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The Educator's Guide to Building & Construction - HomeAdvisor

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HomeAdvisor presents a series of lessons, activities, projects, and videos for grades K-12 introducing young people to the world of construction. Choose a grade level band to begin...more
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HomeAdvisor presents a series of lessons, activities, projects, and videos for grades K-12 introducing young people to the world of construction. Choose a grade level band to begin browsing content. Topics include real-world activities such as viewing and building bird houses, scientific experiments to learn about erosion, and analyzing electric circuits.

tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (277), architecture (83), bridges (8), circuits (19), counting (119), electricity (88), engineering (118), erosion (17), geometric shapes (159), habitats (84), insects (68), pyramids (29), simple machines (36), solar energy (38), STEM (123), water (130)

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Take advantage of the many free lesson plans and activities to incorporate STEM activities and Maker projects into your classroom. Ask a parent volunteer, local contractor, or naturalist to come in and help with activities. Have students create blogs to share their projects using Throwww, here. This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided, and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program!

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Nature Video YouTube Channel - Nature.com

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Nature Video YouTube Channel brings you the best and latest science news and information videos. Browse through to view the most recent and popular uploads or choose the playlists to...more
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Nature Video YouTube Channel brings you the best and latest science news and information videos. Browse through to view the most recent and popular uploads or choose the playlists to view specific content. Playlists include topics such as technology, astronomy, and health. Be sure to subscribe to receive updates about new content. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them 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): animals (277), anthropology (11), cells (102), climate (92), human body (119), planets (122), stars (61)

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Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Or, use a tool like eduCanon, reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can uncover misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, use a tool such as SafeShareTV, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the SafeShare page directly on the desktop. For more advanced classes, provide time for students to choose a video to view and research the underlying concept.

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Good Thinking! - Smithsonian Science Education Center

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4 to 12
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At Good Thinking find short videos addressing common misconceptions about science topics and pedagogical subjects such as student motivation. Watch the introductory video for a complete...more
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At Good Thinking find short videos addressing common misconceptions about science topics and pedagogical subjects such as student motivation. Watch the introductory video for a complete overview of the offerings. In addition to videos, Good Thinking offers curriculum resources and lessons. Check the box for Free Resources to narrow your search for only the free materials available. If your district blocks YouTube, the intro video may not be viewable. You could always view it at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): animals (277), chemicals (40), circuits (19), climate (92), electricity (88), energy (197), erosion (17), forces (44), light (46), matter (56), oceans (147), photosynthesis (33), plants (143), space (206), weather (187)

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Take advantage of the many free class materials available on the site for use in lessons and activities. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Share videos on your class website for students to view at home. Then have students create an online or printed comic comparing misconceptions to the truth using Write Comics, reviewed here or Printable Comic Strip Templates, 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, or WordItOut, reviewed here. Be sure to share professional information with peers during professional development sessions or grade level discussions.
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Nanotechnology: Super Small Science - NBC Learn

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7 to 12
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Explore the science behind the hidden world of nanotechnology, where you measure objects in the billionths of meters. Six videos offered by NBC Learn in partnership with the National...more
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Explore the science behind the hidden world of nanotechnology, where you measure objects in the billionths of meters. Six videos offered by NBC Learn in partnership with the National Science Foundation discuss Nanotechnology at the Surface, Nanoelectronics, Nanoarchitecture, Nano-Enabled Sensors, and Nanoparticles, plus quantum dots and working in nanoscale. Videos are approximately 5 to 6 minutes in length with a transcript. Although part of a larger site that charges for access, these videos and lessons are all free.
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tag(s): careers (129), chemicals (40), engineering (118), scientists (68)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson in chemistry or physical science class. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have each group choose a video to use as a launching pad for further study. Have students create an annotated image, including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Place the videos on your classroom website or blog for students to explore on their own. Flip your instruction and as an assignment have your students watch the videos before class time to build background knowledge. Review nonfiction reading strategies with students before having students read transcripts. Have students explore STEM careers by researching the jobs of the scientists interviewed.

