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MakerBot in Education - MakerBot Industries, LLC

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Learn about the uses of 3D printing in the classroom with resources provided by MakerBot. Scroll down the page to find Webinars, Videos, and Case Studies. Use the search feature ...more
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Learn about the uses of 3D printing in the classroom with resources provided by MakerBot. Scroll down the page to find Webinars, Videos, and Case Studies. Use the search feature to find grant and white paper information for funding 3D printers and an essential information packet for pitching and implementing 3D printers in the classroom. Email registration is required to view and download information.
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tag(s): crafts (43), creativity (120), drawing (82), modeling (10), robotics (24)

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Use this site as a resource for materials and information about 3D printing. Take advantage of the downloadable materials when trying to find funding for a 3D printer. Once you receive your 3D printer, find many ideas and downloads at Sketchfab, reviewed here.
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Navy STEM for the Classroom - Discovery Education

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9 to 12
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Take a real-life view of STEM concepts in action with this site detailing US Navy careers and projects. Participate in an interactive activity that takes players to the Navy Proving...more
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Take a real-life view of STEM concepts in action with this site detailing US Navy careers and projects. Participate in an interactive activity that takes players to the Navy Proving Grounds to challenge skills in Flight School, Dive Mission, and Sea Trials, or view videos of Navy personnel discussing their STEM careers. Visit the Lesson Plans portion of the site for interactive lessons correlated to math and science standards, including PowerPoints with topics such as robotics and oceanography.

tag(s): oceans (154), robotics (24), STEM (156)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and interactives. This site is excellent for enrichment; consider using the lessons with gifted students for independent learning or as project ideas for math and science fairs. Have students make a collaborative, layered, multimedia presentation demonstrating ideas from this site using Ignite, reviewed here. Share videos on your interactive whiteboard as part of any career lessons or discussions. Challenge students to find photos or diagrams about what they learned (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate and annotate the photo with essential information. Use a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. With Thinglink, students can also add videos and links to help explain what certain parts of the image are about.
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National Robotics Week - iRobot Corporation

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3 to 12
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The U.S. is a leader in robotics technology development! Join the yearly celebration by participating in some of the events and activities found at this National Robotics Week site....more
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The U.S. is a leader in robotics technology development! Join the yearly celebration by participating in some of the events and activities found at this National Robotics Week site. Use the activities on this site to inspire students to pursue careers in robotics and other STEM-related fields. Download robot trading cards featuring 10 of the most famous robots. Cards include their stats, coaches, and fun facts. Read about the Instuctables contest where you can enter to share your robot projects with the world and even win some cool prizes. Clicking on Bleaker the Rechargeable Dog will take you to comics that include robots. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find a map showing events by state. Once you get the map, scroll down the page and find the Filter Events By State and a list of all events.

tag(s): engineering (128), robotics (24), STEM (156)

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Start a discussion about what students know about robots. Introduce them to the National Robotics Week celebration and get them involved in one of the events or the Instructables contest. Not sure where to start? Check out the resources on this page. Alternatively, try a robotics simulation at Wonderville Robot Factory, reviewed here. Give small teams of students a choice to use Mindmeister, reviewed here, and create a mind map for the steps they have to take to build a robot. Have students create a comic strip about building a robot or something the robot will do using Write Comics, reviewed here.

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Technology Student Association - Technology Student Association

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6 to 12
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The Technology Student Association (TSA) is an organization offering competitions, leadership events, and more to high school and middle school students involved in STEM (Science, Technology,...more
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The Technology Student Association (TSA) is an organization offering competitions, leadership events, and more to high school and middle school students involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. Learn how to join or start your own chapter with similarly minded members. Find out about the latest school level competitive events. The Student portion of the site offers a comprehensive list of scholarship information as well as links and resources with information on STEM careers.

tag(s): careers (140), engineering (128), problem solving (277), robotics (24), STEM (156)

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Use information from this site to start a TSA chapter in your school. Share information on scholarship opportunities and career information with students interested in STEM careers. Even if your school doesn't have a TSA chapter, take advantage of the Competitive Events Overview to get ideas for your own classroom-created competition.

