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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources

The General Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Gateways and Resources collection is comprised of web portals, web sites, and individual digital resources. The collection includes portals and sites offering material on three or more scientific disciplines or the entire STEM spectrum--or offering substantial material devoted to the nature of science and/or scientific method. Also included are individual resources focusing on the nature of science or scientific method. Here may be found materials for educators and learners (early childhood through graduate school), resources intended for the general public, and materials aimed at research communities.

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American Museum of Natural History: Resources for Learning
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This collection of resources, published by the American Museum of Natural History, is intended for educators, parents, students, or anyone who is interested in teaching and learning about science. The resources include activities, curriculum materials, articles, evidence and analysis materials, exhibition materials, and lists of references. Items may be text-based, pedagogical, or multimedia (photos, videos, interactives) in nature. The collection is searchable by keyword or browseable by main topic: anthropology, astronomy, biology, Earth science, or paleontology. There are also special collections, groups of resources organized around specific themes such as Antarctica, ocean life, and the dynamic Earth.

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Life Science
Geoscience
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
The Brownfield Action Simulation Companion Web Site
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Brownfield Action (BA) is a web-based environmental science simulation developed by the Center for New Media Teaching and Learning at Columbia University and Dr. Peter Bower of Barnard College. In the simulation, students investigate the possibility of groundwater contamination in a virtual, fictional township by exploring the town‰ŰŞs infrastructure, meeting pertinent parties, and performing hydrological surveys and tests to gain an understanding of the groundwater system of the municipality. Over twenty-five locations can be visited and forty-five characters can be interviewed including town residents, business owners, and local government officials. Students are presented with maps, documents, videos, and an extensive network of scientific data, mined with a suite of geological and hydrological testing tools to aid their investigation in determining the nature of any found contamination in the virtual town. A demo is available on this web site and there is contact info for teachers wishing to incorporate into their classrooms.

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Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Interactive
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Author:
Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning
Dr. Peter Bower
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Cornell Science Inquiry Partnerships
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The Cornell Science Inquiry Partnerships (CSIP) fellowship program builds partnerships between Cornell University graduate students and secondary school teachers with the goals of enhancing inquiry-based learning and updating science and engineering content taught in rural and urban schools. Students work with partner teachers to design inquiry-based activities that will meet the needs of each participating class. These include open-ended research (original research projects designed by students); structured investigations (short-term investigations designed by the student-teacher team to teach specific concepts); and activities focusing on the nature of science and scientific research. The CSIP web site features curriculum resources developed by program participants, program publications, information on state and national education standards, and links to related programs.

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Education
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Activity/Lab
Unit of Study
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
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11/03/2014
Dow Education
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This collection of resources from the Dow Chemical Company, developed in partnership with educational organizations around the world, is intended to improve students' understanding of math, science, and technology. The student's page features ideas for science fair projects, experiments, interactive features, and career information. The teacher's page features lesson plans and activties (organized by grade level), information on the Hands-On Science Program, professional development information, and links to science resources from other websites. There are also articles, news releases and video clips about educational programs and activities.

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Technology
Mathematics
Chemistry
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Education World Site Reviews: Science
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This is an archive of reviews of online resources for the teaching of science. The reviews are organized by topic: general science, chemistry, Earth science, life science, physics, space science, and zoology. Each review includes date of the review, a link to the web site, grade levels for which the site is appropriate, an overall rating by letter grade (A, B, C), and comments on site's content, design or aestetics, and organization. There are also links to reviews on related topics.

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Education
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Education World: Sites to See Archive
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This portal provides access to an extensive selection of educational web sites, reviewed by the staff at Education World and covering a wide variety of subject areas, including science, mathematics, and technology. The resources are arranged alphabetically by topic; each topic is accompanied by a brief overview, including the grade range for which the selected sites are appropriate. Brief descriptions of the recommended web sites follow.

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Technology
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
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11/03/2014
Environment News Service
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The Environment News Service is a daily international wire service covering issues and events that affect the environment. Topics include legislation, politics, conferences, lawsuits, international agreements, demonstrations, science and technology, public health, air quality, and many others. Site materials include text-based news articles and press releases, videos, information on professional media services, and subscription instructions. There is also a keyword search function that lets users locate material in older articles.

