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June 6, 2022 12:00 PM
This STEM teacher used the Mirror Maze lesson to help students get hands-on with the physics of light.
Engaging Students with the Physics of Light
Teaching students about light and reflection and the angles at which light will bounce from one surface to another can sometimes feel abstract. In a lesson that might bring old art gallery heist movies to mind with their fields of crisscrossing lasers, the Mirror Maze lesson has students explore the physics…
April 27, 2022 8:00 AM
This teacher used paper roller coasters to explore engineering design and energy transformation with high school physics students.
Inspiring Students About Physics and Engineering Design
As a special education teacher at Wheaton North High School in Wheaton, IL, Robert Griegoliet brings creativity and a zest for hands-on STEM instruction to the physics classroom. In addition to teaching, Robert is a curriculum coach at his school and a curriculum…
April 18, 2022 8:00 AM
More than 11,000 students built and submitted paper ball runs for the 2022 Fluor Challenge. In its 8th year, the challenge continues to grow and encourages students around the world to try their hand at an engineering design challenge.
Figure 1. A team testing their paper ball run for the 2022 Fluor Engineering Challenge.
The 2022 Paper Ball Run Challenge was the eighth annual Fluor Engineering Challenge. The K-12 STEM competition is sponsored by…
March 10, 2022 8:00 AM
This teacher turned a DIY ski lift engineering project into a winter-themed exploration of simple machines with her 6th-grade students.
Inspiring Students About STEM
Lisa Sama has been teaching engineering at Luther Burbank Middle School in Lancaster, MA for almost 20 years. In Massachusetts, engineering is included in statewide testing, so all middle school students benefit from engineering classes. While meeting curriculum goals tied to…
April 16, 2021 6:00 AM
More than 6,000 students around the world built and submitted tall paper towers for the 2021 Fluor Challenge. In a pandemic year, this challenge, always a favorite among STEM educators, was a highlight for many, and the results were inspiring.
Figure 1. Students worked in teams of 1-4 to build paper towers for the 2021 Fluor Engineering Challenge.
The 2021 Tallest Paper Tower Challenge was the seventh annual Fluor Engineering Challenge. The…
September 10, 2020 8:00 AM
Independent science and science fair projects give students the chance to really dig into STEM exploration. Finding a topic of personal interest can make a real difference in how the project goes. For this college student, a middle school science fair project changed her view of science and set her off on an exciting STEM career path.
Today, Harleen Suri is a senior at Cornell University (NY), majoring in mechanical engineering with a concentration in…
August 21, 2020 12:00 PM
A free simulation tool from Science Buddies enables student exploration of variables related to a pandemic. A team in Qatar put the tool to use as part of a summer program for high school students.
No one wants to be in the middle of a pandemic, but when you are in the middle of one, there is tremendous opportunity to use the situation as a learning moment. SimPandemic, a new online tool from Science Buddies, helps the public (including teachers and…
August 18, 2020 10:00 AM
This determined student pursued her interest in biotech exploration by creating her own after-school club. Using science project resources at Science Buddies, the club went on to sequence California native plants and contribute to GenBank!
As a junior at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, CA, Katherine was disappointed to discover that biotechnology was no longer being offered. Her AP biology class had sparked her interest, and she had been…
March 9, 2020 10:00 AM
This Texas-based teacher turns the Fluor Engineering Challenge into an afterschool opportunity to earn extra credit. Students show up and succeed with their Cricket Wicket Knockdown devices.
Above: These students at Kempner High School participated in the 2020 Fluor Challenge.
Kelly Bird teaches AP Physics 1 at Kempner High School in Sugar Land, TX. The 2020 Cricket Wicket Knockdown Fluor Challenge is her 3rd year doing the challenge with students.…
March 4, 2020 6:00 AM
The Raspberry Pi Projects Kit offers a customizable set of activities for progressive learning. Students use Scratch to write computer programs and combine those programs with circuits and sensors for interactive fun.
Above: Girls at a GirlSPARC event working on hands-on coding and electronics projects with Raspberry Pi.
The Raspberry Pi Projects Kit from Science Buddies works with a series of eight interactive activities that combine computer…
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