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Curiosity Machine - Iridescent

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4 to 12
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Curiosity Machine connects scientists and engineers with young people to help design and create projects together. Create an account to begin using features on the site. Discover challenges...more
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Curiosity Machine connects scientists and engineers with young people to help design and create projects together. Create an account to begin using features on the site. Discover challenges to build on your own, including categories such as aerospace, robotics, engineering, and more. Find inspiration by watching videos of scientists and engineers sharing their inventions. Share your finished projects as inspiration for other aspiring engineers and scientists.

tag(s): aeronautics (12), computers (94), engineering (128), gifted (92), oceans (154), problem solving (277), robotics (24), STEM (156)

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Be sure to take advantage of the free educator units offered with membership. Share project ideas with students as ideas for a school science or engineering fair. Share this site with students interested in exploring careers in science or engineering. Encourage students to use a visual blogging tool such as Check This, reviewed here, (no registration required) to document their progress while completing projects. Have gifted students choose projects from the site to complete as enrichment within different learning units.
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STEAMed Magazine - Education Closet

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K to 12
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STEAMed is a FREE quarterly publication that provides countless ideas, explanations, lesson plans, videos, podcasts, and more. Some examples of topics include Painting With Pendulums...more
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STEAMed is a FREE quarterly publication that provides countless ideas, explanations, lesson plans, videos, podcasts, and more. Some examples of topics include Painting With Pendulums and Making Art with Robots (Art Bots). Both have links to a free video and free lesson plans. There are links to free lessons for Sound Sculpture and Soil Paintings, examples for Making Mental Maps, Architecture, Art and Math, and much more. This 45-page magazine has advertisements, but the ideas and freebies make it worth the effort to download it. From the landing page also find back issues, a link to more free lesson plans, and a Daily magazine. It is suggested you download the free quarterly magazine to your computer in PDF. Viewing online uses Flash, and in Chrome it was too small to read on the screen.
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tag(s): architecture (84), professional development (158), robotics (24), soil (18), STEM (156)

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Look at the back issues of STEAMed for different articles to see if you want to subscribe to STEAMed. Find ideas for incorporating art into science, technology, engineering, and math classes. Share with colleagues and at professional development meetings for any relevant ideas.
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Star Wars in the Classroom - EDventure Quest Learning LLC

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5 to 12
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Use the magic of Star Wars to spark learning and imagination in many curricular areas with resources found on this site. Choose the Content Areas link to find lessons and ...more
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Use the magic of Star Wars to spark learning and imagination in many curricular areas with resources found on this site. Choose the Content Areas link to find lessons and activities in mythology, social studies, science, and more. Be sure to check out the ELA resources that include many literature-related activities with themes such as good vs. evil and heroes and villains. The History content has sections on geography, world religions, elections, current events, and more. Several portions of the site include activities to download in PDF format.

tag(s): heroes (24), literary devices (11), literature (275), movies (72), myths and legends (26), planets (128), psychology (66), religions (68), robotics (24), themes (12)

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Appeal to students through the movies they love using Star Wars in the Classroom. Collaborate with teachers to create a cross-curricular Star Wars unit. Use resources from this site with gifted students or for independent learners. The lessons and units at this site lend themselves to having students make multimedia presentations about what they learned. Use one of the many TeachersFirst Edge Tools, reviewed here. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a Star Wars character.
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TED-Ed YouTube Channel - TEDEducation

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5 to 12
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Find unbelievably informative videos about a variety of topics on this YouTube channel. Search an extensive list of subject matter: the environment, popular science, agriculture, medicine,...more
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Find unbelievably informative videos about a variety of topics on this YouTube channel. Search an extensive list of subject matter: the environment, popular science, agriculture, medicine, engineering, and more topics of interest. Choose from popular and new videos or click the Videos tab to view them all. Subscribe to the TED-Ed YouTube channel and mark specific videos as favorites or save in your playlist. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): agriculture (58), biodiversity (35), brain (73), diseases (70), electricity (90), engineering (128), environment (319), gravity (50), medicine (70), plastics (9), robotics (24), water (131), water cycle (33)

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Show videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector to your class as an introduction to a new unit or class discussion. Flip your lesson and assign videos for students to view at home or in the computer lab and discuss questions at the next class meeting. Add your own questions and comments before students see the video using a program such as EdPuzzle, reviewed here. Use the videos as a springboard for engaging writing prompts or to spark a discussion connected with a unit of study. Show your students an inspirational video or two from TED, reviewed here. TED-Ed lessons also has longer videos that include accompanying questions, reviewed here.

