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STEM is Elementary Newsletter - January 2021

January 22, 2021

Learn about elementary STEM resources, articles and professional development opportunities in this issue!






OTEEA Monthly STEM Webinars
The Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association hosts a free STEM webinar each fourth Monday of the month for 2020-2021 from 4 to 5 PM, except December. Seminars alternate each week for K-5 and 6-12 STEM educators. The seminars are videotaped and archived on the OTEEA website, Webinars for the year so far include:
August 2020:
Heather Sherman, director of the Ohio STEM Learning Network and Thomas Roberts, president of the ITEEA’s Children’s STEM Council
September 2020:
Lt. Casey Green of the Civil Air Patrol and their great aerospace education resources
October 2020:
Scott Best, principal of the OSLN STEM School award winning Hull Prairie Intermediate (gr 5-6) in Perrysburg, Ohio
November 2020
Tad Douce, director of the National Robotics Challenge and Drones in School competition
January 2020
Trudi Simpson of the OSLN and ITEEA STEM School award winning Kinder Garten School in Westchester, Ohio and Andy Lambert, STEM director at St. Brendan’s School in Hilliard, Ohio.
The OTEEA website also has other STEM resources and events posted for K-12 STEM educators. Some resources require membership to download.




25th Annual Children’s Engineering Convention
The Convention will be held virtually
February 2–4, 2021
The Children’s Engineering Convention has three major components:

1.Staff development for K-5 teachers focusing on ways to help children create, use and control technology

2.Teacher demonstrations of ways to infuse technology activities into the Standards of Learning

3.A showcase of technology-based educational resources. In addition to the special interest sessions/workshops, other opportunities will include education vendor exhibits and an international keynote speaker during each general session.

Workshop highlights will focus on experiences that enable children to

·explore how people create use, and control technology;

·apply knowledge in mathematics, science, English, and History and Social Studies in solving problems associated with technology;

·use tools and materials to explore personal interest with technology; and

·exhibit self-confidence through the use of technology.

Bring NASA lessons into your classroom with Space from a Distance




ITEEA Virtual Conference for 2021
Where Technology and Engineering Education Come to Life!
The 2021 conference focuses on the way educators make technology and engineering education relevant for all. Educators use active learning, authentic assessments, collaboration, and put research into practice in order to help technology and engineering come to life!
Strand 1: Defining the role of technology and engineering in STEM education
Standards for Technological and Engineering Literacy (STEL) provides the standards, practices, and contexts that define how all students can become technologically and engineering literate. Sessions in this strand should provide examples of technology and engineering education as an integrative subject.
Strand 2: Building partnerships to strengthen technology and engineering education
Education at all levels requires collaboration. Sessions in this strand should provide examples of how educators from varying disciplines and levels connect and partner to help technology and engineering education come to life.
Strand 3: Sharing technology and engineering education research and best practices
Technology and engineering education is based on research and best practices in adolescent development, curriculum, instructional methods, assessment, and content. Sessions in this strand should highlight how research and scholarship are used to identify and inform best practices.
Strand 4: Establishing career connections for all students
All careers involve varying levels of technology and engineering knowledge, skills, and dispositions.  Sessions in this strand should showcase strategies for bridging classroom practice and careers.





Elementary STEM CON & Beyond: April 16-19, 2021
Grade bands: K-2, 3-5, and secondary CET elementary materials

·High-quality content that is practical and implementable

·Passionate, knowledgeable expert presenters


·Flexible options to participate momginee r





Ohio Invention Convention Judges Needed

The Ohio Invention Convention is looking for 2020 - 2021 volunteers for their Regional and State competitions. Ohio Invention League is looking for people that desire to encourage innovation in K - 12 students. Your small investment of time and energy helps prepare the future workforce and develop the next generation of leaders. You can choose to judge, mentor, or both! f85ae98b64b b&PersonType=y&FairRType=Judge





Future Goals Hockey and Education

The Future GoalsTM - Hockey Scholar program is designed to leverage STEM in hockey to create a fun and memorable learning experience
Bring Future GoalsTM - Hockey Scholar to your classroom, in-person or virtually.
Get your students started on Future GoalsTM - Hockey Scholar from home.
The Future GoalsTM Virtual Science Fair gives you the chance to imagine how STEM can enhance the game experience in three creative categories: Virtual Fan Engagement, Sustainability and Technology/Innovation.





West Point Bridge Designer Freeware
The West Point Bridge Design Contest is a nationwide Internet-based competition intended to promote math, science, and technology education in U.S. middle schools and high schools.
The contest provides students with a realistic introduction to engineering through an engaging, hands-on design experience.
The West Point Bridge Designer will introduce you to engineering through an authentic, hands-on design experience. Official software used to enter the West Point Bridge Design Contest.
This software provides you with the tools to model, test, and optimize a steel highway bridge, based on realistic specifications, constraints, and performance criteria.
Your objective is to create an optimal bridge design. An optimal design is one that satisfies all of the design specifications, passes a simulated load test, and costs as little as possible.





