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STEM is Elementary Newsletter - September 2019

August 26, 2019

This issue of STEM is Elementary's newsletter is full of resources, articles and events to get your school year off to a great start!



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    


·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! 
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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


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

Registration Deadline: October 1, 2019     

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

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 Now Open for the 2019-2020 School Year

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? 

For more information and to register: programs/innovators-club


NEW Finch Robot 2.0.

Tired of using multiple tools to teach computer science across grade levels? Wanting to inspire CS but don't know where to start? Then pre-order the NEW Finch Robot 2.0!

The Finch Robot 2.0 works with multiple software languages and devices out of the box. Other highlights include wireless connection, central pen mount, multiple sensors, and many more ways to excite your students about CS. Pre-order price starts at $109


 Explore 3-Dimensional Instruction through NSTA

In conjunction with NSTA's 2019 Area Conferences, we're offering workshops focused on three-dimensional teaching and learning. Each workshop has a different focus; pick the one that suits your needs.

NSTA supports the recommendations of the Framework and their application in the Next Generation Science Standards(NSTA 2016), including the ideas that strengthen previous conceptions of inquiry and the nature of science. These ideas include the use of science and engineering practices to actively engage students in science learning, the integration of these practices with disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts, and student learning to be driven by the need to explain phenomena and/or design solutions to problems.
To read NSTA’s position paper on transitioning from scientific inquiry to three-dimensional teaching and learning, go here. dimensio nalteachingandlearning.pdf

·San Francisco, July 24, 2019

·Salt Lake City, Oct. 25–26, 2019

·Cincinnati, Nov. 16, 2019

·Seattle, Dec. 14, 2019


Science and Children: Cross Curricular Integration

Teachers often rely on making connections to other subject areas to enhance or enrich science learning experiences. The features and columns found in this issue of Science and Children offer ideas for cross-curricular integration of learning.


NSTA Conference in Cincinnati on Nov 14-16, 2019

Science: The Bridge to Endless Possibilities

Duke Energy Convention Center • 525 Elm St. • Cincinnati OH 45202

Mark your calendar for NSTA's second 2019 area conference—we'll be in Cincinnati, Ohio!


ITEEA’s STEM Connections for August, 2019

Dear STEM Educator,

Here is the latest issue of STEM Connections, which is packed with the most current news from ITEEA, its members, and the field of STEM Education. STEM Connections was developed specifically for STEM professionals who believe in the importance of Integrative STEM Education - and that Technology and Engineering Bring STEM to Life! Thank you to August sponsor, Goodheart-Willcox. Check out STEM Connections by clicking on the link below.



ITEEA Unveils STEM School of Excellence Recognition Program

STEM is an important force in our economy; anyone and everyone benefits by being familiar with it. Teaching all students to know and do STEM is best delivered when engaging them through technology and engineering and connecting it to science and math.

ITEEA has long been a leader is providing Integrative STEM Education resources to lead our profession and enable all educators to take the initiative in how I-STEM Education is defined and delivered in our school systems.

This leadership is further supported and demonstrated by the schools across our nation and around the world that are effectively bringing critical STEM skills to today's students.

ITEEA has created the STEM School of Excellence Program to annually recognize outstanding schools for their commitment to providing robust Integrative STEM Education programs. By providing information regarding qualifying activities, your school can receive the recognition it has earned as a leader in STEM Education.

STEM Schools of Excellence will be honored at the 2020 ITEEA Annual Conference in Baltimore and receive a banner and certificate to display in the school. Apply to be an ITEEA STEM School of Excellence today! STEMschoolofexcellence.aspx#tabs



ITEEA's 2nd Annual Global Design Challenge for Elementary Students is Now Open!

In 2008, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) identified 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century. These Grand Challenges were designed to cause students and educators to think about solutions to the big challenges affecting all of our lives. Following ESC’s first very successful Global Challenge for elementary-aged students in 2018-2019, we have a new problem for you to address in 2019-2020. The Elementary STEM Journal is sponsoring the 2nd Global Design Challenge for Elementary STEM (GDC) to provide students with a chance to solve a real problem, and show the world that everyone can help find solutions to these global challenges.

Working with their teachers, elementary STEM students from around the world will work in small design teams to solve the GDC outlined below. As students attempt to solve the GDC, the elementary classroom teacher will document the process with a simple journal or portfolio that describes the problem-solving process, the products developed, results of product market testing, as well as the final product pitch presentations. Photos and videos of proposed solutions will be posted on the Elementary STEM Council’s Facebook® site and ultimately, the team with the most elegant solution to the GDC will be provided an opportunity to present their solution during the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Annual Conference In Baltimore, Maryland, on March 11-14, 2020. A story about the winning team will also be featured in The Elementary STEM Journal.


