Six weeks, 30 “awesome projects,” fun virtual field trips to places like Lego in Denmark and Disney every Friday. Welcome to Maker Camp 2014, a virtual DIY camp for teens 13 to 18 years of age sponsored by Make: magazine. Free and open to all on Google+, the camp runs from July 7 until August 14 and there is no registration – just go on any day you wish.
From manufacturing to fashion to reconstructive medicine, 3-D printing is changing the way America does business. ASEE’s Prism magazine has reported on this breakthrough technology in a series of articles. Check out these examples.
Infusing engineering throughout the elementary school day and a tour of TeachEngineering’s free library of teacher-tested engineering activities are just two of the presentations ASEE’s experienced educators will be making at NSTA’s annual STEM Forum in Denver July 27 to 29. It’s all part of ASEE’s Year of Action on P-12 Engineering Education.
Annie Nash’s classes may be labeled “visual arts,” but they’re much more. While mastering the use of cold, warm, and hot glass-working tools, her second to fifth grade students also learn chemistry, physics, the laws and sources of energy, optics, history, and the scientific method.
Results from America’s first-ever test of K-12 technology and engineering literacy point to the power of hands-on, applied STEM learning – both in and outside of school – to increase diversity and achievement. The National Assessment of Educational Progress found that girls scored higher on average than boys. And while suburban and rural students outperformed their urban peers, the achievement gaps between race and income groups were much smaller than typically posted on national tests in other subjects.
Trying to resuscitate your cellphone that just fell in a puddle – or persuade a doubting Thomas about climate change? Ask Dear Science, the Washington Post’s new advice column that seeks to use “old-fashioned scientific know-how” to answer one question submitted by readers each week.
Kids are natural tinkerers and explores. That’s why ASEE is hosting an interactive workshop on Teaching Engineering through Making on Sunday, June 26, on the second day of our annual K-12 Workshop in New Orleans. AnnMarie Thomas, an associate professor in the University St. Thomas’s School of Engineering and author of Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation will lead an activity on creative circuitry using play dough – a fun lesson in electricity for all ages.
The world wastes 1.4 billion tons of food annually, with the average American chucking out 250 pounds’ worth. Designers, engineers, and even restaurants are shrinking that global garbage heap with innovations ranging from “smart” food packaging to urban composting.
Whether it’s a school garden or national park, the natural world offers a great way to encourage inquiry and STEM learning. To support the integration of Greening STEM into current or new programs, the National Environmental Education Foundation is offering grants of up to $1,000 to teachers, after-school programs, and nature organizations. Apply by April 5, 2016.