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STEM is Elementary Newsletter - July/August 2019

July 29, 2019

Come to the Ohio State Fair’s 2019 Technology and Engineering Showcase! 

Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association (OTEEA)
Ohio State Fair, Wednesday, July 24 – Sunday, August 4, 2019
Youth Center / Lausche Building
The Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association
is pleased to announce that Bob Claymier, nationally recognized
champion of elementary STEM experiences for all students will
be available to parents, teachers, school administrators to provide
free STEM consulting sessions linked to your needs and interests.
OTEEA Showcase - Elementary STEM Resource Room Schedule:
The Resource Room display is open 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
each day of the 12-day State Fair. Bob Claymier will be 
available to talk with you on the days and times listed below.
    1) Wed July 24, 9 AM to 3PM
    2) Thurs July 25, 1PM to 7 PM
    3) Fri July 26, 9 AM to 4 PM
    4) Sat July 26, 9 AM to 4 PM
    5) Sun July 27, noon to 4 PM
    6) Mon July 28, 9 AM to 2:30 PM
    7) Tues July 29, 8 AM to 2:30 PM
    8) Wed July 30, 9 AM to 3:00 PM
    9)Thurs Aug 1, 1 Pm to 7 PM
   10)  Fri Aug 2, 9 AM to 4 PM
   11) Sat Aug 3, 9 AM to 4 PM
   12) Sun Aug 4, noon to 4 PM
To learn more about the potential of integrated STEM experiences and
how to be successful engaging elementary grade students contact:
   Bob Claymier
   STEM is Elementary
   248 N. Franklin St.
   Delaware, OH 43015


Video Conversation: Engineering Basics
for PK-12 Educators with Carey Schneider

Not entirely clear on what engineering is and how to teach it to PK-12 students? Here is a webinar, recorded April of 2019, that will help you learn basic engineering principles that can be implemented at every grade level, from one of the foremost educators of engineering, Cary Sneider. 55629/57958.aspx

LinkEngineering Blog: 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. aspx

Video Selections:
Pk-12 Engineering in the Classroom

To truly understand how Engineering Education and Integrated STEM work in the classroom, it helps to see experienced educators in action. Mahir Ravel and Cary Sneider have curated some videos that showcase best practices in Pk - High School classrooms. aspx


Celebrate the Apollo 50th Anniversary
With These Educational Events, Activities and Resources

The moon landing mission of Apollo 11 was a defining cultural event. It proved that with a bold vision and national support, Americans can do the seemingly impossible. The Apollo was also the beginning of the national STEM movement, with a revamping of how we teach science and mathematics and the creation of science and technology centers that brought STEM to informal learning centers for all people to engage with. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of this historic event is a great way to integrate engineering into your curriculum. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology has compiled a great list of activities and resources for all ages that will have you throwing water balloons to learn about craters on the Moon, helping actual NASA scientists by mapping the Moon from your own computer, building a model of the Earth-Moon system and seeing what it takes to investigate strange new planets. You can even make your own lunar spacecraft. the-apollo-50th-anniversary-with-these-educational-events- activities-and-resources/


It's the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing!

What a great opportunity to explore the mysteries of space and the Moon with your students! Here are some excellent resources for all grade levels.

Search for books on the moon and space here!


Spacecraft Safety Design Challenge Workshop for Middle School Teachers

When the Apollo astronauts returned from the moon, a safe landing was a top priority. NASA Glenn Research Center's Office of Education has released a new engineering design challenge (EDC) called Spacecraft Safety that guides students through the engineering design process to design, test, and improve a capsule for safely landing astronauts. 

Who: Grades 6-8 Teachers
Date: Friday August 9, 2019
Time: 8:00am-1:30pm - Engineering Design Challenge Training - lunch provided & 2:00-3:00 (Planetarium Show)

Location: BGSU Jerome Library

Fee: $25

Register here: 5d6Fly-w-yewAsFOzEps3vZdgTm4eqWErgG7r95_jIow/viewform    

 To visit the website for more information, click here:


Welcome to the new Start Engineering email newsletter!

