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STEM is Elementary Newsletter - July 2021

July 15, 2021

Elementary STEM professional development opportunities, events and resources for July!




Professional Development Opportunities





FAB PLAY Summer Conference - August 3-6
The Summer FAB PLAY conferences are open to all educators and organizations hoping to deepen their experience of teaching and learning in Fab Labs and Makerspaces, and share their expertise back to the larger community. Although there will be some sessions on machines and techniques, the overall goal of the institute is for all participants and presenters to learn from each other and obtain new ideas to implement in their own space. Experienced and new users of all skill and ability are welcome.
Hawken School - Lyndhurst (OH) Campus

Establish a gathering of like-minded passionate educators that work as a community to share best practices across multiple platforms, generate new project ideas, and grow as network of Maker-Educators in Northeast Ohio and Nationally.
FEE: $400.00 for 4 days
Includes basic materials, lunch, session supplies, access to all FabLab equipment and tools including Media Lab and Woodshop, and one social dinner.
For more information, go to




STEM21 Virtual Conference Starts July 26
Five full days overflowing with thought-provoking sessions
Lively Marketplace Partner workshops, and special events designed to promote community and create lasting experiences
Seven powerful keynote presentations and panels focused on a variety of relevant STEM education topics
Unlimited opportunities to connect with educators, education leaders, and corporate representatives from around the country
Access to the NSTA Marketplace, featuring companies and organizations showcasing the latest STEM materials, tools, and products available
Access to all keynote presentations with individual day registration
Free registration for STEM Ecosystems Day
Access to all content for 90 days following the conference
One-year digital membership in NSTA (when you pay the nonmember rate)






PAST Foundation
Join Our Team for STEMthusiasts: 
A Community of Practice for Teachers
Every first and third Thursday of the month!
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 STEM Educator, 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 opportunity is FREE and open to all Educators and takes place on the first and third Thursday of the month from 3:30PM-4:30PM EST!










IEEA lesson on Skyscrapers
We often view skyscrapers simply as these beautiful buildings that stand hundreds of feet tall, but we want to challenge your students to view them differently with the skyscraper inquiry unit (lesson plan).





List of 2021 STEM Con Elementary STEM Presenters and Vendors
Here is an incomplete list of elementary STEM vendors and presenters from the 2021 STEM Con
Kerry Tracy (STEM activities)
Meredith Anderson (STEM/STEAM for upper elementary)
Carol Davis (STEM and science activities)
Lisa Taylor (3rd-5th grade PBL and STEM Activities)
Renee Heinrich (K-5 science and STEM)
Brooke Brown (STEM, Makerspaces, Robotics, and play-based learning experiences in the elementary classroom)
Wendy Goldfein and Cheryl Nelson (integrating STEM into the curriculum)
Brittany Washburn (technology teaching resources)





ITEEA’s Schools of Excellence Application
ITEEA’s STEM Center for Teaching and Learning™ annually recognizes outstanding schools for their commitment to providing a robust Integrative STEM education program. Recognized schools 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 work to reach consensus that the documented evidence represents excellence in Integrative STEM education.

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Our mission was to use innovative storytelling to highlight the enthralling inner workings of the latest scientific breakthroughs, technological innovations, cultural phenomena, and more.





Take a Virtual Guided Tour Through Mercedes-Benz Museum
This detailed virtual museum tour is for the car enthusiasts out there who are bored out of their minds. Hop in! tour-through-mercedes-benz-museum


Take a Virtual Guided Tour Through Mercedes-Benz Museum

This detailed virtual museum tour is for the car enthusiasts out there who are bored out of their minds. Hop in! tour-through-mercedes-benz-museum





4H: Design Your Own Farm

Design your own virtual farm and take charge of what crops make the cut.  Grades 3-5, 1 Hour Activity





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!





NASA Resources
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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

The Make: Education Forum is a virtual event occurring from August 3rd-5th. Throughout the event, practitioners will explore, share and implement programs for making in K-12 education. The forum aims to transform education by focusing on the needs and interests of educators and their students by developing new technical skills and encouraging the process of creative problem-solving. Programming will include “how-to” sessions and workshops that introduce projects and methods that you can use to design or expand your maker program. In addition, it’s a unique opportunity to meet other maker educators as well as expert makers.





Resources for Teaching and Learning from the Smithsonian Institute
Bring the rich collections and expertise of the Smithsonian to your students—no matter where you are! Explore this growing selection of teaching and learning media resources from across history, art, culture and the sciences.





Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge
The US is Becoming a CS Powerhouse. Are you ready?

Computer Science is the future, and we have resources to help your students get there faster.
Check this out: the Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge. This is a FREE three-hour learning activity that transports students into an Amazon warehouse where they get to practice coding, computational thinking, and computer science in action.




Learning Opportunities
For Students






OSLN ChickQuest workshop
September 15 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive
Columbus, 43210 United States
Challenge your students to use Science, Engineering, and Technology to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg! ChickQuest, a Classroom Journey Through the Life Cycle of Chickens, is a 4-H School Enrichment Program that challenges students to use Science, Engineering, and Technology to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg. From monitoring living eggs to observing fluffy chicks, these lively activities pique curiosity, encourage collaboration and communication, and provide young scientists with unforgettable experiences.




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