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malcolm bellamy's picture
malcolm bellamy
Teaching and Learning Consultant in Southend, Essex, U.K.

A really great resource to investigate the power of numbers and the beauty of primes is "Primatives" which can be reached by going to www.ptolemy.co.uk To encourage the understanding of the mathematics that underlies the technology and engineering you need to have a real feel for the subject and indeed, a love for it.

Elizabeth Kersting-Peterson's picture
Elizabeth Kersting-Peterson
Teacher First Grade Duluth, Mn

Looking for any ideas to enrich my science curriculum. I teach first grade.I have personally developed my own science curriculum, that I am rather proud of, but am always looking for ways to add elements of engineering into it. I do have three of the kits from Boston but have not used them yet.I am looking forward to it. The Foss kits just don't do anything for me or my students.

Eric Brunsell's picture
Eric Brunsell
Asst Professor of Science Education @ UW-Oshkosh
Blogger 2014
Facilitator 2014

Elizabeth,
Thank you for posting! Engineering is Elementary by the Boston Museum of Science is a fantastic series for elementary students. They have a variety of modules that can be used (or modified) for different grade levels. Each module focuses on a specific challenge related to science concepts traditionally included in most elementary science curricula.

Engineering is Elementary: http://www.mos.org/eie/

--eric

[quote]Looking for any ideas to enrich my science curriculum. I teach first grade.I have personally developed my own science curriculum, that I am rather proud of, but am always looking for ways to add elements of engineering into it. I do have three of the kits from Boston but have not used them yet.I am looking forward to it. The Foss kits just don't do anything for me or my students.[/quote]

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Mark Senn
STEMschool Inc. (an Indiana non-profit) Founder/Engineer

Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine

Wolfram Demonstrations

Mathematica

Pat Young's picture
Pat Young
Middle school teacher from North Carolina

My kids' elementary school's PTA put together some "Brown Bag" science experiments with all of the needed supplies to do fun science projects at home. The students check them out from the library and do them at home. They often get extra credit, but generally they just do them for fun. They are stuff like creating silly putty.

A great resource for elementary age levels is the Girl Scout Brownie and Junior badge books - no kidding! They do research on what girls like and constantly change it based on today's interests. They are cheap, safe and fun. Most of the activities take about 20 minutes and can be set up as centers. I used the book to organize a "Mad Scientist" event attended by 300 children who had a great time making bubbles, sound buzzers and ice cream.

KirkH's picture
KirkH
interested in e-Learning

I am working on a STEM project and need online courses for K-12 to incorporate into our learning system. Do you know of any organization that has online courses for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math? Thanks much.

Ann Caspari's picture

I am an early childhood education specialist at the National Air and Space Museum. I am working on developing programs and resources for STEM education for early childhood at the Museum. Currently I am involved in teaching a course in science inquiry for pre-k teachers who work in (the just created) District of Columbia Public School STEM Catalyst schools. I would love to hear about any good resources for early childhood. I am using EDC,Inc's work and the Young Scientist Series published by Red Leaf Press with the class. http://www.redleafpress.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=924

I also came across Science: It's a Girl Thing on Facebook. This site is designed to supply "kitchen science" for families to do together. Very nice resource for the youngest ones (and not just girls.)

Vicki Cobb's picture
Vicki Cobb
Author of many science books for children

Try my "Science Play" books (HarperCollins) I See Myself, I Fall Down, I Get Wet, and I Face the Wind (Seibert Honor book). I have posted some material about these books on my website: http://vickicobb.com/scienceplay.html

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Vicki Cobb
Author of many science books for children

[quote]My kids' elementary school's PTA put together some "Brown Bag" science experiments with all of the needed supplies to do fun science projects at home. The students check them out from the library and do them at home. They often get extra credit, but generally they just do them for fun. They are stuff like creating silly putty. A great resource for elementary age levels is the Girl Scout Brownie and Junior badge books - no kidding! They do research on what girls like and constantly change it based on today's interests. They are cheap, safe and fun. Most of the activities take about 20 minutes and can be set up as centers. I used the book to organize a "Mad Scientist" event attended by 300 children who had a great time making bubbles, sound buzzers and ice cream.[/quote]

Check out my book We Dare You! It's great for after school activities. I've posted lots of videos of kids doing experiments on my website:http://vickicobb.com/vickisvideolinks.html

You can also join the video project.

Eric Brunsell's picture
Eric Brunsell
Asst Professor of Science Education @ UW-Oshkosh
Blogger 2014
Facilitator 2014

Pat-
I would be interested to find out what the PTA used as a resource for the "brown bag" experiments. Do you have any more information?

Thanks!

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