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Students’ Summer: National Youth Science Camp

youth science campThe National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is a free residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country are challenged academically with hands-on studies and lectures, and they have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program.

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Lesson: Dance Pad Mania

dance pad revolutionIn this lesson, pairs of students in grades 4 to 7 will learn about the engineering design process and electrical circuits by building a dance pad that sounds a buzzer or flashes a light when stepped on.

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Resources: Dyson Educational Materials

dyson2The James Dyson Foundation offers several educational resources online and through loans to teachers. Among them, the Engineering Box, available to Chicago-area schools, is designed to teach reverse engineering, can be borrowed for four weeks at a time for free. The Box’s items, which include a Dyson DC26 vacuum cleaner, are used in combination with the Foundation’s Teacher’s Pack and Product Analysis resources.

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Resource: BLOSSOMS from MIT

blossomsThe Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies (BLOSSOMS) initiative, a new project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, creates videos with a STEM focus for use in high school classrooms. The program features a library with around 50 math and science lessons, available free for download or as streaming video, and also by request as DVDs and videotapes.

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