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STEM is Elementary Newsletter - September 30

September 30, 2019

Happy Fall! Find out about new articles, resources, and events in this issue.

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Ohio Technology Summit
the Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association is hosting the Ohio Technology Summit on Thursday, October 29 from 9AM to 4PM at Otterbein University's The Point, 60 Collegeview Rd. in Westerville, OH 43081.
At OTS educators have the opportunity to explore the hands-on integration of technology across the curriculum – from kindergarten to college. Sessions will benefit elementary, middle school and high school teachers, librarians, and and after school program leaders.
Keynote Speaker -
Erin Bender - Executive Director, The Point at Otterbein University
Partial List of Sessions

·Google Classroom in STEM

·Carving out a Future (Intro to CNC with the Carvey)

·Future of Work Attack of the Drones - Build and Fly

·MicroDrones in Your School

·Open Your Robotics Program with the moto:bit Board

·Computer Science is for Everyone!

·OTEEA Student Exhibits Exemplary Samples/Q&A

·MakerSpace - Not Just a Room in the Building

·Elementary STEM Resources

·The Engineering Design Process – How to use it in your classroom

Registration and more information at


PAST Foundation’s Girls Who Lead: Leadership Unboxed
For 2019 we are focused on a 3 hour program for late Middle to early High School children and their parent(s). This event is FREE to the 120 guests we hope to have here all day.

We are calling the event Girls Who Lead:  Leadership Unboxed.  

Our event has three opportunities for attendees to explore:

·Four Exploration sessions based around STEM innovation, Public Policy, Entrepreneurship, and Finance with the opportunity to “try on” different skills. 

·The opportunity to preregister for a 15 minute recording session with the PAST Foundation CEO Annalies Corbin

·Participate in a series of small group discussions hosted by thought leaders, mentors, and innovative leaders who believe diverse thought brings creative solutions.

Doors open at 8:30AM. Event will start at 9AM.
Tickets to attend are FREE!
For more information on how to attend this great event:



NSTA’s September’s Science and Children focuses on differentiation
Science and Children
September 2019
Vol. 57 No. 2

Learning is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Yet differentiation can feel overwhelming and insurmountable in terms of how to address each child’s need separately. With the strategies found in this issue of Science and Children, educators will be able to seamlessly integrate differentiated instruction into their teaching.


A "Tinker Lab" for Young Students Opens in Pa. School
By Yvonne Marquez, School Planning and Management
Germantown Academy, a PreK-12 private school in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, recently gained a new makerspace aimed at younger students. In the makerspace, known as the “Tinker Lab,” PreK-5 students are able to problem solve through hands-on activities and be more engaged in learning.
The Tinker Lab is equipped with a laser cutter, 3-D printer, workstations, an industrial sink, kitchenette and hand tools. The space used to be a PreK-2 grade space but as part of their improvements, the school decided to expand the space so that all students in the Lower School would be able to use it. Young-Students-Opens-in-Pa-Private-School.aspx?m=1


Makey Makey Workshop by Mrs. Geeky
Wednesday Oct 30 at Otterbein University a07egl9ek957c2144a1&llr=95rbmv8ab


Mrs. Geeky a.k.a. Laurie Green

Laurie has been working in technology and education for almost 30 years. She holds a Master’s Degree from Cleveland State University in Curriculum and Foundations with a focus on Technology Education, and a Bachelors in Business from The Ohio State University. Currently, Laurie is a student in the Penn Graduate School of Education, Applied Computational Thinking Program. 
A recognized speaker, curriculum consultant, and workshop leader, her experiences have included serving on the keynote panel for Learning 2.0 in Shanghai, China, a Keynote speaker for the Maths and Science conference in Queensland, Australia, and presenting at various conferences throughout the United States including ISTE and OETC. She is  a Certified LEGO Robotics Instructor, Quality Matters Certified,  INFOhio Coach, Makey Makey Certified trainer, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, and serves on the ISTE PLN Admin committee.  Additionally, she served as a volunteer for FIRST for 10 years including 3 years as a regional director for the Cleveland, Ohio FIRST Lego League robotics competitions.  Laurie taught at Cleveland public schools and Laurel School for Girls. Subsequently she was the online learning coordinator for PBS ideastream®, conducted numerous workshops for Western Reserve Education Services PBS , taught at Cleveland State University and currently works with the Kent State University Research Center for Educational Technology in their AT and T Classroom. Laurie enjoys developing customized professional development experiences for faculty and staff. Additionally Laurie has had a special interest in helping schools provide environments that nurture girls interests in science and technology.
Makey Makey certified training partner
Lego Robotics Certified Instructor
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Quality Matters Certified
Raspberry Pi Certified Educator
ISTE Administration PLN board member
Masters Curriculum and Foundations Technology Education
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Inspiring Young Engineers with STEM Contests
We have pulled together a list of STEM competitions that have a solid engineering component. Before you decide to participate in a contest with your students, make sure that you understand the time commitment, associated costs, and how the challenges will align with your STEM curriculum. And consider whether you have the time and resources to give the kids a shot at doing quality work. Be aware that sometimes it makes the most sense to create an afterschool club to work on the project, rather than integrating the competition into the school day. aspx


Teacher Grants Available has assembled an excellent list of funding opportunities for teachers for professional development and for their classrooms.
These funds come from all sorts of sources, from the federal government to private companies and charities, and they focus on a wide range of topics. Teaching grants can fund professional development, classroom enrichment, school supplies, field trips and almost anything else that goes into bettering the quality of education. teachers/


EiE back to School Resource Kit
Back to school time is upon us! Whether you're brand new to STEM or a seasoned engineering educator, it's the perfect time to reflect on your goals for the upcoming year and think about how to help a new group of learners discover their STEM identity. We've compiled a few resources that will help you with everything from syllabus planning to storage and organization, so you can start the year off right.


