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STEM is Elementary Newsletter - September 2018

September 07, 2018

Late-summer elementary STEM resources!



Creative Schools
Sir Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson is one of the world’s most influential voices in education, and his 2006 TED Talk on the subject is the most viewed in the organization’s history. Now, the internationally recognized leader on creativity and human potential focuses on one of the most critical issues of our time: how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system.

Robinson's new book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education, is filled with anecdotes, observations and recommendations from professionals on the front line of transformative education, case histories, and groundbreaking research.Written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style, it will inspire teachers, parents, and policy makers alike to rethink the real nature and purpose of education. Revolutio n-Transforming/dp/0143108069


Ten Ways to Start Engineering this School Year

If you are looking for ways to integrate engineering into your classes, we have put together this starter list. If you are fortunate to work in a district that is supporting new approaches to STEM education with curriculum guides and professional development, you may not need this primer. But for those wanting or needing to build your own STEM lessons this will give you some ideas about where to begin.
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Novel Engineering from The Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach

The Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach has gone one step further and developed curriculum that uses literature as a starting point for engineering challenges called Novel Engineering. Students use existing classroom literature – stories, novels, and expository texts – as the basis for engineering design challenges that help them identify problems, design realistic solutions, and engage in the Engineering Design Process while reinforcing their literacy skills.


Design Squad Inventing
Green Club Guide

DSG clubs connect kids ages 10–13 through afterschool programs around the world. Kids explore engineering and invention through fun-packed, high-energy, hands-on activities—and they partner with a DSG club from a different country!
Choose between the DSG Club Guide and the DSG Inventing Green Club Guide, decide on either a 6-week or a 12-week program, and then we will match you with a partner club.

Our new "Inventing Green" guide gets kids thinking about engineering and environmental sustainability. We are challenging our clubs to think about how to solve environmental problems with engineering, as well as how to create new inventions using a sustainability mindset. #.W22LT5NKjNY


Google Honors Groundbreaking Engineer Mary G. Ross

Google Doodle celebrates the 110th birthday of Mary G. Ross, the first Native American woman engineer. Over the course of her five-decade career, Ross achieved many firsts and made major contributions to the aerospace industry.
Here’s what to know about the trailblazer, born on Aug. 9, 1908, who opened the doors for future female engineers in the field. american-engineer/


STEM Education
Has a Math Anxiety Problem

In 2012, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report calling for a national effort to produce 1 million more STEM graduates. Science, technology, engineering, and math educators have responded with a sense of urgency, and STEM programs and schools have been developed throughout the United States to better prepare our youths for careers in those fields. STEM curricula experts have begun to integrate student-driven inquiry and a real-world context that add authenticity to class projects and prepare students for future STEM careers. They also encourage educators to connect learning across disciplines.
So how is STEM education still missing the mark, especially at the elementary level? education -has-a-math-anxiety-problem.html


Supercharged Science, which provides science education to families and educators, evolved as an expression of a value I am committed to in my life and want to offer others: envisioning, empowering, and taking massive action.
My name is Aurora Lipper, I have been teaching science for over 15 years, I’m a Mechanical Engineer, have been on the faculty at California Polytechnic University, worked for NASA (no rocket scientist jokes, please J), been featured in science videos sold by the Discovery Channel, did PhD studies at Stanford University, I’m a licensed pilot, I have personally taught science to more than 5,000 students in classes and workshops over the years, and lots more. I’m also author of over 15 award-winning science curriculum programs.
Check out Aurora’s sight for both free and commercially available resources.

How Homeschoolers
Can Choose
the Right Science Curriculum
By Aurora Lipper

I’m guessing that you’re reading this because you want your kids to learn science for a reason. If you really want your kids to have an exceptional science learning experience, then keep reading! In this guide, I’ll tell you the real things you should look for when you invest in a science curriculum. curriculumguide 1.pdf


Worlds of Making

Every child has the right to invent, tinker, create, innovate, make and do. Worlds of Making, founded by Laura Fleming, aims to provide professional learning experiences for educators who want to create makerspaces that are unique, meaningful and relevant to their school communities.
Laura has been an educator in the state of New Jersey for 20 years. She has been both a classroom teacher and media specialist in grades K-8 and currently as a Library Media Specialist for grades 9-12.   Laura is a strong advocate of using New Media and Vanguard Techniques for Interactive and Transmedia (multi-platform) Storytelling.  She has played a prominent role in education as a writer and speaker and has served as an educational consultant on next-generation teaching methods and tools. Laura has also consulted on Transmedia properties, working with producers to help maximize the value of their creations and toolsets for teachers and students.
Visit Laura’s site to learn more about:

·Hands-On Coding


·Professional Development



·Worlds of Making


Makerspace Books

Here are some books that are helpful in starting, funding and maintaining makerspaces.