EiE’s After School Pilot Projects

Are you hosting a STEM event at your site between October 1st and December 13, 2019, or would you like to plan one? We're seeking sites to pilot a new hands-on family engineering activity for learners age 4-10. The activity encourages families to discover their inner engineer and work together to solve a problem. If your site is selected, you’ll receive all of the materials you'll need to run the activity at your STEM event and a $500 stipend for your participation. app


Are you looking for exciting NASA-inspired materials for use with out-of-school time middle school learners?

How do scientists collect data to understand remote planets?

Are you an out-of-school educator who works with learners in grades 6-8? Northern Arizona University is seeking participants for a study of EiE’s NASA-themed, hands-on engineering unit, Worlds Apart: Engineering Remote Sensing Devices. If your site is selected, you’ll receive free materials and a stipend for your participation. bf291bda74ecc1a2 606e53423&id=c463a36d9d&utm_


Little Bits Mission To Mars: Computational Thinking

This engaging lesson was created by educator extraordinaire, Ellie Werner. In this blog post, Ellie explains a bit about herself, her journey in education, and how she has temporarily found herself out of the classroom, and inside of littleBits HQ, as she works on her Masters from the Teachers College of Columbia.

Read on to learn more about Ellie and how she approached the design of this unit.

littleBits is the perfect platform to help your students develop computational thinking skills that can be applied across many curriculums. We designed this unit to teach middle school students the 4 pillars of computational thinking: Decomposition, Pattern Recognition, Abstraction, and Algorithm Design.

Explore our latest lesson with this Mission to Mars! thinking


Here are some articles I have found on the value of block play/construction toys for early childhood education. AAC8tDqsErRfgArYR yKEkLnOa?dl=0


Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong:

What if the best way to boost reading comprehension is not to drill kids on discrete skills but to teach them, as early as possible, the very things we've marginalized—including history, science, and other content that could build the knowledge and vocabulary they need to understand both written texts and the world around them?" Read the article, and learn more about NSTA Best STEM Books K–12 and the full line of NSTA Kids books.

Article site: radical-case-for-teaching-kids-stuff/592765/

Best STEM books for Kids

NSTA Kids books



Link Engineering STEM resources

A quick Internet search will yield lots of activities, lessons, and even curriculum programs that incorporate engineering into preK-12 education. But which ones work? And how do you get started? This section helps answer those questions.

Browse through activity and lesson reviews, get expert advice on methods, and see examples of what worked (and didn’t) in educational settings around the country.

Say Yes to Engineering Education: Overcoming Six Common Fears

Do you like the idea of including engineering education in the classroom but are overwhelmed by perceived obstacles? Christine Cunningham has worked with hundreds of elementary and middle school educators to develop strategies to overcome those hurdles. Join us to learn how to find the time, prepare materials, and manage student expectations while getting tips on how to handle a diverse array of ideas, grade effectively and make sure that no one gets left behind. Joining her is Nancy Yocom de Romero, a middle school educator, who was one of the first teacher colloaborators with Engineering is Elementary.


Engineering Videos for the Classroom: Engineering Design

Focusing on videos that a middle or high school teacher might show as part of a unit on engineering, we came up with the following examples.  You can find more engineering videos on the LinkEngineering resource page, above, and also the LinkEngineering YouTube Channel that features playlists on a variety of engineering topics

LinkEngineering YouTube Channel playlists?view_as=subscriber


Architecture programs for educators Free lessons

3Dux/design sets are perfect for schools, museums, after-school STEM/STEAM programs, and inventor clubs. We are actively growing our educator community and want to make our products and lessons easy to include in your curriculum. Choose from a variety of lesson options for your program needs.


 Paper Circuit Projects

Start the school year right by making paper circuits in your makerspace. Creating paper circuits has been very popular in schools and libraries worldwide.  This book was designed to make it simple and easy to get started with paper circuits.  Create fun interactive projects while learning about simple & parallel circuits.  Projects can be done in 15-30 minutes and is great for hands-on STEM learning.  

Once you learn the basics you can create custom paper circuits.

One Week Only !

Get (50) FREE Bonus LEDs – (Red,Green,Yellow,Blue,White) w/ Any Paper Circuit Kit or Classroom Pack Order.

(Valid 8/19 to 8/28)

How to make a Bristlebot

Bristlebots are a super fun makerspace project that are made with inexpensive everyday items.  Using a toothbrush, button battery and a vibration motor, you can create your own mini robot.

You can race bristlebots or engineer them to perform better.  Great way to get creative while learning about circuits. 

Our new tutorial has step-by-step instructions and is easy for all ages.