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Business Insider Science YouTube Channel - Business Insiders

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6 to 12
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Don't let the business in the name fool you, this YouTube channel is all about science! Watch videos with the latest news in science, space, and medicine with new content ...more
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Don't let the business in the name fool you, this YouTube channel is all about science! Watch videos with the latest news in science, space, and medicine with new content added each week. Scroll through the page to find the latest videos or explore playlists with topics such as Explainers and Psychology. Most videos run less than three minutes in length, making them perfect for a snack-sized bite of science information! If your district blocks YouTube, then they 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.
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tag(s): animals (277), brain (70), climate change (64), dinosaurs (57), drugs and alcohol (19), earth (228), human body (119), nutrition (154), planets (122), plants (143), scientists (68), space (206), STEM (123), weather (187)

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Share a video with students once a week to help all of you learn about the latest information from the world of science. Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Or, use a tool like eduCanon, reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can help uncover student misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length.

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In the Swim eGuides - Make a Splash in the Classroom - In the Swim

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K to 12
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Maintained by a company that sells pool accessories, this collection of links on swimming, swimming pools, and water-related topics helps teach students about being safe around water....more
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Maintained by a company that sells pool accessories, this collection of links on swimming, swimming pools, and water-related topics helps teach students about being safe around water. Scroll down the page to see resources organized by grade levels and content areas. The links include research articles, videos, lesson plans, worksheets, experiments, activities and games for science, math and history classes. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them 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.
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tag(s): chemicals (40), safety (96), sports (95), water (130)

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Follow these links for some supplemental materials to enliven lessons that could include water as a recreational resource. Science teachers will find real world applications and information about chemicals. Use interactive boards to show videos and activities as whole group lessons. Have students read articles for informational reading practice. Use the resources for flipped or blended learning links on your class website for individual or small group work.

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SciTech Daily - scitechdaily.com

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SciTech Daily is a digest of the latest science news from around the globe. Information comes from major magazines, international newspapers, and more. Browse through the site by topic...more
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SciTech Daily is a digest of the latest science news from around the globe. Information comes from major magazines, international newspapers, and more. Browse through the site by topic or choose links to view the latest or most popular articles. Use the search bar to look for specific information on the site. Subscribe using your email to receive a daily digest of all of the latest site additions.
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tag(s): news (261), newspapers (94)

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SciTech Daily is a great addition to science classrooms as a source of current information. Bookmark this site on classroom computers and allow students to explore and find information of interest. Share pertinent articles on your interactive whiteboard to discuss together. Use SciTech Daily in your English/Language Arts classroom as an excellent resource for non-fiction reading. Have students create a newspaper with science news using a site such as Zinepal, reviewed here. Click to "Start with a blank e-Book." Have students collect media (videos and more) from multiple online sources including SciTech Daily to show their research findings using a tool such as Dragontape, reviewed here. If articles are too long for some readers, consider using Skim.it, reviewed here, a Chrome extension that reduces articles into a 100-word summary.

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Smithsonian Learning Lab - The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

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4 to 12
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Discover, create, and share digital resources from the Smithsonian Museum, the National Zoo, and nine major research centers with this visually appealing site. Use the search feature...more
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Discover, create, and share digital resources from the Smithsonian Museum, the National Zoo, and nine major research centers with this visually appealing site. Use the search feature to find digital resources including photos, recordings, videos, and text. Sign up to create your own collections, including those found on the site and your own resources. Add annotations and develop quizzes. Easily share your creations or curated collections using social networking links provided. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them 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): animals (277), architecture (83), art history (69), aviation (40), black history (59), civil war (145), dinosaurs (57), explorers (61), images (261), inventors and inventions (103), scientists (68)

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The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a must-add to your list of classroom bookmarks! Search for collections and information throughout the year on all topics. Add a link to classroom computers for the entire site or specific collections. Be sure to take advantage of the many features of this site to create customized collections, then have students add additional resources. Have students create quizzes for review of topics. Challenge students to create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.

