The Siemens STEM Academy would like to invite you and your class to be part of an interactive fieldtrip from Discovery Education and the Weather Channel. You and your class can join us on Wednesday, December 11 at 1:00 PM EST. Don't miss out... make sure you give us a follow on twitter at SiemensSTEMAcad and share with others! As always, thanks for joining us at the Siemens STEM Academy! Now... read on an learn more about this amazing webinar and how it can make your December STEMcredible! Have a wonderful week – Mike Gorman (21centuryedtech)
Explore the science behind severe weather and learn how to stay safe and prepared. Discovery Education and The Weather Channel invite you to attend a virtual event LIVE from The Weather Channel on December 11th at 1pm ET. Meteorologists from The Weather Channel will discuss the science behind hurricanes, tornadoes and other severe weather and provide tips on how to create a plan to keep safe in case of a weather emergency. Your classroom will take a behind the scenes tour of The Weather Channel studios and live weather center to explore the technology used to predict, track and report severe weather. To get ready for this event, we provided a series of videos and hands-on activities, as well as a Family Preparedness student take-home activity. Join us for an interactive and informative discussion to prepare you and your students for any kind of weather!
We are certain you and your students will enjoy the this STEM based fieldtrip. Now is a great time to sign up for an RSS feed and also follow us on twitter at SiemensSTEMAcad. You may even wish to share this post with others via a quick email or even a tweet! Have a great week and take some time to start making your own STEMtastic learning connections... today. - Mike Gorman (21centuryedtech)
Posted on December 8, 2013 by Michael Gorman
The Siemens STEM Academy would like to invite you and your class to be part of an interactive webinar from Christopher Danielson examining mathematics instruction. You can join us on Thursday, December, Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 PM EST. Don't miss out... make sure you give us a follow on twitter at SiemensSTEMAcad and share with others! As always, thanks for joining us at the Siemens STEM Academy! Now... read on an learn more about this amazing webinar and how it can make your December STEMcredible! Have a wonderful week – Mike Gorman (21centuryedtech)
Join Christopher Danielson in a very special webinar designed to launch math instruction to a new altitude! Considered by many to be the most innovative part of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) provide a window into what it means to do mathematics. The SMP are intended to have a lasting impact on U.S. math teaching by focusing on mathematics as a discipline, not just as a collection of computational tools. This session will examine the mathematical practices in classroom tasks with an emphasis on how teachers can use the practices to deepen our own content knowledge and to improve our instruction. Example tasks will span K—12.
Christopher Danielson teaches in the math department at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN. He maintains two blogs: Overthinking My Teaching examines and questions the mathematics taking place in and around his classroom on a daily basis; Talking Math with Your Kids helps parents to support the mathematical development of their young children through examples, short research reports and product reviews. He has written for the Connected Mathematics Project, a National Science Foundation-funded 6—8 grade curriculum. He thinks learning may be best characterized as having new questions to ask.
Standards for Mathematical Practice: They're Not Just for Students!
Presented by Christopher Danielson- Math Department: Normandale Community College
Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm EST - For Educators
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We are certain you and your students will enjoy the this STEM based webinar. Now is a great time to sign up for an RSS feed and also follow us on twitter at SiemensSTEMAcad. You may even wish to share this post with others via a quick email or even a tweet! Have a great week and take some time to start making your own STEMtastic learning connections... today. - Mike Gorman (21centuryedtech)
Posted on December 1, 2013 by Michael Gorman
Welcome to series of Blog Posts brought to you by some amazing past Siemens STEM Institute and STARs Fellows. Today's guest blogger is Bryan Field who teaches science and robotics at Conant High School in Jaffrey, NH. Take a moment to discover more about Bryan following his post. Please be sure to read and share… make sure you give us a follow on twitter at SiemensSTEMAcad . As always, thanks for joining us at the Siemens STEM Academy! Now… read on… and have a STEMtastic week! – Mike Gorman
I teach in a rural school two hours from Boston, resources are few and far between. Motivated by my experiences at the Siemens STEM Academy I decided that it would be a great opportunity for my students if I were to start a maker club. Students’ natural way of learning is through play. And I know that playing with the technology that was provided at STEM Academy certainly motivated me about learning in general. On my return to New Hampshire I set about finding more information on the maker community. I had the experience earlier in the summer of visiting the Noisebridge Maker Space in San Francisco. I made it my goal to make a similar space on a smaller scale at my school.
