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Centering Equity in STEM: 2020 Virtual Noyce Summit

Centering Equity to Humanize the Process of Coming Back Together I have the fortune of being a part of the CSU Robert Noyce Scholarship program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Noyce program encourages talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors to become teachers in high-needs school districts. Every year the...

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FFA Blue 365: Free Agricultural Educational Resource For Home and School

The youth organization, Future Farmers of America (FFA), prepares school-age children with leadership skills, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education has developed numerous middle and high-school level educational materials for teachers and parents.  The FFA Blue 365 lesson series is intended...

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Spur Links to Free Online Education Resources

In response to the increased need to stay and learn at home, the CSU System has compiled some of their favorite fun and free educational resources from CSU and partners. With over 75 resources, organized around the topics of food, water, and health as well as other CSU partners and organizations, there are opportunities for...

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Broadening Participation Best Practices

(This is post 3 of 5 in the Broadening Participation and Broader Impacts Series) The terms broadening participation and broader impacts has been used extensively in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, especially within STEM funding solicitations and proposals. Although used interchangeably at times, these two terms have their own unique history and definitions....

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CoCoRaHS: A Hands-On Educational Resource For Home and School

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow (CoCoRaHS) is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow). Developed in 1998 by the then Colorado State Climatologist Nolan Doesken and the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University, the network now...

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A History of the Broader Impacts Criterion Within the National Science Foundation

This is post 2 of 5 in the Broadening Participation and Broader Impacts Series The terms broadening participation and broader impacts has been used extensively in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, especially within STEM funding solicitations and proposals. Although used interchangeably at times, these two terms have their own unique history and definitions....

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A History of Broadening Participation Within the National Science Foundation

This is post 1 of 5 in the Broadening Participation and Broader Impacts Series The terms broadening participation and broader impacts have been used extensively in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, especially within STEM funding solicitations and proposals. Although used interchangeably at times, these two terms have their own unique history and definitions....

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Attend a Class on How to Create Science Videos With Your Smartphone

SciFund Challenge and the Long Term Ecological Research Network are teaming up to offer another outreach training class for scientists! This one is all about learning to make short videos! Do you want to learn how to tell the public about your science through video? Do you want to have the skills to put together compelling short...

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Students Test Ecology Concepts With NEON Data

It’s one thing to read about ecological concepts in a textbook. It’s another to see them revealed by real-world data. Students in Paul Venturelli’s class at Ball State University recently explored key ecological concepts using data from the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) program. Paul, an Assistant Professor in the Ball State University Department of...

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Tips for Developing STEM Education, Outreach, and Engagement

Welcome to the STEM Center’s Tips for Developing STEM Education, Outreach, and Engagement! We are excited to bring you this series of articles focused on many aspects of developing and implementing STEM programming, activities, and classroom resources. If you are interested in learning more how to plan programming, develop tools and resources, and implement programs...

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