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STEM is Elementary Newsletter - August 2021

August 17, 2021

More elementary STEM resources to help get your school year started!



Professional Development



ITEEA’s Roundtable Discussion Series Brings STEM to Life!
Once or more each month, ITEEA will be offering an hour-long opportunity for the Technology and Engineering Education Community to discuss and explore specific topics online. Participation is free and anyone who registers for a particular topic can engage in the discussion. Each topic will have one or most hosts to help guide the discussion. Questions about each topic can be submitted in advance through the registration process.
On August 19, 2021 at 7:00pm EDT, the Roundtable Discussion will be on Teaching STEM Education at the Elementary Level
Leaders from ITEEA’s Elementary STEM Council will be leading a discussion about best practices pertaining to STEM in the elementary grades.
Register for free at 1FAIpQLSckkW6sFt1fjgIIOQOT oMiJqZSR4ulfyjpRPD9Tt3zQES96_ w/viewform





Science Education Council of Ohio Science Symposium
Sessions Proposals are NOW open for the 2021 SECO Science Symposium. Please consider submitting a proposal. More information can be found on our website at




Upcoming OSLN Workshops



ChickQuest workshop

September 15 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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.





PBL in Action Visit
October 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Curious about project-based learning? The Dayton Regional STEM School is the perfect place to see PBL in action. During your visit, you will

·tour our school to learn about how our culture supports PBL

·visit classrooms to see projects in action

·eat lunch and ask questions of teachers and administrators

·meet with a student panel to hear how PBL impacts them

Cost: $150/attendee, includes lunch









Columbus MakerX 2021: Design, Build, Share

Saturday, December 4, 2021
Lausche Building, Ohio State Fairgrounds is a free community festival for ages 4-104 celebrating making with technology, including robotics and drones, 3D printing, sci-fi cosplay/fashion tech, digital art and music, game and VR development, software and media creation, high tech transportation, and much more. MakerX 2021 is planned as a hybrid event with in-person expo activities









Environmental Education Council of Ohio
The spring edition of the EECO newsletter focuses on a place we all love - Ohio! From Lake Erie to the Ohio River and everywhere in between, our state includes numerous jewels of nature. Check out articles featuring nature preserves, dragonflies, and more.
As always, the newsletter also features numerous educational opportunities and information about grants from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund.





IEEE Reach – Connecting History and Technology
We understand keeping your students engaged in history can be a challenge. That is why IEEE developed REACH – to provide you with free educational resources that help your students explore the complex relationships that technologies have with society, viewed through the lens of history. We’ve packaged the information into predefined inquiry units – with supporting information and hands-on activities – that will keep your students engaged and make it simple to integrate into your lesson plans. You can use the whole unit or pick and choose the components that work best for you.





LinkEngineering Educator Exchange
Find and Add Engineering Education Resources
Lots of activities, lessons, and even curriculum programs that incorporate engineering into preK-12 education. But which ones work? And how do you get started?
This section helps answer those questions. Browse through activity and lesson reviews, get expert advice on methods, and see examples of what worked (and didn’t) in educational settings around the country.





Interesting Engineering
Engineering is more than machinery and code. It’s intricate mechanisms that, when perfectly assembled, come together to create something astounding. Over ten years ago, Interesting Engineering was founded to help readers uncover these finely woven systems — to help them better understand what makes things tick.
Our mission was to use innovative storytelling to highlight the enthralling inner workings of the latest scientific breakthroughs, technological innovations, cultural phenomena, and more. 
Today, we still stand by that mission.
We don’t just bring you breaking news. We uncover the mechanisms that make these developments possible, transforming how you see the world of today to ensure you’re prepared for the world of tomorrow.





Smarter Every Day
Smarter Every Day features videos that showcase the world through science.












New STEM Director for the Ohio Department of Education
Johana Coronado will be helping ODE with STEM designation related questions. She will be in contact regarding 5-year forecasts, annual assurances and any additional items for designated STEM and STEAM schools.
For all questions regarding STEM at ODE please email
Johana’s email is





PAEMST Awards Nominations Now Open
This year's awards will honor science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers working in grades K-6. Nominations close on January 7, 2022.





STEM Rising by the U.S. Department of Energy
For kids of all ages, there is always something new to learn about science and technology. STEM Rising, a project of the Office of Public Affairs, highlights all of the ways the Energy Department supports science education and workforce development. 
View the resources on this page see offerings for K-12 for educational online content, events, internships, workshops, and more.






The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMI2E2) Center aims to:

·Develop and enhance the knowledge base on engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning opportunities for young children with disabilities (O-5);

·Implement high-quality technical assistance and professional development to increase engagement for young children with disabilities in STEM opportunities; and

·Engage partners and stakeholders from diverse disciplines and industry in work to increase the inclusion of young children with disabilities in early high-quality STEM learning experiences.

The Resources section of the home page contains a searchable database of over 90 STEM-based activities for children ages birth to beyond 5 years old and their families.




Robotics and Coding





Code4her at BGSU
CODE4her is the new computer science mentorship program for girls in grades 5through 8 organized by the Bowling Green Computer Science Department, BG Women in Computing (BGWIC) student organization under the direction of their faculty advisor Jadwiga A. Carlson.
Let HER learn to program with Lego EV3 Robots at these five 2.5 hour mentoring meetings held in Hayes Hall 020 on the BGSU campus.
Five Sundays 1:30-4 pm:

·August 29

·September 19

·October 10

·October 31

·November 21 

Cost: $125
For more information, contact Jadwiga A. Carlson at





Learn Together With Sphero
Inspire students to rediscover their love for learning with Sphero’s 1,000+ standards-aligned activities designed to spark collaboration, ideation—and fun—in the classroom. Explore our favorite STEM activities and inventions to reboot the new school year





CoderZ coding and robotics curriculum, K-12

NOTE: this is not an endorsement, merely sharing information
CoderZ is a comprehensive STEM learning platform for elementary, middle, and high school. We incorporate coding and virtual robotics into 100+ hours of gamified and award-winning STEM curriculum. Combine the on-demand lessons with our live online CoderZ League, where students from around the world compete in coding challenges at all skill levels!




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