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The American Chemical Society has created a few videos in honor of National Chemistry Week about the Chemistry behind making sweets.  Click on the link below to access free videos about the science involved in making candy and ice cream.

http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw/video-downloads.html

NBC Learn and NBC Sports, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, explore the science, technology, engineering and math at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Lesson plans and activities provided by the National Science Teachers Association.

http://www.nbclearn.com/science-and-engineering-of-the-2014-olympic-winter-games/cuecard/68293

Scientists need your help with real-world space research! Zooniverse features a number of space science projects that need your keen observational skills to find information. Current citizen science projects include:

How do Galaxies Form? – Classify galaxy images taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
Explore the Surface of the Moon – Study the lunar surface with images taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Study Explosions on the Sun – Explore interactive diagrams from the STEREO spacecraft.
Find Planets around Stars – Can you find planets using information from Kepler?
How do Stars Form? – Draw circles on infrared image data from the Spitzer Space Telescope.
Explore the Red Planet – Learn more about wind patterns on Mars using HiRISE data.
Help Us Find Gravitational Lenses – This project takes an especially keep eye!
 

The website earthcamforkids.com has kid-friendly, fun, and educational webcams from around the globe.  Select the "cam" of your choice to view live footage of various animals, the weather, beaches, tourist attractions, and more.

The Radix Endeavor will be released in beta on September 4, 2013 for teachers and students.  MIT decided to create an educational game that incorporates biology concepts and math that is similar to the game World of Warcraft since that game has become popular amongst teachers.  Students will have to make decisions throughout the game based on science concepts, such as the best place to plant a kelp bed in order to best protect an ecosystem.  The students can then fast forward 90 days to see if they placed the kelp correctly.  Click Here for more information about the game Radix Endeavor.

NSTA has published a list of science trade books they deem to be outstanding for 2013.  Visit the link below for a list of books that were published in 2012.  "They feature outstanding art, lyric poetry, and plenty of ideas for hands-on activity. These great books have something to grab the minds and hearts of diverse learners."

http://www.nsta.org/publications/ostb/ostb2013.aspx

Animal Habitat Survey Lesson  is a featured lesson from the NSTA Press book Outdoor Science: A Practical Guide by Steve Rich.  This lesson has students exploring the school yard to look for examples of how animals' needs are being met. (Ex: drink water from puddles, eat nuts and seeds from trees, bushes and rocks provide shelter, etc.) and correlates well with the Habitats science kit.

Final Version of the Next Generation Science Standards are scheduled to be released by the end of March.

2011 Montana Teacher of the Year Paul Bozeman created a YouTube channel titled Bozeman Biology with numerous biology related demonstrations. 

The American Academy of Opthalmology developed an educational program called "The Museum of Vision," and some of the curriculum guides are available free of charge to download.  The Healthy Eyes, Healthy Bodies curriculum guide correlates with our Body Senses health kit, and the Eye Openers: Exploring Optical Illusions curriculum guide correlates with our Our Brain and Its Systems health kit.