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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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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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Unit of Study
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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
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
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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
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NSDL Staff
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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
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Reading
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
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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.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
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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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Engineering
Education
History, Law, Politics
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Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
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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.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
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Reading
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
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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.

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Education
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Student Guide
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
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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
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Game
Simulation
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
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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.

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Engineering
Technology
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Interactive
Lecture Notes
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
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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
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
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Reading
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NSDL Staff
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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.

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Ecology
Geoscience
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Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
San Diego Natural History Museum
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The San Diego Natural History Museum website promotes understanding of the evolution and biodiversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California. Site materials include information on current and past museum exhibits, summer camps, classes, and field trips, news articles, and event announcements. The field guides page inlcudes guides to animals, minerals and fossils; checklists of plants, animals, and insects; a frequently-asked-questions feature; and guides to outdoor explorations of local wildlife and ecological preserves. There is also information on the museums' research programs, on paleontological mitigation of fossil sites that may be destroyed by development, and information for members and visitors.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Diagram/Illustration
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
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11/03/2014
Sci-Tech Library Newsletter
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This newsletter for science and technology librarians was produced from 1999 through 2007. It provides articles about newly available online science-and-technology resources and tools; opinion features; links to e-books, documents, and policy discussions relevant to science and technology libraries; and brief reviews of "interesting web sites" devoted to the sciences, mathematics, engineering, and education and human resources. The web site provides access to archives to all issues from October 1999 to December 2007.

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Education
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Author:
Stephanie Bianchi
Date Added:
11/03/2014
Science & Arts Gateway for Education (SAGE)
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The Science & Arts Gateway for Education (SAGE) is Cornell University's award-winning K-12 gateway. Developed by the Cornell Center for Advanced Computing, this gateway provides educators and students with links to lesson planning and learning resources in science, mathematics, and the arts.

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Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
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Diagram/Illustration
Game
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
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11/03/2014
Science Career Videos
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First broadcast on BBC2`s Learning Zone, this series of science career videos gives a unique insight into the everyday lives of young scientists and engineers from more unusual backgrounds.

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Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Physics
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
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11/03/2014
Southwest Network for Zero Waste
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This website provides tools and resources to help users identify money saving options to reduce pollution by decreasing their waste streams. Materials include suggestions for best management practices for reducing waste, a tool for preparing pollution prevention plans, and information on the Resource Exchange Network for Eliminating Waste (RENEW) program, an intitiative for exchanging materials that might otherwise become waste. There is also a topic-specific guide to collected resources about reducing waste in selected industries or processes, case studies of successful waste-reduction programs, news articles, a listserv, and information on workshops and meetings.

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History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Case Study
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2014
TV411 Whats Cooking?
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TV411 Whats Cooking? is an engaging web series that explores basic science concepts through cooking. Each episode addresses a specific topic such as photosynthesis, heat, or salt, and is accompanied by related science and math web lessons.

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Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Author:
TV411
Date Added:
11/03/2014