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Washington County students maneuver in robot competition at Volvo Group Truck Operations

Washington County students maneuver in robot competition at Volvo Group Truck Operations | Professional Learning Networks- STEM | Scoop.it
After watching his team’s robot with its large U-shaped arm be outmaneuvered during a demonstration Thursday, Liam Halsey knew what had to be done.
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The Latest Tools for Teaching STEM: Video Games

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Video games can keep kids motivated to learn STEM subjects. Programming, experts say, is 'just a new kind of literacy.'

 

Video games often get a bad rap as a time-sucking tool of procrastination, but users' fascination with this form of entertainment can be harnessed for learning, particularly when it comes to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

 

No, playing Candy Crush and Angry Birds didn't just become the equivalent of doing homework (sorry), but a rapidly growing industry of educators, developers and innovators have produced a raft of ways to learn through gaming. It's no exaggeration to say that these digital pioneers are truly reinventing the wheel when it comes to teaching techniques.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 16, 2013 9:41 PM

"By creating a way for people to participate and find the subject engaging, it gives them agency to learn about science," says Kate Fisher, community manager at the Center for Game Science.


I agree with the method but insist in a guided learning approach leaning toward inquiry / problem based learning integration.

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Project-Based Learning Idea For Science: Using Machines

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Project-Based Learning Ideas For Science: Using Machines

If you’re looking for an interesting project-based learning idea for science, the following “Dream Fort” contest might be worth considering. Information appears below, as do the relevant images and contact information you’ll need to participate.

 

“To promote the fall 2013 release of The Fort on Fourth Street: A Story of the Six Simple Machines, Sylvan Dell Publishing is teaming up with author Lois Spangler, and giving readers the chance to bring their creativity to life with the Dream Fort Design Contest.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 26, 2013 7:27 PM

This sounds like a great science / math fair idea for the whole school.

Victoria Brandon's curator insight, January 23, 2014 4:57 PM

Awesome ideas for simple machines.  Allows students to use what they have learned and apply it to a project!

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The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects

The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects | Professional Learning Networks- STEM | Scoop.it

We’ve clarified the difference between projects and project-based learning before. Projects are about the product, while project-based learning is about the process.

Projects are generally teacher-directed, universal, and tangent to the learning, while project-based learning is student-centered, personal, and the learning pathway itself. Put simply, it is an approach to learning rather than something to complete.

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Where to Focus Grade 2 Mathematics


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NASA launches robotic explorer to Mars

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's newest robotic explorer, Maven, rocketed toward Mars on Monday on a quest to unravel the ancient mystery of the red planet's radical climate change.
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10 Educational Web Resources Teachers Should See - Edudemic

10 Educational Web Resources Teachers Should See - Edudemic | Professional Learning Networks- STEM | Scoop.it

Too often we teach in isolation–we all have our standards, goals, curricula, and tasks we need to accomplish. Time is short. We don’t get out of our rooms. There can be years before I see a colleague.

 

One time I introduced myself to a person at a conference. It turned we worked together. There’s just no backing down from that embarrassment. I am usually the type of person who goes around to say hi, but things are a bit crazy in education the last few years, and I must not be doing the best job. It’s a waving red flag that we need to get out and collaborate more.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 24, 2013 7:46 PM

Great ideas to spice up STEM based learning.

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Inquiry Learning Ideas for Math and Science With iPads

Inquiry Learning Ideas for Math and Science With iPads | Professional Learning Networks- STEM | Scoop.it
Giving children ample opportunities to develop sound investigative skills at an early age is essential to nurturing their ability to think critically and scientifically as they get older.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 9, 2013 7:28 PM

The article provides excerpts form the book "iPad in Education for Dummies". Looks like fun STEM Based Learning!

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Steam Not Stem | Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics


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