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Teaching Space with Apollo 13
posted by: Melissa | March 11, 2020, 10:09 am   

This upcoming April marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13. For those unfamiliar with the flight, or who have the tendency to get the Apollo missions mixed up, Apollo 13 is known for being the flight that almost failed. The crew survived an explosion that caused extensive damage to the shuttle and nearly killed them before they circled the moon and headed back to Earth. Their journey marks the farthest that humans had ever travelled from Earth allowing them to view the far side of the moon. Their story of bravery was memorialized in the 1995 movie starring Tom Hanks

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Resources for Learning at Home When Schools Close
posted by: Winworld | March 11, 2020, 03:07 pm   

Our guest blog today is by Crystal Harmon.

While nobody knows what the full extent of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak will be in the United States, school systems are already planning for the full range of scenarios—including the possibility of extended school closures.

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Weekly News Round-Up for March 6th
posted by: Tamia | March 06, 2020, 04:10 pm   

Each week, AAE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week: Coronavirus is addressed.

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Students’ Top Ten Technological Blind Spots
posted by: Melissa | March 04, 2020, 01:30 pm   

In this day and age, technology is ubiquitous. We carry computers with us everywhere and children often learn how to manipulate a tablet before they can read. In such a world, it’s easy to assume that our students are technologically literate. In fact, it’s often a trope that if someone has a question about their technology, they should ask the nearest ten year old. 

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An AAE Grant Enhanced My Physical Science Class
posted by: Tamia | February 27, 2020, 09:34 am   

This week we have a guest blog from one of our grant winners, Darwin Daugaard. Each spring, AAEF gives away thousands of dollars to teachers across the country to help implement innovative classroom programs or to help them pursue their professional development. Read what Mr. Daugaard did with his funds below.


My grant was written in support of research I did at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. I studied the development of electrochemical cells that contained bacteria that would consume refuse such as rotten food items like tomatoes in the presence of methane. The bacteria go through an oxidation-reduction reaction that generates electricity. This research was piggy backed on research done the year before by a different bacterium breaking down co-waste material into methane. Both processes intrigued me because they each produced energy which is useful and viable in a restricted environment. Third world countries, future space travel, and areas of the earth that are not on the grid could potentially benefit from this research.

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