S.T.E.A.M - Once your bristlebot is complete, you can use it to make priceless robotic artwork.  This is a great way to integrate the Arts with Technology (STEAM)


Battelle Innovation in Teaching Fellowship

FREE Professional Development Opportunity

The Battelle Innovation in Teaching Fellowship opportunity offers a unique professional development experience for Elementary  and Middle School Educators in Problem-Based Learning. Elementary teachers will have the opportunity to explore Problem-Based Learning with Environmental Science while Middle School teachers will explore Problem-Based Learning with Aviation .

How to Register:

·Complete the form located on the registration page (see links below)


·You will receive an email notification from PAST that we received your registration form.


·Complete and return a signed Memorandum of Understanding.

oBy Email:

oBy Mail: The PAST Foundation1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212

oATTN: MOU for Battelle Innovation in Teaching Fellowship


·Once your MOU is signed and returned, you will receive a notification that your registration is complete.


·Be on the lookout for information from course facilitator regarding details for the online course.

The value of Fellowship is $1,350 and is FREE for Elementary and Middle School teachers in Central Ohio thanks to Battelle.

Registration is open and filling fast.

Have questions? Email us at teaching-2019-cohort


STEMucation Academy  

STEMucation Academy is an online professional development course designed to help K-12 mathematics and science teachers (K-12) integrate engineering process learning into their classroom.

This 16-week self-directed online workshop is uniquely suited for teachers who would like to learn how to implement a challenge-based learning methodology with an integrated engineering design process into their classrooms. Participants are trained to use engineering as a "context" to teach any standards-based "content" in a manner that engages students through the unit implementation. Upon completion, teachers obtain 45 contact hours of participation. Graduate credits may be purchased through Ashland University.

For additional information or


STEM Over Lunch with The Works

As we start another year, we hope that you can join us on Thursday, October 17, Noon – 1:30PM for STEM Over Lunch! This annual day of science brings educators together with business and industry professionals to plan for our community’s future workforce event unites leaders from Education + Industry + Community and serves as a forum for discussing STEM learning for the workforce of tomorrow.  

Our 2019 guest speaker is Dr. Annalies Corbin, President and CEO of the PAST Foundation and founder of the podcast Learning Unboxed: Reimage, Rethink, and Redesign education for the workforce of tomorrow. Under her leadership, PAST has successfully become one of the nation’s leading developers of PreK-12 bridge programs and teacher professional development. Currently, she leads the Ohio STEM Learning Network’s Technical Assistance team helping STEM hubs and emerging schools throughout Ohio to build sustainable networks and programs.

On behalf of The Works and STEM Works East Central Ohio, I hope that you can join us for the event and take part in our community discussion! RSVP’s can be sent to


Send Your Name to Mars on NASA's Next Red Planet Mission!

Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide

Deadline: Sept. 30

NASA invites the public to send their names to the Red Planet aboard NASA's Mars 2020 rover! The Mars 2020 mision will launch next summer and land on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. The mission will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet's climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth and pave the way for human exploration.


Find NASA science resources for your classroom. . 

NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs


Believe in Ohio Refunded for 2019-2020

Columbus and Cleveland (August 21, 2019) ... The Ohio Academy of Science and Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio are pleased to announce that the State of Ohio is providing $2 million in funding to re-launch the Believe in Ohio program. 

Believe in Ohio is a free, comprehensive, experiential learning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) entrepreneurship and innovation program for Ohio high school students that was collaboratively developed by The Ohio Academy of Science (OAS) and Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio (EEO).

Originally launched in 2013 with funding from the State of Ohio, during the years 2014-2016, the program included over 300 teachers at more than 150 high schools in 50+ Ohio counties, with more than 10,000 students developing STEM Commercialization and STEM Business Plans for entry into local high school competitions. More than $1.2 million in cash awards and scholarships to Ohio colleges and universities were awarded to winners of Believe in Ohio state competitions during those years. 

“We look forward to giving Ohio high school students essentially the same opportunity to participate in local high school STEM Commercialization and Business Plan competitions with competition awards as we did in prior years”, said John Klipfell, Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio Executive Director and Believe in Ohio Co-Director. “Qualifying students will also have an opportunity to participate in regional and state STEM Plan competitions in which hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to Ohio colleges and universities will be awarded.”

While specific details on how Ohio’s STEM and business/economics teachers and their students can participate in the Believe in Ohio program will be available in mid-September, educators who wish to receive advance information about participating in the program are encouraged to email


Register now for the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference

Early bird registration is open through Oct. 1 for the 2019 Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference. The conference, which will be the organization’s 69th annual gathering, is scheduled for Oct. 23-25 in Sandusky. The conference is the largest gathering of K-12 mathematics professionals in the state. Find full details on the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ website org-octm-conferences-69th-annual-conference-sandusky-2019


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!

Bob Claymier