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NASA Education Robotics Website - NASA

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The NASA Education Robotics Website encourages innovation, creativity, and problem-solving through the world of robotics. Explore this site to find an interactive robot activity, a...more
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The NASA Education Robotics Website encourages innovation, creativity, and problem-solving through the world of robotics. Explore this site to find an interactive robot activity, a timeline tracing the history of robotics, and read about the scientists and engineers who create and program robots. Be sure to visit the Lesson Plans to find a variety of lessons for all grade levels. Follow the student and educator links to access a large variety of NASA science and STEM resources. If your school blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): careers (148), data (156), mars (41), moon (81), planets (139), robotics (24), scientists (71), STEM (213)

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Take time to explore this site for use in a variety of ways in your classroom. The lesson plans provide an excellent starting point for use in science centers or your makerspace projects. Enhance student interest in robotics and science topics by incorporating this content into reading lessons. ActivelyLearn, reviewed here, provides free, high-quality non-fiction reading materials in all subjects that includes teaching ideas and questions to promote student learning. Use ActivelyLearn to assign science and robotics articles based on varying student needs and interests. As students learn about robotics and try them on their own, ask them to share their learning using tools from Read Write Think, reviewed here. For example, use the K-W-L Creator to organize their thinking and guide future learning or use the NoteTaker tool to record and share information. Transform learning as a final project, by having students create a video using Moovly, reviewed here, sharing their robotics projects that includes a discussion on their problem-solving activities.
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Fun with Robots - Katie Horne

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6 to 12
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Fun with Robots shares ideas on getting started with robotics for adults and students. Choose the links to learn more about the history of robotics, designing robots, and interacting...more
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Fun with Robots shares ideas on getting started with robotics for adults and students. Choose the links to learn more about the history of robotics, designing robots, and interacting with others through trade shows and competitions.

tag(s): robotics (24)

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Include this article with your other resources to use as you learn about robotics or to share with parents when discussing robotics lessons. Substituting paper and pen for technology use is easy with this site. As a start to learning about robotics, use information from this site and others to create online quizzes for students using Baamboozle, reviewed here, to pre-assess what students already know. There will be new vocabulary in this article, so you may want students to use an online tool like Wordsift, reviewed here, or Academic Word Finder, , reviewed here. Pair students for reading and have them make flashcards using Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, to quiz each other later on their new words. As students become more proficient with robotics, and modify classroom technology by having them create and share explainer videos using Biteable, reviewed here.

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Makerspace for Education - Trish Roffey

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K to 12
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Makerspace for Education provides information and resources for incorporating makerspaces into the classroom for educators new to makerspaces and "makerspace maniacs" like the author....more
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Makerspace for Education provides information and resources for incorporating makerspaces into the classroom for educators new to makerspaces and "makerspace maniacs" like the author. This site takes you from the basics of the makerspace pedagogical framework through materials and tutorials for using makerspaces in the classroom. Use the links at the top of each page to find makerspace lessons and challenges, view videos to understand the constructs of makerspaces, and learn more about the different materials used in makerspaces. Videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable.

tag(s): coding (79), makerspace (26), professional development (196), robotics (24)

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Both experienced and newbies to makerspaces should bookmark this site as an excellent resource for developing makerspaces. If new to makerspaces, consider using this site similar to a book study group with your peers. Break the site into different portions beginning with the Why Makerspace? section to learn about constructive ideology and the benefits of makerspaces. Work together to build a database of makerspace resources including professional development information and lesson ideas. Share these resources using Padlet, reviewed here. Padlet offers tools for collaborating and organizing information, use the column feature to organize resources by topics such as professional development, lesson ideas, videos, and makerspace blogs. As you use makerspaces, don't forget to share student successes and struggles as part of the learning process. Have students create a weekly or monthly podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to enhance their learning. Buzzsprout makes it easy to record podcasts in advance, then publish them on your desired time and date. Use FlipGrid, reviewed here, as a video response tool to have students modify their learning and share ideas and problem-solving methods with you and their classmates.
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MakerSpace Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the MakerSpace movement and mindset. Engage your students, challenge their...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the MakerSpace movement and mindset. Engage your students, challenge their minds, teach cooperative learning, and more. There is no right or wrong way to do a MakerSpace. Use the tools provided to find digital options to use in your MakerSpace area. Read the professional information to educate yourself about the mindset of MakerSpace.

tag(s): circuits (21), coding (79), creativity (113), engineering (132), makerspace (26), musical instruments (49), robotics (24), STEM (213)

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Use these resources for your digital MakerSpace. Find tools for all grades. Don't miss the Twitter Chat for teachers just starting a MakerSpace. There are also a few sites that have more information for educators just learning about MakerSpace. Some of these resources are ideal for individual devices.

