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Play Games. STEM - Home. STEM Paper Airplane Challenge. STEM Challenges are terrific ways to help teach your kids about science, technology, engineering and math, all while building their brains and making connections through problem solving.

STEM Paper Airplane Challenge

This week we studied paper airplanes. Every week we do a different challenge with our elementary-aged kiddos. I give them a problem or a contest, and they have to figure out how to solve it. You would not believe how engaged the kids are in learning when they have a problem to solve! Are your kids learning how to read or write? SOARING WITH STEM! - Get Caught Engineering - STEM Resources for Teachers & Parents.

“Up in the Air, Junior Birdman Up in the Air, Birdman Fly Up in the Air, Junior Birdman Get your wings and learn to fly!”

SOARING WITH STEM! - Get Caught Engineering - STEM Resources for Teachers & Parents

Get your students ready for take off! Activities that explore the basics of aviation are not only fun, but can teach and review aspects of the scientific process and the engineering design process. Watercraft. Lesson adapted from PBS’s Design Squad Nation, ©2012 WGBH Education Foundation.


Click for the PDF version in English (508K) or Spanish (736K). Grade Level: Grades 5 – 8 Time: 30 to 45 minutes Summary In this activity, students learn about the engineering design process and the physical principles of buoyancy and displacement by working together to build a boat out of straws and plastic wrap that can hold 25 pennies for at least 10 seconds before sinking. Related Engineering Disciplines Include: Canucanoe. Oct. 21, 1879: Edison Gets the Bright Light Right. 1879: Thomas Edison crowns 14 months of testing with an incandescent electric light bulb that lasts 13½ hours.

Oct. 21, 1879: Edison Gets the Bright Light Right

Sir Humphry Davy had produced incandescent electric light in 1808 by passing battery current through a platinum wire. But the voltaic pile was expensive and could be messy. The invention of the dynamo in 1866 literally generated new possibilities and a few American and European cities had some of their streets illuminated with arc lights by the end of the 1870s. Arc light (where the current flows from one electrode through a gas to another electrode) is bright and harsh. Edison wanted to “subdivide” the light by using the softer glow obtained when electricity passes through a filament and heats it up until it glows. Edison was riding high on the fame and profits from his gadgets for telegraph printing, multiplex telegraphy, telephone improvements and the brand-new phonograph. Carbon conducts electricity, has a high resistance and can be shaped into thin filaments. See Also:

TryEngineering. Can-Do Canoe. (Lesson from IEEE’s In this activity, teams of students in grades 3 -12 explore the engineering design process by building model canoes from everyday materials and testing their design in a basin.

Can-Do Canoe

The canoes must be able to float for three minutes and, for older students, support a load. Students then evaluate the effectiveness of their canoes and those of other teams, and present their findings to the class. Marshmallow Design Challenge. (Adapted from The Marshmallow Challenge by Tom Wujec, a Fellow at Autodesk, a world leader in 2D and 3D technology serving the design, engineering, and entertainment industries.)

Marshmallow Design Challenge

Introduction: This fun design/build exercise teaches some simple but profound lessons in collaboration, innovation, hidden assumptions, and creativity that are central to the engineering process. Surprising lessons emerge when each teams’ performance is compared. What were the hidden or false assumptions? Who tends to do poorly or best? Made to Sail. (Copyright 1998-2008 by Sea Education Association, all rights reserved.

Made to Sail

Compiled and edited by Pat Harcourt & Teri Stanley.) Summary: Students use simple materials to design and make model sailboats that must stay upright and sail straight in a testing tank. Key Words: sail, stability, leeway, resistance, floating, displacement, propulsion, steering, keel. Grade Level: 2 – 7. Error. eSchool News Why one district’s students studied only STEM for a week. For one week in October, students in Boston’s public middle schools—6,500 students in 36 schools–set aside their regular lessons and participated in Boston STEM Week, a hands-on, in-depth program connecting students with real-world examples of STEM in action.

eSchool News Why one district’s students studied only STEM for a week

Organized by i2 Learning during October 3-7, Boston STEM Week grew out of a STEM-focused summer camp that took place for one week on empty school campuses. Organizations such as MIT, the Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Science in Boston contributed hands-on STEM courses for students. In 2015, teachers working at the camps observed a high level of student engagement, but noted one drawback: the STEM camps only attracted students who were already interested in the topic.