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Engineering Games - engineering-games.net

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3 to 12
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Encourage an interest in the fields of engineering, construction, and critical thinking through the many interactives available at Engineering Games. Choose from several categories...more
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Encourage an interest in the fields of engineering, construction, and critical thinking through the many interactives available at Engineering Games. Choose from several categories such as Robots, Logic Games, or Electricity. Also explore popular and new games using the categories provided. Each activity includes a short description and information on how to play. Some more complex challenges encourage you to view and follow in-game tutorials before attempting to play.
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tag(s): circuits (21), electricity (90), energy (203), engineering (128), game based learning (116), logic (243), machines (30), problem solving (277), robotics (24), rockets (14), simple machines (37), STEM (156)

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Share these excellent STEM activities with your students. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups to find activities of interest. Use Engineering Games to differentiate learning experiences for students based on the difficulty of games. Challenge gifted students with more difficult activities. Provide a link to games on your class web page for students to play at home.
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BBC iWonder - BBC

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5 to 12
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See fascinating questions answered via videos and other media. Find questions in several categories about History, Science, Religion & Ethics, WebWise, Nature, Arts, Food, and Consumer....more
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See fascinating questions answered via videos and other media. Find questions in several categories about History, Science, Religion & Ethics, WebWise, Nature, Arts, Food, and Consumer. Of special interest is the History of World War I. Find videos and slideshows on topics like medicine and trench warfare during the war. There is a comprehensive, interactive section. Find just about anything you want to know about World War I in this iWonder section. Explore all of the diverse topics to learn deeply.

tag(s): consumers (18), earth (231), ethics (18), human body (130), inquiry (37), news (264), nutrition (159), religions (68), reptiles (14), robotics (24), space (217), water (131), world war 1 (53)

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Use iWonder to help build students' background knowledge or spark interest in many topics. Share the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Put a bookmark for this site on class computers for students to investigate at a learning station or when they finish other work early. If teaching World War I, use the interactives in that section as student learning stations, but be sure to load them ahead of time since the buffering process takes some time. An alternative is to assign the interactives for students to complete at home and discuss the next day in class (a flipped classroom idea). Teachers of gifted can offer iWonder explorations to inspire individual projects from middle elementary and up.

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Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media - PBS LearningMedia

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K to 12
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Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media offers a large collection of media-based resources to bring engineering (and Next Gen Science) to students at all grade levels. Think...more
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Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media offers a large collection of media-based resources to bring engineering (and Next Gen Science) to students at all grade levels. Think of design as problem solving by applying science and math. Begin browsing by choosing from grade level options for descriptions of activities including grade level and type of resource offered. Each activity includes additional resource links, correlations to Next Gen Science Standards, and support materials. Discover the most popular resources by viewing the number of times other users designated them as favorites. Learn about wind powered vehicles, mechanical arms, designing a skyscraper, and much more. Everything on the site is free; however, after viewing three resources you will be prompted to create your free account. Account creation offers the ability to save and favorite resources.

tag(s): architecture (84), energy (203), engineering (128), problem solving (277), robotics (24), STEM (156), structures (24)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of many different STEM-based topics. Use this site for enrichment or to help non-readers understanding concepts through video. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle reviewed here, Tagxedo reviewed here, or WordItOut reviewed here.
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Discovery News - Discovery

