iron Chef cook-off.

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Learning the Physics of Skateboarding Engages Kids in Science

Skate veteran and educator Bill Robertson, also known as "Dr. Skateboard," teaches students who might have otherwise fallen through the cracks about speed, velocity, and momentum at the local skate park.

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Public-Private Partnerships: The Real Future of Education

In the areas of STEM, digital literacy, and the Maker movement, an energetic groundswell of public-private partnership initiatives is not-so-quietly remaking the future of education.

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3 Super-Simple Summer Science Activities

Science popularizer and guest blogger 'Science Bob' Pflugfelder offers parents three experiments - Blobs in a Bottle, the Exploding Lunch Bag, and Film Canister Rockets - to delight and engage young scientists over summer vacation.

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PBL Meets the Next Gen Science Standards

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller considers the natural alignment between the NGSS and PBL, as both approaches focus on deeper learning - not just the science content, but also the content of being a scientist.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: 9 Videos for Exploring the Universe on Space Day

Space Day is celebrated in early May each year. For teachers and students interested in the universe, VideoAmy has collected some of the most fun videos and resources to bring astronomy into the classroom.

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Looking for STEM Beyond the Classroom (and Beyond the Field Trip)

Guest blogger Jim Kisiel, a teacher educator who's worked in classrooms and museums, discusses sharing informal STEM learning opportunities with new teachers and inspiring them to bring their students resources from beyond the classroom.

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Design Tips for Science Learning Spaces

The design of science facilities at a school can either enhance or impede effective instruction. Check out these important tips and guidelines for designing science learning spaces in K-12 classrooms.

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When Astronauts Read Aloud Children's Stories - From Space!

This unique program, "Story Time from Space," which features astronauts at the international space station reading aloud stories, will help teachers to better inspire the next generation of science learners, discoverers, and creators.

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PBL Meets the Next Gen Science Standards

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller considers the natural alignment between the NGSS and PBL, as both approaches focus on deeper learning - not just the science content, but also the content of being a scientist.

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Ownership and Agency Will Propel STEM Learning

Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson presents evidence, from disappointing math and science assessment scores to Steve Wozniak's groundbreaking creativity, that the best way forward in STEM learning is by letting students lead.

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Khan Academy's Discovery Lab: Summer Camp Where STEM Meets PBL

Director Minli Virdone describes Khan Academy's Discovery Lab summer camp, where, among other hands-on projects, 5th, 6th, and 7th graders learn by reverse engineering common household objects.

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How to Design Right-Sized Challenges

Design student projects that hit the sweet spot -- relevant to real life, challenging enough to be interesting, and achievable for diverse learners.

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Finding the Sweet Spot: Creativity, Candy, and Commerce

Through the design, manufacture, and marketing of their own signature chocolate bars, these middle school students brought curiosity and passion to their STEM learning.

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