#COVID19GA GIS Georgia Specific Map

#COVID19GA GIS Georgia Specific Map
CLICK HERE to skip everything else and just go to the MAP The following map is provided by Georgia STEM (#GeorgiaSTEM #COVID19GA) in response to the decision by Johns Hopkins to no longer report below state-level data in the United States as of March 10, 2020. They announced,  ” In light of the increasing rate of cases being reported domestically in the U.S., and in order to reta...
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Inspector Clouseau spotted in Great Barrier Reef – Rare Sighting

Inspector Clouseau spotted in Great Barrier Reef – Rare Sighting
Inspector Clouseau is a reef manta ray (Mobula alfredi) who has captivated the scientific community and has stolen hearts all over the world. Seldom photographed since its discovery in 2015, the pink wonder recently went viral when photographer Kristian Laine captured it swimming through the Great Barrier Reef near Lady Elliot Island, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Inspector Clouseau ...
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WHO Infodemics

WHO Infodemics
All of the following information was gathered from the WHO Situation report for March 5, 2020. For a stream of updates, visit the COVID Update post and bookmark it for later http://www.georgiastem.com/covid-19-update/ Infodemics are an excessive amount of information about a problem, which makes it difficult to identify a solution. Infodemics can spread misinformation, disinformation an...
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The R-0 of COVID-19 compared to other Viral Outbreaks

The R-0 of COVID-19 compared to other Viral Outbreaks
The R-0 of a virus is also known as the Reproductive Rate. This number is the number of people that a person with the illness infects. With an R-0 of <1, illness is considered to be under control or decreasing. With an R-0 of >1, the illness is spreading. The following table is a comparison of common viruses with known R-0 to the limited information we have of COVID-19. As of March 16, 2...
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COVID-19 Misconceptions

COVID-19 Misconceptions
The following are a list of common misconceptions and the most accurate and reliable information we can find to combat each one. If you disagree with any of the information in the post, have questions or anything to add- please post in the comments or on Social Media. We always love to engage in academic discussions with our readers. Following each misconception is an explanation. Misco...
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Mapping COVID-19 using GIS

Mapping COVID-19 using GIS
Johns Hopkins University has worked to compile data from the WHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC and DXY to help track the geographic spread of the novel Coronavirus known scientifically as COVID-19. UPDATE- On March 10, 2020, Johns Hopkins announced that they would no longer report data below the state level for the United States. They announced " In light of the increasing rate of cases being reported do...
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Animals don’t have to breathe oxygen- What?

Animals don’t have to breathe oxygen- What?
The discovery of a unique non-oxygen breathing animal is vaporizing the long-held assumption that aerobic respiration is ubiquitous in animals. Spores of the parasite H. salminicola swim under a microscope. Those alien "eyes" are actually stinger cells, one of the few features this organism hasn't evolved away.(Image: © Stephen Douglas Atkinson) A salmon who is infested by the paras...
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STEMtastic Saturdays- Commerce

STEMtastic Saturdays- Commerce
Commerce First United Methodist Chuch has graciously agreed to host STEMtastic Saturdays for the 2020 Calendar year.  We are looking forward to having students from Age 4 to Age 10 to participate in STEM activities from 8:30 am to 11:30 on the following dates: (Click on the date to register. Registration will close the Thursday prior or when it reaches full capacity, whichever comes first...
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Look Out- Falling Iguanas in Florida

Look Out- Falling Iguanas in Florida
Look Out for Falling Iguanas.  Yep.  You read that right.  Record low temperatures in Florida are causing Iguanas to fall out of trees prompting the state to warn residents and visitors. It may not seem as serious as the Salmonella Warning but it could have some risk of shock. The videos being posted online are concerning and somewhat comical as well. Imagine walking through a ...
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Everyone Poops- but Dogs use Magnetoreception

Everyone Poops- but Dogs use Magnetoreception
Dogs join cattle, deer, red foxes, coyotes and grey wolves as yet another mammal to have a mechanism of "magnetoreception". Evidently everyone poops but not all of us use the magnetic field to select our perfect spot. For anyone who has had the experience of walking a dog or waiting patiently for them to do their business, it is common to perceive them walking in a deliberate manner and ma...
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STEMtastic Sports: Baseball

STEMtastic Sports: Baseball
Have you ever wondered about the STEMtastic Elements of Sports? The NCAA Baseball tournament is upon us.  It is one of the best times of the year to see America's Favorite Pastime played with heart and soul while also delving into the science behind the game. There are various aspects of science in baseball, and both batters and hitters use physics in every at bat. Since major league pitches...
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5 STEM gifts for the Aspiring Coder (ages 8-80)

5 STEM gifts for the Aspiring Coder (ages 8-80)
TOP 5 STEM gifts for the Aspiring Coder # 1: BLOXELS It is no surprise at all that Bloxels made the Top Toy List for Amazon this holiday season. Get into the game -hands-on video game development -with Bloxels video game creation platform! Build your video games with a mix of physical and digital tools that include designs to help get you started creating your first game The Blo...
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US DOE to invest $279 Million in STEM Education Funding

US DOE to invest $279 Million in STEM Education Funding
The U.S. Department of Education has announced that it has pledged to invest over $200 million in high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.  This STEM Education Funding includes a focus on computer science at all levels. In total, the Department obligated $279 million in STEM discretionary grant funds in Fiscal Year 2018. “It’s important that all students have acc...
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Winners Announced STEM Education Awards

Winners Announced STEM Education Awards
 The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) announced the winners for the sixth annual STEM Education awards at a special ceremony held in Atlanta on Friday, November 3rd.  These awards were created to recognize and celebrate educators and students for outstanding efforts and achievement in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering, and...
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Top Technology Uses in Health Education

Top Technology Uses in Health Education
 Georgia STEM is pleased to have Bryan Minish share his expertise in Health Education and Technology.  Coach Minish has been involved in Education for the last 20 years.  He currently serves as a Defensive Coordinator for Cobb County Schools and also works with Special Education.  To find out more about Coach Minish, click here to visit his LinkedIn profile. Top Technology Uses in Health Educatio...
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7 Essential Apps for Health and Fitness Teachers

7 Essential Apps for Health and Fitness Teachers
Technology is reaching into every classroom across the state of Georgia and out onto many of our sports fields as educators, coaches and athletes utilize the plethora of apps available. Selecting from the hundreds of apps can be daunting and overwhelming.  At Georgia STEM, we are grateful for Ron Minish, Commerce High School, who graciously provided the Top 7 apps for Health and Fitness Teachers. ...
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STEM Critical Thinking: Can Caffeine kill you?

STEM Critical Thinking: Can Caffeine kill you?
Can Caffeine Kill you? Which would you prefer to drink- a cup of caffeine or a cup of trichloroethylene? When most people are asked this question, they would respond with caffeine- and they would be dead wrong.  Well, maybe they just do not have enough information, at least this was the hypothesis put forth by AP Environmental Science students. They thought that the students picked caffeine becau...
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