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The 10 Best STEM Resources

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. Professional Development STEM Education Resource Center Provides nearly 4,000 science, technology, engineering and math resources for PreK-5, 6-12 as well as free, self-paced modules for teachers teaching global climate change to middle school and high school students.

eTextile Lounge — everything electronic and textiles Earth Systems - 6th Grade Science Earth Systems, Structures and Processes6.E.2 Understand the structure of the earth and how interactions of constructive and destructive forces have resulted in changes in the surface of the Earth over time and the effects of the lithosphere on humans. 6.E.2.1 Summarize the structure of the earth, including the layers, the mantle and core based on the relative position, composition and density. 6.E.2.2 Explain how crustal plates and ocean basins are formed, move and interact using earthquakes, heat flow and volcanoes to reflect forces within the earth. 6.E.2.3 Explain how the formation of soil is related to the parent rock type and the environment in which it develops. 6.E.2.4 Conclude that the good health of humans requires: monitoring the lithosphere, maintaining soil quality and stewardship. *** Please wait while the videos load. *** 6.E.2.1 - Layers of the Earth 6.E.2.3 - Geology Kitchen #1 - What is a Mineral? 6.E.2.3 - Geology Kitchen #2 - Identifying Minerals

Imagination Foundation – Cardboard Challenge Capture Imagination Foundation – Arlington Heights Paul Solarz Westgate Elementary | Arlington Heights, IL I’m a 5th grade teacher from Arlington Heights, Illinois who has been teaching for 15 years. Fun facts: 1) I love to travel so much (esp. internationally)! @PaulSolarz | | Stocking up School Makerspaces Lots of teachers have been asking us how to set up a Makerspace at their school. As part of our Back to School series, we’re sharing an excerpt from the Makerspace Playbook: Schools Edition. Once you have a space where you and your students can work, you’ll want to outfit it with the tools, equipment, and materials your Makerspace needs in order for your students to accomplish their projects. But before you go on a shopping spree and max out your credit card, assess what your Makerspace will actually require. You don’t necessarily need a fully equipped shop. The Perfect List Ha ha! Of course, we have suggestions, but it’s up to you to find the right combination of tools and materials for your students. Makerspace Playbook: Schools Edition guides those who are hoping to start a Makerspace at their school or in their community. Budgeting for Tools and Their Care No matter how durable the tool, equipment always begets more equipment. In addition there is maintenance.

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Tools and Materials - Maker Ed's Resource Library “Tools and Materials” contains lists and examples of useful tools and resources in making activities and makerspaces, including suggestions for consumables, hardware, machines, open source software, and other technologies. This category also includes guidance or tutorials on specific tools or skills. The resources below are listed in alphabetical order, as a default. Filter - All Getting Started Open Source Software Tool Sources Tool Tutorials Sort By Title Disclaimer: Maker Ed’s online Resource Library contains links to third-party organizations, companies, and commercial products. SparkTruck - Tool Cards Tool Cards We’ve put together a guide for educators that introduces the tools we have on the truck, and what you can do with them! Download the entire set of Tool Cards (PDF) Activities & projects for each card: Laser Cutter: Vinyl Cutter: Shop Tools: Hot Glue Gun: iPad + Laptop: 3D Printer: Clay Oven: Laminator: Simple Circuits: Crafts Supplies: Back to top

Materials 101 Heart On Your Sleeve from Scott Garner on Vimeo. Endlighten is an acrylic sheet infused with colorless light diffusing particles. While regular acrylic only diffuses light around the edges, ... light diffusing acrylic Materials 101, Polymers I used to buy magnetic paint, but I wasn't very happy with its strength, consistency and color, so Nick Vermeer and I decided to make our own. Shape memory polymer strips (image by Inventables) Heat Reactive Materials Heat reactive materials change state, shape and/or color when exposed to temperatures above ambient. heat reactive polymers Thermochromic and waterproof polyester fabric (image by Inventables) Heat Reactive Materials Heat reactive materials change state, shape and/or color when exposed to temperatures above ambient. thermochromic materials Materials 101 As the name indicates, electrotextiles are textiles with electrical properties. I've learned that there are 3 main challenges in working with soft circuits.

Motors: A Guide to Give Your Projects Go! – Kid Makers When writing this post, I really wanted to incorporate some pun on “making your head spin,” but it just wasn’t working out. Nonetheless, today’s post will provide the briefest introduction to the world of motors. Motors are an important part of our daily lives that shows up even where we least expect it. We notice that motors are in cars and ceiling fans but they even show up in computers for DVD-drives, phones for vibration, electric toothbrushes, vacuums, and more! First, I should clear something up, people often use the terms engine and motor interchangeably; however, there is a slight difference between the two: Motor – Something that provides motion Engine – Something that converts thermal (like heat) energy into mechanical work So what? The most accessible kinds of motors are electrical so we will be focusing on those in this post. The three types you will mainly using are DC, Stepper motors, and servos. DC Motors An example of an inexpensive DC motor DC motor diagram Servo Stepper Motor

SD Times Blog: Fifteen toys, games and tools that teach programming There have been a lot of toys and games popping up that secretly teach kids programming basics and how to code, but why is it so important to teach programming skills to our kids? Well first off, there is a huge demand for computer science and programming skills. According to, there will be 1.4 million more computer science jobs than there will be people to fill them by 2020. Secondly, learning how to program teaches kids skills that they can use in everyday life, not just programming. Programming skills can improve a child’s problem-solving abilities, teach them to communicate and work collaboratively, and help them to think creatively and reason systematically. With fun tools like the ones listed below, teaching your kid how to program can be fun, and some of the tools are for all ages! Alice Alice is a 3D programming environment that introduces object-oriented programming and teaches fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating video games and animated movies. #!

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