Check out this amazing high definition video of all 135 space shuttle launches in one 3:55 minute clip. The video starts with synchronized countdowns from all the launches, beginning with STS-1 in April 1981 and ending with the launch of Atlantis in July 2011.
Created by McLean Fahnestock.
This TED Talk- How to Use a Paper Towel- provides a useful solution for our paper towel problem (the one where we are using way too many paper towels). This video may not seem like it has a strong science connection- but I think it provides a very clear solution to an authentic human problem (technological design process). Plus, you probably won’t think about drying your hands the same way again.. shake… fold.
This touching and engaging TEDxBerkeley Talk from Ken Goldberg makes me think of many things:
- The importance of “story” in giving a talk, presentation, lesson
- The misconception (that I may have) of robotics/engineering as being unrelated to philosophy, the arts, etc.
- STEM… and how it might be more than just the 4 letters in the acronym
Click HERE to watch on YouTube or see embedded below- enjoy
Squishy Circuits is project from the University of St. Thomas that provides lessons, materials, and video instructions for using salt dough and sugar dough to create parts of electric circuits. These materials seem like they would be appropriate for elementary circuit kits all the way up to high school and college electrical engineering courses.
My favorite part of this site is the inclusion of several clear and concise video clips that support a teacher in using the materials.. good stuff.
See the embedded TED Talk below where AnneMarie Thomas describes the circuits.
The K-5 Application Handbook (design process) is my companion to the best-selling (?) K-5 Systems Handbook. The K-5 Application Handbook is an attempt to package a variety of technological design process tools, resources, sample lessons, and links into one easy to share document.
The handbook contains materials from Project 2061, OSPI, ESD 112, the Bethel School District, and others. You will find:
There are lots of good Rube Goldberg videos online- but this one is spectacular for lots of reasons. This video demonstrates the struggles and delights of the technological design process through the eyes of a 7 year old- enjoy.
If you are unable to see the embedded video below- click HERE.
Wouldn’t It Be Cool If.. is a contest presented by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds and will.i.am’s i.am FIRST.
The contest challenges kids in two age categories — 10-12 and 13-15 — to dream up the coolest invention idea to make their lives, communities and even the world more AWESOME.
Now through March 28th, kids can enter the contest by submitting an invention idea and sharing how math and science can make it real. Ideas can be submitted by individuals or teams of 2 or 3 people.
Click HERE to visit the website and get complete information about the contest rules and how to submit an idea. You will also find helpful resources for teachers and parents.
BLOSSOMS (Blended Learning Open Source Science Or Math Studies) is a library of math and science video courseware from MIT. Currently there are over 50 FREE video-based lessons for high school students. Each 50 minute lesson includes video components, a teacher guide, and handouts for students.
Check out the Free Fall lesson on physics concepts HERE and embedded below.
For a more informative overview of BLOSSOMS read a blog post from the JOURNAL here.
Pacific Education Institute has done it again! They have created yet another wonderful resource for science educators- The Project-Based Learning Model: Relevant Learning for the 21st Century. This document provides resources and examples for an 8 Step model for how to conduct project-based learning. The steps include:
- Describe the ecosystem
- Determine and define the problem
- Research the problem
- Stakeholder description
- Propose possible solutions
- Develop a plan: Identify, Plan, and Reflect on your project
- Implement the plan
- Summarize, Evaluate, and Reflect
Some things I really appreciate about this model are:
- based in life science context… seems like many PBL resources are set in a physical science context
- based on the practices from the new Framework for K-12 Science Education
- FREE and easy to download!
- The bibliography, glossary, and appendices are very helpful
- seems to align nicely with the 7 Essentials for Project-Based Learning from Educational Leadership 2010
I’m interested to hear what others think of this resource.
Engineering, Go for It (eGFI) is a site (I first mentioned eGFI a couple of years ago HERE) that provides a focused and engaging set of resources to get students excited about engineering. You can watch video clips (see below) of university students describing their engineering programs or learn about a specific field of engineering.
The Etube section contains multiple engineering themed video clips while the Trailblazers section features readings and video spotlights on real working engineers. There is now a substantial collection of these clips.. with a diverse collection of scientists/engineers sharing their work. See embedded example below.
The site also has a For Teachers section with K-12: lesson plans, class activities, outreach programs, web resources, and more. The lesson plans seem very well developed and contain downloadable documents, video supports, assessments, etc.
There is also a great interactive online magazine about engineering- check it out HERE.
Applications for Science Teachers: Any district, school, or teacher looking to add some engineering focus to science instruction would be well served in checking out this site as a starting place.