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Beyond the Box

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Beyond the Box is a collection of resources that was created to utilize digital storytelling to support students in various grades as they explore their future. From promoting diversity to focusing on important human values, these collections of stories highlight how individuals have found their way into the sciences.  

The project is comprised of two main collections: Beyond the Box - Centering Black Voices in Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Beyond the Box - CASNR Edition. Both collections offer resources to collectively help...

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Playing with Systems

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Looking for a quick digital activity to introduce systems thinking using a user-friendly system modeling tool? Check out these resources!
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Game-Based Learning with Project A.C.R.E.

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Do you or your students like digital games? If so, Project A.C.R.E. offers a fun and interactive way to teach agroecosystem literacy, enhance understanding of sustainability, and increase awareness of STEM careers relevant to agroecosystems. Check out the games and associated lessons we have to offer!
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Garden vegetables, student notebook, and environmental sensor on a picnic table

Garden TOOLS for Corn Project

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Garden TOOLS (Technology Opportunities in Outdoor Learning Spaces) for Corn is designed to support students in grades 3-5 to make data-informed decisions in school gardens or other outdoor growing spaces by using and programming BBC micro:bit microcontrollers.
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Milkweed in the Classroom

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Milkweed in the Classroom provides a collection of resources designed to help students investigate the monarch butterfly migration as a locally relevant phenomenon. Through a series of standards-aligned lessons, students will ask questions, analyze available data, and construct a scientific argument to answer the guiding question, “How has the monarch migration has changed over time and why?”. A milkweed growing guide, how-to videos, and community supports are also available to help you and your students in successfully growing milkweed in the classroom to aid in pollinator habitat conservation efforts.
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Translating Applied STEM Research into Secondary Science (TASRs)

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A collection of high school lessons and units created as part of the TASRSs program focused on biotechnology, pollinators and invasive species.
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What's Going on in This Graph - Nebraska Edition

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Looking for a flexible way to practice noticing and wondering with your middle school or high school students? Check out this collection of graphs, maps, and charts! Each highlights a FEWSS (food, energy, water, and societal systems) topic and can be used as a focal point for students' sense-making discussions. You can use these as a bell-ringer, anchoring or investigative phenomenon, exit ticket, etc. Additional resources (notice and wonder t-chart template and class slide deck template) are provided to help you and your students get started!
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Illustration of girl thinking about COVID-19 safety precautions and writing a story

Pandemic Pathways

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Pandemic Pathways is an interactive storytelling project that offers a chance to learn more about the Covid-19 virus and its impacts, explore how many different people are experiencing the pandemic, and craft a story about a character that is working to stay safe and enjoy life during the Covid-19 pandemic.