This website provides access to a database of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) resources for K–12 classrooms. Compiled by the DOE’s Office of Science Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, the resources include vetted labs, activities, videos, and articles from leading science and education organizations, such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, PBS Education Foundation, and others. Search for resources by grade level, STEM discipline, or resource type. Selected activities from each grade level include Pinwheels, for grades K–2, in which students learn about wind energy, what devices use it, and how wind creates movement; Magnets and Electromagnets, for grades 3–5, in which students make and test electromagnets using size D batteries and a length of wire; Making Stuff Activity Guide, for grades 6–8, in which students conduct experiments exploring the characteristics of materials like strength, electric conductivity, magnetism, and viscosity; and Radiation Makes House Calls, for grades 9–12, in which students demonstrate that some household items are radioactive.
Looking for a way to build interest in engineering? Design and Discovery is an academic enrichment curriculum that engages students in hands-on engineering and design activities that enhance knowledge, and problem solving skill in the areas of science and engineering. Design and Discovery is most appropriate for informal education settings with extended blocks of time for hands-on activities.
NASA and Texas Instruments are collaborating to bring a series of STEM-focused design challenges to students in grades 6-12. The challenges will give students the opportunity to develop STEM skills and use their imagination as they learn more about the International Space Station, the One-Year Mission and future space exploration.
The challenges are a great fit for classrooms, after-school programs, home school settings, museums, science centers…anywhere there are students! As an adult sponsor for a team or individual, you will help inspire students to study and pursue careers in STEM, explore future possibilities and engage them in real-world, hands-on STEM problems. Keep reading to learn more about the challenges, the International Space Station and the One-Year Mission.
The NYU Tandon School of Engineering is offering a very special paid Professional Development opportunity for middle school math and science teachers in Summer 2016. Teachers will be trained to integrate robotics into their math and science classrooms as a way to introduce engineering and computer science through existing curricular requirements.
NYU is looking for one middle school math and one middle school science teacher from each of 10 schools for this summer’s training. Website, application link and application code are at the end of this email. NYU is looking for teachers/schools that show motivation and high interest. The project is supported by a National Science Foundation grant and the ‘theme’ is: teaching science and math with robotics, offered through NYU’s Mechatronics and Control Lab and the Center for K12 STEM Education.
Project participants who successfully complete all requirements will receive a stipend of $4,000. Income tax obligations are the responsibility of the teachers.
BENEFITS TO TEACHERS
– Teachers will understand how to address the engineering design content of the Next Generation Science Standards
– Teachers will develop viable models to incorporate essential elements of robotics in STEM learning
– Participants will form a professional learning community for ongoing support
– Deepen teachers’ learning of science and math contextualized in robotics
– Allow teachers to discover the science and math inherent in doing robotics activities
– Three weeks: July 11, 2016—July 29, 2016
– Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:30 A.M.—5:00 P.M.
– Where: NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 6 MetroTech, Brooklyn, NY 11201
– 40 additional hours during the academic year: one meeting per month for all 20 teachers as a professional learning community and one or more classroom visits per month by an NYU graduate student researcher.
To receive a full stipend, participants are required to:
– Attend all training, research, and presentation activities
– Complete assigned curriculum design activities, oral presentation, and report
– Participate in academic year follow-up activities
– Implement five lessons during the school year
– Conduct classroom impact assessment and provide the results for reporting to NSF
More details and application are to be found on the program’s webpage. Please note: each teacher from a school must apply separately. The link to the application can be found at the end of the program webpage and teachers will need this case-sensitive password to access the form: DRK12NYC2016.
The Climate Education Week Toolkit is a free, easy-to-use, ready-to-go resource with hand-picked lesson plans, activities, and contests for all your K-12 students. It meets both Next Generation Science and Common Core standards.
With the goal of educating and engaging K-12 students on climate change, this cross-disciplinary resource includes a range of activities from an energy conservation action plan to reading and discussing Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.
Keep checking this page, as we will be adding more lessons plans every week leading up to Earth Day!
At least five times in Earth’s history, environmental catastrophes have caused a majority of species to go extinct. Learn about these mass extinction events in a set of three new resources designed to bring the science of extinction into your classroom.
The eBook, Mass Extinctions: Lessons from the Past, uses interactive graphics, animations, and videos to examine the evidence and causes of mass extinctions and what they reveal about how humans are affecting the planet.
