Monthly Archives: June 2014

ND STEM Endorsement

Since 1995, the ND Education Standards and Practices board (ESPB) maintains responsibility of teacher licensure, teacher education program approval, professional development and professional practices in North Dakota.  This board operates independent of State funding with a board of ten educators, administrators, school board members, and teacher educators, with appointments made by the Governor for two 3-year…

Big accomplishments deserve our thanks

The ND State Board of Higher Education Board Chair Kirsten Diederich acknowledged Dr. Steve Shirley, President Valley City State University in his leadership and support of STEM education: Great Plains STEM education Center at VCSU is the right idea for our times and our state. Partnerships that have ensued with industry, business, K-12 and other institutions…

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Squid Suckers

Drexel University doctoral student Jessica Schiffman won an honorable mention in photography in the 2008 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge for this electron micrograph image of the suckers on the tentacles of a long-finned squid. While the “fanged” suckers look deadly, each is only about 400 micrometers wide–a little smaller than the width of a human hair. Listen…

GPSEC 2014 Q2 Report

The Q2 activities of the Great Plains STEM Education Center include: Professional Development: Oak Grove Lutheran STEM+Arts Project (June 2014) Idaho STEM Network: Explorations of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (Idaho Falls, ID, June 17-20, 2014) Building Math,  (Wirth, June 12/13, 2014) LEGO Mindstorms NXT, EV3 & First LEGO League (Gjovik, June 16/17, 2014) Arduino Workshop…

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