Talking Cybersecurity, Relevance and Purpose with STEM, and GenCyber Summer Camps Roll On

Our mid-summer update introduces a new approach to communicating with readers that we’ll continue developing in the coming school year. The overall goal of this new email newsletter approach is to broaden coverage of our main focus: STEM education and workforce development activities. Along the way, we also hope to provide a fuller picture of things to do with Start Engineering and our efforts in these areas.

Each monthly edition of the newsletter will continue to feature the same kind of blog posts we’ve been sharing with you for the last several years: analyses and updates on what’s new and interesting in STEM education, from angles like teaching and learning, diversity and social equity, policy, even just fun and games. In addition, we’ll offer suggestions for further reading in related areas, in case the blog post is just not enough.


Ohio's learning standards for computer science:
Changes to Ohio's licensure for computer science teachers

Computer science is defined in Ohio legislation as logical reasoning, computing systems, networks and the internet, data and analysis, algorithms and programming, impacts of computing, and structured problem-solving skills applicable in many contexts from science and engineering to the humanities and business.

To learn about these licensure changes, go to modernizin g-computer-science-teaching-licenses-in-ohio


It may be July, but we are planning for September! 
Join us for the 17th Annual Green Energy Ohio Tour
Friday, September 27 & Saturday, September 28, 2019
The Green Energy Ohio Tour:

  • Is planned for and by Ohio clean energy advocates

  • Connects novices, owners, installers, and technical experts

  • Showcases homes, businesses, and public buildings

  • Features a variety of technologies, including solar, wind, geothermal, battery power walls, EV's and energy efficiency

Offers guided tours and special learning opportunities


2019 STEM in the Park now accepting exhibitor proposals
STEM in the Park offers hands-on, family-friendly science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities, displays and/or equipment at a number of STEM Activity Stations arranged in an open, festival-like atmosphere. We invite you to select an activity or interactive display to bring to the event. In 2018, over 5,680 people including some 1,500+ children attended STEM in the Park with their parents, grandparents, teachers and neighbors. STEM in the Park is a highly visible and unique opportunity for businesses, universities, colleges, and non-profit organizations to increase awareness and showcase regional STEM opportunities, careers and innovation across northwest Ohio. 
NWO's STEM in the Park provides:

  • An eight foot table    

  • Tablecloth  

  • Two chairs 

  • Free lunch for all of your station staff & volunteers

  • Additional space or tables for large displays/activities is available

  • Your company, college, department, or campus organization name will be featured on our website and in some larger marketing materials for this event

  • Formatting of an At-Home Activity digital resource to post on our website

GREEN for 2019: STEM in the Park is staying green this year and will not be printing Take-Home Activity Cards for each station. We will be creating a digital link to all At-Home Activities to extend learning from the event. The At-Home Activities will include the same information as in the past but will simply be digital vs. printed.   

Exhibitor provides:

  • Hands-on activity plus materials for attendees to complete the activity

  • The text for a STEM in the Park At-Home Activity (see example, if desired)

  • Take-Home brochures and marketing material featuring your company, department, college or campus organization (if desired) 

Sept. 7, 2019, is the last day to register to host an activity station! 

Click here for more information 1FAIpQLSctnnpwhXuGsXei4YZF BnDxCzh6FdftTSp5kWZnVb_eVygGAw/ viewform


Rubber Band Contest by the American Chemical Society

Are you ready to learn about the exciting world of polymers, and stretch your imagination by getting hands-on with a polymer that has some truly unique and amazing properties?

Then come join the Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors – a contest hosted by the Akron Global Polymer Academy — an outreach division of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron!

This educational contest was designed to give students a new opportunity to have fun learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics (STEAM) and a truly unique class of materials known as polymers! Beginning each Fall, we invite students from across the nation to come up with new ways of using rubber band(s) to create amazing inventions, games, artworks, and more!


  • To design and create a working invention/artwork that incorporates at least one (1) rubber band.


  • The first place winner in each division will receive $600.

  • The runner-up in each division will receive $300.

  • The four remaining finalists in each division (who are not a first place winner or runner-up) will receive $150.

  • Schools can win $$$: The top 8 schools with the most entries will each receive a $200 donation.