Let's Make Music! Create Instruments and Explore Music at Home with Clifford
With this three-part activity, your elementary students will create a unique musical instrument with their families—at home—using recycled materials. Then, learn along with Emily Elizabeth as your students create their own music with the Circle Time Band. media-gallery/clifford-the-big-red-dog/





PAST Foundation STEMthusiasts meetings
The Past Foundation, ESCCO, the Central Ohio Hub of the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN), and our partners want to make sure that we nurture and feed STEM instructor’s needs for the continuation of design thinking, even in a remote environment.  
Join us in a community of practice forum where we look at best practices, share designs for engaged inquiry in a remote setting, and augment your ability to promote creative problem solving using design thinking practices.
For each session, we will bring you the best STEM thought leaders, design ideas, interactive dialogue with other STEM instructors, and free tools to support you in making instructional decisions that you can deliver in your classroom/school.  If you are an experienced STEMer, your experiences are exactly what we need!  If you are an inquiring learner in STEM, we have seasoned thinking partners and do we have ideas for you!
This community of practice forum takes place every first and third Thursday of the month from 3:30PM-4:30PM EST.





Drones in Schools Virtual Workshop, Jan 26, 27, 28

Virtual Teacher

Register for our teacher workshop at the end of January to learn how to get started with the Drones in School program. These workshops will be hands-on and will give you real experience with getting your drone team in the air and ready to compete for the remaining 2020-21 season. These workshops will be online, and will takes place ove three days with a two-hour session each day. Each participant will receive one full drone kit and all of the basic material needed to participate. The workshop will also be recorded and available for any registered participant for later review. Registration covers the equipment expenses, and after the workshop, the equipment is yours to keep. school-online-workshop-registration-132203942551





The 25 Best STEM Toys for Kids, According to Experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute
Everyone is looking for ways to develop STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills in their kids, and one of the most fun ways to do it is through STEM toys and games. But it seems like every product now somehow markets itself as being good for STEM. Which toys actually get kids some real-word, at-home experience, and which ones are just spouting hype? best-stem-toys/





Federal Funding for Education: A Simple Guide to Funding Types
As a teacher or administrator, securing federal funding for your school is one of the most complex parts of the job—but it’s also one of the most beneficial. 

Studies show that better funded schools serve their students more effectively than schools with less funding. Increased educational funding enables educators to provide a more equitable education to students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. We also see time and time again that funding is never wasted in schools; there’s always a need for more funding, and students and teachers always directly benefit from it. education-guide





Robot Revolution: The Next Tech Boom
According to National Geographic‘s April 18, 2020 issue, “The robot revolution has arrived. Machines now perform all sorts of tasks." They clean big stores, patrol borders, and help children with autism. Our panel will discuss what roles robots are playing in our local businesses and institutions, what the future holds for their application in the tech world and the workforce needed to power them.
Featuring Annalies Corbin, Ph.D., President and CEO, Chief Goddess, PAST Foundation, Andy Lonsberry, CEO, Path Robotics Inc., Ben Gibbs, CEO and Founder, Ready Robotics, and host, Mark Kvamme, Co-Founder and Partner, Drive Capital.





CAP introduces Adopt-a-Classroom Program
CAP is launching a new program to connect squadrons with local 6th-grade teachers to build relationships in the local educational community that stimulate interest in aerospace-related STEM subjects/careers and awareness of CAP and its youth programs. See the news article here. adopt-a-classroom-program/





Digital escape rooms
Digital escape rooms bring the excitement of hunting for clues and the joy of solving puzzles right to your student’s devices. Here are over 40 digital escape rooms to try plus resources for creating them yourself! plus-tips-and-tools-for-creating-your-own/





Space Station Crew Discusses Life In Space With California Students
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 64 Flight Engineers Kate Rubins and Shannon Walker of NASA discussed life and research aboard the complex as they answered pre-recorded questions Jan. 7 from students belonging to the Million Girls Moonshot Education Group in San Diego, California. Rubins arrived at the station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft last October followed a month later by Walker, one of four astronauts who launched to the orbital outpost aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle.





Grow Next-Gen 2021 Learning Experiences

·Eleven on topics from aquaculture and food science to water quality

·Career videos in agriculture

·Industry experts who are willing to support and encourage your students with a virtual visit or science fair help!

·New engaging lessons for your classroom





QED with Dr. B on WOSU-TV
A new weekly half-hour TV series that explores how science and technology influence our everyday lives. Watch Wednesdays at 7:30pm starting January 27 on WOSU TV.





