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With nearly 4,500 hours and 180 days in space as a NASA astronaut, Cady Coleman is a veteran of two space shuttle missions and was part of a six-month tour on the International Space Station.  Her comment to Sandra Bullock in this video — that she deliberately let her hair grow for this mission so girls watching would clearly recognize her as a woman — suggests her strong commitment to education as well as to space flight.

With a doctorate in polymer science and engineering from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BS in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she’s a great example of the heights that women and men can reach.  Making her home here in western Massachusetts, Coleman has an impressive list of accolades in science and space and is featured on MAKERS, the largest video collection of women’s stories.  You can view  (more…)

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At WGBY’s Asparagus Festival on Saturday, many parents shared their trust in PBS KIDS programs and resources.  Kart Kingdom, recently added to PBS KIDS online sites, has curriculum and educational resources developed with the help of an educational advisor at Arizona State University’s Center for Games and Impact.  Based on system thinking curriculum, Kart Kingdom helps individuals understand systems and how they work.   (more…)

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WGBH Public Television will once again be at TouchTomorrow — Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s free, family-friendly festival of science, technology, and robots.  On Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10am until 4pm, WPI will again transform its campus into a festival of hands-on technology and exhibits celebrating the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge.  You’ll find activities from Curious George, NOVA, and (more…)

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Beginning in middle school, students can join the MOUSE Squad, which trains them to become technology experts in their schools. As 11th and 12th graders, students can start to design new technologies in the MOUSE Crops. After selecting a service-orientated theme, the MOUSE Corps members design, test, and refine technologies that benefit other people. In this excerpt from American Graduate Day 2013, hear what MOUSE students have to say about the program.

You can find PBS LearningMedia support materials about how MOUSE is engaging middle and high school students in technology and engineering with a mission of learn, lead, create, collaborate with tech projects.  (more…)

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On April 16 from 7-8pm, you can join an educator webinar entitled Cultivate Creators through Coding and STEAM.  (As you may know, STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Mathematics.)  PBS LearningMedia is offering this free professional development session on how teachers are coding and technology to introduce opportunities for creative expression across the curriculum to support learning outcomes (i.e., turning STEM into STEAM).  Attendees will learn how (more…)

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This video clip is one of the related teaching materials you’ll find at PBS LearningMedia’s “best-in-STEM,” this week’s content theme that includes career profiles and compelling resources about plants, animals and climate. Here are (more…)

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This video of Packard Fellow Dr. Pardis Sabeti is meant to serve as an introduction to this accomplished Harvard Scientist and the teaching resources about her and her work at PBS LearningMedia.  Students will relate to this young woman who has received numerous awards (just search her on You Tube) and, yes, also happens to be a rock musician.  In a short video adaptation from NOVA scienceNOW, students can view a profile of Sabeti’s life and learn how she developed a system to analyze genetic information through an evolutionary lens, providing new tools that may help eliminate some of the world’s deadliest diseases.  (more…)

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