The sky’s NOT the limit: Explore careers and coding fun with new drones

Posted by David Meador on July 09, 2020

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a . . . drone? Surely you’ve had the opportunity to see a drone in flight if not fly one yourself. And if you haven’t seen drones in action, you’ve at least seen their work: movies, TV shows, and even advertisements use them.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, Careers, Coding, Activities, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development

Wanted: Creativity and innovation

Posted by Preston Frazier on May 08, 2020

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
– Albert Einstein

This quote is attributed to famous scientist Albert Einstein is one of my favorite quotes ever. I believe it’s one of my favorites because it’s so true and rings so loud during our current situation. I think we would all agree with that.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, TETRIX Robotics, innovate, Workforce Development, Inquiry-based Learning

Rise together: Being a ‘Force for Change’ in different times

Posted by Joe Slifka on April 18, 2020

The 2020 season for the LaBrae High School robotics team, The RoboVikes, ended on Thursday, March 12. We weren’t planning to finish so early, but, like much the rest of the country, our school was shut down and ordered to remain closed for three weeks. That was more than five weeks ago now. In Ohio, we are currently in “shelter in place” mode with only essential businesses remaining open, with plans to reassess the COVID-19 situation in early May. 

As we navigate these different times, I wanted to share some moments we had during our season and ways that teams can stay connected and continue to build your skill sets. 

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, Trends, Resources, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills, innovate, Workforce Development, 3-D Printing

STEM weather lessons for home or the classroom

Posted by Melissa Karsten on March 23, 2020

There are so many aspects of weather, which makes it a great STEM topic with lessons for every age. And who doesn’t benefit from understanding weather better? It’s around us every day!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM Expeditions, Authentic Learning, STEM Units, Activities, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Workforce Development, Art

Seven ways educators can encourage girls in STEM

Posted by Lisa Lewis on March 08, 2020

As an elementary teacher and adjunct professor for Educational Goals and Practices, I straddle two worlds. My elementary classroom is usually a mixture of girls and boys from diverse backgrounds, while my college-age students are mostly young ladies ready to change the world through the teaching profession. While the environments within which I teach and my audiences have their contrasts, they share two key similarities: the students’ eagerness to learn and the need for STEM.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, STEM Units, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Workforce Development, Women in STEM