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History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Fermilab K-12 Programs
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This portal provides access to educational programs and materials on physics and prarie ecology for K-12 teachers and students. These include lesson plans and activities, research projects for students, and student-produced multimedia resources. There are also online exhibits, professional development materials and workshops for teachers, and information on informal classes for children and families.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Frank Potter's Science Gems
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Science Gems is a collection of thousands of links to online science resources for students, teachers, and the general public. Resources include websites, interactive features, applets, multimedia resources, problem sets, online books, and many others. The resources are arranged by subject (physical science, Earth science, life science, mathematics, and engineering) and by grade level. There are also links to other guides and resource collections, a reference desk, online calculators, and other materials. The collection is searchable by keyword.

Subject:
Geoscience
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Author:
Frank Potter
Jim Martindale
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Franklin Institute Resources for Science Learning
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This web site provides information from the Franklin Institute for students, educators, and the general public. Site materials include news articles, information on exhibits, event announcements, and links to educational resources published by the Institute. For learners, there are the Case Files, biographical and historic information on important technological developments and the scientists who made them possible; features on the history of science and technology; and links to resources on the human heart and brain. For educators, there are Curricular Companions, guides for science teachers to help implement the District of Philadelphia's Core Curriculum in science. There are also Parent Partners, resources for teachers and parents to collaborate in exploring science; and educator tools such as a field trip planner and information on professional development courses.

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History, Law, Politics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Futurity.org
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Research news from leading universities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. A free online resource updated frequently, with engaging, plain-speaking presentations meant for the general public as well as researchers and professionals. Topic areas include Earth & Environment, Health & Medicine, Science & Design, Society & Culture. There are links to science-related blogs.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
How to Make a Kaleidoscope
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In this activity, students construct a kaleidoscope. A materials list, instructions, and photos showing how the assembly is performed are provided.

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Engineering
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Author:
Dr. John Greivenkamp
Date Added:
11/03/2014
LabWrite: Improving Lab Reports
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LabWrite is a tool for instructing students in organizing and preparing proper lab reports. The tool is organized into four sections: PreLab, where students answer a series of questions to prepare an introduction; InLab, a laboratory notebook for taking notes on lab procedures and recording data and observations; PostLab, a guide for writing the report; and LabCheck, a guide and checklist for checking over and revising a lab report before submitting it. Each section operates in a choice of modes: self-guiding, hardcopy handouts, or interactive tutoring. There is also a set of additional resources for constructing graphs, writing, documenting sources, writing proposals, and others. A version for younger students is also included.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Student Guide
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
NOAS Portuguese-language online learning objects
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The NOAS website develops Portuguese-language online learning objects in Flash format to teach Physics, Mathematics, Biology, and Chemistry topics.

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Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Game
Simulation
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Author:
NOAS Center for Development of Learning Objects
Date Added:
11/06/2013
National Science Foundation: Special Reports
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This collection of interactive features provides in-depth looks at a variety of research projects and science news stories connected with the National Science Foundation (NSF). These features, which are longer than NSF's standard news releases, cover general science research topics in which NSF has had some sponsorship. Topics covered by the special reports include research in water chemistry, the World Year of Physics, dinosaur hunting in Antarctica, research on the sea floor, disease ecology, and many others.

Subject:
Technology
Material Type:
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Nature
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Nature is a weekly international journal publishing the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology on the basis of its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility, elegance, and surprising conclusions. Nature also provides rapid, authoritative, insightful and arresting news and interpretation of topical and coming trends affecting science, scientists and the wider public. Nature publishes more articles than any other multidisciplinary journal, and retains its position as the most cited weekly science journal. The site provides free access to news stories in the latest issue; access to research articles, and to the Nature archive, is by subscription.

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Technology
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
NatureNews
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NatureNews is the science news website of the journal Nature. The site provides a daily summary of news about research and discoveries in life, physical and applied sciences, and clinical medicine. Materials include a daily top story, featured stories, videos, a news blog, and event announcements. There are also longer format reports, opinion features, podcasts, and an archive of past issues organized by year and month.

Subject:
Ecology
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Nikon Small World Gallery
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This image gallery features competition-winning photomicrographs of scientific phenomena taken by use of the light microscope. The gallery is organized by year; each year's winning photos and honorable mentions are arranged in a slide show with the photographer's name and personal information, subject of the photo, and a brief description of the techniques used to capture the image. The gallery is also searchable by keyword. Other materials include information on the competition itself, including rules, prizes, biographies of the judges, and entry information.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014