" I use Teaching Channel all the time. It has been a huge influence on my practice as has some of the videos NSTA puts out. I watch all the science NGSS stuff, assessing, ESL engagement, etc." Sue Holland, 7th grade, Miller Creek Middle School
"I have been using Mystery Science and one of the lessons in Forces and Motion discussed what made the "Strongest Bridge." The students (in groups) each got 2 pieces of paper to design the strongest bridges, meaning could hold the most pennies. The bridge needed to be a least 3 inches wide and span at least 6 inches long over two think books or 4 medium books (two stacked on either side). The students had to record how many pennies their bridge held before collapsing and then redesign three times to try and improve the strength of their bridge. No scissors or tape could be used." Lindsay Hess, 3rd grade, Wade Thomas
This site has many great resources for teachers, including engineering and STEM projects that relate to the new standards. They even are color coded like the standards! (Don't know about the coloring coding? Check out the link below!)
All the 4th and 5th grade students and teachers at Coleman Elementary school got together to participate in the marshmallow spaghetti challenge. The students worked in teams to build the highest structure possible with a marshmallow on top.
Ashley Davis and Casey Hodel had their students build solar cookers to make some cookies on a sunny Friday.
Great 5th grade unit that was developed by Tom Kiehfuss at San Pedro. Tom used "The Fabulous Perpetual Motion Machine" by Don Abramson for his close reading text (from Pearson). Google it!
3-5-ETS1-2 Engineering Design
3-5-ETS1-1 Engineering Design
5-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity
5-PS3-1 Energy (focusing mainly on the crosscutting concept that Energy can be transferred in various ways and between objects).
Power Point was too big too attach to this site. I converted it to a PDF. Please email me if you want the Powerpoint version
4th grade at Dixie used the EIE Windmill unit. Megan writes: "I didn't have enough time to go through the whole unit so I pieced together a 6 lesson mini unit. I also modified the materials that were used to construct the windmills."
Building windmills at Bahia Vista, Colin Johnson, 4th grade (Using Engineering is Elementary lessons)
6th Grade- Davidson Middle School- John Flanagan
Thanks Nate McDonald from White Hill for this video about a great project. "These robots are an inexpensive way to have students complete circuits to make an interactive robot. Using a AA battery, a hobby motor, wires, and a couple markers with a cup, students can make a ScribbleBot. I love this lesson because students can rapidly go through the engineering design cycle to get their ScribbleBot working and to change the way the robot draws."
Have your students be part of an international event: Global Cardboard Challenge!
iTEAMS is a professional development research project designed to provide teachers with support to deepen their content knowledge and pedagogy to promote STEM education aligned to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).