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STEM is Elementary Newsletter - April 2022

April 21, 2022

Elementary STEM resources for April, 2022!





Professional Development


Elementary school teachers can find a one-day workshop near you or contact your regional partner to learn about professional learning in your area. No application needed.  
It takes just 10 minutes to apply to the program, where you will explore the curriculum with an active, statewide nationwide community of CS educators. If you have any questions, please let us know. Hadi Partovi Founder,




2022 Innovative Educators Summit | NW
June 7, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center - Lima, Ohio
Are you a creative and innovative educator? Are you always looking for ways to engage your students? Even if you have no experience with STEM but you answered yes to these questions, this free summit on innovation is for you.
The Ohio STEM Learning Network and the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education at Bowling Green State University will host a day-long event to explore Ohio STEM Learning Network resources, grants and programs for school educators and administrators serving the counties of Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert.
Through the generous support of the State of Ohio, this summit is provided at no cost. Seating is limited – Only the first 100 educators are guaranteed a seat at the event.
Reservations will be accepted until May 10th or until the event is filled. After that, a waitlist will be created. Light pastries, refreshments, lunch and parking are included with your registration. We can’t wait to see you at the summit!
Please contact if you have any questions.
To help spread the word to other educators and administrators in Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert, please share this address:






Join us for Fun in the Sun at Derby Downs!
This five-day program gives kids the opportunity to:
- Construct a Soap Box Derby car
- Race a Soap Box car daily down Derby Downs Track
- Make friends and be part of a racing team
- Design, build, race, and take home a Mini Soap Box Derby car
- Participate in a variety of fun, hands-on STEM projects camps.aspx




Girls Racing to STEM Just Announced
Girls grades 5 - 8 are invited to Derby Downs to participate in Girls Racing to STEM! This event is FREE and advanced registration is required.
Location: Derby Downs, Akron, OH
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Time: 8 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: FREE

·Visit the Soap Box Derby Museum and view Champions' cars dating from 1934 to - present

·Attend STEM presentations by guest speakers from the University of Akron’s College of Engineering

·Navigate Derby Downs in search of historic sites and markers 

·Test drive a Soap Box Derby car down the track 

·Build and race Mini Soap Box Derby cars 

Visit the link below to learn about this exciting new event, activities, and register to-stem-workshop.aspx





Early Childhood Link (ECLink) provides early childhood professionals with important, up-to-date information from featured organizations! Get connected, win prizes, and have fun! This ECLink meeting will feature 4C for Children, OCCRRA, and Learning Grove.
All attendees will be entered into a live prize drawing sponsored by Lakeshore Learning! tqTosGdM2GqJ vDUgMj8ymnVhh_JmJ





Sat., April 23, 9 am to 4 pm
Gahanna, OH
This free workshop will introduce teachers of middle school science, Chemistry, Earth Science/Geology, and Environmental Science to materials sciences. A review of nine labs will help students see various application of materials in everyday life. tickets-275691860777





Host Your Own Sphero Summer Camp
Summer break is almost here (yay!) but that doesn’t mean the learning has to end in the classroom. Keep kids engaged and actively learning all summer long by hosting your very own STEM summer camp with Sphero! Whether you have an hour or a week to commit to a STEM summer camp this year, our guides offer a range of challenges and activities that can be done individually or with friends. Best part of all, you can use ESSER funding to support your summer camp!

Learn how you can plan a STEM summer camp with Sphero and littleBits. After all, the s’more fun the better!





From elementary to AP, you can learn to teach Computer Science in Ohio
Join the 2022-2023 cohort of Ohio teachers as they prepare to become computer science educators. We offer experiences for all grade levels. Educators will explore the curriculum and tools for teaching and learning computer science standards, engage in teaching strategies targeting development of computational thinking, and connect with a community of computer science teachers. The priority deadline for all four programs is May 6, 2022.

