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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…)

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“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…)

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The STEM TEACHER CHALLENGE, sponsored by Google and WGBH Education, is a video contest seeking creative STEM teaching solutions. Upload your video to our YouTube channel and it may be selected for inclusion in a special STEM collection
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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…)

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imagesThe 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.

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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…)

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phy03_img_observe_lPBS 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…)

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index 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…)

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WGBH EducationAs part of a Race to the Top proposal, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is developing 100+ Model Curriculum Units (MCUs)to help you use the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (incorporating the Common Core State Standards).  They span PreK-12 in English language arts, Mathematics, U.S. History/Social Studies, and Science and Technology Engineering.

Each unit identifies the standard(s) to be taught, big understandings, essential questions, a Curriculum Embedded Performance Assessment (CEPA), an outline of lessons, possible digital resources to use, and detailed lesson plans. As media partner for this project, WGBH in Boston will provide digital resources via PBS LearningMedia.

Units are posted on the ESE website at the link below. Many are in draft form and ready for a Try-Out phase. Follow these steps to access the MCUs for a 2-week period, after which you can continue to request access for an unlimited number of times.

1)   Visit http://www.doe.mass.edu/candi/model/download_form.aspx

2)   Complete the short form. An access link will be sent to your email address.

3)   Check your email inbox for a message from “ESE Administration”

4)   Open the message and click the link to the website.

5)   Select a unit of interest to you.

You can also visit  www.mass.pbslearningmedia.org for updates on the units and links to thousands of free digital learning resources.

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imagesOne 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.

SOFT LANDING: 
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.

DANCE PAD:
Students will love building this dance pad that helps them move to the rhythm and step to the beat! Follow this link to a how-to video and this link to step-by-step instructions.

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