STEM is Elementary Newsletter - November 2020

October 26, 2020

Elementary STEM resources, articles and professional development opportunities for November!






OTEEA STEM Seminars and STEM Resources
The Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association has STEM resources to help educators prepare for in-school or at-home learning.
The OTEEA is hosting a series of Fourth Monday STEM seminars throughout the 2020-2021 school year that will feature presentations by state and national STEM education leaders.  The seminars will alternate each month between seminars appropriate for K-5 educators and those appropriate for 6-12 educators.
Join us on October 26 at 4 pm on Zoom for our next K-5 STEM seminar. The meeting will feature the principals of two Ohio schools, Scott Best of the Hull Prairie School and Trudi Simpson of the Kinder Garten School, both recent winners of the Ohio STEM Learning Network’s Program of Excellence Award. The meeting number is 845 9539 9455 and the Passcode is OTEEA.
The archived seminar and list of weblinks from their presentation can be found at





TEEAP Conference
Live ZOOM sessions on Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Live Session 1, 4:15-5:00 PM 
Title: Using Children’s Literature to Develop Design Thinking
Principle Presenter: Patricia Binkley
Co-Presenter: Kammas Kersch
Co-Presenter: Michele Mislevy 
Live Session 2, 5:15-6:00 PM 
Title: STEM Tools for Early Childhood Learners
Principle Presenter: Scott Read
STEM for Early Learning YouTube Links
Introducing the new VEX 123 and VEX Go for Early Learners
Scott Read
STEAM and Coding Workshop by SAM Labs
Ashli Maholland, Fred Wolfe, and Mackenzie Meixner
Defending Elementary STEM Programs
Molly Miller
STEM Integrative Curricula: Engineering byDesign™ PreK – 6th Grade 
Darcie Jones & Ryan Novitski

You Can't Have Art Without Architecture iSTEM Curriculum
Grace Haley & Lexie Sites
This curriculum focused on implementing STEM and other subject areas into an interactive iSTEM experience for students all from their home!






Drones in Schools

Drones in School is a one of a kind opportunity for students to experience the excitement of being on an actual racing team while also applying their classroom learning to real life.
Drones in School, The Collegiate Drone Racing Association (CDRA) and MultiGP are very proud to announce the formation of the MultiGP STEM Alliance. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education is critical for the future of our youth and communities, and there is nothing that gets young people more excited about STEM than the futuristic sport of drone racing. With a focus on students at the middle school, high school and college levels, the MultiGP STEM Alliance is dedicated to the mission of using drone racing to foster the growth of STEM education.








Fluid Power

The MS NFPA Fluid Power Action Challenge is a STEM competition designed to introduce science and engineering concepts to middle school students in a fun and exciting environment. Students begin by learning about the basics of hydraulics and pneumatics. They work in teams as they experiment and design their own unique machine and compete against their peers at a timed event! The Action Challenge gives students experience in hands-on learning, problem-solving, organization and perseverance. It introduces them to careers in the fluid power industry and creates an environment where failing is ok, because it’s the best way to learn and succeed.
Here is a great PowerPoint on the basics of fluid power that can be used with middle and high school students 08/Basic-Classroom-Lesson-Plan.pptx





NASA Educator Resources
Are you looking for NASA STEM materials to support your curriculum?
Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at
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.
Check out the ‘Explore NASA Science’ website! Science starts with questions, leading to discoveries. Visit To view the site in Spanish, visit
Distance Learning Opportunities for Educators and Students.
Sign up for NASA webinars on STEM education topics at no cost- Learn Wherever You Are!
Explore NASA STEM @ Home for Students: K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.
Students, parents, teachers, and STEM enthusiasts, share photos and videos of your STEM In Action projects!





Upcoming STEM Seminar
Inspiring a Future-Ready STEM Workforce!
STEM Forward Hosts Virtual STEM Conference on October 29, 2020
The Theme is Equity in STEM
Please see the main conference site for additional information:





Ohio Energy Project

In-person, virtual, hybrid? Whatever your district's learning model, OEP has resources for you. Learn more about our grade-level specific and energy efficiency teacher resources. 
Announcing a new format for OEP's Leadership Summits & Energy Workshops! We will be hosting separate STEM design challenges for grades 3-6 and grades 7-12. Challenges will kick-off in November. Details and registration coming soon.





