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Below are links that explore our region’s growth industries and the SciTech focus areas of Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Robotics, Advanced Materials Processes, Environmental Technology and Information Technology.
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      Talking Glossary (and more!) of Genetic Terms
      A glossary of agricultural biotechnology and genetically modified food terms
      Michael Crichton's "Prey"
      GATTACA, a thoughtful film about society's prejudices and the potential dark side of messing with mother nature. A breathtaking, if somewhat cold and sterile, look into the future.
      Interactive Quiz on Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Foods
      Do you know these words? Test yourself - glossary of words used in the classroom or in the news!
      Genetic Counseling, Policy Decisionmaking Game - Learn as You Play!
      Finding the Structure of DNA - Putting It together- Base Pair Interactive
      Stem Cell, Policy Decisionmaking Game - Learn as You Play!
      Tour... Your Chromosomes - Multiple Animations to work with!
      How Unique Are You? See Human Origins - Variation - An Interactive Where You Record Some of Your Traits and Compare
      An Animated Primer on the Basics of Genetics
      Brief Guide to Genomics: Fact Sheets
      Genetic Education Modules - see Other Resources DNA Kit Select Activities for grade appropriate activity list
      DNA Interactive Modules including Lesson Builder
      Very nice CHART: Consumer Product (bread, stone-washed jeans, and more), Old Manufacturing Process,New Industrial Biotech Process,Climate Benefits, Consumer Benefit
      Enzyme Biotechnology in Everyday Life
      What are stem cells and what are they used for?
      Overview of Biotech
      What have we learned from the Human Genome Project?
      Understanding Cloning
      Biotechnology Timeline 1
      Interactive DNA Timeline - click once you arrive at the timeline for images and links!
      Genetic Horoscope
      Backyard Brains’ Ethics Page exploring education and experimentation.
      One of the 1st People to Have Their Genome Read - For Better or For...?
      Pittsburgh Lifesciences Greenhouse
      Pennsylvania Bio - PA bioscience industry
      High School Biotech competition - BioGENEious Challenge, BioTech Institute - through the Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair
      Wrongful conviction overturned by DNA evidence.


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      Michael Crichton's "Prey"
      The Dance of Molecules: How Nanotechnology Is Changing Our Lives.
      How big is a nanometer video? Three brief clips explain this in different ways.
      Art Gallery
      In pictures: Nanotechnology - Building the future from the bottom up
      Nanotechnology will change your life...but how?
      Interactive quizzes - the nanoscale world that is rapidly expanding internationally - NanoKids™ visual concept utilizes universally recognized forms exhibiting human characteristics to instruct, motivate, and entertain.
      What's your Nano IQ?
      Higher Level Nano Quiz - a good learning tool!
      Powers of Ten
      Policy Decision-Making Game - Learn as You Play!
      Interactive Scale
      Here's your chance to guess what an item is from only looking at up close shots of it.
      Click an image to see it under the microscope!
      'Powers of ten' with images and much more!
      Nanoscale Ruler
      The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
      Nanotech in Fashion
      Nanouveau – Why Nanotech Will Happen
      Realistic visual of a nanotech future - uses
      What is Nanotechnology?
      Nano timeline
      CRN - Center for Responsible Nanotechnology
      Helping the poor: the real challenge of nanotech
      Societal impact - Grey Goo ?
      Nano newsletter for kids
      Nano magazines for kids
      Small Times - leading source of business information and analysis about micro and nanotechnology.
      National Nanotechnology Initiative
      The Center for Nano-enabled Device and Energy Technologies (CNXT) in Pittsburgh
      Nanotechnology in Pittsburgh
      Mysteries of the Unseen World
      National Nanotechnology Initiative: K-12 Education, Teacher Resources, Careers