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This renowned science news source is an excellent resource for children, teens, AND adults. Find information from technology, space, humans, earth, history, animals, and adventure....more
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This renowned science news source is an excellent resource for children, teens, AND adults. Find information from technology, space, humans, earth, history, animals, and adventure. Some examples of specific topics include dinosaurs, psychology, evolution, religion, robots, genetics, and much more! Be sure to scroll through the information on the front page where highlighted videos, games, and eye catching headlines are sure to catch your interest. The reading levels (approximately middle school) are obviously too high for young readers, but videos and captions are quite approachable. Please PREVIEW before sharing anything with your students. Some of these topics are not appropriate for the classroom.
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tag(s): archeology (32), dinosaurs (54), egypt (70), evolution (102), genetics (95), news (264), psychology (66), religions (68), robotics (24), space (217)

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Use this site as a resource for current events projects or when discussing news relative to the class content. Find informational texts galore to practice CCSS literacy skills! (If you need a reading level, paste the url for the specific article into Juicy Studio's readability checker, reviewed here.) Have students research what's going on via this news site, and give a brief presentation for a current events assignment or as extra credit. Again, preview any stories that students may be exploring. You may even want to provide the direct ULRs to the stories rather than have students explore the site on their own. Students can either orally present or, for the technologically inclined, create a short video or podcast summarizing the information. Have students create videos and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Have students write their information in a short summary and include background information that ties the information into the class or teaches something new and relevant. Practice science literacy skills with these engaging stories!
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GE Focus Forward - GE & Cinelan.com

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6 to 12
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GE Focus Forward offers a series of 30 three-minute videos featuring stories about innovators. Directed by award-winning documentary film makers, the films range in topics from a "Journey...more
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GE Focus Forward offers a series of 30 three-minute videos featuring stories about innovators. Directed by award-winning documentary film makers, the films range in topics from a "Journey Under the Sea" to a look at the "Secrets of Trees." Hover over any film icon to view a short description of the topic. Click to begin. Share films using social networking buttons within the film. Copy the embed code to embed on any website or blog. Videos are hosted on Vimeo, which is accessible in most schools.

tag(s): environment (319), inventors and inventions (96), medicine (70), mental health (26), nutrition (159), oceans (154), robotics (24), solar energy (39), STEM (156), trees (29), video (275)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students explore this site independently or in small groups. There is one film about sanitation that refers to "poop," so you may want to avoid classroom giggles from less mature students by setting the tone for scientific viewing. Use as any part of a career unit, as a look at explorers and innovators, or when discussing character education. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Challenge students to choose a topic to further explore and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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STEM Curriculum - Dayton Regional - Dayton Regional STEM Center

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The Dayton Regional STEM Center offers lessons, units, and curriculum materials in STEM subjects for grades K-12. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math resources are abundant at...more
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The Dayton Regional STEM Center offers lessons, units, and curriculum materials in STEM subjects for grades K-12. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math resources are abundant at this center for hands-on STEM! Primarily it is a curriculum resource for teaching. Search by grade level, subject, or industry. There are captivating hook videos about power and propulsion, sensors, manufacturing, humans and medicine, and air vehicles. Lesson ideas are complete and well thought out. Some have downloadable activities, some are video clips, some are tangible hands on activities, but all are thought provoking. If your district blocks YouTube, then the video clips may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): aircraft (24), atmosphere (29), aviation (39), data (153), energy (203), engineering (128), equations (154), functions (70), geometric shapes (170), magnetism (37), measurement (160), number sense (98), oil (43), operations (126), ratios (58), robotics (24), scientific method (67), solar energy (39), space (217), statistics (126), STEM (156), teaching strategies (25), water (131)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for STEM lessons in your classroom. Use this site as a starting point for individual or group projects or differentiating lessons in your classroom. Search this site for some new ideas to implement in your classroom. Share the Student tab on your class website for students to explore several "kid friendly" topic such as Fish-y Gardening, Pirate Race, Slime Time, Engineer Girl, Build a Bot, and more. Students who complete one of the "kid friendly" projects at home could develop a presentation using a tool like Zoho Show (similar to PowerPoint, but easier and free) - reviewed here), or a multimedia presentation to share with the class. For tools and ideas about creating multimedia presentations see one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Wonderville Robot Factory - Science Alberta Foundation

