April 23, 2014

A New Collection and Online Community of STEM Resources: Sparticl.org

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From Twin Cities Public Television:

Sparticl is a groundbreaking global online destination for teens that features the best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content on the Web for free.

It’s designed to excite and grow STEM interest in a rich, social gaming environment, where teens can search, learn, share, and contribute. The content is vetted by experts to be age-appropriate, accurate, safe, and engaging.

Sparticl uses social gaming to encourage teens to test their knowledge, rank and share content, and even recommend new sites — all while earning points, status, badges, and rewards. Users have to be 13 or older to register on Sparticl, but anyone can enjoy the content.

More About Sparticl from the News Release:

Sparticl invites teens into a community of learning, where they can contribute to the content collection as they learn from it. A completely free, online and mobile destination for STEM, Sparticl features articles, videos, games, and hands-on activities from hundreds of sites, all vetted by a team of experts who scour the Web for quality teen-appropriate content.

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The Web can be bewildering and frustrating for students searching for STEM content, yet there are excellent STEM websites that students never find because they’re not on the first page of Google,” said Dr. Richard Hudson, executive producer at TPT. “Sparticl makes search simple by bringing together the best of the best – it’s great for homework or satisfying a curiosity about anything from nanotechnology, to rainforests, to baseball physics. Even more important are the social and gaming features we’ve created to keep kids coming back again and again.”

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Funded by St. Paul-based 3M, Sparticl has been in development for more than two years.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.