Participants in the Online Professional Development Symposium will learn about programs and activities designed for full- and part-time faculty and staff development, including best practices and tools they can bring back and apply at their institution. This Online Symposium will also be an...
On a mission to showcase that creativity is inherent to the STEM field, Colors of Nature uses art-based activities to explore "the intersection of Art and Science." While some of the project's work involved in-person outreach through "public science cafes," readers can still enjoy the online offerings. On the Educator Resources page, visitors can download four different resource kits: "Science and Art Core Practices," "Chemistry and Art," "Biology and Art," and "Optics and Art." Each kit uses STEAM principles to demonstrate connections between the worlds of art and science and comes with guiding questions and activities for educators. For example, Kit 1 introduces students to Suminagashi, "a traditional Japanese marbling technique," and uses it to explore the importance of observation, experimentation, and persevering through mistakes. The project is a collaboration between the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson, Arizona, and the University of Washington Bothell, with support from the National Science Foundation.
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San Francisco's Exploratorium showcases the work of researchers at the Natural History Museum in London and Las Cuevas Biological Station in Belize, who are investigating the nature and diversity of life. From Jungle to Lab is part of the Exploratorium's Origin Project, created to explain how scientists explore "the beginnings of the universe, of matter, of the earth, and of life itself." This well-designed Web site contains loads of multimedia features, such as a slide show of Las Cuevas (including a 360 view of the biological station), video and audio clips of researchers explaining their work, Web casts, and much more. The contents of this site are thoughtfully organized and skillfully presented. For example, the section titled Ideas appears as a virtual field notebook, each page addressing a different aspect of evolutionary mechanism for biodiversity. In all, this is a fantastic Web site that is worth a visit for design features alone, if not the enlightening content.
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