CONTEST LESSON PLAN: standard aligned and easy to integrate with your curriculum

  • Alignment with multiple standards:

    • Next Generation Science Standards

    • Common Core Standards

    • National Standards (Grades 5-8)

    • Ohio Academic Content Standards for Science

    • Ohio Revised Science Education Standards and Model Curriculum

Learn more about the Rubber Band Contest Lesson Plan plan/

View last year’s winners at


The Akron Global Polymer Academy provides opportunities for teachers and students of all ages to experience the exciting world of polymers through a variety of offerings, including: in-school visits featuring engaging hands-on demonstrations, polymer family science nights, field trips to our exciting research college, and many polymer-related classroom resources available through this educational website.
AGPA also connects with K-12 students through an assortment of STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) initiatives, like: the Akron Regional Science Olympiad, the Western Reserve District 5 Science Day, our annual Rubber Band Contest for 5th-8th graders, as well as an ongoing STEM research experience for high school students.

Our K-12 outreach group also provides professional development for teachers. One example is through our Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program, which is an NSF funded program that brings teachers into the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering's cutting-edge research laboratories, where they work alongside an actual research group. RET teachers work on developing their own research inspired lesson plans, designed to bring their cool research experiences back into their classrooms!


Improvements to Sketch-Up for 2019

Drum roll please... we're excited to announce enhancements to SketchUp and LayOut! We've listened to your feedback, and are thrilled to share improvements that will make your workflow even better.

  • Improved graphics exporting

  • More control in isometric drawings

  • Brand new auto-text feature

  • An easier way to import files

  • PNG transparency improvements

  • Customizable unit setting options

  • Ability to invert the selection of objects

...and these are just a few. Check out the full list of features and get them today!
Picture-Perfect STEM Courses this Fall
A Picture-Perfect STEM Online Course includes:

  • 10 hours of live training using Zoom Video Conferencing. Note: This course is a real-time, interactive learning experience requiring attendance and participation at each session.

  • 3 two-hour sessions with the authors and 2 two-hour sessions with a trained facilitator

  • 1 e-book of choice from either Picture-Perfect Science STEM Lessons K–2 or Picture-Perfect Science STEM Lessons 3–5

  • A digital learning packet containing the first 5 chapters of Picture-Perfect Science Lessons, lessons modeled during the webinars, and relevant articles

  • Graduate credit if purchased separately—information will be available during the first session



The engineering schools around greater Boston have long had a shared mission of supporting STEM education for the region’s K-12 students. Toward that goal, Tufts University’s School of Engineering last month hosted a meeting of deans and educators from seven other area colleges and universities, including Boston and Harvard universities, MIT, Olin College and UMass-Lowell. The discussions focused on ways to make STEM education more accessible and relevant, and how better to reach students in underserved and underrepresented populations. Merredith Portsmore, director of Tufts’ Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), gave an overview of the center’s efforts to integrate engineering into K-12 education through outreach, products, research and workshops. She told the group: “Children are budding engineers, and teachers are an integral part of the process to foster children’s curiosity about engineering. Our center brings research to practice and practice to research.” Portsmore highlighted several CEEO programs, including its Bridge to Engineering Success at Tufts (BEST), a six-week summer program for incoming engineering freshmen. MIT representatives explained the university’s The Initiative for Learning and Teaching (TILT) program, which expands MIT’s “hands-on, minds-on” learning approach to K-12 students and teachers via the development of new technologies, services and curricula. And Northwestern University participants explained their efforts to reach a more diverse cohort of students and teachers with multi-week after-school and daylong summer STEM programs.


Eliciting Student Ideas in Science (NSTA)

One of the major instructional shifts in an NGSS classroom is allowing students to be the drivers of their learning. This can be a big (and scary) change for many teachers who still have targeted learning goals that students need to meet. At first, the idea of students being the drivers of their own learning can seem overwhelmingly open-ended. When shifting to a classroom in which students drive the learning, it is imperative that student ideas are at the core of every new understanding. To accomplish this, the teacher must shift from presenter to facilitator in the classroom. When the teacher acts as the facilitator to draw out student ideas, students can see how their ideas are critical in driving the learning forward, and the teacher has the opportunity to organize student ideas to plan next steps toward the learning targets. aspx


Innovators’ Club for 2019-2020 (PAST Foundation)