Charting a Course for Success: America's Strategy for STEM Education
The STEM Education Strategic Plan, published in December 2018, sets out a federal strategy for the next five years based on a vision for a future where all Americans will have lifelong access to high-quality STEM education and the United States will be the global leader in STEM literacy, innovation, and employment. It represents an urgent call to action for a nationwide collaboration with learners, families, educators, communities, and employers—a "North Star" for the STEM community as it collectively charts a course for the Nation's success. The Department is an active participant in each of the interagency working groups focused on implementation of the plan.
In October 2019, the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House issued the Progress Report on The Federal Implementation of The STEM Education Strategic Plan. This report provides an update on how federal agencies are implementing the STEM Strategic Plan and what activities are they doing. Organizations from across the country are aligning their STEM efforts with the Strategic "North Star" Plan as well. This report reflects the shared value of STEM education and training to our Nation, and also demonstrates the power of coordination in achieving important national goals.





ITEEA's REACH Challenge:

ITEEA’s REACH Challenge is an impactful Adaptive & Assistive Technology (AT) design-thinking project for middle school, high school, and college level STEM programs, showcasing ITEEA’s mission that "Technology and Engineering Bring STEM to Life"! Teachers are guided through a series of lessons to lead their students in using their STEM skills to REACH a member of their community who has a challenge to overcome. This innovative project shows teachers how they can help students use their STEM skills to help overcome human challenges for social good, making a real-world difference in the lives of those around them.





Young Entrepreneur Institute

At Young Entrepreneur Institute at University School, we believe that every child should understand and experience entrepreneurship. Since its founding in 2006, our programs have touched tens of thousands of children. In addition, we have collaborated with hundreds of educators and schools across Northeast Ohio and beyond to share programs, advice and curriculum.





Women as Engineers
See the latest in the series - Invention Education: Portraits, Strategies, Starting Points. Engineer, Katelyn Sweeney tells us how her interest in STEM was sparked despite all odds.





Ohio Invention Convention
Ohio Invention League's Invention Convention is the premiere K-12 program helping Ohio students learn and navigate the invention process, in order to innovate solutions to a problem they identify. This no cost program is perfect for the classroom, after school programs and at home engagement. H
Could a "moonshot" effort draw a million more girls and young women into STEM fields? That's the intent of new initiative that will embed STEM learning opportunities into out-of-school programs over the next five years. The "Million Girls Moonshot" is being funded bu a consortium of foundations, including the Intel Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The organizations will provide grant funding and in-kind resources to 100,000 afterschool programs that are part of the Mott-funded 50 State Afterschool Network. That program reaches 10 million young people.
Help will include technical assistance, educational resources, access to Intel's She Will Connect partners and mentorship from STEM experts, including Intel employee volunteers.






PAST Foundation to Lead Central Ohio OSLN Hub
For 20 years, the Columbus-based PAST Foundation has been working to improve education and “link learning to life.” The PAST Foundation (Partnering Anthropology with Science and Technology) offers educational programs for students and teachers and evaluates others’ programs to measure their impacts and outcomes. In a new endeavor, the foundation has been chosen to lead the Central Ohio Hub of the Ohio STEM Learning Network. central -ohio-hub-for-stem





Soil and Water Information for Teachers
The SWIFT Fall 2020 newsletter has arrived! Containing information on:

·Stormwater Awareness Week

·Virtual School Programs

·2021 Conservation Poster Contest 3-Fall.pdf





Science Around Cincy
Do STEM scientists, technology whizzes, engineers and mathematicians really work in ivory towers? Kids might think so. And that misconception could lead students to shun STEM-based career paths as boring and isolating. So how can educators dispel that notion and show that scientists work with other enthusiastic professionals, making breakthroughs in exciting, world-changing fields, with no ivory tower in sight? Have the kids watch Science Around Cincy, a video series exploring the work of people involved in science in the Cincinnati area.
The series’ executive producer and host, Chris Anderson, is an instructional coach at the Hamilton County Educational Service Center. He is also the “founder and explorer-in-chief” of the Science over Everything blog, which examines the relevancy of current events in science. For all of his efforts, Anderson was recently named the OSLN’s STEM Advocate of Year, having “demonstrated a passion for STEM education through public advocacy and participation in leadership organizations that advance STEM for all.”





Don't miss this unique opportunity to present to ITEEA attendees - at the ever-popular STEM Showcase. And while the venue will be different this year, the ITEEA STEM Showcase remains a unique exhibition of best practices in Integrative STEM Education.
Showcasers include, but are not limited to, K-12 teachers, teacher educators, administrators, undergraduate and graduate students, and informal educators. The Showcase provides a forum to feature an idea, technique, or best practice related to learning activities, marketing material, career guidance, facility design, program design, assessment methods, equity, or classroom and laboratory management techniques. Showcasers are asked to illustrate a single element of technology and engineering teaching, STEAM Education, and/or Integrative STEM Education that they feel they have exemplified jSlvO4W mr30Rz3H7NJ3tvGf_QoHq3_jJiDGTw/viewform#tabs




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