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CREST – CREativity in Science and Technology

CREST – CREativity in Science and Technology
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206 Frankenstein’s Cat Other Episodes About Animals Frankenstein's Cat This week, we’re looking at how biotechnology is super-charging the toolkit for customizing our pets, affecting the use of animals in medicine and livestock, and changing our relationship with the animal world. We’re joined by science write... Listen  Bad Pharma This week, we’re taking a look at the questionable practices and suspect science employed by the companies that make our most widely used prescription drugs. The Altruism Equation This week. we’re looking at what science has to say about the origins of selfless – and even self-sacrificing – behavior. Weird Life This week, we’re learning about the search for strange and exotic lifeforms, in outer space, in overlooked corners on Earth, and even deep within our own tissues. Other Episodes About Bioethics Future Bioethics This week, we’re looking at the debates over the ethics of medicine and medical research, and the future of new medical technology. Paleofantasy Other Episodes About Biology

STEM Behind Hollywood by Texas Instruments Scientists and experts who consult on Hollywood films and TV worked alongside leading math and science educators to create free classroom activities for TI-Nspire CX™ handhelds, TI-Nspire™ Teacher and Student Software, and TI-Nspire™ Apps for iPad. These activities center around the math and science behind Hollywood themes like zombies, superheroes, space and forensics, and they give students the chance to solve problems just like real-life scientists using the concepts behind their favorite movies and TV shows. TI’s STEM education advocate Her role as one of TV’s most endearing nerds — Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory — is hardly a stretch for TI’s brand ambassador, the Emmy-nominated actress Mayim Bialik. “STEM Behind Hollywood introduces students to what it looks and feels like to be a scientist. Like her Big Bang Theory character, Mayim holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience, is fluent in the language of science and understands its critical concepts inside and out.

Hands-on Activities for Teaching Biology to High School or Middle School Students by Drs. Ingrid Waldron and Jennifer Doherty, University of Pennsylvania The expression "hands-on, minds-on" summarizes the philosophy we have incorporated in these activities - namely, that students will learn best if they are actively engaged and if their activities are closely linked to understanding important biological concepts. Many of our activities are explicitly aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, as indicated by (NGSS) in the descriptions below and the links to the right. To accommodate limited budgets, most of our activities can be carried out with minimum equipment and expense for supplies. Additional resources for teaching biology are available at More Minds on Activities for Teaching Biology. Read More Intro and Biological Molecules Is Yeast Alive? Students evaluate whether the little brown grains of yeast obtained from the grocery store are alive by testing for metabolism and growth. Enzymes Help Us Digest Food(revised, July, 2016) Who Took Jerell's iPod?

Classroom Resources Classroom Resources Welcome to Classroom Resources--a diverse collection of lessons and web resources for classroom teachers, their students, and students' families. Materials are arranged by subject area to help you quickly find resources in your interest area, and then use them to create lesson plans or at-home activities. Most of these resources come from the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). NSDL is the National Science Foundation's online library of resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. It was established by the National Science Foundation to capture improvements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and organize them into one point of online access. Classroom Resources by research area:

Forms of Energy Back to Table of Contents What are the different forms of energy? Energy has a number of different forms, all of which measure the ability of an object or system to do work on another object or system. In other words, there are different ways that an object or a system can possess energy. Here are the different basic forms: Kinetic Energy: Consider a baseball flying through the air. The formula for Kinetic energy, and for some of the other forms of energy described in this section will, is given in a later section of this primer. Potential Energy: Consider a book sitting on a table. Thermal, or heat energy: Consider a hot cup of coffee. Chemical Energy: Consider the ability of your body to do work. Electrical Energy All matter is made up of atoms, and atoms are made up of smaller particles, called protons (which have positive charge), neutrons (which have neutral charge), and electrons (which are negatively charged). Electrochemical Energy: Consider the energy stored in a battery. Sound Energy:

About Science Friday -- ScienceFriday.com Science Friday Science Friday is your trusted source for news and entertaining stories about science. We started as a radio show, created in 1991 by host and executive producer Ira Flatow. Since then, we’ve grown into much more: We produce award-winning digital videos and publish original web content covering everything from octopus camouflage to cooking on Mars. SciFri is brain fun, for curious people. The radio show is broadcast on many public radio stations Fridays from 2-4 p.m. To download a copy of our latest 990, please click here. Listen to the Radio Show 1) Listen live on public radio stations around the country or by streaming on our website from 2-4 p.m.

Study: Smell May Be Caused by Quantum Vibrations Could quantum physics explain the human sense of smell? A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lends credence to the theory that our sense of smell is based on sensing the vibrations caused by energy transfer at the subatomic level. The basis of the theory is that the structure of molecules is similar to that of balls held together by springs. When an electron hits a molecule, it loses quanta or discrete packets of energy. This would seem to fly in the face of the previous understanding of smell, which was based on the shape of the molecule — the so-called “lock and key” theory. Further studies using ‘nanowires’ have shown that this kind of molecular vibration can be observed and measured, opening the possibility for high-tech electronic noses. (PNAS via BBC, photo Luke Gattuso)

