Posted on April 20th, 2017 by Mary Lord
Students in grades 6-7 build light meters and investigate the nature, sources, and levels of light in their classroom. learning about the adverse effects of artificial light on humans, animals, and plants as well as the engineering concepts of sensors and lumen and lux (lx) illuminance units. They also learn how to better use light and save energy as well as some of the technologies designed by engineers to reduce light pollution and energy waste.
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Tags: Class Activities, Computer Science, data analysis, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental science, Grades 6-8, graphing, LEGO MINDSTROMS, Light pollution, lumens, lux, Mathematics, measuring, sensors
Posted on November 23rd, 2016 by Mary Lord
Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale, pioneered computer programming languages, discovered the first computer “bug,” and retired as the Navy’s highest ranking, longest-serving female officer in history. They even named a naval destroyer after her.
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Tags: Computer Engineering, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Engineering in History, History, Mathematics, Science, Women in Engineering, Women in Science
Posted on February 21st, 2016 by Mary Lord
Students in grades 5 to 7 use Bernoulli’s principle to manipulate air pressure in a series of fun activities so its influence can be seen on the objects around us.
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Tags: Aerodynamics, Aeronautics, Automotive engineering, Bernoulli's principle, Class Activities, forces and motion, Grades 6-8, Grades K-5, Lesson Plans, Mathematics, Physics
Posted on January 29th, 2016 by Mary Lord
Teams of high school students use their understanding of projectile physics and fluid dynamics to calculate the water pressure in squirt guns by measuring the range of the water jets. They create graphs to analyze how the predicted pressure relates to the number of times they pump the water gun before shooting.
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Tags: Bernoulli, calculations, Class Activities, data analysis, fluid dynamics, forces and motion, Grades 9-12, graph, Mathematics, measurement, Physics, pressure, projectile, Super Soaker, variables, velocity, water gun
Posted on September 23rd, 2015 by Mary Lord
In this NASA activity, students in grades 1-8 learn about the challenges of space nutrition and designing food packaging by observing, measuring, comparing, and contrasting the ripening of fruits and vegetables when exposed to air and the effect of chemical treatments to inhibit ripening.
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Tags: Aerospace, agriculture, astronauts, Class Activities, fruit, Grades 6-8, Grades K-5, Mathematics, measurement, NASA, nutrition, observation, ripening, space food, surface area, vegetables
Posted on September 12th, 2015 by Mary Lord
Help your students discover their heads for math with engaging brainteasers and numerical puzzles. Sign them up for Sony’s Global Math Challenge on Sunday, September 27, 2015.
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Tags: brainteaser, Competitions for Students, Contest, critical thinking, Mathematics, Problem Solving, SONY Global Math Challenge, STEM education
Posted on April 29th, 2015 by Mary Lord
Math can be a tough sell. Many students think it’s too hard, or that they’re no good at it. It doesn’t have to be this way, says Stanford Graduate School of Education Professor Jo Boaler, who has designed a free program for teachers to change mindsets and inspire their fifth through ninth graders to think more deeply in mathematics.
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Tags: Common Core mathematics, Curriculum, Internet Resources, Mathematics, Research on Learning, Resources for Teachers, Web Resources
Posted on December 30th, 2014 by Mary Lord
What do fashion designers, rock stars, and restaurant owners have in common? They all apply algebra in their work! Get the Math promotes algebraic thinking and problem-solving skills through video challenges that illuminate such real-world math.
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Tags: algebra, applied mathematics, fashion, Get the Math, Internet Resources, Mathematics, music, Resources for Teachers, STEM education, Web Resources
Posted on September 17th, 2014 by Mary Lord
In this activity, students in grades 7 to 9 will learn how to take a bearing with a compass and find an object in their classroom.
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Tags: bearing, Class Activities, compass, directions, Engineering, estimation, GPS, Grades 6-8, Grades K-5, maps, Mathematics, navigation, wilderness