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STEM is Elementary Newsletter - June 2020

June 05, 2020

Happy Summer! Learn about elementary STEM resources and professional development opportunities in this issue!





“In this unprecedented time, Ohio’s educators, parents and caregivers are doing their best to keep learning going for students in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. I am humbled and grateful that all eight of Ohio’s public broadcasting stations have stepped up as major partners committed to delivering high-quality, grade-appropriate learning to students, complementing the amazing effort being made by Ohio’s schools and districts,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria. “This ‘At Home Learning Initiative’ crosses the digital divide and provides yet another tool in the toolbox, ensuring learning doesn’t stop just because school buildings are closed.”
The schedule will provide age- and grade-level appropriate, standards-based programs so Ohio students can continue to learn with limited or no internet access.
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WGTE Public Media effective-march-30-2020
WOSU Public Media
WOUB Public Media
WVIZ/PBS ideastream





BGSU At-Home Academic Enrichment Camps for Summer 2020
The BGSU Academic Enrichment Camps offer students in grades 3 through 8 two weeks of engaging and interactive learning from the comfort of their own home during Summer 2020. Students can select to enrich their learning in mathematics, reading, or science. These courses are taught and designed by trained teachers who are experts in the content of mathematics, reading, and science. During the camps, the students work directly with their camp instructor and same age peers, enjoying a variety of activities to peak their interest in learning and deepen their knowledge. and-youth-programs/academic-summer-programs/academic- enrichm ent-camps.html





SoapBox Derby Educational Packs
STEM Mini-Car Program - $25
The Derby’s STEM-Based Mini Car program uses the tools and values of Soap Box Derby racing to encourage and build love of STEM. This 1:13 scale car is easy to assemble and gravity driven.
Educational Benefits:
• Learning Style: visual and logical
• Skill Development: following directions, hand-eye coordination, creativity, problem solving, and early engineering
• Soap Box Derby Mini Car kit
• 5 lesson activity book
digiRacer - $195
digiRacer gives you a chance to demonstrate your building, coding, and programming skills as well as text-based programming with sensors and camera vision.
Educational Benefits:
• Learning Style: logical and mathematical
• Skill Development: patience, problem solving, perseverance, and thinking outside of the box
• digiRacer kit
• downloadable programming software
• Activity book
• Instruction manual
Build a car like a Champ and learn! - $660
Since 1934 Soap Box Derby has been an All-American Racing Tradition which provides youth with racing competitions in cities worldwide. The FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship Race is held annually in Akron, OH.
Super Stock
• Ages 9 to18 years old
• Can accommodate a racer up to (approx.) 6’0” tall and 160 lbs.
• Builders should allow 4 to 6 hours to assemble car
Educational Benefits:
• Learning Style: visual and competition
• Skill Development: collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and problem solving
• Soap Box Derby car kit (wheels included)
• Build instructions
• Activity book





3Dux Design Cardboard Design Challenges

The newest 3DuxDesign Animal Vision Activity will teach your young scientists how and why animals see the world in different ways.

·Learn about 2D and 3D objects

·Do an experiment to test the difference between 2D and 3D vision

·Learn about carnivores and herbivores

·Build your own zoo

To find out more about this and other great design challenges from 3DUX Design, go to edu_open_ended





PAST Foundation Summer Camps for Grades 3-8

·Elementary: Coding – June 8th-12th, Grades 3rd-5th; Ages 8-11

·Elementary: Minecraft Mathematics – June 8th-12th, Grades 3rd-5th; Ages 8-11

·Art & STEM – June 15th-19th, Grades 6th-8th; Ages 11-14

·Elementary: Art & STEM – June 15th-19th, Grades 3rd-5th; Ages 8-11

·Elementary: Coding – June 22nd-26th, Grades 3rd-5th; Ages 8-11

·Elementary: Minecraft Mathematics – June 22nd-26th, Grades 3rd-5th; Ages 8-11

PAST In The Community, Summer 2020

The PAST Foundation is offering a FREE and easy way to bring our STEM programs to organizations who are hosting day camps in July-August 2020. By deploying our experienced staff out into the community, we can bring our expertise and STEM programming to you and your students. Onsite and virtual options are available!
Contact Us For More Information
Phone: 614-340-1208 ext. 1208

Inquiry Form: Click HERE:
Download Our Flyer for more Information 20In%20the%20Community.pdf
Possible STEM Program Options Include:
Environmental Science
Art & STEM
Principles of Flight
Catapults & Trebuchets
Basic Coding
Mini Design Challenges
And More!

Dates & Times
Free onsite or virtual programming will be available starting in July 2020.
All Programs besides the Mini Design Challenges require 3 half days of onsite programming.
Mini Design Challenges require 1 half day of onsite programming.





