The combination of plant-based particles and water forms an ‘eco’ super-glue

Plant-based cellulose nanocrystals have remarkable inherent properties, and when combined with water, a powerful adhesive is formed that competes in strength with Superglue, without the need for toxic solvents.

Source: The combination of plant-based particles and water forms an ‘eco’ super-glue

The theory of panspermia — the idea that simple life can travel from world to world — is back in the limelight after several interstellar objects were discovered in our solar system.


ESO Telescope Sees Surface of Dim Betelgeuse

Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have captured the unprecedented dimming of Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star in the constellation of Orion. The stunning new images of the star’s surface show not only the fading red supergiant but also how its apparent shape is changing.

Source: ESO Telescope Sees Surface of Dim Betelgeuse

The Future of Phones: What Is Foldable Glass?

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip is the first foldable phone with a glass screen. Previous devices like Samsung’s infamous Galaxy Fold featured plastic screens. Bendable glass technology is essential for making better foldable phones and tablets.

Source: The Future of Phones: What Is Foldable Glass?

The Coronavirus Outbreak — DataClassroom

Using the Coronavirus as a teaching lesson. The data behind this virus could be used with a general lesson on the virus itself.

The Novel Coronavirus virus, specifically known as 2019-nCov, is responsible for a flu-like respiratory illness and has already to spread to more than 20,000 people and resulted in the deaths of more than 400. As each new case is reported, public health organizations in China and around the world ar

Source: The Coronavirus Outbreak — DataClassroom

Do You Have the Backbone for a PLN? — My Island View

The discussion around technology in education often revolves around what technology can or can’t do in regard to affecting kids’ learning. The fact of the matter is that technology in education only works for kids, if it works for their teacher.The best technology in the world will not be effective if the teacher is not […]

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A giant star is acting strange, and astronomers are buzzing

The red giant Betelgeuse is the dimmest seen in years, prompting some speculation that the star is about to explode. Here’s what we know.

Source: A giant star is acting strange, and astronomers are buzzing

North Atlantic Current may cease temporarily in the next century

The North Atlantic Current transports warm water from the Gulf of Mexico towards Europe, providing much of north-western Europe with a relatively mild climate. However, scientists suspect that meltwater from Greenland and excessive rainfall could interfere with this ocean current. Simulations by scientists from the University of Groningen and Utrecht University showed that there is a 15 percent likelihood that there will be a temporary change in the current in the next 100 years.

Source: North Atlantic Current may cease temporarily in the next century

Reminder: AMS DataStreme Courses

Just a reminder, Fall semester is ending and we are now signing people up for the Spring Semester.

American Meteorological Society DataStreme courses are great way to get some background on Atmosphere, Climate and Ocean.   It creates opportunities to be an earth science leader and local expert in your school, district, and state. Materials not only invigorate your own confidence in teaching these topics, but also align with the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas for Earth and Space Science, specifically ESS2.C, ESS2.D, ESS3.B, ESS3.C, and ESS3.D. Addresses NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Energy and Matter, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change. Below is information for all Teachers:

DataStreme Courses begins its Spring Semester on Monday, January 20th 2020.

Calling all educators, both classroom and informal! Are you interested in adding to your curriculum to meet STEM standards? The American Meteorological Society (AMS) offers an on-line course for K-12 teachers to help you brush up on your atmospheric science. The course will increase your understanding of important earth science concepts while leveraging a dedicated mentoring team of education and scientific experts throughout the semester-long graduate courses. The mentor/coaching model allows you individual feedback on challenging material and the opportunity to leverage relationships for future collaboration

Successful participants will receive three (3) hours of graduate credit in science through California University of Pennsylvania. The main cost to you (besides the academic fee) is your time – time to complete the weekly investigations. This course will require 4 to 6 hours of focused work each week depending on your science background and experience.

For additional information, please visit the DataStreme Course website 

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are interested in participating in a DataStreme course during the next academic semester (currently Spring 2020) and are are not already in touch with one of our Mentor Teams, please fill out this Google Form.


For more information, please contact Diane Ripollone



Diane Ripollone

NC Mentor Team Leader

NCSTA Conference November 15-16th

If you are a Teacher in NC, the North Carolina Science Teachers Association is hosting their annual conference. I will be presenting this year. My topic will be our JPL Open Source Rover we built at our school. Rover Build Roverto is being retrofitted with new parts and electronics. It has become a legacy project at our school and I wanted to share this with other educators in the State.

Want to build a Rover? How do you get started? JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) shared open-source plans for a Rover built in 2018. Learn what it takes to build this Rover and to get your school community involved with this project. Our presentation will review the steps that the Cardinal Gibbons High School Robotics Team took to build JPL Rover and how the school community came together to create a legacy project. Detailed information about how to fund this project, how to find building parts, and how much time to allow for the building of the Rover will be shared. 6-12, College 

Check out the link for the schedule and information about the conference, “Want to Build a Rover

Feel Free to contact me if you have any questions. I will also be presenting at the Middle School Share-A-Thon with someone from AMS about different professional development opportunities.