They wondered if expanding it to public school classrooms could engage students who hadn’t otherwise expressed an interest in STEM. “Our goal is to reach kids who might have ignored STEM otherwise,” said i2 Learning founder Ethan Berman. CC Inventory FINAL. The essential components of STEM education. Schools seeking to build, strengthen or improve their STEM education programs now have a 14-point checklist to use as a guide, thanks to NSF-funded research from George Washington University, George Mason University, and SRI International.

The essential components of STEM education

The Opportunity Structures for Preparation and Inspiration (OSPrI) research intends to examine “opportunity structures provided to students by Inclusive STEM-Focused High Schools (ISHSs),” with particular focus on schools serving students from underrepresented groups. While some STEM schools recruit highly-talented students without regard to need or background, ISHSs tend to seek out new STEM talent, especially from underrepresented minority students.

The 10 Best STEM Resources. By Phil Nast, retired middle school teacher and freelance writer Found In: mathematics, science, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Curriculum Resources Exploratorium Provides interactives, web features, activities, programs, and events for K-12.

The 10 Best STEM Resources

Saturday and Summer professional development workshops are available through the Teacher Institute. Workshops. Come create with us! Born out of a commitment to the economic turnaround of our community through education, Martinsville City Public Schools is meeting its mission of "Bringing Life to Learning" with the MCPS STEM Pipeline. Why this one STEM course has four different teachers. A STEM rotation model engages students in multifaceted projects with real-world implications What does it mean to truly apply classroom knowledge? Years ago, application meant a comprehensive exam or essay. In today’s educational environment, students are encouraged to apply what they’ve learned, not just on tests, but during multifaceted, multimedia projects that bring relevance to lessons and help students realize how their learning is used every day in the real world.

Walking into one of our four STEM classrooms at Huntingdon Area Middle School, you won’t see students working quietly on worksheets. They’ll be huddled up in small groups, collaborating, brainstorming, critically thinking about how to solve the world’s problems. 10 Questions to Ask about Your STEM Program. A MiddleWeb Blog Last week I was reading a recent article from Scientific American titled When I Grow Up: 5 Lessons Scientists Would Share with Their Younger Selves. I was cheering the emphasis that author Amanda Baker placed on the encouraging middle schoolers in STEM coursework and careers. Kudos! Finding Real-World Problems for STEM Lessons. A MiddleWeb Blog What do STEM teachers do? According to U.S. A Starter Pack for Perfect STEM Lessons.

TEACHER: I’m trying to design a STEM lesson. I just don’t have a clear picture of what to do. I’ve heard that statement a time or two, and I work with teachers to try to answer it. Like most challenges you face, there’s no magic formula, but I’ll share a list of tips I try to remember when I’m writing STEM lessons. This is not a comprehensive list (despite my MiddleWeb editor’s fanciful title for this post). But it’s a pretty good starting place as we strive to make our lessons as “perfect” as we can.

Take a look and see if you find ideas to add to your lesson design kit. Ask yourself . . . 1. 2. 3. 4. Why this one STEM course has four different teachers. Survey: Students discouraged from seeking STEM teaching careers – eSchool News. The Brown Bag STEM Challenge- 10 Project Ideas for Engaging STEM Projects. Teaching STEM through Fairy Tales. Kano. The Futures Channel Educational Videos and Activities. eSchool News 7 reasons why your school should teach robotics and game design. Connect the Dots. Navy STEM for the Classroom.

Top 10 ed-tech stories of 2013, No. 8: 'Forgotten' STEM elements. 8. eSchool News 10 computer science education resources and facts. The 10 Best STEM Resources. Secondary Education Curriculum. Creativity and design play a significant role in every part of our lives. Developed by the Museum of Science, Boston.

NASA Wavelength Digital Library. Air Force wants student help on STEM projects. ISTEM: Lesson Plans. - 14 Amazing Project Sites: A STEM, PBL, Common Core Series - A Goldmine of Resources. 0 Comments. STEM - Additional STEM Resources. STEM Resources. Resources for Teachers.