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February 9, 2024 4:00 PM
The Mini Trebuchet STEM activity helped introduce students to science and engineering concepts needed for building larger trebuchets for the 2023 MESA Day competition. Using Short STEM Activities to Kickstart Engineering Students participating in the 2023 MESA Day challenge worked in teams to build trebuchets. In preparation for that challenge, educators used the Mini Trebuchet STEM activity to introduce the physics behind how a trebuchet works. … Read more
September 20, 2023 3:00 PM
Through a mini grant program, more than three hundred students at Title 1 schools were provided with classroom kits to explore physical computing and how to build smart devices. Providing students with opportunities to explore coding gives them critical keys for actively engaging in problem solving today and in the future. Learning to code doesn't only mean writing programs to run on a computer. Physical computing combines circuit building and… Read more
August 30, 2023 3:00 PM
For her 7th-grade science fair project, this student created ArtiVision, a system that can read aloud text from labels, letters, and more on demand. She participated in the Arizona state science fair and was awarded a Broadcom Coding with Commitment® award. Suhana, entering the 8th grade, already knows that science, technology, engineering, and math are tools she can use to solve everyday problems for herself, her family, and her community. Last… Read more
March 8, 2023 4:00 PM
This fifth-grade student turned personal experience with Alzheimer's and memory loss into a winning video game design science fair project that combines coding and an interest in helping the community. Personalized Learning with Science Fair Projects When choosing a science project, students are more engaged when they select a project that matches a topic or area of personal interest. The more engaged students are with their projects, the more… Read more
December 15, 2022 4:00 PM
This STEM teacher gave students in grades 6, 7, and 8 each a different challenge to explore engineering design and computer science with real-world context. Engaging Students with Engineering Design and Computer Science Teaching students the engineering design process helps them understand a model of designing, building, testing, and iterating that they can use to approach problems or to innovate and invent new things. When engineering design is… Read more
June 6, 2022 7:00 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… Read more
April 27, 2022 3:00 PM
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… Read more
March 10, 2022 4:00 PM
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… Read more
September 10, 2020 3:00 PM
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… Read more
August 21, 2020 7:00 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… Read more
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