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Elementary School

New After School Unit Will Offer High-Flying Fun

Engineering Adventures, as part of their elementary after school curriculum, has released a new unit called "Sky's the Limit," designed to engage students in topics of aeronautical engineering. Currently undergoing pilot testing, this curriculum introduces engineering in a fun and exciting way through allowing kids to build their own flying saucers and helicopters and testing them in model wind tunnels. "Sky's the Limit" is supported by NASA and will be widely available to the public in Fall 2014. 

Engineer's Week in Chula Vista

Chula Vista (Vista Square) & South Bay Family YMCA is a part of our Power of Discovery: STEM2 efforts. They had a major celebration for Engineer’s Week & received great media coverage. 

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Start Engineering Develops "Dream, Invent, Create" Kids Book

Start Engineering is proud to announce the release of their kids book "Dream, Invent, Create" to engage elementary school children in engineering. With poems, illustrations, and activities, this book demonstrates to kids how engineering is in the world all around us and how the field yields many exciting possibilities.


Annie's Spring 2014 Grants for Gardens

Annie's Grants for Gardens are provided to K-12 school gardens nationwide that connect children directly to fresh grown frutis and vegetables.

Dimensions of Success Planning Tool

The DoS Program Planning Tool or DoS PPT is a new tool being developed by PEAR for practitioners in the field to use as they prepare staff to lead STEM activities. The DoS PPT aligns with the DoS observation tool, and focuses on how facilitators can prepare activities and prepare a teaching strategy that will allow them to reach high quality on all twelve dimensions. The DoS PPT is available in its first beta version before another round of revisions.

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program (JDS) is a dynamic arts and science curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program incorporates scientific and wildlife management principles into a visual arts curriculum, with participants completing a JDS design as their visual “term paper."

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Siemens "We Can Change the World" Challenge

The Siemens “We Can Change the World” Challenge is the premier national environmental sustainability competition for grades K-12 students. Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet. Student teams from across the country will be challenged to create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements in their local communities.

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Climate Change Expedition

Get your passport ready! It's time to go on a trip around to world to explore the effects of climate change. The Enviornmental Protection Agency allow students take a virtual journey to a number of locations around the world and watch a short video at each stop to learn about the effects of climate change.

National Water Information System: Mapper

Mapper allows users to locate and retrieve data from approximately 1.5 million active and inactive stream gauges sites in all 50 States. You can find current and historical data on stream flow (discharge), temperature, specific conductance, pH, nutrients, pesticides, and volatile organic compounds for steams throughout California. One can also find links to annual stream reports that date major flow changes to a stream and break the flow data accordingly, allowing students to graph and interpret the changes.

USGS: Water Science for Schools

Welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Water Science School. Here you can find information on many aspects of water along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.