Archive for STEM

Intro to Engineering at WCHS

Intro to Engineering at WCHS

Last week I stopped in to visit Ben Jass’s Intro to Engineering class at Webster City High School. If you’ve ever wondered what I want a model classroom to look like, this was it. His students were working independently (of each other and the teacher)…

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Playing With Circuitry

Playing With Circuitry

Math and Science were not my strong subjects in school. I gravitated more towards English, Social Studies and, of course, Band. Why do certain subjects resonate more with some students than others? Multiple intelligences, right vs. left brain dominance, disengaging or un-relatable instruction? Any, all, and…

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DIY with NEH

DIY with NEH

Last Friday I got to visit the Northeast Hamilton 3rd grade class! They are starting to explore the app DIY – a place for kids to explore, make, create, design, build, draw – you get the picture. While the app is designed for parent/child use,…

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SPOTLIGHTING STUDENTS CODING ~ SOUTH HAMILTON ELEMENTARY, GUEST POST: CATHERINE HINES

SPOTLIGHTING STUDENTS CODING ~  SOUTH HAMILTON ELEMENTARY, GUEST POST: CATHERINE HINES

Catherine Hines, South Hamilton’s CSD Technology Integrationist, planned, organized and implemented coding for her elementary students.  I am excited to spotlight her success with spreading the love of coding in her elementary by sharing her blogpost.    

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Hour of Code, PACS Elementary Celebrates, Guest Post: Susan Oehlertz

Hour of Code, PACS Elementary Celebrates, Guest Post: Susan Oehlertz

Technology Integrationist, Susan Oehlertz, orchestrated and supported an awesome week filled with coding for elementary students! Not only do I appreciate her use of Adobe Slate in her recap of the event, I appreciate her sharing the experience. To read about how the elementary students…

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Hour of Code Resources – By Age

Hour of Code Resources – By Age

This week we would like to share some awesome resources for the upcoming Hour of Code during Computer Science week, December 7th-13th. Hopefully, you have heard of Hour of Code (HoC), want to be involved and have started planning your specific event(s) at your school/community….

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Getting Ready for Hour of Code

Getting Ready for Hour of Code

The annual Hour of Code celebration during Computer Science week is quickly approaching (Dec 7-13), and we’re working hard to provide you with support and resources to successfully implement coding and computer science in your schools and communities. We started with a half day Hour…

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Guest Blog: Susan Oehlertz, PAC MAKER DAYS, Full Steam Ahead

Guest Blog: Susan Oehlertz, PAC MAKER DAYS, Full Steam Ahead

The magic and power behind PAC’s Maker Days, read about it HERE. 

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A Square Peg in a Round Hole

A Square Peg in a Round Hole

Isn’t this the type of problem with which we should engage students?  YES!! I love this scene from Apollo 13 and not just because I’ve always had a thing for space exploration, whether human or Wookie.  However, when I view it now I recognize the richness…

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Guest Blog: Middle School ELA Educator, Cynthia Walsh, Newell-Fonda

Guest Blog: Middle School ELA Educator, Cynthia Walsh, Newell-Fonda

Mike Anderson and I were fortunate to support Mrs. Walsh in her quest to utilize the 3D printer in middle school language arts. We met in the summer to play with the 3D printer and to brainstorm and plan ELA connections. Mike also provides training…

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Making our Mark for You: Albert City-Truesdale Elementary Celebrates Dot Day

Making our Mark for You: Albert City-Truesdale Elementary Celebrates Dot Day

Albert City-Truesdale students celebrated Dot Day, an international event celebrating the mark all of us make on the world, in connection with their traditional Grandparents’ Day on Friday, September 19. Wednesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 18, elementary students participated in a maker version of Dot…

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3D Printing for Kids at Gilmore City-Bradgate

3D Printing for Kids at Gilmore City-Bradgate

This week I worked with staff and students at Gilmore City-Bradgate Elementary on 3D printing.  In planning for my time with the first and second graders I knew that the tools I had been utilizing with middle and high school groups; Tinkercad, Sketch-up and various other design apps,…

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EdTech Santa

EdTech Santa

Lately when I have entered schools it’s been edtech Christmas.  I bring robots, a 3D printer, or some new app or iPad accessory and everyone including teachers are engaged like children on Christmas morning, starring at the neatly wrapped gifts just waiting to tear into…

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Creation and Integration with Webster City Middle School

Creation and Integration with Webster City Middle School

Friday our team was invited to Webster City Middle School for a day of professional learning and fun (our agenda). Complete with a “playground” in the morning, focus on assistive technology, hands-on creation, and lots of STEM connections!  Left and below, teachers showcase work  Above,…

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Writing Your Verse

Writing Your Verse

Lately I have had the opportunity to hear and to learn about the importance and value of coding, gaming, making, and higher order thinking associated with STEM education – from my colleagues, from workshops, and from research. This is what I want for my kids….

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My day as a MAKER

My day as a MAKER

    Last weekend I was fortunate enough to spend time at the TIES conference in Minneapolis. I signed up for a Saturday workshop about “iPads and the early learner,” but realized later that it was geared toward iPad newbies. I quickly went with a…

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Agency at First LEGO League

This weekend FLL (First LEGO League) regionals took place all over the country.  I took my team to Estherville.  This was our first year and it blew us away.  I mean robots are awesome, right, but what we experienced exceeded just playing with LEGOs.  The students…

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At the Root

At the Root

STEM, a major buzz word in the world of education and elsewhere.  From iPad probes to rockets, LEGO robotics to 3D printers, STEM represents a new way to think about and learn science and math. STEM has been around for a long time, at least…

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