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5 to 8
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This interactive, robot building simulation allows you to create "chore" robots. Select the job to be done, and build the robot to do that job. Information is given on each ...more
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This interactive, robot building simulation allows you to create "chore" robots. Select the job to be done, and build the robot to do that job. Information is given on each part and how it works. Once the robot is assembled, try it out in the simulator to see how well it was made. If the robot does not properly complete the job, there is an opportunity to rebuild it. This is a very interesting and engaging activity for learners!

tag(s): engineering (128), robotics (24), scientific method (67), simple machines (37)

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Studying simple machines? Studying robotics? Thinking about the scientific method and the "doing" of science? This activity could be used for any of these three concepts or all three in conjunction. There is the virtual hands on component that is very reminiscent of a video game so your students will love it! Post the site to the class website so students can easily navigate to it. Have them complete the activity and participate in an online follow discussion during class. Or, even have the students discuss what they learned during class. No matter how you choose to apply it, it is a great interactive activity! Just as a note, if you are going to let your students use the sound, have them plug in their ear buds or use classroom headsets where available.
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MAKE Blog: Technology in your own time - MAKE Magazine Readers and Bloggers

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4 to 12
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Follow the blog entries by hands-on experimenters to find both complicated and simple "inventions" you and your students can build. Entries include photographs that bring them to life....more
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Follow the blog entries by hands-on experimenters to find both complicated and simple "inventions" you and your students can build. Entries include photographs that bring them to life. Many may be more sophisticated than you can do in the classroom, but the blog entries explaining how the builder accomplished the task are terrific examples of scientific method and specific scientific concepts or solutions: sound, electricity, light, robotics, etc. The MAKE blog is also an endless source of ideas for classroom projects or science fair investigations.

tag(s): air (150), engineering (128), gifted (92), inventors and inventions (96), robotics (24)

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Choose an entry each month or at the start of a unit/lesson as a real world application of scientific principles you have been or will be studying. What an anticipatory set or activator! Show it on screen in your classroom or link to it from your teacher web page. You could also use this site as an enrichment challenge for your gifted students as you study a concept. Have them search the blog to find a real world application of the principles you are studying.

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Mars Express - European Space Agency

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6 to 12
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This European Space Agency site is dedicated to the Mars Express Spacecraft's trip to the red planet and is a good site for studying astronomy at a number of grade ...more
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This European Space Agency site is dedicated to the Mars Express Spacecraft's trip to the red planet and is a good site for studying astronomy at a number of grade levels. The Mars Express is scheduled to land on Mars in December, 2003, and this site documents the details of its journey with articles and multimedia resources. The site has information on both the planet itself, and the spacecraft's specifications and special testing equipment.

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Robot Cafe

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4 to 12
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Robots are one of the most popular of the "science cult" activities because they combine both computing and mechanical design challenges. Robot Cafe is a "portal" site offering topical...more
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Robots are one of the most popular of the "science cult" activities because they combine both computing and mechanical design challenges. Robot Cafe is a "portal" site offering topical listings of hundreds of resources and information on building robots and using them in education. Science teachers interested in starting a school robot project will find a wealth of information here, including a lists of parts resources and competitions. Students will also find many ways to feed their own individual interests.

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Mars For Kids - NASA

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NASA's Mars page for kids offers lots of interactive exploration options and an interactive Mars viewer. Teachers will also find links to more extensive NASA classroom resources on...more
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NASA's Mars page for kids offers lots of interactive exploration options and an interactive Mars viewer. Teachers will also find links to more extensive NASA classroom resources on Mars and plans for further explorations. NASA's web resources are huge, and finding suitable materials can sometimes require some experimenting. This site will certainly interest elementary-level explorers.

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BBC Robot World - BBC

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6 to 12
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The BBC Science page on robots offers still another approach to the topic, along with its own collection of robotics kits and materials. We're unsure how accessible these might be ...more
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The BBC Science page on robots offers still another approach to the topic, along with its own collection of robotics kits and materials. We're unsure how accessible these might be in the US; perhaps our UK users will let us know more. There's plenty to learn here, nonetheless.

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