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NBC Learn Free Resources - NBCUniversal Media, NBC News

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This collection of free streaming videos, mostly under six minutes, supports school curriculum using material from NBC News, one of the largest news archives in the world. Topics include...more
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This collection of free streaming videos, mostly under six minutes, supports school curriculum using material from NBC News, one of the largest news archives in the world. Topics include language arts, humanities and social sciences, and parenting information. The majority of videos feature STEM content. Specific sample topics include: Mysteries of the Brain, Writers Speak to Kids, Science of NFL Football, and many others. All videos include transcripts. Some have lesson plans and/or activities which are available in a side tab in the video window when launched. Most have closed captioning, and a few have a Spanish language option. The majority of NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, is fee-based. This review is for the free material.
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tag(s): brain (70), civil rights (117), news (261), olympics (47), pi (22), sports (95), STEM (123), sustainability (19), video (251)

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This site is perfect for flipped or blended learning classrooms but will spark interest in most classroom lessons. Use the search box in the upper right corner to find free content of interest. NBC Learn uses a proprietary media player "Cue Card," and provides suggestions if you are having trouble playing. The whole class can watch the videos, many of which are parts of a series. Have individuals or small groups view and share information. The transcripts and close captioning will be helpful for struggling learners. Transcripts can be used alone for informational text reading practice.

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It's Okay To Be Smart YouTube Channel - Joe Hanson

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This YouTube Channel contains videos based on the PBS Series of the same name. You can also view the It's Okay To Be Smart blog reviewed here. New...more
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This YouTube Channel contains videos based on the PBS Series of the same name. You can also view the It's Okay To Be Smart blog reviewed here. New videos are uploaded weekly with titles such as "Why Seasons Make No Sense" and "How Big is the Solar System?" Most videos are under 10 minutes in length making them perfect for quick but meaningful lessons. Be sure to check out playlists with videos sorted by topics including physics, earth, and more. If your district blocks YouTube, then they 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.
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tag(s): animals (277), climate change (64), earth (228), endangered species (38), energy (197), evolution (100), food chains (22), human body (119), space (206), video (251)

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Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Or, use a tool like EdPuzzle, reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can uncover misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, use a tool such as SafeShareTV, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the SafeShare page directly on the desktop. For more advanced classes, provide time for students to choose a video to view and research the underlying concept.

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Fun Science Demos - Dr. George Mehler & Jared Hottenstein

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Fun Science Demos is a YouTube Channel devoted to sharing engaging science lessons for young learners based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Choose from popular videos such...more
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Fun Science Demos is a YouTube Channel devoted to sharing engaging science lessons for young learners based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Choose from popular videos such as Balancing Balloons - Air Has Weight or Muscles Moving Your Bones. Be sure to check out the playlists to find videos categorized by topic. If your district blocks YouTube, then they 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): earth (228), electricity (88), energy (197), engineering (118), heat (15), human body (119), life cycles (25), magnetism (35), matter (56), minerals (17), moon (72), recycling (57), rocks (49), solar system (118), sound (100), space (206), STEM (123), sun (71), video (251), water (130)

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Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Or, use a tool like playposit, (formerly eduCanon), reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can uncover misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, use a tool such as SafeShareTV, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the SafeShare page directly on the desktop. For more advanced classes, provide time for students to choose a video to view and research the underlying concept.

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Getting Hands-On with Soft Circuits - Emily Lovell

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7 to 12
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Getting Hands-On with Soft Circuits is a PDF facilitator's guide containing several activities for teaching soft circuits to middle and high school students. Designed to build on previously...more
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Getting Hands-On with Soft Circuits is a PDF facilitator's guide containing several activities for teaching soft circuits to middle and high school students. Designed to build on previously learned concepts the first lesson introduces simple circuits and others continue to parallel circuits and microcontrollers. Lessons include full-color images with explanations and all procedures and tips for successful completion of activities. Be sure to go all the way to the end of the guide to find a list of materials used and suggestions for where to purchase items needed.

tag(s): circuits (19), creativity (108), electricity (88), engineering (118), STEM (123)