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RobotBasic - John Blankenship

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RobotBasic is a free program download for robotic simulations. It features the ability to include several different commands and sensors. The program is for both novice and experienced...more
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RobotBasic is a free program download for robotic simulations. It features the ability to include several different commands and sensors. The program is for both novice and experienced programmers, this site includes several video tutorials that begin with the assumption that users don't have any programming experience. Be sure to read all system requirements and necessary information before downloading the program.

tag(s): computers (106), robotics (24)

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Share RobotBasic with students interested in computer programming. Ask proficient programmers to be the "experts" and share how-to activities with other students. Have your experts create short tutorials using a tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.

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C-Stem Studio - UC Davis C-Stem Center

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C-Stem Studio is a software download integrated with learning opportunities for STEM subjects. Videos and interactives provide instruction in math, coding, and robotics. Choose from...more
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C-Stem Studio is a software download integrated with learning opportunities for STEM subjects. Videos and interactives provide instruction in math, coding, and robotics. Choose from the different pages to view information about each program. For those who prefer not to download software; try RoboBlockly. Roboblockly is an online tool for learning to code using drag and drop blocks to move robots. There is a link for RoboBlockly on this site.

tag(s): coding (79), computational thinking (37), game based learning (150), gamification (80), logic (251), problem solving (294), robotics (24), STEM (213)

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Download C-Stem Studio as part of your ongoing STEM and coding instruction. Be sure to follow directions on downloading the correct version and order of downloads. Share activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector, then have students create and explore on their own. After school clubs and activities can use this program to learn to code. Use this tool with gifted students for a great challenge. Set up a coding activity center for interested students when they finish class work or for rainy days and snow days. Share this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.

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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 (39), creativity (113), drawing (74), modeling (8), 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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National Robotics Week - iRobot Corporation

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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 (132), robotics (24), STEM (213)

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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. Replace paper and pencil and ask small teams of students use Mindmeister, reviewed here, and create a mind map for the steps they have to take to build a robot. Modify technology use and challenge students create a comic strip about building a robot or something the robot will do using Write Comics, reviewed here.

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Technovation Families: Curiosity Machine - Iridescent

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Technovation Families: Curiosity Machine connects scientists and engineers with young people to help design and create projects together. Create an account to begin using features on...more
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Technovation Families: 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 (106), engineering (132), gifted (79), makerspace (26), oceans (165), problem solving (294), robotics (24), STEM (213)

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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 enhance their technology use and learning by using a visual blogging tool such as Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links (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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ArtsEd LAB (AKA) STEAMed Magazine - Education Closet

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ArtsEd LAB is a FREE 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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ArtsEd LAB is a FREE 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.

tag(s): architecture (83), professional development (196), robotics (24), soil (20), STEM (213)

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Look at the back issues of ArtsEd LAB for different articles to see if you want to subscribe to ArtsEd LAB. 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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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 (23), literary devices (12), literature (263), movies (66), myths and legends (26), planets (139), psychology (66), religions (74), robotics (24), themes (11)

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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. Enhance learning and technology use in your classroom by having students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a Star Wars character. The lessons and units at this site lend themselves to transforming classroom technology use and having students make multimedia presentations about what they learned. Use one of the many TeachersFirst Edge Tools, reviewed here. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Adobe Spark for K-12, Animatron, Sway, and Beautiful.AI.
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TED-Ed YouTube Channel - TEDEducation

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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. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable; be sure to look at alternatives for sharing the videos on classroom computers.

tag(s): agriculture (57), biodiversity (34), brain (65), diseases (73), electricity (93), engineering (132), environment (319), gravity (52), medicine (64), plastics (9), robotics (24), water (137), water cycle (32)

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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. Enhance classroom technology and replace paper by adding 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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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 (93), energy (212), engineering (132), game based learning (150), logic (251), machines (25), problem solving (294), robotics (24), rockets (18), simple machines (33), STEM (213)

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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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Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media - PBS LearningMedia

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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 (83), energy (212), engineering (132), problem solving (294), robotics (24), STEM (213), structures (22)

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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. Enhance learning and have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordItOut reviewed here. To extend learning have students create a multimedia infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, 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. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

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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 transform classroom techology use and develop a multimedia presentation using a tool like Zoho Show, reviewed here, (similar to PowerPoint, but easier and free), or to share with the class. For tools and ideas about creating multimedia presentations see one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Adobe Spark for K-12, Animatron, Sway, and Beautiful.AI.
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NASA for Educators: STEM Resources - NASA

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Discover hundreds of resources for educators of students of all ages to support STEM curriculum at this site provided by NASA. Interactive games, activities, lessons, videos, facts,...more
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Discover hundreds of resources for educators of students of all ages to support STEM curriculum at this site provided by NASA. Interactive games, activities, lessons, videos, facts, projects...the NASA list of resources is vast. Use the keyword search to find content by specific topic or select from the grade level bands to view resources. The content also includes the latest space station updates and opportunities for educators. Be sure to follow the link to NASA Wavelength to find the large database of lessons searchable by topic, grade level, instructional strategy, and type of resource. TeachersFirst lists many individual activities and lessons, but this well-designed teacher portal will give you access to even more. Explore this site for a wealth of information about NASA, space, math, and science in general. From history to the present, your students will grow in NASA knowledge as they interact with the site. All ages, from preschool to college, can find appropriate information at this site.

