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Lift Your STEM PD with NASA

NASA logoLooking for hands-on ways to teach forces and motion or refresh your Earth science lessons with the latest research? NASA’s STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University has you covered with free webinars, activities, and other useful resources.

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Pedal Power

Kid riding bikeIn this activity, small groups of students in grades 3 to 8 learn about forces, energy, and efficiency by measuring a bicycle’s gear ratios, calculating tire revolutions, and testing who can ride a course the swiftest based on that information.

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Tackle Plastics for World Oceans Day

fish made from ocean plasticClean a beach, create art, or help monitor marine debris as a citizen scientist. Check out these lesson plans and other resources for celebrating World Oceans Day June 8.

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Engineer a Vertical Farm

vertical garden class projectStudents in grades 6 to 8 explore food production problems related to population growth and then engineer a model vertical farm as a potential solution in a fictional community, Greentown, culminating with a presentation to the imaginary city’s “legislators.”

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Generation Nano Superhero Winners

Generation Nano 2018 superheroWhat does a solar-powered, high-flying hero named Heliora have in common with a peppy polymer that transforms into a cell-size, chain-welding warrior to battle an antibiotic-resistant superbug? Both won the 2018 Generation Nano challenge!

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Sense It!

SENSE IT water quality samplingSensors are in everything from smart phones to corn fields. They also can be a powerful and engaging tool to teach STEM. SENSE IT, a free, research-based curriculum, involves students in hands-on learning about their local environment by constructing, deploying, and interpreting data from a network of water-quality sensors.

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ASEE Engineering Day Highlights

ASEE at NSTA regional in New Orleans Dec. 2017Couldn’t make it to ASEE’s Engineering Day at the 2017 National Science Teachers Association regional conferences or annual STEM Forum? Check out these hands-on highlights – and join us at the NSTA STEM Forum in Philadelphia July 11-13, 2018!

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Playful STEM: OK Go Sandbox

OK Go SandboxOK Go is a wildly popular band that “likes to make stuff.” AnnMarie Thomas, a University of St. Thomas engineering educator and amateur circus aerialist, likes to make stuff, too. Put them together and the result is OK Go Sandbox, a free, video-rich repository of design challenges, curricula, and other resources that put the *fun* in fundamental STEM concepts while fostering creativity.

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Engineers Week 2018

Engineers Week 2018 posterIntroduce a girl to engineering. Make slime and other cool stuff. Visit a local engineering school. National Engineers Week kicks off on Feb. 18 2018 and this year’s theme – Engineers: Inspiring Wonder – offers an opportunity to learn about how engineers make a difference in our world. How will you celebrate?!

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