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Allen Berg's picture
Allen Berg
curriculum and projects learning centers

Hi Don Morgan: Technology and Engineering Colleague,

I am new to this group and a computer newbie, so I will have to make several postings to include the several "Engineering" resources available online... I agree totally with you concerning the real everyday experience we all have with "Engineering" and its products etc. First I am going to post a link to the current edition of National Geographic magazine: (November 2010)their
"Big Idea / Innovation" section (published every month):
"Big Ideas - Little Packages" pages 24-31.

This is a brief very visually effective 5-page spread about current engineering projects, that are included in the Smithsonian
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum exhibition from 2007:
"Design for the Other 90%" (and currently wonderfully permanently online! --that will be my second post, because I do not yet know how to copy & paste more than one hyper-link at this forum format ...but I will learn... :-)

btw: if you read about the Water Purifying Straw, called "LifeStraw", and go to their website:

They list the Maufacturer of the product, which is a Professional European Engineering Firm, and if you click on their link for the English version "Bochure" of their product you can download the Adobe file --which I highly recommend -- because it is a real-life Professional Engineering Product Description and Social Environmental Impact Report/Evaluation Example for students to read and view and learn about Engineering "Best Practices" including: graphics, technical writing, research data, tables, scientific journal references,etc.


Then after the second link, I will post my one-page lesson/project outline for "The Engineering of Everyday Things: Structure and Function
-- The Anaysis of a Whole and its Parts"

Then there are a couple of pages of Teacher Resource Lists of
"Compare and Contrast Everyday Things" (Objects)

such as:
1. pencil vs. pen
2. flashlight vs. desk lamp
3. paper clip vs. stapler
4. ladder vs. staircase
5. nail clipper vs. Swiss army knife
6. child's bicycle vs. multi-gear bike
7. landline phone/home phone vs. cell phone


Then there cool books (CoolStuff and CoolStuff 2.0 etc.)
then there are cool website links...
then there are my arts & crafts 3-D geometry sculptures projects
and papermodel crafting websites etc.
to be continued...

I appreciate your collegial collaboration

Allen Berg

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David Cox
Regional instructional technology facilitator

I am a regional instructional technology facilitator in Louisiana and have created a Google site with STEM resources for use by educators and others in my region. since I appreciate all of the resources which Edutopia so generously has made available, I felt like I should share it with others here. As you will see, the site is a clean site with no clutter, just resources. Please feel free to use and share this resource with others if you feel it is worthy.
Region VI TLTC

David Cox's picture
David Cox
Regional instructional technology facilitator

Since I appreciate Edutopia's free sharing of so many great resources, I thought I would make a small contribution by posting a link to my STEM site. Please feel free to use and share this resource as you see fit.
Region VI TLTC

Linda Keane AIA's picture
Linda Keane AIA Director, Prof Arch/EnvDes, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

First of all, thank you for all of these great free resources. I'd like to share another, the eco web of ( offers a linked network of activities across nine scales-nano, pattern, object, space, architecture, neighborhood, urban, region and world that connect design of the built world (STEM) with the environment and human culture (STEEAM).

The lack of design education in the K-12 population is distancing design opportunities in what many are calling the design economy. Canada and the United Kingdom have been mandating K12 design education since 1995, yet only three states (MI, WI, NJ) have added design standards to their art standards in the US to introduce critical thinking and strategic research and propositional skills. Only 47% of our schools offer visual arts instruction to eighth graders (US Sec. Of Education, Arne Duncan 2009), and art budgets, arguably the most important programs to stimulate imagination, are first to be cut. K12 design education, declared basically non-existent in the US (Meredith Davis 1998), can assist STEM learning by changing it to STEEAM. STEEAM learning champions creativity and responsibility by adding art and environment to science, technology, engineering and math. It offers ethical and propositional thinking to the mix in rethinking how the built world impacts the environmental world. Victor Margolin calls it the Ecology of the Artificial. introduces TOOLS that scientists, artists, engineers, architects, designers and environmentalists use to observe, engage and envision new relationships in the world. LANGUAGE journeys introduce systems of ideas such as climate, pattern, shelter, energy, and geometry. DISCOVERY journeys introduce the complexities of multiple interactions between systems such as buildings and nature and buildings and bodies. DESIGN journeys offer challenges to rethink, re-envision, and re-proposition humans' relationship with their surroundings. Each journey is linked to science institutions, museums, free interactive programs and contemporary art and design and science practices.

Teachers and students use thematically (art/design/environment), activity based (research/writing/visualizing/modeling), as traditional curriculum (language arts/social studies/science/math/health), or randomly individualizing informal STEEAM learning. Schools use eco web learning journeys for enrichment clubs, after school programs, weekly homeroom sessions, career introduction, special academies and design curriculum in the classroom and community.

Most certainly project based STEM works fluidly across technologies. STEEAM learning learning motivates individual interests and expression and experimentation.

Start a journey today!

Christy Gerrits's picture

Do your brown bag activities come from the Girl Scout books? I love the idea of making them available to the kids to take home and using the PTA to put them together.

James M. Bryant's picture
James M. Bryant
museum naturalist and science educator

Danny Edelson at NGS has laid out the intellectual framework they will be employing in revamping their K-12 offerings in a column you can view at I think Danny would be glad to hear from everyone with regard to their needs and views on STEM curriculum development, so that NGS becomes the best resource possible for classroom teachers.

Phillip Cook's picture
Phillip Cook
High School Science Instructor from Culver, Indiana

For the past three summers, I have been working on Light Emitting Diode curriculum with a STEM focus on nanotechnology through the University of Notre Dame's RET program. Some of the content was accepted to the Summer of Curriculum on Next project is a unit on solar cell/solar energy technology. All content is geared towards high school age students, primarily in grades 10-12. Check it out if you are interested:

Allen Berg's picture
Allen Berg
curriculum and projects learning centers

Dear Colleagues,

Here is the link to a new wiki: High School Geometry Adventure
which incorporates STEM and PBL and Discovery Learning at an interactive and collaborative Web 2.0 wikispace using LOTS of Arts & Crafts projects across virtually all subject areas...

Welcome and join us in creating and collaborating exciting and engaging STEM Education:

Allen Berg
Geometry Teacher with Arts & Crafts

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