The companion iTunes U course, Mass Extinctions: Lessons from the Past, aligns with NGSS and incorporates reading materials, Scientist at Work videos, the EarthViewer app, and assignments on topics such as measuring extinction rates and tracking the impact of climate change in Yellowstone.
Finally, join scientists around the globe in search of answers about two of Earth’s most dramatic mass extinctions in the film, Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink. The film can be streamed on BioInteractive (in the U.S. and Canada only) until June 30, 2016 and is available for download on iTunes.
The Spring STEM Institute will take place this April 26th to April 28th at Stuyvesant High School. STEM (ST) Track sessions offer opportunities to immerse yourself in a 3-day program of standards-based content on the K-12 level. Computer Science (CS) Track sessions encompass six days of training, beginning during the Spring Institute followed by the Summer STEM Institute which will run from July 12th to July 14th. An additional Leadership (APL) Track session with Apple Education offers principals the opportunity to engage in discussion, exploration and planning to develop or enhance their vision of how technology will expand what is possible for learning.
Below is a link to the course descriptions and registration pages.
Please click here to go to the registration documents. You will be able to explore the offerings and register at the site.
The goal of MATE’s ROV (remotely operated vehicle) Summer Institutes are to use underwater robots as a way to empower faculty to teach students the practical applications of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and, in this way, prepare students for careers in the STEM workforce.
A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) is a tethered underwater robot. ROVs are used in the offshore oil and gas industry, scientific research, undersea exploration, search and recovery, underwater construction, and homeland security.
The MATE ROV Summer Institutes provide a forum for educators, especially those interested in participating in future ROV competitions organized by the MATE Center and the Marine Technology Society (MTS) ROV Committee, to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to implement ROV design and building curriculum in their classrooms; gain exposure to and develop an understanding of the type of work that ROV technicians and engineers do and the technologies they use; and learn about the many career opportunities available in the marine technology field.
During the ROV institutes participants build a small-scale, fully functional ROV that can be
replicated with their students; use the vehicle to complete a set of pre-determined mission tasks; and acquire the knowledge, skills, and resources to effectively mentor students in designing and building an ROV to participate in future MATE competitions. Participants also interact with ocean engineers, ROV pilots, and marine technicians to understand the work they do and the technologies they use as well as make connections with educators with similar interests and share best practices in teaching and instruction.
1. Online Workshop: Diving into underwater Sensors and Arduino
DATES: April 1 – July 15, 2016
LOCATION: Online, Internet connection required.
DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to the Arduino microcontroller, computer processing, and basic sensors used in the underwater environment. This course consists of 12 modules that are each approximately three hours in length. The modules include videos, lab activities, and quizzes. A discussion board is used to address questions and share participant comments. This course is self-paced; participants can work through one module per week or work through all of the modules one week. Click here to view the course outline.
COST: $450.00. Included in the price of the course is an Arduino, all the sensors needed for the modules, a Arduino resource book and instruction. Participants will need to provide their own soldering iron, solder, wire strippers and wire cutters.
WHO SHOULD APPLY: Educators who have experience building simple switch box ROV controllers or educators who have a background teaching robotics, electronics, physics, or a related discipline.
APPLICATION: Click here to fill out an Application. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Participants will be notified of their acceptance within two weeks of submitting the application. If you are having trouble filling out the application form, fill out the contact form and tell us “I’m Having trouble filling out the Sensor Workshop application” and we will help you.
2. PUFFERFISH ROV WORKSHOP: INTRODUCTORY LEVEL
DATES: July 10 – July 17, 2016. Sunday, July 10 is an arrival day – no class; Sunday, July 17 is a departure day – no class. There will be an optional trip to the aquarium on July 17. Participants must stay for the entire workshop.
LOCATION: Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, California
DESCRIPTION: This workshop introduces participants to the SeaMATE PufferFish ROV. A key outcome of this workshop is focused on how to teach the engineering design process. Participants learn the fundamentals of basic ROV building and experience a variety of hands-on science, technology, and engineering design activities that can be integrated into a class or after school activity to reinforce foundational knowledge and skills. Upon completion of the workshop, all participants should feel confident to lead an engineering design activity focused on ROV building using the PufferFish ROV Kit or comparable parts and components.
- Workshop Objectives: (See SCOUT objectives, some NAVIGATOR objectives will be covered too.)