OpenSciEd Releases OER MS Science Curriculum
OpenSciEd is rolling out one of the first curricula that both aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and, as an open science education resource, is free. The nonprofit is working to produce an entire science curriculum that runs from elementary through high school, is freely downloadable and is designed to be used with low-cost standard laboratory equipment and materials. The organization is led by 10 partner states, science educators, curriculum developers and philanthropic organizations, including BSCS Science Learning, Northwestern University, Boston College, the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin and Digital Promise. release s-oer-ms-science-curriculum

THE Journal is dedicated to informing and educating K-12 senior-level district and school administrators, technologists, and tech-savvy educators within districts, schools, and classrooms to improve and advance the learning process through the use of technology. Launched in 1972, THE Journal was the first magazine to cover education technology.
THE Journal is the leading resource for administrative, technical, and academic technology leaders in K-12 education.
Learn more at


Maumee Schools expands Makerspace Program from Toledo
Students in Maumee Schools aren't just learning English and Math; they're getting the chance to get creative through a program that's expanded over the years... And now it's more than just a place students can use in their free time. There are classes the students can take to learn how to use all the innovative tools within the program... Makerspace started just in the high school, but now it's been introduced in the middle school and elementary schools. At Gateway Middle, students can program a gadget to do what they want through an iPad. They can also use a 3-D pen and sewing machines. maumeeschoolsexpandsmakers paces/512-9eea1950-a350-4868- bd05-045f8fec8b36


#STEMdrivesOhio Kickoff, October 3 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Ohio STEM Learning Network will host a professional development session at COSI for educators to learn about Smart Mobility and prepare them to lead a design challenge for Ohio students. You can read more about the #STEMdrivesOhio Design Challenge here and sign up to for emails about it here. Registration for this event is now open, through a Google form click here.

Sessions Offered to Prepare Schools for STEM or STEAM Designation
What does it take to be a STEM or STEAM school, as designated by the State of Ohio? Designation requires more than adding a robotics club, going 1:1 with technology, or offering more science and math courses.

The Ohio STEM Learning Network and the Ohio Department of Education will be hosting four regional meetings this fall to assist schools interested in applying for STE(A)M designation.

Join us to learn about the attributes of a STE(A)M designated school, from creating a culture of innovation to building partnerships with local community and industry partners, to building career pathways for students.

All four sessions will review the Quality Model for STEM and STEAM schools, the newly updated designation application, and the new STEM designation rubric. This professional development opportunity is offered free of charge. Principals, curriculum directors, or any other staff responsible for creating/leading a schools' STEM culture are encouraged to attend.




Host School

Northwest Ohio

October 10, 2019

9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Bigelow Hill Intermediate School, Findlay

Northeast Ohio

October 16, 2019

9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Bio-Med Science Academy, Rootstown

Southeast Ohio

October 24, 2019

9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Chillicothe Primary School, Chillicothe

Southwest Ohio

November 14, 2019

9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Dayton Regional STEM School, Kettering schools -for-stem-or-steam-designation


Watch a full-length presentation on ITEEA's REACH Challenge
In this presentation, viewers can gain a thorough understanding of the REACH Challenge registration and submission process, the Educators Toolkit, and the benefits of participating in this program. Hear first-hand the life-changing impact REACH Challenge can make, not only in your community, but in the lives of your students when they use their STEM skills in a real-world application to make a difference in the lives of those around them.
To encourage more STEM programs to incorporate adaptive technology projects into their curriculum, presenters Gavin and Andrea collaborated with ITEEA on the creation and launch of REACH Challenge, an impactful Adaptive & Assistive Technology design-thinking project for middle school, high school, and college students. Computer Science Fundamentals Workshop

 A foundational introduction to Computer Science (CS) Fundamentals for educators interested in learning more about the course and starting the course.

·K-5 educators

·New to teaching CS Fundamentals, and may still be deciding if they desire to teach the class.

At the end of the workshop, teachers will understand:

·The importance of all students having access to computer science skills, and the teachers' role in creating an environment where all students can learn equitably.

·How CS Fundamentals can be used as a tool for bringing computer science to all students.

·The structure of CS Fundamentals courses (lesson plans, online activities, unplugged activities).


·A plan of action to start teaching CS Fundamentals.

·An implementation plan for teaching two CS Fundamentals lessons.

·Goals for how deep into the course they would like to try to get.

