Kids love treasure hunts and a fun, yet surprisingly practical summer project allows them to design and build a magnetic-field detector and use it to find hidden magnets with students. (more…)
Archive for the ‘Engineering’ Category
WGBY invites you to the world premiere of Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, an in-depth study of the architect’s complex life and accomplishments this Sunday, 13 April, from 4 – 6 pm at The Academy of Music, Northampton. In addition to major contributions to the American landscape, such as co-designing Central Park, heading the first Yosemite commission, and designing the U.S. Capitol Grounds, Olmstead designed Smith, Mt. Holyoke, UMass and Amherst, and his firm created parks in Springfield and Holyoke MA. (Who remembers Riverside Park?) (more…)
Join WGBY each Wednesday night at 9p — starting on April 9 – for THINK WEDNESDAY, a dynamic line-up of programs exploring the thrilling world of nature, technology, and science. This special night of science explores the animal mind, bionic pets, DNA, and human evolution. PBS LearningMedia is extending THINK WEDNESDAY into the classroom by offering a new resource collection for PreK-12 science teachers packed with videos, infographics, lesson plans, and interactive games. Watch a preview. (more…)
PBS Learning Media takes a behind-the-scenes look at the daily life of actual scientists and engineers for grades 4-8 and 6-12. As well as spending “A Day in the Life of a NASA Engineer,” you and students might be surprised to see some familiar faces, including television star turned neuroscientist Mayim Biyalik. There’s also a companion collection from NOVA. (more…)
PBS LearningMedia™ is launching a new STEM initiative, “Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media.” This collection offers 40 resources to help bring engineering alive for students. Attending a webinar for PBS stations about the collection, I learned about these media-rich resources and the myths surrounding engineering. To support teachers as they face demanding new standards, PBS LearningMedia and WGBH will host a series of teacher webinars later this month, introducing the Next Generation Science Standards collection and offering advice for incorporating the resources into their classrooms. (more…)
Here are two of several grants recently shared by eSchoolNews, each with February deadlines : 1) all-expenses-paid professional development opportunities for middle/high school teachers from the Siemens STEM Academy and 2) a chance for teams of high school students to hone their creativity with inventions for real-life problems, offered by the InvenTeam initiative, created by the Lemelson-MIT Program. (more…)
While a recently posted Design Squad challenge has closed, here’s another with 25 days left to enter! Design Squad invites students to enter their Build It Better challenge — to design improvements to things that they use everyday. During the month of November, the series is presenting three themed design challenges along with matching photos to get students started. Students can use their sketch-on-sketch feature to sketch designs and improvements on top of the provided photos to show how they would make the original item better.
Approved designs will be shared on the Design Squad website and kids can use stickers to vote for their favorites. Nate and Deysi, the show’s motivating engineer hosts, will also share their top picks for each theme on the website. At the end of the month, the designs with the most votes, plus a few that Nate and Deysi choose, will get special virtual stickers to use on their website!
PBS Kids Design Squad, with its call for students to “Dream it. Build it. Use it.” is challenging students to become a Design Squad Top Builder by designing a structure out of newspaper and masking tape! Students can build any kind of structure they want: a chair, a sculpture, even a building. But whatever they build, it must be structurally sound — that means it’s strong and won’t fall down easily. Watch the video.
Students can enter Design Squad’s Top Builder: Newspaper Power Challenge by logging into Design Squad’s website and submitting a photo of their newspaper structure — one submission per user — using the form at the bottom of this link on or before November 6, 2013. (Please don’t include students or teachers in photos — newspaper structures only. ) Design Squad will highlight their favorite newspaper structure and then students can vote for the best. The builder with the most votes will earn a special sticker s/he can use on the Design Squad website.