Curriculum resources - Royal Academy of Engineering The Academy’s curriculum resources provide longer learning activities for use in a STEM club, for a STEM challenge day or to enhance and add context to the curriculum. Developed primarily to engage Key Stage 3 students with STEM subjects, such as D&T, ICT, science and mathematics, the resources give students the opportunity to learn by investigating big questions and working in an engineering context. The following themed resources are all free to download. Deployable structures These resources allow the learning of maths within the engineering context of deployable structures. There are a range of KS3 maths topics covered including density, nets, transformations, scale, conversions, circles, area, compound shapes and problem solving. The resources consist of a teacher’s guide to explain how the activities could be used, six activities and two case studies about engineers involved in deployable structures. Deployable structures: teachers' guide (1.35 MB) Group umbrella (1.96 MB)

How Much Energy is on my Plate? Contributed by Lane Seeley, Seattle Pacific University and Karin Kirk, SERC This activity addresses the Energy Awareness Principle by leading students through a sequence of activities that highlight the embodied energy that is necessary to produce various types of food. Context This activity can be used in many types of courses, from high school through college level. The topic of the energy requirements of food production could fit into a course on energy, environmental science, policy, or human health. The activity contains several parts which can be used in combination or separately. Goals After completing this activity students should be able to: complete simple calculations and unit conversions determine which source of protein requires the lowest energy input explain why different sources of food require different inputs of energy explain how variables like farming methods, processing methods and transportation can change the energy input of a given food. Activity Description Step 1.

40 STEM Activities for Kids - Playdough To Plato | Playdough To Plato Activities for ages 4 and up. STEM activities {Science Technology Engineering and Math} are all the buzz in education. Kids love finding out how things work through fun, hands-on projects and teachers love knowing that they’re preparing students for their techy future. For a little STEM inspiration, check out this awesome roundup of our 40 favorite STEM activities for kids. Science Projects Make exploding pop rockets. Pull together an easy water drop race. Create fireworks in a jar. Blow up a batch of magic balloons. Make ordinary flowers glow in the dark. Make raisins dance. Test out this simple recipe for Oobleck. Pour a rainbow in a jar. Whip up a batch of Magic Aqua Sand. Make pipe cleaners mysteriously float. Build a giant sand volcano. Grow plants from seeds. Make clouds in the kitchen. Create some magnetic slime. Pages 1 2 3 4 About Malia Hollowell Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher turned stay at home mama to three young kids {4, 2.5 and 5 months}.

Learning Center Alex, Here are some websites that I use for the Genetics Unit. As you've gotten some replies with this site already, I frequently do use the nClark WebSite which the link is below... However, I think some students know about this web site, so if you are planning on using the worksheets from here, you might want to make the assignment due in-class and don't assign them as take-home homework. Another website is the Biology Corner, which I beleive is owned by a teacher and used for his/her classroom. This website also has PowerPoints, labs, and simple activities that you can do with your students within the classroom. However, my favorite resource to go when I need to do Genetics activities is this link below. Many of the lesson plans, activities, labs, etc, are made professionally and very interactive.

Teaching science with bad science: resources for teachers People often wring their hands over how to make science “relevant” to the public, or to young people. For me, this is an open goal: we are constantly barraged with health claims in popular culture, and evidence based medicine is the science of how we know what does good, and what does harm. Every popular claim is an opportunity to learn about the relative merits and downsides of randomised trials, systematic reviews, cohort studies, laboratory work, and more. I got together with Collins, the people who make the biggest selling GCSE textbooks, and we’ve made some resources for teachers who are interested in covering these kinds of things at school. For each topic, there is a lesson plan, hand-outs, and so on. I hope you find these useful. Lastly, if you’re interested in more: here are some very old resources for teachers that I made with NESTA; and here is something I co-authored in the Lancet last year, about why we should have an epidemiology GCSE. Onward!

Explore Biology | Labs | AP Biology Teaching & Learning Resources Welcome! Here you will find copies of most of the labs and activities that we perform in class. Some are only available from the AP Lab book, so I cannot post those online. Anatomy & Phyiology The Effects of Stimulants & Depressants on Heart RateThis is a wonderful lab developed by Paula Donham (Olathe East High School, Kansas). Animal Behavior Animal Behavior: Aggressive Display in BettaLearning the process of scientific inquiry by studying the behavior of Siamese Fighting Fish Animal Behavior: Food Preferences of SlugsStudents design & carry out their own experiment to test a slug's preference between two or more food sources. Biochemistry Building MacromoleculesA paper-scissors-tape activity used to help students envision the process of synthesis -- building macromolecules out of smaller subunits Instructions Photos -- my classes in action (both Regents and AP Biology). Cells Enzymes & Metabolism Enzyme Catalysis Alternative 1This is an alternative to the AP Enzyme Catalysis lab. Plants

Virtual Labs The links on this page are all VIRTUAL LABS offered by the Glencoe textbook company. These labs give the students the adventure of laboratory experimentation without costly supplies, worrisome environmental and safety issues, or time-consuming clean up. They are from all different areas of science: Biology, Physics, Genetics, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Chemistry. Please feel free to try these at home! To return to the home page, please click here: Virtual Labs 1) What strategies are involved in solving a science problem? 2) How does thermal energy affect the state of a substance? 3) How can minerals be defined by their properties? 4) How are rocks classified? 5) What are the advantages of alternative energy sources? 6) How can locations in the United States be identified by their geographic features? 7) How are materials from the Earth broken down? 8) How do glaciers shape the land? 9) How do certain factors affect the erosion of soil by water? 21) How can we conserve water? 106) Mammals

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