This book by Ellyssa Kroski jumps right in with maker projects that range from paper crafts, sewing and textiles, circuitry projects, soldering, cutting, robotics and programming, digital media and 3D printing. There are low-cost activities in here to meet the needs of beginners looking for easy ideas they can comfortably handle to higher-end projects that veteran makers will find inspiring. There are projects for beginning elementary students through experienced high school students. Many pictures illustrate the projects in clear detail. 0838915914

This hands-on sourcebook edited by technology expert Ellyssa Kroski includes information on the major topics, tools, and technologies relevant to makerspaces today. Packed with cutting edge instruction and advice from the field's most tech-savvy innovators, this book is as useful for those just entering the "what if" stage as it is for those with makerspaces already up and running. This book opens with chapters on developing a philosophy and purpose for makerspace in your library, creating a makespace culture and safe working environment. Most of the rest of the book is devoted to 3D printing, robotics, microcontrollers and other electronically related projects. Ellyssa-Kroski/dp/0838915043

This guide is a road map for libraries of any size, with any budget, seeking to redesign or repurpose space or develop maker style programming. This book covers developing makerspaces, writing grant proposals, and helping staff and administrators learn about the technologies and processes involved.
Makerspaces are transforming libraries into hubs of hands-on 21st century learning. They are allowing consumers to be creators again. This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in starting or growing a library makerspace. (Andrew Miller, founder, complete-guide/

Get the nuts and bolts on imagining, planning, creating, and managing a cutting-edge Makerspace for your school community. Nationally recognized expert Laura Fleming provides all the answers in this breakthrough guide. From inception through implementation, you’ll find invaluable guidance for creating a vibrant Makerspace on any budget. Practical strategies and anecdotal examples help you:

·Create an action plan for your own personalized Makerspace

·Align activities to standards

·Showcase student creations

Use this must-have guide to painlessly build a robust, unique learning environment that puts learning back in the hands of your students! Makerspace/dp/1483382826

Anyone can create a makerspace. This is the guide to creating a GREAT makerspace. In this second book written by makerspace pioneer Laura Fleming, The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces is filled with step-by-step, practical ideas that demystify the process of planning and creating a makerspace. making-great-makerspaces-laura-fleming/1126398658

Supporting STEAM education initiatives and the Maker Movement, the National Parenting Publication Award-winner Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors' wheels turning and make science pure fun.
Each step-by-step activity is appropriate for kids ages 8–12, and ranked easy, medium, or hard, with an estimated time frame for completion. Requiring only household materials, young makers can build an exploding volcano, race balloon rocket cars, construct a lemon battery, make sticky slime, and more. 
All these books are available on


Western Reserve Educator Resources

Makey Makey: Invention Literacy for Educators
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
Taught by a certified Makey Makey Training Partner, the Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop for Educators is a fun hands-on learning experience where you'll learn how to teach Invention Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award winning Makey Makey invention kit. We'll explore how to teach circuits and conductivity using Makey Makeys and then put our skills to use designing your own inventions! Participants learn best practices and gain access to a multimedia training website that can be used later when working with your students or training others. Participants walk away with a FREE Makey Makey and certificate of completion.
Audience: All
Workshop fee: $125.00
Heather Smith 
Western Reserve Public Media 
330-677-4549 a07eff0gw5wc0cd46de&llr=ema5qspab
Science: Deep Dive into Free Online Resources
Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
A full day focused on free online resources for Science Teachers grades K-13.
Audience:   Science Teachers Grades K-13
 Workshop fee: $125.00
Facilitated by Anthony Luscre
Anthony Luscre
Western Reserve Public Media 
330-677-4549 a07eff0jstcd3895348&llr=ema5qspab
Western Reserve PBS is happy to announce that we will be the home of the Northeast Ohio TILO Group. TILO meetings are designed to provide an opportunity for educators in northeast Ohio to share ideas, learn new things, and work together to support tech integrations at the district level. Learn more at: htm       
Western Reserve Public Media 
1750 Campus Center Drive
Kent, OH 44240-5191  
Makerspace Resources at Western Reserve
What are makerspaces? How do you start a makerspace? What are some resources and lessons? Find out the answers to these at:


Legislative Update:
CTE Bill Signed & Making STEM a Priority in FY2020

STEM and workforce issues were in the spotlight last week as the Career and Technology bill was signed into law, the Trump Administration urged federal agencies to make STEM education a budget priority, and the president selected a science advisor. Read all about it in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update.


Presidential Award Honors Two Ohio Teachers

Two Ohio teachers recently won Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The awards — the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching — were given to Wendy Teismann of Wilson Elementary School in Cincinnati’s Forest Hills School District, and to Vicki Willett of Licking Heights West Elementary School in Blacklick. 

The women, who were nominated for the awards and then submitted lengthy applications, were chosen for developing and implementing a high-quality instructional program that enhances student learning. Each received a certificate signed by the president, a trip to Washington, D.C., for recognition and professional development events and $10,000 from the National Science Foundation. More than 140 individuals and organizations were recognized for their teaching or mentoring at the recent PAEMST event.