tag(s): moon (81), nasa (38), planets (139), robotics (24), space (232), STEM (213), sun (75)

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This site is a must-see for all science and STEM teachers. Be sure to bookmark the site to use for lesson plans and student interactives. Easily create and share links for students using a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, for younger students or SearchTeam, reviewed here, for older students. Both sites make it easy to share a group of links in one easy-to-find page. Instead of providing students with a list of vocabulary words to understand within science activities, use a tool like Word Writer, reviewed here, to create personalized, online vocabulary-focused lessons. Extend classroom technology use when working with online articles, by using Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative discussion tool. After creating a Fiskkit account, use the site's tools to share a link to any online article and highlight information to use as part of your discussion. Students then can add their own thoughts to the article, making it a shared collaboration and reflection piece. As a final project, transform classroom technology use by asking students to create explainer videos using Biteable, reviewed here, to demonstrate learning of concepts. Reading teachers seeking non-fiction articles for comprehension practice will find excellent options from the news listings on the home page.
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Teach Engineering Resources for K-12 - University of Colorado Boulder

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Engineering Resources is a K-12 website that contains a multitude of information including lessons correlating to national and state standards. Search for activities and ideas by grade...more
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Engineering Resources is a K-12 website that contains a multitude of information including lessons correlating to national and state standards. Search for activities and ideas by grade level and curriculum topic using the Search and Advanced Search buttons. Narrow choices provided in the curriculum section by filtering options to include lessons, activities, complete units, and more. Maker Challenges offer a variety of experiences for hands-on learning with topics including titles like A Doghouse Design Project and Create and Control a Popsicle Stick Finger Robot. Other site options allow you to search by educational standards and provide information and resources for teaching engineering to students in grades K-12.

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Bookmark this site as a resource for finding STEM lessons and activities for all grade levels. Collaborate with your peers using a bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to share all of your resources. SearchTeam offers you the ability to add notes to shared resources making it easy to discuss and add comments to items shared. Instead of having students write journal entries during science or maker lab activities, enhance student learning by using a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here, to have students respond to essential questions and comment on their peers' observations. As a culminating activity to a unit, ask students to create an explainer video answering essential questions to the unit topic. Biteable, reviewed here, is an easy to use tool for creating animated video explainers.

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Science Buddies - ScienceBuddies.org

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K to 12
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ScienceBuddies offers a large variety of science resources including science fair projects and free STEM lessons. Select the Science Fair Project Ideas link to begin using the Topic...more
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ScienceBuddies offers a large variety of science resources including science fair projects and free STEM lessons. Select the Science Fair Project Ideas link to begin using the Topic Selection Wizard. This tool uses a short questionnaire to guide students to recommended projects based on length of time needed to work on the project, grade level, and topic for research. Be sure to also visit the teachers' portion of the site to find STEM lesson plans for all grade levels, science fair tools, engineering design information, and much more.

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Be sure to bookmark this site as a useful resource for any science topic. Take advantage of the free lessons aligned to Next Generation Science Standards to add to your current content. Replace paper and enhance classroom technology use with an online bulletin board like Lino, reviewed here throughout your science unit to record student questions, ideas, and ongoing discussions. If you use video content during your science lessons, consider incorporating a tool like Vizia, reviewed here or EdPuzzle, reviewed hereto integrate quizzes and polls directly into your video. Instead of a written or oral presentation of student research, transform classroom technology use and have students use Sway, reviewed here to create a multimedia presentation incorporating video, images, and text.
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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 landed 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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Deepen your study of the planet Mars through further reading and beautiful videos and images. Focus on the use of nonfiction texts in your classroom, combined with literature studies of space or planet fiction, such as Jules Verne's, "From the Earth to the Moon," or Roald Dahl's, "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator." Find useful information and downloadable JPEG images for multimedia projects here (be sure to properly cite these images). Be sure to show this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to introduce Mars and space, and then include on your list of resources for science units on space on your classroom webpage. Culminate a unit with an assessment using a multimedia tool and transform technology use in your classroom at the same time. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Adobe Spark for K-12, Animatron, Sway, and Beautiful.AI.

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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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You may want to introduce this site using the subject Space Place for Kids at the bottom of the page. Use your interactive whiteboard or projector and show them the All About Mars and the different Mars Rovers (robots). Bookmark the site on classroom computers (or in a lab) to allow students to explore the Adventure Game to Mars. Choose from topics and activities on this site to use in class or at computer centers. Replace paper journals and enhance classroom technology use by asking students to reflect on their learning in blog entries using Penzu, reviewed here. With Penzu you can add images or your own artwork as illustrations.
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