EiE Virtual Learning Solutions

Curiosity. Imagination. Collaboration. Bring STEM Learning to Life. 
Solving food scarcity. Preventing viral outbreaks. Designing eco-friendly cities. How do you prepare future -ready learners to think, design, build and solve for the real-world challenges ahead?  
New flexible learning solutions to accelerate STEM. Anytime. Anywhere.

In uncertain times, you need maximum flexibility. Students need experiences that engage them in hands-on, minds-on learning, even virtually.

We know your decisions, budgets and implementation models are shifting. We will meet you where you are and get you where you want to be.





PhET STEM Sim App for $0.99
Add some fun STEM learning to your summer plans

Whether understanding atoms, exploring energy, or figuring out fractions, learners of all ages enjoy “playing PhET” with informal exploration of the simulations.
While you can find PhET’s STEM interactive sims for free at our website, our award-winning iOS app is perfect for learning at home, with all PhET HTML5 sims (over 80 sims) in one easy-to-use package. At $0.99, our app offers great value and all proceeds help sustain PhET’s work!
 With the PhET App, you get:

·Ease of use: Over 80 STEM simulations in one place

·Offline use: No internet connection needed

·Automatic updates: More sims each year

·Affordable: Only $0.99 for lifetime access

·Privacy: No student login or data collected

·Translated into 11 languages*: Perfect for ESL students 8
Also visit their website for more simulations and lessons





Design Squad Design Challenges

Use DESIGN SQUAD GLOBAL hands-on activities and videos in classrooms and afterschool programs, in libraries and museums, at events and at home, along with our newest resource DESIGN SQUAD GLOBAL CLUBS that connect 10- to 13-year-olds in out-of-school programs around the world.





ITEEA Releases Pre-Publication Draft of Standards for Technological and Engineering Literacy
Standards for Technological and Engineering Literacy (STEL) provides an up-to-date roadmap for classroom teachers, district supervisors, state supervisors, states, and curriculum developers to promote technology and engineering education program development and curriculum design from Pre-K through twelfth grade.





Toledo Zoo Education Virtual Offerings Wild Toledo Teacher Monarch Kits

The Toledo Zoo Education Department is taking preorders for Wild Toledo Teacher Monarch Butterfly Kits that will be available for teachers to use in the classroom with their students. Kits are $10 each and come with 2 monarch butterfly caterpillars, a 32-ounce rearing container, a starting supply of milkweed, a detailed care sheet and Monarch Watch butterfly tags that will allow students to tag the adult monarch butterflies before being released. Kits are available by pick up at the Zoo only beginning in late August. Teachers will be notified by email when kits are available for pickup. A limited number of kits will be available so get your orders in now to ensure availability. Orders are online only at No phone-in orders will be accepted.
If you need more hands-on experience with monarch butterfly rearing and tagging, you can opt to sign up for a two-hour professional development class that will take place on Saturday, August 29, 10am-3pm. The $25 fee includes hands-on experience with monarch caterpillars, a rearing kit and an opportunity to tag an adult monarch butterfly. You can sign up at the same link.
Questions can be directed to Mitch Magdich at 419.385.5721 x2048.






Spacers4Makers News
CoderZ Intros Elementary Grade Coding Course
Education technology company CoderZ has introduced a new course for students in grades 2-5 to learn how to program.
CoderZ Adventure introduces your students to the fascinating world of STEM and robotics through an exciting journey and adventures in CoderZ world. Students will learn how to program a virtual robot to navigate in CoderZ Frozen Island, the Lost City, Candy Town, and other exciting locations while practicing basic math, geometry, and more.



FIRST LEGO League Opens Robotics Team Sign-ups for Students 4–16

The FIRST LEGO League season is kicking off today. Team registration for three age divisions will be open. The season's gaming begins on Aug. 4, 2020.
Education technology companies and organizations have stepped forward to help educators bring STEM and STEAM experiences to students in virtual ways during the COVID-19 closures. The following list of free resources in the arts, coding/computer science/engineering, crafting/design/making, math, science and integrated STEM/STEAM will be updated regularly as announcements are made. (If you know of a company that should be included on this list, please send details to ed-tech-companies-step-up-during-coronavirus-outbreak. aspx
Other Spaces 4Learning makerspace resources and news





Ohio STEM Learning Network

Why does computer science education matter? 

Computer Science opens more doors than any other discipline. Learning the basics will help students in every career—from agriculture to healthcare. Seventy-one percent (71%) of all U.S. jobs require digital skills. High-skilled computing occupations are the fastest-growing, best-paying, and largest sector of all new wages in the U.S. This holds true in Ohio. According to the Computing Technology Industry Association, Ohio is ranked 10th in the country in both net tech employment and net tech employment job gains. Yet many schools do not teach Computer Science.