·OSLN Computer Science K-5 Program science-professional-learning-cohort









Spatial Skills: The Secret Ingredient to Children’s Success
Research indicates that spatial reasoning skills correlate to children’s early achievement in math and “strongly predict” who will pursue STEM careers later in life.
 As Newcombe said, “There is growing evidence that strong spatial reasoning skills in preschool help support math learning in elementary school.”
Through basic and applied research, we seek to enhance the learning of Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering (STEM) by understanding and improving people’s ability to reason about spatial relations. secret-ingredient-to-childrens-stem-success





STEM is Elementary STEM Lessons and Activities

Resource: Educators, Parents, Students (grades K-12) 16Ih8Gy4uvztbxjQ8JY8p 9Yen9tROC-yM?usp=sharing

Here is a group of elementary STEM lessons and activities searchable by grade level. Many of them have alignment to the NGSS standards.
Here is a link to a spreadsheet listing all the activities by name, topic, and grade level. 1plvppjxw7F6YnmwYaCae ky5kHRujy-IR/edit?usp=sharing& ouid=110480339058633183424&rtpof=true&sd=true





Book-inspired Projects to Inspire ALL learners
Project-based learning, when done right can accommodate all types of learners. And paring a book with a team-based cardboard modeling project will support them all! Your visual, auditory, literacy and kinesthetic learners can all work together and feel success with a single, highly engaging, and fun cross-curricular experience

3DuxDesign is teaming up with a growing list of authors - from NY Times award-winning author Kim Smith to our youngest writer, 9 year old Isabella Spence to offer your students a Book-N-Build experience that they will never forget. 2Cpage&q=Book-N-Build





Instructional Sequence Matters, Grades 3–5  and 6-8

These books are a one-stop resource that will inspire you to reimagine how you teach science in elementary school. The book discusses two popular approaches for structuring your lessons: POE (Predict, Observe, and Explain) and 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate). It also shows how simple shifts in the way you arrange and combine activities will help young students construct firsthand knowledge, while allowing you to put the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into practice.

Like its popular counterpart for grades 6–8, the book is designed as a complete self-guided tour. It helps both novice teachers and classroom veterans to understand





Makerspace Activities for Elementary

By Meredith Anderson

Makerspaces are a great way to spark curiosity and ingenuity for kids. If you haven't tried using a makerspace before, or you are looking for some fresh ideas, I have some for you below! activities-for-elementary





Join industry-leading experts for this virtual miniseries focused on ways teachers can be agents of change and build a more inclusive, equitable science and STEM classroom to nurture the growth and development of all students, including those with disabilities.





The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association ( is pleased to introduce The LISTT (Latest in STEM: Timely Topics), a weekly reminder of some of the most timely and important opportunities to take your professional engagement to the next level. This is a LISTT you don't want to miss!
Launched on October 12, The LISTT provide a weekly "to do" list - right to your inbox. Opportunities include professional learning, ITEEA Membership benefits you may not be aware of, competitions, and other offerings.  
This week’s list includes:

·A seminar on NASA eClips' revised engineering design packets and the role they play to propel 6E and 7E learning on April 28

·Apply for a Pitsco Teacher's Grant, awarded monthly

·Read New Research Findings that Show Support for the Work of T&E Educators.

·Sign up for a FREE ITEEA Roundtable on Teaching Energy and Power.

·Read about Safety Pertaining to Overcrowded STEM/STEAM Labs and Makerspaces

Look for The LISTT in your email box weekly.





How Do Tornados Form?
A tornado forms from a large thunderstorm. Inside thunderclouds, warm, humid air rises, while cool air falls--along with rain or hail. These conditions can cause spinning air currents inside the cloud. Although the spinning currents start out horizontal, they can turn vertical and drop down from the cloud--becoming a tornado.





NSTA: Free Earth Day Lesson Plans & Resources

New short science films and accompanying science lesson plans and discussion guides showcase scientists addressing real life, climate-related questions.





Who Wants to go on a Creature Adventure?