·Strategies for teaching CS Fundamentals lessons.

·A connection to the community of CS Fundamentals teachers.

Date: Oct. 14, Nov. 4, and Dec. 9, 2019  
Time: 4:00 pm - 7:15 pm  
Hosted by: Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education 
Location: Jerome Library @ Bowling Green State University 
1001 E. Wooster St. 

Register here:   



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).
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


E-GFI’s Newsletter Focuses on Magellan’s Voyage 500 Years Ago
Five centuries ago, Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain on an epic voyage to "traverse and discover the roundness of the world." Though killed in battle midway through the three-year expedition, he remains an inspiration for today's engineers probing the uncharted frontiers of innovation. Your explorers will get their sea legs navigating this month's activities marking the quincentennial of Magellan's departure aboard the Victoria - depicted here in the perilous straits that bear his name. Stow that GPS!
The free monthly newsletter also has articles on paid 2020 summer STEM jobs for high schoolers, U. S.’s ranking in science education, STEM contests for grades K-12 and more! Sign up here!


Learn 2 Basic Skills from Makerspace
Learning about electronics and creating your own projects is a lot easier than you may think.  In this tutorial, we’re going to give you a brief overview of common electronic components and explain what their functions are. You will then learn about schematic diagrams and how they are used to design and build circuits.  And finally, you will put this information to use by creating your first basic circuit on a breadboard.
This post was written so anyone of any age can learn about basic electronics.
Once you learn the basics of electronics, you need to learn how to solder them together.  This skill is important for any maker to master.  Soldering will allow you to build a robot or create a custom circuit.  The best thing about soldering is that it’s really fun to learn and easy to master.


Learn About Upcoming K-12 STEM grants through STEM Universe
STEAM Universe is a weekly education technology newsletter focused exclusively on STEM and STEM+Arts (STEAM). Each issue highlights the technologies, curriculum tools, trends and best practices that power education in science, technology, engineering, math and the arts. Issues also spotlight exceptional projects and programs taking place in schools, colleges and universities across the nation.
Sign up for the free newsletter at 8464I8049 234H7M&omedasite=ONE7131_THE2&pk=STUHP


Teachers, techies, storytellers. EdSurge was founded in 2011 by Betsy Corcoran, Matt Bowman, Nick Punt and Agustin Vilaseca to connect the emerging community of education technology entrepreneurs and educators.

As a leading education news organization, we report on the people, ideas and technologies that shape the future of learning. Through our work, we aim to help educators, entrepreneurs, policymakers and other stakeholders be part of the rich and complex conversations about the evolving learning environments for everyone and the technologies and tools that support them.

Along with sharing news, trends and research, EdSurge connects people through our jobs board and through networking events, including virtual and live workshops and conferences. Our database of rich information about emerging pro ducts in K-12 and higher education continues to be the go-to source for the industry.


In this edWebinar, Cathy Yount, Director of Early Learning at Scholastic, explores how educators can implement brilliantly simple strategies to engage early learners with technology and achieve reading success. Participants will leave with an understanding of the following:

·Why technology today is better than ever for supporting early learners and building foundational reading skills

·How to model appropriate digital behavior and usage, while fostering a love of reading in the 21st century

·What to look for when choosing a technology-based literacy solution for preK-2 students

·How to manage digital resources in an early years classroom and what to expect from a successful implementation

This edWebinar will be of interest to preK-3 teachers and school and district leaders. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the presentation.


New Earth and Space Science Resources on PBS LearningMedia
We've added new grades 3-5 resources to our Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms collection! In collaboration with NASA, we produced new and engaging digital resources that bring space phenomena into the classroom.
These free interactive resources, created in collaboration with NASA*, address the core ideas and practices of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). 5/


Girl Scouts Emphasize STEM Education
By Randy Showstack
EOS Earth and Space Science News
12 August 2019
With women still underrepresented in STEM fields, experts hope that new Girl Scout badges and other efforts will propel girls to study and enter science and related areas. educatio n


Gcode DIY Robot Build
By Jack Brown, Shocking Discoveries
It is an easy to build two wheel rover / drawing robot, that is controlled by standard Gcode (the same language used in 3D printers, CNC machines, etc). 
Instead of the typical X, Y, Z axis for 3D printers and CNC tools, one wheel is designated as the X motor and one the Y motor. To move forward 10 units, the command would just include X 10, Y 10. The basic Gcode language is accessible to pretty much any age student and they can instruct it to draw various shapes and patterns. However students can also incorporate more advanced commands to independently vary the speed of each motor, etc. The commands are sent via a cell phone (either a text file, designated smart keys, or directional screen buttons). I have attached two photos that show the rover as well as the interface screen on the smartphone. As you can see these can be quickly built from an Arduino board, a shield, two stepper motors, and some hardware store bits and pieces. A Chromebook can also be used as the controller.
This as an approachable, safe, and inexpensive bridge between simple robots and precision CNC machine tools. Materials for the bot cost under $50 and tools required for fabrication and assembly are minimal.
For further information, contact Jack Brown at>
Link to video of robot in motion:


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