Curious Little AppsOverview As technology progresses the need for computing and coding skills rises and the developers of this app have responded by creating a kid-friendly app called Kodable. This free version of Kodable introduces children to programming in a simple and fun way.STEM All-StarsPosted on October 28th, 2015 by Mary Lord Who are top all-star “hitters” in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math? Spinning off the concept of baseball trading cards, DuPont celebrated the 25th anniversary of its student essay writing contest by creating a series of STEM collectible trading cards. The bench now include 25 women scientists and engineers who have made an impact through STEM research and education. Featured thus far:GK-12 : STEM Activities and Resources for K-12 Teachers and StudentsFor All Grades (K-12) From AAAS BEN (BiosciEdNet) Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences Teaching and learning resources for undergraduate and graduate students from collaborating organizations in the biological sciences
Helping Students Write Better Lab ReportsOne of the messages of the Writing Across the Curriculum movement is that writing skills can be developed in any course and that often the best place to start is with current assignments that involve writing. That’s where chemists Gragson and Hagen started. They were disappointed in the quality of student writing in their “journal-style” lab reports. Despite giving students a sample lab, a writing manual, and lots of good feedback, the quality of the lab reports was low and did not improve across the 10 to 15 lab reports students prepared.STEM Education in the Elementary ClassroomIn order to meet the increasingly rigorous and technically focused demands of 21st century living, we have seen quite a push in American society to engage our youth in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). This comes on the heels of the alarmingly overall low performance of American high school students’ test scores in math and science compared to other industrialized countries. President Obama has stated many times that we as a nation must remain leaders in science and technology, as our national economic prosperity depends on it. When we think of STEM education, we think high school students taking chemistry and algebra courses, not third graders and multiplication. But with a little forethought and a bit of tweaking to your lessons, a STEM-based curriculum can be suitable for elementary students.
Program a FriendActivity courtesy of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s Vernier Technology Lab Time: 10 – 30 minutes Grade level: 1 – 8 Summary5 Jewelry Techniques to Use in the Art Room - The Art of EdWhen people think about “conventional art,” most may envision wall décor or sculpture. As art teachers, we know this is far from the truth. Sometimes the best way to display artwork for all to see is by wearing it. Have you ever tie-dyed or created silkscreen t-shirts with your students? If you have, you’ll find your students wearing their art for months to come. Another way to encourage the use of wearable art is through jewelry making.
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