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Getting Hands-On with Soft Circuits is perfect for use with an after-school science program or as a resource for science fair projects. Create a center throughout the school year for students to work on circuits and build skills at an individual level. If you don't feel comfortable working on this topic, find a parent volunteer to help, or partner with another classroom to work together. Need funding to buy materials? See GetEdFunding, reviewed here, to write for a small grant.
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Coaster Crafter - Cable in the Classroom

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8 to 12
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Explore and practice STEM concepts by designing virtual roller coasters with Coaster Crafter. Create and build within the three main areas of the activity: Design Challenges, Coaster...more
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Explore and practice STEM concepts by designing virtual roller coasters with Coaster Crafter. Create and build within the three main areas of the activity: Design Challenges, Coaster Challenges, and a Free Play area. The challenges begin in a structured manner, and then, as players build skills, challenges become more open-ended. Be sure to click the For Teachers link towards the bottom of the home page for ideas on using Coaster Crafter in the classroom and alignment to standards.

tag(s): design (84), energy (197), forces (44), friction (11), gravity (45), mass (24)

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Use this activity as an introduction to a kinetic and potential energy unit. Students can work individually or in groups to identify the best way to build a roller coaster. Exchange the best ideas to determine the changes in potential and kinetic energy necessary for a successful roller coaster. Analyze various roller coasters that exist and use the data concerning the height and specifics of the track as well as the speed and weight of the train to determine the kinetic and potential energy of the roller coaster. Identify the specific information that makes one roller coaster more exciting than others. Enter information on a blog or wiki post to explain the physics of roller coasters.
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Science Underground - Ainissa Ramirez

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Science Underground is a weekly two-minute podcast featuring science concepts presented in an uncomplicated manner. As the creator states, "...it's a mix of Bill Nye and Science Friday."...more
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Science Underground is a weekly two-minute podcast featuring science concepts presented in an uncomplicated manner. As the creator states, "...it's a mix of Bill Nye and Science Friday." Topics range from Football Science to How Chameleons Change Color. Choose any podcast to listen online and view the corresponding text. Use the tags for each podcast to find other offerings with related content. Either sign up to receive an email notification or check back often for new podcasts, also, see the archives to listen to any previous podcasts.

tag(s): podcasts (51), science fairs (25), scientists (68)

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Listen to weekly podcasts together in class to stimulate discussion and interest in science topics. Assign the weekly podcast as listening homework. Have students create a series of questions to ask each other about issues discussed on the podcast. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic, reviewed here.

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Science Fair Project World - Science Fair Projects

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2 to 8
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Discover hundreds of Science Fair Projects categorized by science discipline and a category for math. Most disciplines have several projects from which to choose. Each experiment has...more
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Discover hundreds of Science Fair Projects categorized by science discipline and a category for math. Most disciplines have several projects from which to choose. Each experiment has Materials Required and Procedures with diagrams/images and complete written instructions. The directions for these hands-on projects are deceptively simple; you will need to think outside the box about what each project might entail.

tag(s): experiments (71), science fairs (25)

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Introduce this tool to students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create a link on your class website for students and parents to access at home. Assign a science experiment for students to try at home on a bi-weekly basis; this will help students and parents to be prepared when science fair time comes around. Allow older students to work together in small groups to investigate and complete the experiments. They could physically work together, or do the projects on their own and report the results and findings back to their group. Use a tool such as Simply Circle, reviewed here, to help students keep their group organized and communicating. For younger students use Simply Circle and include their parents to keep them informed about which project is due and when.

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Trandori - Trandori LLC

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Trandori is a search engine for finding and sharing interactive educational problems, mostly math related. Use the search tool to choose subjects, grade level, topic, and keywords....more
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Trandori is a search engine for finding and sharing interactive educational problems, mostly math related. Use the search tool to choose subjects, grade level, topic, and keywords. Create and add problems using the Canvas Designer tool. Account registration isn't necessary, but it allows you to add problems to a queue, convert interactive problems to PDF, and take advantage of privacy options for sharing problems.

tag(s): addition (252), division (172), energy (197), fossil fuels (18), measurement (163), multiplication (227), photosynthesis (33), problem solving (258), search engines (64), subtraction (209), vocabulary (323), vocabulary development (126)

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Use Trandori to find interactive problems for sharing on your interactive whiteboard or as homework assignments. When using your whiteboard, have students use a free voting tool such as Mentimeter, reviewed here, to choose an answer using a mobile device or their computer.

