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Top Five Places for Science Adventures according to STEMscopes

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on August 13, 2015


Summer is at its peak and with it the many vacations of people taking time off from the hustle and bustle of daily life. For educators, this is the time to get a much-anticipated break before the new school year starts. With so many destinations to choose from, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to go and what to do—but that's nothing a little science can't solve.


Here are the top five places for "Amazing Science Adventures" around the globe:

Bioluminescence, Costa Rica: Enjoy a mystical biological adventure in Costa Rica's Nicoya Gulf, near the southern end of the Nicoya Peninsula, where nighttime kayaking tours allow you to see the bioluminscent nature of the diverse marine animals and microbes that make their homes in the brilliant waters.

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Topics: engineering, science, STEMworld, adventure, vacation, stemscopes vacation contest, stem vacation, vacation giveaway, stem vacation getaway

STEMscopes Asks: How does 3D Printing Work?

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on June 30, 2015


3D printing has been in the news and on people’s minds a lot lately in light of rapid advances in the technology, its accessibility to individual households, and exciting research into potential applications. As new as this technology seems, though, the first 3D printing method, called stereo lithography, was actually invented in the mid-1980s by Chuck Hull.

There are many types of 3D printers and variations on the process, but at the core, 3D printing involves turning a digital “blueprint” into a three-dimensional solid object through an additive or subtractive manufacturing process. An additive process adds layer upon layer of material until the object is created, which has the potential to waste far less raw material. The traditional subtractive manufacturing processes are used to cut the raw material into the final object’s shape.

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Topics: engineering, 3D printing, Technology

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