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…)
Posts Tagged ‘STEM’
“STEM education is critical, but schools struggle to keep students interested.” So starts a report in the May 6th edition of eSchool News by Managing Director Laura Devaney. The article points out that while STEM education is one of the keys to a successful and competitive U. S. workforce, we are falling behind other nations in math, science, and engineering. (more…)
On Monday, April 28, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. EST, you can attend this STEM webinar to learn how to bring exciting, real-world applications of physics and engineering into the classroom. You’ll receive an exclusive look into the resources in the NASA Physics and Engineering collection on PBS LearningMedia™ as well as advice for teaching with this digital media from NASA. (more…)
The need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and proficiency is nothing new. But a movement is growing for STEAM education, in which the “A” stands for Arts. Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, eSchool News, reports in the March 3 edition that cultivating scientific and mathematical viewpoints and experiences through arts education is a critical need in today’s schools, so say STEAM advocates. Read more by clicking here.
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…)
One of the BIG lessons we can teach students is to be confident in their problem solving, especially when they make mistakes or have undesirable outcomes. Since it’s never too soon to be determined and dauntless in tackling challenges, here are three challenges from Design Squad for budding engineers, even when they don’t think they can be scientists someday.
MAKE A ROBOT:
Teach your students to build their own mini robot out of a toothbrush head, a coin battery and a pager motor. Follow this link to a how-to video and step-by-step instructions.
Challenge your students to design and build an airbag system that can safely land an egg dropped onto the floor. Follow this link to a how-to video and this link to step-by-step instructions.