There were three problems I needed to overcome. The first was getting administrative approval. The second was finding sources of funding. The third was recruiting students. I met with my principal and vice-principal, and shared with them some of my experiences at STEM Academy. I talked about the importance of STEM education and the absence of joyful opportunities for students to interact with STEM disciplines. I asked if I could start a club and was given the go-ahead. My next step was to engage other stakeholders. We have a gifted and talented coordinator in the district and I invited her to provide any support she could. I also contacted the STEM teacher in a middle school. We have an after-school program in the middle school and I asked their coordinator to join us too. I held a brief meeting and everyone thought the maker club was a good idea and promised support in terms of time, recruiting and money
We decided to hold meetings twice a week. I recruited a student who had been active in my FTC robotics team to be the new club manager. She put together a short video which we shared with science and math teachers in both the high and middle schools. We asked the teachers to share information about the club with their students. As a result of these efforts about 15 students attended our first meeting.
Our district has a foundation which provides small grant funding. I met with the chairperson and wrote a proposal for $500.00 in funding. I also met with the local representative of the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) who told me he could help me get larger grants. Dave Dewitt of Phase 65, Inc., a company which promotes STEM through their website, manufacturing stories, has been of great help, providing encouragement and assistance (in the form of a makey makey, a Finch robot and a Radio Shack electronics kit.)
At our first meeting I put out five Makey-Makeys, a Finch robot and the Tetrix kits we had used with the FIRST FTC Robotics team. Fifteen students showed up, five high school students and the rest from the middle school. The high school students helped the middle school students work with programming, setting up the makey-makeys and other projects. In the meetings we have had since, the kids have come up with some interesting projects including a solar marshmallow roaster, a portable speaker for the iPod, and a blinky eye (LED) face.
I am waiting for funding to buy more supplies. We have put together a safety agreement and system for ordering equipment. I have made a list of tools we need and am circulating it to the school staff in the hopes that they will be able to donate tools they may have at home. I’m also looking for old computers we can recycle for parts (stepper motors in the disc drives, great magnets, electric fans, switches etc.)
I have found some very useful resources on the web; here they are:
Programming sites can be found at:
- Sparkfun - https://www.sparkfun.com/ a source of supplies, project ideas and lots of “how to” information. Educators get a 20% discount.
- The Finch Robot - http://www.finchrobot.com/ tthis little guy can be programmed in a variety of different languages. Great start for robot programmers.
Field, Bryan, Conant High School, Jaffrey, NH
Bryansustainability Blog - http://bryansustainability.blogspot.com/
Bryan Field teaches science and robotics at Conant High School in Jaffrey, NH. He received a BS in Biology from Brooklyn College and an MS ion Oceanography from the University of Maine. He worked as a consulting oceanographer for several years and then went in to banking; both businesses were underwater some of the time. Eventually he realized that science teaching would be a way to prepare the next generation to take on the environmental challenges that face them. He is passionate about preparing students for a sustainable future based on the idea that we can all be problem solvers and life long learners.
We hope you enjoyed reading about making that STEM Tech Integration plan with Bryan. Please take the time to retweet and pass this information out to other STEM educators you think might be interested! Now is also a great time to sign up for an RSS feed and also follow us on twitter at SiemensSTEMAcad. We have more great STEM information coming your way including more STEM ideas from our past Fellows. Have a great week and take some time to start making your own STEMtastic learning connections… today. – Mike Gorman (21centuryedtech)
Posted on November 24, 2013 by Michael Gorman