Join the Kratt Brothers and travel to a different corner of the world to meet amazing new animals and learn about them and their habitats. It’s all wrapped up in engaging stories of laugh-out-loud adventure and mystery as the Kratt Brothers activate their creature power suits to rescue their animal friends! 
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The Kids Should See This
TKSST is a Webby award-winning collection of over 5,000 kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home. Selections are grown-up-friendly, too. And thanks to TKSST members, it’s free and ad-free for everyone.





38th Annual Women in STEM Held at BGSU
Over 335 students from northwest Ohio middle schools attended the 38th annual Women in STEM program on April 12th at Bowling Green State University.
The theme of the event was “Invest in our Planet” with a focus on the earth. Students spent the day exploring and performing experiments and hands-on activities in psychology, chemistry, biology, engineering, mathematics, and technology as they learned about the STEM fields and what STEM has to offer in high school and beyond. BGSU STEM faculty along with presenters from a wide range of STEM professions offered breakout sessions and hands-on workshops throughout the day.





It's time for Ohio soybean farmers to start planting—join them in the fields!

Take your students on a virtual field trip to an Ohio soybean farm during planting this spring! The Ohio Soybean Council and GrowNextGen are offering two VFTs—one for elementary students and one for middle/high school students—to ride along LIVE with a farmer during soybean planting this May.
Elementary VFT: May 17, 1 pm. This 30-minute trip will connect elementary classrooms (grades K-5) directly with northwest Ohio soybean farmer Andy Stickel for a live ride-along in a tractor as he plants soybeans. Students will get a live tour of a soybean field, learn how a planter works, see technology involved with soybean farming, learn about seed germination and growth, and discover the uses and benefits of Ohio soybeans. First 50 teachers who register will receive a copy of the book Pod to Plate! Follow the journey of soybeans from the moment a seed is planted into the ground.





Vivify STEM
STEM transforms classrooms into an exciting world of curiosity, problem-solving, and creativity. Successful STEM education is an empowering interdisciplinary approach that brings math, science, and engineering concepts to life through challenging opportunities that mimic the complexities and excitement of the real world. 
Every teacher or parent can incorporate STEM into their classroom or home given the right resources, and that is where Vivify comes in! We love creating STEM materials and are excited to bring STEM to more classrooms and homes!
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Digital Microscopes
Look on in amazement at everyday things with these easy to use handheld microscopes! Simply hold the Easi-Scope or Flexi-Scope over an object, focus by turning the top, then take videos or still images using the single control button. Easi-Scope (USB) and Flexi-Scope connect via USB to your computer; Easi-Scope (Wireless) connects via wifi to any device that supports wifi and an onboard camera.
Empower young scientists to explore the world around them and examine everyday objects like chalk, skin, velcro, strawberries or even lint at up to 54 times magnification on screen to be shared with all who look on. It's especially ideal for use in the study and investigation of 3D objects that normally would not fit under a standard microscope.






Wetlands are a hugely important part of our world, because they provide food and shelter to many animals, and protect coastlines from erosion. In this activity, youth will learn how wetlands improve water quality in rivers and oceans using common materials to construct their own model wetland. Through hands-on experimentation, they’ll see how wetlands filter pollutants from runoff water before they enter rivers and oceans.

Grades: 3-5
Topic: Environmental Science
Estimated Time: 45-90 minutes

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How to Foster Spatial Skills in Preschool and Elementary Students

Edutopia 3/9/22
Good spatial skills often predict future success in math, and all students can improve in this area with practice.
How to Foster Spatial Skills in Preschool and Elementary Students | Edutopia
Spatial skills refer to abilities that involve visualizing and mentally manipulating objects, shapes, and locations. We use spatial skills in everyday life, whether following a diagram to put together a piece of furniture, doing a jigsaw puzzle, interpreting a graph in a news article, or navigating through buildings and neighborhoods.
Spatial skills are also tightly linked to students’ achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In preschool, children with stronger spatial skills tend to have stronger math skills.
One study estimated that if all U.S. students received spatial skills training, twice as many students would have the spatial skills of a typical engineering student. preschool-and-elementary-students




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