Want your students to participate in active STEM Research and Design programming that provides real world experiences in a fun and innovative way? Have your kiddos become an Innovator and experience robotics, horticulture, drones, architecture, entrepreneurship, art and more! The result? Applying knowledge by linking learning to life! Oh yes, and did we mention fun? programs/innovators-club


An Introduction to Teaching with littleBits

Do you have littleBits kits but have no idea where to start? Do you need a refresher? Are you curious to learn more about how the littleBits system works to facilitate STEAM learning and foster 21st century skills? We developed a free short course just for you! guide



Calling all Educators! Come visit COSI during our Educator Open House & Appreciation Night on August 1, 2019 from 4:30pm-8:00pm. This 18+ event with let you learn about COSI's vast offerings for teachers onsite, offsite, and online! Explore COSI’s 340,000 square feet of exhibits and interactives and let COSI introduce you to our Education Team and Programs.  Learn About ...

  • Information on COSI’s robust educational program offerings

  • Raffle prizes including a COSI on Wheels Program & a COSI Family Membership

  • Exclusive first access to new educational programs

  • 10% off discount if you book at the Open House

  • Access to ALL of COSI’s Classic exhibits and traveling galleries

  • Light refreshments and a cash bar (starting at 5:30pm)

Questions? Please text 614.965.0310 or email

For more information, go to


CODE4her is the new computer science mentorship program for girls in grades 5 through 8 organized by the Bowling Green Computer Science Department, BG Women in Computing (BGWIC) student organization under direction of their faculty advisor Jadwiga A. Carlson. The CODE4her mentorship program was initially sponsored by Google igniteCS. IgniteCS provided funding and resources for groups of college and university students to make a difference in their local communities through CS mentorship. In addition a generous donation from the Miller family allowed the program to begin and to continue. 

Let HER learn about computer science at these 2.5 hour meetings held in Olscamp Hall 225 and Hayes Hall 020 on BGSU campus.

Five Sundays 1:30-4pm:

  • September 8

  • September 29

  • October 20

  • November 10

  • December 1

Each girl (5th through 8th grade) will work with the same BGSU student mentor and member of BG Women in Computing student group.

Cost is $100 per mentee. 

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at

Space is limited!  Reserve her spot today

For more information about BGSU's Women in Computing please visit: women-in-computing.html.

Please direct all questions to Jadwiga A. Carlson at


How to Engage All Students in STEM

By Heather Singmaster on July 9, 2019 7:54 AM 

Early in their school careers, students see STEM pathways as desirable but then change their minds: 60 percent of high school students who start out interested in STEM careers lose interest by their senior year. And too many of those who are interested do not have the skills that are needed: A study by the Business-Higher Education Forum found that only 17 percent of high school students are both interested in STEM and proficient enough in math to succeed. Meanwhile, half of college students majoring in STEM drop out and change majors—many because they were not prepared in high school for the rigor of first-year STEM courses. Others change paths because they are not engaged in the curriculum, which seems irrelevant —this is true at both the undergraduate and high school levels. One solution is high-quality project-based learning (PBL), which is already being deployed in career and technical education (CTE) programs across the country. But free resources make this strategy accessible to all teachers focused on STEM learning. how_to_engage_all_students_in_stem.html


Presentation Proposals are now being accepted for
the 35th Annual Women in STEM program!

The goal of the Women in STEM program at BGSU is to provide a rewarding experience for 6th - 8th grade girls that connects STEM education to the real world and sparks an interest in pursuing STEM majors in college and ultimately STEM careers.

Women in STEM provides young women with a positive experience at BGSU and offers them a variety of engaging hands-on activities that allows them the opportunity to learn and interact with a wide variety of successful STEM role models.

The day will begin with a keynote presentation followed by breakout sessions that provide hands-on, fun-filled, critical thinking/learning activities. Women in STEM will help young women recognize the wide array of options available in STEM fields, inspiring them to take classes in the STEM fields throughout their educational careers.    

There will be groups of approximately 15 -20 girls with adult supervision in each break-out session. Sessions should include innovative and creative hands-on activities that are fun-filled and engaging. We would like to foster a collaborative growth-minded atmosphere in the breakout sessions that gives students opportunities to interact with one another and YOU as a STEM academic/career role model.  