We seek to change this. The Ohio STEM Learning Network partners with each year to provide experiences that help any teacher get ready to lead computer science education at their school.
CS Fundamentals workshops will also continue throughout the year, as standalone one-day events. The first CS Fundamentals workshop will be held across two days June 23rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and June 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m introdu ction-workshop-4


2020 designation of STEAM/STEAM schools

After careful deliberation, 10 more school have earned the mark of STEM/STEAM designation from the Ohio STEM Committee.

Each year, the Ohio STEM Learning Network partners with the Ohio Department of Education to recruit, support, and ultimately evaluate new schools for this accomplishment.

This year's set of designated schools showcase the full diversity of approaches to quality STEM education. Elementary and high schools, public schools and private ones, schools from many different corners of Ohio; all of these are represented in the schools we recognize today.

Read the official press release for more details, including links to each school's profile page on





STEM Activities for Kids
STEM Activities for Kids has several simple projects and easy to use resources that will keep your students engaged with designing and creating as we navigate through distance learning together. add-at-home-stem-activities/

Women in STEM books
Each of these picture books featuring women in STEM shows that dreams do come true! Reviewing NSTA's list of outstanding trade books is how I found the first two books in this list. I was so inspired by these women's stories that I kept going back and getting more of the books. I hope you and your students enjoy them as much as I do! featuring -women-in-stem/
Setting Up a STEM Lab
With the new focus on STEM, STEM labs are popping up all over the place! Has someone asked you to teach STEM and set up a lab?  Starting a STEM lab can be overwhelming. Here are some great tips that will help you get started in an organized fashion! elementary-stem-lab/





LEGO Robotics Online and On-site Summer Camps

We empower kids to become engineers, programmers, inventors and entrepreneurs... all while having FUN with like-minded kids and inspiring instructors. We offer in-person camps in Columbus, Ohio area, small private BattleBot events, and Live, Interactive Virtual Camps.





Vivify STEM
How to use Digital & Printed STEM Journals
Elevate any STEM challenge by using a journal to capture student thinking during the engineering design process! Read below for how to use a digital or printed STEM journal including strategies for distance learning journal-for-distance-learning







180 STEM Ideas by Harry Roman
Here I am again, with yet another collection of STEM activities for the classroom. I just cannot resist these little compendiums of fun for students and teachers. The format herein mirrors that in my previous classroom activities books. Don’t be afraid to add your own ideas and topical areas to those in the following pages.
To donate to the ITEEA Foundation, which is why this book is being offered at no cost, go to



The ITEEA STEM School of Excellence recognition application window is now open! ITEEA’s STEM Center for Teaching and Learning™ recognizes outstanding schools for their commitment to providing a robust Integrative STEM education program. Schools recognized exemplify outstanding leadership in the field of STEM education. Recognized schools undergo a rigorous application process requiring detailed documentation to demonstrate a strong Integrative STEM program. A panel of reviewers will reach consensus that the documented evidence represents excellence in Integrative STEM education. 1FAIpQLSf2ADdXrru0diEGaDTc uDNwsjUQEztB3cUzlhx10EIJMkVk5w/ viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1



ITEEA STEM Connections
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! Check out STEM Connections by clicking on the link below.
Challenge:Can you work as a member of a small design team to develop or modify a product or device that will encourage people to properly wash their hands for at least 20 seconds?





Picture Perfect Science Seminar Online
Join us in July or August for a Picture-Perfect STEM Virtual Workshop
Participate in 3, 2-hour sessions of live online-training with the authors

·Receive 2 e-books containing 30 model lessons that integrate STEM and literac

·Become familiar with loads of high-quality, STEM-related picture books

·See lessons in action through modeling and video

·Experience the 5E Instructional Mode 8574134731

After this workshop, you will have the skills, confidence, AND lesson books to begin teaching Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons!
July 7-9, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT
(Train-the-Trainer Add-On July 10, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
August 4-6, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT
(Train-the-Trainer Add-On August 7, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)





"Novel Engineering, K-8: An Integrated Approach to Engineering and Literacy" Is Now Available for Purchase
In Novel Engineering, students identify problems in books they read and then design and build solutions for the characters. The students become invested in what they are building and build empathy for the characters, using what they’ve read about as evidence for their design decisions. We’ve found that integrated engineering and literacy are mutually beneficial for students’ learning.
Want to learn more about "Novel Engineering, K-8: An Integrated Approach to Engineering and Literacy"? On June 9th at 3:00 EDT, an informational webinar will be held to answer questions related to Novel Engineering. It will be a chance for educators who are new to Novel Engineering to hear more about our programs and for those who have already tried it to ask questions. ppj4rGNZZUMdFw UE5lRUu1H1uUOpT




That's it for this issue of STEM is Elementary! Please let me know of any articles on elementary STEM that should be included in an upcoming issue!

Bob Claymier



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