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STEM education provides many opportunities and challenges. How can our practice evolve to meet the needs of 21st-century learners?
What are your favorite STEM education resources?
I will get you started with a few of mine:
This is a great list. Thanks to all the posters!
There's a company in Southern California you might be interested in. They're called Rolling Robots and they specialize in STEM workshops for kids. They do after school programs, summer camps, even birthday parties.
They post their lesson plans online for kids to do at home. You can check them out at http://rollingrobots.com/STEM-education-projects.
You can check out the company as a whole at http://rollingrobots.com/
I have been teaching technology in a K-12 online school for six years. I developed my own courses that have STEM units. Have you checked K12? With the Obama administration's emphasis on STEM, many providers have developed more STEM resources. I structure units around projects, so I found sites like Edheads and PBS Design Squad helpful. ITEA also has well-developed resources, although they are not online courses.
Amen! I am fortunate to teach elementary tech courses, focusing on the engineering and design aspects of STEM. Why have educators created such a false structure of learning? Students are much more motivated to learn math and science when they see the hands-on applications in engineering and design! -And it increases their learning and understanding exponentially.
I am a former class room teacher and now the Online Community Manager for TV411. We have a new National Science Foundation funded module called TV411 Whats Cooking! that uses cooking to convey scientific and math concepts. We have a range of videos and corresponding web lessons on our website that are free and open to the public. In addition to our science content, we also have hundreds of videos and web lessons related to literacy and other math concepts that I hope can be helpful to you guys.
A great way to suppliment a science curriculum for high school is sciencegeek.net and the Physics 2000 website through Colorado State.
My company has developed an introductory course to game design that incorporates all aspects of STEM called GAME:IT. We use the engineering cycle to design the games, math and physics to make the games realistic and technology to build the game. This course can easily be used as on online class. The cost is $499/school/year (unlimited seats). Check out our website - http://www.stemfuse.com or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
3DTOAD.com is a free educational resource. We have hundreds of 360 degree / 3D images such as skeletons, fossils and dissections just to name a few. We would love to hear your thoughts.
Hope we can make the list :)
Zak Ward - 3DTOAD.com
We have two popular online games that you might find useful in a STEM curriculum:
Simple Machines game: http://msichicago.org/simplemachines
Would You Eat That? game about building processed foods from their chemical ingredients: http://msichicago.org/wyet
Don Morgan has described something that I have seen first hand as an engineer who volunteers in local K-12 classrooms and afterschool. I am a big proponent of developing teacher/volunteer partnerships that address this huge gap. I also see very little money or attention/effort put into K-6.
The UC Davis Computing and STEM outreach program has some amazing resources on its website. Check it out: http://c-stem.ucdavis.edu/