- 2015 PufferFish ROV Workshop Agenda (the 2016 workshop will be very similar)
- 2015 PufferFish ROV Workshop Curriculum (the 2016 workshop will be very similar)
- Additional information: PufferFish curriculum and kits
WHO SHOULD APPLY: Educators who have had introductory exposure to ROV activities and have a background teaching science, technology, engineering, or math. Activities presented in this workshop are appropriate for students in 5-10th grade or within an afterschool club or activity. All faculty attending should have concrete plans to implement these activities in the following academic year. If you are new to ROV building and unable to commit to implementing this activities during the next academic year, we recommend that you attend one of our regional short workshops (3 hours to 2 days). Please click here to fill out an Application. please complete the contact form and ask for information on a workshop near you.
COST: The MATE Center’s grant from the National Science Foundation provides 7 nights lodging (double occupancy) and many of the meals (~$1,200 value) plus excellent instruction. Travel stipends to cover major travel expenses are available to participants who have more than $300 in travel expenses. It is expected that participants will implement these activities into their courses, clubs, or afterschool activities in the following year. To ensure participant success, there is a $700 materials fee for this workshop. For this fee, participants return to their school or organization with a deluxe tool bag, two PufferFish ROV kits, and an underwater video system.
APPLICATION: Applications will be posted by January 15, 2016.
Applications will be due April 1st for early screening, after that we will accept applications until the workshop is full. We plan to notify participants of their acceptance by mid-April. If you are having trouble filling out the application form, fill out the contact form and tell us “I’m having trouble filling out the PufferFish ROV Workshop application” and we will help you.
3. TRIGGERFISH ROV WORKSHOP: INTERMEDIATE LEVEL
Upgrading the TriggerFish Control System to work with Arduino
DATES: July 24 – July 31, 2016. Sunday, July 24 is an arrival day and Sunday, July 31 is a departure day. An optional trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium will be schedule for July 31st. Participants are required to stay for the entire workshop.
LOCATION: Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, California
DESCRIPTION: This workshop introduces participants to the SeaMATE TriggerFish ROV control system and the art of accomplishing both bi-directional motor speed control using the Sabertooth motor controller, joysticks and the Arduino microcontroller. Participants are required to enroll in and complete a 30-hour online course on using the Arduino (see workshop description #1 above) before participating in the TriggerFish ROV institute.
- Sample Agenda from 2015 (2016 will be similar but 1 day longer and cover camera systems.)
- Detailed learning objectives for building the TriggerFish ROV and competing in the ROV competition. (See NAVIGATOR and RANGER Class)
- TriggerFish ROV workshop curriculum.
WHO SHOULD APPLY: Educators who have experience building simple switch box ROV controllers or the TriggerFish Controller or faculty who have a background teaching robotics, electronics, physics, or a related discipline. All faculty attending should have concrete plans to implement these activities in the following academic year. If you are new to ROV building, we recommend that you attend one of our regional short workshops (3 hours to 2 days); please complete the contact form and ask for information on a workshop near you.
COST: The MATE Center’s grant from the National Science Foundation provides 7 nights lodging (double occupancy) and most of the meals (~$1,200 value) plus excellent instruction. Transportation to and from Monterey is the responsibility of the participant (stipends are available for participants who have more than $400 of transportation expenses and work with under-served audiences). It is expected that participants will implement these activities into their courses, clubs, or after school activities in the following year. To ensure participant success, there is a $750 materials fee. For this fee, participants return to their school or organization with a TriggerFish ROV Kit, an Arduino add-on kit, and an underwater video system.
APPLICATION: Applications will be due April 1st for early screening, after that we will accept applications until the workshop is full. We plan to notify participants of their acceptance early April. Click here to fill out an Application. If you are having trouble filling out the application form, fill out the contact form and tell us “I’m having trouble filling out the TriggerFish ROV Workshop application” and we will help you.
Spend Your Spring Break at the STEM Institute!
- Open to: All teachers
- Opportunity at a Glance: The three-day Spring STEM Institute is the perfect opportunity for teacher-teams (2-3 educators) interested in integrating STEM (Science, Technology Education, Engineering, and Math) content into their school’s curriculum. (*If your team is focused on computer science topics, you must commit to both the Spring and Summer Institutes.)
- Event dates:
- Tuesday, April 26 – Thursday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Spring Recess. Schools closed.);
- *Computer Science only: Tuesday, April 26 – Thursday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., plus forthcoming dates in July.
- Registration deadline: Friday, April 8
- Location: Manhattan
- Take action: Obtain your principal’s approval, and register for the event.
For more information: Email Elaine Carman.