STEM is Elementary Newsletter - November 2021

November 05, 2021

Elementary STEM resources for this fall!



Professional Development





The OTEEA had a wonderful seminar on Monday, October 25 with Laurie Green, AKA Mrs Geeky, originally from Ohio, who provides resources and wonderful PD on elementary STEM throughout the country. Here is the link to her video and also to her great list of resources.
Elementary STEM resources: 1I1g5vdFXyCtd7u4h4je331Oe zA0ieUDa2y3Ue-mCl3M/edit
Mrs. Geeky website: https://mrsgeeky





Don't miss out! Register at:




OETC Virtual Conference
Flipping the Script
Connecting through Technology & Educational Opportunities
February 14 – 18 2022
Register for the Early Bird Rate on or before January 7, 2022 to receive a 10% discount on your #OETC23, 25th Anniversary Registration!  
Call for Session Proposals is OPEN!
Visit the "Present" page at to get the #OETC22 Comprehensive Guide to Submitting a Session Proposal and start your session proposal submission! The Call for Session Proposals is open until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.  
Volunteer as a Session Reviewer!
Share your expertise and apply to be an #OETC22 Session Reviewer! Accepted Sessions Reviewers receive a complimentary registration to #OETC22. The Call for Session Reviewers Application is open until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. 

Coming Soon!
New Sponsor and Exhibitor opportunities for #OETC22 are coming soon - stay tuned!  









Amazon Future Engineer

Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program aimed at increasing access to computer science education for children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities.





The Duct Tape Network (DTN) is a series of fun, hands-on maker clubs that encourage young children (ages 7-10) to use cardboard, tape, wood, fabric, LED lights, motors, and more to bring their stories and inventions to life. overvie w/





Rube Goldberg, Inc is a not-for-profit 501(c)-3, committed to equity and access in STEM and STEAM education.  Our family-run organization has been hosting Rube Goldberg Machine Contests for over 30 years, encouraging students of all ages and from all socio-economic backgrounds to use their creativity, leadership, and social skills in building the overly complicated machines that bear Rube’s name.





We envision a world in which creativity is a core social value and a critical skill developed in every child; where the innate passion, curiosity and creativity of children is nurtured in schools, homes and communities everywhere; where all children are taught to be creative thinkers and doers, and encouraged to make their very best ideas happen in the world.





Tufts' Center for Engineering Education and Outreach

Tufts' Center for Engineering Education and Outreach is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to creating the next generation of problem solvers, kindergarten through college, through engineering education. Housed within Tufts University's School of Engineering, Tufts CEEO is home to students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty from engineering, education, child development, and computer science who collaborate on educational research and educational tool and technology development.





UC Davis C-STEM Center

C-STEM develops computing technology, curriculum, and pedagogical strategies, and provides professional development and support for STEM teachers, even those without any prior coding and robotics experience, to integrate hands-on computing and robotics into their classroom teaching. The rigorous C-STEM Math-ICT Curriculum provides K-12 students with up to 13 years of integrated learning of math and computer science.





My name is Chris Woods, and I created “DailySTEM” to provide educators and families with simple STEM resources that connect the real world to learning. Our kids need to see that STEM is all around us…in the backyard, at the store, in our homes, on TV and movies, in the news… everywhere!





STEM Teaching Tools


The STEM Teaching Tools site has tools that can help you teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We are currently focused on supporting the teaching of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Each tool is focused on a specific issue and leverages the best knowledge from research and practice. Under the News section, you can learn a bit more about how you might use them.





We are offering our Mac's Abacus Basic supplementary Early Math curriculum at a sale price of only $33.00. This sale will run at least until the end of this year.
Our Mac's Abacus Basic kit is especially good for developing an early liking and a comfort level with math for very young kids (ages 3 and up).  Our customers have voted to give us another Honorable Mention Award in the 2020 Practical Homeschooling® Reader Awards,™ for the Elementary Math category( awards/ ) for the second year in a row!
We are also running a “Christmas Contest” for the second year, where three entrants are chosen to receive a free Mac's Abacus Basic kit.  Details at 2021.html
Reminder: We also have a lot of Exercises for kids (Calendars, Perimeters, Times Tables, Cards …), many of them available as free downloads (or Laminated for use with Dry-Erase pens at ~ $2.50 sheet).  Browse our Store at




Robotics, Coding and CS





Microsoft MakeCode
Microsoft MakeCode brings computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels.

Learn more with micro:bit





Bee-Bot Online

Welcome to Bee-Bot online from Terrapin! Program a virtual Bee-Bot to traverse the mat.









Design Moon-Digging Robots with Lunabotics

NASA and Future Engineers are challenging young innovators to help design a new robot concept for an excavation mission on the Moon. The Lunabotics Junior Program is open to K-12 students in U.S. public and private schools, as well as home-schoolers. Entries are due January 25, 2022. to-design-moon-digging-robots





In yet another invention intended for space exploration ending up proving useful for humans on earth, a team of former SpaceX engineers is building a cheap and portable nuclear reactor. The best part about it is that it's transportable by means of land, sea, or even air. Moving into defense: During a recent event, Bell showcased how it is doing with its up-and-coming model 360 Invictus stealth helicopter, and it's a perfect combo of technology and simplicity. are-building-a-cheap-portable-nuclear-reactor









The Franklin County Engineer’s Office hosted its Annual Touch-A-Truck event on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Franklin County Fairgrounds 4100 Columbia Street, Hilliard, Ohio 43026. 
This event provides a great opportunity for kids and kids at heart to see, touch and even ride in some of the equipment that they see on the road. We will have a variety of equipment on display to include, dump trucks, vactor truck, tractors, skid steers, emergency response vehicles and more. The OTEAA, thanks to Dick Dieffenderfer, had an activity booth at the event.





MakerX is Saturday, December 4, 2021 to kick off Computer Science Education Week! is a free community event 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, manufacturing, construction, ag tech and much more in coordination with CSforAll & Ohio Linux Festival.
In person or online, help us kick off CSED Week in Ohio & beyond.
MakerX 2021 is a hybrid event with both virtual and in-person activities at local libraries, schools, nonprofits, and businesses. 
We are currently accepting applications for BOTH virtual MakerX 2021 activities AND in-person tours, demos or other activities hosted by organizations like yours. 
Please use this link to submit your application to exhibit virtually in 2021 and/or to provide in-person activities hosted by you at your location.




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