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Instructables - Project Based Engineering for Kids - Autodesk, Inc.

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K to 8
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Discover a collection of problem-based learning engineering lessons for building models in the areas of physics, structural, and mechanical engineering. For each topic, a video with...more
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Discover a collection of problem-based learning engineering lessons for building models in the areas of physics, structural, and mechanical engineering. For each topic, a video with step by step construction directions accompanies a necessary list of materials. Create your project, and let the explorations begin. Explore ideas given for basic explanations or ideas to test for some of the buildable models. Create a collection, share, or add some ideas for activities. Topic ideas include slingshot rockets, rubber band helicopters, extending grabber, simple pneumatic machine, cork shooter, catapults, slingshot cars, truss bridges, simple sail car, marble roller coaster, gliding car, tower tornado, and crash test cars, among others. Share this awesome find on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, or email. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them 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.
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tag(s): engineering (118)

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Bring out the "inner engineer" in each of your students! During physical science units, visit this collection to get directions for students to build simple models to supplement content. You might want to visit the accompanying site How to Teach Project Based Engineering to Kids before getting started. Students can work in small groups to create a project. Different groups can demonstrate different laws of physics. Add this to your class website as a do-at-home project to encourage exploration at home. During language arts when focusing on using concise, clear, language, listen to the directions and use as a model. Have students write the scripts for creating other models. Now create a multimedia presentation featuring the directions and construction of the student model using Thinglink, reviewed here. With Thinglink students can annotate, narrate, and add related links to an image. In gifted and talented classes or pull out programs, consider for a beginning of a deeper understanding of the concepts. Move forward with virtual field trips to see the "real" machines at work. Find ideas for after school clubs, camps, and more.

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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 (13), computers (78), engineering (118), gifted (96), oceans (147), problem solving (258), robotics (24), STEM (123)

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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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NASA - HIAD App - NASA

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6 to 12
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Develop an inflatable spacecraft for NASA with this exciting activity. Design a HIAD (Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator) to bring cargo back from space. Begin with HIAD...more
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Develop an inflatable spacecraft for NASA with this exciting activity. Design a HIAD (Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator) to bring cargo back from space. Begin with HIAD Boot Camp and work your way up to advanced level using knowledge learned in stages along the way. Be careful, if your design is not strong enough, your spacecraft will burn up, and your mission is a failure.

tag(s): aeronautics (13), engineering (118), problem solving (258), STEM (123)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Include this site with any STEM lessons or units. Share this activity with students interested in aeronautics or engineering as an excellent opportunity for practice and learning skills. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos with tips and suggestions for successful completion of this hands-on learning activity using a tool like wevideo, reviewed here. Share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. HIAD would also be an excellent activity for an after school science club.
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Electric Cars Primer, MIT Technology Review - MIT TEchnology Review

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Explore different types of electric cars including hybrids, plug-ins, and extended range electric cars with an interactive model showing how they work. Read the latest ideas for the...more
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Explore different types of electric cars including hybrids, plug-ins, and extended range electric cars with an interactive model showing how they work. Read the latest ideas for the next generation of hybrids that can be plugged in to extend their electric range, and improve fuel economy. The interactive models show power from batteries, batteries and gasoline, and extended range electric. Discover the relationships between distance, speed, and type of car in the interactive graph.
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tag(s): electricity (88), sustainability (19), transportation (40)

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Explore the concepts of electric cars, hybrids, and gasoline cars when studying conservation or sustainability. Collect real-time data using each different model. Gather predictions before introducing the model to students and before working with the interactive. Complete the activity and evaluate conclusions. Use as research for sustainability or conservation projects. Offer to gifted classes to spark interest in transportation models. Use as a model to show the different types of designs created to improve the fuel consumption of natural resources.
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