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5 STEM tools you can use for any subject. Forbes Welcome. A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA. Forbes Welcome. University of Florida News. Can Parasitic Wasps Help Save America's Citrus? In a lemon grove in Riverside, California, a half dozen beige mesh tents rise above the fruit trees.

Can Parasitic Wasps Help Save America's Citrus?

Within each tent a solitary lemon tree bustles with invaders from another continent: small insects called Asian citrus psyllids. They're potential carriers of a plague that could decimate California's citrus groves. But scientists here are deliberately breeding them—in order to breed an antidote. "Warning," read signs posted on the tents in English and Spanish. "Wasps inside. " Tamarixia radiata is a flea-size parasitic wasp from Pakistan that attacks Asian citrus psyllids. Is the Lime an Endangered Species? Photo LOS ANGELES — WE’RE used to the elusiveness of certain scarce and seasonal gastronomical treasures like black truffles that are priced and meted out accordingly.

Is the Lime an Endangered Species?

But no one could have predicted the strange twist that threatens to turn guacamole, Key lime pie and margaritas into rare delicacies. Ozobot user portal. A Thematic Approach to Planning Your Maker Space. When schools talk about the Maker Movement and creating maker spaces, they often focus their initial thinking on purchasing the tools and materials.

A Thematic Approach to Planning Your Maker Space

This resource-driven approach can create a buzz in your school for some time; however, that excitement will inevitably fade. While resources are an important part of any maker space, taking a thematic planning approach is much more effective. Novel Engineering project teaches kids about engineering by using fiction books. Photo by Chris Berdik One recent morning, at a public school in Malden, Massachusetts, north of Boston, teams of third graders rushed around programming sensors on computers, wiring them to motors, digging into bins of Legos and gears, and rummaging through boxes of paper towel rolls, egg cartons, and pipe cleaners.

Novel Engineering project teaches kids about engineering by using fiction books.

Their mission was to protect a baby turtle from a dog—a beloved, mischievous black Lab named Tornado, the title character of a novel they had read for class. The fictional dog is named after a twister that flung him into the life of a young farm boy. During one of their adventures, the thirsty pup drinks from a pet turtle’s watery home and slurps up the creature in the process.

Your Kids Can Do It: Quick, Free, and Easy Stop-Motion Videos. Today is not only my last day of teaching, but also my last day posting on Top Teaching for this school year.

Your Kids Can Do It: Quick, Free, and Easy Stop-Motion Videos

For my last post, I would like to share a fun classroom activity. Easy Stop Motion Animation for Beginners. Stop Motion Ideas for Beginners. Middle School Maker Journey: Top 20 Technologies and Tools. New Minecraft tutorial teaches kids coding. Minecraft meets Hour of Code in free browser-based tutorial A free Minecraft coding tutorial from Microsoft, created for the upcoming and third annual Hour of Code, introduces players ages 6 and older to basic coding contained within the popular “sandbox” game, so named because players have freedom to build and do anything they wish inside the world they create.

New Minecraft tutorial teaches kids coding

The tutorial was unveiled on Nov. 16 by Microsoft, Mojang AB, and and was created especially for students and educators.‘s Hour of Code is a campaign intended to expand global participation in computer science activities. It is held during Computer Science Education Week, which this year runs from Dec. 7-13. Elementary Library Makerspace Resources. Collaborative Resources created with Mrs.

Elementary Library Makerspace Resources

J in the Library Elementary Librarians to Follow STEM Facilitators in Elementary Amazing Professors Teaching Teachers/Librarians Best Resources for Elementary School Makerspaces. How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom. By Peter Pfau, FAIA One of the most exciting models of learning is “design thinking.”

How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom

Grand Center Arts Academy. GCAA is excited to welcome new faculty member Andrew Goodin, who will direct the Makerspace lab.

Grand Center Arts Academy

Mr. Goodin is an award-winning science teacher, entrepreneur and innovative educator. He is on the leading edge of integrating Makerspace labs into traditional school models, with a special interest in bringing these groundbreaking ideas to urban schools. According to Mr. Goodin, the Maker movement has a tremendous amount of momentum and the new space at GCAA will be truly unique as a prototype for extending this program to more schools. Mr. “Gregory and I were 2008 TFA (Teach For America) corps members,” said Goodin.

“We would get together to talk about ideas. “Grand Center Arts Academy is an incredibly unique school. EDU-STEAMGuide-V1-5. Video: Schools, Libraries Uniquely Positioned to Direct Maker Movement, Says Congressman. October 11, 2015 School Library Journal.

Video: Schools, Libraries Uniquely Positioned to Direct Maker Movement, Says Congressman

Creating a School Library Makerspace: The Beginning of a Journey. Our library at Silver Creek High School in Longmont, CO is an active hub for extracurricular activities. We host an Anime Club, monthly Poetry Slams, and Book Buddies, but I felt like we could do more.

I wanted something that I could tie to student learning which would promote inquiry, giving students opportunities to solve problems and find answers to questions. My assistant and I began looking at innovative library programs and community partnerships. Many of the teacher librarians in my professional network have been expanding their libraries by adding makerspace opportunities, classroom collaboration, and even 3-D printers. Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.

STEM Education Coalition. Create 3D digital designs with online CAD. Free Library, Public Libraries and Librarians. Designing a School Makerspace. Makerspaces, STEAM labs and fab labs are popping up in schools across the country. Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. A makerspace is not solely a science lab, woodshop, computer lab or art room, but it may contain elements found in all of these familiar spaces. Therefore, it must be designed to accommodate a wide range of activities, tools and materials. LittleBits 101 - Classroom Set Edition with Task Cards: a littleBits Project by Mrs. J in the Library. STEP 1 : Watch the video to discover how littleBits work! Click one of the links below to watch the video.

If one is blocked by your school, try the other one. Remember! You may need to pause the video so it can load. When you finish watching the video, choose another step to complete. Video link: OR STEP 2 : Power + Button + LED. Creating a School Library Makerspace: The Beginning of a Journey. Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous.

If Americans are united in any conviction these days, it is that we urgently need to shift the country’s education toward the teaching of specific, technical skills. Robotics enters K-12 classrooms.