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      Almost Human, Making Robots Think (creative nonfiction about CMU robotics - robots and their makers!)
      Robot Futures (Illah Reza Nourbakhsh). Nourbakhsh follows each glimpse or scenario (chapter) of a robotic future with an examination of the underlying technology and an exploration of the social consequences of the scenario.
      Robot Film Festival
      Androids to enable old people to live independently for longer by helping with meals, personal care, and mobility while also providing company! The film, Robot & Frank, a dramedy in theaters August 24, 2012.
      I, Robot - Are Real Androids Ready for Their Close-Up?
      UPMC is pioneering robotic surgery here...and across the globe
      Rat-Brained Robot in Action
      Short Circuit: No. 5 is Alive! (LOGIN required)
      The Arduino: a $25 gadget that will teach you and your kids a lot about programming and electronics
      Lesson Plans
      Living on Earth: The Future of Robotics
      How Robots Will Affect Future Generations
      How Robots Work - Honda's Asimo
      Timeline for Robotics
      What Happened to the Robot Age?
      Ethical & Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence - Quotes, References & Links
      Great Site for Robotics in the News
      DARPA Urban Challenge - Tartans (CMU) 1st place!
      The Robotics Institute (CMU)
      DARPA Grand Challenge - Red Team - go Pittsburgh!
      Pittsburgh Regional FIRST Robotics High School Competition and the CMU NREC Robotics Academy
      How to get started in robotics.

Advanced Materials Processes

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      Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope, by Bridget Heos
grades 5-8.
      Glossary: It's an Advanced Material World
      Library of 3-D structures for many molecules discussed in introductory biology and chemistry texts (Download)
      Alcoa Display Advanced Materials - Aerospace Applications
      Material Science as Art
      How to shark a 'guess the number of M&Ms in a jar' contest...(understanding more about solids and packing fractions)
      Advanced Materials - A Take on Tennis
      Beer is chillier and unbreakable - a Pittsburgh icon in a new aluminum package
      Ferrari F-430 gets performance and comfort from a new-generation Alcoa spaceframe.
      Electronically dimmable systems for the windows of the 787 passenger compartment from PPG
      SunCleanTM Self-Cleaning Windows from PPG
      Bayer MaterialScience's Sustainable Snowboard Offers a Surf-Like Ride
      Plastic photochromic eyewear lenses that automatically darken when exposed to sunlight
      Tomorrow's spacecraft will be built using advanced materials with mind-boggling properties (scroll down)
      How Self-healing Spacecraft Will Work
      Materials Science Resources on the Web
      Advanced ceramics provide the perfect solution and a cost-effective, high performance alternative to traditional materials such as metals, plastics and glass
      Materials Science Definition and more!
      How Luminol works - a chemical that reveals invisible blood traces
      It would take an elephant, balanced on a pencil, to break through a sheet of graphene the thickness of Saran Wrap.
      Interactive online periodic table of the elements
      Timeline of Materials Technology
      Minerals, Metals and Materials Society's JOM Technical Journal
      Strange Matter – lots of stuff at this website!

