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Using Technology to Teach Art, Engineering, and Design from a Distance

Posted by Hannah Olson on Tue, Oct 27, 2020

Distance and hybrid learning environments are particularly tricky for engineering, design, and art teachers. Unless you can send packets of activity-specific supplies home with your students, you have to be flexible and work around the resources available in each student’s home, which can vary greatly. You can’t always rely on students having paints, construction paper, or popsicle sticks readily available. Even what were once household staples like paper-towel rolls may not be available in some eco-friendly households that only use reusable cloths. So how can educators provide a complete STEM course with these variables in mind?

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Topics: STEM Lessons, STEM, distance learning, distance teaching, steam lessons, STEM education, hybrid learning, MyStemKits, Tinkercad

Remote Learning: Effective Strategies and Study Habits by Learning Style

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Wed, Oct 21, 2020

“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy – I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” – Art Williams

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Topics: tips for teachers, distance learning, student learning, remote learning, learning styles

Remote Learning and Supporting Students with Special Learning Needs

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Oct 15, 2020

As most of us have experienced, heard from friends, or seen on the news, remote learning has its challenges. Difficulties have ranged from tech glitches and connection issues to students not showing up to any live virtual lessons. In addition to these challenges, teachers are making every effort to tailor instruction for students with special learning needs, including regular review of students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and/or 504 plans. This can be quite overwhelming for everyone involved, especially the parents at home trying to balance home responsibilities with their child’s specialized needs. How can all involved work together to support the child? Here are some recommendations to consider:

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Topics: tips fpr teachers, distance learning, distance teaching, student learning, remote learning

3D Modeling for 3D Printing: Modeling 101

Posted by Hannah Olson on Tue, Oct 13, 2020

If you want to learn modeling, MyStemKits STEAM Design Challenges are definitely the way to go about it. The activities guide you step-by-step through the process of creating a variety of objects, while equipping you with the skills necessary to build your own unique constructions. To supplement that collection of resources, MyStemKits has assembled a general “tips toolbox” of things to consider and strategies to employ for successful 3D modeling.

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Topics: STEM Lessons, STEM, STEAM, steam education, steam lessons, 3D printing, STEM education, Robo3D, MyStemKits

ELA Idea: Boosting Writing Skills with a Pen Pal Program

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Oct 8, 2020

When I was in the 4th grade, our teacher came back from a trip to Europe with an awesome idea — our class was going to have pen pals in England! She had met a teacher from there and they talked about having their classes learn to write letters while making new friends from one another’s country. I was so excited when I got the first letter from my pen pal, Tanya. She actually sent a picture of herself — she had long red hair, freckles, and blue eyes; so different from what I and most of my friends looked like. For the life of me, I can’t remember what was written in the letter just the thrill of receiving one from another young person who lived in a different country! Our class wrote back but unfortunately after the one exchange of letters from each side, we didn’t receive more letters. It was a great idea with the potential for so much more but just seemed to fizzle out. Clearly, something went amiss in my experience. This isn’t the case for many educators who have endeavored to introduce their students to different cultures, experiences, and values while integrating valuable learning skills through letter writing.

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Topics: tips for teachers, English Language Arts, Writing skills

STEAM Learning: Space Exploration

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Wed, Oct 7, 2020

Neil Armstrong and landing on the moon. The space shuttle Challenger. The International Space Station. Pictures of ice from the Mars rovers. These are the different things that come to my mind when thinking of space exploration and education. These are topics that have probably been discussed, researched, and studied in classrooms everywhere. But how often is space exploration a part of student learning?

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Topics: STEM Lessons, STEAM, steam education, steam lessons, STEM education, Mimio MyBot, MyStemKits

STEM CAREERS: Cartographer and Photogrammetrist

Posted by Hannah Olson on Thu, Oct 1, 2020

Cartography is the science of collecting and interpreting geographic data and using it to create maps. This assists us with regional planning, emergency response coordination, traveling, land surveying, and both sea and space exploration. The individuals who possess the knowledge and talent to produce the maps we need are called Cartographers or Photogrammetrists.

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Topics: STEM, STEAM, steam education, STEM education

Distance Teaching — Pointers for Preventing Burnout

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Tue, Sep 29, 2020

You’ve probably scrolled through countless social media posts of teachers and students engaging in remote learning. There are posts with teachers dressed up in costumes, really working to get their students engaged. There are posts of students in pajamas, bodies contorted in different ways as they try to make it through a virtual lesson. There seems to be a nice mix of the positive and negative in this new normal of teaching and learning. Although it seems that more schools and educators have prepared for distance teaching, it brings up another concern — distance teaching burnout. With remote learning a reality for many, it is important to recognize the warning signs of burnout and move towards its prevention. But first, what is burnout?

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Topics: tips for teachers, distance learning, distance teaching

STEM Careers: Operations Research Analyst

Posted by Hannah Olson on Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Operations research analysts are mathematical experts who use their skills to solve problems and make decisions that affect the short and long-term success of their organization.

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Topics: STEM, STEM education

3 Ways to Incorporate STEM in Distance Learning

Posted by Braydon Moreno on Tue, Sep 22, 2020

This pandemic isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Schools are working towards creating an environment where students can learn at home by equipping them with the necessary technology to make the “virtual classroom” a reality. Unfortunately, STEM learning doesn’t appear to be a focus and it needs to be.

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Topics: STEM Lessons, Labdisc, STEM, STEAM, Robotics, distance learning, distance teaching, 3D printing, STEM education, Mimio MyBot, Robo3D, MyStemKits

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