We rely on the support of our presenters and volunteers like you in order to continue to provide this unique experience for this age group of girls. We are thrilled to host the 35th annual Women in STEM program at BGSU and look forward to your participation!

We invite submission of proposals for presentations at the 2019 Women in STEM on Wednesday, October 30th at Bowling Green State University. 

We provide classroom and/or lab space, AV equipment and support.

Please click the link below to apply to be a presenter.

Registration Deadline: October 1, 2019     

You will be notified of your presentation acceptance
to present by October 6, 2019.



Discover Engineering STEM activities for summer

Have you heard of the "summer slide"? It happens when children with limited or no access to academic programs in the summer start to fall behind.

You can help to STEM the tide by leading engineering activities with students this summer. We've got over 150 teacher-tested, kid-approved activities to choose from like:

  • Build a zip line

  • Design a trampoline to bounce a ball as high as possible

  • Design a car that moves on wind power

  • Design a roller coaster that has a loop, hill, and jump

These are only a few of the over 150 activities to choose from, visit:


Engineering – Go For It, Moon Walk Related Activities

Fifty years ago this July 20, engineer Buzz Aldrin (photo, above) and fellow Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first humans to set foot on the Moon. Known as "Dr. Rendezvous" for his Ph.D. research on manned orbital docking, Aldrin adopted techniques that were critical to the mission's success and remain in use today. Launch your explorers on a voyage of discovery with this month's activity marking NASA's lunar milestone. Many happy returns!
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Christa McAuliffe's 'Lost' STEM Lessons Updated, Made Available Free

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal


One of Christa McAuliffe most quoted lines was, "I touch the future. I teach." McAuliffe, the first teacher chosen to go into space, had planned to distribute science and engineering lessons and share demonstrations with students around the world. She, along with the other crew members of flight STS-51, died when their Challenger shuttle exploded 73 seconds into flight. Now, this long-mourned high school social studies teacher's "lost lessons" have recently been updated and made available to teachers.

The initiative is a project of the Challenger Center, which reaches thousands of students every year through experiential STEM education programs. Working with NASA and its STEM on Station, the Center has completed several of the lessons McAuliffe had planned to present. The updated demonstrations were recorded on the International Space Station.

Topics include effervescence, chromatography, liquids in microgravity, and Newton's law. The six scripted experiments include explanatory videos, standards alignment, a materials list, set up information and step-by-step instructions for teachers to use in the classroom, to prepare their students for the live lessons from space that Christa McAuliffe had planned to teach.

As the Center noted, "Using these activities, teachers can replicate what Christa was not able to share from orbit. Christa's wonderful teaching gift and spirit are captured in the videos, and her remarks and actions in training, accomplish most of her lessons plans."

The lessons are all openly available at christas-lost-lessons/


Google Launches Comprehensive CS Resources for Educators

By David Nagel

Google launched Code with Google, a new compilation of resources for K-12 educators for exploring computer science in the classroom.

According to Google, “We believe that training, resources, and community for teachers are key to improving equity in CS education and expanding access for all students. Code with Google is our new CS comprehensive resource for educators. It brings together Google’s free curriculum and programs that build coding skills—from beginner level to advanced—to help students succeed. Teachers can integrate CS First into their classroom, guide their high school students to the free code learning app Grasshopper to learn Javascript, or share CS scholarship opportunities with students.”

Google also announced it’s awarded a $1 million grant to the Computer Science Teachers Association, which will be used to “support their mission of building community and providing CS professional development to teachers in communities across the U.S. Through CSTA’s national network of chapters, more teachers will have the resources they need to bring CS learning to their students.” m=1


3DUX Design Challenge: It's time to rethink the modern playground. 

This month we challenge our young designers to imagine, design and create the next generation play space.

How it works
1.  Download the story and the challenge 27218d28c96aa85 9e7ca2cf53d8bf7f6f1185630859ca1fd0& repDgs=172def9f5fb56d0c&linkDgs=172def9f5fb58475

2Ideate, sketch, design and create 
3. Share your project to win prizes

• cardboard and other recycled materials
• crayons 
• tape or reusable 3Dux connectors



Free technology resources library from Brittany Washburn library /


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 let me know if you are in need of professional development for elementary STEM!

Bob Claymier