Environmental Technology

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      "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" - Her 'regular' family of four spends a year eating locally. Audio interview with author Barbara Kingsolver.
      "Omnivore's Dilemma": What’s at stake in our eating choices is not only our own and our children’s health, but the health of the environment that sustains life on earth.
      I have decided to explore my own environmental impact – where the stuff I buy comes from, and what happens to my waste and recycling. My blogs from the road will be published here on the New Scientist Environment blog.
      The Allegheny Front - Voice of the Environment
      Audio-visual records of life on Earth
      Video on Global Warming: Goldilocks and the Greenhouse
      Operation Migration and the movie "Fly Away Home"
      Climate Connections A Global Journey: How climate changes people AND how people change climate. CLICK - on a topic to explore a global warming issue CLICK - on a map to see what is being reported
      Climate Change - U. N. site
      View Podcasts - Women's Health & the Environment Conference.
A must see with wonderful speakers and topics that you, male or female, really need to hear.
      YERT (Your Environmental Roadtrip) - engaging, educational and very important
      Surviving in a warmer world
If the planet warms by 4 ºC, as it might this century, it will change beyond all recognition. Explore how human civilisation could adapt with this interactive map.
      Test Your energy IQ - Is Your home a "Green" House?
      The Happy Planet Index which incorporates three separate indicators: ecological footprint, life-satisfaction and life expectancy
      30 questions to elevate your awareness (and literacy) of the greater place in which you live
      Energy, Energy today, Energy futures, and Energy action quizzes all with fun animated links, games, and more!
      Identify birds! (needs free Adobe flashplayer to view)
      Ice Shelf Interactive
      Climate Change - Policy Decision-Making Game - Learn as You Play!
      Stabilization Wedges Game: team-based includes the scale of the greenhouse gas problem, existing technologies to reduce our carbon emissions
      Make-A-Guide for Birds (subscription is really minimal for unlimited personalized guidebooks)
      Extinction Crib Sheet - download!
      Organic Food Handout including the 'dirty dozen' - the best nonorganic produce to avoid! (download)
      Guide to Safe Drinking Water
      The Dirty Dozen Chemicals in Cosmetics
      Slow Food Pittsburgh
      Skin Deep - Cosmetic Safety Database
      Game - Everyday products made from oil.
      Geoengineering: Guns and sunshades to rescue climate
      Underwater Sculpture Revives Coral Reefs & Hope!
      Interactive of a 'green' roof, and examples of green roofs around the world - for ex. in Pittsburgh (see image #10).
      Top Ten Emerging Environmental Technologies
      DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
      Forum on Science and Technology for Sustainability
      Green Building Alliance (Western PA)
      PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
      US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
      Local Air Pollution in 8 parts from the Post Gazette - Mapping Mortality
      Energy Timeline
      Youth Online Climate Pledge
      Infographic in real time - Global Impact of Transportation
      Join the Hunt for Bees - The Great Sunflower Project
      The Facts on Environmental Literacy
      Clean Water Action
      Conservation Consultants, Inc.
      Engineers Without Borders USA
      CleanWays of Allegheny County
      PA Greenways Clearinghouse
      Pittsburgh Riverlife Task Force
      Rainforest Alliance
      Construction Junction - Promotes Conservation Through the Reuse of Building Materials
      The Nature Conservancy
      Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
      Biogems: The Place to Protect Wildlife & Wetlands
      TUNZA: for young people - by young people - about young people
      Our Planet: The United Nations Environment Program's flagship magazine for environmentally sustainable development
      Grinning Planet
      Environmental E-Magazine (download)
      Our Planet: gateway to the latest environmental news
      Rocky Mountain Institute
      Sustainable Pittsburgh
      Video - Pittsburgh Renews Itself With 'Green' Technologies - 'NewsHour with Jim Lehrer' on PBS
      PHIPPS + Sustainability = Project Green Heart
      Pittsburgh Organizations you can be part of!
      Marcellus Shale news and information including calendar of shale-related events in your community, interactive timeline, Google Map of permit leases,..
      Classroom Earth Online Resource: Learn How to Teach High School Students About the environment
      Water Sites, Hands-on Projects & Information
      Friends of the Riverfront includes activities and more!
      PA Association for Environmental Education
      National Environmental Education links, newsletter...
      PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Geological Survey
      Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
      US National Park Service
      Clear, usable facts about energy: uses, sources, costs and efficiency!
      JA Careers in Energy Programs for Your Classroom
      Creek Connections Teaching Modules Available!

Information Technology

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      Basic computer terms quiz
      Learn to Code JavaScript by Playing a Game
      National STEM Videogame Challenge
      Google Maps is now in game formation! Try it!!
      Unplugged: computer science isn't really about computers at all. It's binary numbers, algorithms, data compression & fun! Free registration and then visit -
      Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python (more advanced!)
      What Information Technology is all about - making the information (Shakespeare) more useful and interesting using technology (the search)
      Computer Simulations at the Forefront of Science
      An interactive home display depicting tools (existing and underdevelopment) that make use of Information Technology and Robotics to help maintain senior independence.
      How Biometrics Work
      How Computer Viruses Work
      Computers and Learning Disabilities
      Use the idle time on your computer to cure diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research. It's safe, secure, and easy.
      Body Media, a Pittsburgh-based company, launches SenseWear
      CMU Facial Recognition Research
      Innovative Method To Detect Genetic Causes Of Complex Diseases Identified By Computational Biologists at Carnegie Mellon University
      CMU's captcha pioneer - “completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart.” Because a computer cannot think like a human! Captchas help websites block abuse - spam e-mail, illegal postings and skewed online voting.
      Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
      National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT): Aspirations in Computing Award This award recognizes young women in high school for their computing-related achievements and interests.
      This IBM portal provides games, resources and information. Learn - to host programming contests - about new contests and - about the exciting things you can do with basic, easy-to-learn programming skills.
      The National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition that aims to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games.
      Do you have a great idea for an app? Enter the Verizon App Challenge. Submit a video & essay on why (for the community) and how (what will it really take) you want to build this app. Check out previous winners! (Great prizes for you and your school.)
      An online high school coding competition! Check it out.
      PSC's (Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center) Education, Outreach & Training Portal
      Science Fair Resource - PSC (Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center)

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