4-H Code Your World

This October, 4‑H and Google will launch an exciting National Youth Science Day challenge, Code Your World, inviting kids to get involved in computer science (CS) through hands-on doing. The national NYSD celebration kicks off October 1, and coding events can take place all throughout October.
Code Your World is a four-part challenge that teaches kids ages 8-14 to apply CS to the world around them through hands-on activities. Developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, it includes a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform and three unplugged activities that bring coding to life through games and interaction.
CODE4her is the new computer science mentorship program for girls in grades 5 through 8 organized by the Bowling Green Women in Computing (BGWIC) student organization and their faculty advisor Jadwiga A. Carlson. The CODE4her mentorship program is sponsored by Google igniteCS. IgniteCS provides funding and resources for groups of college and university students to make a difference in their local communities through CS mentorship.
Let HER learn to program with Sphero SPRK+ Robots. Five 2.5 hour meetings held 1:30-4 pm on BGSU campus on Sundays of 2018.

·September 9

·September 30

·October 21

·November 11

·December 2

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at!code- your-world


Few resources are available for district and school leaders looking to establish successful STEM labs. Frequently, efforts do not gain traction because they lack a systemic approach and the support of a broad spectrum of stakeholders within the school community. Unlike other books, the soon-to-be-released Building a K-12 STEM Lab addresses this challenge from the perspective of the leader, identifying opportunities for capacity building and ensuring equal access and equity for all students. isteresour ces&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign= storeema il&id=4183


Teachers act as students
in development project
coming to Cincinnati

For STEM teachers, choosing the best professional development (PD) opportunity from myriad offerings can be challenging: Does the session pertain to my specialty? Will it speak to my students’ needs? Can I fit it into my crowded schedule? One new PD opportunity aims to answer those questions and others — right in the classroom. The Next Generation STEM Classroom project offers participating educators the chance to watch a master teacher instruct their students at their school during regular class hours. Afterward, the educators discuss the lesson with the master teacher to gain further insights. This PD opportunity is coming to Ohio via the Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics at Northern Kentucky University. in-development-project-coming-to-cincinnati/


For over a decade, Techbridge has been setting girls off into a lifetime of learning and excitement about science, technology, and engineering.
We strive to inspire girls in underserved communities to discover a passion for science, technology and engineering. We give them access to the hands-on learning and real-world exposure they need to pursue their dreams and careers. We also work with families, role models, school districts and partners to provide the guidance they need to support girls and set them on the path to success. We believe in the possibility of every girl having the power to change the world.
Learn about their After-School Programs, Role Model Training and Resources, Family Resources, Alumnae, Publications, and Other Resources



A vertical block-based language based on Scratch, EdScratch combines the ease of drag-and-drop programming with powerful functionality and versatility. EdScratch works with the Edison Robot.
The EdScratch robot programming language is easy to learn and offers a robust platform for computer science education, ideal for students aged 10 years old and up. edscratch/


CET (Cincinnati Public Television) Presents Educator Workshops

·Makers & Shakers: Making Things for Deeper Learning
Building on a widespread movement toward using hands-on activities to cement learning new concepts, this workshop will guide you in developing your own classroom makerspace. Perfect for applied learning in science, mathematics and the arts, ‘making’ is also appropriate for projects in English language arts (think: story settings) and social studies (think: historical artifacts). Workshop length: three hours; certificate provided ($125). 

oThurs. Nov. 1


oSession 1: Sep. 17 - Oct. 26

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Introductory Computer Science for Grades – K-5: 
CET offers’s no-cost, one-day workshops for K-5 classroom teachers, media specialists and technology teachers interested in teaching computer science. Workshops will cover a special, highly interactive elementary curriculum and offer supplies needed to teach the courses. Participants will receive: • Printed curriculum guide • Classroom supplies for the unplugged lessons • Fun swag • Workshop length: six hours; certificate provided (FREE).

·Tues. Oct. 2

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iPad Apps for the PreK-6 Classroom 
Prerequisite: Participants must be familiar with the iPad, have an iTunes account, and bring their own iPad to the workshop. There are so many apps available that it's hard to decide what to download. We'll look at a collection of noteworthy apps for the K-6 classroom that are worth considering. These will cover a variety of curriculum areas and grade levels. You're sure to find some apps you'll want to install. Participants will receive a $25 iTunes gift card to download apps right away. Workshop length: Three hours; certificate provided ($125).

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Origami and Engineering


The centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is inspiring a scientific revolution. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, engineers and designers are applying its principles to reshape the world around us—and even within us, designing new drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. With this burgeoning field of origami-inspired-design, the question is: can the mathematics of origami be boiled down to one elegant algorithm—a fail-proof guidebook to make any object out of a flat surface, just by folding? And if so, what would that mean for the future of design? Explore the high-tech future of this age-old art as NOVA unfolds “The Origami Revolution.” html


Ancient Invisible Cities

Professor Darius Arya explores the hidden secrets of three of the most fascinating cities of the ancient world: Cairo, Athens and Istanbul. 3D scans allow us to view the architectural jewels of these cities as they've never been seen before.


That's it for this newsletter.

Please let me know of elementary STEM events, resources, or professional development opportunities that you would like to see in an upcoming edition of the STEM is Elementary newsletter!

Also contact me concerning professional development on elementary STEM literacy.

Bob Claymier