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STEM 2013

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Annual symposium for STEM educators in Quebec, Canada. Inspire and Innovate!
7th - 11th
  • Mrs. Sojcher's avatar

    I am teaching the Engineering Design Process to 7th and 8th graders. In class today we were confused between the delineation between criteria and constraints. For example. we watched an episode of Design Squad Nation today. The participating teams were given a challenge to build furniture for kids' rooms out of cardboard. I view the cardboard as being a constraint, but some of my kids thought it could also be a criteria, as in "the furniture must be made from cardboard". Are they right? Can that be both a criteria and a constraint? Please weigh in on this one!

    I am teaching the Engineering Design Process to 7th and 8th graders. In class today we were confused between the delineation between criteria and constraints. For example. we watched an episode of Design Squad Nation today. The participating teams were given a challenge to build furniture for kids' rooms out of cardboard. I view the cardboard as being a constraint, but some of my kids thought it could also be a criteria, as in "the furniture must be made from cardboard". Are they right? Can that be both a criteria and a constraint? Please weigh in on...

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    • Mrs. Sojcher
      Mrs. Sojcher said Nov 5, 2015

      Wow Mrs. White, that is confusing for the kids, don't you think?

    • Ms. White
      Ms. White said Nov 5, 2015

      For that age group, yes. I would just introduce it as both without TOO much explanation. I teach upper level engineering in high school so I go into more detail but still not excessive detail.

    • Ms. White
      Ms. White said Nov 5, 2015

      I give lots of projects where I use rubrics. Anything specifically stated as a requirement (due date, materials, etc) is criteria. Anything stated as a limitation (1.5 hours per day, only 2 hammers available, tower must be 20cm tall 8cm wide at the base, 5cm at the apex and fit into a 5x8x10 box) is a constraint.

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    If ANY of you are just THINKING about getting a laser printer or 3D printer for your classroom!! you must see the glowforge in action!!! I just bought mine yesterday and there is still 2 days left to JUMP IN ON THE 50% off Presale!! I bought to be reimbursed so you guys can too hopefully!! Also also also::::: I just saved $200 DOLLARS ALSO!! By being a newer company they are doing a $100 for me and $100 for you on referrals how cool is that!!! also if you have a side business and do little things like this or even use a silhouette this is HUGE for your business also!!!! please...

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  • Mrs. Wendt's avatar

    We are trying to set up Stem Curriculum for middle school, Does anyone want to share their STEM Curriculum with us?

    • Ms. Essue
      Ms. Essue said Sep 30, 2015

      Please share...I am interested in seeing what other schools are doing.

  • Mrs. Brown's avatar

    Greetings Teachers,

    A few days ago, I shared a really cool project idea with you. Through tinkering around with the shapes in Microsoft Word, I was able to redesign, what I like to think is very close to, a Minecraft character. My students are in love with Minecraft, so this was a great opportunity to design a cross-curriculum activity that was not only educational, but fun.

    As you will see, this project touches on a variety of area:
    Math: students work with shapes
    ELA: Students create interesting story lines and dialogue between characters.
    Art: The students select background images and design creative layouts for their story. The utilize
    colors, and shadowing to create debt and dimension.
    Technology: Students use a variety of formatting tools to enhance shape and images. The students also
    develop the keyboarding skills as well as learn how to edit their writing.

    After looking at this project, I would deeply appreciate any comments that you have. I am developed an entire unit with this Minecraft activity. I am open to suggestions.

    P.S.: I also have a Step-By- Step video that I created for my students. I have so 2D activities as well.
    Screen-O-Matic is awesome.

    Greetings Teachers,

    A few days ago, I shared a really cool project idea with you. Through tinkering around with the shapes in Microsoft Word, I was able to redesign, what I like to think is very close to, a Minecraft character. My students are in love with Minecraft, so this was a great opportunity to design a cross-curriculum activity that was not only educational, but fun.

    As you will see, this project touches on a variety of area:
    Math: students work with shapes
    ELA: Students create interesting story lines and dialogue between characters.
    Art:...

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    • Mrs. Saraniecki
      Mrs. Saraniecki said May 18, 2015

      This project looks really interesting! Would you mind sharing it with me? We are in the midst of writing a stem curriculum and minecraft might be something I want to look into using.

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    Let me know how it turned out.

  • Ms. Britt's avatar

    Can someone recommend stem projects for after school with a literature component.

    • Ms. Britt
      Ms. Britt said Apr 2, 2015

      Middle school. Specifically looking for robotics preferably a pinball machine creation

  • Mr. Fairfield's avatar

    3/30, 3/31 - carpentry projects

  • Mrs. Quave's avatar

    Can someone recommend a "gaming activity" or program for a STEM summer camp?

    • AMY JENSEN
      AMY JENSEN said Dec 11, 2014

      scratch is a web-based platform that allows students to create their own video games and learn to program at the same time, if you do a little digging you can find some lesson plans and activities for the students that are already made by other teachers.
      http://scratch.mit.edu/

    • Ms. Joyce
      Ms. Joyce said Dec 12, 2014

      Depending upon age group also use code.org or codeacademy.org. Scratch also has a great elementary "Scratch Jr" app.

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