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New TED Book: Save Our Science

New TED Book: Save Our Science

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It is not nearly enough for students to simply churn out answers from memory. No, in our ever-changing time, they need to be able to think expansively and creatively. In order to solve the complex problems of tomorrow, the traditional academic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic must be replaced with creativity, curiosity, critical thinking []

Can bologna be educational? Absolutely. TED-Ed shows how.

Can bologna be educational? Absolutely. TED-Ed shows how.

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In the TED-Ed lesson “Magical metals, how shape memory alloys work,” animator Andy London had a creative idea for how to bring a science lesson from Ainissa Ramirez to life — by putting faces and matchstick limbs on bologna to create walking, talking atoms. This materials science lesson teaches that, in certain metals, atoms are []

A Sputnik moment for STEM education: Ainissa Ramirez at TED2012

A Sputnik moment for STEM education: Ainissa Ramirez at TED2012

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Photos: James Duncan Davidson Ainissa Ramirez comes on stage armed with a blowtorch. Well, that sure got everyone’s attention. She promptly uses said blowtorch to straighten a piece of bent piece of wire. Her point: atoms often rearrange usefully to create entirely different types of structures. The Yale associate professor goes on to explain why this []