The Science of Garbage

What do your students know about garbage? Standards-based, 5-day lesson plan from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Learn More

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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

The mission of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCSTS) is to promote the nationwide application of active learning techniques to the teaching of science, with a particular emphasis on case studies and problem-based learning. Find resources in every subject and at all grade levels. Learn More

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TED – ED – What happens during a heart attack?
Approximately seven million people around the world die from heart attacks every year. And cardiovascular disease, which causes heart attacks and other problems like strokes, is the world’s leading killer. So what causes a heart attack? Krishna Sudhir examines the leading causes and treatments of this deadly disease. View full lesson »

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Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore Index


The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore® index is the most comprehensive rating system ever developed to measure how well the 100 largest U.S. cities are meeting the need for parks.

Cities can earn a maximum ParkScore of 100. Points are awarded for median park size, parkland as a percentage of the city area, Investment (spending per resident), and average of per-capita provision of four key park amenities (basketball hoops, dog parks, playgrounds, recreation/senior centers), and park access based on the percentage of the population within a ten-minute (half-mile) walk of a park. This map shows the park service area and park need areas for the 100 cities in the 2016 ParkScore index. Zoom in on the map or use the bookmark tool to zoom to your city of interest.

Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore Web Page

ParkScore Users Guide     Interactive GIS Map 

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3M Young Scientist Lab


Discovery Education Young Scientist Lab –  A one stop shop for all things STEM with our new Young Scientist Lab web portal for teachers, students and parents who are seeking a place to explore the world of scientific innovation and opportunity! 3M and Discovery Education developed this interactive portal filled with engaging activities for students in grades K-8 and standards-aligned teaching tools which is all anchored by the award-winning Young Scientist Challenge.

The Young Scientist Lab aims to foster a new generation of scientists who are inspired to improve the world with science.

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Washington Post Interactive – With enough evidence, even skepticism will thaw

As one of Greenland’s largest ice shelves shrinks, a once-doubtful scientist has come around to the role of climate change in melting it. Start Interactive



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Vanishing – the 6th Mass Extinction

We’re entering the Earth’s sixth era of extinction — and it’s the first time humans are to blame. CNN introduces you to the key species and people who are trying to prevent them from vanishing. Learn More     CNN Interactive Web Page 

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GIRLS OF ENERGY e-Book and Website


Welcome to Girls of Energy! This is a place to learn about some amazing scientists at the US Department of Energy doing exciting things and solving some pretty big challenges. We invite you to explore these pages, watch some cool videos, and download some fun activities. We hope to inspire you through the stories and personas of these exceptional women who are conquering today’s energy challenges. Go ahead, explore and try it out. Who knows? You could be the one to make the next big scientific discovery to help all of humanity. Learn More

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U.S. Department of Energy – STEM Spark


Each STEM Spark Energy Education Newsletter will focus on the latest K-Grey Energy Education resources, competitions, and innovations from the Department of Energy and will highlight a variety of energy technologies.

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Plastic Island – How our throwaway culture is turning paradise into a graveyard

Powerful CNN Interactive on the impact of pollution on one of the most remote places on Earth. Watch Video & Learn More 


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