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Skills Needed for Quality STEM Education — It’s an Equity Issue

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Nov 19, 2020

“STEM allows kids to build and create ideas from scratch and have deep critical thinking. We need to prepare our kids for that future.” – Braydon Moreno, co-founder of Robo 3D

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Topics: STEM, STEM education

Creating a Virtual Makerspace

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Tue, Nov 10, 2020

Growing up, my dad spent lots of time in the garage working on things — his 1972 Ford Pinto (understandably), my brother’s bikes, and making small items for our home. The garage was his makerspace and he used it to design, plan, and follow through on his creative ideas. Later, my brother used the garage as his makerspace. These days makerspaces are moving out of the garages of hobbyists to classrooms and schools for our students to engage in interactive experiences that spark imaginations.

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Topics: STEM, STEAM, virtual classroom, Makerspace

STEM Lesson Idea: Using Virtual Learning to Drive Environmental Change

Posted by Hannah Olson on Tue, Nov 3, 2020

Many teachers are struggling with how to address STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) topics in this time of social-distancing and remote-learning. Even for schools that are meeting in person, many of the hands-on lesson plans that teachers might have previously utilized are incredibly challenging under distancing and cleanliness guidelines. After all, who really has time to sanitize every block in a base-ten-blocks set between students? No one.

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Topics: STEM Lessons, STEM, STEAM, distance learning, virtual classroom, steam lessons, STEM education, hybrid learning, Virtual STEM kits

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

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

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

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

STEM Careers: Medical and Health Care Manager

Posted by Hannah Olson on Fri, Sep 11, 2020

Medical and health services managers are responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating the behind-the-scenes aspects that keep hospitals, nursing homes, group practices, and other health care facilities running efficiently.

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Topics: STEM, STEAM, steam education, STEM education

STEM Careers: Software Developer

Posted by Hannah Olson on Thu, Aug 20, 2020

Software developers are the creators of both computer programs and the underlying systems that run said programs. Applications software developers create computer applications and games while systems software developers engineer operating systems and interfaces for the platforms themselves.

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Topics: STEM, STEAM, steam education, STEM education

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