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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

Science Vocabulary Instruction

Posted by CJ Thompson on July 29, 2015


Reliance on standardized tests has increased dramatically over the past few decades, as witnessed by sales that grew from $7 million in 1955 to more than $267 million in 1997 ( More than ever, there is pressure on schools and teachers to demonstrate success based on the ability of their students to score well on these assessments. Critics point out that standardized tests are only one way to evaluate the academic and intellectual skills of students. They further complain that there is too often a mismatch between the stated goals for student skills and skills tested. 


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Topics: professional development, science, vocabulary, stemcoach, standardized testing, STEM Ed

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