Simplified Water Rockets - Elementary Science Fun. One of my favorite teaching subjects is science.
However, many of the hands-on science projects are slanted towards the middle or high school grades. While the standards for elementary science are simplified as compared to middle or high school. Projects for 2nd-5th grade requires: too many materials a lot of adult supervision - especially with glue (heated or not) expensive if ready made kits are used. **Don't like kits because opportunities for teachable moments are lost** kids (1st/2nd grade) with a better than average attention span. Many of the rocket projects on instructables.com are similar to what we used in Cub Scouts.
This rocket not only covers 1st to 5th grade TEKS, but puts the project directly in the hands of the child who can complete the rocket from start to finish in a typical 50 minute period. The goals of this design are: Can be made by a 1st grader with minimal instruction. Science Resources. Elementary STEM. Elementary STEM. Curiosity Machine. Electronic Invention Kit - Buy Direct (Official Site) MaKey MaKey. Instructables - DIY How To Make Instructions. Alice.org.
Scratch for Arduino Makes Programing the Arduino More Visual. Circuit Scribe: Draw Circuits Instantly by Electroninks Incorporated. Electronics. EZ-Robot. Ideas. An ARM GNU/Linux box for $25. Take a byte! Arduino - HomePage. MaKey MaKey: An Invention Kit for Everyone - Buy Direct (Official Site) United Nations International School’s MakerSpace AKA CoLaboratory. By: Francesca Zammarano, Junior School Technology Integrator & Jacqueline Jenkins, Junior School Divisional Head, United Nations International School UNIS is in its first year of having a CoLaboratory, a room which is just that – an interactive, colorful and vibrant space.
Here we allow students to generate and create visible, tangible and exciting products, which they then can share with the wider school community. These projects are often interdisciplinary in nature, which allows for concepts in Math, Social Studies, or Art to be integrated into the final outcome. In sharing these final products an energy and curiosity evolves and the desire to interact with the space grows. As students enter the CoLaboratory, they immediately come in contact with tools, similar to those found in childhood shop classes; screwdrivers, safety goggles, cardboard, meter sticks, and a sink.
We have created an environment that mixes high and low technology for the students to use, create, MAKE. Creating a Mini Maker Space. For kid makers, having a dedicated space to work on projects can be pretty wonderful, and it just might help them create more than they ever imagined.
A workspace doesn't need to be huge -- a small workbench that is efficient, compact and flexible in its use and storage can fit almost anywhere. Here are some tips on how to design and set up a mini maker space made just for your kids. Your kids can even help you set this up, though adult supervision is suggested, especially when installing the table and hanging shelving and pegboard. 1. Answer a few questions to help your child make some key decisions. • What general-use tools do you and your kids use for every project and should have on hand all the time? • What support materials can't you live without? 2. The surface you and your kids work on should complement your projects. • If you do a lot of woodworking, you'll want a hard, flat surface that can be replaced after it is worn, stained, sawn, and hammered. 3. 4. 5.
How to Get a FabLab@School - FabLab@School. FabLab@School is a growing network of educational digital fabrication labs that put cutting-edge technology for design and construction -- such as 3D printers and laser cutters -- into the hands of middle and high school students.
TLTL researchers have spent the last years developing low-cost tools, a curriculum, and a rigorous teacher-preparation program. The labs are the proving ground for much of the research going on in TLTL. While these days there are a few other fabrication labs in school settings, FabLab@School was the first program designed from the ground up specifically to serve grades 6-12. There are currently FL@S installations on the Stanford University campus, in Moscow (Russia), Bangkok (Thailand), and in Palo Alto, USA. Additional installations are planned for East Palo Alto, Denmark, Australia, and Brazil.
Minimum hardware resources needed to assemble a FabLab@School are: 1. Here are two commonly used laser cutter models in the U.S. Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM. InnovatED on the BAM Radio Network. Sally Ride STEM Central. A game-based learning and assessment tool for middle school students covering the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.