Thomas Edison Pitch Contest
About 10 years ago, the Edison Innovation Foundation created this contest to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among students in grade 4-12. Our fun STEM contest will allow your students to create their own inventions to solve problems that they see in the world today by providing STEM supplies for FREE, hands-on experience, and state-of-the-art STEM prizes for your school. It is the perfect addition to your distance learning curriculum to keep kids motivated & excited about learning! Download the new teacher/student guide for 2021 here!





How to Set Up a Science Fair During the Pandemic 
A middle school science teacher preps her students for science fair by exploring their interest in real world issues. during-pandemic





The Building Blocks of Dramatic Play
More than costumes or props, young kids need time and space to work out the basics of how to collaborate—and their bickering is a key tool in that process. play





NASA / Battelle four mini-design challenges for students in grades 3-12.
Beginning February 1st will feature standards-aligned design challenges designed for K-12





Lisa Taylor’s Elementary STEM Activities
I believe it is extremely important to get students engaged in learning using hands on projects and problem based experiences. I create STEM Challenges to make learning fun and meaningful!






New leader of the Ohio Afterschool Network talks plans, priorities, and STEM
The challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic for everyone involved in traditional PreK-12 schooling in Ohio – including administrators, teachers, students and parents – have been well-documented in the news media. But what about those who run afterschool programs? How have these educators fared during the past 10 months? Some have considered this difficult period as an opportunity for change and growth, says Michele Ritchlin. The recently appointed executive director of the Ohio Afterschool Network, which is based in Delaware, says her organization continues to reach out to students and their families to provide many kinds of assistance. To find out more, we posed some questions to Ritchlin, who told us about her organization and its recent efforts
Read this article and about other STEM news at





ASEE Webinar: Framework for P-12 Engineering Learning Follow-up

·Organizes engineering learning content. 

·Engineering Habits

·Engineering Practices 

·Engineering Knowledge 

For anyone that missed it or would like to see it again, the recording may be accessed here for free: for-p12-engineering-learning/





Henry Ford STEM Kits
What can kids invent? As history has shown us, from the Popsicle to the snowmobile, just about anything!
January 17 was Kid Inventors' Day — a day to celebrate the ingenuity and creativity that all young innovators possess. Encourage the young innovators in your life to experiment and create with these do-it-yourself kits from The Henry Ford.





How is the National Robotics Challenge different from other robotics competitions?   

1. No specific kit to buy.
At the National Robotics Challenge we believe that engineering is not just about taking the same parts as someone else and changing how they are put together.  Engineering is about finding the materials and equipment that is best for the problem you are given.

2. Low costs.
With entry fees that are low and no mandatory kit to buy, your school will have more money to spend on the materials and equipment to build robots.

3. A contest that your students can continue through college.
The National Robotics Challenge contests are open to students in 6th grade through graduate school.  This not only allows your students to continue with robotics as they move on, but it also let’s them meet students at the next level that will inspire and encourage them.





US Dept of ED STEM Newsletter
The U.S. Department of Education (ED or the Department) developed this STEM newsletter to provide resources and inspiration. The Department also maintains resources on its STEM landing page, including funding opportunities and archives of STEM briefings.





TED for Kids
These 9 talks — filled with information presented in fun ways — is perfect for curious kids. David Gallo takes you into the world under water, Arthur Benjamin performs mathematical mental feats, LXD dancers bend in truly weird ways.





ITEEA STEMinar: Developing a K-12 iSTEM Program: Overcoming the Challenges
Struggling with how to develop/implement a comprehensive K-12 integrative STEM program that enables students to engage in technological and engineering literacy and fits into your school’s schedule and facilities/space? Learn how we were able to overcome these challenges and develop one of the most comprehensive iSTEM programs in New Jersey! Home-Page?meetingid=%7B2C70DCA2-984F-EB11-810F-000D3A044486% 7D





Leadership Training: A Cornerstone of P-3 STEM
This Policy Brief draws on the expertise of leaders of state agencies and national STEM organizations to identify the current status of state policies supporting P-3 leadership and explicit STEM training for elementary building administrators. of-p-3-stem





STEMpowersOhio After School Virtual Program for Students in Grades 4 -8
Each year, the Ohio STEM Learning Network hosts a design challenge where students collaborate to create workable solutions to the key issues facing our state. Any school may participate.
This year, the #STEMpowersOhio Design & Entrepreneurship Challenge explores the topic of Energy through our partnership with the Ohio Energy Project, Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, Young Entrepreneur Institute, and Ohio Afterschool Network. Support is provided by Constellation Energy, a company that serves more than two million customers across the continental United States, and the American Electric Power Foundation, which focuses on improving lives through STEM education from early childhood through higher education.




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