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himbed

HIMB would like to announce the continuation of science inquiry education field trip opportunities to the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology. We are currently scheduling reservations for the 2014-2015 school year ending May 2015.

We offer marine science-inquiry based experiential fieldtrips available for high school science classes on the following topics:

Ocean Acidification—using coral skeletons and manipulating pH with CO2 to measure the effects on water hardness and calcium carbonate dissolution.

Bioacoustics—using hydrophones to listen and analyze the sounds of invertebrate interactions.

Fertilization—using collector urchins to test the effects of water quality on fertilization success and embryonic development

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edwinjcolon

@randallshinn Check this alternative for your aquaponics greenhouse and photo-voltaic applications.

Hawaiian Electric: 	Sun Power for Schools Channel Page
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sbrown

This is a very good article. It’s honest and largely unbiased—which seems to be extraordinarily rare these days. They even kept the “Some” in the title even though they’s probably get more traffic without it.

It’s chock full of gems like this:

"And as much as students liked to annotate and read on the iPad, the

"Chromebook's keyboard was a greater perk — especially since the new Common Core online testing will require a keyboard.”

Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads - The Atlantic
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sbrown

Curious if any teachers out there were thinking of using this. It was going to be a September rollout, but now it looks to be coming on 11 Aug!

Introducing Classroom for Google Apps for Education
Aug 6 2014 - 12:30pm
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randallshinn

@sbrown, this would be very interesting!

Aug 7 2014 - 6:19am
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sbrown

Agreed! Like a good magic trick, this seems like one of those it's-all-in-how-you-execute-it sort of thing.

Aug 8 2014 - 11:48pm
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randallshinn

Does anyone know where I can order a classroom kit of solar car (including panels, balsa wood, gears,etc.)? Would you be able to provide me with the link? Thanks!

Jul 30 2014 - 7:10pm
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sbrown

I'm sure others will have more informed ideas, but rummaging around I found that Pitsco makes a variety of different models of solar car. More interesting (to me) was that they sold the parts in bulk for classroom use. I'd just never really considered how good an idea that seemed to be. :) This is a link to their amazon page as a whole, but you'll see the cars/car part sets easily. http://amzn.to/1lZBZ4J

Jul 30 2014 - 7:59pm
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randallshinn

Thanks!

Jul 30 2014 - 8:13pm
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edwinjcolon

@randallshinn check this two links. This kits are under $20 and include all the parts necessary for the build. (additional cuttings tools may be required)
http://www.hometrainingtools.com/solar-race-car-kit/p/KT-CARKIT4/
http://www.bonanza.com/listings/Solar-car-Kit-with-PCB-Drill-6-Drill-bit...

Aug 1 2014 - 11:53am
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edwinjcolon

@randallshinn I think this option might be a better fit for your request.
http://www.pitsco.com/Ray_Catcher_Consumable_Packs

Aug 1 2014 - 11:57am
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sbrown

Nice, that's the one I was looking at. Just didn't have the panels. I even found a couple under-$10 cars, but they weren't really build-able in the traditional sense.

Aug 1 2014 - 12:58pm
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randallshinn

Thanks and that's awesome!!

Aug 1 2014 - 2:15pm
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edwinjcolon

Glad you liked it. Let me know if you need anything else.

Aug 1 2014 - 2:17pm
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randallshinn

Thanks again! I was able to find the parts that I need for this upcoming project

Aug 7 2014 - 6:20am
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edwinjcolon

Aloha @beckymoylan and @gloui, in this thread you can find some of our suggestion to a teacher request on solar car parts and suppliers. Let me know if you have any questions. I hope this help for your future projects!

Aug 21 2014 - 3:24pm
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edwinjcolon

@randallshinn I thought this could help you for your field trip idea or lesson request.

Jul 29 2014 - 4:15pm
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randallshinn

Thanks but I was not able to open the attachment.

Jul 30 2014 - 7:08pm
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sbrown

Give this link a whirl whilst I figure out what the deal is!! http://bit.ly/1qqdSPv

Jul 30 2014 - 8:12pm
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randallshinn

thanks!

Jul 30 2014 - 8:13pm
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pyerxa

@edwinjcolon

Document Credit: I created them from the HCPS III website
Jul 24 2014 - 2:55pm
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pyerxa

see comment on leaf below that goes with this document

Jul 24 2014 - 2:56pm
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edwinjcolon

@pyerxa are this the standards you want to meet during this year? Do you want the project to address this standards?

Jul 24 2014 - 5:00pm
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pyerxa

Testing SIP communication! @sbrown #testing

Steve - I can log-on no problem. Just conducting the communication test now. Got it?

Jul 22 2014 - 8:24pm
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admin

I got it, thanks! Let me know if anything else crazy happens! ( @edwinjcolon )

Jul 22 2014 - 8:25pm
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admin

Leave it to me to respond with the wrong account. :)

Jul 22 2014 - 8:26pm
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pyerxa

Wow, you do respond quick. Less than a minute:) Mahalo!

Jul 22 2014 - 8:27pm
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sbrown

You just caught me a good time. :)

Jul 22 2014 - 8:30pm
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edwinjcolon

Great!!! Thanks @sbrown!

@pyerxa is everything good now?

Jul 22 2014 - 8:42pm
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pyerxa

@edwinjcolon

Been doing some thinking about my STEM units. Really want to do some type of duct tape challenge but not sure what. Saw some cool stuffs on roller coasters, which would be fabulous but so much work. Saw another one on ping pong launchers. I think I have a start for my 8th grade Earth and Space Science. We will be pau Challenger Center on Nov. 7 and starting STEM unit. We can discuss the Mars One initiative. Maybe the challenge could be based on this but more broad. To create a technology that would be useful for the people to use on Mars giving certain supplies. Say: Duct tape, cardboard, rubber bands, popsicle sticks, bbq sticks, a small motor, and a solar panel. I thought about adding gears, too, so something mobile could be made. Any comments? If I do decide to do this, do you think you could track me down some motors, solar panels to fit the motors, and a big box of various gear? This would be for 3 classes of 25 and I have about $400 to work with.

For life science I have attached my benchmarks but really have the option to do anything. Nothing really jumps out at me for the type of EDP I would like the students to do. I want it to allow for creativity among the teams and very hands on. For this class I am working with 2 classes of 25 Life science. Will be doing the STEM unit sometime in Nov. as well. Can you just keep me in mind when you get ideas? Mahalo for your help.

Jul 24 2014 - 2:53pm
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pyerxa

Tried to share the comment above as a leaf but link would not go through. Don't know where to attach 7th standards. I'll try again and if cannot work send it to your email

Jul 24 2014 - 2:55pm
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pyerxa

Moving a comment to a Leaf is probably best done by cutting and pasting...not sure there is a way to get it up there without.

Jul 24 2014 - 2:57pm
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edwinjcolon

@pyerxa I will keep my eyes open for your request. The Duct tape project can be really nice. Take for example what the astronauts from the Apollo 13 had to do with Duct tape to survive in space:
http://www.universetoday.com/63673/13-things-that-saved-apollo-13-part-1...

For the life science class you can have your student build their own water filters using Duct tape and recyclable materials. I will keep you in mind if something else comes to mind. Let me know if you have another ideas or need more help.

Jul 24 2014 - 5:15pm
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spramento

If the moon was scaled to 1 pixel, you get a different perspective of how big the universe is. Mind blowing! #earthscience

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sbrown

This is not necessarily STEM related, but was a fascinating story on the idea of #collaboration -- especially the concept of building something new off the ideas of another...all while maintaining the original's spirit.

Listening to the audio of the story is highly recommended!

#learningfromeachother

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